Smoke plays a key part in practically every religion. The following blessing published by Nick Polizzi on the Sacred Science website, can be done while burning sage, sweetgrass, incense, or myrhh.
Oh Great Spirit, I raise smoke to the four sacred winds and the four corners, so that the blessings can reach my brothers and sisters in every corner of Great Mother Earth, while the smoke disperses all over Father Sky, lit by Mother Moon.
Let the smoke pass to each their blessing and do away with all sorrows and unhappiness, fill their homes with love, and the light of your wisdom.
If any be sick, cure them If they have needs, fulfill them. Protect them from all evil. Please Father, keep them well in good health, give them long life and wealth. Give them all your love as they love you.
They can give testimony to your power and mercy, and most important your love.
Oh Great Spirit, I love you with all my heart as I love my brothers and sisters all. I am your servant and theirs.
I ask for only one thing – give me strength to keep going on doing as I do on this spirit path.
Below are excerpts from Sandra Ingerman’s site. You can find a twelve minute podcast of an Earth Ceremony based on her writings at the bottom of this page.
“‘Imagine. Before you were born you were just a little spark of light connected to the creative force of the universe. You looked down on this great earth. What a beautiful planet filled with wondrous life forms. You started to ponder the possibilities of life on earth. . . . [and] the preciousness of life . . . We are a community of people who can gather our spiritual light and energies together to remember and to create a wondrous life for all living beings . . . This is how we thrive together in changing times.’ Excerpt from How to Thrive in Changing Times by Sandra Ingerman (Weiser 2010)”
“The core principle of the Medicine for the Earth work is to . . . change the world and heal others by who we become – by our presence and by the love and light we radiate.
“Harmony within will create harmony without. So the true work is learning how to change our thoughts, attitudes and belief systems. We actually have to work with the alchemy of the soul to really be able to change our inner environment as our inner state of being is reflected back to us in the outer world. The literal definition of alchemy is ‘working within and through the dense darkness inside.’
“All miracles involve union with a divine force. In the bible when Jesus says to heal in my name the true Aramaic translation of this is to know God and heal as God does. This means to have union with the creative force of life is essential for true healing to take place.
“One phase of the work is to learn how to recognize that we are more than a body, our thoughts, and our past experiences. We are spiritual light and we are divine at all times.
“We are not separate rather we are connected to one source and to a web of life.
“In our egoic states we perceive ourselves as separate from each other and the rest of life. Life circumstances and our relationships with others trigger negative thoughts and feelings. As human beings it is important to acknowledge our thoughts and feelings. It is also important to acknowledge that there is energy behind our thoughts and feelings that we can send out to others and into the environment.
”It is healthy to have a range of thoughts and emotions. The work we must do is to learn how to transmute or transform the energy behind our thoughts and emotions into love and light. In this way we can feel the depth of our feelings but not create any harm by doing so.
“We must again recognize as all ancient cultures did that words are vibration. And when we speak out loud we send a vibration out into the universe that will manifest back down on others and us.
“You might remember when you were a child saying the phrase abracadabra. This is actually an Aramaic phrase “abraq ad habra” and it literally translates to ‘I will create as I speak.
“The second phase of the work is gathering together in community to do ceremonies to reverse the pollution that we have created.”
“Instead of trying to manipulate the environment…We change ourselves with the understanding that our outer world will reflect back to us the inner changes that we make.This way of perception goes back to the ancient and esoteric principle of ‘as above, so below; as within, so without.’”
“As we begin to change our consciousness and get in touch with the light inside of us we can effect great changes in our outer world.”
“Author and lecturer, Eric Pearl teaches, ‘In quantum physics if you change the behavior of one particle, another particle in a different location will instantaneously react whether inches or universes away.’ Lower frequencies entrain or attune to higher frequencies not the other way around.
“All spiritual traditions teach that everything manifests on a spiritual level before manifesting on the physical. Where we have power right now to create change on the planet is by incorporating spiritual practices into our lives.”
It’s best to practice the ceremony outside, but if you can’t, close your eyes and imagine yourself in one of your favorite spots in nature. I like to imagine myself under one of the two gingko trees in the image of the back yard on Pageland Farm, where I used to play as a child.
May the sun bring you new energy by day, may the moon softly restore you by night, may the rain wash away your worries, may the breeze blow new strength into your being, may you walk gently through the world and know it’s beauty all the days of your life.