Posts Tagged ‘incense’
“The secret to smudging is in the smoke.” These were the words of my mentor when I undertook my Ukuthwasa as a shaman initiate many years ago in Southern Africa. I have also come to know that the true intention behind any smudging ceremony is a very significant part of its success.
An initial part of my rigorous training as a Sangoma, or traditional healer, was a self-cleansing ritual using Mphepo, made up of herbs indigenous to Southern Africa.
“Smudging,” simply put, is the burning of certain herbs to create a cleansing smoke bath. The smoke is used to cleanse areas used for rituals and ceremonies, as well as any tools or objects used for such cleansing, as well as to cleanse people. Read the rest of this entry »
I decided to write a blog about psychic protection, because so many clients ask how to best shield themselves from negative influences. When I speak with people about psychic protection, I usually find that they generally either don’t understand its importance, or they need to better understand how we come under the influence of negative forces.
You may remember from my recent blog, entitled You Actually Have Two Bodies, that we each have an astral body that resides on the astral plane, which is located above the physical plane on which our physical bodies function. The two bodies interact with each other through electromagnetism – the positive and masculine energy of the Sun and the negative more receptive or feminine energy of the Moon.
The astral body is really the ‘soul’. It contains the sum total of a person’s experiences as well as the manner in which they have assimilated these experiences. Psychologists often refer to the ‘unconscious mind’. This is, in effect, the astral mind, which we can access through visualization, meditation, and hypnosis. Read the rest of this entry »
I was thirteen years old, and out walking with my father when he said, “I want to talk to you about something”. I thought, “Oh no, is this going to be a talk about the birds and the bees!” And then he began, not a talk about the facts of life, but a little chat about what he called ‘The Spooks’.
My dad spoke about his conversion from atheist to spiritualist some ten years earlier. He told me how my mother had taken a bet with him and he lost. Losing meant he would have to accompany her to a spiritualist church in London. He went to the spiritualist church one Sunday night when Joseph Benjamin, a well-known medium, was on the platform.
Even standing right at the back didn’t stop this medium homing in on my father with a message from his recently deceased father. The message blew my dad away, especially when through Joseph Benjamin he was getting told off by his father about the way the tools he’d inherited were rusting away with neglect in the shed, amongst other things. Read the rest of this entry »
When people hear the term ancestor worship, it tends to conjure up thoughts of primitive practices, but it is actually a very powerful spiritual experience. I personally see it as communing with our ancestors and the technique I use is similar to that of the Yoruba people of West Africa.
If one looks at various tribes on the African continent, as well as other continents, ancestor worship is a common practice among indigenous people.
Although I cannot say I have any special reverence for my ancestors, the closest word would be respect for all the trials and tribulations they experienced. Going back through my bloodline I know that there have been prisoner-of-war experiences, material hardship and even suicides, to mention but a few, so my predecessors also had their unique life stories. Read the rest of this entry »
When you think of ‘attachment’ what is the first thing that comes to mind? Maybe you are thinking of being attached to a lover, or boyfriend. But this is not the kind of attachment I will be addressing in this blog post.
The type of attachment I’m referring to are demons, or as I would like to call them, the “little evil ones”. These entities seek to hurt and destroy. They aim to wreck relationships, break up marriages, and bring fear and misery to young and old alike.
Why do demonic spirits do this? They do this because they feed off of our negative energy. They thrive on feelings like anger, anxiety and fear. It really makes these horrid entities stronger and then ultimately can possess a vulnerable person. Read the rest of this entry »