To clear out the Spirits.
To get rid of negative energy.
To get rid of any lingering energy.
To open and clear the space.
To enjoy the smell.
White Sage (Salvia alpina) and the burning of sage, is a traditional Native American Practice - not a traditional medium practice. Actually, that’s burning of candles.
Considered a cleansing and purifying by sacred plants, many people (mediums aside) believe that sage can be used to draw out energy and welcome in energy.
While Sage, the plant, can do this on it’s own by just being out and about, the real value is in the burning of the sage ~ the smoke.
The idea is that the smoke, when released from the sage during burning, attaches to itself any energy that is no longer serving you or your space.
Positive, negative, or neutral. Yours or not yours. Spirit or not Spirit. People - and their thoughts, actions, and emotions, rely on the use of energy.
All things rely on energy. Thus, when an energy enters a space - belonging to a person or a Spirit - it doesn’t always leave the space with that being. It lingers. You might notice this after entering into a room after a big fight occurred. It feels awkward, like you just walked in on something. Even though the actual words of the fight is still over, the energy of it is still there - making everyone uncomfortable. This is lingering energy.
Allowing the smoke of the Sage plant to encircle a room, the smoke attaches to the particles of energy already present, and then, when a window or door is opened, the excess energy can be released from the space. If a medium does not have sage, they will often use a candle, incense, or another type of plant (such as cedar, white pine, sweet grass), to accomplish this effect.
Why did tradition move from a regular seance candle to sage?
Well, it really didn’t. Some mediums still use candles to accomplish this effect, and some simply say a prayer, like the one below. Some mediums, like myself, really enjoy the smell and the act of using sage.
It’s a personal preference, really.
If there is nothing to burn and smoke to release this energy from the space, a medium, or any person, could simply just state a prayer or an intention, that releases energy - such as:
“All that is in this space, is serving my greatest and highest good and all that is not, is released back into the Light. Go now.”
Mediums use sage because they:
Invite in unknown Spirits on a daily basis for the benefit of their clients
Deal many individuals (both Spirit and Client) come in their space
Have people in their presence releasing energy in the form of emotions and thoughts
Thus, over time, energy accumulates (kind of like dust) and you have to clean out the space.
The need to ‘clean up’ the space, keeps the room clear and open for the next guest to come in - it’s like doing a little dusting and vacuuming before you have people over. It’s not that your previous guests were terribly dirty or bad guests, it’s simply that when people visit, things get moved around and messed up - and as a medium, you want everyone to have the best experience. Therefore, we clean.
Sage is a excellent cleaning tool, and this is the reason why, to some, mediums may be perceived to use Sage more than any other group.
They have a lot of guests and they need to clean up after each one.
Amanda Linette Meder
PS - I sometimes think of Sage like Windex for the physical world - an all purpose cleaner for emotions, thoughts and Spirit!