A few weeks ago, my best friend Sarah and her partner moved into a new (to them) home. As I toured the house, I felt good about the new space. But as we entered one particular room, a wave of sadness washed over me. I couldn’t really figure out why, and tucked those feelings away.
A few days later, Sarah and I were lounging around in that particular room when another wave of sadness came over me. This time, the feeling wouldn’t go away. Moments later, my puppy Solo – who is very sensitive to spirit, if you remember the Saga of the Bathroom Ghost – began barking at what appeared to be “nothing” in the room. Sarah and I looked at each other and we knew. We knew he was barking at something we just couldn’t see.
Previous owner’s premature death
According to the landlord, the previous owner of the home died at a very young age – only 36 years old. He was halfway through home renovations when he got sick and eventually succumbed to his illness. We could so obviously feel his attachment to the home, even from the Other Side. He felt sad, clearly, that he had to leave it behind. The particular room we felt the immense sadness in just happened to be where his former workshop was. Sarah told me that her partner’s brother had mentioned he “didn’t like the feeling” of that particular room, either. And it’s no wonder why. He recommended smudging – aka burning sage – throughout the home to clear the space.
What is sage?
Sage is an herb used for cooking, herbal medicine and energy clearing. White Sage (Salvia Apiana) is what is used for Smudge Sticks. It is these sticks that are used for clearing negativity–inside and outside ourselves, from our homes or any other type of structure. We can use it to cleanse our auras, too, when we’re feeling like we need a good energy cleanse.
How to smudge a home
Once you have your smudge bundle/stick of sage, you’re ready to begin!
Light the bundle. You don’t want it to burn like a fire, but instead like a smoldering piece of charcoal.
Start at the front door and take the stick and wave it as if you were drawing an imaginary line around the shape of the door.
Continue this process throughout the entire home. We made sure we waved the sage in every corner of the home, in each room and closet.
Speak to Spirit/say a prayer. In the room we felt was ‘haunted’, we said a prayer. We asked that any and all Spirits that were there leave the home. We let them know that it was no longer their home and while we appreciated their attachment, it was no longer serving a purpose. We gently let the Spirit(s) know they were not welcome in the home. Then, we thanked our own team of spirit guides and angels for helping us clear the home.
Moments after we cleared the home, the room felt warmer, safer, less sad somehow. Safe to say, the smudging worked. Now hopefully the previous owner’s Spirit is calm on the other side, knowing the new home-dwellers will take care of his previous space.
As a best practice, I smudge every new home/apartment I live in. Not because I feel every home is haunted, but because it’s good practice to clear out anyone else’s energy to really make my new house my home.
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