What does it mean to Create Sacred Space?
Creating Sacred Space meanings you’re sending away all negative influences, energy, etc. and inviting in positive influences, energy, etc.
The negative energy can be as simple as the yuck still on you from the argument you had with your boss earlier in the day or as complicated as a negative spirit come to stay for awhile. Some of this energy is harder to get rid of than others. For this blog, I’m just going to talk about cleansing space for ritual.
This is the process of burning specific herbs that have the power to spiritually cleanse a person, place or thing. I use sage, but there are several others that will do the trick: cedar, palo santo, sweetgrass, or frankincense and myrrh (together). There are others, but these are the herbs I’ve used the most over the years.
There are many ways to do this and while no two are the same, they all seem to work. I think most of what it takes to create sacred space is all in your mind. I believe your intention is the most important tool you have for cleansing an area.
A Simple Way to Smudge
– sage bundle
– fire proof bowl
Light your sage bundle with your lighter. Allow it to flame for a few seconds so you know it’s burning well, then blow out the flame.
Hold the fire proof bowl under your smudge bundle to catch any falling ash.
Walk around the area you wish to cleanse, allowing the smoke to waft into all crevasses. You can move the smudge bundle around to get the smoke moving.
While you’re walking around, you can chant/pray silently or aloud, these or similar words:
“Into this smoke I release all energies that no longer serve me, all negativity that surrounds me, and all fears that limit me. So Mote It Be!”
You can repeat the words as you feel called to. As you smudge your area, you should feel the energy lighten, as if you’re being set free.
You can make this little ritual as simple or as complicated as you like. You can include music, candles and crystals. You can drum, chant or sing. You can even just sit in the center of the space you want to cleanse and burn your sage, allowing it to waft about on its own.
However you choose to do it, be sure that your intentions are set on cleansing your area of negative energy and creating a sacred space to work magic!