Use the Power of Sage to Protect, Cleanse and Heal Your Life
In Latin, “salvare” means to heal and salvia – the species name for sage – is a direct divination. Sage heals. Throughout history, sage has been used in ceremonies and for medicinal purposes. Sage is found in the Russian steppes and throughout Western North America. It’s incredibly adaptable and can survive temperature extremes and periods of drought. Sage has been used to cure night sweats, hot flashes, and headaches. The Navajo, in addition to using Sage in ceremonies, used it to cure headaches and fever. They made infusions of the leaves to cure intestinal worms in their sheep and goats. They applied hot poultices on the leaves to relieve migraines. The “49ers” made sage poultices to help heal gunshot wounds.
It is placed in medicine bags to protect sacred items. Before entering a sweatlodge, sage is used to purify the body. During the sacred Sun Dance, dancers wear sage wristlets and anklets for protection and purification.
You can use sage in your own life to enhance your energy, cleanse your space and invite protection.
Every person, rock, plant, animal and home has an auric field which can attract and capture negativity. If this energy is not cleansed, it can create illness and depression. Our aura extends around our physical body and is constantly receiving information. When we are around negative, angry people or in homes and stores that have witnessed arguing, yelling and sadness, our aura absorbs this energy like a sponge. Just as we need to clean our body once a day, we also need to clean our energetic body. Smudging yourself with sage allows you to do this quickly and efficiently.
You can find smudge sticks and loose sage on line or in metaphysical stores. They are inexpensive and easy to use.
To begin smudging yourself, light the smudge stick and usher the smoke around your body. Start at your head and brush down and away, constantly flicking and motioning the negative energy to the floor. Called aura brushing, you can simply motion the smoke down around your head, arms, chest and legs. Ask a friend to help you smudge your back – again being mindful to brush the smoke down to the ground where mother earth can absorb and heal the energy. Alternately, you can place the sage in a burn proof bowl and allow the smoke to grow heavy and thick. Stand over the bowl and perform the aura brushing technique described above. Turn around in a clockwise direction to ensure the smoke encompasses all parts of your energy.
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