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Sacred Smoke Bowl Blessing ~ Smudging


‘Smudging’ is the common name given to the Sacred Smoke Bowl Blessing, a powerful cleansing technique from the Native American tradition. However the burning of herbs for emotional, psychic, and spiritual purification is common practice in many religious, healing, and spiritual traditions. It is a ritual way to cleanse a person, place or an object of negative energies or influences. The theory behind smudging is that the smoke attaches itself to negative energy and as it clears it takes the negative energy with it, releasing it into another space to be regenerated.

Smudging is very effective when you’ve been feeling depressed, angry, resentful or unwell or after you have had an argument with someone. It is also great to smudge yourself, the space and all the guests or participants before a ritual or ceremony or celebration. You can smudge your home or work space as part of a general spiritual housecleaning and you can cleanse crystals or other objects of any negative energy with a smudging ritual.

There are many ways to smudge and a variety of different herbs may be used. When the herbs used for smudging are tied into a bundle and allowed to dry they are called a “smudge stick”. In traditional societies the herbs used for smudging are considered sacred and the smudge stick is treated with great respect.

How to Smudge

Any action, undertaken with intention and belief can become a potent ritual so consider your intention before you smudge and hold it clearly in your mind. You may wish to invite the spirit of the herbs to join you and guide and assist with your intention.

A candle flame is recommended to light the smudge stick as it may take a little time to get the stick smoking. Once there’s a flame blow it out so that the smudge stick is smoldering, not burning. Blow or wave the flame with your hand to put out the fire. Allow the smudge stick to smolder, freeing the smoke to circle in the air.

Smudging Yourself

Fan the swirls of smoke around your body from head to toe. You may want to especially focus on areas where you feel there are blockages or where there has been or is physical, emotional, or psychic pain. Imagine the smoke lifting away all the negative thoughts, emotions and energies that have attached themselves to you. If you are feeling depressed for instance you could visualize the smoke carrying away all your feelings of depression.

Smudging Another

It is often appropriate to smudge guests as they enter the space at a ritual, ceremony or special event. Smudge as if you were smudging yourself, fanning the smoke all over their body. You may want to speak an intention or a suggestion for the smudging as you do it. For instance “Allow the sacred smoke to cleanse your body and spirit and bring you present and available into this moment”

Smudging a Room or Space

Light the smudge stick and walk about the perimeter,move in a counter clockwise direction to banish negativity, giving special attention to the corners and the places behind doors. You can also fan the smoke throughout the room with a large feather.

During Healing Work

During healing work, the smoke may be fanned over the person either by your hand or with feathers. This clears out unhealthy energies and brings in the special attributes of the herbs. You may also direct smudge to each of the person’s chakras and as you do so visualize each chakra coming into balance as it is purified by the smudge.

Cleansing Crystals or Other Objects

Hold the objects to be purified in the smoke or fan the smoke over them. If you are clearing your crystals prior to programming them thank both them and the smudge stick for helping you to realize your goals.

After Trauma

Illness strongly affects the energy in the home. Illness subdues the energy in a home, whether physically or mentally in the case of the person suffering, or from the nervous tension and energetic output of the person tending the ill. Fresh air must be brought into the home, as well as plants and flowers, candles and some form of purifying water. By bringing the four elements into the home and the sense of a fresh clean, beginning, you will raise everyone’s spirits and incorporate balance into the home again.

Conflict in the home or violation in the form of constant arguing or anger or if the home has been robbed or damaged in some way can also strongly affect the chi of the home and its occupants. This is another instance where space clearing, regularly if necessary, can help you move on from negative energy and holding onto the past and moving forward into a happier future.

After Change or to Elicit Change

When change comes into life, whether positive or negative it can’t help but affect people and their environment. If you change jobs, lose someone you love, have to deal with conflict or resentment, or if you end a relationship, you need to make sure that you take the time to process your emotions and then cleanse yourself and your space. Honor the passing, mourn, grieve, let your anger or anxiety our and then work to let those emotions go so you can continue unencumbered on your path. Chi is all about balance – learning and moving forward and working to maintain harmony internally and externally. Clearing space is a good habit and one that can help you move on in all facets of your life with more ease.

Extinguishing the Smudge Stick

Have ready a fireproof receptacle such as a shell or a glass or ceramic dish to put the smudge stick in when you’ve finished. It’s ideal to damp the stick out in sand, or earth or you can just press it against the bottom of the receptacle. Always make sure that a smudge stick is out before leaving the room where you keep it.

Native SMudge3


  •  A traditional way to cleanse away negative energy
  •  Cleanse divination, ritual and psychic development tools.
  •  Use to clear energy out of a room where stress occurs.
  •  Use to cleanse people and pets that are depressed, sick or anxious
  •  Clear energy from a previous resident.
  •  Can also be used to bless or consecrate spiritual tools or sacred spaces
  •  Sage Smudge Ceremony to help sell your home

Ion-Cleanse: External Detoxification Method

 What is Ion-Cleanse?

The IonCleanse Unit generates a programmable mix of positive and negative ions (charged atoms) which attach themselves to oppositely charged toxic particles and draw them out of the body through pores in the feet. The result over several sessions is a remarkable release of many different toxic materials, and a growing feeling in overall energy.  Each session takes about 30 minutes. It is an External Detoxification Method, which detoxifies your body while you are comfortably seated with your feet placed in a container of warm water. This is a very efficient way to remove toxic accumulations regardless of where they are located in the body. IonCleanse sessions are painless and comfortable. The IonCleanse is not intended to cure or treat disease. When used properly, the IonCleanse detoxifies the body in an effective and fast manner with little or no stress to the body.

How Does Ion-Cleanse Work?

The human body is like a giant magnet that attracts and holds onto toxins. Heavy metals, partially oxidized fats, unassimilated proteins, cholesterol deposits, uric acid, plaque, lactic acid and the vast array of chemicals that pervade our water, air and food.  These toxins attach themselves in ionized form to joints, organs, arteries, nerves and tissues. This disrupts normal body functions, and creates an environment for disease, allergies, and immune system problems. Ion generating technology has been around for several decades. It is this technology that is the secret to success in the Ion-Cleanse process by using an alternating positive and negative ion charge during the same treatment. This important discovery now makes it possible to remove unwanted toxic material from everyone regardless of the electrical charges the toxin may hold. Ions are charged atoms that have gained or lost an electron, which causes them to set up a magnetic field capable of attracting and neutralizing oppositely charged particles and pulling them out of the body through a process called osmosis. Osmosis is a scientific term used to describe the movement of particles through a cellular membrane from a higher concentration to a lower concentration. The lower concentration in this case refers to the ion field set up by the system in the water. Often times it is possible to reduce pain, swelling, edema and other symptoms caused by a long-term life style and a chronic toxic buildup in the body.

Why Detoxify Using the Ion-Cleanse? 

Never before in the history of our planet has there ever been such an overwhelming volume of toxic materials dumped upon us through our air supply, water supply, food supply, food chain and into our bodies. Ongoing periodic detoxification is essential to maintain health and avoid disease.  Having a successful detoxification regimen is clearly essential to maintain health and avoid disease. The Ion-Cleanse in combination with other forms of body detoxification processes such as colon hydrotherapy, cellular cleansing, a healthy diet, and a low stress lifestyle proved a thorough and efficient way to maintain high energy levels and long term wellness.

Session Frequency:

As a general rule, the maximum bathing frequency for persons under fifty years of age is three times a week for fourteen sessions, with a three-week break before beginning the next sequence. The maximum bathing frequency for persons over fifty is twice a week with a two-week break after fourteen sessions. Each session is 30 minutes in length. Once a month is recommended for maintenance.


Guidelines During Ion-Cleanse Session:

Remove all jewelry, including watches

Do not use a cell phone or a computer

If taking prescription medications take 6 hours before or 6 hours after treatment

Following the treatment replenish electrolytes with supplemental minerals including vitamin C and vegetable juices.

What You Will See During Ion-Cleanse Session…

Many different colors and objects will appear in the water during the IonCleanse session. These colors and objects may be a good indication of what your body is getting rid of.

Color Chart:

  • Yellow-green:  Detoxifying from the kidney, bladder, urinary tract, female/prostate area
  • Orange:  Detoxifying from Joints
  • Brown: Detoxifying from liver, tobacco, cellular debris
  • Black: Detoxifying from liver
  • Dark Green: Detoxifying from gallbladder
  • White foam:  Lymphatic system
  • White cheese-like particles:  Most likely yeast
  • Black flecks:  Heavy metals
  • Red flecks:  Blood clot material
  • Teal:  Old medication
  • Parasites
  • Various Odors

What to Expect After Detoxification…

Feel lighter

 Experience a greater feeling of well being

 Increase in energy & vitality

 Improved sleep patterns

 Improved recovery time

  Improved liver, kidney and bowel functions

 Reduced fluid retention

 Feelings of improved mental clarity and relaxation

 Relief of pain, edema and swollen joints

 Relief of arthritis, allergies, gout, lymphadema, headaches and neuralgia

     Lowers High Blood Pressure

    Lowers High Blood Sugar

    Reduced aches and inflammation

    Improved Immune System

    Helps the skin to regain elasticity

    Aids in Healing Athletes Foot and Nail Fungus

Note: The Ion-Cleanse Foot Bath is a detoxification treatment so those who have any degree of toxicity can expect to have some cleansing reactions. These may result in feelings of fatigue, headache and similar symptoms of the flu. These symptoms will abate with subsequent treatments.


Children under age 5

Pregnant or lactating women

Anyone with pacemakers, electrical implants, breast implants and transplanted organs

Anyone with open wounds on their feet (use hands instead)

Anyone with Type 1 diabetes, congestive heart failure, dialysis

Anyone taking heart regulating medications, psychotic or seizure medication, and blood thinners

Those with joint replacements and metal plates are safe to use the Ion-Cleanse Foot Bath


Note: The IonCleanse does not heal or cure disease or any condition. It pulls toxins out of the body. If your problem is caused by a toxic buildup that the IonCleanse dissolves, it may be diminished by the detoxification, but certainly not cured. Frequent detoxification with the IonCleanse gives clients a greater sense of well-being and helps them to feel better.


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