The benefits of space clearing are many, most notably are a sense of uplifting and joy upon entering the space, colors and details appearing brighter and more clear, pleasant aromas, improved mental clarity, focus, motivation, and emotional well being. Always use caution and respect when working with fire.
- Clean your space
The first step is cleaning the space physically. Leaving clutter, dust and dirt around does not help the energy flow. Start by picking up clutter, dusting, vacuuming, washing bedding, curtains, etc. and even washing the windows. Opening windows to let light in and stagnant air out. They play a vital role in the energy of one’s home that is often over-looked.
- Be relaxed and well grounded
Next, make sure you are relaxed, clean, calm, and well grounded. Your personal energy and intentions matter! Take a few moments to be mentally focused on releasing negative energies and bringing in positive energies. What is it you wish to manifest? What positive energies do you wish to have more of in your life?
- Get your tools ready
Have your sage and a fire-proof bowl ready with your stones to bring in the earth element.
Take a moment to call in your spirit guides, angels, animal totems, or divine beings of your personal faith.
Take a moment to smudge yourself first with the smoke from the sage and clear your own energy. Then begin smudging the room in a clockwise direction, stopping in every corner, (of the floor and ceiling), gently fanning the smoke around the space.
Focus on any areas that intuitively feel particularly dense or stagnant. When you are met with a dense or heavy energy, you can create a phrase or prayer of your choice, to help you stay focused on the positive intent; “Return to the source from which you came”, or “I send you to the light for your highest and best. This space is filled with love, light, and laughter”. You can choose words that resonate with you and the positive intention for the space.
For a deep cleanse, leave the lit Sage burning in the room for 15 to 20 minutes. (Always use extreme caution and fire safety practices by using a bowl that cannot break or burn!) If there are closets in the room, leave the closet doors open. Close all of the windows and doors for the 20 minute duration.
- Let the fresh air in
After smudging for the 20 minute deep cleanse, open all the doors and windows to let the smoke out and fresh air in.
Repeat steps with the Palo Santo wood. Unlike conventional incense which burns completely after lighting, Palo Santo may be relit many times. When lighting, allow the wood to burn to less than a minute, then blow the flame out. Palo Santo may be re-lit many times. It will be easier to keep the sticks burning if you have a candle lit to re-light the sticks as needed and keep them burning for longer amounts of time.