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Japanese Incense-Morning Star sandalwood


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Morning Star sandalwood incense is one of our personal favorites here.  The sandalwood is a woody and dry scent.  This great little 50 stick pack comes with a burner to burn your incenses in.  These 50 stick packs of Morning Star are fun because they don’t cost an arm and a leg ($3.10 at Violet and Company), if you do like them there are enough in the pack to enjoy.  If you don’t like them you can give them to a friend to try and you aren’t out tons of money.  You can buy these through our Facebook Store for an additional 5% off (after liking our page 🙂 ) or you can get them in our eBay store or on our website

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What the world needs now is…for you to be who you are.


In the interest of rebirth and Spring, let’s talk about smudging…


Grey and White Sage large Bundle

The Smudging Ceremony: Remove Bad Energy with Sage Smoke
How to perform a cleansing ceremony with the use of burning sage, also known as ‘smudging’.

A smudge stick is a dried and bundled plant. One can also use loose leaves in smudging, but before we get to the particulars of such a ceremony it will help to have an understanding of the origins of this Sacred practice and how it will cleanse, heal, and consecrate an energy field, or thing, or space.

The Origins and History of Smudging

People commonly credit smudging as being a Native American practice, but the use of rising smoke in Spiritual Rituals has been practiced across many cultures for thousands of years. The Ancient Hindu texts reveal this was practiced 6,000 years ago with the burning of incense. Smoke purification was performed in Egypt, with the burning of aromatic resins for religious ceremonies. It was practiced in Babylonia, Greece, Rome, Japan, Tibet, China, among the ancient Hebrews, and among indigenous tribal cultures around the world, with the Native Tribes of North America being only a portion. Catholic and Orthodox Christianity, which are an amalgam of pagan beliefs and practices, use incense in religious Ceremonies, adapted from the pagan rituals popular when the Christian theocracy was legalized by the pagan-turned-Christian, Roman Emperor Constantine, in 325 AD.

So the use of smoke to purify in a spiritual way is not exclusive to the Native American tradition, although we have them to thank for the wonderful and deeply spiritual practice of burning sage and other sacred plants as a purification practice. This tradition is a very beautiful gift and the most effective method commonly used in spiritual cleansing ceremonies today.

How it Works to Cleanse and Purify:

Smudging is an intrinsic part of shamanism, the world’s oldest medicine. Shamans recognize that every form of life on this planet has a spiritual purpose and a sacred consciousness. They know that plants have invaluable healing properties. Human animals, as it turns out, are not the top rung of creation’s ladder even though we think we are because we have big brains and walk on two feet. All beings, whether plant, animal, or mineral are divine and have sacred right to life; all have something to offer to the manifest “other.”

To approach a smudging ritual and to be effective in cleansing away negative energy, one must be reverent of the plant being used and even the energies being cleansed. All energy is divine at its core, whether Light or Dark. Respect for all life is essential to any smudging that you undertake. If you cannot feel reverent about this sacred practice, don’t do it. Find someone who is spiritually qualified and energetically prepared to do it for you.

Although many different plants can be used for smudging, indigenous American tribes consider four plants to be especially sacred: sage, sweetgrass, tobacco, and cedar. Each plant is considered to have a special function and this can vary by tribe and tradition. While sage is used for purification, sweetgrass is used to bring in positive energies, and its smoke is considered to carry prayers to the Creator.

When to Use Smudge

-If you are feeling down, negative, stuck, or in a spiritual low place, smudging is an excellent way to change things for the better.

-When your house, your property, or any place or space has been exposed to heavy and negative energies, or painful experiences and even illness, they should be cleansed with smudge.

-When you move into a new location, it should be smudged to cleanse the psychic imprints of previous occupants.

-If you feel the presence of bad energy in your living quarters, or if a solitary room makes you feel bad or uneasy by being in there, it’s time to smudge.

-If you want to create a protective barrier against outside negative influences, such as neighborhood issues, it’s time to smudge.

-If you want to make your prayers stronger and if you want to feel more connected to Spirit, it’s time to smudge.

-If your vehicle has been in a fender-bender or you’ve had a close call in your car, smudge it, inside and out, to remove negative energetic imprints that can attract more negative experiences.

-Cleanse second-hand items with smudge to remove psychic imprints of previous owners.

-You can consecrate and energetically charge your garden by smudging.

-You should smudge to clean yourself and your space before engaging in any psychic contact or spiritual ceremony.

-Hang a sweetgrass rope over the inside of your front door to cleanse all people and beings coming into your home.

-Walk around the outside perimeter of your property with a smoldering smudge to cleanse the boundaries of your living space

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Source: myspiritcare.com/violet and company incense

Mysore Sandalwood Soap, 150 grams


Bar of Mysore Sandal Soap 150g

Mysore Sandal Soap 150g

 

We have sold so many of these lately!  Mysore Sandal soap, 150 gram size, made with pure sandalwood oil.  It really beautifies the skin and makes one smell divine.  Only $3.00 at Violet and Company Incense

Happy Solstice from Violet and Company!


Happy Summer Solstice!  Dance, sing, be happy, be warm!  Eat greens and be with friends!  Burn jumbo Citronella incenses to keep the critters away and go to festivals!

Good Friends!


Photo by Kate Ter Haar

Photo by Kate Ter Haar

Go and Love a little today


Photo by Loic Schule

Photo by Loic Schule

Love is the greatest power that we have.  Love comes in many forms: kindness, compassion, understanding, giving someone a second chance, helping a stranger, allowing someone to go first, giving some encouragement, trying to see a situation through eyes of another or just taking time and listening.  Putting love out into the world changes it for the better.

Happy Father’s Day!


A Walk with Dad

This photo, A Walk with Dad, by Donarose

Congratulations to all graduates!


Congratulations to all of the kids who graduated and promoted or moved on in school!  Especially Aurore! School these days isn’t easy.

Photo by Loic Schule

Photo by Loic Schule

There are social issues like gangs, there are drugs at school, there are the timeless issues such as friendship, popularity and love and there are bullies.  Top it off with stricter requirements and getting through school is not easy and an accomplishment to be celebrated!  Enjoy your summer!

Peace


Photo by Vinoth Chandar

Photo by Vinoth Chandar

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