Cultural Healing: the Power of Smudging Ceremony

It is an honor to help anyone craft their own personal ceremony with Sacred Plants. To be asked by a family who is mourning the loss of a loved one, to put together special plants for their ceremonies, is always an honor beyond words. Where do I begin when putting together this kind of ceremonial care package? Smudging-TinyIn short, with a strong self-clearing smudge, prayers and intention to stay directly and firmly connected to Spirit to guide my hands and heart.

 

I believe strongly in the power of Source/Creator/Great cedar9450Spirit, the power of the Plant Medicines, and the power of Ceremony to get us all through.  Ceremony is the space where everything comes together; where there are no boundaries or limits to what is possible. Ceremony is also our opportunity to stay connected to each other in this earthly realm as well.  As modern people, we celebrate less and less together. We joke about the proverbial 3: birth, wedding, funeral. We are an increasingly individualized society. Everyone stays busy, we don’t get together so often; our ceremonies too are becoming more personalized.

But when calamity happens to one, it happens to all of us, as a culture.  So too does healing. If we let it. Taking the time to honor what is Sacred in Ceremony, for ourselves and others, is participating in a supreme act of offering our purest aims and highest intentions for healing.  We may not, as individuals, be able to clear debris after a hurricane, rebuild houses in Puerto Rico, or give blood or counseling services in Las Vegas. But we can all engage in ceremony that reaches deep and far, globally.

Ceremony connects us all to forces well beyond ourselves, and well beyond time and space. With Smudging, we set our intentions, sending them out on our breath, trusting that the power of the sacred smoke will magnify and carry them to Creator and to those affected. This is something we can never do enough. Especially right now. I recommend we all keep offering sacred plants in ceremony day and night now, to remove suffering, to send healing- everywhere it is needed. What to offer? Use what you have by resetting new intentions for old bundles. Or, start with fresh ones. Burn Sages (any kind) for gentle blessing; Sweet grass and evergreens to purify and connect to Spirit, especially Cedar and Juniper.

May all beings benefit.

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Sacred Land Sage-Happy Birthday to Us!

Hello World! “Houston we have SAGE!!”

Aaaha!! Well, Sacred Land Sage is a todllering 2-Years old this month (squeeee!!) and some have told me that it’s about time that I stepped up to chat with the world about my young lil’ project, my BIG PASSION, Sacred Land Sage, and ALL-things-SAGE: growing ceremonial sages, native sages around the world, making Smudge Kits, and the various global and cultural traditions that inspire rituals with Sacred Plants. All those things that I go on and on about with them. 😉 Yes. Here we are!

I never dreamed that my personal smudge blends or studies of Sacred Plants used across the Americas (the world!) would strike a chord with so many others. Now, with over 2,400 sales at Sacred Land Sage on Etsy, and the dozens of questions I receive, it is clear: MANY believe in and NEED small rituals with sacred plants, just as I do; to create sacred space; to honor our our lives, find balance, and re-connect with Earth, the Elements, to Spirit- whatever we believe.

We all want to feel blessed. My vision in offering ceremonial sages and blends via Sacred Land Sage, is to offer simple treasures of the earth, Sages Stones, and Smudge supplies for Blessing ourselves and spaces. These are tools to empower you to create your own rituals. You may need a ritual to ground, center, celebrate, connect to the Earth or Sky via Sacred Smoke, honor the 4 Directions, or feel the movement of Energy in your life and circle. We all know best what we need when we take time to stop and listen.

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My journey with sacred plants and stones started eons ago during childhood, among the sandy-red rocks, creatures, and plants of the Arizona desert. As a child I could feel something eternal about the desert. Desert survival classes were required for pre-schoolers then, but I could feel more: the Desert was teaming with Spirits. They were everywhere; their stories told in arrowheads, broken seashells, jumping cholla, sweet sages, and coyotes just-passing-through. At 4, I remember my friend had his Pueblo uncle visit. He was the first to “smudge” me and my friend with sage plants. It was an experience I’ll never forget- the strange smell and the way he swept dried plants over us; I remember holding my breath waiting for something to happen. I remember him telling me, “Child, breathe.” He took us out with him sometimes to show us the different “sacred plants” and demonstrate things like “gift before gathering” (we gave our favorite stones), and how to find “iron food of the earth”.

I became obsessed with collecting iron filings with magnets, collecting berries and plants, and never really told anyone why. Although at this age I was too young to understand what sacred meant, or why we were gathering plants and stones for any other reason than that they were pretty treasures, I never forgot the smoke or the feather “uncle” used, or that low rhythmic singing voice chanting words I couldn’t understand. I will always remember how delicately he handled those plants, his conviction that all things carry a Spirit within “like an egg”. And though I left my first desert home so long ago, I was given a gift: the knowledge that Earth’s treasures will always “take us home” again. Always.

This is what inspires my personal Sacred Sage blends, and Sacred Land Sage.

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