When is the best time for white sage smudging to mark a new beginning or a fresh start? There are many occasions that can be planned, such as a solstice or equinox, or a full moon or new moon. Right there we have roughly 30 different dates in a year. There are also unplanned events such as a birth or a death. Those times take special consideration and approach. What about non-earth related dates? What better time to have a sage smudging event than for the new year.
White Sage Smudging the New Year
We can hear the noise makers and voices shouting out “Happy New Year”, and it’s true, we want the new year to be a joyous and happy time, filled with success. Why not start on a good “tone” by clearing out the old energies that have accumulated, and renewing your creative living space with lots of love, support, and a clear direction.
What do you need for your sage smudging ceremony? White sage, of course. You can use a sage stick or loose sage in a smudging bowl. To fan the smoke you can use your hand, a feather, or a branch of white sage. Use caution not to over-do or be too aggressive in your motions.
Blessings Should Be Gentle and Timely
Many of us have a tendency to rush through life, always on the move to something else. What does this gain? There’s a long honored expression, “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence” that reminds us of the illusions we create.
Panic, fear, and any other discomfort are all emotional vibrations that shift our consciousness out of the body. There is actually a change that occurs in our relationship to time, making it appear faster, but giving us less attachment and decreasing our effectiveness. When we are in a state of discomfort, and shift our consciousness to that faster, buzzing level our mind often races as well, analyzing but never really creating any solution.
It’s difficult to solve problems when we reside in chaos. Our thoughts and actions can come from a one-sided perspective, which doesn’t always give us the best options. Choices can be based on shaky ground, and can be more reactive than responsive. What does this mean?
The easiest way to describe reactive and responsive is to imagine a loved pet, one that trusts you and interacts with you in a gentle, protective way. Those behaviors are choices, and take in account the time spent together and what is learned through shared experiences. Interactions with this pet are often rich in love and emotional expression. What about when that animal is in pain? The response is more reactive, faster, and survival based rather than relationship based. That typically gentle animal could even bite as a primal way to make a separation between the animal and its attacker.
We too have both a responsive and a reactive nature, and a wide range-of-motion on how open we are to a situation or how guarded. One means of guarding is to detach emotionally, but it’s not really turning off those signals, just hiding within a level of consciousness outside the spectrum of emotion. Another means of guarding is to lower the vibration to the point of stagnation, but there is still emotions.
Depression is a stagnant, slow vibration, and apathy is even worse, but they are all still emotions. We are taught to make rational choices and not be so emotional. What are emotions? They are signals transmitted from the sensory-based physical experience that help the brain to assess, learn and respond. Emotions also give depth to our life experience from the perspective of the soul and spirit, the meta-conscious self that bridges our moment-to-moment world to our bigger-picture.