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2020- How to clean up your space with sage Energetically

By WF Staff December 30, 2019

Colleen McCann is a big advocate of something called spiritual hygiene. She is an energy healer, a shaman who specializes in energy clearing at home, mostly inside closets, a place she knows well after working as a fashion stylist for many years. With every business card I send out, I pass on the sage or Palo Santo, McCann says. With exercise, good diets, and skin care, we take care of our bodies, so why wouldn't we also take care of our energetic body? That's where the spiritual hygiene described above comes in. Burning sage, or in some cases burning it, is a healthy way to clear and clean up bad energy. Sage is a common household resource, as with many holistic healing approaches that have gone mass in recent years. But many burners don't know exactly what they're doing with it, or what they're actually doing for them and their space.

When you work with a lot of people in a job where you connect a lot with different personalities, shake hands, ride, then daily sage will help keep your energy body in check, "explains McCann. In her sageing technique, she advises clients to be proactive, concentrating on the areas of homes or workplaces that are the most heavily trafficked spaces. This is where the energy of people gathers, so you want to spread the room.
Simply put, McCann says: Eat, sleep, work, and sage!
To follow her lead, this is the lowdown of McCann on getting sage into your home and work space and keeping your spiritual hygiene up to date. Bad vibes, walk away.

Know the background

"Burning sage is one of the oldest and purest ways to purify a human, group of people, or space and get rid of unwanted spirits. The practice dates back to prehistoric times and our ancestors used it in every corner of the world."

Understand what sage you can buy

"The kind of sage you want to buy is called' California White Sage' or' White Sage Smudge Stick.' Don't use your kitchen's regular old sage. You want to buy an ethically cultivated sage of high quality. All Shamans Market and Taos Herb are great shopping destinations. I will encourage the online purchase of sage to avoid mass-market stores like Amazon. Large commercial vendors are not really concerned with buying an ethically sourced, high-quality sacred and ceremonial commodity. Note, this product's purpose and production is just like buying organic food.

Know the truth of smoke

"Simply put, in the breeze, sage removes bacteria. Sage smoke enables quick brain processing and effective body absorption. Scientists have found that in a vacuum, sage can clear up to 94% of airborne bacteria and disinfect the air. This releases negative ions as sage is burned, which is correlated with putting people in a positive mood. The Latin word stems for sage salvia from the healing word. Certain qualities, when burned, thought to be associated with the sage, offer knowledge, insight, and spiritual consciousness.

Open the doors or windows before burning

"Try to open a door or window before you light up as the harmful energy you're trying to clear has to have a way out. Why do you have to do that? Take a lesson from the eight-grade science class: Imagine you were taking a bunch of chemical compounds and placing them in a container, closing the lid, and shaking the pot. You have produced a chemical reaction, but the mixture has nothing to do with it; so the container may burst, break, or fail to complete its chemical reaction due to lack of oxygen, being squeezed in a small space, and ultimately not being able to change. I always use this analogy for my clients because it's the same as opening the doors and windows in the room you're trying to clear. If you're trying to get somebody's toxic energy out of your house after a cocktail party, after an intense meeting at work in a conference room, or you feel like there's a spirit lingering around your place, that energy needs to go somewhere.

I immediately ask about the windows and doors when a client calls me to come in and clear a room and I hear them tell me they've been sageing and it seems like the paranormal activity in the house is only getting stronger after they've saged. Error of the novice! I always ask my clients, once the room has been ventilated and the sage has been lit, to ask the unwelcome energy to leave their place in the center of their minds and to talk out loud. What I have to say is,' With respect, any energy that isn't of my highest and greatest value get out the f**k, but you're not welcome to stay here. Please leave the window / door open.''

Prepare to burn

"Traditionally, when burning sage, people use an abalone shell to keep in the sage and then use a feather to fan and disperse the smoke around the house. You can easily find sage kits online or in your nearest mystical shop if you're just dealing with sage. Because of the shape, abalone shells are perfect, they are easy to hold while walking around the room, and they can take the heat from the burning herbs. Remember, you set something on fire so it's important to make sure you've got the right container.

Light it carefully

"Once you're ready to light up your sage, take the sage as far as possible from the end you're burning. Place the sage at an angle of 45 degrees, light the sage, burn it for about 20 seconds, and gently blow out the flame so you can see orange embers on one end. Then you can begin the clearing of your space process. Occasionally customers complain about not being able to get their sage to stay lit. If, when made, the sage bundle was packed too close, then the oxygen can not get in properly and the sage will not stay illuminated. To give it a little breathing room, loosen the rope around the sage and take the tip you light and smash it to a floor. It helps keep the smoke of your sage. If you also begin to see the glow of the fading of the embers, you can blow softly on the lit end and try to do so gently, otherwise you can send sage ash flying onto your outfit or carpet.

Consider the options

When I am in a no-smoke environment, sage spray is my favorite option. Traveling with it is quick and it smells great. When I'm in hotels, I really like using this spray — think about how many people's energy was in just one hotel room. Eeek! Eeek. My preference to use is an apothecary from Paper Crane. It's called' Clean Slate' and it's a mist free of smoke. It contains sage oil, crystal essences, and Palo Santo oil, another plant that also helps clear a vacuum. If you're not in the sage's scent, Palo Santo, sweetgrass, and copal can also be used.

 


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