Smudging with Sage – An Energy Cleansing Ritual

Have you ever entered a house or room that you thought had a bad vibe, or just felt “off”?  Negative energy can linger in a space, item, or even a person, long after whatever caused it to be there has gone.  By burning dried sage, also called “smudging”, you can cleanse the affected area, belonging or person of that unfavorable mojo.

Smudging is the common name given to the sacred smoke blessing, a powerful cleansing technique used by Native Americans  for centuries.  Precisely how or when the smudging ritual started remains debatable, but has been an effective method to heal and bless places & material things with positive energy.  Smudging calls upon the spirits of sacred plants to drive away negative energies and restore balance.  An interesting fact: the botanical name for the sage used in smudging rituals is salvia apiana, derived from the Latin root salvare, meaning “to heal or save”.

People who have experienced smudging of their space or belongings firsthand report that the positive results are instantaneous.  Some of the effects include: increased feeling of peace, heightened happiness, greater sense of success, and some even attest the banishment of a negative presence or spirit after their space has been smudged.  The smoke from the burned sage helps to shift levels of reality connecting us here in the physical world to the subtle realm of a more spiritual existence.  Space, bodies and other physical matter all vibrate with invisible energy, so by using the sage-burning ritual, we can cleanse any built-up negativity, leaving a blank slate on which to impart peace, love and positivity.  One might say it is literally a spiritual spring cleaning!  Combined with focused efforts to avoid negativity, frequent smudging can help bring about beneficial changes to your space and body.

When should you smudge?

  • When you’ve been feeling angry, resentful or depressed.
  • Before participating in a special ritual or ceremony
  • As part of an overall spiritual housecleaning
  • To cleans items of negativity
  • Smudge homes, offices or other spaces to dispel negative energies left by visitors
  • Smudge new items before bringing them into your space


ZenJen is available to cleanse you and your space of conflicting energies that may be adversely impacting your life.

Some of the steps along the way to a “Sacred Space Cleanse” include:

  • gift of new beginnings bracelet presented to client
  • writing  a list of energy you wish to attract to the new space
  • writing a list of negative energy you want to release into the universe
  • burning of negative list in salt water bath along with sacred object
  • smudge list of energy that you want to attract to the space
  • perform the ritual of smudging throughout the space, doorways, windows, inside, outside
  • zenjen discusses her energetic findings (good and bad) in the space
  • creation of an alter, a sacred space for the client to manifest her daily intentions and to reflect on the gratitude in their lives
  • closing ceremony; participants are smudged with sage and left with their own tin of hand harvested Utah Silver sage so they can recharge positive energy whenever needed

The process of releasing and letting go of old patterns and negativity felt very freeing.  Saying those words out loud left a powerful imprint in my consciousness and body/mind/spirit.

Giving myself permission to declare what I want in my new space, also felt empowering and uplifting.  This felt like a sacred invitation to divine spirit/god to allow my dreams to manifest.  The whole process helped me to believe that I deserved all my blessings and could start with a “fresh slate”!

ZenJen facilitated this cleansing with compassion and insight making it a very positive experience.

Marlene- Montclair, N.J.

For more information about smudging or to book an appointment, feel free to email or call 862-248-0052.  ZenJen will travel to you… anywhere worldwide (client responsible for all travel expenses).

The price of a sacred space cleanse is determined on a case by case basis. Please submit your story and your request will be considered.  Thank you for your interest.

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