Thursday, May 17, 2018

Everything you Need to Know about Abalone Shells and Smudging: CLARITY

Abalone Meaning Abalone jewelry, masks and decorative bowls have been used by many ancient cultures due to abalone meaning and properties. In Native American cultures, the abalone shell is used as a smudge bowl to burn sage in. They believed that the abalone and sage together will carry their messages up to heaven. In the Apache culture, abalone is used in The Sunrise Ceremony, a ritual that marks a girl’s passage into womanhood. According to Apache myth, The Sunrise Ceremony celebrates the White Painted Woman who survived the great flood in an abalone shell, and came to land to be impregnated by the Sun and the Rain. The son born from her communion with rain, creates water. The son born from her communion with Sun, is the Killer of Enemies who defeats the White Painted Woman’s enemies. Victorious, she bestows a puberty rite upon all Apache women. This is why the journey into puberty honors the White Painted Woman in the abalone disc worn on the forehead of Apache girls as they perform the ritual. Abalone meaning is one of solace, a connection to the ocean, the cycle of life, protection and ancient travel. Abalone Healing Properties The believed abalone healing properties of today are very similar to ancient beliefs of the shell. Abalone healing carries energies of protection and emotional balance. It brings with it a natural shielding that blesses the person holding it with tranquility. Abalone healing is especially helpful for those going through emotional turmoil or those having a hard time dealing with a situation in a relationship. Through it’s soothing energy, it provides a layer of protection that perches the spirit up with the confidence necessary to view situations from a new, more understanding perspective. If you think of abalone as representative of water, like many cultures do, it is the water that will tame the flames of one’s emotional strife. Abalone Mantras Abalone properties connect a being to their highest chakras. Abalone chakras are primarily the crown, third eye and heart chakras. The mother-of-pearl that lines the abalone shell, in tandem with the shell itself, are said to activate intuitive qualities like clarity in regards to situations, sensitivity and imagination. Holding abalone during cleansing rituals lends to a feeling of purity. Abalone is thought to have a divine energy, and using it with sage in the act of space clearing invokes the spirit of the ocean and uses your highest chakras as a conduit to the divine realm. To perform a cleansing ritual, you’ll need a wand or bundle of dried white sage or dried loose leaf sage, and an abalone shell. You can practice this ritual at anytime, but it is keenly helpful to rid negative energy after an argument, when moving into a new home, returning home from travels or places where there were crowds, when you begin a new job, after guests leave your space and after a healing or exercise practice. To begin, light the sage and allow the abalone to catch the falling ash. Use a feather or your hand to send the smoke over your body, from your feet to your head and back down to your feet again. Visualize your spirit being cleansed of all the toxic energy clinging to it. Then move toward the areas of your space that receive a lot of traffic, being cautious not to forget areas like corners, doorways, windows and closets. As you do this, repeat the mantra: “I invoke the spirits of Air, Earth, Fire and Water to cleanse this space and bless it with positive light.” Everything you Need to Know about Abalone Shells and Smudging: "Smudging is a word that often comes up when discussing spiritual goodness and all things high vibe’n. And for good reason: it’s a tradition which is sacred; it’s history tracing back centuries and spanning a myriad of different cultures. Smudging with abalone shells, however, may sound a little more foreign, but trust us - the two go together like peas in a pod.

HOW IS SMUDGING DONE AND WHY IS THE ABALONE SHELL USED?

Traditionally, smudging is a ritual performed prior to a ceremony to clear out any negative energies, thus creating a space suitable for healing and positive energies to emerge. In day-to-day life, however, smudging can be used to clear unwanted or negative energies from a space e.g. a new home or office; or to lift an anxious or ‘spiritually low’ mood.
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Abalone shells (known in New Zealand as paua) are often used in smudging rituals, not only because they are practical in that they catch the hot cinders that fall away from the smudging stick after it has burnt, but also because they are a beautiful gift straight from Mother Earth’s ocean. Abalone shells are a thick seashell which shimmers with the gorgeous iridescent colours of mother-of-pearl. They hold the energy of the ocean and bring a strong calming and healing energy, allowing you to remain connected to the sea - even when you are landlocked.
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Including abalone shells in your smudging rituals means you are incorporating all four of the earth’s elements: the shell represents water, the smoke represents air, the unlit herbs or sticks represent earth and once they’re lit they represent fire.  By incorporating the elements into your smudging ritual, you’re inviting Mother Earth (or Mama Gaia) to be the focus of your ceremony. It is here, in the space created by Her, that transformations and manifestations have room to occur.

HOW TO CONDUCT A SMUDGING RITUAL WITH ABALONE SHELLS

Firstly, you’ll need smudging sticks or herbs, and an abalone shell. We love Palo Santo smudging sticks which you can read about, here, and purchase, here. The variety of herbs you might use for smudging all have different energies, for example, lavender promotes calming, white sage releases and clears energy, and mugwort is said to stimulate dreams.
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You may wish to use a layer of sand inside the abalone shell to protect the natural shine that it has, from any smoke or embers.
  1. Using a match, light your herbs or Palo Santo smudging sticks
  2. Rest the sticks or herbs in the abalone shell, using it to collect any ashes or embers as the sticks or herbs burn
  3. To bless a person or object, use a feather to brush the smoke around them
  4. You may wish to walk around a space with the sticks or herbs, allowing the smoke to waft into the corners and ceilings
  5. Abalone shells have holes in them, so ensure any hot embers don’t fall through onto flammable materials such as carpet or bed linens
  6. If the smudging sticks have been resting in the abalone shell for awhile, the shell may get hot, so use caution when handling it

SMUDGING WITH ABALONE SHELLS

So, there you go! Smudging is a great practice to use when your home or work space needs clearing of negative energy.
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Smudging is a word that often comes up when discussing spiritual goodness and all things high vibe’n. And for good reason: it’s a tradition which is sacred; it’s history tracing back centuries and spanning a myriad of different cultures. S
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