What is smudging?
Smudging is a very ancient practice, which has been used by various indigenous tribes throughout the world. It is a way of cleansing the energy field both in the area we are in and around each individual. The smoke and consciousness of the plant work together to purify negativity and clear the energy fields. The North American Natives use a variety of smudge as medicine to cleanse themselves before going into a ceremony, harvesting medicine, hunting or to purify the start of their day.
Which herbs are used in smudging?
Tribes still living close to the land throughout the world have a close relationship with the specific plants grown nearest to them. Each tribe have different plant allies used for their smudge, as a form of medicine. Tribes of North America, for example, use desert sage, Okanagan sage, white sage, sweet grass, cedar and the black diamond willow fungus. The herbs are usually burned in a shell or rolled into a stick.
Does a plant hold consciousness?
Just like people, plants have specific gifts and different energies of vibration. Each flower, tree, bud and fungus holds a varying degree of consciousness and energy. It is subtle yet accessible if you listen. If you wish to learn more about how science can record the vibration of a plant check research conducted by the intentional community of Damanhur.
How to acquire the herbs?
The western world has been taught to simply take. Yet the unseen law of reciprocity is an unseen law throughout the universe. When you give you are also receiving by the act of giving, right?
I have been harvesting Okanagan Sage in the same location for 15 years. When harvesting my medicine, I do so with intention. Not just taking the sage plant, I connect with the energy of Mother Earth, the consciousness of the Sage plant through giving an offering, prayer, ask for permission and state it be used for the intention of healing. Each bundle is wrapped with the same healing intention. Sometimes I sing while I am bundling, other times I hold a vision of healing.
How do you smudge?
Most important, make sure your heart is open and your not in your head with judgement. Each thought we think is felt. It is important to stay focused. If you’re new to smudging it’s highly recommended to recite a mantra so you stay focused. There is no written book on “how to smudge”. I suggest following the natural way energy moves through our bodies, like the tutorus energy field. Fan the smoke around the body and start from the top down or ground up with a feather, feeling the effects of the moving smoke on your energy field.
Connecting to Spirit
When we invoke gratitude it not only opens our heart, it connects us to the unseen energy of Creator, the Great Spirit who is called a thousand names. When we are in our heart, there is no fear, worry, or judgement. All is acceptance.
Love is another name for God. When we prepare our self or the space we reside in with intention, it invokes a sense of ceremony. When we connect to a higher purpose we shift how we see the world and ourselves.
The benefits of Smudging are to:
- Cleanse room energy
- Bring forth a sense of clarity
- Invoke connection to the Sacred
- Connect to plant consciousness
- Calm the nervous system
- Help one ground themselves
- Clean the air