Why Saging Doesn't Always Work
When you smudge your house with sage, you are clearing it of anything that is no longer serving you, for the highest and greatest good.
You could be clearing anger energy from a fight, stagnant energy from a period of sadness, old energy and thoughts from previous owners and residents of the building, or any type of emotional or thought based energy that is residual.
In the case of a fight, this could be the residual energy that hangs around in the air like smog, long after the cars have driven off.
In the case of a spirit, this could be the spiritual body of someone who is sticking around, long after their physical body has left this earth.
The general saging process used time and time again to release a space of energy or a spirit doesn’t always work.
I wish I could say it did.
So if you've saged and your closet door is still opening at 2:00 am every night, if it still feels weird, or if you're still feeling like someone is watching you, this article is for you.
Why your sage isn't working
. . . when it seems to be working for everyone else
The saging and smudging ritual is actually meant to clear indiscriminate, non-intelligent, residual lingering around energy.
It’s meant to clear out all the energetic discards left behind from your own daily life and from any house guests you, or the people living in your house before you, have invited over. Saging is like going around from room to room, and picking up what is no longer needed or being used energetically ('the trash') and releasing it outside.
Saging is a process of collecting that which no longer serves you and letting it go.
Now, image instead of releasing discarded paper plates and old emotions, there is a person in your space.
Imagine, that someone had wandered into the house and you are currently collecting pieces of trash off the floor, repeating over and over,
“That which no longer serves me must leave”
In a situation like this, how is that person supposed to know that they are the that which is no longer serving you, is actually them?
Sometimes they don't. And, some Spirits will not leave until you address them directly, as the people/persons you want to leave - even if you have saged.
what can you do?
If you have found that you have saged and things have not improved, it is likely that the ‘that which is no longer serving you’ isn’t residual energy - it’s an intelligent individual who needs to be addressed.
Step 1. Next time you sense that something is off, go into the place where you sense it.
Step 2. Then, say something like this:
“Listen, I can’t see you and I don’t know what you want, but you being here is making me and my animals/children/husband/myself really uncomfortable. If you have something to show me, please make me aware of it in another way of what you need me to know. Send me a sign. Show me in a dream, but do not stand here in the nursery. It’s weird and makes me feel unwelcome in my own home. Thanks. Please go now. Yes, you. Any person present whom I have not invited personally and anything you have brought with you.”
Most of the time, they Spirit present will now be made aware that you are talking about them, and they will peacefully go or send you a sign in another way, just like you asked.
Need more help? Check out my eBook, Transitions: A Guide to Confidently Releasing Ghosts and Earthbound Spirits from Any Place, it'll teach you everything you need to know on getting the space back to feeling like home.
Amanda Linette Meder