Sage is a potent plant, that has been used for centuries to “cleanse” a person or space of negative energy, generate wisdom and clarity, and promote healing.
Your intention is immensely powerful when it comes to cleansing with white sage. Make your intentions clear.
In addition to asking the sage to clear and protect your energy and space, invite in your guides and angels to help release negative energy into the light as well.
For example, as you smudge, set your intention by saying something like:
I now ask that my guides and angels, along with the energy of this sage assist me in releasing all negativity, density, and energies that no longer serve, into the light of the Divine. I ask this for the highest and greatest good, according to Divine Will. And so it is.