Beware… this post is a little woo-woo. Proceed at your own enlightenment. :)
I am a spiritual person for sure. In Numerology my life path number is 7, the faith seeker. (P.S. What’s yours? Don’t know? Comment in the comments and I’ll be in touch!) I love anything and everything that helps me understand myself better, those around me better, and the purpose that we each have in this world.
Because like Albert Einstein said I believe too that, “ there does, in fact, appear to be a plan.”
Anyways, that being said I thought it would be fun today to share some rituals I have used as I moved into my new space that I found to be EXTREMELY enlightening, magical, and fun. I’ve moved a hundred times. Okay maybe not that many, but it seems like it. This most recent time I really wanted to find a place that I could make mine. That I could have as my personal haven and so I wanted to treat it special. After I moved I did a couple fo rituals to clear the space and call in the energy of not only my new home but this new chapter of life.
As we move into a new season, no matter what season your life or your home are in, these rituals can be used to rededicate your space and call in the energy you want to embrace in the months to come.
The smudging ceremony is a custom of Native American and other indigenous cultures. For centuries many cultures have used smudging as a way to create a cleansing smoke bath that is used to purify the body, aura, energy, ceremonial/ritual space or any other space and personal articles.
I’d always wanted to try this, I actually had some sage I bought over a year ago and had yet to burn. I was amazed at the result this ritual brought me.
There are many different things you can use for smudging. Some include:
Sage offers clarity, vision, strength and wisdom; it is known as a medicine for Women.
Cedar is used to heighten positive energy, to uplift feelings and evoke positive emotions.
Palo Santo is a mystical tree that grows on the coast of South America and it means “Holy Wood” in Spanish.
I used sage and palo santo, though you can use any of the mentioned items.
Light the sage bundle (or whatever you are using) and then blow out the flame so that the smoke is streaming from it. (Make sure you blow out the entire flame and that you are doing this over a non-flammable, heat-proof dish, such as the shell pictured above.)
Sit cross-legged on the floor of your space and set your reasons for this ritual, why you are cleaning, and what you are releasing through this process. Speak them out loud.
Stand up and move throughout your space, filling evert area, down the very last corner, with smoke. As you do this, visualize the smoke taking away with it any negative energy from your life, any darkness or malady.
While you are moving repeat the words out loud: "Air, fire, water, earth. Cleanse, dismiss, dispel."
Once you have filled the entire space, return to where you started and move the smoke up and down your body letting it encompass every body part, head to toe. Continue to words above as you do so.
Return to the ground, sitting cross legged and as you continue to allow the smoke to engulf your body, close your eyes, and say out loud your intentions for the future. What are you calling into your space? What are you working towards manifesting in your life? What does the future hold for you? It is yours to create.
When you feel fulfilled take a few more deep breaths, visualizing the new intentions coming into your door.
Once the space is cleared, allow the sage bundle to either burn out or gently press it out in your heat-proof shell or container. You can even bury the remaining smudge in your garden to really feel the completeness of the cleansing ritual. Once buried, the sage has done its work in completing the elemental cycle. Ideally, you should try to use a new smudge for each cleansing.
For this next part of the ceremony, I spent the evening making the above pictured dreamcatcher. I am really wanting to call in creativity and play into this next chapter of life and felt this was the perfect way to set that intention. You can most certainly purchase a dreamcatcher or use one that you previously have. (P.S. If you would be interested in my putting together a post with the instructions on how to make a dreamcatcher, please let me know in the comments below!)
Dreamcatcher Blessing Ceremony
Before hanging your dreamcatcher, carefully decide where you would like to hang it in your house. I decided I wanted to hang mine outside my door as a beacon to call in only the best energy into my home and to act as a reminder every time I left and returned home what I intend to manifest from this space. Where you hang yours is up to you.
You can do this part with or without smudging. I found it to be just as powerful without the smudging as I had just completed the smudging ritual above. However, feel free to leave the sage burning throughout.
Next, you will bless each of the 6 directions that surround you, the sky above, the earth beneath, and then North, East, South, and West.
Looking upward, “To the Creator, the Never-ending Force that is all, I thank you.”
Looking downward, To Mother Earth, the place of nurturing and hope, I thank you.”
Facing North, “To the Spirit of the North, the place of winter and intuitive understanding, of healing, and the place of beginnings and endings, I thank you.”
Facing East, “To the Spirit of the East, where the sun rises, the place of new beginnings and the promise of Spring, I thank you.”
Facing South, “To the Spirit of the South, the place of summer and rapid growth, the place of our heart and emotions, and the place where we learn survival and endurance and develop a trust in life, I thank you.”
Facing West, “To the Spirit of the West, where the sun sets and we find healing and self knowledge that gives us the power to use our head and our hearts to serve and to teach, I thank you.”
As you do this allow yourself to experience the words you are speaking, how they may relate to past times of your life, and imagine again like we did before what you are releasing.
After you have completed the release and cleansing, you will then bless the dreamcatcher. This is much like a prayer, telling the universe out loud what you are thankful for from your past, what you want to call into the space, what you would like protection from, and what you would appreciate help with in manifesting.
Close the prayer out by thanking the dreamcatcher for the work it will perform. Then hang it in it’s appointed place and allow it to be a daily reminder and beacon of who you are becoming and what you are creating.
As I said at the beginning, I’ve always been a spiritual person and have always been especially intrigued by the beliefs of these ancient Native American ceremonies. I enjoyed the feeling of cleansing and the opportunity to root intentions deeply into something I would see everyday.
I repeat the smudging ritual almost every Sunday as I set new intentions for the week. I do it anytime I want to clear my space of negative energy, after having company, or any time I just want a fresh space.
Again comment below your thoughts, or anything else you would like to hear about in future blog posts. :)