Welcome love, peace, healing, and light!
Release anger, negativity, and fear.
Burning White Sage (Smudging) has nothing to do with religion but everything to do with setting intentions of what you want in your space and what you don't.
I'll burn sage if I sense negative energy or heaviness in or around my home. I'll burn it for no reason at all because I like the way it smells. However, no matter the reason, I set my intention. Sometimes, I'll walk about and pray. And at other times, I'll place it in an abalone shell or fireproof bowl, and allow it to burn for as little or as long as it wants. The great thing is that it will go out on its own unless it's agitated (fan or wind blowing to keep the fire burning).
It's enjoyable to watch as the smoke dances about, the whirls and twirls and just imagine any heaviness or negativity being caught up in the smoke and carried away and replaced with it's opposite..ahhh emotional cleansing if nothing else.