This is my personal step by step routine for cleansing my OWN home. When I do a cleansing on someone else’s home I follow a slightly different routine. This usually take me two full days to do. I do my physical cleaning on Day 1 and the smudging starting in the morning on Day 2. In the picture above there is a small bottle of Good Luck oil. I like to anoint the windows and doors with it when I do my own smudging but this is NOT a required step.
First some important tips!
1.) Do not do the smudging at night. You are going to be stirring up the lower energies that might be hanging around and that’s no fun to deal with in the dark.
2.) This is MY ritual that I do in my own home. Please feel free to add any prayers or invocations to your personal spiritual team that resonate for you. This is your home and it has to feel right for you. 3.) Turn off your smoke detectors! Even though you will be opening windows for the smoke to escape, things are still going to get pretty smokey for a few minutes. Also, if you have breathing difficulties of any kind I recommend using a White Sage Spray instead of the dried sage herb to minimize having issues in this regard.
Supplies: Sage bundle (or White Sage Spray). (If using White Sage Spray the following will not be necessary.) Fire proof bowl or shell to catch the ash from the sage , a lighter or matches to light the sage with. You will need to carry this with you as often sage bundles can be too tightly packed and won’t stay lit. You will also need a hand fan to waft the smoke or spray with. I have an owl feather fan made by a shaman friend that I use but the dollar store hand fans work just as well. You can even make one out of paper if you prefer. A noisemaker of some sort. I use my Tibetan finger bells. But even a pan and a wooden spoon will work for making noise. (Side note: This is a fun thing for the kids in your home to help with. What kid doesn’t like being able to bang on a pot and make all sorts of noise?
A copy of the attached prayers to recite in each room. A question I get asked frequently, “what if my sage won’t stay lit?” The answer to that is that the sage was rolled very tightly and air can’t get into the spaces between the leaves as well so I recommend actually taking the sage bundle apart. Cut the string off, peel the leaves off the stems and place them in a fireproof container with a handle so you can carry it safely. Discard the string and stems if you so desire. I usually keep the stems for other things like making Florida water, tar water, or other things that call for sage but will be strained off later. Now back to the instructions:
Note: Ideally this ritual works the best if you have 2 people to do this ritual. One to do the actual smudging and one to follow the first person around with a bowl or shell or fireproof container of some sort to catch the ashes. If a second person is not available it’s not the end of the world. You just need to make sure you are careful with how you fan the smoke. If you are smudging over furniture or fabrics, hold the sage over the bowl and let the smoke waft over the furniture on it’s own. The person carrying the bowl can also carry the pages with the prayers on them and hold them for you as you recite. If you are doing this alone you can do the smudging in the room first and then recite the prayers. A second note: This is a very physically involved ritual. You will be going up high and also down on the floor on hands and knees. If you are not physically able to get up and down easily having a hand fan will come in handy for wafting the smoke over, around and behind objects. Or that second person would be helpful here as well. Have them do the “up high/way down low” parts.
Step 1: Clean up the house. Put everything where it belongs. Dust. Vacuum. Sweep and mop the floors. Clean the bathroom. Make sure to do the laundry. The reasoning behind this is two-fold. A.) Ashes are going to drop off the sage bundle. Having everything in it’s place makes it easier to clean them up when you are done. B.) You are removing negative or lower vibration energies and inviting in positive or higher vibration energies. I recommend cleaning as if someone you have always wanted to meet showed up at your door for lunch. You wouldn’t let Ekhart Tolle or Esther Hicks walk on sticky floors or use a dirty hand towel to dry their hands right? I am not advocating a full on super cleaning here. Just neat and tidy.Step 2: Walk through each room with your drum, pot and spoon, bells, whatever you have chosen as your noisemaker. Make lots of noise in each room to break up any stuck places of less than great energy. I usually say something like this fun little rhyme “No dust, no dirt, no clutter here. Make my home shine and love appear.” You could replace “love” with “wealth” or “truth” or “joy” or “peace” or all of the above. You can even make up your own little ditty that calls all the “gunky” energies out and breaks them up. You will want to recite this little poem at least 3 times in each room. I usually do 7 times per room. At this time open a window in each room that has them as you want to have an exit for negative energies to escape and positive energies to enter. If you have chosen to use an oil of any sort (such as the Good luck oil mentioned above) you will anoint the doors and windows with a symbol of your choice. I like to use the simple cross for this ritual. When I do the twice yearly heavy smudge and clearing I use Archangel Sigils.
Step 3: After you have stirred things up in each room you will light your sage and beginning CLOCKWISE at the main entrance of your home, start at the top of the door as high as you can reach and waft the smoke as high as you can. At this time I usually begin calling in the archangels Michael, Raphael, Gabriel, and Uriel (see the prayers below) to gather up and remove all negative and lower energies that do not belong or serve my family or my highest and best good. There are MANY prayers for calling in the angels or you can customize your own invocations to what you feel is best. You can also call in your own spiritual guides, guardians, deities at this time. You move around each room in clockwise fashion beginning and ending at each rooms’ door. Waft the smoke as high as you can and as low as you can, over and around furniture, into closets and storage spaces, cabinets and under sinks, behind and under appliances. You want to leave no space unsmudged where lower energies can hide.
Step 4: After you have completely smudged each room, stand as close to the center of the room as possible and loudly thank the spiritual team you have called in, for clearing away the lower energies and for blessing your home with an abundance of whatever you called in to your home in the little poem above. Clap your hands loudly and declare as loudly as possible “All portals, gateways and entries that are not for my best and highest good are now closed! All negative and lower energies not of the pure white light of Source are now removed to their proper places.”
Step 5: If you have other family members in the home and they are willing to participate, gather in the main room of the home and starting with the youngest smudge each member of the household. If pets will stand for it you can smudge them too. Start at the top of the head about 6 inches away from them and move the smoke over them in a clockwise manner going front to back. Be sure to do palms of the hands and the bottoms of the feet. I like to stand spread eagle for this. It just helps the smoke get in all the nooks and crannies basically. If it is just you, start above your own head and work your way down to the bottoms of your feet. Go behind your back as best as you can but don’t be too concerned if you cant get the smoke behind you as well. Below is a smudging prayer that works well for me. Say out loud after all occupants are smudged, “I now declare and decree this home and all its residents are cleared and cleansed. And so it is. Amen”
You can use these prayers as they are or pray whatever feels right to you. These are just the ones I like to use as I go through each room. Prayer to St. Michael (Catholic version)
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
Archangel Gabriel Prayer
Beloved Archangel Gabriel, surround this home now with your Holy Presence of Light! Let this home be infused with your angelic power of transmutation that consumes all discord in the physical, mental and emotional world. Liberate this home, beloved Gabriel, from all lesser vibrations that do not fill it with the joy and peace that passes all understanding. May the powerful spiral of the cosmic white fire cleanse without ceasing all the energies and vibrations of this home.
Archangel Uriel Prayer
Archangel Uriel, please guard this home and all it’s occupants. Hail Archangel Uriel, Angel of Wisdom. You are ever present with the Father and are blessed in the eyes of the Lord. Bring comfort to this home and remove all trouble so that I might become closer to God. Holy Uriel, the Light of God, guide me on the path of righteousness. Protect me from evil. And so it is.
Archangel Raphael Prayer
Glorious Archangel St. Raphael, great prince of the heavenly court, you are illustrious for your gifts of wisdom and grace. You are a guide of those who journey by land or sea or air, consoler of the afflicted, and refuge of sinners. I beg you, assist me in all my needs and in all the sufferings of this life, as once you helped the young Tobias on his travels. Because you are the “medicine of God” I humbly pray you to heal this home of any ills or misfortunes. Please bless this home and it’s occupants with your healing balm. Amen.