Many indigenous cultures and traditions around the world have some form of clearing, protection and sacred ceremony using the elements from the Earth. "With the discovery of fire, early humans began to notice that aromatic smoke was produced by burning dried plants. As herbs, roots, resins and barks are changed from their physical form (of this world), they are changed by the element of fire into smoke (spirit world form). This transformation is evidence of the spirit within substances. Throughout human history aromatic plants have been used in the daily activities of people from every culture.," (Taos, 2010). Native Americas use different leaves such as sage, tobacco, sweet grass to smoke out negativity. Polynesians use salt for clearing and kava to drink as a hallucinogen for dreamtime; very similar to Peyote to Native Americas. Asians uses different herbs inside teas to absorb Chi into the body system quickly. Tulsi is used as an Ayurvedic tonic for anti-depression and immunity booster. Even religions like Catholism utilize incense like frankincense and myrrh to transport their prayers up to Christ.
The Earth and it's elements are very sacred; they are medicine. If one was to interview a medicine man/woman of indigenous cultures, he/she would tell you that weeds are considered the medicinal plants to the area. Even the animal in the surrounding land are medicine for the people. The Earth provides all the resources people need to live off the land with abundance, prosperity, health and security. However, our connection to the plants, animals and Earth are being forgotten. With the change of lifestyles, advancements in technology, and pharmaceutical manufacturing; we are drifting further and further away from our connection to the land. We are losing our connection to life and the physical components naturally offered to our health and spirit.
Many of the conscious children have that understanding of our connection to the Earth. Over time, our society trains them to supplement a different way of life causing a less connected, less compassionate world. At Earth Angels, the parents and children recognize the need to enrich our lives with the abundance of Mother Earth. Most of our children enjoy the classes geared around indigenous cultures, their way of life and spirituality. After leaving the Parliament of World Religions in October, the children shared their best experiences of worldly exposures. One of the most memorable experiences was the moment they were embraced by the Havasu tribe. They were invited to sit in on a sacred ceremony with chanting, rattles, and medicine from the animals, plants, fire and earth. Therefore, we created a SOUL Masterpiece class on making our own smudge stick using the medicine of the plants and feathers using the medicine of the animals. I have enclosed pictures of the masterpieces the children did of their smudge sticks and feathers.
Are you interested in creating your own smudge stick and feather? The first step is to ask permission of the land. In Hawaii, we use a chant to call in the god for the plant and animal kingdom. Other indigenous cultures have a similar ritual; however, all can agree to ask permission is the most important step. Many cultures recognize that spirits live inside each form of matter. When one goes into the state of ritual, prayer or meditation; you are accessing your spirit to connect with another spirit. Once permission is granted, you may begin to harvest your needs. Gathering is part of the discipline; the ceremony and ritual. Everything Earth Angels used was gathered by someone in our group. Next, you will need supplies. You may send me a comment or email on the materials you need to make these beautiful pieces. However, it is just as convenient to go on YouTube and find instructions. When you are ready to create your pieces, you should put yourself and spirit into a place of peace where you are allowing your intuition to guide you on the components of your pieces. Our group did a meditation where we saw our spirit animal, plants, elements and colors to utilize for our pieces. Finally, you will create your pieces to enjoy, display or use to your desire.
Taos Herb Company, 2010. About Sacred & Blessing Herbs. Retrieved on October 27, 2015. http://www.taosherb.com/store/sacred-herbs.html.
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