HOW TO SMUDGE:
Place cedar, sage,
sweetgrass into a Clay or Catlinite Bowl.
Light it carefully and let the smoke start to rise, it carries your
prayers to The Great Spirit.
Rub your hands in the smoke:
to cleanse, purify and sanctify them;
Scoop the smoke into your hands and
bring it to your head:
so that you
will think good thoughts - no
anger, avarice, jealousy or hate.
Bring the smoke to your eyes: so you
will see the world
around you in a good way.
Bring the smoke to the throat:
so you will speak always in kindness
and in non-judgmental ways.
Bring the smoke to the heart:
so you feel connected to
all living beings in a loving way.
Bring the smoke to the solar plexus:
so that your emotions
connect you with Mother Earth.
For Women, bring the smoke to the
womb: so your
life giving energies go out into the world in balance and harmony
For Men, bring the smoke to your Sex: so
that it will not rule
your existence thus allowing you to live in balance and harmony.
Finally, Bring the smoke under the
way the dark side
of your soul and the world will not follow in your footsteps
Now, this Sacred Smoke must be given to
the Old Ones, this way
they will be included within your Spirit, Heart, Mind, Body amd
You do this with the Sacred Fan, by FANNING the Sacred Smoke
in the Seven Directions asking each for their help and assistance.
The Seven Directions are: East, South, West, North, Above, Below and
Ah, do you hear that? Listen
for the Ancestors have awakened from their
deep sleep and
have come along with the spirit of the smudge.
They are here to help you heal. As is the way with all things
great respect must be given to the process of smudging
for a relationship is being forged between you, the plant spirits,
the Ancestors and Great Spirit.
It is a powerful Medicine, and must be respected.
And so it is . .
Ho! Mitakuye oyasin. Hecetu Yelo !! . . .
All my relatives, it is indeed so..!!
Snake or Wamduskasapa)