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FutureStarrA Sweetgrass Smudging Prayer
The sweetgrass teaching tells you why it is so sacred, what sweet grass represents, who the medicine is for, how you go about sweetgrass burning and other sweetgrass teachings. The sweetgrass braid is a beautiful native symbol, and we can help you learn about smudging with sweetgrass and safe. Native American medicines are so important to the indigenous culture, so you can begin to smudge with sweetgrass, to use in sweetgrass healing and other sweetgrass uses.
Now, smudging is a cleanse, and a form of prayer to purify your mind, body, and spirit, and to give thanks to the creator, or to whoever it is that you pray to, also to attract positive energy into your life, and to send good thoughts of health and wellness to your friends and family, or those around you. Various Indigenous tribes around North America, even the world, practice smudging. Now, this specific smudging process has been taught to me by elders in my Anishinabek Nation. Now, the most important thing about smudging is your intentions, so what are you intending, and what are you trying to accomplish? So intending to do good when you're smudging, thinking positively and wholeheartedly is what it's all about.One way you can smudge with sweet grass is to light the end of it. Carefully wave it so that it will burn enough to release smoke into the air. Sweet grass doesn't burn as well as cedar or sage, so people typically burn sweet grass with another sacred medicine so it will continue to burn. You can either create a smudge stick, which is a variety of medicines tied together into a bundle, or a smudge bowl, which is a few different medicines mixed together into a smudge bowl, or here I'm using an abalone shell for my smudge bowl. If you're wondering how to smudge with sage, then watch this video right here for a step-by-step process for smudging with sage.
So once you've lit your medicine, you first want to smudge your feather so that you are cleansing the feather and purifying it. You then smudge your head and your eyes, so that you only think good thoughts and see the good and the positive in everything. Then you smudge your mouth so that you say only positive things. And after you finish smudging yourself, you allow the smoke to touch everything else in the room. Now, this smells a lot differently than if I were just burning sage, because I put pieces of the sweet grass inside of my smudge bowl. The entire time that you are smudging, continue to think good and positive thoughts.It's also important to focus on what you're thankful for, so saying thank you to the creator for having our health, and having our family in good health and our spirits with us, that makes us stronger. I also pray and hope that everyone watching is in good health, and thank them for being a part of this smudging ceremony, thank them for learning Anishinaabe ways, and I pray for the health and wellness of all of you. When you're done smudging, let the medicine burn out on its own, and give thanks to the creator for giving us the gift of the weengushk, and for giving us the sage as well. (Source: us.tribaltradeco.com)
Like sage and sweetgrass, cedar is used to purify the home. It also has many restorative medicinal uses. Cedar baths are healing. When cedar is put in the fire with tobacco, it crackles. When it does this, it is calling the attention of the spirits to the offering that is being made. Cedar is used in fasting and sweat lodge ceremonies as a form of protection: cedar branches cover the floor of the sweat lodge and a circle of cedar surrounds the faster’s lodge.
Burned as an incense, sweetgrass is valued for its vanilla-like scent. Clippings of sweetgrass are usually braided and then dried prior to burning. When burned for healing or ritual purposes, the smoke from the braided sweetgrass is thought to attract good spirits and positive energies. It is used as a smudging tool to purify peoples auras, cleanse objects, and clear ceremonial areas or healing spaces of negative energy. Sweetgrass can also be carried or worn as a protective amulet. The plant is also used in basket weaving. (Source: www.learnreligions.com)