There are so many reasons why you should know how to cleanse your space. You have company over for a dinner party, you had a bad day at work and brought the stress home, or maybe you’ve been having bad dreams. Energy is attached to everything, including your home and that energy can shift when it is disrupted. Knowing how to cleanse your space will make you feel lighter and your home feel happier.
Smoke Cleansing vs. Smudging
It is important to understand the difference between smoke cleansing and smudging. Smudging is a Native American practice and is passed down through generations. I will not go into great detail about smudging as I am not a part of the culture and do not want to give out any information on the topic that might not be factual. If you are not Native American it is considered cultural appropriation to “smudge” your space. Simply call it “smoke cleansing”.
What To Use To Cleanse Your Space
There are many different items and herbs you can use to cleanse your space. The most popular herb used is sage. You can purchase this from any New Age shop in your area and there are many great resources online. I suggest looking on Etsy to support small businesses! Be aware of herbs that may be harmful to burn or are endangered in your area. Always do research before burning anything in your home.
Although burning herbs might be the most common way to cleanse a space, their are many other methods that can be used. You can use incense, essential oils, or even just meditation. Researching the metaphysical properties of the incense or essential oils can be helpful when you are wanting to bring a specific energy to the room. For instance, if you are feeling a lot of stress and anxiety in your space so you maybe want to use Lavender. Lavender brings calmness and serenity.
When To Cleanse Your Space
The best time to cleanse your space is when you are feeling centered. It is always a good idea to clear your mind before you begin to cleanse your space. A good way to do this is through meditation. Having a calm demeanor is crucial for an effective energy cleanse. If you are experiencing a lot of stress or other negative feelings wait until you are feeling calm to cleanse your space. I personally like to cleanse my space when I am alone as it is easy to control my energy. When there are other people around they might bring energy into the room that you don’t want.
Cleansing with Smoke
My favorite way to cleanse my space is with smoke. The smoke can come from a dried bundle of sage (or other herbs), incense, or wood sticks such as palo santo. Open the windows of the room you are cleansing so that the negative energy can exit the space. Walk around the room with the item that you are using and wave it in a circular clockwise motion. Visuale the negative energy being pushed out of the rom and replaced with positive energy. You can also use chants and spells as your wave the smoke around the room.
Cleansing with Meditation
For me, meditating in a clean and tidy environment is best to help me clear my mind. I recommend tidying up your space before cleansing your room. Taking a chair or pillow, set it up in the middle of the room, something that you will be comfortable sitting on for a while. I like to put on some quiet music (I search for spa or meditation music on Spotify).
Focus on your breathing and clear your mind. Imagine that you can see all of the negative energy in the room. It is helpful to visualize the negative energy as a physical manifestation so you can expel it from the space. I imagine the energy to be a dark cloud. With every deep inhale imagine you are being filled with bright white energy, as you exhale, imagine that white light is filling the space and replacing all of the negative energy. Do this for as long as it takes to replace all of the negative energy with the new energy you’ve created.
Cleansing With Essential Oils
If you have an oil diffuser you can use your favorite essential oils to cleanse your space and it will make your space smell wonderful. Another way to use essential oils is to put a few drops with some water in a spray bottle and spray around the room. Always be sure to not put pure essential oils onto your skin as it could be irritating.
These are the methods that I use to cleanse my space and they are in no way the only methods out there. I’d love to hear what other methods you use to make sure your space is always full of bright, happy energy! Let me know in the comments.
This week I wanted to share a Tarot spread I created. As human beings we tend to dwell on things and we wonder why we can’t seem to let it go. This spread is all about finding out what you are holding on to and how to move on from it.
It’s time to quiet your mind and listen to your heart. I’d love to hear from you guys if this has helped you or not. Let me know what it has taught you about yourself.
Last week I made my first blog post. I have been so self-conscious about it ever since. This new blogging journey is so exciting but I am terrified. Why? I am afraid of failure, afraid of not saying the right thing, afraid of being myself. I have been an avid reader of the blog Smart Twenties for a few months now and there has been one thing Sam talks about that really resonates with me as I start my own blogging journey. Struggling with the imposter syndrome. After I wrote my first post I had so many thoughts going through my head. Will anyone read this? Who am I to give advice on this topic? Are people going to laugh at this? The truth is, whether any of that was true, I had published the post, it was done.
Despite being terrified of all of those things I plastered the announcement of my newest blog post all over my social media accounts. This was the first step in doing something I felt really passionate about. As cliche as it is to say, you really can do anything if you are passionate enough about it. Feeling proud of myself is something that motivates me everyday. There are a few things I have accomplished in my life where I was genuinely proud of myself, those are the moments I live for.
Being Passionate Moves Us Forward
For the past year or so I have battled with what I am passionate about. I have started many projects and have struggled with finishing any of them. Now I see that it’s because I wasn’t passionate about them. At first, I was passionate about all of the projects that I started, but slowly and surely I lost interest. Usually, I lose interest because Iget excited about the next project and start that one before finishing the one I am currently working on. This is a habit I have repeated over and over again, a habit that I am not proud of.
I’m not going to lie, when I decided to start this blog I failed to finish a project that I was already working on, but this seemed so much more important to me. When I started reading blogs and seeing that people do this for a living I became obsessed with the idea. I still have a very long way to go to be able to do this full-time but I want to make myself proud. This is one venture I do not want to give up on.
Blogging is something I have become passionate about and I hope it is something I will continue to be passionate about for years to come. Giving up on something that I genuinely enjoy will only bring feelings of regret. I know if I continue this journey I will be proud of myself, and I am the person I want to make most proud.
Nothing worth having is ever easy. The older I get the truer this statement becomes. If you have a fear of failure, the pride you feel when you overcome that fear will undoubtedly be worth all of the nervousness and anxiety you experience before doing it. Prove yourself wrong every day. Make bold choices and live the life you’ve always dreamed of.
Last year I thought I had everything figured out. I had a wonderful relationship, friends and family who loved me, and a job I didn’t hate. I had it pretty good. Don’t get me wrong, I still have it pretty good, but so much has changed in the last year it has left me feeling a bit lost. Tragedy struck my life and the people around me on more occasions than I would like to say. All of a sudden I was overwhelmed with sadness, anxiety, and a lack of self-love. I knew that I would get through it, but knowing that you will eventually feel better doesn’t make you feel better right now.
This too shall pass. Okay, yeah… but right now I feel shitty so fuck that. People will tell you over and over again that it will get better. They might even tell you to just get over it. Um, excuse you. But for people who deal with anxiety the fears they experience are very real. I want to share with you why it’s absolutely okay to feel this way and some things that can help you right now.
You are human. No one goes through their whole life with a big smile on their face 24/7, and if they do, just know, it’s fake and they are probably suffering just like the rest of us. That’s the thing about being human, emotions are something that we deal with on a daily basis. Here are a few things you can do when those negative emotions start creeping in.
There are a million different ways you can meditate and a million reasons why you should. When you feel anxious or are experiencing a panic attack your mind is going a mile a minute. Let your brain rest, slow it down. If you’re new to meditation I suggest trying out some guided mediation. There are tons of apps out there for this and you can find meditations specific to your needs. You can also just google, for example, meditation for anxiety and just try some out! Meditating might not come easy to some people but as with everything else in life *sigh* it takes practice. Setting aside just 10 minutes a day can really improve your overall mood and energy.
You have about 60,000 thoughts a day and I’m betting you let most of those just pass you by. You might not want to talk about certain things or don’t have the right person to talk to and that’s okay! Journaling helps get those thoughts out of your head which can help clear your mind. You can journal about literally anything. You can write about the things you are grateful for, reasons for your anxiety, or keep a dream journal, etc. I find it helpful to write down why I am feeling anxious and the steps I took to calm down so that when I am feeling that way again I can come back to it and use that same tool to alleviate those feelings.
Find a Hobby
A hobby can be anything that you enjoy doing in your free time. It can be cooking, painting, watching Netflix, or even cleaning if that’s your thing (I wish it was mine!). Finding time to do things you love is really important for your overall happiness. If you only do things for other people and because of deadlines at work, etc. you will never really feel fulfilled. Your passions are an important part of who you are and you don’t want to lose that!
I don’t know about you but at the end of a very long day (or week) I would love to get into a nice warm bathtub with a bath bomb surrounded by candles. Unfortunately I don’t have a bathtub so I shower while listening to spa music instead. It’s easy to forget about taking time for yourself. Not all of us have time for an hour long bath at the end of the day (myself included) so what are other things that you can do for self-care? For me self-care is putting lavender oil in my diffuser, getting into my comfiest Pjs, making some tea and slipping into bed to read a good book. Everybody’s self-care looks a bit different, find yours and treat yo-self!
My last tip for dealing with anxiety is a simple one, just breathe. When you are feeling anxious you tend to get tense and short of breath and you feel like you might just combust. Find some place quiet to sit and just slow down your breathing. You won’t believe what just 15 seconds of slow, deep breathing can accomplish. Closing your eyes and visualizing your anxiety dissipating like it is a physical entity while you are doing this can also help.
Just remember, your feelings are valid and your anxiety does not own you. Try one of these tips next time anxiety decides to invade your life and you will thank yourself. If you have other tips and tricks on dealing with anxiety I would love to hear from you in the comments!
So here it is, my first blog post. I’ve never really thought of myself as a writer. Actually, I have actively thought of myself as a terrible writer. I’m a graphic designer and illustrator by trade and a solitary witch and craft beer lover by choice. The events in my life within the past few months have led me to become a self-help junkie. I would start reading a new self-help book and then immediately buy another one before I even finished the one I was currently reading. I was obsessed. I felt like I could only keep myself motivated if I was constantly flooding my brain with positive thoughts and affirmations. I kept reading a lot of the same tips and tricks to improve my life and I started to integrate these new ideas into my daily routine. Within a few weeks I had 5 new books and was following almost a dozen self-help blogs. I loved all of it.
For the past four years I have had the same job as a designer and illustrator. Monday through Friday is pretty monotonous. I wake up at a way too early hour, drive an hour to work, sit at my desk for eight hours, drive an hour home, and then do whatever I have time for before bed (btw it’s not much). And last year I picked up a part time job teaching painting at a paintbar. Needless to say work started to suck up a lot of my time. My dream to work from home all day making art and blogging was something I’ve always thought about, but by the time I would get home from a long day of work (sometimes a 14 hour work day) I would be so creatively exhausted that I would just put on Netflix and get into bed. These were the days that made me feel like I should make a change.
Unfortunately for me, and many others, I am weighed down, heavily, by my student loan debt. I have read about people just quitting their day job and traveling or starting a full-time blogging career, but that just isn’t realistic for me, at least not yet. If I were to do either of those things right now I would be in a lot of trouble with the government. My debt has given me constant anxiety and worry over the past 5 years but I have kept my head above water. So for the time being I am working two jobs and have very little time to myself yet here I am starting my own blog. Yay!
I felt like I needed an outlet. A place where I can talk about things that I love and things that have been helping me cope with anxiety and stress, a place where, hopefully, I can also help others that are on a similar journey. I created this blog as a way to get all of these thoughts, positive or negative, out of my head and into the world. I’m not gonna sit here and say that I’m not terrified to share all of this with you, because I am, but I’m more excited than anything else.
I consider myself strange and unusual so if you are also strange and unusual you are in the right place. I will be talking a lot about how witchcraft has changed my perspective on life, all of the little things I do to lift myself up on days where I am down, as well as post about art that inspires me or that I create myself. My plan for now is to update this blog at least once a week, but you can follow me on social media for more regular updates!
I love meeting and talking to new people so please always feel free to comment on my posts, interact with me on social media, or shoot me an email.
Welcome to Something Like Magic, a blog dedicated to self-care, all things witchy, and art. Everyone on this planet is struggling to figure out this crazy life and just trying to make the best of it while we are here. Life isn’t always puppies and ice cream, so it’s important to take care of yourself.
This blog is for the strange and unusual who are looking to make the most of the life they’ve been given. Although I talk about my craft and how it has helped me on my journey, you don’t have to be a witch to use any of this advice for your own life! No matter who you are, or where you live, I hope that you find my blog helpful.
Thank you so much for coming here. Love & light to you all.