A smudging ceremony is a cleansing of energies. We do this ceremony at the beginning of any other ceremony to purify oneself and clear away all unwanted energies, to have a pure heart so we can be open to the teachings and be ready to listen or to share as needed.
We also do a smudging ceremony to cleanse a space where heavy negative energy may be stuck. Sage and/or cedar are purifying herbs that can clear away these negative energies. We also use sweetgrass to bring in the positive energy that will protect the space or oneself from negative energy.