Many people around the world have heard of or have had an experience with the wise and powerful White Sage plant. Healer, cleanser, spiritual purifier, sacred smoke; these are some of the words used to describe the powers of this strong-spirited plant. For centuries, Native Americans have understood the deeper aspects and healing qualities of White Sage and have called upon its powers during times of challenge, personal struggle, confrontation, and imbalance. Sage is considered an important and sacred part of Native American culture and is still used today in Native American medicine, in spiritual healing, and as a part of many different traditional ceremonies.
Every morning all across the Earth, ordinary men and women, monks, nuns, medicine peoples, and religious and spiritual people alike all gravitate toward their sacred altars, out in the morning air, in their living rooms, village squares, or in their temples and monasteries. No matter their faith or beliefs, no matter how wealthy or poor, they all unite with the same Universal Spirit in prayer for their lives, their communities, their loved ones, and for the Earth.
We live in very interesting times on this Mother Earth. Time has seemed to speed up, distraction is everywhere, and as a whole, modern society has all but lost its ancient connection to its spiritual nature and to the Earth. In light of this, many people are searching to reconnect with the sacred and many have adopted different spiritual paths such as yoga, meditation, First People’s ways, Eastern philosophies, Taoism, Buddhism, and countless others, searching for a deeper meaning to this life we all share here together. Continue reading The Many Benefits of Personal Sacred Ritual
Native Americans have traditionally called on the spirits of sacred plants to cleanse people and places of harmful energies, thoughts, and influences for thousands of years. This sacred act of purification, called “smudging”, is used to clear the atmosphere of negative vibrations and energies caused by anger, sadness, illness, or malevolent spirits, and to fill the environment with positive, uplifting energies. The burning of sacred plants is also traditionally used to consecrate sacred and ceremonial spaces. The smudging ritual is an important part of the ancient traditions of First Nations peoples and should always be respected and honored. Continue reading Purifying Sacred Space – Smudging
In this day and age, most people find themselves too busy to allow themselves the time to take a deep breath, let alone the time to connect to the divine or nourish their own spirit. Many people that do not already have a spiritual practice say they believe in a higher power of some sort, but they aren’t quite sure how to connect with that higher power or their higher selves. Continue reading Creating Your Own Incense Altar