Smudging, or the act of burning herbs and flowers, has been done for thousands of years. Tracing back its origins to ancient cultures such as the Native Americans Indians, smudging cleanses energy through the use of something called a smudge stick. When a smudge stick is burnt, it gives off resinous smoke that burns up toxic energy, restoring people and places back to harmonious balance.
Smudging is frequently done to cleanse people, places and objects. Benefits include an increased sense of calmness, well-being, mental clarity, confidence, optimism and physical vitality.
Common herbs and flowers used include:
Almost any herb or flower can be used to smudge. However, it’s important to research your chosen herb, flower or plant before burning it! Some species may emit noxious odors that can provoke asthma or illness.
Thankfully you don’t have to pay an arm and leg for the many pre-made smudge sticks out there. You can make your own! In fact, you’ll probably be surprised by how easy, quick, cheap and fun they are to make.
I’ve chosen rosemary from my garden for this simple demonstration. Historically rosemary is one of the oldest forms of purification, stimulating the mind and calming the heart. It is also a very grounding herb.
Before you begin, go look in your garden. You can forage for your smudging herbs for free as often the best herbs are home-grown varieties such as lavender or thyme.
It’s important that you use organic grown herbs or flowers that haven’t been sprayed with pesticides (for obvious reasons). Growing your own herbs is very simple and inexpensive. Not only that, but they give you an endless source of natural food seasoning and material for DIY smudge sticks!
Does the modern chakra system actually have ancient roots?
Over the past hundred plus years, the concept of the chakras, or subtle energy centers within the body, has seized the Western imagination more than virtually any other teaching from the yoga tradition. Yet, as with most other concepts deriving from Sanskrit sources, the West (barring a handful of scholars) has almost totally failed to come to grips with what the chakras meant in their original context and how one is supposed to practice with them. This post seeks to rectify that situation to some extent.
Here are the six most important things you never knew about the chakras:
So many! The theory of the subtle body and its energy centers called cakras (or padmas, ādhāras, lakṣyas, etc.) comes from the tradition of Tantrik Yoga, which flourished from 600-1300 CE, and is still alive today. In mature Tantrik Yoga (after the year 900 or so), every one of the many branches of the tradition articulated a different chakra system, and some branches articulated more than one. Five-chakra systems, six-chakra systems, seven, nine, ten, fifteen, twenty-one, twenty-eight and more chakras are taught, depending on what text you’re looking at. The seven- (or, technically, 6 + 1) chakra system that Western yogis know about is just one of many, and it became dominant around the 16th century (see point #4 below).
Now, I know what you’re thinking—’But which system is right? How many chakras are there really?’ And that brings us to our first major misunderstanding. The chakras aren’t like organs in the physical body; they aren’t fixed facts that we can study like doctors study neural ganglia. The energy body is an extraordinarily fluid reality, as we should expect of anything nonphysical and supersensuous. The energy body can present, experientially speaking, with any number of energy centers, depending on the person and the yogic practice they’re performing.
Plato (Greek: Πλάτων, 427. BC. – 347. BC.) was a Greek philosopher from Athens who is considered as one of the most influential people in the history of western civilization. He was Socrates’ student. Thanks to Plato, we have a significant source of information about Socrates. Plato founded the first institution of its kind – the Academy. Aristotle was a student of that academy. Plato’s best-known work is “The Republic” – a book in which he wrote about a utopian image of an ideal society that would be ideally run by philosophers. Plato left a lasting mark on the development of many minds that came after him. He is one of the most influential figures of the course of development of modern western society.
Plato once demonstrated his knowledge with his so-called allegory of the cave. It is found in the seventh book of dialogue in “The Republic”. It is quite vivid and serves as an important example.
He invites us to imagine a cave. In it, there are people who have been chained and are unable to turn to any other direction except for the inner wall they are facing. Because of the chains they cannot see anyone besides themselves nor can they see the cave’s exit, which is directly behind their back. The only source of light in the cave is a camp fire. Between people and the fire, there is a cover behind which there are other people that go about on their own business. They are walking past, carrying statues of men and animals made of stone and wood, etc. Those that are chained and observing a blank wall can see, because of the fire, the shadows of themselves and of that which is happening behind them. As they are walking by, some of the people behind the cover are talking among each other while others are silent. The voices echo in the cave while the shadows dance on the wall thus making it appear to the chained ones as if the shadows are real and talking. Since they have no other things to do except for talking about the shadows – those in chains try to guess which shadows shall past next and in what order. Those that are the best at guessing are granted with honors and get more acclaim than the others.
Plato compares us to those who are chained to the cave wall in his metaphor. He points out that we believe and think we see reality by watching the shadows on the wall. He states that we should consider the possibility of releasing one of those in chains to stand up and turn to face the light from the exit of the cave. The sunlight would cause great pain to this person as he or she would be used only to darkness. Thus, no clear vision would be possible. If he or she got used to the light and saw what was really happening behind the cover in the cave, a revelation of the delusion would occur. An enlightenment.
This is Joanne Crowther’s Story on how she beat Large B-cell lymphoma with Cannabis Oil. In the summer of 2009 Joanne was diagnosed with large B-cell lymphoma. The lymphoma was eliminated with chemotherapy in February 2010. The treatment caused significant nausea, vomiting, febrile neutropenia (fever resulting from abnormally low white blood cell count), and pneumonia requiring hospitalization.
In March 2010, a brain MRI revealed several cancerous lesions. These were resolved by April 2010 with whole brain radiation, as indicated by a post-treatment MRI. For a year-and-a-half, Joanne was doing very well, even participating in a half-marathon. However, in November 2011, a mass developed in her left thigh. Doctors removed the 3.2 x 2.5cm mass, and determined it was consistent with diffuse large B-cell inter-vascular lymphoma.
The removal of this mass did not eliminate the lymphoma. In early January 2012, Joanne began receiving medications to treat complications of the cancer. Furthermore, another head CT scan revealed a 6mm cancer lesion in the left superior pons. The test also confirmed resolution of the previous lesions in the right thalamus and basal ganglia. Shortly after the 3.2 x 2.5cm mass excision, Joanne noticed regrowth of some mass in the same area. She received five shots of radiation in January for the new growth.
More scans in February 2012 revealed new adrenal cancerous nodules. Joanne began taking the chemotherapy drugs cisplatin and cytabarine to combat the cancers. She was then hospitalized between April 23rd, 2012 and May 3rd, 2012 due to acute renal failure and hepatitis, which had been induced by cisplatin and cytabarine respectively. The complications permanently ended Joanne’s chemotherapy regiment, with chemotherapy stopping in late April.
Joanne was then diagnosed with relapsed intravascular diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, and leptomeningeal disease.Without the strength to endure more chemotherapy or radiation, doctors could do nothing more, and Joanne was forced to try an alternative treatment.
In early May, she began taking cannabis oil. She started off with small rice-grain sized doses, but after a week felt no effects. She then uppedher dosage to a gram of oil a day, and within two weeks noticed beneficial effects – in general, feeling better and having more appetite. On July 30th, 2012, Joanne had a follow-up examination. The documentation resulting from the examination is to the right. It describes how Joanne is doing much better since being off chemotherapy, and that the left thigh mass “actually regressed spontaneously.”
Two months later in Another exam from September 24th, 2012 it states Joanne is now in remission. The report also notes thatshe had been taking regular hemp oil supplements (referring to cannabis oil, not hemp seed oil)
Imagination is the Translator For the Shamanic Journey…
When I teach journey classes, I explain to students that journeys often feel like you are imagining them. This is because your imagination is the translator that helps your every day mind understand what is going on in the journey. When you go on a shamanic journey, part of your soul goes on the journey. Another part of your soul stays behind.
What happens on the journey happens to your soul. These happenings would not make any sense to your brain, if your imagination did not step in to explain it in a way the brain can understand. This is what I mean when I say the imagination is the translator for your journey.
While I knew that imagination was the translator for the brain, it never occurred to me to ask my imagination to do more. Your imagination doesn’t just have to translate the visual parts of the journey or the sounds. If you engage your imagination fully it can also help your body feel the sensations that occur on your journeys.
If you are on a journey moving through rapids, you can engage your imagination to help your body feel the sensations of the water rushing around you. If you are in a field of flowers, your imagination can help supply the smells of what is it like to be there.
In some societies, shamans talk about taking your body with you when you journey. When they say this, they mean that their entire body and all of their senses experience the journey as if the body is there on the journey. That is the potential of how strong your journeys can feel if you unleash the full power of your imagination when journeying. The ultimate goal would be to see, smell, feel, and hear your journeys.
Spirit guides are always by our side during the challenging moments of our lives and whenever we are asking for their help. The way they interact with us may not be the most obvious one, but they are always there — so pay attention!
Do not be too quick to dismiss your gut feeling as paranoia because the universe gives each one of us strength to fall back on. You do have to be overly spiritual to accept that spirit guides exist, but if you will dedicate every day some of your time to spirituality, you will start seeing the evidence.
Every soul has a guide that watches over, educates and nurtures it in all aspects of life. Most of us grew up calling these spiritual beings our guardian angels and this is the role that they live up to.
Spirit guides are instrumental in finding our life’s purpose and in fulfilling our spiritual and earthly responsibilities.
Although in our human form we cannot see or interact with them, there are ways of listening to them and knowing that it is them who are speaking to your situations.
It is almost impossible to explain what intuition is because it is more of a sensation than a feeling or thought.
Intuition occurs in flashes that provide insight into situations we are facing at the time. Although the origin of the intuition cannot be traced, it is invaluable in saving us from bad eventualities.
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
As the mainstream matrix of society approaches becoming completely out of sync with the nature of the original Spark, our instruments (mind, body, spirit) are purposely being made out of tune with the organic source of life. The evolution of human consciousness through artificial and synthetic means is promoted over natural ways. This can eventually lead to the creation of a completely controlled culture and humanity. A restrictive education system and the media’s so-called news facilitate the molding of our opinions by misinforming and dis-informing (truth mixed with lies makes for the most convincing manipulation).
There is a reason why imagination is not encouraged in schools. The rewards are directed to people who will play the game, not those who dream outside of it. The goal appears to be the controlling of our consciousness, directing our energy and thought-forms away from us and towards a parasitic matrix. However, the siphoning only works if you agree to it, consciously or unconsciously.
Would you like to be free and reclaim your sovereignty? Then let’s co-create a new culture and stay mindfully aware of elements that will undoubtedly do their best to co-opt it and farm it for their benefit and our loss. And by a new culture I mean a truly new culture. It appears that sometimes even the so-called Alternative Community that believes it’s disclosing secrets of the repressive matrix doesn’t realize it is selling the propaganda better than the opposing consciousness could because of its appearance as a grassroots movement to uncover the truth of our reality. Mindfulness and awareness-expanding meditation can assist us in being aware of masterful manipulations and I highly suggest it as a powerful tool to reclaim the sovereignty of your mind.