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All about smudging.

Updated: Jul 22, 2020

We all have heard at one point in our life that we need to clear our space.  But what exactly does that mean? how important is it? How do I do it? what do I use? What is the difference between clearing and cleansing?  These are just some of the questions I get asked when it comes to clearing and cleansing space. This blog is going to touch base on it for you. As well as how I, personally clear and cleanse my own space.

What clearing and cleansing means and what are the differences.

To clear and cleanse means to remove and to clean essentially. When you are doing both you are clearing out the negative energies that reside in your space and within yourself. When we clear a space we are simply removing those gunky, stagnant energies that are bogging us down. Sort of like when you open your windows on the first nice, spring day of the season. Cleansing an area is cleaning out and protecting the area from any old and new energies that want to come and hang out for way too long. So while you can only clear a space that tends to leave the screen door open and all the energies can come in and just hang like we discussed earlier. While we want certain energies to hang out, there are many that we don’t. This is why we should cleanse as well.

Why is it important?

We, as human beings are constantly taking in energy, emotions, thoughts and stimuli from our areas. While some of these are physical the majority are what we feel. As spiritual beings we are always open, which ends up with us taking on energies from other people, and spirits.  A lot of times we tend to keep our own feelings bottled up, and all of this, can tend to bog us down mentally, spiritually and physically. This is where clearing and cleansing is so important. Much like spring cleaning we are sweeping away the old and negative, and bringing in fresh and new. We are essentially releasing the old.  Our area is our own sacred space. This doesn’t have to be a religious space, this is our home, our office our cars ourselves. We want this to be as “clutter-free” as possible. Remember, energy debris can result in negative emotions, occurrences, spirits, thoughts and stress. This is particularly important if you are doing majick work such as spells, divination and ritual work. If you are a lightworker you are always open. Clearing, cleansing and protecting is crucial. Not doing this can result in what I call as “Psychic sick.” Where you feel absolutely drained and all sorts of “ick” can attach itself to you and your space.

When should you clear and cleanse?

Personally, I feel you can never do this too much. I do this daily, and multiple times per day. I deal with a lot of people and various energies throughout the day, and sometimes it just gets really clogged here. So keeping up with it really helps! But here is a short list of when it’s best if you cannot do it every day.

  • When you move into a new space

  • When a roommate or companion moves out

  • After you remove clutter

  • When you are having negative thoughts about yourself or a situation