Clearing energy is a helpful tool to rid stagnant, blocked or negative energy and can also help improve your own energy levels. It is a great way to release the past and make way for fresh positive energy. There are many techniques to cleanse the energy of a space, your Aura (energy body), Crystals, any items you purchase or are given really. Methods range from Sacred Smoke to Reiki, Sound Bowls, Salt, Moonlight and so much more.
In my search for what my Ancestors would have used in regards to Sacred Smoke I came across a few different forms that I found interesting. While going over one of the articles I stopped dead in my tracks when I read Pine. I had recently bought an adorable bag of pine with a cute little shell (pictured) at my nearby Crystal/Spiritual shop. I didn’t know why I felt drawn to it but I was. I like to listen to those inner whispers so I happily put it my basket and went about my shopping. Now I know why I was drawn to it and love the scent the pine gives when I use it for smudging. Not only am I clearing energy using this method but also connecting to my Celtic roots. The Universe points us to some of the sweetest little hugs and I have no doubt that this gentle nudge came from one of my Ancestors.
Below is an excerpt from what I felt was the most informative and easy to read articles I came across in my research in regards to what my Irish Ancestors might have used.
Love and light,
Article written by Nikki Darrell
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“Most smudging and smoking practiced in this part of the world now is borrowed from the Native American traditions. The most widely used plant at present tends to be white sage or sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata/ ludovciana) which is native to Northern America. In this tradition smudging sticks and herbs were never sold but rather given as gifts.
However, in most cultures throughout the world smoke, smudge, and incense would have formed part of ritual and ritual was seen as part of the sacred ordinary and ordinary sacredness. Smoke was used as an offering to the deities and the sacred, for meditation and ritual, to cleanse animals (including the human ones) and make them healthy, for fumigation and space clearing, to preserve food and in some places squatting over smoke was used cleanse and repair the womb after childbirth.
Here are some brief notes on a few that will grow in Ireland well; they are all native except rosemary and sage but these have be grown here for so long they are not really blow-ins anymore.
Juniper is calming, protective and clears out negative energy. It also helps ward of viral infections and airborne illness. It can be grown easily.
Pine is grounding, cleansing, purifying and helps to bring forgiveness. It helps to deepen the breathing and clear phlegm and strengthen the adrenal glands. Our native pine is a tall tree but one can grow smaller varieties of pine or spruce in the garden in containers.
I feel a simple prayer should be offered before harvesting and tying the bundles; Give thanks to the plants and Mother Gaia for the abundance around us, take a moment to clear the heart and work from pure innocent intention and if the smudge is being used for clearing a group space ask that it will be good medicine for this, or if it is to be used personally put this into the intention. And remember to give thanks after harvesting and whilst making the bundles, gratitude is a great balm”.
Article written by Nikki Darrell