The practice of burning sage is also known as smudging. Based in Native American cultures and traditions, it is a ritual you can use to cleanse yourself, another person, a room, or an entire house. According to scientists, sage can clear up to 94% of airborne bacteria, effectively disinfecting the air. Smudging clears out spiritual impurities, pathogens, and even insects. When it is burned, it releases ions which are linked to improving the positive energy of individuals in the room.
Sage can be found at your local metaphysical store and can be bought loose, or in bundles. Here’s how it’s done:
- Set your intentions whether they be spiritual, energetic, or the clearing of negative energies. You may wish to leave a window open to allow smoke to escape the room.
- Light the end of your sage bundle and blow out any flames that ignite. If using loose sage, place some leaves in a ceramic bowl or abalone shell, using small quantities at a time. Light the sage and blow out any flames.
- The tips of the leaves will smolder slowly. Direct the smoke around your home, body, or another individual using a large feather. If you don’t have one, use something else in your home that will fan the smoke. You can also use your hand in a fanning motion.
- Once you have finished, you will need to extinguish the sage. You can do this by dabbing the lit end of the bundle into a bowl of ash or sand. Check it closely to make sure there are no embers burning. Once it’s completely out, store it in a dry place out of direct sunlight.
Important: Never leave burning sage unattended and be careful that you aren’t fanning embers throughout your home.
The jaguar is a fierce and patient guard who can keep toxic energy and people away. To use the power of the jaguar, close your eyes, breathe deeply and get yourself into a calm, meditative state. Call on the spirit of the jaguar to protect you. As you relax, you will feel her energy enter your space. Visualize this beautiful creature moving through your energy field, encircling and protecting you. She will keep intruders out. Imagine her beautiful, shiny coat, sleek body and graceful presence. Thank the jaguar for her protection and know that she will always be there for you when you call upon her.
Highest Order of Light Protection Mantra
Our words and thoughts have enormous power. They are energies that vibrate at higher frequencies than our physical bodies. You can alter your entire life by focusing on the quality of your thoughts and words. Mantras are wonderful ways to spread positivity and protection.
As you are saying the Highest Order of Light Protection Mantra, imagine yourself protected by bright, sparkling, white light. Repeat the following phrase four times, turning to face a different direction each time, completing a full circle. “Only those beings who exist in the highest order of light may stand in my presence.” You can also say this in your head and visualize yourself facing all directions if in a room full of other people.
The Kodoish is a mantra that resonates at a very high frequency and is used to ward off evil. It serves to protect you and clear negative energy and spirits. In English, the words read “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord God of Hosts”. This ritual is akin to a spiritual smudging. It’s great to use in any room, but especially in spaces where a negative energy has recently been present.
To rid your space of any evil energies, repeat the following phrase three times as you turn a full circle clockwise “Kodoish, Kodoish, Kodoish, Adonai Tsebayoth” (pronounced ka-doysh, ka-doysh, ka-doysh, add-o-neye saba-yoth). Although this chant works best when repeated out loud, it is also powerful when repeated in your mind. It grants immediate protection and profoundly raises the frequency of your surroundings.
Personal Energy Shield of Protection
Did you know that you have the ability to create a personal energy shield to protect yourself? This is a valuable tool for empaths and highly sensitive individuals. Empaths are like sponges that soak up the pain, anguish and difficulties of others. If you regularly feel drained, you most likely have a weak energetic boundary that needs fortifying. You need to strengthen the field around you to effectively screen incoming and outgoing energy. It is important to note that no one can invade your personal space without permission. The only reason they have invaded your space in the past is because you didn’t know you could protect yourself in this way. If you have been persistently tired, ill, or chaotic lately, or are experiencing migraines as a result of being around others, you most likely have a weak energy field.
There are many ways to create your own personal energy shield of protection. To get started, close your eyes and take some deep breaths to calm and center yourself. Set your intentions of protection and warding off negative energies. For example, you could say “I set the intention for an energy shield of divine love, light and wisdom to surround and protect me from all sides.”
Integrate a visualization, by choosing any of the following examples, or make up your own:
- Imagine yourself surrounded by beautiful pink and white light. See it sparkle, shimmer and glow. Visualize it encircling you so there are no gaps for negative energy to enter.
- Imagine holding a beautiful rose quartz crystal in your hands and watch as pure white light flows from source, through the crystal, and wraps around you in a soft pink glow.
- See yourself surrounded by the safety of angels with their huge, beautiful wings, spread out to keep you protected and safe in their warm glow. Call upon your spiritual team of guides for extra protection from all who are toxic and negative.
- Imagine yourself surrounded by mirrors on all sides, top and bottom. All of them face outwards and have the purpose of reflecting negative energy back to where it came from. Your shield of mirrors has no gaps or cracks to allow the negative energies in. You are safe and protected. These magical mirrors reflect the negative energy out and allow all the positive love and support in.
Use all your senses to create your shield. See the colours, feel the warmth and sense the love. For an extra boost, integrate this as a morning ritual as well. Create your protective shield around yourself before you even step out of bed.