Ahead of last week's new moon along side the Instagram posts of crystals charging in the moonlight, you've probably also come across those "I can't come out tonight I'm saging the house" GIFS. "Crazy" - millennial - white witch jokes aside, if you're feeling stuck, negative, or in a rut, there's a pretty good chance that there's negative energy in your field.
WHAT IS NEGATIVE ENERGY?
You know that sensation when you walk back into a room after you've had an argument in there and it feels kind of stuffy and busy. Or when there have been lots of people in your house and after they've left, it still feels like it's humming with activity. You can also get the feeling when you've spent too much time with a friend or family member that doesn't necessarily bring too much joy to your day (a particularly draining friend maybe?) This is negative energy.
Our homes, objects and bodies do not consist of just solid physical matter; they also vibrate with a subtle, invisible energy. Now this energy can be a positive + uplifting energy (think laughter and joy), but it can also be a low dull one - negative energy, and this negativity affects both us and everyone around us. It can limit our potential and weigh us down, and the worst part is that it acts like a magnet. Like attracts like and because of this, negativity will attract more stress, frustration and sickness into our lives.
SO HOW CAN WE GET RID OF IT?
Every culture from the East to the West has a method of cleansing negativity, from sprinkling holy water to burning sacred sage bundles. Smudging is originally a Native American tradition, a kind of energetic detox using the burning of certain herbs to cleanse bodies, spaces or objects of negative energy. The theory here is that the smoke attaches itself to the negative energy and as it clears it takes the bad vibes with it, releasing them for regeneration. But its not all hocus pocus. When burned, sage and other herbs release negative ions which are scientifically linked to boost your mood. Plus the aroma of sage also increases oxygen supply to the brain producing a relaxation of muscle tension.
There are many different ways to cleanse your energetic space but here are a few of my favourites. Just like you shower daily and keep your home clean, it's good to watch your energetic hygiene too. Cleansing on a new moon and full moon can also be particularly beneficial as these lunar patterns heighten energetic frequencies, and help to start a new cycle with a fresh slate.
One of the oldest smudging traditions, Sage is a powerful cleansing herb with a very distinct earthy smell. Open your doors and windows, set an intention for clearing any stuck energy away and light your sage bundle. Wave the lit bundle into the corners and visualise it washing over your body also. When you've finished, extinguish the bundle in a cup of water and store for future use.
Palo Santo wood has been used in South American culture for centuries, used to create sacred space and cleanse bad-vibes ahead of shamanic ceremonies. With a name that literally means "holy wood", it can be used to relieve symptoms of common colds, stress, headaches, anxiety, inflammation, emotional trauma and more. Burn in a similar way to sage to release the almost citrus mint aroma.
BALANCE CRYSTAL MIST
Our crystal mists are great portable smoke-free options, perfect for cleansing both your skin and your space. With Smoky Quartz, the crystal best known for it's ability to defend against negative energy, as well as uplifting cleanse orange and geranium.
Quite possibly the easiest method of all, and it's hiding in your pantry...sea salt. Can be blended with water in a spray bottle for a portable space-clearer, or placed in bowls to absorb bad vibes in your home. Salt crystals have the natural ability to change the programming of negative energy and literally erases their charge.
Whats your favourite way to energetically clean-up bad vibes?