A couple of years ago, I was listening to a podcast by a shamanic healer that I sometimes follow. In this particular episode, she was going off on a rant about how most shamanic practitioners don't know basic energy clearing practices. Of course, my own insecurities went into panic mode: ohmygod, I don't know any energy clearing practices! Suddenly, I felt like a horrible excuse for a spiritual practitioner, and I immediately messaged a friend of mine who is a shamanic Reiki master and whom I hold in extremely high esteem.
"I don't know any energy clearing practices!" I wailed in my message.
"Of course you do," she wrote back. "You know how to smudge, right? You know Reiki, right?"
"Oh." I paused. "Is that all it is?"
"Yep," she wrote. "That's all it is."
Well, PHEW! Here I was thinking that I didn't know the first thing about energy clearing when really, I've been doing it for as long as I can remember.
Almost every morning, part of my daily routine is to stand in front of my bedroom altar, even if it's just for a few minutes. I light a stick of Palo Santo or a cedar bundle or sage bundle, and I take a moment with a couple of candles lit to say my thanks to my spirit guides and Mother Earth and Father Sky, and I take a few minutes to feel my way into my connection with these energies. Then I smudge myself from head to toe, blow out my candles, and get on with my day.
I've been doing this for a couple of years now, ever since I turned the top of my dresser from a cluttered mess into a little sacred space. And on the days when I don't find a few minutes to clear myself and breathe into my connections with all things, well, I feel it.
Part of being a shamanic practitioner for me is finding that consistent practice, every single day. Taking the time to remember my connection with spirit is so important to keep my grounded and clear.
It's also a reminder that in order to maintain my connection with my spiritual practice, I don't have to do big, grandiose, over the top rituals and ceremony every single day. Taking time to present in the small things is where I get the greatest connection!