Ancient Wisdom Shamanism

Indoor Smudging Instructions from a Mohawk Elder

1 Place dried sweetflag root (rat root) under the tongue (protects against absorbing negative energies while performing the cleansing) – Purchase seeds here.

2 In an abalone shell, place sage at the bottom

3 On top of the sage, place the four direction herbs: sage, sweetgrass, tobacco and cedar (you can use dried, and cut up small)

4 Light the herbs, blow out the flame and allow to smoke. Use a rattle to blow the smudge and break up energy as you go. You can also use the rattle to bang on things now and then (with authority) to “scare” energies into mobilizing.

5 Begin at the front door of the house, and walk around the perimeter clockwise, smudging as close to the inner boundaries of the house as possible. If you can, open up all doors, cabinets, etc. and smudge inside, and also go over mirrors to seal them. Leave all doors open (closets etc) except the front door while you do this and ensure no one enters or exists the house while you are smudging. While you are smudging, you are praying to the Creator to take the energies from inside the house out and to transmute them into something useful/positive. Keep repeating this prayer as you go around.

6 Once you have gone around the perimeter and are back at the front door, open the front door for a minute or so and ask that the Creator take the energies outside. Allow to exit.

7 The process is now done. You can next create a protective barrier around the perimeter if desired. This may be hard to get a hold of, but scatter the ashes collected from burning a sacred fire around the inside perimeter of the house, just a tiny bit no need to make lines. This will create a protective barrier. You can also use charged crystals or other folk herbs/substances to do the same.

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