Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body,
but rather to skid in broadside, totally worn out & proclaiming “Wow, What a Ride!”

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

healthy living ~ smudging- what is it?

What is Smudging?

Smudging, a fun event I explored years ago while in my Hippie Days was brought to my attention during my recent Vision Quest.  Smudging was part of the ceremony. I had forgotten all about smudging and the benefits of this wonderful act. You don’t need to be on a Vision Quest or even exploring your inner self.  It is a fantastic way to add some herbal scents to your living space and have a healthy benefit for mind and body. Smudging....has grown in popularity and with my more recent getting back into the Mystic, Zen, and Self Exploration steps of my path made me think more seriously about this ancient art once again.

The modern-day practice of burning sage (or sage combined with other dried herbs) in personal smudging rituals and ceremonies is based on a combination of the spiritual, medicinal, herbal and cultural teachings of the past.

The term “smudging” refers to almost any type of spiritual or energetic cleansing that uses the smoke.  Essentially, a smudge ritual or a smudge ceremony is performed to correct the energy in a home, in an office, in an object, or even in a person. This is accomplished by burning sage or sage and a combination of herbs, in a focused, intentional way to cleanse out negative energy and to replenish positive, healing energy

HERBS FOR SMUDGING

White sage is commonly used and can be found as “smudge sticks” in most new-age supply stores. However, sage isn’t the only cleansing herb available. Braids of sweetgrass, bundles of dried lavender and resins such as copal and frankincense can also be used. Different plants are believed to have different energetic correspondences, so it’s important to know the “energy” of a plant before using it to smudge. For example, lavender is often thought to promote inner peace and harmony. Smudging with lavender could help “clear the air” after personal or group conflict.

HOW TO SMUDGE
  • Choose your smudging herbs thoughtfully
  • Place a smudge stick or loose leaves in a fireproof vessel that’s safe to handle
  • Light the herbs with a match (if using a smudge stick, light the end), and blow out the flame to produce smoke
  • Take a deep breath and focus on your intentions, for example “I want my home to be peaceful,” or “I want to be cleansed of negative thoughts”
  • Use your hand or a feather to direct the smoke around the space, object or person being smudged
  • When finished, make certain there are no remaining sparks, and place the fireproof vessel in a safe place
  • Smudging is itself a spiritual ceremony that asks participants to be present in the moment, to allow a moment of communion between themselves and a higher power. Simply waving around a burning wand of sage and expecting the smoke to make things better is missing the point of this sacred act.

 For more information, here are a couple of websites that I found interesting and useful. If you have performed Smudging and can give us newcomers to the art some hints, information, and suggestions... please do! We would love to hear from all.







Monday, May 25, 2015

remember our fallen

remember this day not as a Holiday- but a Day of Reverence for those who gave their lives to ensure the Freedom of yours




Monday, May 11, 2015

a Soul’s Journey - a Vision Quest

Vision Quest ~ okay what is it and why do it....

For centuries, men and women of many cultures willingly step outside of society, alone, to face the dangers and beauty of nature unadulterated in order to learn about their own spirits and the mysteries of the universe. They sought not a vision of their spirit guardian, but supernatural guidance in the form of a personal revelation about their own spirit. In this way, the quest often held the greatest significance for the young who wished to learn the sacred tools of earthly survival or those who felt called to become shamans, healers, or monks.

The traditional vision quest begins with a period of solitude, deep prayer and meditation, wherein the seeker mentally prepared for the trials that lay ahead. They physically cleanse by participating in a mental and physical purge of their bodies. The seeker finds a destination, often a sacred spot high in the mountains, in the desert, or near the ocean- any place where they can connect with nature. There, you fast while observing nature and waiting calmly, so as not to miss the revelation that would be granted by the Spirits. The knowledge comes in many forms: a vision, a dream, communal with an animal spirit or an experience in which one is brought out of one's self. What is revealed is not always immediately understood, and time is often needed to fully comprehend the experience.

Today vision quests allow us to move beyond the ego into a realm where truths are presented to us through introspection. The period of growth necessary to complete the quest is a rite of passage that marks the meaningful transitions in our lives. After a vision quest, we can emerge from the wilderness cognizant of the sources of power within ourselves and our unending relationship with nature.

A Quest of any kind is a heroic journey. It’s a rite of passage that carries you to an inner place of silence and majesty and encourages you to live life more courageously and genuinely. The benefits of a Quest are numerous. A Quest can help you to:

• Discover who you are  
• Connect more deeply to nature
• Define your life goals
• Find your purpose
• Gain clarity
• Connect to your higher self and the Creator
• Meet your guides, totems, and allies
• Find your true name
• Overcome fears and self-imposed limitations
• Heal abuse, grief, and anger issues
• Heal relationship issues

If you are interested in learning more or going on a Vision Quest of your own, here are a couple of resources that will help. Some guides, will do a group of friends, or sometimes everyone is a stranger; although, you will not leave as such. Yes, this can be done at home, by yourself, the books I suggest is a great way to learn how, understand what a Vision Quest is, and begin an experience you’ll never forget.

Books





Guides and Information on Vision Quests these guides are mainly for California, Utah, Nevada, and Colorado- however, just "google" your area and you may be surprised what you find available. 

Medicine Wheel, from Rites Of Passage
BeHeavenOnEarth ~ Patricia White Buffalo





~ please do not attempt a Vision Quest out in the wilderness without someone to silently watch over you from a distance, where you still have privacy, but can call out for help~

Monday, May 4, 2015

may's advice from a....

have you ever been spelunking?
 I tried a couple of times;  first tight spot and that was the end of the trail for me...lol