Are Your Pets Volunteering For A Smudge? Be Mindful.
Nearly a year ago a member of our household suddenly joined my daily smudging routine. He simply wandered into the healing room one morning while I was smudging and lay down on the floor between my feet. Now it’s a daily occurrence.
Cats have long been known as walkers between worlds or as beings capable of seeing between worlds, and I am certain he finds spiritual connection during the treasured minutes we share together with our guides, teachers and ancestors. He is always the first to notice those beautiful spiritual beings who arise in or enter the sacred circle for the smudging ceremony, and they in turn seem to soothe him as he awaits the smudge stick while I turn to the four directions. I think they were responsible for bringing him into the circle in the first place, as weeks before he finally did step in, I had begun to notice him peering into the room from just beyond the doorway, his eyes following something that my eyes could not detect. He now does this throughout the ceremony, looking here and there, glimpsing the worlds in-between.
Smudging is clearly recognized as a valuable, meaningful cleansing practice for the body, mind and spirit of all beings and for one’s environment (see article links below), but we should be mindful that, unlike this kitty, some pets may be sensitive to smudge smoke as an irritant or could sense it as a threat, particularly those kept in cages or containers and who cannot readily leave a smoky room. Otherwise, it seems quite reasonable to include those who seek a share of such precious time with Spirit.
Aho & Namaste,
Smudging & Related Links:
Smudging Articles (From my dear wife’s site):
1. “How To Smudge With Sage For Bad Energy Removal and Aura Protection” http://myspiritcare.com/articles/how-to-smudge-with-sage-for-bad-energy-removal-and-aura-protection
2. “Scrubbed Your Aura Lately?” http://myspiritcare.com/articles/scrubbed-your-aura-lately
“Cats In The Ancient World”: http://www.ancient.eu/article/466/