cleansing & accessories
Also used in Feng Shui ceremonies,
CLEANSING A ROOM
Keep the windows and doors closed to the room you have chosen to cleanse. You can take a fan or a small piece of cardboard and start in one corner of your room, and gently waft the smoke after it clears the bowl, from the floor, up, toward the ceiling. Do this in a clockwise circle in each corner of your room. When you are done with the fourth corner, move to the centre of the room, raise the bowl chest high and waft smoke up toward the centre of the room. You are now done. When you leave the room, shut the door behind you. When you go back in an hour later; you'll see that the room feels better and is even "lighter" appearing to your eyes than before.
CLEANSING A HOUSE
If you are doing a complete house, then do each room in this fashion. Do not miss a room. Get all of them. If you want only one room done, then close the door behind you and cleanse the room--and leave the smoke in that room--do not open windows or doors to let it out. It will dissipate surprisingly swiftly. You can also cleanse your garage and basement in the same, above manner. Just make sure the garage door is closed and that the door leading to the basement is closed while cleansing and closed after you depart from it.
Bend over, so that the bowl is about the level of your feet and ankles. Gently waft the smoke, with your hand, upward. As you slowly unbend and straighten up, you are bringing the sage/bowl and fanning the smoke up, up, upward until you've sent the smudging smoke up above your head. You are now "smudged" and clean, as we say.
CLEANSING AN ANIMAL
Take care not to burn the animal, or have sparks fly out on their coats or hair. Start at their head and gently waft the smoke from their feet to their head, and then move back, over their spinal area, and to their rear feet/tail region. They are now smudged.
CLEANSING AN OBJECT
If you have a piece of jewellery given to you, or something that you love, but it has "bad vibes" or just a bad feeling on it, then you can do the following: Lay it out on a table or someplace where it is flat. Start at one end of the piece and gently fan the smoke across it, so that the smoke covers and flows across the entire piece. When it's done, let it sit for 24 hours, and then you can use it. The feeling/vibes will be very different. On a stubborn piece, you might have to do this 2 or 3 times, once a day, to get it entirely cleansed.
The abalone shell is to hold your sage as it burns, as it won't mark, or burn through.