We recently talked about four things blocking us from manifesting. One was a failure to get rid of something that we no longer need. For example, if you want a new relationship but you’re holding onto the relationship that you know no longer works, you’re sending a message to the Universe that you have the relationship that you need. When we hold onto things that no longer serve us, we prevent new things from coming into our space. This can be physically, emotionally or even energetically. A smudging ritual can help you with the latter and improve your chances of manifesting what you want.
What is smudging?
Sage is an herb that is used both for cooking and for medicinal purposes. When you burn sage, a process that is known as smudging, the smoke from the sage rises and carries away negative energy. As a result, the space around you becomes clean and purified.
There are a number of reasons why someone might smudge their home.
- Many people smudge when they first move in to clear the home of any negative energy from the previous inhabitants.
- Others smudge when someone unpleasant has been in the home or something unpleasant has happened in the home. For example, you might smudge after a nasty argument with a family member.
- It’s probably a good idea to smudge every so often just because. We’re always picking up energy as we go through life. Smudging gives us an opportunity to purify ourselves and wipe the slate clean.
Smudging and manifestation
So where does smudging fall in the manifesting process? When we want to manifest something, we want to bring that experience to us. But if we’re still holding something else energetically that no longer serves us, we could find ourselves failing to see the positive results that we want to see.
Say you want to manifest a new job. Yet, you’re still carrying around negative energy surrounding your present job situation or a past job. That negative energy could be making itself felt in your attitude, which could be off-putting to potential employers. The negative energy could also have you sending mixed signals. For example you may say you want a new job but you’re constantly thinking about how jobs equal disappointment.
Can you see how your energy can be hampering your ability to manifest your goals?
A smudging ritual for manifestation
One way to prepare energetically to manifest something is to conduct a smudging ritual. A good time to smudge is during the period between the full moon and the new moon, when the moon is waning. During that period, our efforts to release things are amplified.
If you don’t have a smudge kit, here is everything that you will need.
Pour clean sand or fine dirt in a ceramic dish. You’ll use the dish to hold the smudge stick when you set it down and to catch the ashes and embers as you smudge. Also, the sand will also help you to put the smudge stick out when you are finished.
Light the stick, and then blow it out and allow the smoke to move through your rooms. You can either use a smudge feather or your hands to guide the smoke in the directions you want it to go. As you smudge, state what you intend to release. When determining what you want to release, think about what you want to manifest. For example, if you want to manifest money, you might set the intention to release feelings of financial lack. If you want to manifest a new relationship, you might set the intention to release your lingering feelings about an ex.
Pay special attention to the corners and don’t forget to open the closet doors and cabinets to allow the smoke to make its way throughout your home.
It’s a good idea to open a door or window so that the smoke can take the negativity outside of your space. If you are smudging your entire house, start at the front door and end at the back door.
When you are finished, say a prayer of gratitude.
By the time the new moon comes, you’ll be ready to do a ritual for manifestation as you would have cleared away some of the energy that could be getting in the way.