The use of sage is for healing. The smoke is used to bless, cleanse and heal the person or object being smudged. Sage is used to 'wash off' the outside world when one enters ceremony or other sacred space. Objects are likewise washed off with sage medicine smoke to rid them of unwanted influences.
Smudging the Seven Directions
Facing East - I welcome the energy of the beginning way, the rising sun at the beginning of the day and the light of illumination. I welcome the energies and spirits of the East.
Facing South - I welcome the energy of service to all my relatives, the heat of the noonday sun and the spirit of action in the world. I welcome the energies and spirits of the South.
Facing West - I welcome the energy of looking within to find the gifts of healing. I welcome the energies and spirits of the West.
Facing North - I welcome the energy of wisdom and blessing and the Grandmothers and Grandfathers who teach me. Teach me to be generous and honor all that receive. I welcome the energies and spirits of the North.
Looking up - I welcome the energy and spirit of Above. Father Sky, Star people, and Cloud people. Welcome all that is masculine, grandfathers, fathers, brothers, uncles and sons. And that masculine energy that also exists within the feminine. I welcome the energies and spirits of Father Sky.
Looking down (touching the ground) - I welcome the energy of Mother Earth, the feminine principle, the energy and spirit of Below. I welcome the energy and the spirit of our grandmothers, our mothers, sisters, aunties and daughters. And that feminine energy that exists within the Masculine. I welcome the energies and spirits of Mother Earth.
Looking within (holding your hands over your heart) - I welcome the energy of Within, the principle of being connected, the energy and spirit of Within. I welcome the gifts of balance, oneness, and the connection with all things, for all things are one and all things are related.