Cleansing & Charging Guide
A lot of us are already familiar with smudging and cleansing our selves/space and charging to receive the positive energy and intentions after we have released the negative.
Cleansing ceremonies and rituals have been around for a very long time and practiced by many cultures. Smudges, created with herbs like sage, are burned during the cleansing as the smoke is thought to purify and drive away negative energy from a space, object or person.
Before your adornments are crafted, the work area, supplies and creator(me) are cleansed with sage and palo santo (holy wood). Sage is like the ultimate energy disinfectant so it, in essence, neutralizes while palo santo is used to bring in positive thoughts and energies, love, joy and creativity.
Bless Your Belly encourages you to cleanse and charge your self, space, waist beads and other offerings regularly. Smudge kits are available in the shop so you can care for yourself and blessings.
How to smudge
First, you'll need :
lighter or matches
object to catch ashes such as an Abalone Shell or metal bowl
feather or fan or even your hand
cup of cool water
and most importantly and vital to the process, Good Intent (can be through your own thoughts, prayer, mantra, incantation etc)
Calm yourself through whatever method works best for you. Intentional breathing, turning off all electronics, drowning out all external distractions. Selenite can be waved around, placed near an object or in the corner of a space, or in the hand of a person. It purifies and uplifts the energy. It is suggested that you have a cool cup of water around you to help with clarity of mind and balance of elements; earth (sage, palo santo, crystals), fire, air (smoke), water and spirit (negative & positive energy). Focus on your intention, burn the smudge stick and fan the smoke (outward) throughout the space, over the object or person. Visualize the smoke carrying away what needs to be released. Follow up with palo santo, burning and fanning the smoke (inward), visualizing what you're welcoming. You may choose to end the ritual by sitting in silence for a while with a clear mind, lighting a candle next to the cup of water and meditating, resting your beads or crystals on an alter, charging them in moonlight or however you see fit.
Smudge kits can be purchased through the link below.