Purification and Smudging
May the air clear my mind
May the water open my heart
May the earth support and nurture my body
the the fire purify my spirit
And the smokecarry my prayers….
To do a smudging ceremony, burn the clippings of these herbs (dried), rub your hands in the smoke, and then gather the smoke and bring it intoyourbodyor rub it onto yourself, especially onto any area you feel needs spiritual healing. Keep praying all the while that the unseen powers of the plant will cleanse your spirit. Sometimes one person will smudge another, or a group of people, using hands or more often a feather or fan to lightly brush the smoke over the other person(s).
We were taught to look for dark spots in a person'sspiritbody. As one California Indian woman told us, she "sees" a person's spiritbody glowing around them, and where there are "dark or foggy parts", she brushes the smoke into these "holes in their spiritbody". This helps to heal the spirit and to "close up" these holes.
Smudging is a ceremony that must be done with care. We are entering into a relationship with the unseen powers of these plants and with the spirits of the ceremony; and, as with all good relationships, there have to be respect and honor if the relationship is to work.