Glossary

Auric field:

  • is the electro-magnetic field surrounding your physical body, as well as every organism and object in the universe.  It is made up of several layers, (see also subtle body.)

Chakras:

  • The word Chakra comes from the Sanskrit and translates as “spinning wheel or disc”. There are seven main chakras that run along the spinal column from the base of the spine to the crown of the head. There are additional minor chakras throughout the entire body. Chakras are central points of “life force” energy and are responsible for an individual’s physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual functions. The seven major chakras govern specific bodily functions and correlate with specific endocrine glands. These chakras express the embodiment of spiritual energy on the physical plane. They each vibrate at a different frequency increasing in vibration from base to crown.

Cleansing:

  • The act of spiritually, physically, and emotionally  purifying the body from unwanted energies in preparation for ritual and ceremonies as well as part of daily good spiritual hygiene.

Earthing:

  • The action of walking on grass, dirt, sand, stone or concrete (especially when humid or wet), in bare feet; soaking up the earth’s energy through your soles.

Entities:

  • are any variety of energies either with or without consciousness that are part of our environment or universe.  Smaller, or lesser entities are as common as germs are to the physical body and good spiritual hygiene is recommended to keep those in check.  Greater entities vary as do their intent and purpose in the universe.

Grounding:

  • A simple set of strategies that help you to detach from uncomfortable feelings, bring comfort to the body, and connect you with mother Earth. It is a necessary first step in spell work or other energy work for the greatest outcome and basic safety.

Grounding Cord:

  • The visualization of a cord coming from the place where the ovaries are in women or the small of the back in me, that extends into the earth’s core with the intention of connecting the spiritual body with the earth’s energy and as a device to expel negative or unwanted energies from the body to be neutralized by the earth.

Karmic Cords:

  • energetic ties or cords that connect us lifetime after lifetime with situations or people.  They are both negative and positive. Severing of karmic ties that are not of the highest love are recommended as part of any good spiritual hygiene routine.

Rooting:

  • To establish a connection with the earth deeply and firmly very often done through visualizing the lower half of the body as a tree with roots extending into the earth’s crust.

Smudging:

  • Smudging is a traditional native method of burning sacred herbs to produce a smoke cloud which is used in ceremonies and rituals. Smoke may be fanned over the person by a Shaman, Medicine Man or healer either using the hand, feathers or a fan.  Smudging is the ritual cleansing of the mind, body and spirit. Dried herbs are tied into easily portable bundles called ‘Smudge sticks’. In Native American smudging rituals herbs such as Indian tobacco, sweetgrass, sage, yarrow, and cedar (often referred to as Juniper) are used.
    • Sage: White Sage (Salvia apiana) & Sage (Salvia officinalis) are used as healing herbs and in herbal remedies.  The word ‘Salvia’ derives from the Latin “salvare” which means “to feel well and healthy, health, heal” referring to the herb’s healing properties. Sage was used for smudging sacred space.
    • Sagebrush: Sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata) is an aromatic herb used to treat wounds in healing. Sagebrush was also used to treat headache and colds by burning sagebrush and inhaling the smoke
    • Cedar: Cedar (Calocedrus decurrens) is the cleansing and purifying herb. Cedar was frequently used to line the floor of a Sweat lodge and can also used for smudging. It was used by the Medicine Man to exorcise evil spirits and to purify sacred objects
    • Incense-cedar mistletoe: The cedar tree is also host to the aromatic Incense-cedar mistletoe (Phoradendron libocedri)a parasitic plant of the sandalwood family which can often be found hanging from the branches of the cedar tree
    • Sweetgrass:  Sweetgrass (Hierochloe oderata), aka Sweet Grass or Holy Grass, is traditionally used for blessings and in some healing ceremonies and Smudging Rituals. Sweetgrass does not produce an open flame when burned but produces a sweet-scented smoke similar to some incenses
    • Yarrow: Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) an aromatic herb and intensifies the medicinal action of other herbs taken with it. Yarrow helps eliminate toxins from the body during the smudging process
    • Nicotiana (Tobacco – N. tobacum and N. rustica): The earliest form of tobacco was called kinnikinnick and consisted of the inner bark of red dogwood referred to as ‘red willow. The smoke from the burning leaf was used for smudging sacred space.  Indian Tobacco (Lobelia inflata) and Rabbit tobacco (Pseudognaphalium californicum) and Basswood roots were also used
    • Sweet Gale: Leaves of the Sweet Gale (Myrica Gale L.) and Sweet Fern (Myrica asplenifolia L.) were used by some tribes to throw on the fire to make a smudge to keep away mosquitoes
    • Cow Parsnip (Heracleum lanatum) was used as a smudge in the hunting rituals of some tribes
  • The main Native American herbs used for Smudging were also supplemented by the addition of strong aromatic herbs which had strong cleansing, purification properties and many also had healing properties. Burning wood, or herbs, was a method of aromatherapy used by Native American Indians in Smudging rituals. http://www.warpaths2peacepipes.com/native-american-culture/sweat-lodge.htm

Subtle body:

  • refers to the energy field surrounding your physical body.  It is made up of several layers. (see also auric field.)

Physical Body:

  • Is at the lowest vibrational level and is dense in atomic structure. It addresses physical sensations and is the most tangible in our consciousness. We are aware of our body and its movements in the here and now. The fears of the physical body include sickness, aging, and death.

Etheric Body:

  • It addresses relationship between the material (physical) body to the higher bodies. Energy of this body flows through the meridians that transmit the life force energy or chi through the physical body.

Emotional Body:

  • This body addresses feelings and emotions and is connected to our past and stored emotions .

Mental Body:

  • This body teaches us self-knowledge and reflects the conscious mind, logic, active thinking, and intellect. It is associated with our “ego.”

Astral Body:

  • This body is the bridge between the physical planes and the spiritual realm.  It is the body that reflects unconditional love.

Ties:

  • (see Karmic cords.)
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