I was recently gifted a (new) smudging "kit" from my commonlaw partners native American family. I am into reiki and I also have a massage therapy practice so although not unusual it was a pretty unexpected gift.
Anyway, the night I received it I had some horrible nightmares about smudging my old house one room specifically - except it was a mirror reflection and it felt very dark and I remember waking up terrified.
I really don't know much about native culture when it comes to this kind of thing, but was wondering if anyone could offer me some insight as my mother wanted me to come to the house to clear negative energies.
A single feather or prayer fan can be used in smudging ceremonies. The person first uses their hands to pull the smoke over their face and body as an act of cleansing. Smoke is fanned to each of the Four Directions. Then to Mother Earth, Father Sky, Great Spirit, in the center. All people present should be smudged by fanning smoke toward them.
Usually one person prayerfully smudging their own space, themselves or another person is very effective. However, you are asking about clearing a whole house. Since you shared you had a nightmare about this, I would strongly suggest you seek outside assistance if you are planning to smudge your old house. Perhaps you could ask your partner's native family to recommend someone or your reiki/massage community may know someone who has experience with this type of work.
If you choose to do it yourself, I would at least invite some others outside the family to join you. The energy you experienced in your dream is most likely not just connected to the house but to you and your family as well. This energy would be charged for you and your family, but not necessarily for an outsider.
In the traditions I was trained in, no one would try to smudge/bless/clear a house singlehandedly, especially if there were known to be dark energies present such as indicated by your dream. It would be a community effort/event/gathering.
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