I have found through discussion with friends, clients and other wellbeing professionals that art therapy is still a bit of a mystery. Some people are still unsure where it belongs. I’ve been asked if it is like occupational therapy, diversional therapy or even an art and craft class. Is it for mental relief, is it for personal growth or is it to make us feel more relaxed. So I decided it was time to put some of the most common misconceptions to rest and also highlight some of the absolute positive benefits that are gained from art therapy.
Myth #1: Art therapy is only for kids.
Art therapy helps people of any age to attain improved well-being in a holistic sense. The very nature of the process focuses on the creative energy and lessens the dependence on language which is useful particularly for children and the elderly. But let’s face it, words can be restrictive especially when we are feeling anxious, depressed or overwhelmed. It is a powerful modality that taps into the subconscious, the home of our imagination, dreams and intuition. This makes it suitable for people of any age to explore.
Myth #2: I can’t draw so I can’t do art therapy.
If I had a dollar for every time I hear this in relation to art therapy. People often believe that they need to create beautiful works of art and this is not true. Some people may never have engaged in art before while others may not have done so since childhood, so it can take a little time to get comfortable and explore. As a facilitator, an art therapist will often do some relaxation activity to begin with and may even engage in art making with you. In art therapy, there is no right way or wrong way to create so once you can let that go, the faster you can make progress. The focus is not on the finished product but experience of the inner journey which provides insights and is often very healing.
Myth #3: Art therapy is too “woo-woo” for me.
Ok, so I promise I will not smudge you with sage or ask you to assume lotus position and balance a crystal ball in your left hand while painting with your right hand. Art therapists are “real therapists.” I worked hard to get my degree in art therapy and did the work of looking at my own shadows. Australia is a little behind but is becoming more prominent in mainstream medical fields. In other countries around the world like the UK and US, it has been used freely in hospitals for many years and is accepted as having great therapeutic value.
Myth #4: An art therapist will look at my art and see things I don’t want to reveal.
While art can give us an idea about your thoughts and feelings, only you can ultimately say what the meaning is in your art. It is after all your inner world. An art therapist might help you explore different perspectives or possibilities, or turn your page around to see it from a new angle, but as in talking therapy, you remain the expert on you. The place in the relationship of the art therapist is as a facilitator, giving support and holding a safe space for your exploration. Looking at your art, I can’t tell if you stole anything as a child or what bad or regretful decisions you may have made in your life, or even where you left your car keys. When you work with an art therapist you don’t even have to voice your issue if you don’t want to.
Myth #5: An art therapist won’t be able to talk through my problems with me.
Verbal processing is a very important part of art therapy. During our training as art therapists, we learn to generate art therapy exercises tailored to each client. The art therapist focuses both on the client’s process of making art, as well as the product. The art therapist will talk through all of this information with the client.
Finally, do not assume that an art therapist never engages in talk therapy. If you find that you have a good match with an art therapist, but feel less pulled to the art, talk to him or her about how you might structure the work in a way that meets your needs. I have some clients who use art every week, others who use it some sessions and not others, and a few who never or only occasionally use art. The goal in art therapy is to tune into you and what will best help you meet your goals.
Myth #6: You have to make art in every session.
Despite art-making being a major component in art therapy, art is not necessarily made in every session. The session is client-based. This means the client decides whether to engage in art making. Engaging in creative expression is useful because using verbal language may be difficult when explaining a traumatic or unpleasant experience. Another positive factor with engaging in art making as that the art can be a catalyst for verbal communication for the client as memory can be triggered by an image through the different thought process experienced by the right brain creativity as opposed to the left brain logic. But regardless of the direction of the session, the therapist will check in and see how you feel about the direction.
Art therapy can be a wonderful modality for working through and understanding anxiety as it has the ability to calm the nervous system by its very nature. Focusing on and engaging in creative activities shifts our attention from the negative thought patterns that we can play over and over in our mind giving the nervous system the opportunity to move back into a homeostatic state. Doreen Meister, a mindfulness-based expressive art and depth psychologist in California, states that we can process more difficult experiences once our nervous system begins to regulate and allow more access to the rest of our brains, thoughts, emotions, empathy and compassion.
Another way that art therapy is helpful is by moving away from verbal expression and into visual expression which activates the right brain often providing a more objective view of a situation allowing us to create a safe container and different perspectives of a situation. I have worked with clients who are amazed at the different perspectives gained in activities such as sand play therapy which has opened up a whole new view for them and given them a boost of positive energy and expanded their options.
Here are two activities that you can do yourself. The first is about exploring anxiety and the second is creating a place of calm.
1. You will need the following; blank paper, pencils, crayons or pastels, sticky tape and a quiet space where you won’t be interrupted. Allow yourself to take this time for yourself. Tape the paper to a surface. Close your eyes and take some deep breaths then bring your attention to your body and notice how anxiety feels in your body. Where it sits in your and how you know it is anxiety. When you are ready, open your eyes, and choose a colour pencil, pastel or whatever you’re using. Close your eyes again and draw a continuous squiggle on your paper without lifting the pencil or crayon from the paper. Do this as if anxiety is expressing itself on the page and stop when the movement or expression feels complete. Look at the squiggle you made and move the paper from side to side or rotate it until you see an image emerge. Keep in mind that it doesn’t have to make sense, this is a creation of your creative mind not your rational mind. Now feel free to explore and develop the image using your other colours and drawing materials.
The next step is to write spontaneously for five minutes. This may be difficult at first because you will be trying to control your words. Five minutes is a good minimum time frame because it allow you to move beyond the need for control and let your words flow without needing them to make sense or to understand them. You might like to ask the image questions about what it wants you to know or you may choose to write about the process of drawing your image or anxiety.
2. You will need the following; blank paper, magazines and old photos, textas or markers and a glue stick. Again, a quiet space where you won’t be interrupted is ideal. Close your eyes and take some nice deep breaths. Now go back to times in your life where you remember feeling safe, peaceful or at ease. This may be connected to a particular place or person. If you struggle to find a memory just use your imagination to find a peaceful place or person that makes you feel relaxed.
Once you have that, open your eyes and look through the magazines for images that remind you of the memory or feelings around that memory. Go with images that jump out at you rather than trying to look for the perfect image that captures everything, even if they don’t seem to make sense at the time.
Once you have collected all your images start to set them out to create a collage which speaks to you what it is like to feel at ease or safe. You can keep this image as a reminder of how it looks to be at ease or safe. Imagine yourself in this space and notice how that feels in your body and evoke all your senses to really embody the feeling.
Sometimes it seems like anxiety is our enemy because it feels uncomfortable. It can stop us from doing things we really want to do sometimes and this can manifest in different ways even physically such as developing a bad headache or need to go to the toilet often. But when we explore our anxiety we find that it is sometimes trying to keep us safe. Art therapy can help us explore and understand our anxiety and what motivates it, thus allowing us to have a different relationship with our anxiety and connecting to the ease that is inside us.
While creative activities on their own have merit in relaxing us, working with a trained art therapist takes the experience to a much deeper level which has the ability to bring clarity, healing and insight allowing the client to resolve issues and create new paths in a safe environment.
I don’t know about you but I have heard from quite a few people recently that they are feeling overwhelmed. Overwhelm doesn’t have to be around big issues, it can be small stuff and it doesn’t necessarily have to do with a particular issue. Sometimes it’s a combination of things that we are aware of or maybe unaware of. For example, I was on a business call today and described myself as being in email overwhelm. Not a big deal to some but it is really at a point where it impacts on my routine and productivity. I look at my inbox and have no idea where to start. So I have set up boundaries around that and will set aside 15 minutes each morning and evening to clear it back to zero every day. Unfortunately, it’s not always that easy to rein in.
So what can we do?
Change your mindset - Overwhelm is often based on thoughts of uncontrollability or unpredictability. It’s the unrealistic or unreasonable thoughts that catalyse our stress reaction. That’s why it’s important to pay attention to our self-talk and learn to create helpful thoughts. An example is looking at your to-do list and seeing there is quite a bit of stuff there to do. Instead of thinking “I will never get through this”, which is a thought that supports and leads to distress, think “I might not get through it in one day but I can start with this first thing.” Breaking things down into doable chunks is much less overwhelming. Don’t forget thought is energy! When we come from a positive place, we are more able to take action and solve problems.
Practice mindfulness - I think multi-tasking can be overrated and to be honest we can place ourselves directly in the path of overwhelm by placing unrealistic expectations on ourselves. Changing our mindset from thinking that everything must or should be done right now is a great start. When you’re consumed with what may or may not happen in the next hour minutes, weeks or even months, you can’t appreciate the here and now. Being mindful, which I know is an over-used term these days, is actually very helpful. Perhaps you could set schedule time to plan for the future, much like I have done for my emails, so you can breathe in the present moment.
Breathe - yes I know we breathe all the time without even thinking about it. Isn’t the body amazing! The problem is we do not breathe deeply enough and with all the sitting at desks and computers that many people do, the lungs are all cramped up in there. Take time during the day to stretch your body, open your chest by moving your arms about and consciously take some nice deep breaths right down into your belly. It’s really good for helping to clear the mind and bring clarity.
Do what you love – each day, even if it is only for ten minutes, try to make time to do something that you love. This can minimise the effects of overwhelm. Engage in an activity that you enjoy, such as listening to music, cooking, reading a book or taking a walk. It’s always helpful to tap into our creative energy and even better if we can connect with nature as well.
Finally, consider how you can solve the stressors that triggered your overwhelm in the first place.
I want to talk about dreams. You know, like the one where you need to go to the toilet but none of the toilets have a door, or even walls sometimes. What about when you finally find a toilet only to find it is blocked! Or perhaps you are more of a dreamer of planes, trains and automobiles. It's all exciting and holds information for you. Sometimes dreams that have things that we would normally be afraid of, such as spiders or snakes, can actually be very positive.
The symbolism that comes through in our dreams can hold very powerful insights into our present well-being, past issues and future direction. Our subconscious is home to our dream language, imagination and intuition so these are presented to us in a different way to our conscious thoughts. This is why when we wake and remember a dream that seems fragmented or makes no sense this is because we are analysing it with the conscious mind which likes to make order out of things whereas our subconscious is looking for symbols and images that have a connection to something familiar to us. An example of this is a house. Our conscious mind recognises a house as a house, dwelling, home, somewhere that we belong. So in our dreams we may see a house which can represent our self for example. Our physical body houses our soul or possibly it is referring to our psychic body. Through unpacking the symbols in a dream we can look closely and work this out, then connect it to other symbols in the dream or other dreams and find a sequence.
Many people dream of toilets, houses, water, cars and many other things and what is important to remember is that even though we can flick through a dream dictionary (or more likely google these days), the symbols in our dreams are subjective, meaning they may have a universal quality but there are variables that relate specifically to our own being.
Some quick tips for working with our dreams are;
Have a dream journal next to the bed and write your dream down as soon as you wake. I have been considering getting a little voice recorder (my handwriting is shocking, especially when I write fast as happens when recording a dream).
If you wake during the night and say to yourself ‘oh, I will remember it’, because it seemed significant guess what, you probably won’t. At least write a title, then when you wake in the morning you are more likely to have an idea about what you were dreaming about.
If you are only able to remember fragments of dreams write them down and leave room in between each entry. That way as you remember you can fill them in.
Limit computer, phone and tv time before bed and don’t sneak in that last snack. Your dreaming will be better when your mind and body are clearer.
As you lay in bed take some nice deep breaths and set an intention to have or revisit a specific dream if you would like to. If you have questions about a dream, ask to receive the answers in your dreams.
Finally, don’t forget your dream world is as real as your waking world and it s a place where much healing can take place.
When I studied for my Art Therapy diploma I was unprepared for the unfolding that was about to occur. The stripping back of layers and delving into the shadowy places to get a better understanding of who I was as a person and the external influences throughout my life that shaped me, and in some cases damaged me. I think the power of the creative processes and the importance of the therapist providing a safe space is misunderstood in Art Therapy. Many people I speak to consider it as a bit of an art and craft class where they can color in books and do collage. Now, don't get me wrong, there is a place for coloring and collage for sure, but the purpose of an art therapy process or exercise goes much deeper. What is created is an outer expression of your inner world. By stepping back and being able to view the artwork (in whatever form; image, words, sculpture, movement etc.), a new perspective is possible and insights can be gleaned from exploring this landscape bringing understanding and healing.
I have decided to share the above image which I created during my training and also some journaling that was a part of the healing process for a tragic experience in my life. I started by creating this image as a depiction of my grief. From here, through dialogue with the image and focusing in on specific areas I came to a place where I was able to identify, accept and integrate the complex emotions around the experience. This process then culminated with my healing story which I have included below. While art therapy draws on different ways of expression, for me this was what worked over a period of time. It is also pertinent to note that art therapy is not about a perfect and polished piece of work at the end but an authentic expression of your inner world.
**Trigger Warning. Please note that the following story is in relation to infant death.
"Once upon a time in a land beyond the clouds there was a broken-hearted woman. She was trapped in a landscape that was harsh and barren. She spent her time kneeling on the sand floor of a desert valley in sadness. This valley was wide and empty and had a huge mountain to the east and another to the west.
As the sun lazily slid behind the western mountain, the air grew cold, and as the big silver moon rose into the sky, the air would grow colder. The woman didn't notice the cold because she already felt a coldness inside. The coldness held within her body was hard and brittle and resided in the very core of her being.
She spent her days and nights crying, silently and without tears as the tears were frozen inside like shards of ice. One night as she knelt and wept she heard a beautiful, lamenting song. As it floated down it gently wrapped itself around her she looked up to the eastern cliff and saw a woman, standing with her arms outstretched, chanting to the moon. The chanting found its way into the grieving woman's soul and tears began to run down her cheeks as the warmth started to thaw her.
Then she heard another beautiful, lamenting song from the western cliff. The woman turned and looked up to see a magnificent she-wolf howling in harmony with the woman's soul song. Like a magic key turning in an invisible lock, her own soul song emerged, thinly and softly at first but building and growing stronger. Soon it flowed, and played and intertwined with the others. And the warmth spread throughout her being.
So she sang and as she gazed upon the moon she saw the spirit of her lost infant child. The child came to her and gently brushed her tears and the woman was overcome with a such a sense of peace and love. Gradually as the chanting subsided, the woman knew that peace and love was now held within her and she cherished it. She looked to the woman on the cliff, smiled and bowed her head in thanks, then repeated the gesture to the she-wolf. The woman then looked down at the pool of her tears on the valley floor, shining in the moonlight and clearly saw her path out of this cold, lonely place. For the first time in ages the woman slowly stood, then walked into the pool, away to a new land forever taking the infant child in her heart."
The process is not about making it go away or being able to forget it and move on but reframing an experience and finding acceptance and integration.
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Throughout a lifetime we experience loss in many different forms, whether it is a relationship breakdown, the loss of health through disease or illness to the death of a pet or loved one. I think we’ve all experienced at least one of these losses and it is tough.
So talking about loss or death can be really difficult, especially when it is recent and raw, and what makes it even more difficult is that our Western culture is uneasy with this. It makes others uncomfortable when we are in the depths of our grief and because of this discomfort; we are often nudged to “move on” before we feel emotionally ready. Grief and sadness have their own timetable and people need time to reach a place of peace and acceptance, it can’t be rushed. This is something that I experienced when going through a particularly significant loss and it was crushing. I decided that I needed to hold it in so that I didn’t upset other people. I was mired in a surreal fog and didn’t know what to do or where to go as is often the case when we are depressed or deeply hurt. However, what I now know is this;
I have found through working with clients who are experiencing grief that touch is a very valuable healing tool. Both through reiki or massage I have had clients who have found our sessions together to be profoundly beneficial and I am deeply honoured to be permitted to accompany them a little way on their healing journey.
REIKI - In a compassionate environment with an empathetic reiki practitioner, a peaceful space is created where grief or sadness can be released as needed – without words or explanation if preferred. The healing energy of reiki offers a caring and balancing approach to people in need of emotional support. It is a means to gently guide them back to the body and return to wholeness using a calming and soothing touch which is aimed at providing comfort and easing tension in the body, heart and mind.
MASSAGE – Loss of appetite, fatigue, physical tension and lack of sleep can be experienced when people are grieving the loss of someone or something significant from their lives. Our sympathetic nervous system can respond to acute stress by releasing stress hormones through the fight or flight reflex and over time this causes tension to build in the muscles which really hinders the healing process. So what can you do?
By stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system with massage the body can rest and re-balance as muscles release tension and anti-stress hormones are released. Because people in grief often get stuck trying to come to grips with their losses through their heads or their hearts, massage also encourages them to reconnect with their bodies, to get in touch with what they are physically feeling.
Massage often works well in partnership with counselling for a balanced and holistic approach to healing and recovering from loss and grief.
Disclaimer – The information presented in this blog is not intended to take the place of your physician’s advice. This blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional psychological, psychiatric or medical advice. Before acting on information from this blog, please get appropriate medical/psychological advice. The following are contacts for crisis assistance in Australia.
Lifeline – 13 11 14
Beyond Blue – 1300 22 4636
Do you believe in yourself?
That might seem like a silly question, but the answer is often not a resounding HELL YES, and there are a lot of subconscious blocks we can create in our lives when we don’t have solid self confidence.
True self confidence, sometimes used interchangeably with self esteem, is developed slowly and through a great deal of introspection. Knowing the depth of your own capabilities is essential in creating solid self esteem, as well as knowing the strengths and weaknesses of your own personality.
This also means that accepting yourself as you are, including the shadow, or aspects you might see as flaws, is an important step in your development.
Your own self esteem is important for every aspect of your life, but nowhere is it more essential than in the development of your intuition. Your intuition has its source in your own self understanding, and deeply knowing who you are at your core will allow you to better see the energies at work in the universe, through a far clearer lens.
When you don’t have the self esteem necessary to know and accept yourself, your lens is foggy and unclear, and it becomes impossible to rely on your natural intuitive abilities. Instead, you search outside for answers, and can seek for your entire lifetime to find the keys to life’s mysteries in gurus, books, courses, and sacred locations.
All of these external influences can be valuable in your self development, but they are only tools. They may allow you to see the wonders of the world and deeper truths than you may have thought about, but the important part is your own thought process.
Working on your self esteem may require you to hold up a mirror to some aspects of yourself that you may not enjoy. That’s ok! This is still important knowledge for you to have, and this is the perfect springboard for your own inner work. This introspective look gives you the choice of either accepting this aspect of yourself, or working to change it. None of us is perfect, except that we are. I am absolutely, perfectly myself, and you are absolutely, perfectly you.
The deeper you can see inside your thoughts, behaviors, and choices, the more access you have to the universal energies that drive every event in creation. When you can trust yourself, you will have the understanding that all the answers you ever need are inside, and just waiting for you to look. Meditate. Be still. Listen.
This blog is a little different from the previous ones as I shamelessly plug our latest massage offering. I am so excited about it though that I couldn't help myself. I love introducing new techniques to help you bring more balance and healing into your life. Today, I’d like to share with you a massage that engages the four elements of Earth, Air, Water and Fire. It is personalized and more effective because we find your dominant element through the sense of smell, then work with this element throughout your one hour relaxation massage using essential oils, crystals, flower essence drops and sound.
There are certain traits that are typically associated with each element and these can be balanced to enhance our day to day experiences and interactions.
Let’s explore some of the major traits that each of these elements can express, both their strengths and potential weaknesses.
We commonly hear people being described as “down to earth,” and these people tend to be very practical.
Air loves to move and flow, so those who are dominant in this element tend to be always flitting from one idea to the next.
Do you have a fiery temper? Are you passionate about certain topics? These are some of the most prominent traits of those who are primarily fire types.
Water is also constantly flowing, but your force is below the surface, most often displaying a calm, smooth exterior.
As promised in the last blog, some more information about white sage.
The burning of white sage is an ancient practice, and is one of the best and easiest ways to cleanse energy and auras. Most people recognize the burning of sage from Native American traditions, though it’s referenced in many other cultures for the same purpose, such as the Celtic Druids. Have you ever wondered why people who give wise advice are considered sagely, or why knowledgeable mystics are named Sages? It’s because white sage is strongly associated with clarity, wisdom, and healing, and thus has many helpful applications in our lives.
Burning bundles of white sage, commonly called smudging, can involve intricate rituals, or can be very simple actions. I use clusters of sage and pop them on a bed of sea salt in an abalone shell and use a feather for waving the smoke around. Many people use a stick or bundle which is a bundle of sage tied with thread. It depends on what makes the most intuitive sense to you for how complex your smudging is, and how much difference you can feel in the result. The most important part is the intention you put into the action.
It helps to start with a short meditation to clear your mind of any interfering thoughts. Take as much time as you need to find the peace inside yourself where you can breathe deeply and calmly, without worries. Once you’ve released any nagging thoughts, set your intention for your smudging ritual. Whether it’s to cleanse a new home, to reinvigorate a work space, or to drive out negativity after an argument or the visit of less-than-kind guests, envision the space as peaceful, bright, and joyful.
Once your mind is calm and your intention is set, light the leafy end of your white sage, and after a few seconds, blow out any flames, so you just have the glowing tips left. It will look a lot like incense, but will have a stronger, more pungent smell. Walk through the space you are purifying, around the edges of the room, making sure the sage smoke reaches all corners and around each window and door. You can even let it flow into the closets. If using a stick or bundle, catch any ashes with the heavy bowl, since we want to avoid a fire hazard or damaged flooring. Keep your intention in mind as you walk through your space.
If you feel like negative or undesirable energy is clinging to you and your aura, you can use the same process, just smudging around your body. Sage can keep burning for a while, and blowing on it doesn’t help extinguish it, so if you have any of the bundle left, you can either crush it out in the bowl, or use a bit of water on the burning end.
If you’re not comfortable lighting sage bundles or you are unable for any reason to use open flames, don’t worry! You can use a light spray instead, such as a blend of white sage oil and other harmonious oils. These sprays are ideal when you want to cleanse your personal aura, since you can spray them on yourself and carry them with you through the day on your skin. The light scent can help to focus your mind, while the properties of the oils help to cleanse and balance your energy body.
Smudging or spraying yourself or spaces, such as your home or office, should be done at least once a season, though once each lunar month is a great practice to get into. Many people do a personal cleansing weekly as part of a refreshing self-care ritual that can help remove energetic debris from co-workers and other people we may not want to influence our energetic or physical bodies.
Do you ever get that feeling, when someone is just a little too close to you in the supermarket line, that you really feel uncomfortable around them? They haven’t said or done anything that you’d normally consider offensive, but something about them, especially because they are in close proximity to you, just sets off alarm bells in your head, and you just have an icky feeling. Or, do you have a friend or coworker who comes to you with their problems? You talk it out, and they feel great after your conversation, but you’re left feeling drained.
These are sure-fire ways to tell that there is an energy exchange happening. Energy exchanges aren’t bad things, in a general sense. Any type of collaboration, sharing of ideas, or relationship where you spend time physically close to each other involves some level of energy exchange. It can lead to further progress of projects, emotional safety, and tighter bonds with people we choose to be around.
In some cases though, the energy that surrounds us gives us an indication that another person’s energy isn’t compatible with our own. They might be a great person, but that clash of energy means that the two of you would likely be harmful to each other, with or without that intention. There is no resonance. This feeling of being drained is complex when the other person is our friend, or someone we have to share a work environment with. In these cases, we can’t really avoid the other person, nor do we genuinely want to. Sometimes this energy clings to us far past the encounter, and we find ourselves unusually depressed, out of sorts, and even have physical symptoms like headaches and tiredness.
While occasional encounters like this are unavoidable, it’s a good idea to be prepared with ways you can recover more quickly. I’ve created a few steps you can take to create energetic boundaries and clear your aura after such an exchange has occurred, and you can even try these when you encounter people who give you that icky feeling right off the bat.
Breathe in light, breathe out darkness
It really can be as easy as visualizing your breath! This helps me a lot through the day, when I encounter people with a lot of negative, draining energy. You don’t even need to close your eyes, since you can do this in public settings. Allow your mind to return to a state of relative calm, and visualize inhaling bright, shining energy with each inhale. As you breathe out, imagine your breath catching all the negative energy you’ve absorbed from inside your body and in your energy field, and exhale. Do this as many times as you need to return to a state of balance.
Play ball with the universe
This is a sit-down meditation, as you should have your eyes closed in a quiet space. Visualize yourself holding a ball in your hands. Feed all those uncomfortable, icky, negative feelings and energies into the ball. Reach deep inside, and find it all. When you’ve filled the ball up, ask the universe to transform these energies into something positive, to do good things with them. Fill yourself up with joy and love and gratitude, and toss that ball far away from you, to let the universe work its magic. This is a deeper technique that can help with many energetic toxins, and done over time can help heal older auric wounds.
Aura Sprays & Smudging
Using a spray that contains white sage oil or smudging a space with white sage leaves for cleansing is a wonderful and effective way to clear negativity from your aura or personal space. Keep watching for our next blog which will go more into detail about the properties of white sage.
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