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Blessing Smudge Box Sets

Lg Smudge Set – 50.00  

Med. Smudge Set – 45.00 

Small Smudge Set - 40.00  

 

Blessing Smudge Bags

Lg Smudge Bag with 5-6” abalone shell – 25.00 

Small smudge 6"bag with shell – 15.00 

Tiny traveling 3"smudge bag - 7.00  

 

Many other items, see bottom of page for more.

 

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These Blessing smudge sets have been creatively hand decorated and prepared to contain everything you need in one kit to

smudge yourself,others, to do house clearings and to purify your objects.They make unique gifts for all occasions.

See bottom of page for Prices

 

Contents of Blessing Smudge Box set may include the following

One of a kind handmade decorated altar or traveling box, Large abalone shell, bag of sage, cedar, a sweetgrass braid, cornmeal, tobacco, sand, charcoal tabs and small gold shells

Contents of Blessing Smudge Bags may include:

Large Blessing Smudge Bag- Large 5-6"Abalone shell, bag of sage, cedar and combo of sage, cedar and sweetgrass

Small Blessing Smudge 6" Bag - small shell, bag of sage, cedar and lavender 

Tiny Blessing Smudge 3" traveling bag -  Small bag of sage and cedar

 

Please contact Colleen for classes in these Purification Ceremonies and available to do House,Office and Land Clearings. Contact at 631-287-3527 or email at: Colleen@trinityfusionmassage.com

 

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What is Smudging?

Smudging is a Sacred Ceremony that purifies and cleanses a space, person or object by burning sacred herbs. The most common herbs used are sage, cedar and sweet grass. It purifies negative energy and replaces it with a positive influence that is healing and protective. It is simple and yet an incredibly effective form of space clearing.  The more you do it, the more connected you become with the herbs, smoke and the power of setting intention for clearing. Most importantly it really works.

Smudging is the common name given to the Sacred Smoke Bowl Blessing, a powerful cleansing tool from the Native American tradition. Smudging clears away negative energies and brings you back into a state of balance. It is used as an essential preliminary to almost all Native American ceremonies.

I use smudging to cleanse myself (especially when I’ve had a hard day or have had to deal with difficult or unpleasant people). I use it as a prelude to all kinds of spiritual work, in my practice with clients, to cleanse myself, my home and office. Basically I use it all over the place, at all kinds of time – it is totally adaptable and practical, a user-friendly soulful tool.

These ideas are not new nor are they airy-fairy New Age dribble. Native American tradition dates back millennia and most ancient traditional cultures, have age-old forms of cleansing and blessing rituals. Even the West has incense smoking through a church or temple to cleanse the atmosphere just like a medicine man/woman uses their bowl of sacred smoke, or smudge to cleanse there space. 

How  to smudge a person:

YOU WILL NEED:  matches, a ceramic bowl or abalone shell, a large feather, sage , cedar and sweet grass. A prayer to ask for help with smudging.

Add a few pieces of sage to the abalone shell or ceramic bowl, cedar and sweetgrass can be added as well. Preferably wooden matches are used to light the herbs. Sage catches the best so start with a leaf or two of sage, light with the match, add other herbs to the flame and then let smolder by fanning the flame out with your hand or your feather. As the smoke rises smudge the area and any other people who are there.

Go around the circle. The person stands facing the smudger. The smudger can start at the head and go down to the feet or the other way around.  The person can lift each foot if they like to get the soles of the feet smudged and also extend  their arms out to the sides to allow for the smoke to get there as well. The person being smudged turns around clockwise and the process is repeated on their back. If you have long hair I recommend you lifting it so the neck can be properly smudged. When you are done, a feather is drawn across their body, criss-cross, sealing the effects of the clearingWhen you have completed smudging, then say another prayer, thanking Great Spirit and your guides for their help, blessings and protection.

How to do a house clearing:

Add sage to the abalone shell to purify, also you can add cedar to protect. You can finish with sweetgrass to bring in positive energy.

All rooms need cleansing - just as much as they need physical cleaning. If your life feels stuck or things just aren’t going according to plan, you may just find that simple space clearing solves the problem. Also I just smudge before and after I see clients and when I've had a lot of people's energy around the house. Clearing the space around you is also an important part of most rituals and ceremonies.

Go into each room, each corner of the room, closets, each significant piece of furniture (bed, couch, table, etc) Say a prayer for each room. Ex.  "May each person who enters this room be blessed and all who serve feel the greatest satisfaction and inspiration." The first thing I smudge is myself starting with the bottoms of my feet and then working the smoke up around my body and around my head and crown chakra. After that is done I start at the front doorway and direct the smoke completely around the door frame, you will repeat this in every room starting at the entry doorway to each room and the front and back or side doors to the apartment or house.

After the doorways just go around the room to the four corners and then down the middle with a circular motion. Don't forget to open closet doors and drawers to chests and cabinets also before you begin. The mental image is as if you were about to fumigate the property for bugs, the idea is to let the smudge smoke get into and around everything within the home or office. Instead of getting rid of bugs , you are getting rid of negative entities and energies. When you have completed every room, then say another prayer, thanking Great Spirit and your guides for their help and blessings and protection. Open as many windows and doors as is practical to allow the smoke to be purged from the interior and fresh air and chi to flow back into your living or work space. The idea is the smoke traps the unwanted stuff and then you let it out through the windows and open doors.

To help direct the smoke into drawers and closets, you can either use a feather if you have one or just use your hand in a fanning motion. One other practical matter, sometimes smoldering pieces of ash from the sage will tend to drop to the floor, be mindful to prevent burn spots on your floor.

After smudging you can close the windows and doors and enjoy your cleansed environment. You might want to redo the smudge ceremony at least every 3 months, or more often if you feel the need. 

More info on Smudging

To do a smudging ceremony, burn the clippings of these herbs (dried), rub your hands in the smoke, and then gather the smoke and bring it into your body, or - rub it onto yourself; especially onto any area you feel needs spiritual healing. Keep praying all the while that the unseen powers of the plant will cleanse your spirit. Sometimes, one person will smudge another, or a group of people, using hands - or more often a feather - to lightly brush the smoke over the other person(s). We were taught to look for dark spots in a person's spirit-body. As one California Indian woman told us, she "sees" a person's spirit-body glowing around them, and where there are "dark or foggy parts," she brushes the smoke into these "holes in their spirit-body." This helps to heal the spirit and to "close up" these holes.

Recently we did a "light" house cleansing for a friend. We use the term "light", for this is a relatively simple ceremony as opposed to some that are more lengthy and complicated. Our friend had some serious emotional and relationship problems, and he felt they had left a heavy and dark atmosphere. First, we prayed together to the Creator and to the spirits for help. We then, burned sage, purified ourselves, and took the sage to all the corners, closets, and rooms of the house. We pushed the smoke with our hands to cleanse every bit of space - lingering over dark or cold spots that "felt" uncomfortable.

We used sage first in order to drive out the bad influences. Then we purified ourselves with cedar and, then repeated the cleansing process throughout the house with that. Then sweetgrass was used in the same manner to bring in good influences. All the time we prayed for help in this cleansing. Finally, we took a candle over the whole house and pushed its light into every corner. The People of the Pacific Northwest Coast taught this "lighting-up" of a house to us. We've been doing this type of house cleansing for ten years, and it never fails to "clear the air."

In any case, smudging is a ceremony that must be done with care. We are entering into a relationship with the unseen powers of these plants, and with the spirits of the ceremony. As with all good relationships, there has to be respect and honor if the relationship is to work.

--Adrienne Borden is of Chippewa heritage, and Steve Coyote is of Cheyenne background.

http://www.asunam.com/smudge_ceremony.html

The Smudging Ceremony

By Adrienne Borden and Steve Coyote

Our Native elders have taught us that before a person can be healed or heal another, one must be cleansed of any bad feelings, negative thoughts, bad spirits or negative energy - cleansed both physically and spiritually. This helps the healing to come through in a clear way, without being distorted or sidetracked by negative "stuff" in either the healer or the client. The elders say that all ceremonies, tribal or private, must be entered into with a good heart so that we can pray, sing, and walk in a sacred manner, and be helped by the spirits to enter the sacred realm.

Native people throughout the world use herbs to accomplish this. One common ceremony is to burn certain herbs, take the smoke in one's hands and rub or brush it over the body. Today this is commonly called "smudging." In Western North America the three plants most frequently used in smudging are sage, cedar, and sweetgrass.

 

About the Herbs

Sage

There are many varieties of sage, and most have been used in smudging. The botanical name for "true" sage is Salvia (e.g. Salvia officinalis, Garden Sage, or Salvia apiana, White Sage). It is interesting to note that Salvia comes from the Latin root salvare, which means "to heal." There are also varieties of sage which are of a species separate from Salvin Artemusia. Included here are sagebrush (e.g. Artemisia californica) and mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris). We have seen both Salvia and Artemisia sub-species used in smudging.

Sage is burned in smudging ceremonies to drive out bad spirits, feelings, or influences, and also to keep bad spirits from entering the area where a ceremony takes place. In Plains nations, the floor of the sweat lodge is frequently covered with sage, and participants rub the leaves on their bodies while in the sweat. Sage is also commonly spread on the ground in a lodge or on an altar where the pipe touches the earth. Some nations wrap their pipes in sage when they are placed in pipe-bundles, as sage purifies objects wrapped in it. Sage wreaths are also placed around the head and wrists of Sundancers.

 

Cedar

There is some potential confusion here about the terms used to name plants, mainly because in some areas, junipers are known as "cedar" - as in the case of Desert White Cedar (Juniperus monosperina). This doesn't mean that J. monosperina wasn't used as a cleansing herb, though; in the Eastern U.S., its relative, Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginia), was used ceremonially. However, in the smudging ceremonies we have seen or conducted ourselves, Western Red Cedar (Thuja occidentalis) and California Cedar Incense (Libocedrus descurrens) were used ... not varieties of juniper.

Cedar is burned while praying either aloud or silently. The prayers rise on the cedar smoke and are carried to the Creator. Cedar is also spread along with sage on the floor of the sweat lodges of some tribes. Cedar branches are brushed in the air to cleanse a home during the House Blessing Ceremony of many Northwest Indian nations. In the Pacific Northwest, the people burn cedar for purification in much the same way as sage - it drives out negative energy; but it also brings in good influences. The spirit of cedar is considered very ancient and wise by Pacific Northwest tribes, and old, downed cedar trees are honored with offerings and prayers.

 

Sweetgrass

One of the most sacred plants for the Plains Indians, sweetgrass is a tall wild grass with a reddish bas and perfume-like, musty odor. It grows mainly on the eastern side of the Rockies in Montana and adjacent Alberta, Canada. It also shows up in some small areas of Wyoming and South Dakota. Its botanical name is Hierochloe odorata. Some common names for it are Seneca grass, holy grass and vanilla grass. We have been told that a variety of vanilla grass grows in North Central California. But, how similar it is to the Plains variety we don't know.

On the Plains, sweetgrass is usually braided together in bunches as a person's hair is braided, although friends have said they have seen it simply bunched and wrapped in cloth. Either way, it is usually burned by shaving little bits over hot coals or lighting the end and waving it around, letting the smoke spread through the air. This latter method is how we were taught to burn sweetgrass in the sweat lodge - allowing the purifying smoke to get to all parts of the lodge.

We were taught that it was good to burn sweetgrass after the sage or cedar had driven out the bad influences. Sweetgrass brings in the good spirits and the good influences. As with cedar, burning sweetgrass while praying sends prayers up to the Creator in the smoke. High Hollow Horn says in the The Sacred Pipe "This smoke from the sweetgrass will rise up to you, and will spread throughout the universe. Its fragrance will be known by the wingeds, the four-leggeds, and the two leggeds, for we understand that we are all relatives; may all our brothers be tame and not fear us!" Sweetgrass is also put in pipe bundles and medicine bundles along with sage to purify and protect sacred objects.

Sweetgrass is very rare today, its territory severely cut by development, cattle-grazing, and wheat fields - and tradition Indians in the northern Plains are trying to protect the last remaining fields. The best way for most folks to get sweetgrass is to buy it at Native American retail outlets. This gives support to Indians who can help the fields from being depleted.

 

 

Morning Tobacco Prayers

Take your tobacco (loose) and go out as soon as you can at or after sunrise
(It's ok if it's after, but do not do before sunrise.)
Use your right hand to make these gestures. We generally use the right
hand to make offering.

Begin by facing and holding the tobacco to the East.
Say: "To the East, to the new day, to the Light Within/Without. To
Golden Eagle. To Illumination. To the East, I call for your power and
your spirit to come in." Then you wait for a response (the 4 directions
will always respond when you call them), which may feel like subtle energy
coming into your hand/arm.
Then drop a few grains of tobacco on the Earth, and turn and face the
South.

Hold the tobacco to the South and say: "To the South, to Trust and
Innocence. To the Little Mouse. To the Good Road Home. To the
South--I call for your power and your spirit to come in. " Wait for
response. Drop some grains on the Earth. Turn West.

Hold the tobacco to the West and say: "To the West, to the Dark Waters
of looking within, home of beautiful Shell Woman. To black bear,
brown bear. To the Medicine Path, to the West --I call for your power
and your spirit to come in." Wait for response. Drop some grains on the
Earth. Turn North.

Hold out tobacco. "To the North--Home of the Old Ones and those
gone by. To the Wisdom Place. Place of White Buffalo and Snow
Leopard. To the North--I call for your power and your spirit to come
in." Wait for response. Drop a few grains.

Lean down and put your hands on Mother Earth. "To Mother Earth, for the
two-leggeds and the four-leggeds, for those who fly and crawl and
swim--for all children of the Mother."

Stand (facing East again) and raise arm up to the sky: "To Father Sky."
(that's all you have to say there.) Now, envision yourself in the center of
a circle and make a sunwise circling gesture above your head (like using a
lariat); starting in the East, 3x.

Now hold the tobacco to your heart and speak your words to Great Spirit. In
this tradition prayers are offered in 3 parts - To Thank, To Bless and To Ask
for Assistance and Support for the day ahead. Begin the prayers by saying:
"Great Spirit, hear me. This one calls to you. Thank you for this day."
Then speak what is in your heart. Start (always) by saying "Thank you
for this day." Then add whatever else you want to say to spirit, include
acknowledgment of gratitude.
Now ask for BLESSINGS from Spirit for loved ones and the world.

End your prayers with saying “this is a good day to be of service”. This
intention starts your day off with an affirmative and creative act and keeps
you focused on what is truly important to you.

When finished, breath this prayer into the tobacco and gently place it on the
Earth, or you can let the wind people take it.

Cornmeal Prayers

Take cornmeal into the night and face Grandmother Moon. Hold
the cornmeal in your right hand, your arms extended outward from
your shoulder, your hands held straight out, palms upward, saying “
Oh Great Goddess of the Universe, Mother of All Living Things,
hear me: This one stands before you.” Say your name, common or
spiritual.

Bring your palms together before your face and bend towards the
earth. Again, bring your arms and hands outstretched beside you
and make your prayer – first, for all you need to be thankful for;
second, to bless all and everyone you wish to bless; then lastly ask
for what it is you need to be a better and stronger warrior.

It is all right for us to ask for anything that will help us be more
effective in her service. You may wish to kneel or lay on the ground
as well, whatever moves you during this prayer. When you are
done, say , “Thank you Great Mother for this evening”, then put your
cornmeal on the earth, under a tree or just sprinkle it to the wind
people.

 

Price List

House Clearing and House Blessings

Suggested donation is $100.00 - 250.00 an hour depending on circumstances, size of property and extent of ceremony. All supplies  are included (sacred herbs, etc..). Call for a free consultation and for more information.

 

Blessing Smudge Box Sets

Lg Smudge Set – 50.00

Med. Smudge Set – 45.00

Small Smudge Set - 40.00

 

Blessing Smudge Bags

Lg Smudge Bag with 5-6” abalone shell – 25.00

Small smudge 6"bag with shell – 15.00

Tiny traveling 3"smudge bag - 7.00

 

OTHER ITEMS FOR SALE: amber resin in wooden box - $6.00, lavender bag in wooden box-5.00, sm.refill bags of sage and cedar- 4.00,  

sweetgrass braids - 12.00, 10 count charcoal tablets - 6.00,

Lg abalone shells - 15.00, 

Macaw feather wands- $20+15.00 ,

tripod wooden abalone shell holder  - 4.00

These items can be purchased by appointment at:      Call Colleen at 631-287-3527

or can be shipped to your address

 

 

Payments

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Please make out to Colleen Miller

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Blessings!

 

Links

www.Light-TheWay.com   (Spiritual Community in Naples, Fla.)

Article of Colleen in Natural Awakenings paper April 2012 

http://swfl.naturalawakeningsmag.com/SWFL/April-2012/Miller-Expands-Practice-at-New-Center-in-Naples/

Conscious Choices: Holistic Center for Conscious Living.

 

 

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