What To Say When Cleansing with Incense

What are some tips for optimizing the effects of incense during cleansing?


Smudging with incense is a long-standing practice used in many different cultures and spiritual practices. Incense has been used to cleanse, purify, and enhance the spiritual power of places or objects, as well as for its ability to shift the emotional field of a space through its fragrance and aroma. But what exactly should you say during your smudging ritual?

The words that you choose to use during your smudging can have a powerful effect on the energy of the space and the people who inhabit it. To ensure that your ritual is effective, it’s important to set your intention and speak clearly. Depending on your belief system and your cultural and spiritual practices, there are many mantras and prayers that you can use. There is no right or wrong way to do it.

Here are a few examples of simple things that you can say when you’re cleansing with incense:

    • “I clear this space of all that does not serve us.”
    • “I call in love, light, and peace.”
    • “May healing and protection fill this space.”

The important thing is to choose words that resonate with you, that you can feel and believe in. This will make the ritual more powerful. You can also make up your own mantras, or use traditional prayers and chants in your language or in a different one. Music, or playing a drum or rattle while smudging can also add a powerful element.

In the end, it’s important to remember that the purpose of smudging is to create an atmosphere of peace and safety, and to clear out any negative or stagnant energy. Whether you use words or not, make sure that you keep your focus and intention clear. Whatever you do, the goal is to create a space that is inviting, peaceful, and nurturing for you, your loved ones, and the spirits that inhabit it.

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