Whenever you feel drained of energy, due to the stresses of daily life, then you’ll be pleased to hear that there is something easy that you can do that doesn’t involve vegging out on the couch with a bag of Doritos.
For centuries, incense has been used for many things, including getting rid of negative energy, which can affect how you feel. In fact, using incense is a powerful way to remove negative vibes not only from your body, but from your home as well.
If you’ve never tried doing this before, in this blog post we’re going to share with you how to cleanse yourself with incense.
How To Cleanse Yourself With Incense
Although it might sound a bit woo-woo, and you may not have been paying attention to your teacher, you might remember from science class that physicist Albert Einstein once said, “Everything is energy”.
This theory of relativity is what Einstein’s famous E = mc2 equation is based on, which defines the relationship between energy and matter.
What this all means is that whatever you see in matter, including your very self, is made up of electrons. These electrons have a negative charge, and protons, which have a positive charge. And it’s electrons and protons that combine to form the atoms that makeup matter.
Atoms vibrate at different frequencies, which is why things take different forms, even though they are all made from the same thing — energy. This includes the air that we breathe, which contains various frequencies that we can’t see, such as radio waves, radiation from the sun, and electromagnetic frequencies that emit from cellphone towers.
And certain frequencies can be a hot mess for your own personal electromagnetic field. These frequency imbalances can end up making you feel depleted, and lacking energy. Even being around someone with an overall lower frequency of their electromagnetic field can leave you feeling drained — hence the term energy vampire.
Incense has also been used by religious people, mystics, and shamans since ancient times. It is used not only for spiritual practices to connect with the divine, but for cleansing away lower vibrational energy, which aids in the healing of the body, and mind.
1. Open Up the Windows
Before you even light your incense, no matter what type of incense you decide to use, you need to make sure that the room where it is being lit is well-ventilated. This means you’ll have to ensure that you open a window or two to allow the smoke out.
Letting the smoke out through the window will also help the incense to do its real work of clearing away any negative energy that you’re wanting to get rid of.
Oh, and it will prevent smoke detectors from going off, which definitely won’t help the cleansing process!
2. Cleanse Your Body with Water
If you want to create a cleansing ritual to get rid of any negative energy that may have attached to your body, even if you think you’re just imagining it, then you can start your ceremony off by taking a shower.
When in the shower, create an intention that you are using the water to help clear your physical body in preparation for the smudging and purifying part of the ritual.
3. Give an Affirmation
Before you light your incense, you may want to proclaim an affirmation, or at least have it in your thoughts, that confirms your intention for cleansing your body. You could create a mantra like, “I am cleansing my body from negative thoughts, feelings, vibrations, and any other negative energies, so that I can allow light, love, positive energy, and a sense of peace into the space that’s created.”
Once you light your incense or begin burning sage, move it around your body in a clockwise direction. Start at the soles of your feet and move clockwise up your body until you reach the top of your head, letting the smoke waft over you.
Oh, and don’t forget your arms and hands!
Don’t breathe in too much of the smoke. The idea is to cleanse, not inhale smoke! Too much incense smoke can cause you to feel nauseous, or irritate a respiratory issue like asthma.
You can also fan the burning incense to create more smoke in one direction, and then simply walk through it.
Note: And it doesn’t matter if many people don’t believe it works, and there’s no magic here. The actual result of going through the process, deciding to cleanse, following through — this is the magic, the purpose inside you.
How To Cleanse Your Room With Incense
Since you have intended to cleanse your body with incense, it would also make sense for you to remove any negative energy from your immediate environment and your home. Including the room in which you’ve performed your ritual, move from room to room, walking the area in a clockwise direction.
Make sure that you also wave the incense around in a clockwise direction, paying special attention to the ceiling corners, where lots of negative energy can become stagnant, and accumulate.
It would help with the clearing if you proclaim, or have in mind, an affirmation or prayer while you cleanse your space. Something like, “I am cleansing my room from negative energies to allow positivity into the space that’s created.”
Of course, there’s nothing stopping you from creating your own affirmation or vocal intention to accompany your incense ritual.
What Kind Of Incense Should I Use?
Incense comes in many forms, including the most popular incense sticks, cones, or smudging bundles like blue sage smudge sticks, and even resins, which are burnt on charcoal blocks or in a resin incense burner.
The most popular incense that’s used for cleansing purposes include white and/or blue sage smudging sticks, and amber, which is great especially for cleansing large spaces. For more on the benefits of burning blue sage, click here for our blog post, Blue Sage Benefits.
Lavender is another popular incense that is used for cleansing, and you can find it either in stick or cone form, or smudging bundle. You can even create a lavender smudge stick yourself, if you have this fragrant, and herbaceous perennial plant growing in your garden, or on a window sill.
All you need to do is dry out a handful of twigs for a couple of days, and then bundle them with some cotton string to create your own smudge stick.
Lavender smoke also smells wonderful, and it has been used by many to help promote a calming, and deep night’s sleep.
It is more than possible that you will feel as if a burden has been lifted from your shoulders after you use incense with the intention of clearing away negative energy from your body. This makes it a great and easy way to keep your body, mind, and spirit well-balanced.
And now that you have all the information you need on how to cleanse yourself with incense, you can use your favorite scents to create a soothing atmosphere for yourself, and your home, which will help you relax and have sweet dreams while you get a good night’s sleep.