I’m a seeker of the light. That is how I define my religion. I was raised Methodist, but soon learned that for me, the traditional religions leave much to be desired. In this column alone, I cannot describe everything I believe in, but I can share with you a cleansing ritual I use. Ritual is important in our lives, because it gives us a way to express our emotions and to enlarge our spiritual presence. The cleansing ritual is meant to clean the slate and clear the air, and is very rewarding.
First, you need some incense. I use many different types of incense, but for cleansing I use cedar as a finisher. I begin with a sage stick, which is a bundle of dried white buffalo sage tied with string. You can buy these at most health food stores, or online. They come in various sizes. I also use white candles in my ritual, and sea salt. Before using the sage stick, prepare a bowl with sand, so the sage can be put out easily. It is also a good idea to have a container of water nearby in case anything starts to flame. Flame is not what is wanted – smoke is what is wanted.
Before doing the ritual, prepare your mind by saying a prayer to your God, and ask for protection and cleansing. State what you wish to accomplish. For example, if you wish to rid negative influences from your life, ask for that. This is a very powerful ritual that can have so many positive benefits for one’s soul. After praying, light a white candle and then dip the white sage in the flame, until it catches fire; let it burn a little, then blow out the flame on the sage. At this point, the sage should smoke. Go around your house and let the smoke fill all the rooms from corner to corner – you don’t need to have a lot of smoke – a little goes a long way. The idea is to cleanse, and think of cleansing as you do the ritual. When all the house has been smudged, then, douse the sage in the sand, and light the cedar incense in several places in your home. While that burns, take sea salt and throw it in all four corners of your house and over each threshold. Again, it doesn’t take a lot of salt. It’s the ritual here – not the amount of salt – that is important. Then douse the first white candle, and light another in a safe place, visualizing peace, serenity and protection from negativity. This ends the ritual. With the proper mindset, this cleansing ritual can be very positive and rewarding. The visualization of cleansing and protection is the important element. The ritual can be repeated any time you feel a need for cleansing.