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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

When and How to Smudge (with Videos)


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Are you interested in cleansing your space and raising your vibration? Or are you looking to rid your location of that crummy energy tied to your ex-partner who you can't get out of your head? 

Either way, this book can assist as LeeZa Donatella helps readers understand the basics as well as tricks of the trade when it comes to smudging their space, person or objects in her book, Smudging for Beginners. 
The Article: When and How to Smudge

Today I want to speak to you about smudging and provide you with a good overview, smudging definition, a little smudging history, a quick how to smudge your home and smudge yourself instructions, as well as when to smudge your home, what to expect to feel when smudging, what to say when smudging and the tools used to smudge and perform a clearing ceremony.  to burn sage smudge, how to use a smudge stick when to smudge with sage what to say during smudge ritual ceremony, remove dark energy, what to chant when saging
What is Smudging?
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Why We Smudge   Smudging techniques
Native Americans traditionally smudged as the initialization of a ritual.  Many cultures have used their own form of cleansing for centuries with some continue this ritual today. to cleanse and clear self or home after interaction with those with negative energy or to send prayers and offerings to the heavens. Today, there are many people who smudge in order to clear out their space of unwanted spirits, bad vibes and negative energy. As I say, maybe you just want to rid  your space of that crummy energy from your ex. It happens! 

Smudging Materials
When people today think about smudging, they typically envision white sage leaves bound with string into a small bundle, called a smudge stick. Depending on your intentions and culture, there are also many other plants, herbs, resins and oils used to clear and cleanse. 
Smudging for Beginners details over a dozen plants, herbs, and resins that are used in ceremony, their plant genus as well as their individual spiritual significance.

Not all Spirits are Bad Ones
Not all spirits in your home are negative ones. It could be grandma dropping by to say hey. It's just that you've not known that she's been visiting you every Sunday, until recently. Fortunately, I've never encountered a spirit that was truly evil, impatient, confused and frustrated, perhaps, but so was my ex-husband. I do know that if there is some less than positive energy in your space, then smudging can help.

When to Smudge
Anytime is a perfect time to smudge your home or smudge yourself to remove negative energy The rule of thumb is to smudge if you're feeling uneasy in your space, then smudge. You will feel lighter if you do.  
  • Full Moon for letting go and New Moon for new beginnings

An overview of a Complete Smudging of a Location to Smudge Your House
Below are instructions for your assistance. From experience, I can tell you that when you're finished, you space feels good, clean and upbeat.... so don't be afraid to give it a try. And remember to do it with love. 


Smudging Supplies: 
The below is what I have handy in my  complete smudging tool kit, each with specific spiritual significance.
  • A smudge stick 
  • A lighter or candle
  • A shell or Dish 
  • Salt (I prefer pure Himalayan salt)
  • Anointing Oil
Prepare the Space:
If you're smudging an entire home for the first time, as part of the preparation, make sure you open all the shades and curtains on all windows (Open the windows if the weather is permitting) and open all doors including the closets. Adjust your furniture allowing you to easy move around the home.

Preparation of Self:

You need to take time to prepare and protect yourself before beginning the work
  • Take a few minutes to meditate to find balance and center
  • Ground yourself
  • Anoint yourself with the oil and say a Preparation Affirmation/Prayer to raise your vibration as you ask for protection.
Example:  
  • I cleanse and protect myself in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Initialization
The initialization has 2 parts. 
Part 1
Now that you have cleansed and protected yourself, you want to begin with an Initialization Affirmation or Prayer for Self.


It can be words from a religious book like psalms OR it can be a special affirmation of intentions that you feel strongly about. So pick one that resonates with you and say an affirmation to your higher power out loud. 

  • I invoke the Light of God to be with me and assist me in being the perfect channel of Love and Light to cleanse this space and the people in it.
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Part 2
Light the Sage
Light the sage, then fan out the flame so the smudge stick is smoking, placing it into the shell. Become one with the smoke as you let it wash over you. This is where I make my intentions to clear the space known to all the energy in the space by saying my Intention Affirmation or Prayer. By the way, Theresa Caputo uses white sage to bless a house and so do I.


Begin Smudging a Room
There are several ways to tackle this. One way is to start in the farthest corner of the house, finishing at the front door. Enter the room and go to the farthest corner to begin. Fan the smoke against the walls while saying an Ongoing Smudging Prayer or Affirmation.

Move clockwise in the room, fanning the smoke as you say out loud the affirmation with great intention.

Finish the Smudging Ritual
When I complete the smudging of a location I say a Closing Smudging Prayer or Affirmation outside the home and complete the ceremony, spreading a little salt at the final threshold.  

As a practitioner, I then always perform a couple of steps to clear myself after I have completed smudging, including a Final Cleansing Pray for Self. This ensures that I'm doing a final cleanse, ridding myself of any residual energy.

After the smudging is complete you will feel a sense of peace, love and light. And who doesn't like that. 

What to Say when Smudging
There are prayers and affirmations said when smudging.  It can be words from a religious book like psalms, Native American prayers, spiritual prayers or a special affirmation of intentions that you feel strongly about. Pick one that resonates with you and say an affirmation to your higher power out loud. 
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Overview of How to Smudge a Person  
There are times when you want to smudge a person.  I've been asked if there is a best time to smudge a person or the best day to smudge someone. The answer is always when you feel you need to be smudged, for example, after you've interacted with something or someone that holds negative energy.  There are times however based on my experience that smudging a space or person is more beneficial.

Here is an overview of how to smudge a person: 

Prepare Yourself and the Person being Smudged

  1. Like with smudging a space, you start with preparing yourself: Balance, Ground and Anoint and say a preparation prayer
  2. Have the person prepare in a similar way as they Balance, Ground and Anoint themselves and also say am Initial Anointing Prayer as they inhale the fragrance of the oils. 
  3. Say a Smudging Prayer
  4. Ask the person to stand and raise their arms. Stand about 2 feet from the person’s body.  Using the smudge stick, cleanse the energies close to their form by fanning the smoke about 3 inches from their body. Don’t forget to smudge under their arms and under their feet. 
  5. While smudging say to yourself or one of the cleansing phrases. You can use a variation of the house cleansing affirmations above, if you like. 
  6. Finish by Anointing their forehead with the oil and say a Closing Affirmation/Prayer.
So there you go, in a nutshell, smudging, clearing and protection for all.  

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QUESTIONS YOU HAVE ASKED ABOUT SMUDGING
Below are answers to some questions I have received:

What is Anointing Oil?
Oils have been used since before Christ by every religion in ceremonies to assist in purification, protection, raising vibration, clearing  negative energy, consecration, prayer and healing.


This is a "go-to" blend because of the specific significance each has to raise vibration and used in healing, smudging and clearing or just to release any negative energy accumulated 

Control
I want to emphasize that if you walk into someone else's home and the energy feels, well, not so good, you can smudge yourself when you get home and tactfully speak to them about smudging, but be gentle about it, not adamant about it or try and sneak it or you just may lose friend. I get countless emails from people asking how to smudge someone else's home without their knowledge. Sorry, but it's not yours to own darlings.  

Should I hire Someone to Smudge?
I get asked a lot, "Should I hire a professional to come and smudge my home?" 
Professionals that will come in and deal with what could be a house full of negative energy are not cheap and can cost upwards of $500 for a local pro to come in and cleanse your home and family. But if you're dealing with something that you can't handle, then seeking a professional like myself who performs the entire cleansing and smudging ritual is worth every penny. 

I grew up in Long Island, NY a few towns away from fellow channel, Theresa Caputo, who also smudges her location with sage prior to connecting with the passed loved ones of her clients. If Theresa or I were smudging your house you may get more than you bargained for. Theresa might have messages from your passed loved ones helping you heal and me, the unwilling channel, will information from all the spirits in the room regardless of whether they are related to you or not, because I pick up information from all the energy in the room to determine what they want and help them on their way.  


Unfortunately not everyone lives close to where I'm located (my current residence in the Lake Tahoe, Nevada area and although you can fly me in, it can get costly.) 

So darlings, let me save you money..... you DO NOT have to hire someone to perform a general smudging of your home or a person. Why don't you try it yourself first and see if it solves your problem before you reach out to a professional like me, okay? 

Can start smudging with one smudge stick then light another one if I used up the first one?
Answer: Yes you can light a new smudge stick after starting with another one.

What if I can't find sage and desperately need to smudge. What do I do?

Answer: Although I prefer and typically use white sage to smudge, if I'm in a place where I absolutely can't find any and need to smudge, then I use what is available. At times I've tied a few incense sticks together and used them to make one. Hey in a pinch when I was in the woods and had nothing with me and gathered some grasses and tied them together.
It is all about intention my dears!

Where Can I Buy Smudge Sticks?

Answer:  I am working on a complete house blessing and clearing kit. I have NOT seen smudge sticks at Costco, Samsclub, Walmart, Whole Foods, Trader Joe's or Sprouts, but I hear that they may now be available in some Whole Foods locations.  I do not sell smudge stick separately at this time. I would also try New Age bookstores and shops. Some new age organic farmers markets carry them as well. Happy searching. Remember if you must smudge and have no local resources, while you are waiting for your online order, use what is available until it arrives. It will make you feel lighter. Be Blessed in knowing that!

Can I reuse a smudge sticks for cleansing?

Answer: Absolutely, there are no issues with reusing a smudge stick, so light it back up.

How many times can I reuse a smudge stick?

Answer:  Until you can no longer hold it comfortably without getting burned. I get frustrated when I hear about charlatans telling people that they can only use a stick once, just to sell more product. That's why I started this blog, I wanted the information to be available to the public.  

Can more than one person smudge?
Answer: Absolutely. My friend Michele of Healing Spirit in Sedona and I have joined forces many a time to smudge. 

When should you smudge?
Answer:   Anytime you feel at odds with the energies that are around you. Did you ever get the feeling that there was something not right in your home? That's a good indicator that it's time to smudge. There are times though that depending on what you want to accomplish, better times for smudging. All that detail is in Smudging for Beginners

I hope that you all enjoyed today’s article and look forward to sharing with you in future.

An energy master, Shamanic practitioner, 5 time Reiki master, spiritual life coach, emotional coach and certified EFT practitioner, .LeeZa Donatella has been involved with alternative modalities, having worked alongside many other masters since the early 90s.. She's been fortunate to have been shown Shamanic practices during her travels from the 1990's in South America.  Her studies have included but are not limited to: Bio-Energy, Japanese Reiki, Anapana and Vipassana Meditation, Monroe's Gateway Experiences, Balancing and Harmonization, Eastern and Western Herbalism, reflexology and Acupressure, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). 

Videos: Update 10/19/2015: Some Smudging Videos


The Proper Way to Light a Smudge Stick


 How to Put out a Smudge Stick

Materials in a Smudging Kit

Update October 19, 2015 : Visit my YouTube Smudging Playlist for more upcoming videos


130 comments:

  1. Hi, I would like to know which sage you use because there are so many different types and if you don't use the whole stick do you throw the rest away in the garbage can or can you reuse it again.
    Thank you

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    1. This is a really good question. The sage I use is a calfornia sage, not the sage I grow here in AZ in my yard. It is a white sage with long leaves. Sage sticks are sold in most new age bookstores, and where I get mine from. I do not throw it out, but gently put out the stick when I am finished saging and leave it in the bowl I use to hold the sage ashes. I still have the same smudge stick for a year. I hope that helps you! Have a glorious day! - Lee

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  3. Hello there. My name is Denise and I am Native American. I just wondered why some 'areas' are more active when it comes to spirits than others. For instance, I lived on the Rez most of my life and in 2005 moved into an apartment in a larger town primarily populated by white/caucasion people. When I lived on the Rez it just seemed to me the spiritual activity was normal, a common occurance I had to get used to, and I did. We move to a location where the population is mostly wasichu (white) and all of a sudden there is no spiritual activity in my new apartmenr. I had no idea that this was 'normal' until I lived in the new apartment for years with no activity. I no longer live there.
    Thanks for the insiteful blog! It has been fun to read.
    Denise A. Wells

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  4. The amount of spiritual activity is associated with the location and your vibration. Let me explain this further. We all have spirits around us. When we are in a place where we can be at peace we are more aware of their presence. Locations also vibrate and where there and spirit is attracted to,higher vibration. Reservations are spiritual places and vibrate higher than congested cities. Hope this help... LeeZa

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    1. Thank you that was helpful and for me, made perfect sense for my situation TY L&L your way...

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  5. I bought a.3 pack of the smaller sticks, if one gets low and I have to light a new one, is there a proper way? DO I say anything to accept the new smoke?

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    1. I believe I answered this through a separate email. It is all about then intention and if you light it and continue with the blessing, all is good.

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  6. Hello LeeZa, I hope you can give me an answer to my question. I got a large smudge stick to bless and cleanse a friends vacation home. Should I use it here at my home first, or can't you reuse it in different homes? Also, I've never smudged to release a spirit to the light. This vacation house sits on a bay in Fenwick Island Delaware. The sunroom literally is standing in the water. Should I be concerned about how water helps empower spirits?

    Thanks for taking the time to read this.

    Joy

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    1. Joy, Good morning from Sedona, where the sun is just rising. Happy Labor day and thank you for your question. In answer to your questions: I often bring my own smudge sticks to the places that I cleanse. It does not matter how many places that you use them, just put your intention into the home before using the stick each time if you have a large one. Also to your second concern about the water, yes, Spirits are attracted to areas that are more fluid, but again, it is about intention and the power your mind has give through your concern. Only because of how you already feel, I would smudge that area twice but only because you are already giving that area more power, not because it actually has any. I hope that makes sense and helps you. Bring love and light into your day and all your tasks. Blessings and have a glorious day. LeeZa

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  7. I have something in my bedroom that is there at night. My daughter first told me about this three years ago it was in her room and started happening right after my Mom passed. My daughter said that when she was about to fall asleep she would feel something touch her and she could hear like a scratching noise on her sheets, when she looked to see what it was she just saw a black thing she tried to move and tried to yell for us but couldn't. This happened for a while and then stopped it happens once in a great while now she says when she is really tired or stressed. We did some research and thought it to be sleep paralysis. About two weeks ago it started happening to me I sleep with my tv on and don't sleep much as it is so I'm not sleeping when this happens I can hear the tv. I can hear something moving towards me and I hear the scratching noise I feel something on me I feel and hear breathing when I look it's dark but it's like almost like gel like figure I can't move I can't speak but not loud to where I could call for help it last for what seems like forever but really just seconds and then it's gone. After about a week it started getting more intense it always starts out the same but then it was trying to get under me I was laying on my side it was forcing itself under me and it was hurting my side almost like someone was digging their elbows into my side it wanted me to look into it's eyes but I wouldn't I started yelling for my neighbor why my neighbor I have no idea.. I was home alone and I guess he was the first make to come into mind and once I started yelling his name it stopped and went away. When I got up the next morning I hurt so bad on my right side it hurt to move and it hurt to take a deep breath for two days. The next night it was trying to choke me I think or it had it's hands around my neck but my husband was home so I was able to get his attention and it was gone quickly. The night after that it had my hand squeezing my hand hard I was calling for my Dad but this time my husband said it was hard to get me to snap out of it. Monday night I took half a Xanax I'm exhausted but all I know is my left leg is hurt I'm limping and it's sore to the touch. Last night it was here but just by my side of the bed I can hear it. This morning I'm home alone in my bathroom and my daughters voice calls out to me twice but she had already left I heard her leave and drive off. I'm not scared to be in my home I'm a little uneasy at bedtime. I want to get some sage and go thru my home and ask this to go on and leave us alone. What are your thoughts???

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    1. Jacci.... Im having the same stuff I'm terrified I just literally 5 min ago smudged my apt I'm scared to be here or to sleep I'm a single mom of a two year old I'm scared for her and me plz help

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  8. Hi Anonymous:

    Sorry that this response is coming a little late, but I have been shut in a room finishing the edits on the book. The first thing I would do is to get the sage and smudge. Love and light and bring in your angels or spirit guides. If there is a shadow presence in the house you want ask them to look toward the light and to leave your home. My friend Michele has a lot of experience in this arena. She calls upon archangel Micheal when she cleanses homes and has had experience with the scratching. She owns the shop Healing Spirit of Sedona. She can be contacted at MeshaLuvs@aol.com. Blessings and love to you... LeeZa

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  11. I was looking into smudging my house, however, I have not noticed any negative spirits or spiritual energy. My reason for smudging would be to cleanse my house of the negative energy from arguments and fights that have taken place in my house. Would smudging be okay in that circumstance?

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    1. Great Question Jane. Absolutely a good time to smudge. a couple of examples include smuding after a breakup (http://spiritualspew.blogspot.com/2014/07/moving-forward-after-breakup.html) and any other time when there is less than the love energy. Have you ever heard the term "Clear the Air?" Smuding is one way to do that. Thanks for your question and feel free to check out other articles. You can also follow me on Twitter@leezadonatella. Blessings and Love

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  12. Can I put the sage on a metal alter dish and go around the room with it?

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  13. Absolutely you can. Have a blessed rest of you're evening and happy smudging

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  15. Hello I attempted to smudge my whole house but unbelievably the smudge stick wouldn't stay lit and I used up every lighter in the house trying to keep it lit/smoking. I was able to do all of my upstairs and a couple of rooms on my main floor but could not finish the main floor or the basement. Was the smudging I did a waste then? Will the negativity just be able to move elsewhere within the home? Thank you

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    1. Smudging is never a wasted, no matter if you complete it or not. However, it is better to smudge the entire space. Apparently, all smudge sticks are not created equally. I like using California sage. Depending on the size of the stick and the relative size of the space I may use more than 1 smudge stick. I would suggest, since you have had issues I would suggest getting a couple of smudge sticks so you can complete the smudging of the entire home. Since you had issues with the stick used the last time, purchase a couple from a different place. You should not have had such a tough time keeping it lit.

      At a minimum I would suggest smudging once a month to keep the energy in your home cleansed. Personally I smudge my space once a week but I deal with a lot of different energies in my work. Friends of mine that treat people in their home smudge after each client. That's your rule of thumb.

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  16. Great article, video, and great on you for keeping up with it! The information here is informative and useful, and you convey such a calm, soothing, and positive message with your energy. I appreciate your efforts and all the best :D

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  17. Thank you for the article! Do you possibly have any videos on how to smudge yourself without the help of another person? I could just use what I have read here and wing it, but I'd like to make sure I am doing it right and rid myself of the negative energies. Then I will proceed to do my house. Funny, since I started reading this article and writing things down little noises having been sounding off around me! lol I even heard a think think think of a little bell above me and I have never heard that before in my house. I bought this house 4 years ago. Well, I take it someone is telling me I am on the right track! Anyhow, I will let you know how it goes. But first I would really like to know if you have a video of that! Thanx!

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    2. Hi Laura. Unfortunately, I don't have a video right this second on how to smudge yourself, but promise to record something and put it in this smudging article shortly.

      Smudging yourself is not difficult. Just follow the instructions on smudging a person on yourself. There is really no wrong way to do it You can start from the head or start from the feet. Just make sure you do under each foot and make sure you smudge your entire body including back and head. Say something like "Only energies that are for my highest good and of love and light should remain."

      You are on the right track. . After you smudge you will feel peace and bliss in the house. But you also may still hear or sense other energy.

      I do wanna talk a little bit about spirits and energy with you. Not all energy and spirits are negative. As a matter of fact most that I have in my house now are positive. I'm not saying that you're afraid, but we should never be afraid of any energy, negative or positive.

      Based on what you told me you may be going through an awakening. With the new energies that are coming in, the veil between dimensions is getting thinner and some of those energies maybe your guides trying to communicate with you.

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  18. You can also buy sage sticks at some smoke shops.

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  20. I think this is really interesting. I have a gift where I could see spirits... Well had now I only know they are there but no longer see them because I went to have it removed since the guy I was gonna marry didn't like it.

    So anyway, I recently went with a man that charged me a lot for a cleansing because I was that "bad". Soon after my cat died, my ex boss mistreated me and started causing me problems, I got fired, no unemployment because they continue to charge the story why I was really fired, I haven't found a job, the guy that was starting to like me stopped talking to me because I got fired from our job, I can't pay my bills and I'm severely depressed lately for this injustice. Anyway, upon reading this I think I'm going to do this to myself and my family. I was wondering, is there anything we have to say to protect ourselves while saving someone else? I pick up other people's negativity and just wanted to know what can I do for myself after or before saging someone else?

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    1. Hi Eli:

      So I read your question. When smudging someone else, anything positive that coinsides with what is for the person's highest good is certainly acceptable. For example: "Only energy that is filled with love and light shall remain." If you are more religous you can say something like, "Father, help cleanse this person in your love."

      Based on your situation, you may want to read the following article:
      http://spiritualspew.blogspot.com/2014/10/see-beauty-in-life.html

      One other thing I want to share that came to mind when I read your response. do not look to change yourself for anyone else. Any change and growth has t be because you want to make a change. Experiencing spirits and energy, although no always convenient, is a gift to cherished.. It shows that you are awake.

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  21. Hi, Love this site!...I live in a house that is 114 years old...I have seen shadows move out if the corner of my eye, my daughter had seen a blue light in the form of a person hover over her bed and her hair lifted off of het face, I've heard my name whispered and most recently knocking on the wall right next to me, we are remodeling our house and at the time it was down to bare studs and there was no electric or plumbing ..my husband I were just standing there talking when we heard on 2 occasions. In the same spot, I don't feel afraid here I just think it is time to make sure that whatever is here is only good so my question is where should I end up when I am done..I have 6 exterior doors and how do I approach the creepy basement?(no Windows only the basement door)..any guidance would be great, thank you

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    1. i think you are becoming more aware with the new energies coming in.
      Smudging is always a good idea as it cleanses the energy in your space
      if the basement creeps you out smudge it with your sweetie during the day. I think you'll be just fine. Blessings this holiday season.

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  22. Hi, my sister has something going on in her house and it seems to be affect ing her children. When her eldest child was about 3yrs old she was seeing people in their home and she was experiencing behavioural issues. There was a unknown source of light in their toilet. Now her younger daughter is 3yrs old and she is seeing people too, and she has names for them and talks to them near and in the toilet/ bathroom. She has said they dont like her and she dosnt like them. They sleep in her bed and she wont sleep in her room on her own. She has behavioral issues like bitting for no apparent reason and sudden mood changes. Their home used to be used for church meetings and there is a church accross the road. She wants to cleanse her home, how should she go about it. Thank you

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    1. the instruction above provides the steps and understanding of smudging. I believe that it can provide her with insight.,I also believe that being able to see spirits is a blessing and nothing to be afraid of. Ask them what messages they have for you


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  23. Hi there I cleansed my family home today with a smudge stick there had been so negative tension with my partner and I for some time and recently my mother in law passed I moved into the house with my three kids 8 months ago and my partner joined us about three months after that I feel he had brought a lot if negative energy with him. My 2 year old daughter I've been told is very sensitive to spirits has been waking several times during the night with terrors since we moved in, so I preformed a smudging with sage leaves I also cleaned my self and my kids aged 1-4 was that ok to do so? Also how often can u smudge and does it ever not work ? Your page was very helpful thanks Stacey :)

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    1. Hi Stacey. In my experience Smudging is always an effective way to cleanse and purify your place and person(s). Depending on the circumstances, I smudge as often as I feel less than positive vibes. There are also no age restrictions. Remember, smudging is a ritual of cleansing used over the centuries....just think about other rituals used by religions, for example, described above. Hope this helps..Blessings..LeeZa

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  24. Is it okay to allow my roommate to use my white sage bundle for a smudging in her room even though I have already used some of it or would she have to get a new, unburnt one for herself?

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    1. Hi Keith. Short answer: yes. It's all about personal preference and belief here. Example: You have 2 items in your bathroom: a bar of soap and a tooth brush. Most people would let a friend take a shower and use their soap, but perhaps not use their tooth brush. In this example, a smudge stick like a bar of soap. Some would not want others touching their soap..and some us us don't mind a "good" friend using their toothbrush as well. I believe that sharing what I have with others enhances all I do, so share. You may feel differently about your soap, toothbrush, or smudges stick..Blessings..LeeZa

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  25. Greetings Leeza, I've recently purchased some white sage, and sweet grass from a shop here in Germany for a first time smudging . I've never been really religious, but do believe in something bigger. I guess agnostic is this.. I've been through a lot of bad stuff in my life happen and have done selfish bad things in return that I truly regret. The regret puts a huge weight on me, the depression everything affects me greatly everyday and affects people dear to me. I've experienced a lot of bad luck as well. Especially in the last year I've injured myself severely three times all on my left side. 2 of the injuries required surgeries and long hospital stays. All have left many scars. And the injuries happened in situations where an injury should never of happened. Is there a possibility in curses? Or that my guilt is allowing everything to happen? It's quite frustrating that when things seem to be going well for me something tragic happens to bring me back down, and this has happened so often I'm starting to not believe in coincidence. Would a smudging help me, or would I need professional spiritual help? Any tips and advice/help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you for your time!

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  26. Greetings Leeza, I've recently purchased white sage and sweet grass from a shop here in Germany for a first time smudging. I've never really been religious but have always believed in something. I'm guessing that's agnostic to say. My story is that I've been through a lot of bad things in my life and in return have done a lot of selfish bad things that I truly regret. I've been told that I'm a good person, but underneath feel like I'm not and could be better.. I suffer daily from regrets and have lived with memory lapses and depression for quite some time. It affects people dear to me, and I hate that. And I've suffer from bad luck it seems, for example in less than a year I've suffered three different major injuries all on the left side of my body. Two of the injuries required surgeries and long hospital stays and physical therapy. And the injuries always happened when no injuries should happen normally...Is it possible that im cursed in someway or/and causing such things to myself from the guilt? Would smudging work for me or should I try a spiritual professional? Any tips, advice/help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you for your time!

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    1. Hi Alleyn. Sorry I missed your question. There is so much here, that I am taking the piece about regret and making it tomorrow's article. I will post the link to it in a reply to you in the morning when it is published. Actually there are several article here, becuase I know that what I am going to tell you will help so many others. So first I want to thank you for your honesty and your questions.
      1- Regret - My first article on regret will post tomorrow. Know this for now. There are only 2 vibrations: One of love (peace, joy, bliss, compassion and unconditional love for all) and Not Love (regret, despair, worry, anger, hatred, envy, judgment, fear, selfishness, shame, etc.) Do not regret anything, because it is those experiences that we find most unpleasant that become our greatest opportunities for growth.

      2 - Live for right now, not the past or the future because the past is over and you can do nothing to change it and tomorrow never comes.

      3 - Injuries and ailments are our wake up calls that we need to do something. Example - I got a very large tumor in my uterus that appeared, seemingly out of nowhere and started growing at an alarming rate. Uterine area is the sacral chakra - relationship area. I paid attention and although it was tough going, I am happier now than I have ever been.
      Your Injuries on the LEFT side signify a couple of things; one deals reflects with how you relate to the past, your past when dealing with your present situations. It also represents that part of yourself which relates to your male energy, perhaps associated with your root chakras if for example your injuried your left leg. I would need to know more about the body part to tell you more.

      I can tell you that there is NO SUCH THING as being cursed unless you believe that and give it power. That is another article entirely.

      Wishing you peace



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    2. Regret Nothing: Each Experience is a gift Artice published February 3, 2015 http://spiritualspew.blogspot.com/2015/02/regret-nothing-each-experience-is-gift.html

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  27. Do you open the doors or windows after smudging

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    1. you can certainly open them up, but it is not a requirement.

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  28. Hi! I've used white sage to cleanse my apartment last night and went to bed quite relaxed, still had massive problems falling asleep. Woke up irritated, thought that was because I didn't get enough sleep. I've decided to smudge myself today and straight after doing so I've become irrationally angry and impatient with everything and everyone. Any idea why I'm reacting to it the way I am?

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    1. I absolutely know why. To smudge is to cleanse, and it seems like you are waking up my dear and are ridding yourself of what no longer serves you. Good for you. Like a clogged sink, in order for the water to flow we use a cleanser, correct? When the clog first begins to move, well, what we see if we could under that drain pipe is ugly. Once all the muck is gone, the current is smooth.
      I hope this helps you. Blessings on your journey.

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    2. Thank you for your answer, Leeza :) Greetings!

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  29. HELLO LEEZA, I was wondering if you cleanse a house but negative energy still flows from the tenants are there any other steps to ensure that the negative energy will dissappear? My cousins three year old daughter sees spirits. Some good and some bad. Her mother is terrified. I want to smudge them but I'm worried that with all the unsavory energy her housemates emit that the spirits would just keep tormenting the little one. Help?

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    1. Hi:

      Let me answer your question in segments because there is a lot here.
      1 - Smudging is always a good way to cleanse your person and space.

      2 - I am curious about these "tenants." You did not say, room mates, so I am guessing that your friend has her own apartment the others are in their own place. If not and they live under in the same house, I have to ask why, if your friend does not feel comfortable why she is still living there.

      3- If she is in her own apartment, smudging will definitely help. If she still feels that she needs more, well, I certainly understand what it is like to be in a place where I can feel a thick negative energy from other tenants and I do this:
      get 4 small clear candle holders and fill them with sand. In each one I place a piece of black tourmaline for protection. That seems to do the trick just fine.

      4 - If the little girl is seeing spirits and they are frightening her, the next time that happens have her call her mom and they can both ask them to leave.

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  30. Hi, your blog is so helpful to me. My family an I feel cold breeze in our home like a window just opened then closed. We keep our home pritty warm, bout 75 to 80. Believe me when I say I checked doors, airvents, windows. We can even feel this breeze while under heavy blankets. We just can't seem to figure it out. Do you feel this could be spirits. We never experienced this like this before. Also, instead of smudge sticks, can I use loose white sage bought in bulk to burn over charcoal. Thank you...Chilled to the Bone!

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    1. Hi. That cold spot could be spirit, but I never jump to conclusions until I rule other things out. As far as your sage, Grab a strong and tie a couple pieces up into something manageable.

      Lastly.we are all becoming more connected as the planet's energy is shifting and the veil becomes thinner. Embrace the change and ask who may be visiting you. You just may receive an answer

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  31. Hello:) I would like to know if it's okay to smudge yourself in someone else's home and if it's okay to smudge someone else's homes for them... (i live where I work) ..also do you or can you recommend someone for a reading.

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    1. I smudge other people's homes all the time, so yes. And where you smudge yourself is irrelevant. Of course you should get that person's permission to smudge in their home.
      As far as readings, please email me at info@leezadonatella.com and I can provide you with suggestions

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  32. Hello Leeza,
    I smudged yesterday for the very first time, I was so drained afterwards that I had to lay down.... I mean I could barely lift my head or arms up! Is there a reason for that or is that normal after a smudge??

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  33. And good morning to you! Smudging is ancient form of cleansing, or limbia in some circles. When you are sensitive to energy it certainly can have an effect on you. When I was in Abadiania visiting John of God as I was writing the book Eat Pray Stay: Abadiania I was zonked most of the time after the energetic interaction with the healing and cleansing energies of this place.

    I am not totally surprised that you also felt zonked and if you did, it means that not only did the homes energy got cleansed, so dear did you The following day you should have felt renewed.

    I am hearing from a lot of people through one of my over 400 articles that are experiencing more spiritual encounters. I just want to say this once more here. Do not be afraid of the new energies coming in that are making the veil between worlds/dimensions so thin that more of you are experiencing what folks like me have been seeing, smelling, and hearing for decades. Welcome to my world.

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  34. My 19 year old son recently passed away and I was wondering if I sage my house will it clear his good energy and spirit? He's very much present and I could not survive if I chase him away. This was an impulsive suicide that took place in my garage attached to the house. His girlfriend is a sociopath...thank you for the post on how to deal with this type of person, and we're getting barraged with negative energy from she and her friends. It's like bullets and it won't stop.

    Last weekend I visited the shop of a well known, local Psychic Medium and purchased Palo Santo Wood, to use as smudge sticks, Pine and Palo Santo cones to burn and Agua De Florida to use as a spray smudge. Have you heard of anyone using these products and if so how effective are they?

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    1. Lisa - First let me say how sorry I am to hear about your loss.

      If you son's energy is in the house, saging will not send him away if your intention is for him to stay, so no worries.

      I am glad that one of my hundreds of other articles was able to help you in another area of your life.

      I use Palo Santo and other materials in addition to sage for various reasons. I use Palo Santo in ritual and for medicinal purposes. I have not used Aqua de Florida outside of Ayahuasca ceremonies outside the country but it's used for cleansing and healing.. a very floral scent. I did not know you could find it here. Hope this information helps

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  35. Hi Leeza,

    We have been trying to sell our house for about a year. Each time we have a serious buyer (3 so far) something out of the blue happens to cause us issue. The 1st time it was water back up in the basement. 2nd time part of our tree feel on a neighbors house on a sunny 80 degree day in June. Today, my shower water came running into my kitchen ceiling. I think we have a spirit that is attached to this house (our house is 99 years old) that doesn't want us to leave them and move on. I want to cleanse the house of this unknown spirit. However, I know for a fact my grandmothers spirit is with me and I don't want to send it away with my unwanted spirit. Can I do a cleanse that will send away the unknown spirits but allow my grandmother to stay?

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    1. Don't worry about sending away Grandma.. she will be with you where ever you go if that is your intention. I doubt it is grandma keeping you in this house, but just in case, tell her that she can come with you and that you love her.

      So yes smudge the house. Also 1 more thing. Regardless of where you are religious or not. Google this: St Joseph for selling your house. I have friends in Real Estate who swear by it.

      Blessings to you

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  36. Hello. I was wondering if saging your house attracts spirits? I had a weird occurrence where I woke up to seeing a weird mushroom/jellyfish looking thing floating above me and then it vanished into the ceiling. Don't know if it was positive or negative. I also recently found out I'm an empath so I'm concerned if I start saging my house it will open a Pandora's box of spirit activity?

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    1. Hi Ram:

      I would like to say that it was the first that I heard about someone seeing something so out of the ordinary, but I am getting more emails from people about similar "interesting" things that they are seeing.

      IN answer to your question, I would not be concerned that smudging will open up a doorway, but it is a good question.

      As far as what you saw. as I have said many times since 11/11/11, the veil is thinning more and more and we are waking up to see what has been there all along. Look at it as an adventure into the unknown and know that you are awake.

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  37. Hello in few months my mother, daughter and I noticed strange things are happening in our apartment things are disappearing like my mother's leftover sandwiches, my stamps, and my daughter lost her tooth which she put in the sandwich bag for the "toothfairy" and were not senile or anything then a couple days ago my mother was the only one home at that time and she was in her bedroom and heard a huge bang and she went to the kitchen and found our cutting board in middle of the kitchen floor which the cutting board was in the dish drainer. And last night my daughter tolded me that she has a few scratches on her foot then the next morning she has another scratch on her leg I asked if it was our cat and she said if it was she would woke up from the cat.We lived in this apartment for a few years and I want to smudge the house but my mother uses a oxygen tank in the house. I was wondering if I turn off my mother oxygen tank is it still safe to smudge the house? Please let us know were nervous of our living surroundings!!!! And God Bless!!!

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    1. Hi. I am not sure about Fire safety with Oxygen tanks and Lighting sage. This is a question for a fireman. It is a good thing to sage once they provide you your take on the tank/safety

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  38. Hi Leeza My husband and I moved into a home that we love very much and usually I can feel if some thing isn't right but I only felt comfort here, and we have been here a year now. However my husband clear out of the blue told me that about a month after we moved in he started to feel something touch his leg from his ankle up and it was almost animal or snake feeling, he said he could even at a time or two see the movement of the blanket, he said it does not happen every night but every now and then and during the hours between 3 Am - 4 Am. he said he didn't want to tell me in case I got scared and wanted to move but I assured him I don't ever want to move and this was the only place I ever felt truly happy and at home. I immediately went and got some white sage , abalone shell and feather and done a cleansing on our home and on each other. Would you happen to know what this is/was that my husband experienced? I have not experienced this as we sleep in separate rooms as I cant take his loud snoring it keeps me awake.

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    1. They say that the snake is connected to life force and primal energy. In many cultures, it is revered as a powerful totem representing the source of life. When the snake spirit animal appears in your life, it likely means that healing opportunities, change, important transitions, and increased energy are manifesting.

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  39. Thank you Leeza this puts both our hearts at ease, you are truely and kind and caring soul filled with great gifts and wisdom.

    ~Blessings
    Cheryl

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  40. Leeza,

    I am not sure if I will get a response in time but figured I would give it a shot.

    First of all, great article and looking forward to checking out the rest of your website.

    I am writing because apparently my father has started to try and make contact with a spirit in his home after they heard odd scratching and such. He apparently got an audio recording of it and my mother is a bit freaked out. I thought it was a divine coincidence that my first batch of sage sticks arrived 3 days ago. So I am planning to head over there today and smudge their home.

    I was wondering, if this is a positive spirit, maybe really looking for help, will smudging drive him away? Or will smudging only clear negative emotions and (low level) negative beings? Or can I set whatever intention I want during my meditation with the smudge stick?
    I am planning to do it anyway since my father isn't a very spiritual person, and I don't want him accidentally attracting something else into their home unknowingly. But I wanted to try to get that clarified before I head over later.

    Thanks for your time and Bless you with Light and Love :-)
    - Ben

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  41. Ben:
    You are on the right track, since intention and belief is everything and by smudging you will not bring in lower vibrations. If you believe that the spirit is an old relative, you can ask when you are they, and also saying that only that is for the highest good of all to stay.

    Hope this helps… LeeZa

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    1. Leeza,

      Thank you very much for your quick reply. Have an amazing day!

      -Ben

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  42. Hi I need some advice well some dark entity has been following me around and ive been praying and everything and it won't go away.

    At night it like pulls or touches my blanket while iam trying to sleep or shakes my bed then during the day it messes with my cross chain around my neck. I go back and forth to my boyfriends house and back and i talked to a priest he told me somehow i got contaminated going back in forth because they don't believe in anything at his house. This has never happened to me before only after i started dating him weird stuff started happening to me. A few months back one night i had a dream or idk that a woman with black hair and black skin and green eyes was right next to my pillow trying to get me or something idk.So recently i tried smudging myself and his house I don't think i did it right because i dont think i had the door open long enough for it to leave. The next night i went back home and it was like spirtural warfare, i couldn't really sleep because my room is freshly moved in and now comfy yet. and at 3 something again the blanket tugging and bed shaking. I fell asleep finally and when i did i pictured a huge cross in my room and i channel my very energy into it to hurt whatever was in my room and when i woke up i heard it groan in pain it sounded like a woman but not a woman something evil like on this video game i used to play with these demon woman called succbus. Then i fell asleep again and this time i felt something holding my arms down i fought it and woke up with all my might. Please help should i smudge again this time windows doors open and everything? or do I need deeper help. I'm trying to send it vibes that i don't want it near me that i want to hurt it but it won't go away. My bf says i should curse it out but i don't wanna curse out something that may be a demon.

    He says its because im weak and a coward blah blah honestly im not really scared of it i just wanna get some rest. I spirtural fight it with all my might it can't be because im weak there has to be a reason it follows me. I've been getting closer with god and everything and praying and being more poisitive.

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    1. Hi
      My first concern is the current man in your life who calls you coward and weak. This spirit seems to have come since you have been with him. I am curious if the spirit is trying to tell you something about his energy.

      Yes, smudge yourself and you space, for sure. But also I think it may be prudent to reevaluate this relationship so take time in quiet and ask if the spirit interaction is a warning for you about this guy. Sending you blessings..LeeZa

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    2. Dear Leeza,

      I don't think its a nice spirit I don't want to contact it i just want it to stop bothering me and let me sleep and my bf can be a downer at times but i know he loves me. But I've smudged many times and asked it to leave and that its not welcome and I've said many prayers and read my bible. It still won't leave still won't leave me alone. And also I've been seeing these three fingered prints everywhere its like a hand but with only three fingers. Earlier i went to the gym and i was in the steam room and i saw the print on the door i was about to leave and standing next to the door. It looked like a hand but with three fingers like weird idk with claws too. Also I don't have very much support from my parents I've talked to them about paranormal investigators coming in the house but they don't want that they think its evil. Please help me leeza whenever my bf isn't around its harder to sleep because im alone and it bothers me more. It's like no one believes me I've even got recordings of strange noises in my room but everyone just seems to brush it off. I want to go to a medium but im afraid they will make it worse and i don't want that.

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    3. At this point if you have smudged several times on your own without success, then if I were you I would call in a professional who can cleanse your space. I am sure you will be able to find someone in your area that can come in and do a professional smudging. It would not be a paranormal investigator, nor would it necessarily be a medium unless that also specialize in smudging. And you were correct, your bf's idea of cussing it out is not the correct move here.

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    4. Thank you very much Leeza ill take your advice

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  43. Hi was wondering you smudge yourself to help with healing from an illness

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    1. Hi

      I think that (smudging) cleansing to clear the energetic field is an excellent aid in helping with healing illness in addition to seeing your physician.

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  44. Hi was wondering you smudge yourself to help with healing from an illness

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  45. Hello, my name is Patrice. I turn 19 and 4 days and I've been feeling as though I've been coming to a spiritual awakening. For the past couple days I felt as though something was watching me in my room. I was laying naked on the bed and felt a surge of electricity pass by my back side and the back of my thighs. When I turned to look I could see the shoulders and head of a man. I began to research the ego the next day and things I could do to diminish it that might make me stronger. I meditate with my healing stones as often as I can and I decided to smudge my room today. While I was smudging I started from the door of the room and went counterclockwise until I got to the close. When I got to the closet I felt a strong surge of negative electricity/energy touch my hand. I began to move the entity out of the room and it was as if something was taking over for me and doing it. I could feel the entity speaking through me when I said certain things like "this is mine" or "this is my place". When I got to the door I was met with much resistance and the entity did not want to leave the room. I began to get very tired and felt as though I had been smudging for hours. I started to panic and I reached over to my shrine which was on the left hand side of the sliding glass door. It was then that I found my black moonstone which has powerful feminine energies. I immediately picked it up and felt the power all as I was still trying to keep whatever entity from coming back into my room. I felt the power of the stone immediately and then remembered that I can call out for a suitable guide to help me in times of need, so that's what I did. I called out for the best guide that the powers could give me. When I did that I felt a strong feminine energy enter my body and it was almost as though I had no control over my functions and I let whoever this careful gentle beautiful mothering figure was help me and I surrendered to her. As I did this I felt the presence of my grandmother who had passed away many years agoo who's death I never completely mourned. She took over and I felt that she was almost showing me how to be strong. I felt as though I had completely banished the entity out of the doorway and as this happened I felt something leave me as well which I think was my grandmother and some energy lift out of my body and fly out the door. As she left I felt slightly sad, so I slamed the glass door and instantly was overwhelmed with gratitude for the love and care with which my grandmother/spirit guide helped me and I felt slightly sad that it was gone. I immediately grabbed my stones and my cell phone and left the room and the apartment. I called a ffriend and left the apartment for hours and came back. The room still felt heavy. It's been about 12 to 13 hours after I've gone through this ordeal and the room still feels like I haven't completely gotten rid of the problem. After I left the apartment I was walking down the hallway of my building and I felt as though I could see all the energy from every room in the whole entire apartment building. My head begin to hurt and I felt very overwhelmed and wiped out. I'm entirely thankful for the experience however I'm not sure how to proceed. Do I smudge the room again in order to be rid of all the negative entities when I get my strength back or do I call somebody who's much more experienced than I am who knows what they're doing? Thank you so much for taking the time to read my predicament. I wish love and light into your life and hopefully some of it can find its way into mine. Thank you. :)

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    1. Hi Patricia:
      First, I want to say that I am excited that you are on your way to a full awakening and it seems like you are also experiencing the beginnings of Kundalini opening at just 19.

      I teach about understanding, seeing and utilizing energy as part of my "Life in Abundance" lectures and it seems you are starting to see energy everywhere.... Good for you my dear.

      A couple of things: As part of awakening are some of the symptoms you are experiencing, like feeling overwhelmed physically, sadness, dizzy, headaches when we perform tasks.
      What you are experiencing while smudging is more like someone who is advanced, and not a beginner, especially because you could feel and see the energy.

      Yes, I would smudge again with be clear with the intention of only loving energy remaining, that which is for your highest good. Be adamant at the resistance of any less positive energy. I think all will be fine, but if you really think then more is needed, then yes, call someone else in. You should also smudge yourself in the process.

      Blessings and love to you this day and always... LeeZa

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  46. Can I go the same for the store I work at? I wan to get rid of all the bad vibes that was left in the shop before the new owner.

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  47. Hi, my name is Nicki. I moved into a basement apartment on May 1st. This is the first time since my son was born that I have lived completely on my own, not even any pets! The apartment is very nice and bright and I honestly love it there. However, ever since moving in, I seem to have some sort of insomnia. I can rarely fall asleep before midnight and tend to wake up every hour on the hour, sometimes staying awake for a while before I can sleep again. I am not frightened and I don't see or hear strange things but I do find this phenomena strange since I sleep absolutely fine anywhere else. Sleep aids have not helped either.
    When I described this to a friend, they suggested smudging. I had never heard of it before and was baffled when they told me what it was. What are your thoughts? Does this sound like a spiritual disturbance to you?

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    1. Hi. Just because you cannot sleep, it does not necessarily mean that there is any disturbance, but it does not mean that you are not experiencing something. I will never forget when my ex-partner and I lived in AZ together and the head of the bed was not facing north, I did not know why I could not sleep hardly at all, then I rearranged the bedroom and slept like a rock. Sounds like you are very sensitive as are most becoming since 12/21/12. Okay, so smuging will help clear and cleanse energy, which is always a great thing to do, so do it. Also look into the direction of the head of your bed, Facing north does make it easier for better sleep. Also.. give yourself time. Being alone for the first time does take some getting used to. They say 6 months, until you realize what you have been missing... peace, harmony and a toilet lid that you do not continually fall through in the middle of the night (lol). Blessings and love to you... LeeZa Donatella (leezadonatella.com)

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  48. When i got divorce my ex wife said she'd come back only if we were to sell our house because she felt bad vibes there l said no and that was that. As time went on people that would stay over night always felt the presence of someone in the room with them, 28 years later l met a women who l asked to live with me after 3 weeks she left because the house didn't want her there. When married l could't sleep with my wife because another room called me,and it also happened with the the latest lady l could sleep in the same bed because the other room called me l hope by using white sage and cleaning my house everything will change for me.

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    1. Well, sir, yours in not a new story, but I have to say that 28 years is a long time to wait before taking action. I would definitely smudge the house. I would do so with love in your heart, not any negative emotion. If your lady still feels that uneasy feeling, then get a professional in to cleanse your space. Woman are generally more sensitive than men.. so call your ex-wife and apologize.

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  49. hi leeza, thank you so much for your wonderful blog. i am trying to learn the more spiritual side of life and your blog has made it easier and not quite so overwhelming. my question is this: i live in a two story (with basement three), i can't get to the attic, it has been painted closed before we moved in) and our house holds many people and animals. i am the only "spiritual" one in the house so smudging people won't be so clear-cut and dried as you suggest. if i can smudge the space often enough can it eventually help smudge the negativity of other people and help spread the light of love, healing and spiritual growth on it's own? i don't want to interfere with their free wills or beliefs but i do wish to aid them for the betterment of themselves. i am new to this and never want to overstep my boundaries in helping others spiritual awareness and awakening.

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    1. I am going to say what I tell everyone. The only person you have control over is yourself. The only thing you control is your reaction. We always work on ourselves.
      Secret: if you read all my posts then you know that when you stay in that "Love" energy I teach, then you are already increasing the vibration of those with whom you contact.

      It is always you that guides your reality, no one else.. so do not give that power away

      have a delicious day

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  50. I am wondering if I can sage my home with my 2 year old and 8 month old inside also can I sage them?

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    1. I have certainly smudged homes with children present. Best to ask your pediatrician, since he will be aware of respiratory or medical conditions and use his advice.

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  51. Hi Leeza,
    Thank you for this article and video it was very helpful. I have never smudged before and have lived in my house for 20 years. I decided to give it a try and when I got to my living room my TV randomly shut off and I heard a big bang in my upstairs. Was this just something random? I never expected something like that to happen.

    Thank you for your help.

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    1. The mind is a powerful tool and I am not one to jump to conclusions. I do see energy and teach people how to see it as well. Without being there I just cannot be sure. Sorry I can't be of more help.

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  52. Hello, I was wondering if you can share how to handle a split level house I have two technical downstairs rooms , that have other rooms that do split off from there then I have three stairs that lead up to the living room kitchen area and out to the garage and then if you go up the stairs in the living room it takes you to three bedrooms and bathrooms .how do you choose where to start up or down in the house , do I do downstairs and switch all the way up to the upstairs and then come back to the middle area ? Also which window would be the best open the house considering the structure of my house as well and making sure that the smoking get out both upstairs and downstairs? Also do you go out the door after you're finished smudging like a read and some articles? My husband and I live in the house, I am going to smudge myself, there has been some recent tension, should I smudge him before he enters the house? Thanks for your help! Als

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    1. Hi Alli
      Wiccan and Pagan rituals say to start in the east, but I believe that it is all about intention and as long as you get all the rooms smudged and don't leave space out you will do just fine.
      Blessings, LeeZa
      For those reading this, you find out more about how I can help with your everyday questions by clicking this link: http://www.leezadonatella.com/#!channel-services/c20dy

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  53. Hello, I am quite familiar with smudging and was preparing to smudge our home that we moved into nearly a year ago. I came across your blog because recently someone told me that after smudging, I should be sure to burn something else (like sweetgrass or some essential oils) to add positive energy back in. I was told that smudging removes negative energy, but then leaves a void. I have never heard this before. I have always just used a smudge stick of white sage (most of which I was blessed to be able to gather myself), and stated my intentions as I smudged, and it seemed sufficient. What are your thoughts? Many thanks in advance.

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    1. Yes there are some people who "believe" that a void is created when you smudge, but I am not one of them, because my intention when smudging is to cleanse the house and fill it with the Love, the energy with the highest vibration there is. People who live in lower vibration may continue to "judge" and correct and discount. I am not one of them because I know EVERYTHING is about intention. You are in the right space with your intention.
      BUT... if you are concerned about a void, then add an additional affirmation to "transmute" all the energy in the space to love." I don't think anyone would argue with that and if they are adamant about omission, just have compassion for them.. they just don't get it yet.

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  54. Hi there, my question is for my deceased Mother (Maga) it has been several years since she's passed, her wish was to be cremated, and as it being her wish and not all family members could be there at this time (her children) I was elected to care for the Urn. I decided to hang onto the ashes until we could all be together to release them. Since this time I have read some thoughts and beliefs about the ashes bringing bad spirits, although I don't exactly feel that way, I'm not sure what I think about it. My Mother taught us to smudge as she used to always do. We are of Cherokee decent and this was in her belief and how she liked to pray. With all that being said here is my question, Now finally, we are all together I have chosen sunset on her birthday to release her ashes into the ocean, this will be her final resting place. I've chosen her Birthday because I'd rather celebrate her birth and life instead of her death. Is there any special prayer or ritual you can share with me for this date, I would certainly appreciate it and any thoughts you may have.
    Thank you
    Sincerely
    My Mothers Daughter

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    2. Hi. First let me say I am sorry to hear about your families loss, but know that our loved ones never really leave. How privileged I feel to be asked about this as I share what I do in life celebrations ceremonies honoring the life of the individual and blessing their travels.

      Start with creating a circle. In the middle of the circle can be a small table or at least a cloth with the ashes and candles. If you're in a sandy place, then draw the circle in the sand. I think you get the idea. Have 2 people at the mouth of the circle, 1st person smudging the person, the 2nd person anointing each person. People enter clockwise, filling the circle. You could also hand each person an unlit candle that they lite off the one in the center of the circle after they enter.

      You need someone to facilitate the ceremony. When I facilitate I begin with words like" We are here to honor [name]'s life. They I would say a little about them, then go around in the circle clockwise where each person shares a good memory about the person. As you end the celebration and spread the ashes in the ocean, you say a prayer. Here is an adaption that I created from an Indian prayer.

      [Name],
      You're carried atop of eagles' wings,
      Flying to new heights into new worlds
      We wish you well on your journey
      As you remain forever in our hearts

      There are a ton of additional things you can do, but this basic one is one of my favorites. Blessings, LeeZa

      If you want to know more about the Anointing Oil, I bless and blend my own.
      All my Smudging and Clearing line of products will be available in mid-October 2015.
      I have just introduced the oil as part of a "sneak peak." Here is the link.
      http://www.leezadonatella.com/#!blessed-anointing-oil/c5up

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  55. Hello,
    Yesterday I did a home smudge for the first time. Afterwards, I felt refreshed, relaxed and my vibration was lifted. I awoke in the middle of the night to the strong smell of incense/herbs. Have you heard of this happening before or any idea why it happened? Thank you!

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    1. I am assuming that you smudged because you wanted to rid your space of stagnant and lower vibrational energy. And you felt great afterward. That's wonderful The smells that you are experience could be either a divine fragrances or smells of other spiritual energetic being. Neither one is bad. Nothing to be afraid of I go into greater detail in my upcoming book, Smudging for Beginners, so please join the mailing list so you will recieve an email when it comes out in Mid October. Blessings.. LeeZa

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    2. Kelly. I hope that this answer assisted in dispelling any fear you may have had about what you experienced

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  56. Hello leeza, my name is Krystal, my aunt just smudged me, and just after I noticed an oil on my right hand, it wasn't there before. I was just wondering what it means. The oil had no smell to it, it appeared all over my fingers, and down my hand a little bit.

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    1. I do have a couple of thoughts, but don't have enough information to comment.

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  57. Hi Leeza

    Iv had spirits around me most of my life and its been fine
    Until 2013 i had someone stay and help and over stated anyway she was full of neg energy and performed dark spells in her room anywhere she left behind neg energies that over powered me and the spirits became demonic i was scared and for 2 months it was the worst id experienced in my life anyway i good professionals to cleanse me ( free ) and they picked up on the energy and 2 had to leave the room anyway they did a fanastic job now a year and half on they resurfaced.. i had nothing at home cleanse so i did what i could brush cleansed me and the dogs and in ever room i said things out loud even the dogs i brushed down
    So it feels good 3 days on
    Just wanted my back grouund so im asking now are the good spirit i once had still here? If not can i welcome them back or best leave it
    And when smugging what do i do with the sand once it has got to the end of the stick
    And what if i need to do something right away do i shower before a cleanse and after so this is alot to read is it possible you could help in a few areas there thanks

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    1. Hi: You do have a few things going on here so let me try and answer them one at a time.
      1. You had pros come in and cleanse the space a while back and all felt good.. Great.
      2. The reason why the energy that is in your space now feels negative is either because you are going through something that is lowering your vibrational frequency and have attracted a like energy or you're awakening and vibrating higher and the energy in the house needs to be cleared out to raise the vibration of your space to match yours.
      3. Higher vibrational energies (spirits) don't leave unless you ask. Same as lower vibrational energies, what you are terming demonic.
      4. Showering is cleansing, so that is always good to do. A salt bath is also good.
      5. I sugeest you smudge once a week. My new book came out last wek Smudging for Beginners Secrets from a Professional (on Amazon) 130 pages of detail that could prove helpful I also use anoinintg oil with rose essentials and 3 other essentials that raise vibration. Hope this helps... Happy smudging

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  58. Hi Leeza:

    Back in the early summer my wife and I met a Navajo Sacred Water Carrier while we were on vacation. She was kind enough to give us a sage wand to cleanse the house we were due to move into a few months later. We never actually did this, not for any other reason than moving is hard, and we have two children under 3 to keep us busy.

    This lady had babysat for our children and told us that our 1 year old son was a Rainbow child. She advised us that if he cannot sleep sometimes, that we might be able to calm the spirits around him with the sage wand. Well my wife is away for the first time in 4 years, and so feeling a bit brave I tried it. I did not do a proper smudging, I was in a hurry with 2 kids not sleeping at their proper bed time, and the youngest one screaming.

    Well it had not effect on my 1 year old son. But I also smudged my nearly 3 year old daughters room and indeed I smudged her too...in the hope she too would find it soothing and go to sleep.

    The total opposite happened. 45 seconds after I left her room she screamed and cried in abject fright. She told me there was a "man in her bed" - she has told me several times before that people live in our house. She pointed at the wall saying that there was "something there". She told me "there is something smelling me" and when I asked her where she point to her back, I spun around and her face grew scared as she now faced the direction of whatever it was that was smelling her. I took her downstairs to the kitchen and she cried that "its hurting me" when I asked what it was that was hurting her, she said "it's trying to get inside me".

    Now it's fair to say that she has been making up a lot of words, and doing a lot of pretending - which is a totally normal and healthy developmental stage. However this scared me a lot. Needless to say, I have her a very small dose of melatonin (mine) and she was alseep in my bed within about 20 minutes.

    Was she making this stuff up? What is going on here?

    Thanks

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    1. Hi Michael:
      There are a couple of items here that I want to address.
      1. There are very few people that I've met who really understand how to smudge, that's why I finally got off my behind and published Smudging for Beginners: Secrets from a Professional on October 10th of this year. Just know that by smudging you did not open some evil door. Anyone who would tell you that you did does not understand how this all works. I do mention in the book about smudging around individuals with delicate respiratory systems, not because of evil spirits but because of the effect on small lungs.

      2. Imaginary friends and small children: Up until about 5 years old most children are still able to see spirits. Some of us continue to see them through adulthood, but it is not that as common, although now with the shift of energy since 12.21.12, more people are waking up. When people die, their energy goes on, even though their physical body is no viable. I wouldn't assume that the spirit your child sees is imaginary. I also would not assume that if you do have a spirit in your home that’s its evil or bad. The person could be related to you in some way, like great uncle Charlie who's been visiting for some time now. Or it could be what some people call guardian angel or a spiritual guide. It also could be someone who is a little lost.

      Important: We should never been afraid of spirits. Ask them who they are. You may surprise yourself getting an answer. If you don't want them around, you can ask them with love ask to leave.

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    2. INFORMATION ABOUT STAR CHILDREN - Hope this helps
      Indigo Children: The main influx was between1970-1990, although many scout Indigos arrived before 1970 and some Indigos are still arriving with characteristic of the Crystal Children; or a cross-over between Indigos and Crystal.

      Rainbow Children have recently arrived in the last five years and are arriving now on our planet. They are “fearless” and “pure givers”. They radiate rainbow energy; a very high vibrational energy of unconditional love.

      Crystal Children - The main influx was around the year 2000, although some crystal scouts came much earlier. These are very powerful children. Crystal Children’s main purpose is to take us to the next level in our evolution.

      http://thepyramidoflight.com/articles/children-of-the-stars/

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  59. Thank you Leeza. You have set my mind at rest about the evil spirits. I was in fact thinking I messed with things I don't properly understand and done something foolish in the process.

    I will not ask them to leave, it is my daughters decision whether she wants them around her or not, and I will only ask them to leave if she wants them gone.

    Thanks for the link. I have read a number of articles on it since I learnt about Rainbow children earlier in the year. It is not easy raising a Rainbow child. He is a big child, at 14 months, he gets mistaken for being 2. He was walking before 9 months old, andthe busiest child I ever even heard of, and he is so happy and fun loving....and just can never get to sleep.

    I just tell myself that he chose us for a reason and that it is my duty to make sure he has an environment in which he can thrive.

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    1. No probelm Michael. I am getting that all your chidren are special and many indigo, crystal and rain bow children have been coming here since the 60's. Im glad that you are not afraid of the energies that some people see. Fear is always the energy and keeps us from realizing our protential. Sending you and your family blessings, LeeZa Donatella

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  60. Hi... I'd like to know if White Sage incense sticks are as effective as burning actual White Sage smudge sticks (leaf bundle) to clear away negative energies. Thanks

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    1. Nimesh: It is ALWAYS about intention, let me quote from my book, Smudging for Beginners: Every culture has burned some sacred plant, herb, tree resin or incense since well before Christ, in Egypt, they burned incense, in the Catholic church still today, they burn frankincense.

      Happy Diwali to all my Hindu friends and those in the middle eastern part of the world.

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  61. Hi. I am hoping I did it the right way. Last Monday night, my poor cat was hit by a car in front of our house. He died instantly, thank God. However, I'm concerned he was stuck in the same place since it happened so fast. So last night, my family and I went to the spot where he died. We smudged while saying an old Wiccan chant to release him to the Angel of Mercy. Later that night, I felt the bed shake like a cat was jumping on it, even I couldn't see anything. My theory is that we released him and he came home with us. I actually felt better after the smudging, is it possible that he is with me now and will eventually cross over when he is ready? Or did he cross over and was just paying me a visit? Any thoughts?

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    1. Yes I am getting that he crossed over and is just visiting. This is the kind of information I share in my books and mention in radio interviews. We are all vibratory energy with LOVE having the highest vibration. It is what we carry with us when we transition from the physical.
      I can tell that you miss your animal family member and send to you my condolences. Know that they are always with us. It's just that we may not, until recently experience them around us. Since 12/21/12 with the shift in the planet's energy, there are plenty of people awakening.

      You may find the following books helpful in your journey, available on AMAZON:
      The State of Being Love (released 11/19/2015) goo.gl/RWKaxL
      Smudging for Beginners goo.gl/n9u8xG

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  62. I am a firm believer in smudging. We started about 6 years ago, but I got lazy about it and I stopped. We have a large family and an unfortunate black shadow visitor. The black shadow comes the day before one of my kids has a huge seizure or gets a sickness that requires hospitalization. The shadow stays in one of our bedrooms and lays on the floor. It doesn't cause physical harm, but it makes the air tense and violent.

    Stress has been huge at my house and we are dealing with severe behavioral issues. So, tonight I decided that it was time to smudge the house. I hadn't done that in probably two years, due to mostly laziness. The smoke rose and engulfed certain areas of my house. It rose gently around most of my children, but one of them the smoke swirled around her almost as if it was "angry" the smoke formed strange shapes. My daughter grew incredibly violent and stayed that way for some time. She is 12 and has an unexplained severe behavioral disability. This is a silly question, and I'm sorry, but does the smoke cause rage in people for a particular reason? This wasn't the first time that we had done a cleaning, she had never reacted in this way, nor did the smoke ever react to her that way.

    Thanks for a great post.

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    1. There are no silly questions. As far as your shadown figure, you can ask it with love to leave. As far as reactions to smoke, there can be negative reactions when one is filled with negative energy. The book Smudging for Beginners over 130 pages of detail does provide more info. Blessings

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  63. Hello leeza, im writing to you from Melbourne Australia. Recently we had to farewell our stillborn son Finn (14 weeks ago ). I have thought we should sage our home and ourselves perhaps before we go on another journey in hope of bringing home a baby. But i am wondering if it would affect our Finn's presence in our home? I would not want to do anything negative towards his spirit here.
    Thank you, Trish Adams.

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    1. Trish:
      First let me express my sorrow and condolences for your loss. Smudging will not effect the presence of Finn in your home. In my book, Smudging for Beginners, I answer questions regarding smudging and not disturbing loved ones as we ask for only love and light ro remain when eliminating stale and negative energies. Blessings to you.. LeeZa Donatella

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  64. Hello. Me and my family are buying our first house. We recently learnt that the house we are in the process of buying has had a suicide in one of the outdoor sheds in recent years. My fear is that there will be negative energy or "bad" spirits " that will come in the house. My son is 16 months old and i think he is very receptive to all this. My mom passed away when he was 4 months old and when he sees pictures of her he smiles like he recognizes her and will give her kisses. Is there a way i can help protect my family from negative energy in this case?

    Thank you

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    1. Dear reader. I understand your concern about buying a home where a death occurred. I would be especially aware of the energy where a life has been cut short, such as a murder or accident, mostly because the spirit of the person was not prepared for their upcoming departure and may not realize that they are departed or get lost. As far as suicide, that brings along with it unresolved lower vibrating emotions like despair and sorrow. I wouldn’t totally discount the property because of it and if you absolutely love the place I would suggest hiring a sensitive person to perform a total smudging of the home and shed and help the spirit move on should they sense they are still on the property. As I talk about negative energy and vibrational frequency in my book, Smudging for Beginners, it is when we live in fear and other lower vibrating emotions that we open the door to negative energy inviting in...

      Blessings to you this day LeeZa

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  65. Hi Leeza I have had several experiences with negative spirits but have always overcome. I feel as though I have some sort of gift though I have never realized my potential. I feel spirits around me daily. My oldest son is definitely touched in some way. He is just an amazing vessel I feel that he is meant to do something truly great. My youngest as well although it is not quite as strong. Recently my oldest had begun having dreams. I try to help him decipher some of them but I am unsure of what to do next. There was a time that I was afraid of this all these feelings but lately I realize that the fear has held me back from really achieving what I was put here to do...help people, help them heal. Where do I go from here?? I'm lost & I want to be found so to speak. Any insights, thoughts?? Do u get any feelings from me at all?? I truly appreciate u taking the time to read my post. Hoping to hear from u soon. Blessings...

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    1. Hi. I am not sure how this got lost, but I am assuming that the Universe held this back from me to answer until now. The fact that you are questioning things signals your willingness to move forward. It is when we taken that first step regardless of fear that the transformation begins. My book THE STATE OF BEING LOVE..on AMAZON, may help you with identifying the fear and what is keeping you from moving forward. Blessings..LeeZa

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  66. There is an unwanted and very malevolent entity that comes into my home. I used a white sage and lavender smudge, starting at the deepest point of my home and working toward my open front door. I told all unwanted and dark spirits to leave my home. I asserted my dominance in the home and told the spirits that they are not welcome here. Now, I am afraid to try to sleep...afraid the spirit is angry and will come back. What do I do?

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    1. First try your best not to be afraid.. fear based emotions..anger, fear, worry, sadness, despair, etc. vibrate on the same frequency level as those energies/entities you do not prefer. Love has the highest vibration. smudge in a higher vibration, love love as you perform your ceremony to send malevolent energies/entities on their way. SMUDGING FOR BEGINNERS would be helpful for smudging The State of BEING LOVE would help you understand where you are living now and provide steps to raise your vibration. On Amazon. Peace to you. LeeZa Donatella

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  67. Good morning! I'm rather excited that I came across your article as I am only just now learning about smudging, sadly, as a last resort. My family has a long history fighting what I have been told is a generational curse, keeping some entity attached to certain family members in succession. Additionally, we are more sensitive to these things- and have been, ignorantly so- as we have learned after the fact, that every single house either myself, my brother, or my parents has ever purchased (quite a few from moving a lot) has had a death occur in it. Many have been violent. I finally was able to find peace in my home and with myself, but I'm watching my brother in a terrible state of decline. Even yesterday, he was at the hospital all day because he was slammed in the ribs so hard he thought one might have been broken. I've also seen videos of his 3 year old son being dragged around in the house, pushed down into the tub, along with many other frightening things. Almost every photo has a spirit in it of some sort, and it's quite evident that something serious had taken residence in his home. I'm sure the generational thing (which is definitely a negative energy, too) that's always followed any which one of us around, contributes in some way to enhancing or enticing other negative energies. Each of my family members has been at some point, tormented by this "thing" and we have each seen and experienced our own problems with "others" like the one my brother is contending with now.

    As a child, my father would attempt to rid them by commanding they leave, anointing the house(s), etc.. It would get worse, and more violent, which is when we would call in professionals. Most times it was preachers or priests. I don't recall anyone ever doing a smudging though.

    With our intention to give smudging a try, I hope you would be so kind as to help me with these questions, in regards to our specific situation:
    1. Given this type and degree of activity (physical, malicious, and/or demonic), will smudging be effective?
    2. Will smudging help with ridding us once and for all of this "generational" problem? (it is centuries old with written accounts)
    3. Is there anything I can do to help him in addition to smudging? (I.e. Hanging Angelica root around the house)
    4. If the only access to the attic, as well as the crawl-space beneath the house, is at the entrance: would smudging just the entrance be effective?

    Also, in terms of HOW to smudge, and dealing with it afterward in terms of maintenance:
    1. Would you please clarify if we open the windows and doors prior to/during smudging? Or afterward?
    2. After the smudging ritual, would using essential oils in an AROMATHERAPY DIFFUSER, on a continual/constant basis have the same effect as if we were to continually smudge, or rather in the sense of keeping things away? (I.e. Diffusing lavender oil, lemongrass, peppermint, Angelica, etc...)

    I know this is a lot that I'm asking, but we have been desperate for help for so long. It would truly be a blessing if we could find a resolution to this longstanding, multilayered problem. Especially now, as the activity has increased to cause physical harm, leaving me in fear for the life of my brother and his child. That said, I highly appreciate your time and any advice you can give :)

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    1. Helena - Every culture since before JC has used a form of energy cleansing, with Native Americans terming their smudging. We doo so without fear or anger as we vibrate higher than the energy to cleanse the space. I share some of the tamer stories in my book, one about the old hotel with the spirit who kept poking me in the back to get my attention, then sizzling the lights. I leaned over to the gal with me in the dark, now crushing my hand saying, it's only energy before I flipped around and told 'him' the spirit, 'Yes, I know you are there and no, you do not have permkission to touch me.' as I asked him to move on.

      Smudge, essential oils that are speciic to cleansing the energies. Yes, lavendar is one you've mentioned. there are many others, like frankincense and myrrh.

      Since things have escalated to intense energies around you, a professional may be your best bet, someone like myself who is already vibrating at a particular frequency and can communicate with these energetic presenses to come in and do a full ceremonial smudge of your residence, your family and the area around your home.

      Sending you blessings,
      leeza donatella

      Smudging for Beginners(Amazon) http://goo.gl/AU03Lq

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  68. How do you extinguish the smudge stick?

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  69. Nice blog. It inspires me a lot. Thanks for publishing such useful information.
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  70. Thank you for this article. I will now salute the sun and carry on as I istinctly(now confirmed by you) set my ritual this beautiful morning. Thank you for answering all of my questions in this blog post.

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  71. I enjoyed reading every little bit of your blog. Please keep up the good work. It was so interesting! Thanks for sharing.
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  72. Hi this might be a silly question but every time I light my bundled sage stick it never stays lit long enough also when I use the loose sage leave in a shell I use those little round charcoal bricks and they still don't stay lit ugh! Anyway I have a large area to cleanse so I feel like I'm doing something wrong when lighting the sage. During a house cleaning is it OK to keep stopping and relighting?

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