Why do I do what I do? Why do I got to such extent to make sure each and every one of my pieces are purified? I have several answers to these questions.
First and foremost, I take personal hygiene very serious. I disinfect my home numerous times through the day to prevent the spread of germs. We all want the person preparing our food to be clean don't we? With the rise of the current Pandemic food is not the only thing we as consumers want to be cleaned. This involves jewelry and other goods. I know the clean freak in me wants my jewelry to be germ-free which is why I go to great lengths to clean every gemstone before it finds its way to your hands. Another measure I take to ensure that I am keeping your specific piece germ-free is making them at the time of purchase. Like I stated in previous blogs and videos I don't have an arsenal of pre-made pieces sitting around collecting dust. Once you place your order you can rest assured that I will clean your stones in a saltwater bath and finish them off with either a Palo Santo or Sage smudging to tie it all together. It is then packaged with extreme care and sent to you.
I almost always have either meditation music or upbeat music while I am creating your custom piece to invoke positive vibrations. I choose to cleanse the stones in a saltwater bath because salt has forever been known to eliminate negative energy. This belief has been around in ancient Greek times, Native Indigenous cultures and various other beliefs worldwide. Also, bleach and chemicals are harmful and destructive for most stones. Salt is not only gentle and beneficial, but there are many spiritual uses tied to it. I tend to use Pink Himalayan salt because it's more natural than white salt which often times is bleached.
While I make your custom piece I always set positive intentions while I am assembling, along with the mediation music in the background.
I like to finish off the piece with burning either Sage or Palo Santo, which are natural elements. Sage is just dried sage, the same herbs you eat. The sage is dried and tied together in a bundle. Sometime they are incorporated with other herbs or flowers such as roses or lavender. Sage is another practice that the Native Indigenous people have used for many years. Having Taino Indian roots myself, this practice is routine for me. I often bless my house regularly and any second hand items that enter my home. The smoke along with a positive intention or prayer blesses your home or object. Sage and Palo Santo are equivalent to Holy Water and Salt. They are just a fragrant, aromatic way to invite positive energy into the space or object. The Palo Santo that I use is ethically harvested by my Shaman counterparts in Peru. Proceeds benefit their Indigenous communities to keep them thriving so they can continue to protect and preserve this Holy wood in an ethical and sustainable manner.
What's the difference between Palo Santo and Sage?
The major difference is that Palo Santo is a piece of wood while Sage is a bundle of herbs. I know that I declare that we vow to protect and preserve the Earth and you may be thinking I am a hypocrite but let me explain. I use Palo Santo for two reasons:
- Palo Santo is a holy, spiritual tree. This specific tree is very sacred in Native Indigenous cultures which is why I use is specifically compared to other forms of wood
- Palo Santo is protected by the Native Indigenous people and it is actually illegal to cut down this tree!
You may be asking so how do we get this wood? Good question! So once the tree has fallen, it stays undisturbed for at least 8 years. In those 8 years the signature fragrance of the tree begins to penetrate the wood causing the distinct citrus scent.
Why wait 8 years? Another good question. The number 8 holds powerful spiritual significance. In Asian culture, the number 8 is a lucky number. Another important point I would like to stress is that this sacred wood is becoming extinct due to over farming by other people. I can only speak for the Shaman's that I do business with that for every tree that has fallen a new one is planted.
One last point I would like to make about Palo Santo is that due to its popularity, there are a lot of scams out there claiming to sell Palo Santo harvested in California. That couldn't be furthest from the truth. The Palo Santo tree is only native to countries such as Peru, the Amazon, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, and the Galápagos Islands.
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I hope you understand the signifigence behind why I take certain measures because I want you, the consumer, to be protected and attract the highest good. Always feel free to send an email with any questions, comments, or conerns.
Peace, Love, & Positive Vibes,