ONE MUST ALWAYS BEGIN AT THE BEGINNING ~
New Year, New You. We mean well, we try, however, we often fail with resolutions that relate to personal transformation.
Why is that? You know, we are creatures of deeply embedded habits that can hinder transformation because deeper things that trigger are really the problem. Things that we believe about ourselves, unresolved situations, life experiences…these are the most common triggers and working on the symptom rather than the trigger is usually a fail in the long run. I know this all too well.
Attacking our New Years resolution without embracing the whole being, the whole life situation, the whole of our existence before we begin attacking the symptom is missing the key. And that makes for a very difficult uphill climb.
No, it should be smoother and easier than that. It should be an allowing instead of an attack. It should be a change carried out with grace and clarity. Those are two things that bring flow to change, and support transformation; Grace and Clarity. So, how do we allow ourselves to go deeper?
We Begin with Clearing
Clearing space, both internal and external, calms the mind and readies the heart for new groundwork. The more valuable the mission, the more important the clearing and it’s ceremony becomes.
If you desire self-allowing for a rediscovery of your life’s path, or moving to a new location, or new career path, beginning a deeper aspect of an existing relationship or inviting in a new one, wishing to manifest a healthier lifestyle or any new start, Winter and the New Year is the ideal time to make way the path for allowing the new to arrive. Generations of mankind have honored this time of year for going ‘within’. It is the Fire Season, time to stoke the fires of the hearth and keep the internal flames burning through inner work, reflection and intention, planning and setting the stage for beginning renewal.
Ceremony is crucial to the clarity and ease of our success. Our ancestors knew this and lived deeply by ceremony. Not because they were uneducated and simple but because their intuitive senses were deeply intertwined with nature, the cycles of seasons, the cosmos and the Divine. Their intuition was highly refined. They relied on all of their intuitive senses for their very survival. Their highly activated senses were not stumped at 5 or 6 senses, but included up to 54! (I will touch on that later). They knew a higher source moved the cosmos and found they were able to tap into that source by the creation of a bridge through ceremony. However, it would require respect, honor and intention to activate the mission. History has substantiated that ceremony has been an important part of every civilization known to man. These people were ‘deep’. They only utilized tools that worked to help them survive.
The shift that has allowed these practices to fade is mankind’s ‘newer’ mindset of separateness. It’s a mindset of superiority, and separateness from nature and the very cycles of life. Instead of an awareness of our integration it has become a ‘battle with the forces of nature’, and a self judgment that splits us from the Divine. Even the fact that trees supply us with our oxygen as we supply them with C02 is moved so far into the background of our consciousness that supporting the well being of nature, a necessity for our own survival, is not even a consideration. Somewhere in the dream of being more civilized mankind became so wrapped up in itself it has collectively forgotten our partnership with nature and the cosmos.
Most of us, other than small groups of indigenous people who maintained their histories, have totally disconnected from the ‘energy bridge’ that feeds our very life force and guides us to our souls, which are always connected to the Divine no matter what we are told. The proof is everywhere.
Ceremony brings us back to those connections.
And so at this auspicious time of year we can most effectively recreate a personal bridge to allow our resolutions to rise up in the most meaningful way possible; with deeper, all encompassing intention in grace and clarity.
Ceremony with smudging is an ancient, time tested, results oriented, holy process. It is a bridge builder, a space clearer, a re connector with the things that matter, an opportunity for real change.
*Gathering the tools – options are in the recipe included here
*Visualizing and setting intentions
*Honesty within the self
*Smudging by directing the smoke of spiritually revered plants around the body and then into the corners and doorways of your home
*If you are an antique collector, take extra time to smudge any furniture or things that belonged to others before you brought them into your home. Their energetic history is often embedded in layers of the piece and should be well cleared.
This applies to smudging when you move away from a home or into a new space. You want to remove the energy of the past owners and bring in blessings to clear space for your new beginnings.
I just have to share this story here too;
I remember my sister owned this wonderful Victorian sofa. She had it recovered in a soft tan burlap and had new stuffing put in. She told me that one day as she took a short nap on the sofa something woke her up. She saw a woman with her hair up in a bun walk along side the sofa, then she tuned her back to my sister, sat down on the sofa and disappeared into it! My sister has not had the experiences I’ve had. For her this was shocking and hard to even fathom. Especially since the woman basically went right through her into the sofa. She never had another event like that but a few years later she wanted to sell the sofa, and I wanted to own it since it was so gorgeous, and Victorian. Naturally, I did some heavy smudging on that piece. I never did see the lady or feel anything unusual around it after the smudging ceremony.
And so we begin by clearing the stagnant energy in the living and work spaces and also the Auric field surrounding your own body as well as the 7 primary Chakra energy fields within the energy body.
The tools for clearing are up to you. However, traditional methods involve using the smoke of a dried White Sage bundle, or the wood of a sacred Palo Santo tree. Both items are readily available online or at gift and crystal shops. You can also substitute with a home made bundle of sage leaves, dried lavender or cedar from the tree in your yard. If smoke bothers you use a substitute of essential oil spray, chimes or bells.
Remember that while ‘smoking’ /’smudging’ your space it is important to speak aloud in prayer asking for blessings, asking for all old energy to be broken up and cleared from the home, asking your angels to enter and maintain that higher energy of Love, Peace and Joyful Abundance. Verbally set your intentions and give thanks for the protection of your home. Take extra time smudging dark corners that are not used often where little change occurs, and also at the entry points of your home too.
It’s my experience that it’s important when setting intentions for ‘abundance’, to put the word “JOYFUL‘ in front of abundance. Abundance by itself is just a whole lot of something. I for one am intent on being very clear about what type of abundance I am manifesting.
After clearing your space it’s time to ‘make room‘ for new beginnings. ‘ Making room’ may touch on clearing, donating and rearranging things in your living and work spaces but most importantly, it’s about making room within, “preparing a room” for divine to enter and do the joyful abundance thing with you. That means making some thought and belief changes. With allowing clarity and grace it can be done with ease.
It all requires some sort of ‘home work’, inner work, asking for divine guidance, and PLAY; some exploring, some adventure, some releasing and a lot of getting clear on our visions, dreams, and taking our plans into action.
Enjoy the ceremony and bridge building. Enjoy the freshness of new space, it will be palpable. Enjoy the opportunity to create a new path for yourself from a place of peace.
May blessings and success be yours,
RECIPE FOR SPACE CLEARING CEREMONY
One White Sage Bundle or One Palo Santo wood stick (purchase online or at local gift shops).
One Feather (optional for assisting release of smoke)
A fireproof dish or large shell to catch any ash
A fire starter (matches or lighter)
(In lieu of the above; good quality essential oil spray or a bell or bells with a pleasant sound)
Anytime, however the New Moon is a most ideal time as this is when we plant and eventually reap the biggest benefits.
BONUS – January 2018 – New Moon – Tuesday the 16th!
Determine your intention (i.e. break up and release old energy/ replace with balance and protective energy, clear the space and help manifest your intention).
Close off fans and open doors and windows.
Clear away debris from corners if possible before beginning.
Gather your tools and stand or sit in the front center room of your home, near the entry door.
State your intentions and invite your angels to help you clear away the old, stagnant, heavy energy and bring in new blessings and clarity to your home and your life.
Begin by lighting the sage and letting the flame go out or gently blow it out and let the plant smoke.
Hold the fireproof plate under the sage.
Move the sage bundle and smoke to your heart area in a circular movement, across the throat, third eye -forehead- and at your crown being careful not to let any smoldering pieces drop onto you. Then lead the smoke bundle down the front of you to your feet, up along your sides and a bit over each shoulder. While doing this ask for clearing of your energy fields and clarity of the mind and heart.
If a friend is helping you have her hold the sage and move it from your feet up to your crown as you turn counter-clockwise in the smoke. Take extra time in the area of the Heart Chakra.
Begin smoke smudging at the four corners of your entry door and then
move through the house from lowest level to the upper level and back to the main entry area, always moving counter-clockwise (undo), from corner to corner and room to room with the sage.
If the smudge stick stops smoking light it up again.
Use the feather to help ease the smoke into the corners clearing away old energy.
Remember this is fire and smoke so extra caution is needed to move slowly and not drop lit ash.
Move through each room gently waving smoke into each corner of the room, breaking up the energy there while asking the angels to help clear the space and replace the old energy with good, healing, protective energy. Repeat in every corner.
Thank the plant for it’s goodness and the angels for their blessings as you walk to your next area.
Be mindful of things you are grateful for and of your particular intention.
Hold the space of this being a ceremony.
Remember, you are creating a bridge between yourself and your angelic guides as you bring them in.
Allow the Sage or Palo Santo to smolder until it stops on it’s own.
End with a prayer of gratitude thanking your angels and guides, and the plant or tree wood that assisted you.
Sit quietly with your intentions for your new beginnings. This will help reinforce the spiritual connections and support for your outcomes as well as bring clarity to your heart and mind.
After the ceremony It is important to open some doors or windows for a short spell to allow released energy to exit the home.
At night review your intention and visualize your success immediately prior to sleep.
Happy Manifesting! Linda
© Linda Varos
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