Cannabis spiritual use can be observed in most of the ancient cultures . The plant is widely applied all over the world as sacred medicine and incense . As with most of the sacred plants , if applied and used properly , she can provide many benefits both for the body and the soul .
Here are some of the cultures that honored the weed for her spiritual and health benefits …
Cannabis spiritual use in ancient Europe
According to the historical records , the cannabis has a long history all over the old continent . Evidences are showing that the peasants chewed and smoked weed , as medicine or as a part of religious rituals .
Herodotus writes about the ancient Scythian culture and their appreciation for the sacred plant . Cannabis found in Scythian tomb together with a special burning stand , has been dated 500-300 B.C. According to Herodotus the marijuana played a key role in a special ritual for honoring the death , which was of major importance for the Scythian culture .
Cannabis spiritual use in the Islam
The alcohol has always been prohibited in the Islamic tradition , but this does not apply for the cannabis . Only in later ages the Muslims has prohibited the use of cannabis , despite the fact that the prophet Mohammed has never disallowed the use of the plant .
However the historical facts are pointing that throughout the ages many of the Muslim groups considered the cannabis to be holy plant . In the medieval times the Arab doctors and healers were prescribing cannabis for a variety of problems and deceases . They considered the weed sacred plant and called her “Kannab”.
The Sufis use hashish as a part of their rituals for honoring Allah and also for achieving an altered states of consciousness
They believe that hashish grants them the ability to seek for answers on places deep inside them . Places otherwise unreachable . Also according to their beliefs the cannabis makes people happier and decreases anxiety .
According Arab belief , Haydar – the Persian founder of the Sufism stumbled on cannabis plant while roaming around the Persian mountains . Haydar was quiet man , but when he returned to the temple , his pupils were fascinated with the transformation they’ve witnessed . Haydar was full of life and energy . When they asked him what has happened , he told them for his encounter with the miraculous plant and its effects when consumed . On the very next day his students went to the mountain and tried the plant on their own . And this is how according to the legends , the Sufis met the sacred plant and learned to produced hashish .
Cannabis spiritual use in ancient Iran
Ancient Iran is the cradle of the Persian empire . According to the Romanian historian Mircea Eliade : “Shamanistic ecstasy induced by hemp smoke was known to ancient Iran” . In the ancient texts of Zend-Avesta , the sacred plant of cannabis is placed on the first place among more than 10 000 such.
Cannabis spiritual use in ancient China
The cannabis is part of the ancient Chinese culture as well . The plant was so highly valued that the rulers called their lands “The land of mulberry and hemp” . The cannabis was considered a symbol of power and a source of protection against evil . In the medicinal encyclopedia of emperor Shen Nung , the weed is called “liberator of sins” . The Chinese people believe that the first cultivator of cannabis is Shen Nung who has grown the sacred herb in 28th century B.C. . Emperor Shen Nung is considered the founding father of the Chinese medicine and also the first who developed the science of the plant medicine and the cultivation of beneficial herbal and plant species .
Taoist priests from China describes how the weed was used in a combination with Ginseng . This combination helped the priests to see in to the future and to foretell future events . The cannabis is also used as additive to incenses , and is believed to grant longevity and even immortality .
Cannabis spiritual use in ancient Japan
The cannabis has its place in the ancient Japan shamanic practice . The plant was used as a tool for inner cleansing and purification and for protection against evil spirits . The Shinto priests use gohei sticks made of hemp fibers . These sticks are used in special purification rituals . According to the Shinto tradition the evil and the purity cannot exist on the same place and in the same time , so they wave the gohei sticks over the person or the place in order to purify it and respectively to drive the evil away . The hemp clothes are used for religious and spiritual rituals , as they symbolize purity .
Cannabis spiritual use in India
The marijuana has a major role in the ancient Indian medicine . The plant is used for centuries for treating a vast variety of illnesses and health issues . The sacred herb is prescribed in cases of nausea, digestion problems and in general for good health and longevity .
The weed is part of almost all of the religious and spiritual practices in Asia . The sacred plant is used for achieving Samadhi - a deep stats of meditation, by Buddhists , Naths and Shaivites .
Tantrics in India , Nepal and Tibet highly value this special plant . In Mahayana Buddhist tradition , there is a story about how Buddha survived for six years by only eating marijuana seeds . Many of the sacred texts refer to the hemp as a herb of major importance for the medicinal and spiritual practices .
Even the Indian myth for the creation mentions the weed . There she is referred to as one of the five nectars of the Gods and described as suffering reliever . In the sacred Vedic texts the cannabis is referred to as a source of happiness .
The cannabis is also considered the favorite herb of Shiva . Because of that her followers regularly use cannabis in their worshiping rituals . In Benaras , the city with the most Shiva followers , the cannabis is sold in government controlled shops and is used with spiritual and ritualistic purposes . The Sadhus followers also use marijuana in their rituals . They smoke it in dedicated clay pipes . The Indian doctors still prescribe cannabis for variety of deceases and health problems .
Cannabis spiritual use in Africa
In most of Africa the cannabis is considered sacred and is used in many spiritual and social events . The plant is symbol of peace , and is believed to possess magical powers that protect form illnesses and injuries .
Cannabis is a vital part of the Rastafarian culture too . According to their belief this sacred plant is the legendary “tree of life” mentioned in the Bible . The use of cannabis , smoked with special pipes called chalices is in the base of the Rastafarian culture and a ritual called “reasoning sessions ” . They believe that the cannabis is a mean for self-study , understanding of God and a tool for cleansing the corruption in the human soul .
The cannabis is prohibited in most of the countries in the so called modern society . In the last few years however a twist can be observed . Medical and scientific researches prove how beneficial the cannabis is for the human body and consciousness . The hemp oil has proven its potential in treating one of the deadliest deceases of our time – the cancer . Slowly but steadily we are rediscovering the ancient traditions and long lost knowledge of the benefits of the cannabis .
As Bob Marley said : “The herb ganja is the healing of the nation”
The biggest rock in the world , Ayers Rock, or as the aborigines call it Uluru is positioned 450 kilometers aside from Alice Springs . This unique stone plays a vital role in the mythology and spiritual practices of the indigenous people on the continent . Its height is 348m. with circumference of 9 kilometers .
According to the beliefs of the tribes that inhabit the western desert , Uluru is a mythical beast , which buried his head in the sands . Once a year he rises his head to check the desert and the people . The shamans are these who communicate with that beast and know when the day will come . On that day the people celebrate the day of the rock . All the tribes of Australia gather around the Uluru . Some of the tribes pray to the sacred rock for luck and prosperity . For other tribes Uluru is a home of evil spirits . They just pray these evil spirits to forget them .
Uluru is a mystery for the meteorologists too
None of them is able to predict when the rain will come . It is interesting to mention that in most of the cases the rain is falling down on only in the area over and around the Uluru rock . The aborigines and their shamans however , are able to predict these rainfalls . When they know that the rain is coming they start preparations . They all prepare for travel , as they will all gather around Uluru when the rain starts falling .
The downpour that falls on the sacred mountain isn’t a common event . Sometimes years can pass before the new rainfall comes . The rain that falls on Uluru even doesn’t look like regular rain . A unique transformation on the weather conditions occur . The day turns from sunny to cloudy for just few minutes . The wind starts blowing and the downpour floods the lands . The rain doesn’t last long and in just few minutes the weather conditions magical return to their regular state – hot and sunny .
The water that falls on Uluru however , continues to flow over the rock until it drains down
When the clouds disperse and the sun start shining again the flows that run down the rock start looking like blood and Uluru looks even brighter that he usually is .
Since time immemorial aborigines honor the lands and all the natures creations as sacred and the sacred land shaft is in the base of their legends and folklore . The aborigines look at the earth as a manifestation of the Dream . They believe that the sacred ground of Australia and Uluru poses unique powers . Each tribe has responsibility to take care for some of these sacred places and objects . Some of these places are dedicated to mythological heroes of the Aboriginal folklore , other to the high spirits of the Dream – divine entities that forged the world around us . The sacred placed are picked and outlined by the shamans . They identify these places thanks to the ancient knowledge passed from one shaman to another .
A chosen sentinel must protect the place and its energetic flows
He is responsible for all the rituals and ceremonies held on that place . He is also a guardian of the sacred songs and the one that is able to communicate with the spirits of the Dream . According to the local tribes Uluru is also a doorway , an entrance to the spiritual realm . To this day the Aborigines still hold strong believe in the unique powers of Uluru .
Anangu are believed to be the direct descendants of the spirit – creators of Uluru and the nature that surrounds it . The Anangu people are the guardians of the Rock . Their responsibility is to protect the mountain from any forms of physical and spiritual sacrilege .
Since ancient times Finland is inhabited by two indigenous groups the Finns and the Sami . Both groups established a rich and colorful shamanic culture . Unfortunately the Finns and its heritage are long lost . The situation with the Sami culture is rather different however . The practice of the Sami shamans is still preserved thanks to the devotion of people and their will to protect the sacred heritage of their kin .
The Proto-Sami originates from the Franco-Cantabrian region
Around 10 000 -13 000 B.C. they migrated North in pursuit of dears . They crossed the North Sea which was dry at the time and reached the territories of nowadays Finland .
Like in the most of the sub-arctic cultures , the Sami shamanism and its practices are closely related to the nature and her powers . It is believed that all the nature’s forces are a representations of the spirits . These spirits control most of the key aspects of Sami’s life and their surrounding environment . According to Sami beliefs the animals , the plants and even the inanimate objects has souls . The rituals and the sacrifices of the Sami shamans are mostly performed on special places in the nature .
The tradition of the Sami shamans is transmitted by Joik , a sort of chant that contain the ancient shamanic wisdom
The drum is an important part of the Sami shamanic tradition . The Sami people believe that the drum is a tool for connection and communication between our world and the realm of the spirits . Although every house has its own drum there are only few able to take advantage of its full potential and powers . These people are called Noaidi or the Semi shamans .
The Noaidi use their drums for achieving a state of trance . While in that altered state of consciousness the shaman is capable of entering deeply to the spirit realm . In that realm he cooperate with his helping animal spirits for achieving the goals he is after . The Sami shamans also use their special drums in order to foretell the weather conditions and to warn the community for eventual dramatic climate changes . These skills of the Noaidi are extremely important for the survival of the tribe .
The Sami shamans were feared and respected in Medieval times not only by their communities
The word about their unique skills has been widely spread on the old continent . There are documented evidences that the Russian Tzar – Ivan The Terrible , has visited the Sami people to seek the wisdom of the Noaidi . In Germany , England and Russia believed that the Noaidi are masters of the winds . They believed that with the power of the will а Sami shamans are able to trigger storms and blizzards .
The become a Sami shaman , was not an easy task however
The young Noaidi , is a subject of numerous tests and trails , which must prove his inner strength and special abilities . These trails were rather harsh . In order to prove his qualities the shaman is expected to endure to extreme cold or pain . He might be left outside with almost no clothes , or requested to hold in his hand red-hot piece of metal . The lack of sings of burn or frostbites is a definitive evidence that the tested subject has explicit qualities . A prove that the person is patronized by the spirits .
Another important skill of the Sami shamans is their ability to find lost objects and people . Cooperating with the spirits , they are able to assist in cases when someone is buried by an avalanche , or lost in the cold blizzard . In order to achieve that the shaman is working with his aides spirits .
The most important quality of the Sami shamans is their ability to heal
With the aid of the spirit helpers and the natural herbs and powers , he had to take care about both the physical and the mental state of the community members . Another healing tool that the Sami shamans use is the so-called “Kamlania” . Kamlania is a series of rhythmic , magical words and phrases accompanied by the sound of the shaman’s drum .
For the Sami shamans the death is not the end
If the Noaidi is evil , after his death he would most likely turn to an evil entity similar to a vampire called Ravka . There is a story from 1931 about the death of such an evil shaman named Riz . The other members of the village didn’t wanted to bury him as they knew that he will turn to Ravka and would terrorize the community . They have asked another shaman to take care of the funeral . The story tells that two weeks after the funeral the young 24 years old Noaidi that took care of the funeral has turned gray for just one night .
It is believed that the good Semi shaman also do not die
When a Noaidi reaches the end of his earthly path , he would go on some special place in the tundra and will turn to stone . Even in that state the shaman retains his abilities . For that reason the Sami people pay respect not only to the high spirits , but also to sacred stones, believed to be deceased shamans .
The Christianity had referred to the Sami people as backward and to their shamanic practice as a devil’s practice
In 17th century a law is forged . A law that suppressed the Sami people and their tradition . Churches are built to convert the “infidels” . If someone was denying to accept the Christian God as his savior , or has secretly practiced the ancient shamanic tradition, he have been prosecuted and burned at the stake . The sacred places of the Sami people were also destroyed . Their sacred drums seized , as symbols of the devil .
Today there are few remaining Noaidi practitioners , but the belief in their special powers is still strong . They are a symbol of hope for the Sami people . They are their heritage for the generations to come .
The Ainu shamans are the spiritual practitioners of the biggest indigenous group in Japan - the Ainu . Ainu originate from the first inhabitants of the Japanese archipelago . They are also called Jomon and have settled in nowadays Japan approximately 10 000 ago . The Ainu population formed large communities which thrived until 1700 A.D. when the influence of the central Asian population began dominating the area .
According to the oral tradition the male Ainu shamans were community leaders , healers and soothsayers .
The Ainu shamans had a key role in most of the important ceremonies held . During these ceremonies the shamans danced , played music , and chanted in order to achieve an altered state of consciousness . In that state they are able to perform miracles , to diagnose , to heal and even see the future .
Furthermore , the Ainu shamans have been known for their abilities to levitate , to shape shift and most importantly to connect with the spirits . While connected with the spirits they were able to contribute to the successful hunt , fertility and prosperity in the community.
The Ainu shamanism has deep historical roots .
The Ainu shamans in ancient time were both males and females . Their primary responsibilities beside the healing , was to take care about the rituals and the ceremonies . Before the traditional Ainu shamanism to be almost completely eradicated during 17th century , it formed a sort of theocracy , consisted of complex ceremonial system , rituals and beliefs . During these times , the shaman had influence equal and even greater than the chief itself and even has led the armies in times of war . At that time , a division arose and shamans with different roles and responsibilities appeared . The male Ainu shamans were mainly responsible for the proper conduction of the ceremonies , while the female shamans had worked with the spirits . They also healed the people with special rituals and traditional medicine .
In most recent ages the Ainu shamanism is dominated by the female shaman-healers and soothsayers .
While some of the female shamans have continued the traditional path in dealing with the spiritual realm , and conducting ceremonies , most of them committed to divination and soothsaying . They were falling in a state of trance and interacted with the spiritual realm . An interesting fact is that the Ainu shaman does not control the spirits as in most of the shamanic cultures . During a session the Ainu shaman is often possessed and controlled by the spirits .
In more recent times the Tuskur(female shamans) use this altered state of consciousness in its full capacity . While possessed by kamuy(the spirit), the shaman was able to obtain the wisdom of the spirit , to diagnose and heal .
Today’s Ainu shamans are divided in few general groups .
Apart from the u-e-inkar (clairvoyance) there are also u-e-potar (incantation and curse) , tek-e-inu (the healing hand) and imu (a kind of spontaneous trance) . Of course these are only the general groups . There are more sub-types of shamans and practices . The midwives or the i-ko-inkar-kur, for example are these capable of transmitting the spirit’s wisdom and healing powers .
Although the ikoinkarkur can’t be viewed as a separated group, they were pretty important , as they were the bearers of the ancient Ainu knowledge .
The Ainu shamans were skilled healers .
The Ainu shamans were able to treat a vast variety of psychological , physiological and spiritual illnesses . In their practice they combined a complex system of surgical , physiological and spiritual knowledge aided by the nature’s powers .
The Ainu shamans pay special attention of these powers . They believe that for the proper treatment of an illness a vital role plays the nature and its spirits . When a female has problems producing breast milk for example , a special ritual is performed high in the mountains . The shamans claim the with birch tree spirit . They sing and dance and bow before the tree asking it for his aid . They cut a barks from the tree . The patient makes a brew from the barks and dink it . The tree dies within few weeks and gives away its soul to the patient .
The Ainu culture and tradition are in renaissance since 1997 , when the Japanese government acknowledged them as the indigenous people of Japan . A law is forged to aid and protect the traditional Ainu culture . The revival of the Ainu shamanic practice however remains a major issue , as most of the priceless knowledge is either irreversibly lost or wrongly interpreted . Thanks to the efforts of the government and the Ainu community , the rituals and the customs of the Ainu shamans slow and steady are revived for a new life .
The coca leaves are one of the seven sacred master plants of America - Ayahuasca , Yopo , Peyote , San Pedro, the magic mushrooms and the tobacco . They have been used in rituals and ceremonies for thousands of years .
The first evidence of ceremonial usage of coca leaves can be traced back to 2500 B.C. This sacred plant is part of the tradition of the tribes alongside the Amazon rainforest and the Andes . They has an important role as a medicine and as an offering to the spirits-guardians of the nature and the forest .
The indigenous tribes of south America use the coca leaves as a tool
A tool for provoking an open and honest conversation among the members of the community . When taken together with the Ambil tobacco paste , mambe(dried and powdered leaves of coca plant) positively influence the throat chakra . The people consume this mixture in the context of an ancient conversational ritual usually held after sundown . In this ritual the elders share their wisdom and knowledge with the younger generation . An interesting fact is that the women also attend these ceremonies , but they don’t consume coca leaves . This ancient tradition connects the people to one another and strengthen their connection with the nature and the spirits .
The preparation and the ceremony in which the coca leaves are consumed differ depending on the region and the shamanic tradition
The inhabitants of the Andean highlands chew fresh leaves , mixed with small doses of alkaloids . They don't swallow the leaves however , only chewing them until the juice comes out . Then what is left is placed down on the ground as an offering to the spirits . Furthermore , they use the the sacred medicine not only for its spiritual properties . There is another aspect to this special plant - his affects on the human body . The leaves increase the levels of oxygen in the blood and by doing so , prepare the human's body for proper functioning on high altitude . The leaves are a perfect remedy for preventing altitude sickness . Above all the coca leaves can help overcome fatigue , hunger and thirst . These properties of the coca plant are essential for the indigenous population of the Andes .
Unlike the highland people, the inhabitants of the rainforest use Mambe
Mambe consist of dried and powdered coca leaves mixed with Yarumo leaves ash . This form of preparation and usage is preferred by them , as dried leaves are much easier for conservation it the humid environment of the rainforest . Mambe is poured in the mouth and later swallowed .
The traditional healers apply the coca leaves for centuries as a painkiller . They also use the sacred medicine in cases of fractures, as it is calcium rich . It constricts the blood vessel and reduces bleeding . Curanderos and shamans prescribe the plant in cases of digestive problems , asthma, ulcers and malaria . It also improve longevity .
Many of the beneficial effect of the coca leaves are confirmed by the mainstream science and medicine
Beside the calcium, the coca leaves are rich on vitamins and minerals like B1, B2, C, and E , potassium, and phosphorus , as well as proteins and fibers . A gram of coca leaves contains five times the amount of proteins found in the red meat .
The Indigenous people of South America use coca leaves and the rest of the seven sacred plants , for their numerous spiritual and health benefits . Important part of almost every ritual , these plants has proven their good intentions . If approached with respect and reverence they can help us establishing a strong connection with the spiritual realm .They teach us how to live in symbiosis with the nature . And above all they can show us how to become better human beings .
DMT(N,N-DMT) or N,N-Dimethyltryptamine is a molecule from the tryptamine family . The DMT molecule can be naturally found in many animal and plant species including humans .
In his book "DMT:The Spirit Molecule" , Richard Strassman says that DMT , one of the most powerful naturally occurring psychedelics , can establish a constant and reliable connection between different realms of existence . That it can carry our consciousness to other dimensions and parallel universes . The native South American population has a long lasting connection with the DMT molecule . It is an important part of the spiritual practices and shamanic traditions of the indigenous population . The spirit molecule is the main ingredient in the sacred brew of Ayahuasca and the Yopo sniff . It has been their portal to the divine realms and their way to communicate with the spirits . The DMT molecule possesses unique properties . It tunes our minds differently . It can open our eyes for the world and to teach us how see it differently .
“How long will this last, this delicious feeling of being alive, of having penetradet the veil which hides beauty and wonders of the celestial vast? It doesn’t matter, as there can be nothing but gratitude for even a glimps of what exists for these who can become open to it ”
What is the pineal gland ?
The French philosopher Rene Descartes called it the “seat of the soul”. The pineal gland is positioned on the best and the most protected place in our heads . Right in the middle of the brain . Furthermore it is the only part of the human brain that doesn't have its specular projection in both hemispheres . The pineal gland may look small and insignificant , but the studies has found that it is crucial for the physical , mental and the spiritual health of the individual . This small cone-shaped gland also releases melatonin , which regulates the sleep cycle . Many believe that the pineal gland is the so called Third Eye . The invisible organ that can pierce to realms beyond our own .
The relation of the DMT molecule and the pineal gland .
According to Sergio Felipe de Oliveira , doctor of science at the University of San Paulo, and director at the Pineal Mind Clinic, the activation of the pineal gland is closely related to consciousness altering experiences like these in visionary and meditative states .
Richard Strassman suggests that the DMT molecule is naturally produced by the pineal gland . It produces DMT in large quantities during mystical experiences , dreaming , birth and death . In his research on the DMT molecule Richard Strassman has worked together with the British scientist David Deutsch - a theoretical physicist at the University of Oxford and author of the book: “The fabric of reality” . They discussed the possibility that the DMT molecule can alter the brain functions in such a manner , that the consciousness as to become capable of entering parallel universes . The physicist doubted this possibility , as accordingly to him such thing would require a quantum computing .
“could distribute components of a complex task among vast numbers of parallel universes" he says "and then share the results. One of the conditions required for quantum computing is a temperature close to absolute zero.”
However Strassman notes that the DMT molecule is a key substance that alters the physical properties of the brain . Because of that it may be is possible the quantum computation to occur in a regular temperature.
According to the scientific studies the pineal gland becomes visible in the human fetus on the 49th day .
This is also when the gender of the fetus is determined . Accordingly to the Tibetan Bon - 49 days is the time needed for the soul to reincarnate to the next life . Strassman goes even further in his suggestions and connects the DMT molecule with a significant event in the life circle :
“When our individual life force enters our fetal-body, the moment in which we become truly human, it passes through the pineal and triggers the first primordial flood of DMT.”
Many describe the DMT experience as a journey . A journey to other dimensions , a meeting with entities unfamiliar to us . These who has worked with the spirit molecule , describe it as something real , rather than just simple hallucination . The DMT molecule has changed the lives of many . It has showed them a different path . It has brought them to places otherwise unreachable .
The pineal gland and the DMT molecule exist in close collaboration .
They are responsible for many of the most sacred experiences we have . Together they form a sort of organ with unique properties . We still don’t have the scientific answer on what the DMT molecule really is , why it is produced in the pineal gland and how this affect us as human beings . Later studies proved that the DMT molecule has a variety of applications . It has proven quite successful in treating mental problems like PTSD , anxiety and depression . Furthermore , everyone can now buy DMT online . This gives a whole new field of opportunities for explorers and psychonauts to work with the Spirit molecule and to analyze it from another perspective . A perspective rather different than the pure scientific approach .
Maybe the truth about the DMT molecule and the pineal gland lies beyond science , beyond reason , beyond our universe …
A single herbal incense can make a significant difference in our lives as long as we know when and how to use it . They are used since ancient times for their numerous properties and benefits .
Each herbal incense has its unique effects on the human body and consciousness .
They have positive influence over the aura vibrations and are a perfect tool for cleansing the negative energies . The herbal incenses are used in religious and spiritual rituals , to honor the spirits and to pray to the gods . The fume of the incenses is a vessel that can carry our sacred thoughts and prayers to other realms of existence .
The herbal incenses also possess healing properties . They are widely applied as a form of remedy for variety of mental and physical issues . The Incenses are inseparable part of almost every shamanic ritual and a tool for establishing a deeper connection with the spiritual realm .
Here are some of the most beneficial herbal incenses that we can use in our everyday life.
The carnation is one of the most ancient herbal incenses used for their healing properties and its positive effects . In medieval times the carnation essence is used for anointing sick or dying people . In England the carnation has been carried as a protection charm . The carnation stimulates the metabolism and has positive effect on our energetic fields . It rises the aura and this makes us less venerable to negative influences and energies . It can also cleans the negative thoughts .
The cedar herbal incense is used for cleansing and protective features . The Egyptians believed that the Cedar is eternal and that it can preserve the human body . The Solomon temple has been build completely out of cedar . The cedar herbal incense also possesses relaxing properties . It can be used against bad dreams . It is suitable flavor a child’s room for example , as it can bring comfort in their dreams . The cedar also boosts the body’s defensive properties . This incense can mix well with other herbal incenses , because of its boosting qualities . Its scent provokes positive thoughts and rises the sensation of hope . It can help you overcome fears and worries and is great tool for cleansing .
The eucalyptus herbal incense can be used for calming in cases of over excitement . Its flavor can smoothen the ages of the emotional bursts and also can be a great tool for improving your dreams . It can be used for dealing with fears and anxiety . The eucalyptus herbal incense is also a great stimulant for the immune system .
The Frankincense is an ancient sacred incense and is widely used for cleansing and healing . It can help you achieve deeper states of mediation and to see your fears more clearly . This herbal incense can teach us how to overcome these fears more easily . It can also rise the sensation of wellness and health . By doing so it additionally improves the mental and physical condition . The Frankincense is extremely helpful for cleansing , for chasing away the evil spirits and protecting from negative influences .
The gardenia can be used as an emotional and energetic shield . The Gardenia herbal incense is perfect for people like doctors , healers , social workers , advisors … In general it can be really beneficial for people that must work with many people on more emotional level , as it protects us from an emotional influences of others . The gardenia does that by rising our own energetic fields and forms a sort of shell that can keep us safe from the negative energies generated by the emotional problems of others .
The lemon herbal incense works really wonderful for cleansing . Since ancient times people like shamans , mediums and all forms of psychic practitioners has used lemon to cleans their working spaces before seances . It fragrance and energy invites the good spirits . The lemon incense provokes a clarity of thought and gives us a clear perspectives . It can help us see clearly even through our fears and uncontrolled fantasies . This herbal incense is perfectly suitable for daily use , as it relieves the stress and relaxes the mind . This property of the lemon is extremely beneficial as the stress can be quite harmful, both for the body and the soul .
The rose herbal incense is maybe the most gentle spiritual incense and quite powerful in the same time . The rose can be used as booster to almost every form of healing . It is used for balancing and repairing the chakras . In ancient Rome a rose essence is sprayed over the walls of the meeting halls , so that everything said during the meeting , stays inside these walls . The rose herbal incense is the perfect tool to protect your privet plans and thoughts and to keep it yours and save from negative influences .
The sage is probably among the most powerful and beneficial cleansing herbal incenses . In the ancient ritual of smudging , practiced for centuries among the native American population , the shaman burns a sage bundles often mixed with other sacred herbs . These bundles are used in smudging rituals for cleansing , protection and blessing . The bundle is lit on fire and let to just smolder . The shaman uses feather or his hand to spread the smoke around the person and his home , especially near the doors and the windows , in order to cleans and bless the place . The sage enhances our spiritual energy and strengthens our connection with the spirits and their planes of existence . In the same time this herbal incense grounds and protects the physical body and improves the inner balance , by calming the energetic fields and reliving the stress and tension that is building up in us .
The good thing about the herbal incense is that today they are widely reachable and no special training or preparation is required . The nature has provided us with an easy way to control our energetic flows and to set our mental state right . The herbal incenses are an easy way to improve our live and health . To protect ourselves for the negative influences and to set our minds right .
The Native American sweat lodge ceremony is an ancient ritual for cleansing the body and the soul .
The traditional sweat lodge is hemisphere-shaped hut build of saplings and covered with blankets or animal skins . The small entrance to the sweat lodge is large enough to enter crawling . The entrance usually faces east .
The women are first to enter the sweat lodge . They crawl clockwise until reaching the other end of the door . A fireplace is positioned in the center of the hut . The shaman enters last . All the participants are handed sage springs . The sage is a sacred plant for the native Americans . The participants the chew the sage until the turns to homogeneous smear , with which the participant must rub to his face hands and ears . This is done to protect the skin from the high temperature .
The sweat lodge ceremony is divided in several different stages .
During the first stage few pre-heated stones are brought in and placed in the fireplace . The stones are then drizzled with sage and other sacred herbs and sprinkled with water . Then the shaman starts singing chants . These chants are a form of warm greetings for the ancestral spirits . The sweat lodge is hot and completely dark . The only light is thrown by the smoldering fire .
Due to the high temperature and the divine essences the participants are falling in a state of trance . During that state they don’t feel the burning heat .
The chants are an indivisible part of the sweat lodge ceremony .
The shaman and the participant sing these chants , accompanied by the hide drum . Between the different stages of the sweat lodge ceremony a fresh water is brought .
During the next stage the shaman prays to the spirits . He also makes offerings to them , usually tobacco and some other sacred plants and herbs rolled in fabric .
The third stage is the healing stage . They shaman prays to the spirits to heal and aid the participants in their life journey . There is a special breading technique . These breading techniques are different for each participant . The shaman gives the breading instructions on each participant at the beginning of the sweat lodge ceremony . The instructions depend on the person’s problems and needs .
In the last stage of the sweat lodge ceremony the sacred pipe is brought in .
Then all must smoke from the pipe , as a symbol of a gratitude to the spirits and their help and guidance . Then the shaman passes the words of the spirits. These words are in a form of instructions and guidance and are different for each of the participants . The exit of the sweat lodge is done in the same manner as the entering . One after another , clockwise and crawling . After the sweat lodge ceremony is over and everyone get out they are given food and water .
This unique and profound experience cleans your body of the toxins , alleviates the stress and the negative energy . It improves the metal condition and the overall emotional and physical health . But most importantly , the sweat lodge ceremony is a way to connect with the spirits , to acquire their wisdom , their guidance and their blessings .
Kava Tea - The Nature's Weapon Against Stress and Anxiety
The Kava tea is a beverage prepared from the roots of a plant with the same name . Its native habitat is the western Pacific . The different cultures has different names for this sacred plant . In Hawaii for example is it called ‘awa , which translates bitter .
The Kava tea is well known by the pacific cultures, used for millennia to relive stress and anxiety . The historical data shows that the plant has been traditionally used for at least 3000 years .
The Kava tea is known for its sedative euphoriant and anesthetic properties . The active compound in it is the ingredient called Kavalactone .
The Kava tea is part of almost every religious ritual or cultural ceremony . The particular Kava ceremony depends on the occasion . The full Kava ceremony however is performed for the honored guest only . Usually young people , dressed in ritual costumes bring a blow of the beverage . The bowl is placed in the middle . A selected individual takes a cup facing each visitor and offering the Kava tea . The guest must then take the cup with both hands and drink from it . When the cup is drained the cup bearer takes the cup and proceed to the next guest . Of course the first to be served is the most important guest .
The naturalist Johann Georg Adam Forster was the first to mention the Kava tea .
The Kava tea tradition was unknown to the rest of the world until 1777 when James Cook first reached the pacific . He named the plant “intoxicating pepper” . Georg Forester was the first who brought the sacred plant to Europe . What he has found fascinating and in the same time disgusting in the Kava tradition was the way the Kava tea was prepared .
In his journal he writes:
"Kava is made in the most disgustful manner that can be imagined, from the juice contained in the roots of a species of pepper-tree. This root is cut small, and the pieces chewed by several people, who spit the macerated mass into a bowl, where some water of coconuts is poured upon it. They then strain it through a quantity of fibers of coconuts, squeezing the chips, till all their juices mix with the coconut-milk; and the whole liquor is decanted into another bowl. They swallow this nauseous stuff as fast as possible; and some old topers value themselves on being able to empty a great number of bowls."
Although it may look disgusting the traditional way of preparation has been practice until recently , when the government forbid it , as it increases the risk of transmitting deceases .
Of course the Kava tradition was not well accepted by the majority of the colonists .
The missionaries tried to suppress the Kava tea use as much as possible . Louis Lewin , a German pharmacologist also know by his studies on peyote , writes in his book Phantastica : “The missionaries did all they could to suppress the use of kava, probably not to the benefit of the natives. The violent campaign against kava by the Presbyterian missionaries cannot be justified in the least. It bears witness to the gross ignorance of missionaries, who have made many a mistake elsewhere. Reason, hide thy face!”
The stress and the anxiety are some of the biggest problems of the modern society .
They lead to variety of health problems including cancer . The mainstream medicine deals these conditions with chemicals and drugs , which leads to addictions and internal damages to the human body . The Kava tea is the alternative on all these harmful drugs . In the last decade , the Kava beverage and all the Kava products are getting more and more popular . The beneficial effect of the plant are a subject of examination and studies . The sacred plant of Kava has revealed itself to the world and is ready to help us and to make us happier . It depends on us if we will accept this offering .
Salvia Divinorum has many names . It literally translates as "sage of the seers", but it is also goes by a number of other names. Shka Pastora ("Leaves of the Shepherdess"), Diviner's Sage, ska María Pastora, yerba de Maria, Magic Mint, Sally-D, or just salvia .
Salvia Divinorum is a sacred plant possessing visionary properties .
This innocent-looking herb is well known by the Mazatec people . The Mazatec are indigenous people who inhabit Sierra Mazateca in the Mexican state of Oaxaca , as well as some parts of Puebla and Veracruz . Salvia Divinorum is used by their shamans and healers for millennia . The plant facilitates altered states of consciousness essential in divination rituals performed by the shaman and crucial for the connection with the spiritual realm . The sacred plant is also a healing herb used in most of the healing rituals performed by the curanderos (healers) .
In their rituals the Mazatec shamans use fresh leaves of Salvia Divinorum . They crush the leaves to extract the juice . Then the shaman mixes the juice with fresh water . The result is the sacred tea used in shamanic ceremonies . Another method of taking the medicine is by chewing it .
The species hasn’t been known by the western civilization until 1939 .
Jean Basset Johnson who was studying the Mazatec shamans and their spiritual traditions was the first to mention it . Years later in 1957 Arturo Gomez-Pompa accidently discovers the plant , while collecting fungus for a pharmaceutical company . It has been identified as an unknowns species of Slavia , but as the plant wasn’t flowering , more deeper research hasn’t been performed .
In 1962 the explorers Robert Gordon Wasson (The Wondrous Mushroom) who studied the psychedelic mushroom usage and Albert Hoffman , the founder of LSD brought the first flowering sample of Salvia Divinorum . They received a whole bundle of the flowering specimen of the plant from an old curandera called Natividad Rosa . She only give them the plant, but didn’t wanted to perform a ceremony, nor to tell them where the sacred plant grows . She told them that she was too old to take the shamanic journey . A journey that would take them to far-away places . Places where “the wise-women gather their powers; a lake above which the sparrows sing, and where objects got their names” (quote from "LSD My problem child") .
After the analysis of Salvia Divinorum it has been concluded that this is a totally new species of Salvia .
Terence McKenna was probably the first westerner to start public discussions about Salvia Divinorum and its properties . The known active constituent of Salvia divinorum is a trans-neoclerodane diterpenoid known as salvinorin A (chemical formula C23H28O8) . The active compound in the plant is not an alkaloid , unlike most opioids . It the first recorded diterpene hallucinogen .
Salvia Divinorum is another of the priceless and mysterious gifts our holy mother Earth . Although its effects are considered unpleasant by some , the lessons learned are priceless . The sacred plant is cherished by the Mazatec for many generations . It is an ally to the indigenous people and their tool to deal with the challenges . It is their medicine and their teacher . The Mazatec are filled with respect for the sacred herb as they know its value . When a shaman dug up the plant he places a coffee-bean in the soil as thanks to the spirits . Maybe we can all learn from them and the lessons of Salvia Divinorum – the seer’s sage .