In native cultures birds are highly revered because of their closeness to Grandfather Creator in the heavens.
It is believed the feather possesses the spirit qualities of the bird– to be the breath of life as well as connecting us to the heavens above and mother earth below.
Because of the way they are constructed, it is believed that feathers have the ability to comb someones energy or aura of blockages therefore aiding in the cleansing smoke bath.
How to Smudge Your Aura
Crack the windows throughout your home.
Light the herbs until they start to burn, then blow them out allowing the herbs to smolder to make the smoke and hold above your smudge bowl.
Then begin moving the smoke with the feather fan around the body, being sure that you do not blow on the smoke, as you do not want to infuse any energies into the purity of the smoke.
Start at the top of your head, working your way down the entire length of your body including your feet.; Be sure to include sweeping your back and sides as well. (An assistance can be very helpful when doing the body)
If smudging a room, start at the center of the room and move slowly counterclockwise throughout the room, get into the corners and any dead spots, such as closets or laundry rooms.
When you are finished smudging, be sure that you extinguish the smudge stick or loose herbs safely.
Often times you will not even realize just how much your body has become bogged down with outside energetic influences. After doing a “Smudging” clearing session on yourself you will be amazed at how much lighter you will feel.