How Does Smudging to Get Rid of Spirits Really Work?

dream-catcher-273482_1280Smudging is a common practice for removing negative energy or ridding a home of invading spirits. It has a long history that dates back to prehistoric times. No one knows for sure how it works, but many claim it does.

 I have always wondered how and why smudging with sage could possibly have any effect on the lives of those who practice the art. I assumed the effects could be attributed to the beliefs of the smudger. I’ve been told that it raises the vibrational level of the area and that ghosts, spirits and negative energy cannot exist at higher vibrational levels.

This never made a lot of sense to me, as I’m not sure how smoke would raise the vibrational level of air or how one could possibly know that if it did. It also seems to contradict the belief that to communicate with the spirit world you need to raise your own vibrational level. Using the same logic as used with smudging, this should mean that raising your vibrational level keeps spirits away, instead of helping you with communication. Do you see my confusion here?

Today, I stumbled onto to something that I think may have some merit and may help explain why smudging with sage and other scared herbs stops paranormal activity. Bear with me a moment as I try to connect the dots of my thought process for you.

According to an article entitled “Medicinal Smokes”  (published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology in 2006)  research has confirmed that burning a mixture of medicinal herbs, like sage, actually kills airborne bacteria in the environment. In fact, the amount of bacteria found in the air was reduced by 94 percent after one hour of smoke therapy and the effects lasted for 24 hours. After 30 days some types of bacteria were still absent from the area.

This started me thinking about how killing bacteria may lead to reduced paranormal activity – which, of course, lead to a little research. What I discovered surprised me.

It seems that scientists have recently discovered that some bacteria feed on electricity.  That’s right. These amazing little creatures both eat and excrete electrons. Some even form filaments capable of transmitting electrical currents.

That’s where it gets interesting.

Many paranormal experts claim that ghosts and spirits need electrical energy in order to interact with us. That’s right. Spirits and ghosts are believed to draw their energy from electrical devices, which explains why batteries suddenly drain and lights flicker. Assuming this is the case, is it possible that spirits and ghosts also feed off airborne bacteria that releases electrons into the air?

Let’s suppose for a moment that a haunted location as a lot of these weird little electron-eating and electron-excreting bacteria floating around.  Now, suppose you smudge the area and the smoke from the herbs kills off the bacteria. Presto Mondo! The ghosts and spirits can no longer interact because they have no energy source.

Maybe I’m playing with pseudoscience here, but I’d love to see some research done on this topic. What do you think? Could this explain why smudging stops paranormal activity?


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