Smudging is a ceremony used to clear away negative energies and to attract ones that are more positive. Native Americans have traditionally used many herbs for this purpose, each one having a different effect on the aura and inner being. You may burn a smudge stick directly from the end (extinguish carefully afterward), or break off fragments to burn in a container such as a shell. Sage is a cleansing and purifying herb and can be used to help break up feelings of negativity. Traditionally, it’s regarded as being able to open people up and bring about the ability to have a greater connection with the sacred world.