HEART – MIND – BODY – SPIRIT
To burn sage is to tap into thousands of years of humanity, pre-modern medicine and ritual. We most commonly associate burning sage with Indigenous American people, who purified their lands, homes and selves using the herb.
Like many ancient practices, the burning of sage brings benefits not easily measured in modern terms, but sage can offer tremendous remedies for physical, emotional, spiritual, or mental imbalances.
Sage rituals commonly include a handful of elements: the setting of intentions, the power of intuition, and the cleansing of a space using a sage smudge, or stick. These ritual elements evoke healthy and purifying habits outside the ritual as well; how much would our lives (and our earth) improve with the mere act of regularly setting intention? Sage rituals act as a metaphor for life, then.
SMUDGING BIRTHS YOUR CONNECTION TO SPIRIT
The use of Sage for spiritual purposes dates back many years and and still today, sage is used for its healing and clearing super powers:
THE BASICS: A 3-STEP RITUAL TO UNLEASH THE POWER OF SAGE
First, pick a sacred space that is still and quiet. Remove your glasses, jewelry and other accessories so no senses are distracted and you can truly be in the moment.
LIGHT YOUR SAGE SMUDGE STICK
Hold the sage bundle upside down and ideally, light it with a wooden match so that energy is carried from one life source to another. If that is not available, a lighter is okay. Blow out the flame and you will see embers slowly burning and smoke will start to rise.
SPEAK AND LISTEN
Start at the crown of your head and work your way down your body. Use a feather or your hand to fan the smoke around you to wash yourself of negativity. As you do this, breathe it in, exercise humility and pray for those around you and finally, yourself. Set forth gratitude and let positivity and love live inside you.
HELP KEEP THE SAGE BURNING FOR YEARS TO COME
The Prayer Keepers Sage Bundling Project is intended to restore peace and harmony amongst people around the world.
The Prayer Keepers support the gathering of sage within different native communities. Our first project began on the Navajo Nation with Diné grandmothers; who evoke beautiful prayers that go into each bundle, which will definitely be felt by those who burn their sage. Gathered with positive and protective intentions, these Grandmothers considered and included everyone who would be using the bundles and how they might use them; smudging, clearing negative energy, centering, cleansing, healing, gifting, etc. They talked to the Holy Ones and the sage beings about each individual and asked for all of these important intentions to be acknowledged and blessed. Given that depth of conscious spiritual intention within each bundle, the reciprocity is balanced between givers and receivers.
All donations for the Prayer Keepers go to the building of spiritual use of sage – please join us in supporting this important spiritual and cultural endeavor.