Receiving: The Flip Side of Giving

Written by Avalon De Witt

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The two most valuable possessions they own are his watch and her hair. She sells her hair to buy him a fob for his watch, and he sells his watch to buy her some combs for her hair. By giving all they had left to give they each renderedrepparttar other's gift useless.

It's touching whenever anyone gives all they have to give. And one thing Christmas teaches us is that it truly is more blessed to give than to receive. So many of us want to be givers. However, if you are not able to fully receive when others are giving to you, you rob them ofrepparttar 122341 blessing they receive as giver.

We need to allow ourselves to receive, asrepparttar 122342 Holy Mother of God receivedrepparttar 122343 Spirit. When we allow another's light to fill our darkness, their own darkness is also filled with light. When light is both given and received,repparttar 122344 balance bridges a gap, creating a union, much like conception. What is created is a blessing.

This year, take time out for your spirit to receive. Spend some quiet time taking inrepparttar 122345 love you have been given, allowing its light to enrich you. Make it a silent night, a holy night.

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What Is Shamanic Smudging?

Written by Stephanie Yeh

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- WHITE BROADLEAF SAGE Primarily air element though can also be used as for four-element general purposes. This is a broad leaf sage is highly prized for its strong aromatic properties (strongest ofrepparttar different types of sage). Consideredrepparttar 122340 king if all sages. Excellent for meditation, divination, smudging, cleansing and purification.

- YERBA SANTA LEAVES Traditionally used for enhancing psychic abilities, magical protection, healing and spiritual strength. Excellent for meditation and divination. Said to be ruled byrepparttar 122341 moon. One Native American tribe rolledrepparttar 122342 leaves into balls, dried it inrepparttar 122343 sun and chewed it for a natural mouthwash.

- HIBISCUS FLOWERS Primarily fire and water elements. Produces a sharp, invigorating scent that lasts for a long time after burning. Often used in divination and psychic communication. Excellent for rejuvenatingrepparttar 122344 senses and restoring life force.

- ROSE FLOWERS AND PETALS Primarily water element. Produces a heavy, warm, aromatic scent with just a hint of sharpness – scent lasts a long time after burning. Excellent for meditation, divination, increasing psychic abilities, contacting powers and beings in other dimensions and psychic communication. Also traditionally associated with attracting love, conferring peace, stimulating sexual appetites and enhancing beauty.

- SWEETGRASS Primarily air element. As its name suggests, sweetgrass produces a sweet and light fragrance that does not last for long. Excellent for cleansing sacred space. Sweetgrass is a rare grass which is found growing wild in very few places. Traditionally, sweetgrass is believed to inviterepparttar 122345 good spirits.

You can burn these herbs singly or in combination with each other. One good combination that covers all four magical elements of air, fire, water and earth is pine resin and sage (either desert sage or white broadleaf sage). This combination is appropriate for general use, cleansing, ceremony and ritual.

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<><><> WHEN TO SMUDGE YOURSELF <><><> Smudging yourself on a daily basis can be very helpful in keeping yourself balanced and maintaining a peaceful state of being. However, you should definitely use shamanic smudging techniques when you’ve been around people who are ill, depressed, fearful, angry or generally emotionally unbalanced; before meditating to create a calm state of being; when you’re feeling blue or depressed; or when you’ve been under a lot of stress.

Smudging yourself is easy. If you’re using a smudge stick, lightrepparttar 122347 smudge stick on a candle flame. Holdrepparttar 122348 stick inrepparttar 122349 flame until there is a lot of smoke andrepparttar 122350 stick is burning well (that’s why a candle is better than a match—it can take a while to getrepparttar 122351 stick really smoking). Using a feather (or feather fan) or your hand, gently fanrepparttar 122352 smoke onto your body, starting atrepparttar 122353 top ofrepparttar 122354 body and moving downward. Getrepparttar 122355 back of your body as best you can (it’s often easier to use a smudge pot and loose herbs for this). When you’re done, inhale a little ofrepparttar 122356 smoke (just a little!) to purify your insides.

If you’re using a smudge pot or Firebowl and loose herbs, lightrepparttar 122357 herbs (using self-lighting charcoal—notrepparttar 122358 barbeque kind!) until it is smoking well. Then, putrepparttar 122359 Firebowl onrepparttar 122360 ground and stand over it with your legs spread and feet on either side. Weave back and forth inrepparttar 122361 smoke until you have been thoroughly cleansed. Clothing is optional for this approach, and smudging inrepparttar 122362 nude is recommended for a more thorough cleansing. Again, when you’re done, inhale a little ofrepparttar 122363 smoke to purify your insides. People often feel more relaxed, lighter and brighter after smudging.

If you’re going to userepparttar 122364 smudge smoke during meditation, use a charcoal burner or Firebowl, lightrepparttar 122365 herbs and enjoyrepparttar 122366 scent and smoke as you meditate. Meditating with these herbs often produces a deeper and longer-lasting state of relaxation and contemplation.

<><><> GETTING STARTED, GETTING MORE… <><><> To find out how to use smudging to cleanse your personal space, sacred objects and your house, check outrepparttar 122367 Firebowl ebook fromrepparttar 122368 Esoteric School. Getrepparttar 122369 details at:

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Stephanie Yeh, co-founder of the Esoteric School of Shamanism and Magic (, helps clients use magical and shamanic techniques to manifest their desires. Stephanie has created several online and video classes to make this information more accessible. She also helps others learn to create abundant health and wealth with spiritual and practical resources through her site, Prosperity Abounds (

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