I am really being called this week to share the whys with you all, why we use certain tools and rituals in healing sessions. Sometimes knowing the whys, helps us to drop out of our minds and drop deeper into the experience so we can truly receive the healing work, rather than being distracted by the minds curiosity and confusion.
“The goal of smudging is to make a place clear of lingering energy that is different from that which you may be intending for that space.”
“Mystics say the Native American practice of smudging, or purifying a room with the smoke of sacred herbs, can help clear negative energy from a space. And the benefits are steeped in science—when certain plants are burned they release negative ions, which research has linked to a more positive uplifted mood.”
Smudging is the burning of certain herbs to create a cleansing smoke bath, which is used to purify people, ceremonial and ritual space, land and ceremonial tools and objects. Many native healers, shamans and medicine people burn certain herbs and incense as a way of gaining access to the soul and power of the plants for spiritual or ceremonial healing. The burning of herbs or incense is a practice held sacred by many indigenous cultures. It is a ritual for cleansing, purifying and protecting the physical and spiritual bodies. The effect of the smoke is to banish negative energies. Certain plants when burned release a high vibrational energy through the fragrance and their smoke is used as an offering to create harmony and peace. This practice purifies the space, place, land, or person and also imbues protection. It is also believed that the smoke carries our prayers to the heavens. I use smudge every day, in most of my healing sessions as a part of the healing ceremony, it creates sacred space, and truly helps to hold the sacred container. Sacred smudge is a powerful ally.
Prayer often used for smudging
May your hands be cleansed, that they create beautiful things.
May your feet be cleansed, that they might take you where you most need to be.
May your heart be cleansed, that you might hear its messages clearly.
May your throat be cleansed, that you might speak rightly when words are needed.
May your eyes be cleansed, that you might see the signs and wonders of the world.
May this person and space be washed clean by the smoke of these fragrant plants.
And may that same smoke carry our prayers, spiraling, to the heavens.
One important piece I would like to share is that certain herbs are used to specifically clear negative energies and certain herbs are used to call in the helping spirits or the divine light.
We recommend you burn the ones that clear negative energies first, while leaving doors and windows open and then use the herbs that are used for calling in the helping spirits. Whenever we empty something out,or clean it, we want to remember to call in the light, to fill the space.
It’s also important for us, that we acknowledge the plants that we are using to burn, making sure they have been ethically harvested. It’s also encouraged to connect to the spirit of fire, before lighting the charcoal, to ask for its permission.
Charcoal burner (bowl with rocks or sand in the bottom)
Charcoal (if you are using powdered herbs or resins)
Resins or powdered herbs - black copal, frankincense, myrrh, dragons blood, piñon pine sap, palo santo sap, white copal. (purchase from sustainable sources)
If you are burning a smudge stick I would use the shell, if you are using a charcoal you need to use a more sturdy container because the charcoal will heat up the burner, and may crack the receptacle.
Sacred Smudge Stick - Juniper, CedarWood, Sage, SweetGrass, Palo Santo
Ritual Smudge can found in our womb apothecary, earlier next year (2019)