How to perform a house blessing, property blessing, and a house cleansing
Smudging is the common name given to the sacred smoke bowl blessing. It has been used for centuries by our Native friends, and is a powerful cleansing technique from the Native North American Tradition. Smudging calls on the spirits of sacred plants to drive away negative energies and restore balance. It is the art of cleansing yourself and your environment using simple ritual and ceremony. For thousands of years smudging has been a part of Native American tradition but now its power of cleansing is available to everyone, and it is very easy to learn and perform.
First, say a prayer of protection before entering the premises…. and upon entering, say a prayer of protection for the family.
Smudge the home with white sage, entering every room, and smudge the occupants of the home as well, including any pets they may have.
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A smudge kit consists of a smudging bundle (white sage) and abalone shell or other bowl-type shell, and a feather, or group of feathers, preferably feathers you have found, as they are gifts of nature. When you light the bundle, hold it over the shell to collect the burned droppings, and wave the smoke around with the feather(s).
As you smudge each room, ask God to bless each room, and its occupants.
Say a prayer of thanks after the house blessing is done.
Performing a Blessing for Property:
Say a prayer of protection prior to embarking upon the property.
Next, say another prayer for protection from any evil or negativity that may be there, once you enter the property, and ask for protection and blessings for anyone with you on the site.
Smudge all the outline of the property, praying for removal of any evil or negativity as you go, working consistently through to the center of the site. Extinguish the smudge bundle, and let the contents of the shell drop on the ground in the center of the property.
Say a prayer of thanks after the property blessing is complete.
How to Perform a House Cleansing
A house cleansing is done once it has been established there are negative influences or unwanted spirits
are in the dwelling…
Pray for protection before entering the home.
Once inside, pray for protection from all negative forces and spiritual activity which may intend to cause harm to you or the occupants of the home.
A house cleansing demands more than merely smudging… Here, I use not only the white sage for smudging, but blessed sea salt, and blessed oil.Black Himalayan sea salt is best… but any sea salt is fine.
Oil and salt can be blessed by the individual using it, by prayer, or blessed by a Pastor of your specific faith.
I am also heavy on prayer…
Enter each room to smudge first… pray in each room for removal of all negative forces and unwanted spirits, in the name of Jesus Christ.
After each room is smudged, smudge the occupants, including pets… pray for blessings and protection from any and all negativity and evil. Let the sage smoulder until it is extinguished in the shell.
Dispose of the ashes from the smudge bundle outside. (This can be done after the entire ceremony is complete.)
Next, use the blessed oil to place a cross (NOT an X) on each window and door frame. Offer oil to each occupant, including pets as well. For the pets, place a dab of oil in the shape of the cross on the back of the head or neck.
Next, use the blessed sea salt … sprinkle a tiny amount of it in each room, anywhere in the room. In the bedrooms, I also include sprinkling a tiny bit on the bed.
Tell all negativity and unwanted spirits that the power of Jesus Christ has forever banned them, and they must leave NOW, never to return. Be sure to tell them they are not permitted to attach themselves to anyone, to any pet, to any belongings, to any room in the home, and they must leave immediately , BY COMMAND of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Say a prayer of thanks once the house cleansing is complete.
I hope anyone planning on performing any of these old Native Indian ceremonies will find these instructions useful.