1.) Begin by opening windows in your room to create airflow. State (out loud) a clear, positive intent for your ritual to the listening Universe. Use words that seek to restore inner peace and harmony, create new opportunities and/or allow you to honor Truth, instead of words that aim to rid you of fear or anger, eliminate specific obstacles and/or dwell on your limitations.
2.) Take some deep cleansing breaths. Then, from either a standing or sitting position, plant your feet firmly on the Earth beneath you. Feel your feet and your connection to the earth.
3.) Imagine a golden cord that reaches from the base of your spine to the center of the Earth that connects you to the land, to the planet, to all life. Breathe in stability and peace.
4.) With either a candle or wooden matches, light the tip of the incense (stick or cone) or light the sage bundle and place in the abalone shell or heat-safe dish away from flammable items or materials. Do not leave the room.
5.) Allow the flame to continue to burn for 30 seconds, then gently blow it out. The incense, plant or resin you are using will emit a fragrant smoke once the flame is extinguished. Gently blow on the tip of the incense throughout the ritual to keep the embers glowing and generating more smoke.
6.) Invoke (aloud or silently) the spirit of the Palo Santo, Copal or Sage to bless your sacred ritual. For PERSONAL CLEARING follow step 7, for SPACE CLEARING skip to step 8.
7.) Slowly rotate the incense around the top of your head in a circular motion then around your body, from your head to your feet and back up to your head again, 1 – 3 times to “cleanse” your mental and physical body.
8.) With open eyes, slowly walk the perimeter of the physical space (room, desk or room to room) you want to clear carrying the sage bundle, incense stick or cone in the abalone shell while gently fanning the smoke with your Invocation Ritual Feather. Gently guide the smoke into the corners near the ceiling, around and above the space you want to clear.
9.) Place the incense or Sage in the abalone shell and let it burn in its entirety or extinguish it for use in your next ritual. Make sure when you leave the ritual space your incense is fully extinguished.
10.) When you feel ready, end your spiritual ritual practice by acknowledging and appreciating yourself for taking this time to nourish your Spirit.