What Is Shamanic Smudging?

Written by Stephanie Yeh

Shamanic smudging—or just smudging—is an age-old tribal tradition which has been used for centuries to create harmony and peace. There are many different shamanic smudging ceremonies, and different tribes use a variety of herbs for smudging.

To define it more clearly, shamanic smudging isrepparttar burning of herbs or incense for cleansing, purification, protection of physical and spiritual bodies, banishment of negative energies and creation of sacred space. You can use smudge sticks (herbs that are tied into a bundle for easier handling), braided herbs and botanicals (like sweetgrass) or loose herbs (burned on charcoal or mugwort, or in a firepit). Shamanic smudging releasesrepparttar 122340 energy and fragrance ofrepparttar 122341 herbs and botanicals so they can heal, cleanse and purify.

In many traditions, shamanic smudging involves a four directions ceremony or prayer, which sends specific kinds of smoke or prayers intorepparttar 122342 four directions. Different tribes have different smudging prayers that “program”repparttar 122343 smoke to do a specific action, such as cleansing or aiding in divination.

In general, shamanic smudging can be used in daily life for practical purposes—to restore physical, mental and emotional balance; to shield against negative energies; to cleanse yourself, your magickal tools and your space; and to restore you sacred space.

<><><> COMMON HERBS USED IN SMUDGING <><><> Although different tribes and traditions use different herbs for shamanic smudging, some ofrepparttar 122344 most popular herbs include desert sage, white broadleaf sage, juniper, pinon (sometimes in resin form), sweetgrass, copal (in resin form), mugwort, lavender and sacred tobacco. Here are some general uses forrepparttar 122345 different herbs often used for smudging:

- PINON RESIN Primarily fire element though can also be used as for four-element general purposes. Has a pleasant and meditative fragrance. Is cleansing, strengthening, warming, and used by Native American cultures for its spiritual and healing properties. Produces a thick stream of smoke, and is excellent for refreshingrepparttar 122346 senses and reviving a tired soul.

- COPAL GOLD RESIN Primarily fire and water elements though can also be used as for four-element general purposes. When burned,repparttar 122347 scent is sweet, resinous, slightly woody, mildly earthy and spicy. Was a holy incense used byrepparttar 122348 peoples of Mesoamerica. Traditionally used as incense in divinatory and cleansing ceremonies. The resin contains aromatic chemicals called terpenes, which make it volatile and flammable. Used by Mayan shamans prior to ingesting mushrooms.

- MYRRH RESIN Primarily earth element though can also be used as for four-element general purposes. Produces a lot of smoke when burned, very earthy, piney scent. Gathered from an almost leafless Middle Eastern shrub calledrepparttar 122349 Commiphora Molmol. It was used byrepparttar 122350 ancient Egyptians in rituals of Healing and Passing. It is one ofrepparttar 122351 ingredients used byrepparttar 122352 Egyptians to embalm bodies. Useful for spirituality, meditation, happiness, release, transformation, strength, confidence and stability.

- FRANKINCENSE RESIN Primarily fire element though can also be used as for four-element general purposes. Isrepparttar 122353 resin of an African tree and produces a rich, dense smoke when burned. Used extensively in meditation and healing. In numerous religious traditions, frankincense's spiritual scent was believed to confer divine blessing. Plinyrepparttar 122354 Elder mentioned it as an antidote to hemlock poisoning.

- DESERT SAGE Primarily air element though can also be used as for four-element general purposes. Has a somewhat sharp, light and refreshing scent. One ofrepparttar 122355 most sacred herbs among Native Americans. Used to purifyrepparttar 122356 mind, body and spirit before prayer, meditation, ritual or ceremony. Also used to purify sacred items such as pipes, magical tools, tarot decks and eagle feathers. Can be used for area, house and personal cleansings. Some people carry a small amount of Sage in a pocket or medicine pouch to insure personal and spiritual safety.

- JUNIPER Primarily fire element though can also be used as for four-element general purposes. Has a sharp, piney scent. Excellent to stimulate and revive when tired in body, mind or Spirit. Used in ancient times for ritual purification of temples. Smoke believed to aid clairvoyance. Also useful for purification and to stimulate contact with other worlds. Burned duringrepparttar 122357 Plague to resist disease

- LAVENDER Primarily air element. Has a light, aromatic and refreshing scent. Useful for attracting peace, happiness and restful sleep. Also reduces depression, grief and sorrow. Aids in meditation and divination, and often said to aid in manifestation. Known as Elf Leaf, Nard, Nardus, Spike and Lavandar. Traditionally associated with fairies and elves

The Four Elements of Magickal Powers

Written by Stephanie Yeh

Each week we receive many emails from people wanting to know about magickal powers such as clairvoyance, levitation, telekinesis and telepathy. They want to know whether this kind of magick is real and, more importantly, how to do it!

Since it’s become such a popular topic, inspired by movies like Harry Potter and shows like Charmed, we thought it might to time to shed some light on this topic. To answerrepparttar first question, are such magickal powers and abilities real? In other words, is it possible to do these types of things in this world at this time? The answer is yes! Absolutely. In fact, you’ll find thatrepparttar 122339 masters of many different traditions, such as Aikido or Buddhism, can and do levitate. There are also many popular clairvoyants and telepaths, such asrepparttar 122340 well-known medical intuitive Louise Hay. And, many Tai Chi masters have telekinetic abilities (meaning they can move objects without touching them).

The second question, of course, is how you can develop these abilities for yourself. There are, of course, many paths to mastering these abilities. Atrepparttar 122341 foundation of all these paths, though, is an understanding ofrepparttar 122342 four elements of magick: air, fire, water and earth. One ofrepparttar 122343 basic tenets of magickal studies is that everything in this Universe is made up of some combination of these four elements, and if you understand and know how to work with these elements, you can understand (and create) anything you desire.

That’s why four element magick isrepparttar 122344 first area of study for our apprentices – it is atrepparttar 122345 heart of everything inrepparttar 122346 Universe, including magickal powers and abilities. For instance, you can develop clairvoyance and telepathy, which is access to knowledge not available torepparttar 122347 five senses, by developing and working with your water element. Water, beingrepparttar 122348 language of Spirit, allows you to access almost any information (or emotions) at a Spiritual level. Another ability, levitation, isrepparttar 122349 result of increasing your air element and decreasing your earth element. And telekinesis isrepparttar 122350 ability to channel your fire energy toward a specific object. For instance, we teach our students to begin using their telekinetic ability by throwing firebolts at a candle flame. They know they have begun to develop that ability when they can makerepparttar 122351 flame jump and split by pointing their finger at it.

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