Running into an incense connoisseur or collector is a rare occasion these days. We’re out there, but we are far and few between compared to the ages before our time. It is curious to think that in many ancient cities several hundred or thousand years ago, the majority of a population would at some point in their day, encounter the alluring scent of incense or plant smoke. In ancient times incense was commonly found burning on the street corner or heavily wafting from the doors of a temple. Geishas were keeping track of their customer’s time with their ‘incense clocks’, and people would be burning incense in their homes to accompany their prayer, as an offering, during meditation, or for medicinal purposes.
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.