Molly Friedenfeld spoke with Vonne Jonsson and Jody Tschida about the importance of clearing negative energy from your life.
Q: How do we pick up negative energy?
A: Energy can manifest through many sources. We can pick up energy from a loved one. Our physical bodies and our auras collect positive energy and negative energy throughout the day. You can pick up other energy at work, the grocery store, the shopping mall and you can pick up on the energy of others in your own home.
Q: What are some of the factors that affect our auras (our energy field)?
A: Being around negative people, financial hardship, depression, a negative person that lives in the home, and spirit energy.
Q: How can we identify when we are picking up negative energy from others?
A: Negative energy is heavy. It’s think. It may feel hard to breath. You may feel weighed down. Your shoulders are down, your neck may hurt. The eyes may look cloudy. Constant exposure to negative energy without clearing your body can be debilitating.
Q: What are the steps we can take to eliminate negative energy in our lives?
A: 1. Each morning ask your Higher Power to surround you with love and light and wrap yourself in this positive white light bubble of protection.
2. Become a pro at identifying when you are picking up negative energy so you can release it as it occurs.
3. If someone is negative in your presence send them positive healing white light energy.
4. Picture the negative energy lifting from you and away from your location. You can ask your personal angels to take this energy away for you.
Q: When is it a good time to call someone for help in clearing certain types of energy?
A: Divorce, death, illness, foreclosure, to release grief or sadness, cutting the cord on a traumatic event that occurred in the past, helping move forward with an area in your life that you need closure.
Q: Why is it so important to let go of something in the past or offer forgiveness?
A: It allows us to clear negative energy, move forward past our wounds, bless other people with the opportunity to experience the power of forgiveness, it promotes growth for all parties. Forgiving someone who has passed away for an unresolved issue can help the spirit cross over with peace.
Q: How do we raise the vibrational energy of a home?
A: Prayers, peaceful artwork, soothing or bright lovely colors of decorations, kind words, paint your walls in nice, peaceful or happy colors.
Q: What is smudging?
A: What is Smudging? “Smudging” is the common name given to powerful cleansing technique from the Native American tradition; however, the burning of herbs for emotional, psychic, and spiritual purification is a common practice among many religious, healing, and spiritual traditions. It is a ceremonial way to cleanse a person, place or an object of negative energies or influences. It is also an effective method for energizing or blessing a person, place or object. Smudging can be useful when you’re feeling depressed, angry, resentful, unwell or after you have had an argument with someone. It is common to smudge yourself, the space and all the guests or participants before a ritual or ceremony or celebration. You can smudge your home or work space as part of a general spiritual housecleaning, and you can cleanse crystals or other objects of any negative or lingering energy with a smudging ritual.
Herbs used for Smudging
There are many ways to smudge and a variety of different herbs may be used. Sage is probably the most popular herb for smudging, followed by Sweet Grass and Palo Santo(Holy Wood). When the herbs used for smudging are tied into a bundle and allowed to dry they are called a “smudge stick.” In traditional societies the herbs used for smudging are considered sacred and the smudge stick is treated with great respect.
How to Smudge
Any action undertaken with intention and belief can become a potent ritual, so consider your intention before you smudge and hold it clearly in your mind. Smudging should be done with care, with reverence and in an attitude of love.
A candle flame is recommended to light the smudge stick as it may take a little time to get the stick smoking. Once the stick is alight with flame, blow it out so that the smudge stick is smoldering, not burning – be careful not to blow ash everywhere.
Smudging yourself or another
Fan the swirls of smoke around your body from head to toe. You may want to especially focus on areas where you feel there are blockages or where there has been or is physical, emotional, or spiritual pain. Imagine the smoke lifting away all the negative thoughts, emotions and energies that have attached themselves to you. If you are feeling depressed, for instance, you could visualize the smoke carrying away all your feelings of depression.
Smudging a room or space
Light the smudge stick as suggested above, and walk about the perimeter, giving special attention to the corners and the places behind doors. You can also fan the smoke throughout the room with a large feather. If you are amenable to the notion, you should state a prayer of gratitude for the cleansing and keep in mind your intention of removing any negatively inclined energy from the area during the ritual.
***After you have completed smudging the area make sure to show gratitude and thank your Higher Power for helping you clear your space.