The Planetary Etheric Grid ~ Our Evolving Consciousness Matrix

The Planetary Etheric Grid
Our Evolving Consciousness Matrix
 

By Alisa Battaglia

As I walked contemplatively with my guardian dog, Diamond, under a sky of gray and booming thunder threatening rainfall and streaks of sun shining heavily upon my tanned skin, my mind began to resonate with the vibration of life around me, as I listened to bird songs, frog bellows, the wind in the sway of trees and their beautiful offering of flowers. Aligning with the environing energies, I began my invocations and prayed for Earth healing around the oil spill that has destroyed precious wetlands and ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico.

In such a calm quieted state I began to feel a most impressionable response in my upper chakras. It became so clear in my heart rather than in my intellect, that the basic theme in the evolutionary process of unfoldment is one of relationship. Everything living is connected, each with its specialized instinct and purpose in the great chain of life, no matter how small or minute we think it to be compared to our own existence. In all the encompassing feeling, I could see what a beautiful, vibrant, colorful, active, teeming world of life we live in. Such magnificence, grace and beauty!

I was shown that everything in the manifest universe from the macrocosm to the microcosm possesses an etheric or energy form, albeit subtle and intangible. That the etheric body that underlies the solar system, planetary bodies, the earth body, and human bodies down to the subhuman kingdoms in nature, are composed of interlocking and circulating lines of force that emanate from one or many of the planes of consciousness and areas of consciousness of our planetary Life. I saw how the lines of energy and interlocking streams of force are related to the seven focal points (chakras) in the etheric bodies and their relation to certain incoming energies. When Love is the unifying agent its lines of force form a beautiful lighted matrix.

Then I saw how the many gaps in human consciousness such as fear, limitation and ignorance that act as agents of miscreation by weighing the etheric underpinnings down and congest the circulating lines of force. This conditions the human and planetary etheric bodies into lower levels of light.

It occurred that wherever our head, heart and throat chakras are in consciousness, is our relation to the distributing agencies of Higher Spiritual forces. Everything is related to consciousness and everything is impressed or affected and awakened by the corresponding higher agent of consciousness. For instance, in the individual, it is the personality graduating to Soul awareness and then towards the higher unification with Spirit. On a biological level, it is the hierarchy of humanity over animal, plant & mineral kingdoms. Humanity is a higher agent to the lower Kingdoms in nature because it dominates control over the manifestation of their life expression. Humanities relationship to these life forms requires tremendous healing due to gross misuse of force. The heart must awaken and begin to control the personality.

Continuing with the line of clarity, I saw that humanity must rise to its highest potential and that in order for the human race to respond constructively to higher spiritual processes, that the soul of humanity must waken to itself in order for the soul of Mother Earth to shift into evolutionary alignment as a sacred planet. Upliftment is a symbiotic process because all of life is connected via the planetary etheric body with consciousness being the only difference. Since the human etheric body is an integral part of the planetary etheric body, it is responsive to the free distribution of the many circulating energies at our current kosmic disposal. The third eye is the focusing agent of those energies for the upper three chakras. As potent reservoirs of force, humanity has the power to close the gaps and disconnects in consciousness by building bridges of interrelationship and interplay between all facets of Life. Bridges serve as platforms of unification between consciousness paradigms that supports others into the higher dimensional system of New Earth energy. Let it be a mantra to leave no hu-man behind, as it is the collective consciousness that requires the leap in consciousness in the unfolding of the human race.

Such is the focal point of thousands coming together in Global Communion and with other Intention Groups that join together and serve as unified healing platforms to consciously co-create in building lines of force in order to heal gapped and torn areas of the human and planetary etheric grid. As the filaments of the grid are rewoven and mended, divine circulatory flow is restored.

Our united task is one of reaching critical mass, a numbers game where enough heart-centric individuals focus attention on the patterns of perfection for the New Earth to enable a vibrational shift enlightening the grid of the planetary etheric body and all her inhabitants.

Alisa Battaglia©2010

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Evolution of the Senses through Webstring Attractions

Evolution of the Senses through Webstring Attractions

By Alisa Battaglia

Each is a natural attraction string in the web of life, a webstring that helps to hold the world together, including people, through universal natural attraction communications, guidance and motivations. ~ Michael J. Cohen

Humanity is reaching a threshold where beyond that point is liberation from mind. What trails ahead beyond the threshold and how it all plays out actually depend on you. I know you hear it all the time, thought creates reality, true, but that is only half the quotient, the other is the sentient feeling factor that seems to be buried in the classroom of mechanistic thought and its ideals, social behaviors and declining mores, stoic relating, sex just to get off, addiction and aberration, to name a few and the crux of all woes being the mass disconnection from Nature. The answer to my question, “what trails ahead beyond the threshold” is the evolution of the senses contained in the ever present NOW. There is a way to regain them, your senses that is, and I will show you how through the Natural Systems Thinking Process (NSTP).

The senses are what lie beyond the threshold. They are like the guiding light as they are ever ahead of any action – they are the gel, the cohesive creation threads that guide us in unison with thought, word and movement. Together they form the ribbons of conscious co-creative relationship always in rhythm, in constant expression and expansion. The senses work together with these natural streams of intelligence that comprise the very fabric of our world, which makes common sense to connect with them.

So how does one move into rhythm with the Laws of the ever expanding Self as Nature? Reclaim the Self as part of the whole. “HUH?” you say “what’s that supposed to mean?” Nature baby, Nature! Connect with Nature! The more we ground and connect with Nature, the more we develop our natural senses into empathy that far supersedes the 5 or even the 7 acclaimed super senses because natural senses include all of us AS NATURE, not just a PART IN NATURE. The sentient Earth does not function in parts. She is a cohesive interactive regenerating whole in constant evolutionary expansion inclusive of every particle of existence. She is without word, but the vibration of her heartbeat dances in tune with cosmic symphony and your heart, if you let it.

For starters, the five to seven senses belong to the physical body, but since we actually are more ethereal than physical in total existence. We have at least 53 sensory attractions at our current disposal when we connect with Nature’s infinite loving intelligence. William Shakespeare’s quote could not be truer, “One touch of Nature makes the whole world kin.” This reveals great depth to the matters of multidimensionality because a multidimensional consciousness is about expanding the vector of perception from its fixed angle to one that is all at once, 360 degrees to produce gnosis or full knowing. This faculty of high vibrational sensory perception is our human birthright. It is the gift of Spirit to humanity from the Creator of Love. NOW is the moment to step into your I AM presence to activate these dormant faculties through communion with Nature.

 You do this through your feeling apparatus, not your mind. Your senses will reveal to you through natural “attractions” what feels good and is joyful and what is repugnant or harmful. Following the streams of positive sensory attractions with constancy produces indelible imprints or energy pathways of sensitive connection. These empathic wordless webstring attraction relationships are necessary to hold your vibration stable in order to interface with everything that meets your presence so that you may perceive with a wider vector and coherently assimilate streams of incoming information with greater clarity and sensitivity to the whole of life.

If your faculty of perception could step up in vibration you could see that these subtle filaments or webstrings form the entire web of life. Since these connections are invisible and can only be deciphered correctly through felt sense, it might be useful to imagine them as feelers or webstrings that reach out to you tickling and joyfully bonding in conscious awareness with all those open to partaking in life’s giving.

Today’s mechanistic society has conditioned your senses to dullness, to be apathetic and disconnected to your true Being as Nature. Don’t take this personally, it’s a planetary schema, but do take it to heart so that you learn to regain your sensitivity in order to interface more completely and authentically with life around you. It is up to only you to step out of the conditioned box, to unplug from the technological mechanistic Patrix mindset and reconnect to the regenerative power of Natures database upon which your forebears knew – that which you are remembering and with hope that your future generations will secure nature-wisdom as a cultural imperative upon which all life revolves.

Partake in Natures renewing powers to enliven your senses, feel joy, reduce stress and remove thought pollution that blocks clear knowing, heal and regenerate, relate more effectively and balance your life with authenticity and response-ability back into integrity with the whole of Nature’s grace.

Alisa Battaglia-Schiff ©2011-2018

 

Soul Bonding

There is a worldwide heightening of spiritual awareness. As conduits of Source energy, we must seek to nurture the growing awareness of the Soul’s presence in the life of the self and to assist others towards this evolutionary impulse to higher self-mastery in connection with the whole of life. As each member of the human family is birthed into awareness and at-one-ment with their own Soul, at a greater level a unified link to the Soul of humanity occurs. Since consciousness must connect with the larger organism, of supernatural intelligence, this unified link or bonding with our “Great Sustainer” opens consciousness to symbiosis, to higher platforms of living awareness. Symbiosis is an ongoing integral process in our evolutionary pathway in the life and soul of the planet.

As we inhabit the regenerative soul of Nature and recall our link to Spirit, we consciously attune to the natural order of the universe and the more we heal the inner chasms that shroud our authentic self. Humanities loss of connection with Nature has stunted the development of consciousness.  Mending the gaps in phylogenetic memory enables us to evidence the virus that offers no life, no essential purpose other than to bring chaos through a loss of energy and vitality where the sense of self disintegrates.

Consciousness is a gift endowed by Nature and we are to align in that direction. However, when human consciousness is cocooned from the biosphere and intelligent living is disconnected from art, social interaction, cultural development, or spirituality and life is diverted into synthetic realities, the feeling function is cut off and our psyche is rerouted producing inflated ideas of our own importance. Pulled from authentic reality we suffer from arrested development, aberration and succumb to human evil and we are unable to fulfill our co-creative potential with Nature.

These intra-psychic implants of a delusional world reality that foster human evil with its machinations to control all life and ensure continued suffering and early demise, is the virus. When we go against Nature, we forget that we are also part of Nature. However, the human Soul is the consciousness or regenerative link to the essential substance of the Creative Life Source – the Spirit in Nature. Linked to Nature, She is our path to whole-self wellbeing – of truth, beauty, and harmony.

Nature is the Great Sustainer and since the human soul is bonded into the soul of the Earth through an umbilicus, we have the capacity to live sustainably and walk in beauty with supernatural intelligence. We do not need the limitations of a synthetic artificial intelligence. Human nature is the human part of Nature. Nature intelligence is the terrestrial path to our Healing, to our quantum leap of living in symbiosis with the rest of the biosphere, of living in harmony with other life forms. It is time to forge a new relationship with the biosphere, our support system. We need to connect with it, nourish it, Love, cherish and celebrate it!

“If you are all head, no heart; live an empty vapid existence; engage in superficial meanderings of the status quo; find yourself in repetition compulsion; and engage in virtual realities as solace for unrequited love or exchange for human, plant, and animal relation, your psyche is trapped in an abyss with no life support. Reconnect to your authentic origins in Nature.”

Alisa Battaglia©2012-2018

You Are How you Vibrate Part 2~ Creating Coherence

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“Spirituality is a lens through which we view life  and a gauge by which we evaluate it.” ~Elder Dallin H. Oaks

How we manage our energies through our feeling states, breath, language and the stories of our bodies determines our level of sensitivity or capacity for assimilation of the global life energies around us. Natural senses are part of life’s nonverbal communication system that endows us with inner balance, clarity, and enthusiasm. It is how Nature connects and communicates (communes) with other life residents.

Whole-self wellbeing, alignment of the Body-Heart-Mind-Spirit organism, is essentially the result of harmonious vibration in the energetic flow between Nature Intelligence and the Kosmic circuit. The reciprocity of this nurturing and balancing energy exchange awakens our senses onto our screen of consciousness that Natural intelligence loved us to Be. We are often surprised that there is a mutual benefit of cooperative experience when our consciousness is in tact with Nature intelligence. We further discover that the unity that results from the interconnection of these natural attraction forces validates that “Love is the only reality of the world because it is All.” The vibrational evolution of the Kosmos, the co-evolutionary pathway between Earth and the human psyche as part Nature is ever expanding with the Whole in the Now moment of incarnation. If we are to expand our vibration that is the vast interconnectedness of sentient global life, we must embrace a psychology that identifies Spirit and Nature as a singular relationship.

Inner congruency within self (what we think, feel, say and do) and self in relation to global life produces alignment that magnetizes the physical and non-physical realities to interface. This attraction calls to us Kosmic coincidence to awaken our creative Soul potential on Earth.

For instance, our seed thoughts, feelings, and words (sound) are a vibrational mix of information of the Now moment that creates a resonance to match it by stimulating the etheric forces to activate a response – our intent into a living, creative, earthbound existence. Matrices of like vibration become attractive forces for one another and entrain to create either coherence or dissonance within our Being.

Yet, if we zone out instead, tranquilize in delusion, suffering, negative emotion, selfish ideas, and desires take root because the physical self and the non-physical self are not merged within the same space-time continuum. There is no bridge, no congruency. The inability to merge with the nature within and the nature without produces bifurcation, a split in consciousness in the recognition of the unified Self and with all Life. Lack of interface between the ego personality and the higher self as Soul always maintains separateness fostering the illusion that we are alone, unloved and even unworthy to be alive. We are in fact never alone, we are Loved and absolutely worthy to exist.

While the wisdom of Nature is love, social constructs are organized to divest this wisdom of Nature innate in the human psyche by distracting us from the present, the spontaneity of the Now moment – the “living bridge” between the past and the future. This social control pattern is easily recognizable throughout the ages, especially with advancement into the technological age, where we are lured in to identify with and rely on external objects to think for us. These technological appendages dull the super computer brain and sensory apparatus into vibrational light code lock down. Any time we attach our thoughts to identify with Nature separated thinking we stand apart from our inherent Self and isolate ourselves from the whole of life. Instead, we hide within the walls of social media, fake news, excessive indoor living, and adopt addictive strategies as we step into error to experience the adverse effects of those directive scripts. Raising our vibrations requires that we bypass those constructs that derail us.

Paying attention to cultures stressful complexities of how to manage life through disconnected stories about life rather than participating in life, is like watching reality TV all day and saying you lived. The cultural learning process that deconstructs the natural born human as part of nature from Nature is not a teaching of the human Soul, rather it is a destructive directive script that teaches us through rational thinking to build walls and hide from our consciousness, our natural integrity within Nature and the blessings born from our connection. For over 50,000 years, nature connected people lived harmoniously with each other and the land because they gained consent from Nature to survive. In a world of social decay and environmental collapse, it is time to reclaim our humanity and reconnect with our origins in Nature so that we may survive as a species onward and organize to nurture Natures supportive ways.

The authentic reality is that our eternal non-physical self is always in high vibration and since the Soul is the human standard of our inner striving, we must align and keep steady to that signal of the expanded version of ourselves. Thinking high in spiritual aspiration and ideals—where the Law of Life magnetizes to us what we are thinking and then brings to pass more of the same is how we deliberately create our reality. The choice is solely ours. Through our sensory body, we manufacture positive streams of vibration or negative streams of vibration to attract those imaginings into Earth reality.

To strive toward the higher standard of the Soul, we must first have a self-loving willingness to align with the higher vibrational aspect of ourselves because in order to change lower energy that densifies our negative experiences, we must potentate a higher energy to transform it. This means that intent with the motivation or enthusiasm for life must underlie our caring how we feel in our bodies. We must intend to love Self enough to warrant feeling good all the time, without excuse or negotiation. Without the self-preservation of the pleasure bond that engages with the global life streaming that is love, distress would subvert the way via the pleasure principle of substitutes. This survival mechanism innate to the stirrings of our Soul and Nature knows that we have to love to feel good. Feeling good produces a pleasurable exuberance for life, which becomes our natural state of Being. The feeling state of exuberance helps us to cultivate body wisdom as an ally to higher manifestations and multisensory capacity amplified through Nature-Spirit connection.

Our feeling states both positive and negative offer great teachings as a way to correct our errors. The negative feeling vibration of resistance is a vital warning signal that something is out of integrity – out of flow in our stream of wellbeing. Divisiveness is always an indicator for reorientation toward unity. Bad feelings offer us an opportunity to align Self with the empathic center of Unity – Soul wisdom. With the feeling center positively focused, we move closer to our inner stream of wellbeing – congruency with the pure positive energy of the Soul’s range of vibration.

Until we can find feeling balance in the giving and receiving of the Kosmic circuit, we need lots of practice. Otherwise, our high vibrational inner being will not join, but will lower or drop down into the denser or negative vibration of the ego personality dramas. The more we practice aligning and keeping steady to the signal of wellbeing we discover a whole range of responses and get a “sense” of things. Our senses begin to navigate the complexities of how these innate feeling signals work in our body with great proficiency. We discover that “Assimilation through resonance” occurs when we experience the “feeling” of letting go. Letting go or surrendering is most pivotal in releasing a whole range of sensations that produce negative charges in the nervous system. Striving for the feeling of non-attachment to resistance, allows empathic life energy to flow through us endowing us with its intelligence.

Alisa Battaglia©2013-2018

Empowerment Through Awareness

Anyone who speaks the truth must point out the insanity of our times and challenge the authority that conforms people. If we care, we point out to others to wake them up and bring them to a state that is not deceived. ~Tara Singh

Awareness as a responsibility of consciousness is to empower people with knowledge necessary to live healthier, happier, creative and more joyful lives, free of dis-ease through prevention. Prevention strategies align with Nature in the use of organic foods, herbs, and natural therapies like sunshine and exercise, creative expression, heart centered relationships, nature connection, and cultivation of the spiritual core within us that pervades all of life. Empowerment lies in our daily choices. How well we apply the knowledge we receive and employ inner wisdom of discernment either sustains and leads us toward the path of health or towards one that disrupts natural processes producing dis-eased states. My goal is to educate and help individuals reconnect to their interior lives and the world around them with integrity, focus, and compassion. To help empower the bridge building of connectivity between two worlds, and finally to reflect the highest Light within, into the outer world as a creative expression of who they are. Without this general alignment and capacity to integrate, consciousness remains fragmented and thus, we as a race are easy to manipulate and control by both human predators and intrapsychic forces.

Awareness is central to well and an empowered life. With awareness we recognize how the corporate profit machines work by suppressing health freedom, civil liberties and Soul realities in the endless quest for profits through censorship of information and control, which blocks out all natural and common sense solutions outside of drugs, surgery and manufactured realities. The more we know how to prevent our own dis-ease states through common foods, herbs, sunlight, hydration, exercise, avoidance of cancer causing chemicals that line the market shelves and use those protective strategies against intra-psychic forces, the less control the industry (Big-Pharma, Big-Agri, Big Bio-tech, Big Government, Deep State, et al) has over us and the harder it is to exploit our bodies and Nature to create a revenue stream that enriches those corporations. With awareness, we can withdraw our energy and support of highly unethical, exploitive behaviors, which have caused great harm to human life, animals, delicate ecosystems and usurpation of natural resources across the globe.

Empowered, educated individuals are a threat to the profits of the illness industry, which is the backbone of all the other death-urge industries. Industrial Cartels have devolved into a system of perpetuating illness through: enforced ignorance of industry censored information that isolates real solutions by discrediting real science with junk science and all forms of medicine or modalities it does not control; has proposed industry standards that routinely assault and maim both human and Nature in the name of “science”; disease management via drugs over natural therapies; mass exploitation of the human body and natural resources in harmful profiteering on all levels. They have forgotten what it means to nurture and support the Spirit in Life. So, we each must choose with whom and what we wish to align in order to restore and manage the integrity of life from extinction.

Fully Convinced……

If you’re having trouble taking action, it’s probably because you haven’t fully convinced yourself that it must be done. Once you truly convince yourself, you’ll most certainly make it happen. Perhaps you think it’s something that is important. Yet there’s a big difference between thinking it’s important and knowing, without the least bit of doubt, that it must be done. So if you’re hesitant to take action, look within yourself for the reason why. Have the courage, and make the effort, to answer your own objections. You may discover that you’re not sincerely committed to achieving the results your actions would bring. And if that’s the case, you can choose to either find that commitment or to move on to something else. Your thoughts and actions are incredibly powerful. And to focus them in a particular direction, you must be absolutely convinced. Convincing yourself is indeed a challenge, and that’s as it should be. For when you truly convince yourself to do it, you have the power to make it so. ~ By Ralph Marston

Alisa Battaglia 2013

Seed Thoughts


Believe nothing just because a so-called wise person said it. Believe nothing just because a belief is generally held. Believe nothing just because it is said in ancient books. Believe nothing just because it is said to be of divine origin. Believe nothing just because someone else believes it. Believe only what you yourself test and judge to be true. ~Buddha – Hindu Prince Gautama Siddhartha


There are always so many messages to share. The first one relates to the seed message of how we must always envision our deepest dreams and pursue them by living our Truth. Since I can remember, mine has always been to serve planetary need with a conscious male partner at my side… “To unleash our hearts strength together into the world whose dual power effects positive change.” The power of gender polarity at work is momentous. This brings to heart that we must live our own life dreams, not anothers dream for us. Being the change and living by example is a powerful magnet to draw forth into our environment the reflection of who we are and how we live. So, it is vital that we remain conscious of our creations from beginning to end. Authentic living also increases our vibratory levels stirring forth a hundredth monkey effect in the transformation of consciousness within our circle of relationships and larger groups of individuals. It is not jargon that external change always starts from an internal catharsis.

This takes us to the next seed thought about uncovering our passion for what we deeply care about—how we are called to serve–our conscious role in the world. Spiritual midwifery comes to mind…my role as a Mediatrix between Heaven and Earth to assist in the miasm of birth into awareness. This weaving of inner connections brings us to a point of remembering our authentic Self. Memory of our true identity offers great power. Thus, we are beckoned to question our relationship to the world dream. To identify our attachments within the world dream, our wanting and our incessant need to clutch—to hold on to things of the past and outmoded ways of living. Both wanting and clutching are resistance to flow to that which is in the NOW. What unexamined assumptions lie hidden in our resistance? Daily reflection in Nature and quiet opens us to the wisdom of the natural world and inner realities.

When we are conscious we are out of the box and we cannot be trapped by the illusion—the world dream. When we are true to ourselves we live in flow that moves us into an expanded vector of consciousness. We find that we ride the wave rather than resist it. Aligning with the correct wave current is the “key” to consciousness streaming. Flow rather than torrent serves us best here, as divine flow is the “key” to awakening consciousness.

Step out of the self and its story. From above as observer there is non-attachment to the outcome and feelings without reactionary responses…just “being.” Beingness invites the flow of intuition. Intuition gives us foresight in that it directs our every move always for our highest and best life. Functioning from the higher faculty of our intuition makes living in the world easier without it consuming us because we are not attached to the ego complex of the physical body —our knowingness is as Soul essence.

In Lighted Companionship,
Rev. Alisa Battaglia

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Alisa Battaglia©2009

 

 

The Sacred Art of Ritual of Smudging

A repost of my published article: Source: The Sacred Art of Ritual of Smudging

The Sacred Art of Ritual Smudging

By Alisa Battaglia

Ritual allows us to enter sacred space with awareness to flow. There is often a point of focus at the center of a ritual in present time that helps us to reclaim our spirituality. Performing ritual is simply a tool to reawaken this aspect of our being because in it provides a signal to the body to begin physiological and energetic changes to initiate change by aiming for an altered state of consciousness conducive to self-exploration and reprogramming. The ritual of smudging can be defined as “spiritual house cleaning.” It refers to passing one self or an object through sacred smoke as a means of purification, which is an energetic process.

Shamanic smudging ritual is an age-old tribal tradition used for centuries by the native people of both North and South America, European peasants and Siberian shamans to open the doors of the soul to the spirit world. They burned certain herbs and incense as a way of gaining access to the soul and power of plants for spiritual, ceremonial, and magical use. Certain plants when burned release a high vibrational energy through the fragrance and their smoke is used as an offering to create harmony and peace, purification and healing protection of physical and spiritual bodies, banishment of negative energies and creation of sacred space. When the herbs are burned it is thought that the soul of the plant is released to aid its energies for a particular invocation. In theory, the smoke attaches itself to negative energy and acts as a conduit by taking negative energies with it as the smoke clears and releases it into another space where it is regenerated into positive energy.

Sacred Herbs used in Smudging

The plant is the teacher, the true authority on which heals or is best for magic. There are certain plants that are held in high esteem that are agreed upon in most traditions. The smoke from sacred plants and herbs traditionally used to purify are tobacco, sweetgrass, sage, and cedar. However, the types of herbs used with their many local varieties may vary as purposes overlap and change by tradition and personal preferences.

In many traditions, shamanic smudging involves a four directions ceremony or prayer, which anchors protection in a sacred circle or sends specific kinds of smoke or prayers into the four directions. Different tribes, Covens and Shamans have different smudging prayers that program the smoke to do a specific action. In general, smudging is used to purify and cleanse spiritually, call for balance and harmony, to aide in divination, invoke spirits, healing powers and to carry prayers further into the Universe.

Traditional smudge sticks are tied in a bundle for easier handling. Some herbs are used loose or braided like Sweetgrass. The bundles are usually handmade and prepared using traditional methods from the finest-quality sacred herbs which are 100% pure and grown without chemical synthetics or petroleum distillates, which is important since the smoke is inhaled by default. Smudge sticks are used for ceremonial purposes, offerings, or simply to recreate the ancient aromas for their aromatherapeutic properties.

Tobacco (ah-say-ma) No other plant is endowed with such qualities, which is why pure tobacco is used in American Indian rituals. Tobacco from cigarettes is not used for ritual use because it is adulterated, as it is filled with pesticides and chemicals that cause cancer.

SAGE can be used for general purposes. The word sage or salvia comes from the Latin word salvare, which means “To Heal.” Sage has long been used in “smudging” ceremonies to promote purification, protection, longevity, and immortality. Studies have shown that the smoke of burning sage literally changes the ionization polarity of the air. Its element is air.

~Desert Sage is one of the most sacred herbs among Native Americans used to purify the mind, body, and spirit before prayer, meditation, ritual or ceremony and to purify sacred items such as pipes, magical tools, tarot decks and eagle feathers. This sage is great to cleanse an area, the house and for aura cleansings. The scent of desert sage is somewhat sharp, light and refreshing.

~White Broadleaf Sage is excellent for meditation, divination, smudging, cleansing and purification. Broad leaf sage is considered the king of all sages. It is prized over all the sages for its strong aromatic properties.

Cedar was offered to the fire to smudge the lodge and people. Its smoke is wafted to ward away sickness.

Sweetgrass is excellent for cleansing sacred space that helps us to center ourselves and is traditionally believed to invite good spirits. Sweetgrass is a rare grass which is found growing wild in very few places. It has a sweet and light fragrance that does not last for long.

Herbs can be burned singly or in combination with each other. A second herb is used to bring in whatever influence is needed.

Pine Resin & Sage (either desert sage or white broadleaf sage) is a good combination that covers all four magical elements of air, fire, water and earth. This combination is appropriate for general use, cleansing, ceremony and ritual.

Cedar & Sage provides the perfect balance for cleansing and enlivening an atmosphere.


Common Herbs used in Smudging

Here are some general uses for the different herbs often used for smudging.

Copal Gold Resin, holy incense used by the peoples of Mesoamerica. It is traditionally used as incense in divinatory and cleansing ceremonies. The resin contains aromatic chemicals called terpenes, which make it volatile and flammable. It was used by Mayan shamans prior to ingesting mushrooms. Its elemental is primarily fire and water, but can also be used for four-element general purposes. When burned, the scent is sweet, resinous, slightly woody, mildly earthy and spicy.

Myrrh Resin was used by the ancient Egyptians in rituals of healing and passing. It is one of the ingredients they used to embalm bodies. The resin is gathered from the almost leafless Middle Eastern shrub called the Commiphora Molmol. It is useful for spirituality, meditation, happiness, release, transformation, strength, confidence and stability. Its elemental is primarily earth, but can also be used for four-element general purposes. The scent is a piney and very earthy that produces a lot of smoke when burned.

Frankincense Resin is used extensively in meditation and healing and is my very favorite. It is used in numerous religious traditions such as the Catholic Church. Its scent is believed to confer divine blessing. Its elemental is primarily fire, but can also be used for four-element general purposes. Frankincense comes from the resin of an African tree and produces a rich, dense smoke when burned.

Pinon Resin was used by Native American cultures for its spiritual and healing properties that are cleansing, strengthening and warming. It is used to refresh the senses and revive a tired soul. Its elemental is primarily fire, but can also be used for four-element general purposes. The fragrance is pleasant and meditative and when burned it produces a thick stream of smoke.

Juniper was used in ancient times for ritual purification of temples. Its smoke is believed to aid clairvoyance and stimulate contact with other worlds. It is also stimulative and therefore effective in reviving a tired body, mind or spirit. Its elemental is primarily fire, but can also be used for four-element general purposes. The scent is sharp and piney and was burned during the Plague to resist disease.

Lavender is useful for attracting peace, happiness and restful sleep. It reduces depression, grief and sorrow and aids in meditation, manifestation and divination. It is traditionally associated with fairies and elves. The element is primarily air. The scent is a refreshing and light aromatic.

Yerba Santa Leaves are used for meditation and divination. It is thought to enhance psychic abilities, magical protection, healing and spiritual strength.

Hibiscus Flowers are often used in divination and psychic communication. The flowers are excellent for rejuvenating the senses and restoring life force. The elementals are water and fire. The scent is invigorating and sharp and lasts for a long time after burning.

Rose Flowers and Petals is used for meditation, divination, increasing psychic abilities and communication, contacting powers and beings in other dimensions. Traditionally the rose is associated with attracting love, conferring peace, stimulating sexual appetites and enhancing beauty. The element is primarily water. The scent is heavy, warm and aromatic with a hint of sharpness that lasts a long time after burning.

How to Smudge

Smudging is very simple. The pointed end of the herbal smudge bundle is lit while held over a heat-proof bowl filled with a bed of sand or gravel or an abalone shell. It can take a while to get the stick really smoking, but once the bundle is ignited and smoldering, gently wand the bundle or waft the smoke around the room, object or body. If the herb is loose blow the smoke or use a feather to circulate the fragrant smoke around the room or person while invoking forces or saying a prayer for a special need. When the ritual is complete, inhale a little smoke to purify your insides. Do not asphyxiate yourself. People often feel more relaxed, lighter and brighter after smudging. By allowing the purification and cleansing properties of herbs to clear personal items, the body, or environment, the space is created for new awareness and for a new direction to take place.

~To smudge the body, stand with the legs hips distance apart and arms out at shoulder height which makes it easy to weave the wand through. Hold the smudge stick 8-10 inches from the perimeter the body. Traditionally, the heart area is first to be smudged since the heart is the corridor into the spiritual planes. Begin by fanning the swirls of smoke around the body’s aura starting at the heart and then down the front of the body to the feet. Smudge the bottom of the feet and work upward towards the back and over the head and face back to the heart. Follow the perimeter of the body and make sure both the front and back of the body is smudged. Direct the smoke and give special attention to areas of stress and imbalance in relation to the individual spirit-body. Make your invocation or prayer as you do so.

~ For the living environment start at the door and slowly walk in a clockwise direction around the perimeter of the room paying particular attention to sharp corners such as door frames, the corners and top of walls where negative energy gets stuck and any window frames.
? We can also smudge any medicine or magikal tool that will be in use such as pipe, jewelry, ceremonial outfit, etc.

~ Smudging for meditation often produces a deeper and longer-lasting state of relaxation and contemplation. For best results use a charcoal burner or inflammable receptacle or an incense stick. Light the herbs and enjoy the scent as you meditate.

When to Smudge

Smudging ourselves daily can be very helpful in keeping balance and in maintaining a peaceful state of being, especially before meditation. Specific times to smudge are when we have been around people who are ill, depressed, fearful, angry or who are generally emotionally unbalanced. Also, when we feel blue or depressed, have been under much stress or after an argument, in which case the environment should also be cleared as well as the auric field of the person.
In a group, circle, ceremony, or lodge it is a good practice to smudge each person. Traditionally we do this by starting from the East and holding the smudge stick or receptacle lit while each person bathe themselves in the smoke and follow the process described above. However, smudging has been adapted to the need through intuition. Smudging can also be used to charge energy into a room to bring positive influence. When the ritual is complete inhale a little smoke to purify your insides. Gently blow out the flame or stab it into sand, but make sure the smudge stick is out, as it has a tendency to ignite. Never leave the bundle unattended.

Legend

“Tobacco was a gift of the Four Manido (Spirits of the Four Directions). It was the father of Nanabush who gave the tobacco (ah-say-ma) and shared the custom of smoking with his son after their epic battle in war, as a symbol of peace. Nanabush in turn passed on the custom to the Anishnabe as a ceremony. Thereafter, the Anishnabe smoked the Pipe of Peace before great councils, after war, and before other ceremonies. The Anishnabe adopted the custom and made it part of their daily lives to compose their minds and spirits. It is said that it will chase away feelings that are bad or negative and bring on thoughts that are good or positive.
In the medicine wheel, which we convey as the wheel of life, there are Four Directions. When we are born, life begins in the East. The teenage years are in the South. Then mid-life is in the West. When we reach the North, we are grandmas and grandpas and nearly ready to go to the Spirit World as we have done our many deeds on Mother Earth. The journey does not end in the North because we go to the Spirit World and then the cycle continues.

We gain knowledge with our tobacco (ah-say-ma) and we grow spiritually. Our hearts feel and our spiritual eyes have to see what our Creator wants us to learn. We feel the knowledge in our soul, and we know it comes from our Creator. When we pray, we get answers, then we are nurtured and we grow spiritually.” From the book of legends and stories, Ojibwa Heritage By Basil Johnson.

Alisa Battaglia© 2005-2017