Light your smudge stick over your Abalone Shell or ashtray. While holding your smudge stick over the bowl lightly blow on the flame until the entire top off the smudge stick is lit and the flame goes out. The smudge stick will then smoke gently like incense. Remember that it’s the smoke that does the work and so the stick does not have to remain in flames or stay together it can be burned loosely as well.
Next walk around your home clockwise, carefully using your hands or a feather to smudge the smoke into all areas of your space. Include all small spaces that collect negative energy like corners, windows, behind doors and in confined spaces. It’s also good to open cupboards and closets because they can also hold stagnant energy.
Remember that the goal is to allow a light amount of smoke to move around your space there’s no need to create a thick cloud of smoke. That can also be overwhelming to the senses and defeats the purpose off smudging.
You may need to relight your smudge stick to make it around the whole house. Your smudge stick should be left to go out on it's own rather than be extinguished, this should only be done if you are able to stay with it while it burns. If not then extinguish it by lightly pressing the stick into earth or into your fireproof dish. Never leave a lit smudge stick unattended.
As you are smudging speak your intentions out loudly depending on which smudge stick you're burning and your intent behind burning it as well. For example if I'm burning White Sage to remove negative energy from around me and my home then as I am smudging around the house I personally say affirmations, you can say a prayer if you prefer. My affirmations are "I remove all negative energy from around myself and this space. I bring in light, love, peace and prosperity." You can say whichever affirmations you wish based on what you're trying to accomplish.
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