Smudging 101, Deer Visitors, and the 10%

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There is a Talking Circle at my shop the first Sunday of each month.  Not really church, just a place to be with others and pray traditionally with Native influences and customs.  This last Sunday we talked about focusing our energies on the 10%.  90% of what we worry about is what the media tells us about, world issues, family issues, and many, many things that we have absolutely no control over.  As we focus more and more on the 90% we lose track of the 10% of things we can control and our gifts that we carry that can assist in this world.  Focusing on the 90% leads to anxiety and depression and helplessness.

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Last night I felt an overwhelming sense of desperation and helplessness.  How can we possibly afford anything in the state that has the newly highest cost of living?  How can we survive?  How can we stay near our babies if we had to move?  and on and on with scenarios that may or may not exist.  I went to sleep early as slumber will renew me and oft give me answers.  I woke up renewed.

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Within the realms of the 10% I can choose my back up plan in case we cannot get the large farm.  I could very well be an urban homesteader while making a difference in a career.  The career that I would be best in (in my opinion) is teaching young adults.  So, I relooked at my curriculum choices for school with a renewed sense of purpose.  I will let things unfold naturally, while saving money, since I cannot see the future.  No matter how hard I try.  Meanwhile I call on strength from the Great Spirit and the Directions.  This is how to smudge (prayers and blessing).

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Traditionally Cherokee prayer herbs would consist of Sweet grass to renew positive energy, Sage to rid negative energy, Tobacco as an offering to the Great Spirit, and Cedar as an offering to the spirits; animal, plant, and the deceased.  In a pottery bowl (heat proof) place the herbs desired and light.  Using a feather to spread the smoke around a room, over thyself, or in the Four Directions.  Any feather will do.

We call on the spirit of the East direction for strength and hope and faith.  We give thanks to the Creator for all the things in our lives and our own life.  We thank Grandfather Sun for rising each morning and providing warmth and light. 

We call on the spirit of the South for childlike wonder and awe, for lessons, and we thank our four legged brethren for providing us with companionship, food, and clothing, and to the plants for giving of themselves for food and medicine.

We call on the spirit of the West for strength, health, and endurance.  We give thanks to our ancestors for guiding us and praying for us.

We call on the spirit of the North for calm and wisdom.  We thank the north for rain and snow, for lessons learned, and for peace and breath.

We call on the spirit of the sky (galun’lati), to the star people and Grandmother moon for protection and inspiration.

We call on the spirit of the Mother Earth (alohi)for caring for us, for her life, therefore our life as we pledge to be more careful with her.

We are thankful for the ceremonial fire as our prayers are taken upward on the smoke and carried on the winged ones’ feathers and for our connection with all around us. 

We draw the smoke over ourselves that we will have a clear heart, a love for all, and will do things in the right way. 

And as my breath and peace came forth, the beautiful deer (ahwi) came to see me.

Wishing you peace and less worries….ehmenah.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Powerful Tool (for homesteading and beyond)

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What would you say is the most powerful thing on earth?  Water?  Money?  Love?  I would say prayer.  I am deeply spiritual/religious, whatever you want to call it, but I cringe when people start talking to me about their religion, their opinions, what the Bible says by their interpretation, how many people are converting…blah, blah, blah.  I kind of tune them out.  This is about something much more important, powerful, and life changing and something we could all incorporate more into our lives in the new year.  You read about my healings and I am a firm believer in God.  I have no choice.  And I wish that everyone could experience the types of miracles I have seen.  Perhaps everyone has, they just can’t see them.  But, prayer can lift our spirits, give us a sense of community, well being, security, and can produce miracles.

My son asked why he can’t just pray that his wife would come back.  Because she has free will, I explained.  But God can help heal his heart, give him strength, and comfort.  Prayer is not about feeling more powerful or more superior to other people, it’s about life.

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My mother taught me when I was young how to pray.  Don’t start with gimme this and gimme that, she said.  Start with thanksgiving.  Be grateful and thank God for all of your blessings.  Then ask for forgiveness for the things that have inevitably been done since we are, after all, human.  This is not to avoid hell, this is to help be aware of what we may be doing that hurts others or ourselves.  Then humbly ask your intentions.

God can and will help anything come into being that you wish.  So, be careful what you ask for.  This homestead is cold but it is what I asked for!  We cannot make someone love us or make someone stay on earth if their journey here is over.  But we can receive comfort, strength, guidance, guardian angels, friends, teachers, and a companion if we trust God and not ourselves.  Notice that you have always been provided for.  I love how my friend, Lisa, put it; He’s a 11:59 God!  We get the money to pay bills and the wisdom to handle things at the last minute!  But it always comes!

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I love in the movie, “Taladega Nights”, where they keep praying to the baby Jesus.  It cracks me up.  But we all view the Creator in a different way.  I know my soul is connected to everyone else’s and everything, from trees to owls, and we are all one with the Source of Life and that we all go right back to that powerful Source when we are done here.  We have all had experiences with the supernatural so we know that spirits of the deceased are still around.

There are often misunderstandings regarding the saints in the Catholic Church and in praying to spirits in nature.  These are not gods, and no one thinks they are!  They are helpers who will pray for us and the more prayers the better!  The reason we light candles during prayer is to keep the prayer going.  Doug and I have experienced that the candle goes out when the prayer is answered.  Just look around and take note of your life and surroundings and you too will be astounded and mystified.

I don’t just pray before meals or before bed or just when I need something.  I chatter with God all day.  Try it, it will change your life.  We should pray for each other as well.  There is great power in that.  Let’s start a prayer circle.  Write in the comments what you would like to be prayed for (or email me personally at Katie@gardenfairyherbal.com) and let’s all pray for each other.  You will see amazing things happen in your life.

Will you pray for my son, Andrew, as his wife left after only five months of marriage and left him broken hearted?

Will you pray for my cousin, Linda, as she mourns her husband who just ended his journey here on earth quite suddenly?

Will you also pray for guidance and protection over my family?

What can I pray for you?

Wishing you all peace and great joy during this beautiful season and into the new year.