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At the Tree of Life Metaphysical and Holistic Arts Center (Tree of Life Shoppe), we are dedicated to providing you with quality handmade, homegrown, and eco-friendly products. However, this latest endeavor of ours isn’t to sell you anything. This blog was created to inform those who want to learn more about what we know, what we believe, and what we are interested in. We often times get questions from customers, strangers, and the rare internet troll about some of the things that we sell in store and online. Think of this blog as our way to reach out to you, our customers, our fellow witches, our curious common-folk, and everyone in between. Our only goal is to inform those who may not know the histories behind our products, the lore from our little Ringtown Valley and surrounding areas, and the belief systems that we, or others follow.

What’s important to know and understand before you read any further is that Tree of Life Shoppe does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, height, weight, physical or mental ability, veteran status, military obligations, and marital status. We encourage you to read our Blog Disclaimer at the footer of our page.

Welcome to our latest place that will be filled with information for you to take in, enjoy, and share with others.

Blessed be,

-The Mother

Smudging, all you wanted to know.

Smudging is one of our favorite ways to change our own energy and the energy of the space we’re in, and it always leaves us feeling simultaneously rejuvenated and peaceful.

What Is White Sage?

White sage also known as Salvia apiana is an evergreen perennial shrub that grows from 2 to 5 ft and is found mainly in Southern California and North Western Mexico. The Native Americans tribes have different names for this powerful plant called qaashil shlhtaay or pilhtaay (Kumeyaay), kasiile (Tongva), we’wey (Chumash), qas’ily (Cahuilla), shaltai (Paipai), and lhtaay (Cochimí). This plant like many others requires well drained dry soil, small amounts of water with plenty sun. The white sage seed is a common ingredient when the Native tribes make pinole.

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Native American Smudging

Smudging Sage is an ancient Native American tradition that has been around for hundreds of years for removing negative energy and bad spirits. This power herb is considered sacred by the Native people who still continue to use it to treat illness, emotional imbalances, spiritual cleanse and stagnated energies that remain stuck in the air. Sage smudging ceremonies are a gathering for those who are seeking stress relief, pure thought and protection. Traditionally sage was smoked with a mix of other plants properties as well from a pipe or used to smudge the areas.

Benefits of Burning Sage

When it comes to smudging yourself dry white sage is an amazing tool that cleanses all the negative energy around you. If you are feeling stuck, in a low state of mind, mentally or spiritually, sage is a great way to lift off the old energies so the new can be created. Constant negative thoughts and being around bad people can damage your aura and naturally effect your path. Once your aura is effected then it could cause a bad events, anger or clumsiness to occur.

Sage acts as a metaphysical device able to remove the bad vibrations away so your path becomes clear. This can also apply to people who put evil eye on you, or people with low vibrations that cling to your aura. It can even work if you spend enough time around energy vampires that leave you tired and angry, then sage is a great way to rid their energies off yours.

Cleansing House

Sage can be used if you move into an new space, house or land to help remove stagnant energies. You can also sage your room after an argument, or if someone enters  your house with bad intentions. Another benefit can be used for aromatherapy, but you might want to open the doors as it smells like marijuana. Ones who suffer from sleep paralysis can use sage around the bed to rid the possible vibration.  Once your energy is being depleted you might encounter bad dreams or nightmares.

Cleansing Objects

Energies can be transferred from person to object. If you receive an object belonging to someone with very negative energy or emotional turbulence’s can cause the same effect on you. If the object holds a negative vibration then it is released once sage touches it.

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Art of Smudging Sage

Mystics say the Native American practice of smudging must be respected and handled properly as one connects to the deep roots in Native culture. Being… aware of the Native culture helps strengthen the use of sage burning. Native American medicines must be treated with reverence, so once you’ve acquired the herbs, clear out a space above your waist line in a clean area.Before you begin to burn the sage you must clean your house from head to toe. This means to mop the floors, clean up clutter, wash dishes and clean closets.

You want to open all the windows and doors in the house so the air can peacefully pass though. After the house is clean you want to make sure to use the sage on your entire body to release any bad vibrations stuck to you. Before you light the sage should ask what your purpose is, and to thank it after the cleans if finished. Once lit, you can inhale and exhale a tiny bit as you start cleansing the house.

Using a feather will also enhance the sage cleansing.Make sure once moving around the house keep your mind positive, praying the whole time. This sends messages to the spirits to remove any unwanted energy and opens the doors for the good to enter. Keep the dry sage burning consistently to keep an even flow around room to room. You can also place the sage in a shell, clay bowl or tie it up with string.

Make sure you lit it with a wooden match and blow out the flame gently. A general rule of thumb is to make sure you collect all the ashes that was once used when smudging. The leftover ashes can be used to put in the front of the door so that it protects your house from any negative vibrations to enter.

Looking for sage products?  Then check out our shoppe for your cleansing supplies.   See this great small cleansing set below. Click on the link below the photo for more information.

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White Sage Smudging Kit

 

Honoring the Spring Equinox with Three Simple Rituals

Getting ahead by thinking of this upcoming Spring… my favorite two Seasons are Spring and Fall… and I am looking forward to this Spring.

Every March, the Northern Hemisphere welcomes this season of renewal, balance, clearing and cleansing. Known as the vernal equinox, this time of year represents a symbolic shift in the annual cycle from longer nights and shorter days to equal hours of day and night. But it also has deeper significance acknowledged throughout history by numerous cultures.

From the ancient Egyptians and Romans to Hindus in the East and Pagans in the West, for centuries these civilizations and more have honored the arrival of spring through ceremony, ritual and festivals celebrating the abundance of sunlight and crops as well as the themes of revival, redemption and rebirth.

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As the wheel of the year turns, so do the seasons.  The arrival of spring marks the end of the darkest season of the year. As the introspective influence of winter wanes, spring symbolizes growth and fertility, bringing the reemergence of light, warmth, plants, animals, new ideas and fresh perspectives into the world.

There are many sacred ways to recognize the spring equinox and invoke its energy for growth, rejuvenation and blessings in the next cycle ahead—and beyond.

Three rituals to usher in the renewing energy of the spring equinox

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1. Spring Cleansing + Smudging Ceremony

Spring is all about starting fresh, and the act of making time to declutter your home will do wonders for balancing the energy in and around you. So, start by doing some spring cleaning, making sure to bag up old clothes and other items you don’t need or see want and donate them to your local homeless shelter, Goodwill or another charitable organization of your choice. Then, once you’ve cleaned house, seal the clearing in with a smudge to diffuse any stagnant or lingering energies from wintertime.

– how to clear your energy with smudging –

The ancient practice of smudging is a simple yet powerful way to clear the energy of any space and your sacred objects, such as crystals or jewelry. It can also be used to clear the body, mind and spirit of negativity by circulating the sacred smoke around your body before you smudge your space.

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Here are three steps to smudging:

  1. When smudging, light one end of a sage bundle, palo santo stick or another bundle of smudging herbs with a fire source, and make sure to gently and safely blow out the flame while keeping the end lit.
  2. Fan the clearing smoke with a feather up and down, then side to side to honor the four directions and the four elements of water, earth, fire and air.
  3. To set down the lit or still-hot smudge, place it in an abalone shell, on fireproof glass or in a ceramic bowl. And don’t forget to give your feather a final pass through the sacred smoke to clear away any energies it absorbed before using it again for your next smudging ceremony.

2.  Spring Equinox Altar

Designating a place in your home in honor of spring is not only easy, but also incredibly effective. Altars serve as portals to the divine, and when built, create space for us to meditate, pray and focus our energies on manifesting what we want—while also bringing us closer to our ancestors, spirit guides, the ascended masters or simply certain vibrations we seek to embody. The beauty of creating an altar is that it doesn’t have to be too elaborate to be powerful.

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Here are a few tips to get you started:
  1. Find a special area in your home where you can build your altar.
  2. Gather a few simple tools: crystals, candles, incense and smudge. You can add photos of loved ones passed, jewelry for charging and anything else that resonates with you. For spring, you’ll also want to adorn your altar with something that represents fertility and awakening, so fresh flowers are the perfect addition, even if it’s just one.
  3. Give an offering for your spirit guides and ancestors. This is typically a perishable item like a little bowl of honey, a piece of fruit or a glass of water. The purpose is to offer something from nature that has a life cycle, which is symbolic of your ancestors’ and guides’ journeys on earth and their transcendence from this plane. If it’s for a deceased loved one, it can be a cup of their favorite tea or something else they enjoyed while they were here.

Once your altar is set up, you can modify the elements on it as much as you want.

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3. Hold an intention – setting ritual

The ritual of intention setting is all about letting your wishes be known, imagining them in your mind’s eye and having faith that the universe will handle the rest. Ask, believe, and received. The best part: it’s something you can do anytime, anywhere. Here’s how:

  1. Gather a piece of paper, a pen and a small piece of clear quartz (optional).
  2. While sitting, close your eyes and take three deep breaths—inhaling from your nose and exhaling from your mouth.
  3. Start writing out your intentions.
  4. When done, read your intentions back to yourself silently or aloud. As you read each one, take a pause after to imagine yourself living in a reality in which you have already manifested it. An important thing to remember is that thoughts are energy, and like attracts like, so the act of envisioning yourself receiving your intentions is a vital part of the manifestation process. It’s also key to note that it works both ways, so just as you can use the power of your imagination to actualize your goals for the best, negative thoughts and visualizations can come to fruition the more you give them your attention. If you find yourself having difficulty with negative thought patterns, you can simply say the words “cancel, clear, delete” after a negative thought crosses your mind to shift and neutralize the energy.
  5. After the last visualization, fold your list into fours and place it on your home altar, a desk, bedside table or even in your car. If you have a piece of clear quartz, make sure to keep the stone near the list or on top of it. Clear quartz is a very powerful amplifier and is what is known as a programming stone, meaning it can be used to help manifest any intention or purpose the bearer wishes. You can hold the stone to amplify the effectiveness of your meditations, visualizations and prayers. Or, you can keep the stone in your pocket during the day to help remind you to stay focused on your intentions.
  6. Believe and receive. Keeping your faith will be no small task and is often the hardest step in the manifestation process. That said, it’s also the most rewarding. Through strengthening our faith, we learn how to surrender and lean deeper into the realities we seek to create, rather than resist them because of fear and self-limiting beliefs.

When you find yourself at odds with your faith, try saying the words “I believe” until your doubts subside. The best way to combat moments of uncertainty is to transmute the energy as soon as you become aware something feels amiss in order refocus your attention where it belongs: on your intentions.

What is a mudra?

A mudrā (muːˈdra; “seal”, “mark”, or “gesture”) is a symbolic or ritual gesture performed by the hands, often used in practicing Hinduism and Buddhism; it is a spiritual gesture that acts as an “energetic seal of authenticity”.  Most mudras are performed with the hands and fingers often in combination with movements of the wrists, elbows, and shoulders; some involve the entire body. Hundreds of mudras are used in the ceremonies, dance, sculpture and painting iconography (i.e. representations of Buddha).  In the yoga and spiritual practices, of Indian religions and traditions such as Dharma and Taoism, mudras have been used for thousands of years to assist in meditation and/or healing.

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In #yoga, mudrās are hand gestures used in conjunction with pranayama (#yogic breathing exercises), and are generally done while seated in Padmasana, Sukhasana or Vajrasana pose.  Mudras act to stimulate different parts of the body involved with breathing and to affect the flow of energy in the body and even one’s mood.  The specific hand gestures and positions act as “locks” to guide energy flows and reflexes to the brain. By curling, crossing, stretching and touching the fingers and hands, we can manipulate the mind body connection as each area of the hand corresponds to a certain part of the #mind or #body. 

Yoga mudras stimulate different brain glands & direct energy flow within the body by just touching fingertips in different patterns. Believe me or not but it’s 100% authentic, based on different scientific research on Mudras.

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How to do a Mudra
The most well-known mudras are simple to do and are those performed while meditating in lotus position or seated in a straight backed chair.  Start each Mudra session by “washing” your hands (rub your hands against each other about 10 times, hold hands before your Navel #Chakra) this will help energy to flow in your hands.

To perform Dhyani Mudra, place both hands like bowls in your lap, with the left hand on top and two thumb-tips touching (see photo). 

Placing the palms together in the “Namaste” greeting gesture where the hands are held in front of the chest, the palms touching, is the Atmanjali Mudra. 

In each Mudra, exert enough pressure to feel the flow of energy but not enough to whiten fingertips.  To use a mudra effectively, keep it for at least a couple of minutes, however it is more effective to do them 15 minutes or so. You might spread that time over the day, but you could also make it part of meditation.  Some mudras are simple enough so that you can even do them with your hands in your pockets, without attracting attention.

On a more #spiritual level, practicing specific #mudras is an outward representation of one’s inward #intentions. There are many different mudras and it is said that #meditating on a specific mudra will help #manifest certain hopes, #energies, or #devotions into your life. Mudras are a way to concretely see what we want to be, what we need most. When your hands come into a mudra, it allows a physical connection with an intangible wish.

If you want to learn more, we suggest purchasing this great guidance deck found on our website.

Benefits of Slow Gentle Yoga

As you may know by now we are offering yoga at the Tree of Life Shoppe. We are offering classes in Gentle yoga for beginners. This is often also called Slow yoga. There are many benefits to slow gentle yoga and this evening I would like to take the time to discuss what slow Gentle yoga is and how it can benefit you.

Restorative or gentle yoga often involves props such as blocks, bolsters, blankets, and straps. These props are used to aid us in getting deeper into the postures.

Here are 5 reasons why people of all ages and all abilities should practice Restorative or Gentle styles of yoga.

Our first focus is on Yoga breathe… breathing through all your chambers: belly, abdomen, and chest. This alone is such a great practice and I wish if all you take from your first class is how to do yoga breathe. Yoga breathing can help reduce #stress and #aniexty. Helps lower blood pressure and gets blood and oxygen to all parts of your body. These are all good benefits to our lives in a busy world that doesn’t stop spinning. It helps you start your #journey of being #mindful. Taking the time to #focus on your breath and let everything else go…

1.) It increases flexibility. Gentle styles of yoga generally hold postures for at least two minutes and often even longer. By holding the postures longer, tight muscles stretch and release slowly, allowing you to get deeper into the pose. We use props to help reduce the risk of straining muscles by rushing into the pose and to aid us in getting more relaxed in the postures.

2.) It boosts the immune system. By calming the mind and body into a deeper sense of #relaxation, Gentle yoga style classes also rejuvenate the body and help boost the immune system. Because the postures are not overly taxing on the body, this style of practice is also beneficial for people who are ill, weak, or recovering from an injury. 

3.) It calms a restless mind. This one benefit can actually be one of the hardest for most people who are used to being active all day long. Restorative or #Gentle yoga is like a form of meditation done in different positions, most of them done seated or lying on the floor. As you hold the poses longer and allow the muscles to relax, you can create a space to calm the mind, focusing only on the #breath—and letting go of the thoughts in your mind. The more you practice this on your mat, the more you can carry it with you off the mat into your daily activities.

4.) It #heals the body. Restorative style yoga practices activate the Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS). This is the involuntary part of the nervous system that controls the heart rate, intestinal activity and other bodily functions that we don’t think about. When the PNS is engaged through Restorative types of yoga, the heart rate automatically slows down and the organs of the body are able to regulate themselves better than during our normal busy stress filled lives.

5.) It allows you to reap the full benefits of each pose. In a Vinyasa Flow style class, you quickly move from one pose to the next. The body receives benefits from this faster movement, but #Restorative style #yoga allows those benefits to happen on a deeper level. For example, a Forward Fold can be calming when you hold it for five breaths, so imagine what can happen when you hold it for five minutes. The same can be said for postures that involve a twist because they help to stimulate the internal organs. We normally hold a twist for 30 seconds, so try holding it for longer and see how you feel.

When you plan your week out, you should curve out some yoga time, for your #body, #mind and #soul. Give yourself some #selfcare #selflove

Namaste

~ The mother

Raise Your Body Frequency With Essential Oils

Body Frequency

It’s no stretch of the imagination that everything has a vibrational frequency. On average, a healthy human body vibrates at 62-72 megahertz (MHz).

Illness

But if your body is laden down with a cold or flu, then that virus vibrates at 57-58 MHz. Epstein Barr virus vibrates at 52MHz, Cancer vibrates at 42MHz and the onset of death vibrates at 25MHz.

Food

So everything we put in our body has a frequency too.

Processed food has a frequency of 0 MHz, fresh food vibrates at 15MHz. Fresh herbs vibrate at 20-27MHz.

Thoughts

Our negative thoughts can lower our frequency by as much as 12MHz, and alternatively our positive thoughts can raise our frequency by 10MHz.

Nature

Everything we come into contact with affects our frequency. Our bodies will attune to our surroundings. This is why we feel so good in Nature. It’s also why we feel heavy or drained around negative people.

Essential Oils

Essential Oils have a very high frequency. Some say they have the highest frequency of all substances available. And our bodies will attune to them.

Our nose is the fastest way to be affected by these high frequencies as its close to the brain, so smelling essential oils can transform how you feel instantly.

In the diagragm you can see that Frankincense has a frequency of 147 MHz and Rose is one of the highest at 320 MHz.

Essential Oil & Frequency

So essential oils aren’t just lovely smells, they have a direct impact on our wellness, emotional and physical.

We will be adding a line of essential oils to our website and to the shoppe soon. We are excited to share this is another local small business.

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Wheel of the Year 2020

January
1: New Year’s Day.                                      10: Full Moon – Wolf Moon at01:23 PM
24: New Moon at 03:44 PM

February
2: Imbolc                                                    2: Lammas or Lughnasadh (Southern Hemisphere)        9: Full Moon – Ice Moon at 01:34 AM.    23: New Moon at 09:33 AM

March 
1: Matronalia, the Festival of Women
9: Full Moon – Storm Moon at 12:48 PM        18: Sheelah’s Day in Ireland, honoring Sheela-Na-Gig, the goddess of fertilit                      20: Ostara
20: Mabon (Southern Hemisphere)
24: New Moon at 04:29 AM

April
7: Full Moon – Growing Moon at 09:35 PM.  12: Easter
22: Earth Day.                                                22: New Moon at 09:27 PM
23: Wiccan pentacle is officially added to the list of VA-approved emblems for gravestones, 2007

May
1: Beltane1: Samhain – The Witches’ New Year (Southern Hemisphere)                               5: Cinco de Mayo.                                          7: Full Moon – Hare Moon at 05:45 AM
22: New Moon at 12:39 PM

June
1: England’s Witchcraft Act of 1563 goes into effect
5: Full Moon – Mead Moon at 02:12 PM
21: Litha
21 :Yule (Southern Hemisphere)
21: New Moon at 01:42 AM
21: In England, the Day of Cerridwen and her cauldron
22: England’s last Witchcraft Law is repealed in 1951

July
4: Independence Day (United States)
4: Full Moon – Hay Moon at 11:44 PM
20: New Moon at 12:33 PM

August
1: Lammas or Lughnasadh
1: Imbolc (Southern Hemisphere)
3: Full Moon – Corn Moon at 10:59 AM
18: New Moon at 09:42 PM

September
2: Full Moon – Harvest Moon at 12:23 AM
17: New Moon at 06:00 AM
21: International Day of Peace                  23: Fall Equinox or Mabon 23: Ostara (Southern Hemisphere)

October                                                            1: Full Moon – Blood Moon at 04:06 PM
16: New Moon at 02:32 PM
31: Samhain-The Witches’ New Year.    31: Beltane (Southern Hemisphere)
31: Celtic Feast of the Dead
31: Full Moon – ??? at 09:51 AM
31: All Saints’ Eve

November                                                                1: All Saints’ Day
1: Mexico’s Day of the Little Angels (Día de los Angelitos)
2: Mexico’s Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos)
2: All Souls’ Day                                                        1: Reign of the Old Woman Calileach, or Festival of the Dead, in the Celtic countries
1. Day of Banshees in Ireland
14: New Moon at 11:08 PM
26: Thanksgiving Day (United States)        30: Full Moon – Snow Moon at 03:32 AM.

December
14: New Moon at 10:18 AM
29: Full Moon – Cold Moon at 09:30 PM21: Winter Solstice or Yule
21: Litha (Southern Hemisphere)                      25: Christmas Day
31. Hogmanay in Scotland; ward off evil spirits by wearing costumes, such as hides and horns
31. Day in Mexico called Wishing Night
31: New Year’s Eve