Posts Tagged ‘smudging’
Many people have experienced, or at least know someone who has experienced a spirit coming into their space. There are, however, those who balk and laugh at even the notion that a spirit may exist. Some people are also terrified of paranormal phenomena, while there are those that co-exist comfortably with spirits, like old friends. Which person are you?
For the skeptic, just leave them to their beliefs. It is their right of free will to see what they choose to see, or not see what they choose not to see. Many of them have experienced some type of spirit encounter, however they have buried it and fluffed it off as nothing. With the skeptic, there is no use trying to convince them otherwise, as their mind is made up. And that is their prerogative. Read the rest of this entry »
The ancient Native American art of smudging is a powerful way to clear the energy of a space or person. You can use the traditional dried herbs, or try the oils – it’s ideal for those who are sensitive to smoke. Unfortunately, our modern lifestyle does not always allow for physical smudging using the herbs, but there is an alternative.
When I found myself once in a place where I was not able to smudge in the traditional way, my guides revealed to me the following mediation as a way to clear my space and mind using a smudging visualization. This is ideal when you don’t have a smudge stick available or when you are in an area where you can’t use it.
This meditation is a great to clear energy in your environment of anything you feel is negative, or doesn’t serve you well. So try it next time the air feels heavy around you. Read the rest of this entry »
There are many effective ways to purify ourselves of old baggage or toxins in our lives. A great place to start is a very ancient art popular among indigenous peoples known as “smudging.” This refers to the burning of sacred or blessed herbs, or grasses to cleanse yourself and your space.
If you are just beginning try burning sage, one of the most popular and fragrant herbs. As you become more adept, you may want to customize your herbal blend. Bundles may be purchased at an esoteric store, or a Native American or natural market, and burned in a vessel of your choice.
Before you start, make sure there are no fire hazards and open a window or two for ventilation. When you light your sage stick, make sure you are only using the leaves and not the other parts. Read the rest of this entry »
“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 »
Many people are familiar with the popular culture idea of using a crystal ball for divination purposes, also known as the art of “scrying”. The truth is, this is an ancient art, and it’s not just about seeing the future! With some practice, anyone can use this unique and fascinating tool to gain insight into his or her life.
The first thing needed is the crystal itself. Clear quartz is a good choice for someone new to the art. As with any magical tool, use your instincts to select one that is right for you. A small one, no bigger than five inches in diameter, will work fine. Be sure to cleanse your crystal and smudge it of any negative energies before use. This will give you better results. Only you should touch your crystal ball; the influences of others will weaken its power. Read the rest of this entry »
This message is for you if you are feeling under psychic attack in anyway shape or form. It can be as minor as picking up other people’s negative energy at the grocery store, or as severe as feeling like there’s of demonic force affecting your daily life.
There’s nothing to fear. Where there is light, darkness cannot exist. You have more power than any form of negative energy or presence. It’s just a matter of protecting yourself and taking the necessary precautions to keep yourself safe.
Just like there are bad people here on this earth there are ‘bad people’ beyond. We don’t run around scared because of all the bad people here, nor do we need to do that with the negative energies from beyond. So just know that your power lies in trusting that where there is light, darkness cannot exist. Read the rest of this entry »
Very recently, for a period of just a few days at around dusk, I kept on seeing dark shadow figures to my left, in my peripheral vision. These dark shadows would move quickly and, although not eerie, they were unlike what I usually witness when I see spirit. My Husky cross, Collie, is always sensitive to the presence of spirit in my work room, and I know from her stares at these dark shadows that she saw them too, but she wasn’t at all perturbed.
It occurred to me only a few days ago that during that brief period of witnessing the shadowy figures, a few chaotic days followed: a water heater burst, a generator went up in smoke, the washing machine seemed to have reprogrammed itself, my older dog was diagnosed with a tumor, my youngest dog ate some of my cash money, as well as other minor aggravations, like power outages. Read the rest of this entry »
The town I live in has almost doubled in population since I moved here in 2005, but it’s still pretty small. With a population of about 30,000, there are only five traffic lights in town, all of them on Main Street. The hospital is state of the art – all on one floor with Labor and Delivery being the biggest department in the hospital with four birthing rooms, as well as an operating room on standby.
Our town is rich in history and vision, including the heritage of a tribe of about 100 Goshute Indians having lived here since their recorded history, as well as plans being mapped out for a new ski resort to be built over the next five years.
In 1949 three families of Mormon pioneers settled on a small stream, on what is now the Southern edge of town. In the 1930s mining became the dominate industry, and the population swelled to 5,000 when gold, silver and copper were discovered in the Oquirrh Mountains. Read the rest of this entry »