Path of Union

Path of Union

By Alisa Battaglia

The foundation of the Path of Union recognizes the evolutionary process of the soul and is thus, based within the living energy fields of sentient Earth. There is no ascension (disembodied enlightenment). The soul of the luminous child of Nature is already ascended and eternal. The process is about incarnational experience and growth through the connection with Nature. Our soul is connected to the Earth and our Spirit is connected to the galactic core, our Source, and origin.

The illusion of separation is an Archon implant via the construct of the ego-complex to separate us from soul and Spirit. The ego by default is divisive, thus, it cannot participate directly with the Miracle of Life, and as such, is a threat to our sovereign conscience and connection with Nature. Its mechanized behavior bifurcate the fluidity of the bio-psycho-spiritual complex and redirects the attention into automaton via technological trickery and false authority creating models in our minds of how to live by guiding what we think, feel, say and do. We are convinced that the imprisoning social edifice is real offering freedom through its simulations and virtual realities. We are convinced that second hand experience is better than direct experience, that the authority imposed on us is to protect us from our sovereign conscience and that artificial is better than the natural forms of sustenance, healing, beauty, and perfection of Nature. Ultimately, these substitutions over the natural world disconnect the life umbilicus from Earth sustenance, asphyxiating the human spirit and inducing the human Soul into automaton. This Archontic deception played out by its psychopath minions in vie for power and control over all life is the source of evil on our planet. (EVIL: that which defies innate human goodness, works against the symbiotic unity of life, and impedes our species’ capacity to survive and thrive. ~John Lamb Lash)

When we connect with divine Nature wisdom and intelligence, our soul over-rides the ego’s illusory concepts of reality and we begin to ground Spirit into our bodies. The unhampered human soul with its divine faculties and intelligence can now participate directly with the miracle of the living Earth and attain gnosis via direct access with the Divine. Such communion is embodiment in the attainment of full somatic enlightenment that is open to all of us.

There is a union of all things that are different. Union is the connection of the diversity in relationships – of combining or bringing together different things together as one. For example the: physical-gender body, mental, feelingful-emotional, and creative life energies in their relationship with one another and within the sensorial realms of Nature and interdimensions of Spirit. Working with these fundamental life energies and the patterns created from their inter-relationship proposes a multifaceted, integral, and open-ended approach to inner organizational change. While everyone has their own set of beliefs, feeling ranges, and life experiences that create a kaleidoscope of possibilities, there is equally a passage of sheathing the inauthentic parts of our nature that is common to all of us if we are to experience the emergence of a material soul.

The purpose of sheathing layers of density or inner resistance is to regain our palpable human essence, which brings reorganization or alignment within the somatic body and synthesis with creative spiritual energies and planetary frequencies of which we are a vital part. Closer to the core of our authentic Self, as luminous children of Nature, we begin to unfold unto our creative life purpose in our current incarnational gender body.

At the core self is a palpable essence of refracting luminosity through the diamond heart. The innerdiamond is the soul’s crystal recorder held within the feeling heart matrix that when amplified gives and receives true Love, Grace, and the translucent light of the Godhead.

 

Alisa Battaglia©2012-2018

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

Sensitivity to Impression

Power and significance is achieved when humans work directly with Nature intelligence in conscious ways to establish balance. We can begin to do this by being attentive to the impressions registered in our surrounding environment. We may not realize that we are subject to such impressions, but we are on some level of consciousness. The ideal is to make such impressions conscious and to reorient the registration of these impacts from an emotional reactivity to the development of a mental responsiveness to spiritual impression – of Spirit grounded into Matter. Sensitivity to spiritual impression has to do with developing an awareness of relationships. It acknowledges through feeling that all things in life are interconnected, intermingling, ever exchanging energies, that nurtures from the point of connection or malnutures from the point of disconnection.

As we become more sensitive to relationships and contacts, something wonderful begins to happen to us. The cloud of inertia over the human brain begins to lift and an awareness of “something more” pervades our consciousness. We recognize that we are lacking in potency and direction with self, others, and estranged from Nature realities. With this dawning awareness of relationship, the crystallized barrier that has been erected over eons to protect the interests of the separated self begins to crack, increasing our capacity to respond to the need of our environment with a spontaneous outflow of a loving heart and an intelligent mind.

Developing sensitivity to spiritual impression is the challenge of the path of spiritual development because silence must be cultivated. Silence is the key to impression because it directs attention of the listener away from the demands of the ego complex or centralized self and inward to the voice of the Soul. There is tremendous power cultivated from an inward focus towards the Soul when there is an impersonal attitude, one of observer. It is from that inward point that we realize that ideas are energy currents available to all minds attuned to those currents. When like minds come together with purpose of human progress and intent for right human relationships ideas bearing solutions to the world’s problems are anchored.

We live in a world where the allures of consumerism are the strongest. We have also in a period of history where science is exploring the outer world governed by natural laws. With this in mind, we are beckoned to conscious participation with the whole of life, in absorption into the imparted truths, so that they become a part of our consciousness.

Everyday we wield energy through our thoughts, words and actions. Let us becomes modes of expression or relaying channels and not delaying points of self-interest in the divine flow.

 

Alisa Battaglia©2007-2018

THE FEMININE RING ~ Women Stand For Life

 Alisa Battaglia Transceived this Message While Communing with Nature in 2013

“Step up Female Warriors
You are called to form the Circle of Life.

Women, it is your time to Defend the Life Ring.
There is a reversal.
Men stand with the children.
It is now your time to protect and guide them.

Women step up to the Plate of Power.
You are called to the inner circle to stand for the community of life.
Hold within your inner sanctum, peace, beauty and cooperation to reconnect the circle of life.
Get ready to journey in a whole new way!

Women gather your kin behind you for a conscious empathic leap –
one of great magnitude into the spheres of the Heart.
Let your Heart and Imagination guide you into the realms of possibility.
Think expansively as only what is imagined can be co-created.

The family unit is reconfiguring. We are called to circle 3 times.
Women hold the ring of Power at the center for coherence.
Adolescents stand with younger ones around the Women.
It is you that stands at the precipice of the past and the future
to keep ignited the flame of desire, to amplify the power of life affirmative change in the Now.
Men uphold the outer ring to protect and heal the Family Tree of Life.
It is now that your power must soften to penetrate the Divine Heart…
… to be guided out of insanity, mayhem and blood,
but to breathe new life into the world circle.

TOGETHER hold the Circle of Life in the
Collective Heart of our Divine Mother ~ Gaia Sophia.

Amplify the power of the empathic Heart that it permeates the entire Earth field and radiates beyond its parameters messaging
to the Uni-verse that “We Stand for ALL Sentient Life.”

We must NOW protect what we Love, what we cherish!

Let the Power of Earth undulate through you
and let the Power of the Spirits move you to right action
of grounding Spirit into matter (Mother) through your Heart
and into the Heart of the Divine Mother.

Trust the Spirit in Nature to guide you towards right process
in the Celebration of All life…in cocreating a New Eden
through the “Power of the Seed.”

Make the Correction.”

http://www.ecologyofthespirit.com/_ll/livinglibrary.htm#TheFeminineRing

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

http://www.ecologyofthespirit.com/_infoexchange/Archive_Kaleid/Seedthoughts.htm#seedthoughts

Alisa Battaglia©2009

 

 

Time-Critical Mission

Don’t resent the work.
It gives you the strength to stand whole and silent before the vast Mystery ~Unknown

Many of us feel a time-critical mission – an impulse that is guiding us to re-discover an age-old deception of a creation story deliberately hidden, destroyed, and almost wholly forgotten as if it never were. A mystery shrouded layered with lies that conceal both Earthly and human origins. A story that is vital to understanding our human potential wiped off the planet by warring religions and statehood vying for power over humanity and control over Earth’s bounties. A self-sovereign people have never been popular with those who seek to control the world. So it was then, as it is today that the most supreme gift of our divine heritage has been heisted – that of divine intelligence in cooperative co-creation with the Spirit in Nature.

So, here we are amidst a path of Extremes. The question remains as to whether we will succeed in breaking down old thought forms of control and domination in order to thrive or will we suffer under the Psychopathy of human evil cast by the Archon net  and driven into ecocide? We stand at an interdimensional junction point, a gateway signaling the eternal Now moment imprinting the Souls signature in the dimensions of time and space co-imagining a different storyline.

The human body is the microcosm of the macrocosm and is thus, archival. Our Soul body holds keys for entry into the Living Library as the repository of  Wisdom pushing the boundaries of psychological time and pointing to our purpose in the galactic theme. Recapitulation or memory redirects us to our time critical mission, but we must surrender to its lead that requires active participation and consecration to the One Life.

Creativity and service are one and the same; service is the life of the soul creatively expressed.

Transitioning into the need of the hour may feel difficult, but only in the beginning due to attachment of what is comfortable, fear of the future or failure. And yet, the future is now, what we do in the moment. Since transformation is not future oriented and only occurs by being present with what is, we start wherever we are. The individual Soul, Kosmic assistance, planetary guardians, and Nature point out the directional path to help us discover our resonant Soul group to cohere greater power.

Here, dormant faculties are activated that assist us in opening doors for us to enter, while other times they help to close them. For instance, some missions require 90-degree turns with no warning, they are the more difficult transitions especially in relationships and family units where two people rarely grow together at the same rate. It is in this area that we must use focused communication to make our shift supportive for everyone.

Many strange and catastrophic events are catalyzing our lives into new directions, to bring awareness and swift halting of the actions of humanity turning against itself. The death-urge is upon us. Humanity as Nature must cease to destroy Itself and instead, learn new ways to interact with our world, to love and reconnect to our brethren in Nature. To finally live a New Planetary Ethic that supports and nurtures All life. When we love our selves, we love our planet and defend anything that stands in its continued integrity. We support the Good, the Beautiful and the True!

By Alisa Battaglia
Hollywood, Florida 7/13

SURTHRIVAL ~Solutions for Surviving the Economic Downfall of America

Part 2 of the New Economy Series

The way to protect our selves in these hard economic times is always to control spending. We each must decide for ourselves how we wish to manage our lives in terms of a bankrupt nation and a depressed economy. Here’s what I’ve consistently recommended to intelligent people over the years garnered through my own experience, research and from financial professionals.

1- Own your own vehicle. Don’t borrow money to drive a car. It depreciates right off the lot and is not worth what you paid for it. It’s better to own an old car than it is to make payments on something that stretches your wallet and stresses you. Opt to buy a used car outright. There are a lot of repossessed vehicles floating around now that are still under warranty. Try Uber or other share-a-ride venues.

2- Own your home. Work to pay off your existing home mortgage and own your home outright rather than qualifying for a loan and moving to a larger home. At minimum, reduce your loan so that you have 50% equity in your home. This should help to insulate you from all but the very worst housing bubble price drops.

3- Stop spending money on frivolous and overpriced things. Starbucks coffee, soda, brand-name laundry detergent, jewelry and processed foods to name a few. Stretch your money by buying healthy low-cost, bulk food ingredients like lentils, brown rice and quinoa; tea, almond milk, Broth, and coffee, etc.

4- Protect your health! Forget about promises for national health care system that’s any good because our entire health / sick-care industry is focused on treating disease rather than promoting health. Know that no health care system can make you healthy, only the proactive measures of sound nutrition, superfoods, sunlight, exercise and avoidance of all toxic chemicals to boost your health will. Take charge of your health right now!

5- Own some productive land. It is a form of permanent wealth. You can actually grow a large portion of your own food by converting lawn to growing vegetables, fruits, nuts or edible herbs and beneficial plants and trees. Regardless of what happens to the world economy, land in good climate capable of producing food and medicine will always hold value. The GARDEN REVOLUTION of growing an Individual & Local Food System is catalyzing backyard & urban farmers and permaculturists into action.

6- Own a Good Bicycle.  There is no form of transportation that is more affordable. Opt for a moped, electric bike, or its alternative if pedaling is an athletic challenge. Electric bikes cost far less than a penny per mile, it is great exercise and will makes your legs and butt look great. 🙂

7- Don’t save ALL your money in one bank or in U.S. currency! Diversify!!! Banks are failing. The currency may depreciate and be declared worthless. Investing in anything that cannot be printed is the only logical way forward for people who wish to steer clear from investing in devaluating assets. Support your local bank and alternative forms of currency.

When Information Creates Ripples of Confusion

When Information creates within us ripples of confusion about who we are, we move into self doubt. Doubt produces fear in the unknowing and fear is the great self-abnegator. It is the very illusion placed before us that cuts us off at the knees in surrendering our identity to something other, which denies the truth of our authentic Self – our Self-conscious Spirit.

While, it is not always so easy to do the inner work to arrive at this fact or to think wholly for ourselves without others opinions or intrusions that guide us away from our inner knowing’s. We must however, begin to monitor our thoughts and apply common sense logic to them, question them and the philosophies that perpetuate imbalanced living before they are as readily embraced as our own.  When we step back to review the picture we must use discernment as to what is real and of that which is psychologically imagined. Sometimes what we think is actually imagined is real and what appears real is a projection of the imagination or of mind shaping technologies. We live in a time where realities merge through technologies invisible in everyday life and where the information from those channels creates ripples of confusion.

We must take note that psychological imaginings are implanted by external injections of fear – terror variegated by external interests in keeping the collective mind “free to roam in a box” of a particular systems template or manufactured psychological paradigm. For some the box is entirely cozy with no thought to venture beyond its confines. Others attempt to think outside the box, but hurts the head to stretch intellect at times where it is easier to just attach our attention to others ideas, to the latest spiritual fad out there or superficial impulse. To clutch to the one that sounds terrific enough to stimulate the lethargic mental body, but really it is not so much the quickening of the mental body we must be concerned with, but the feeling intuitive heart faculty.

The world illusions are many, fear produced realities and the miasms of our social conditioning keep us in fright more than fight or flight. Fear and self-doubt produces a strong hold on the psyche literally immobilizing the mind into “learned helplessness.” Subverting humanity into sheeple, into learned helplessness, has not been entirely difficult. Simply create a system of ideologies, religious and political dogmas, occult distortions to truth and accepted social norms that when deviated from through any form of self thought, produces a backlash that ostracizes the individual or groups in public domain.  Beware! When one discovers and liberates from a fear bracket, there is always another boogie man to take its place in the necessity of keeping the motor of the fear machine running.

In a world of conflicting realities and equivalent states of being, puppeteering agendas and ideologies induced on a global scale, superficial value systems and social norms with their derived life purposes of occult imaginings, we must hold the courage to face the truth of what is both in the world and inside our selves and then to step aside from the fear mongering that produces the vicious cycle of addictive consciousness.

The antidote to a grounded and centered existence in love with life is to understand the machinations of the fear machine and to UNPLUG from its vampirism – its life sucking tentacles! Fear with all its correlates feeds and strengthens the Beast that seeks to control us!

How do we salvage ourselves from the hungry Beast –the tentacles of the Sycophant? At some point in our life’s journey, the hard knocks of trial and error or perhaps we are lead through a series of synchronicities or instant revelation that we come to oblige our feelings and choose to listen to the unease that points us towards better feeling states in the direction of the true north of our Being. Our feelings if we listen will always show us how far we have deviated from our alignment with Source – our true North. Since we dwell in a physical body, all information must engage the feeling intuitive heart, which is the language of co-creation in fifth dimensional manifestation. The intuitive feeling heart consists of a very different quality of essence. This essence is actually who we are in truth.

Our intuitive feeling heart is our guidance system, our infallible barometer for truth. Truth garnered through our intuitive feeling faculty emanates from the heart throughout the entire fabric of our being in effulgent effortless flow like a hollow bone, while untruths, doubts and fears contract within us and get lodged in the body as miasms. These miasms of interrupted or suppressed thought and feeling produces the dis-ease states we feel as the inner pressure of confusion, anxiety and  fear in our lack of natural discernment of our feeling faculty. Such effects always occur when we are out of alignment with our feeling integrity…of our soul’s truth as the living God within us.

We learn what we must do to bring ourselves back into integrity. The product of our lives and what and whom we draw into it also show us. Our feelings tell us how close or far we are from our center alignment with soul/Source connection.  Loving ourselves and self care with appropriate boundaries that serve the highest & best self in us can keep us essentially close to center.  Always move towards better feeling states….when we feel fabulous we are aligned and in sync. When we feel out of sorts we have some feeling work to do to move through obstruction in order to help us get clear and make space to reach center.  The question always remains, how crappy must we feel and do we even care enough that we feel like crap to adjust our lives towards our greater potential? So we must be concerned with enough self love to not allow ourselves to feel like crap and move back toward a better feeling state that leads to alignment with Source – our great sustainer.

My motto is “ground, center & expand” to maintain a modicum of equilibrium on a daily basis. We can do this through a simple meditation that grounds us into the natural Earthen timeline by connecting us to our heart centered self, as soul essence – the nexus of our true expression. It is upon this octave of being that we seek to express while in our earth bodies. From this centering vantage point, we interface our personality with Soul and spiritual lineage to God head. We produce an alignment…a direct connection, an umbilical cord to sustenance…and we FEEL fantastic. It is from this feeling alignment that if we deviate in ordinary life through negative thought, word and action, that we feel out of sorts from our interruption with Source connection.

Grounding into the Natural Earth Timeline

Focus your energy into the Heart and breathe deeply. Know that your consciousness is anchored in your Heart. Experience that reality as a deep sense of Unconditional Love and Connection to All That Is. Feel also the deep Peace that is part of that Consciousness. Then, allow that energy to move downwards through the solar plexus, the sacral and the base chakras and down into the Earth Star Chakra, located within the Earth just beneath your feet. Feel how you are now anchoring your energy into the Earth into her inner matrix as you connect with your Earth Star Chakra. Now, let that energy move further down to connect with the Crystal Heart at the center of the Earth. Here you feel the deep and unconditional Love of the Earth Mother coming up to you, through the Earth Star Chakra and into your Heart. Hold that Love in your Heart, and know that you are deeply Loved and Nurtured by the Earth Mother, and that you are in Alignment with the Divine Will for the Earth, as expressed through the evolution of the Planet into Multi-dimensional Reality.

The glow of Love expands from your heart and enfolds you in a translucent pillar of light. Continue to move the energy up your body, through the Throat, Brow and Crown chakras, and up into the Soul Star Chakra that is located just above the head. Here, you connect with your Soul and your “I AM” presence, as it anchors into your Physical Form. Here you can also connect with your Purpose for being here now, and with your Divine Essence. Feel the Unconditional Love and Beauty of your Soul as you align with your Higher Purpose for this lifetime.

It feels wonderful and filled with brilliant and radiant light. Now, let that energy move upwards through the Dimensions of Light to your Spiritual Lineage aligning with the Great Cosmic Heart of All That Is. Here you feel the Infinite Love of the Source for All that Is. Draw that pulsating and radiant light back down into your Heart and hold it there to ground Spirit into matter. You are now aligned with Divine Will, for yourself and for the Earth. When you are in this alignment, mediating between Heaven and Earth, you will find it a simple matter to be grounded into Earths natural Timeline and to experience the energies of Peace, Calm and Abundance. Life will shift into Simplicity and Clarity as you follow the Divine Guidance or impulse that will come to you on this new Timeline of Grace and Love.

 Alisa Battaglia©2011

 

 

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