Cleansing Your Space

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.

And as always, love and light.

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It’s All Happening

 

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.

As always, love & light.

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