Intro to Smudging

Intro to Smudging

After you have done some of the releasing that you need to, it’s time to cleanse your home.  Clearing your space isn’t just about tidying up and tossing out garbage.  Conducting an energetic clearing of your home removes blockages and negative energy that may have built up in your home or office over time.

When you enter your home from a long day of work or school, you may be exhausted or stressed.  Those energies that you bring in keep piling up in the place that is meant to be your sanctuary.  Compound that with arguments at home with your spouse or children, and more of that negative energy builds up.  If you have a tendency to attract toxic people in your life, that energy will also pour into your home.  Eventually all of that “sludge” will clog up the air and you will feel tense and unrelaxed.  If you are an empath like myself, you’ll feel that energy begin to put a damper on your mood and you will feel the inclination to maybe open a window to let some fresh air in.  This is a great temporary fix.  And when you live in Calgary, where the temperature can fluctuate between freezing cold and boiling hot from day to day, it’s not always practical to leave your windows open constantly.

One of the best methods to clear your space is to use something called “smudging”.  Typically, you can pick up a smudge stick at a metaphysical shop or at a business that sells incense.  Shopping online will open up even more options for buying in bulk or getting herbal blends within the smudge for certain scents that may appeal to you.  Sage is typically the main ingredient, but some places will sell individual herbs to create your own smudge stick at home.  Maybe you’ll want to add cedar or lavender to the mix.

A lot of practitioners will also buy an abalone shell to carry or snuff out the smudge.  Another tool to help you fan the smoke around you is a decorative feather.  This could be something found in nature that you come across on a walk, or you can pick up something special with colourful beads, leatherwork, or extra embellishments that appeal to you.  The fan is a symbolic representation of spirit’s hand in guiding the smoke as it cleanses your space.  Tribal cultures always honour the ancestors (or spirit) before and after a clearing ceremony.  Consider doing this yourself as I find asking for help makes the ritual much more effective.  Thank your spiritual guides after the work is complete as gratitude will invite more positivity into the home.

Before you start the ritual, ground yourself and get into a meditative space.  Open your heart and mind, and set your intention to clear your home or whatever space you intend to detoxify.  Ask spirit to help you remove any blockages to abundance and prosperity that may have built up over time.  Invite spirit to welcome new opportunities for health, financial stability, or attracting better relationships.  Breathe in deeply and get ready to commence.

Upon lighting the smudge, it will give off a fragrant white smoke.  I prefer to use a BBQ lighter because my smudge has a tendency to go out after a few minutes and I need to re-light it a few times before I’m done clearing.  It can take a bit of work for older smudge to light properly so a match is not the best for this task.  Candles are a great option for lighting smudge.

Close your eyes and visualize that this smoke will detoxify your space as it reaches the far corners of your home.  Use your feather to fan the smoke outward from you.  As you walk around your home carrying the smudge, be sure to spend extra time in a place that you think has stagnant energy.  This could be a home office, living room or kitchen where you spend a lot of time.  The bedroom is a great place to focus if you want to improve your sleep and clear the air of the lingering thoughts that fill your head and prevent restful sleep.

Bring your attention to exterior doorways and windows.  Run the smudge smoke along the perimeter of the windows and entryways of your home and ask that no negative energy enter.  Imagine that you’re creating a shield around your windows and exit doors that will stop toxic energy from coming in.  Ask that only positive and loving energy be invited.  Setting your intention for what is allowed in and out makes the work much more powerful.

When you are done walking through all the rooms in your home and you’ve set up your shields around the windows and doors, go back to the first place you started and thank the ancestors, spirit, or angels (whoever you invited to assist you in the first place) and snuff out your smudge into the abalone shell.  Maybe it’ll go out on its own naturally.  Some people prefer to let nature do its work, but for safety reasons I prefer to snuff mine out in case there is a lit ember that I’m unaware of.

After you have finished, breathe in deeply and revel in the lightness of your home.

How frequently should you clear your home?  I think that depends on your circumstances.  If you have a home-based business or you invite a lot of guests over, they can carry a lot of energy with them that you may not know is positive or negative.  Maybe in that situation you may clear your home every day or every week.  Or if you don’t have a lot of visitors, you might clear it every few weeks or months.  It really depends on your mood and what is practical for you.  There is no right or wrong way to do this.  Enjoy the work and give it a shot!

Get in touch with me if you are hesitant to try this on your own and would like a professional space clearing done.

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Mars Retrograde is over! What now?

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So….I totally didn’t know about this until it ended. LOL

Thank god June is over!  I’m not sure if anyone was going through a lot of person “hell” but I know I had a topsy turvy month of emotional warfare from within.  Did you feel hypersensitive to everyone and everything?  Snapping at people, being generally over-anxious, and feeling the weight of the world’s problems.  These were all signs of Mars Retrograde apparently and this period literally just ended.  Ok, I’ll admit I only looked it up yesterday.  Phew!  Mars is the Roman god of war, so the turbulence you may have suffered can be attributed to this astrological phenomenon.  Everyone just take a breath and be grateful you survived.  And if you felt nothing this month, we are all very jealous!  It’s time to begin the next chapter of our lives.  How do we do that?

When I meditate, I generally do not quiet my mind and have all thoughts disappear.  I enjoy meeting with my spirit guide during meditation and ask her to show me the signs of what’s coming next for me and what I should be preparing for.  Sometimes it takes a few days of reflection to figure out what the symbols mean.

My intuition is telling me that there is going to be a period of slow growth for me, career-wise and personal development-wise.  This period is likely to last till the end of September.  But knowing me, I have little patience when it comes to my own self-development (don’t we all?).  As usual, I’m going to attempt to speed up the time frame.  My spirit guide’s telling me not to do that!  We argue sometimes.  NBD.  Haha!

Would you like to work on your intuition?  Try this exercise: close your eyes and breathe deeply in a quiet space until you feel calm and ready.  You could be sitting outside, lying in bed, or standing in your kitchen.  Get rid of distractions even if it’s just for 10 minutes.  Guide your thoughts and ask your higher self/Universe/spirit guide/angels to send you signs.

Always be specific about what you are requesting.  If you want a sign regarding money, ask for it.  If you want a message regarding how to deal with an annoying coworker, request it that way.  The more specific you are, the more poignant the symbols will be.  You’ll keep getting them until you listen.  Sometimes we ignore signs because we think they are ludicrous or they can’t be real.  The Universe has a sense of humour and will keep pestering you until you bloody well respond and say “Ok, ok, I get it now!!”

If you are not used to this exercise, you’ll have to do it repeatedly over several days before the signs may appear.  Don’t give up, everything happens when it’s supposed to.  The point is to have faith that you’ll receive the signs when you are ready.  Try this for the next week and turn on that giant satellite dish in your head to receive the signals you’ve been waiting for!

Of course, it doesn’t end there.  When you start receiving the symbols, it’s also up to you to put the puzzle pieces together.  That’s where it gets murky.  As my blog develops, I’ll attempt to toss a few pointers your way on symbol interpretation.  Good luck!

Knee scopes and spirit guides

Knee scopes and spirit guides

Last week, I underwent a minor surgical procedure to trim a torn medial meniscus in my left knee.  I had injured it skiing 2.5 years prior and it only started acting up in October 2015.  My surgeon did a knee arthroscopy to correct the problem and I’ve been in healing since.

However, in the week leading up to the surgery, I was filled with anxiety about it.  Literally anything and everything would set me off in a dangerous spiral of paranoia and debilitating fear.  I would hyperventilate and breath shallow.  There was tightness in my throat and chest.  I would start crying about the dumbest things.  This type of psychological drama is foreign to me.  I normally keep my wits about me and am typically fearless in all aspects of my life.  So what the hell happened to my confidence?  I know, it all went to shit!

In any case, I called on my spirit guide frequently leading up to the date of my scope.  Never having gone through an invasive procedure like this,  I was terrified of something going wrong.  What if there was a scar left behind?  What if I could never walk again if the surgeon messed up?  What if I died on the operating table from some freak blood clot?  What if the local anesthesia didn’t work and I felt everything?  Aaaaaahhhhhh!

I was so anxious that I, in fact, didn’t even tell my family the date of my surgery because my mom is usually a nervous wreck anyway and I didn’t want the burden of having to ease her mind when my own wasn’t even close to having it together.  She was mad at me for not telling her, but I had my reasons and I am still quite sure I made the right decision on that one.

While I awaited surgery, my spirit guide, Inanna, came into my little waiting “room” and kept me company.  I told her to show up in full adult form in front of me.  She did.  I asked her to show herself in her glory, in the Mesopotamian military regalia that I expected she wore (not the fairy queen outfit I gave her in my mind so she could be pretty).  I asked her to show herself as a warrior because that’s who I needed in that room.  She held my hand and told me everything would be fine.  She stood watch over me as I fitfully stared at the ceiling and awaited the nurse to call me in.  Inanna wore ornate, scaled bronze armour minus the weapons, and when I saw that, it shielded me too.  After all, she is the Goddess of War (among other things including love, sex and fertility.)

Inanna, accompanied me to the OR and stood by to ensure that I was ok.  This was the first time I felt her incredibly warm presence and reassurance for such a prolonged period of time.  Much to my relief everything went fine with the procedure. It only took 15 minutes from the time the incisions were made and the time the surgeon sealed the wounds.  Easy peasy lemon squeezy!

The recovery this week has been going well.  I am able to walk, have no blood clots and I await the steri tapes falling off at some point so I can inspect my scars underneath.  I’ve heard chicks dig scars!  Haha!  Steri tapes hold incisions closed so that stitches are not required to be removed later.

Have you called on your spirit guides/angels/guardians in times of need and healing?  If you haven’t yet, give it a shot! Allow them to bring their wealth of knowledge and unconditional love to the table.  I found I didn’t have to fight my fears alone.  My friends also listened to my incessant ramblings and I credit them with keeping me sane. But I had someone else with me the whole time which brought immense peace to me even when I thought I was spiraling out of control.

Inanna told me that this experience was to be my baptism into the next chapter of my life and I was to shed my old skin.  Sometimes we don’t always understand the messages that our guides give us, but we have to be open to the communication.

Universe, in the meantime, I say BRING IT!

 

Meeting my spirit guide…or how I suck at clairaudience

Meeting my spirit guide…or how I suck at clairaudience

One of the first things you learn when you are developing your mediumship and psychic abilities is how to meet your spirit guide.  You are usually led through a relaxing, guided meditation in a darkened room where you are asked to calm your mind so that spirit has an easier time communicating with you.  As long as you can easily go into a meditative or trance-like state, the quicker it’ll be to sense the presence of spirit.

The first time I spoke to my deceased paternal grandfather I was 12.  I was dabbling in Ouija boards as a curious child.  I always had an affinity towards the occult.

Ok, let me just state for the record how stupid it is for a child to come near a Ouija board.  Have you seen the horror movies about spirit possession and demons somehow getting through the board?  While all this might sound like superstitious gobbledy-gook, I will assert Ouija boards are not child’s play nor are they for adults either. You may or may not believe in any of this stuff.  Please exercise caution and good judgement before messing with things you may not understand.

Returning to my story, I spoke to my paternal grandfather through the Ouija board.  In short time, I realized that I didn’t even need the board to talk to him.  I could do it anytime.  We’d have conversations.  Soon, an uncle passed away and I started chatting with my uncle.  It was a lovely reunion and since both these people lived in India and my family lived in Canada, I didn’t know them in life.  The connection was crisp after they passed on though!  Unfortunately, I never really thought to speak to anyone else’s loved ones in spirit; I kept my gifts to myself until my early-30’s.

I had been going to psychic fairs and attended the Calgary First Spiritualist Church services in the 2000’s and was feeling a great pull towards developing my mediumship.  I knew nothing about mediumship really, I just figured I should try it and see if I could open up my gifts more.  In 2012, I began my journey and never looked back.

So, getting back to meeting my spirit guide, I did meet her in one of these meditations.  I was a cocky first-timer because I was kicking ass at this meditation thing and this woman just popped up in my head and told me she was my spirit guide.  A beautiful young woman, I assumed she died in her 30’s and came to me to offer her support and guidance. Her energy was pure love and understanding.  She knew everything about me.  “What is your name?” I asked.  She responded, “Fiona.”  I proceeded to call her Fiona for many months.

In another meditation, Fiona changed form.  She became more like a fairy princess.  This time I heard the name “Inonna”.  Oh, that sounds a lot like Fiona.  I just misheard it.  Her energy was extremely powerful, goddess-like even.  As a confident woman myself, I preferred this version of my spirit guide.  She was extraordinarily wise and patient. Not only that, but I could tell she had some control over other spiritual beings as well because they would come to her for instructions and followed her orders.  Forget princess, this woman was a queen!

Fast-forward several months, and I decided to Google Inonna.  Who is this person?  I was taking a long-shot into thinking I might figure out something about my spirit guide’s life. Well, Google came back with this suggestion: “Did you mean: Inanna?”

Inanna is the Sumerian goddess of love, sex, fertility, and warfare.  Holy shit, I get a legit goddess as a spirit guide?  I had heard of other mediums talking to ascended masters, but this was damn cool.  You may have also heard of Ishtar, these names are interchangeable.

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Goddess Inanna: fucking up assholes since 4000 BCE 

And I realized pretty quickly how much I suck at clairaudience.

There are the 5 “clairs” we deal with in mediumship:

  1. Clairvoyance = clear sight
  2. Clairaudience = clear hearing
  3. Clairsentience = clear feeling
  4. Clairgustance = clear taste
  5. Clairallience = clear smell

Then there are the additional clairs that mediums also experience:

  1. Claircognisance = clear knowing
  2. Clairempathy = clear emotion
  3. Clairangency = the ability to touch objects and perceive spirit through their possessions (also called psychometry)

Anyone who is considering developing their mediumship should be aware that not everyone is strong with every clair.  My gifts are very biased towards clairvoyance and clairsentience, which is extremely common. I’ve had claircognisance show up from time to time, and I am very strong with psychometry.  In any case, it doesn’t matter what clair works great for you, accept your gift as being your own and don’t pass judgement onto yourself if the rest don’t come soon or at all.

In conclusion, meeting your spirit guide is probably one of the coolest things you’ll ever do.  Never mind the first name you hear, you may not have even heard it right.  The point is that one should realize that they are always watched over by someone in the spirit realm and they are like our guardian angels who we can call on in times of need or advice.  Let them help you and you will become a better person for it.  And try Google for confirmation and research: you never know who you’ll meet on the otherside!