Cord Cutting: Letting Go of What No Longer Serves You

Written by Sherrie Locke on 11 Tzi, October 2014

We hold onto things energetically. People hold onto us energetically. Clearing the field is beneficial for all parties concerned and also gets us out of a rut in our thinking and our emotional states. Cord or Line cutting is a practice I was taught many moons ago when I was in my teens. Later, when I was associated with two foundations for psychic research we did lots of experiments on the principles and the outcomes of this type of work.

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How to Clear Energy

There are many ways to cut and clear energies. My suggestion is that you start with a smudge (read my post), then a shower or salt bath followed by the practice of “line cutting.” This can be done in many ways, such as a recapitulation technique (read my post). Recapitulation is used when there is a remaining emotional charge to the subject; it is best performed before the remaining lines are cut to the subject or subjects.

After you have cleared your aura and the emotional charge around the subject, clearly visualize yourself, then the subject or person. “See” the line and connections. Some may look like rope or string, others might look like rotted spagetti or roots. It is not necessary to clear the other person, and I suggest you just stick to yourself on this one. Look all over yourself, especially behind the shoulder blades, in the chest area, front and back and ladies between your legs if you have had any guests there, men too, check your connections and see who has left a hook a line or something.

When you have an idea of “where” they are attached, then pull out a sword or a giant pair of scissors and snip, snip, chop, chop, just like cutting weeds. The other end will go back where it came from. After performing this, breathe deeply the light and fill those holes with clear white light until they are radiating light, until “you” are radiating light. Now seal your aura, and you are done… next!

Don’t worry about cutting a valuable connection. If you cut the existing energy, it will re-connect and be a clearer and stronger connection. When I do cord cutting now, I use one fell swoop and cut all previous connections. I find that my loved ones always reconnect with me and that we are clearer than the previous vibration. Usually I can get a good nights rest, an *extra bonus.

Line cutting allows us to let go of attachment and make room for the Universe to do its job. Our responsibility is to clear and hold space for what we are manifesting, which is rarely a person or money. We may have issues or past experiences with people that need to be cleared or let go of for our best interest and to move forward.

I am posting this article at this time since we are in the very last of the Balsamic Moon and getting ready for a New Moon partial Solar Eclipse (a powerful one). Whatever of the past we can let go of between now and then will serve us much more greatly than we can at this time imagine. Do the work, do your work, it serves your highest good.

Otherwise, a general good day for line cutting is a Tijax day on the calendar Maya. It is also a practice that is well served on the last quarter lunar phase in preparation for the new cycle. Set yourself free.

Love and light. See you on the other side of the Eclipse!
~SL, 2014

Closing Sacred Space

Written by Sherrie Locke on 6 K’at, March 2014

Every time a ritual or ceremony is performed, there is an intention set as to the duration of the operation. As in:

Is it a space clearing and protection ritual (short)?

A fire ceremony (two-three hours)?

A business (duration of original manifestation and/or duration of the business)?

In the case of a ceremony, the shaman and possibly certain “gatekeepers” have been holding space for everyone involved; the more who are conscious of this, the easier it is to hold space.

Some circles may become rather elaborate, with someone in charge of watching over and monitoring certain movements within the group and circle. As in many tribes, only the assistants would be allowed to speak directly to the shaman, since they have been trained in proper protocol and customs.

When the shaman/leader of the group concludes the ceremony, usually he or she will say, “It is Done!,” “We are done,” Or “So be it!, it is done!” Then the general group is dismissed.

After that, the gatekeepers and/or shaman will “collapse” the space held and end the entire session, giving all back to the earth.

Personal Ceremonies
In the case of personal ritual ceremonies, just remember that you opened a sacred space, so you must close it and collapse it when done. Never leave ritual items lying around. Put everything away.
Ritual offerings may be left.

On the mundane side, yes, even when selling a car, a simple closing ritual can be done to clear your energy from the item, place or object, before it is transferred to the new owner. When I buy a car, I welcome it, smudge it, and remove all items of the previous owner.

Clear and smudge your vehicle at least once a month and ask that it and all passengers be safe and protected. You check the oil, tires and water don’t you? Just add a few things…check!

(In Guatemala, the “chicken bus” companies bring in shamans to bless their buses and drivers at least once a year. The ceremonies, naturally, are performed on E/Eb days, which mean Road.)

When you are ready to sell the car, thank it, clean all your stuff out of it, smudge it to remove attachment, and she’s ready to go to a new home.

Closing Space for a House and Personal Items
Collapse all fields only when you are moving out of a house. Do the same with jewelry or any personal items you are selling, in order to clear and close out your energy.

Note: Certain things cannot be cleared and can be read for eternity by someone like me, so think about that too.

Closing a space is therefore an ending, a closure, pure and simple: you opened the door, so close it behind you.

We are all good at starting things, let’s get just as good at ending them!

Ho! Mitakuye Oyasin!

Space Clearing 101

Written by Sherrie Locke, 4 Toj, February 2014

I tend to forget that most people were not raised the way I was, so there are many things I take for granted as just simple general knowledge. It was after a number of years that I discovered that even though these things are in plain sight, very few people ever take the time or energy to really look at their environment and, most especially, at the state of their own character.

Let us begin with just a few simple things to do and some very simple techniques to do them.

Entry and Exit Points
In a home or business there are entry and exit points, there are windows, there are cabinets, drawers, rooms for special things, a kitchen, a bed room and a bathroom. Thinking in terms of the four directions (Air, Fire, Water and Earth), a room, items and things in your home represent each of these and is ruled by these energies.

The kitchen and bedroom are ruled by Venus. The bath is ruled by the moon (Yemaya) and so on. I will write a future post on planetary rulership.

The manner in which this knowledge is implemented is something that I personally am a stickler about.

Do you think about what you are doing? I mean really. Go in your bathroom, what does it look like? Is it clean? Do you realize the plumbing system in your home is an entry and exit point? So, do you really ever clean the energy around the drains? The faucets? And the toilet?
Some of the most meticulous of energy workers will do all the other cleansings (with sage, sea salt, and the like), and yet they never consider these other entry/exit points. So I am gonna give you a hint, a way of fixing it and hopefully spark you to be more mindful about everything you do and the environment you are in.

The Drain Stops Here
Drains collect energy. There are water spirits, and just like any other realm, some are really sweet and some are foul. So once a week or once a month after you have done a space clearing (see my article on general smudging guidelines) you might want to pay attention to the drains and to the other entry/exit points in your home or the environment you are working in. Especially if there has been negative energy or illness in the space.

A simple inexpensive way of clearing out not only dirt and grime but also unwanted energies. I use ammonia, the cheap stuff you buy at the grocery store. So every once in a while, pour some down all drains and also in the toilet and flush it. The ammonia drives away negative energies.
And another thing I always laugh about is the age-old statement, “You left the toilet lid up again.” Well, ladies, let me tell you, a man leaving the seat up is nothing compared to the fact that you leave the lid up exposing the toilet bowl, like a vessel of water awaiting programming, and then broadcasting out into your home (I am not kidding kids).

So here’s the deal. A bowl of water collects energy. The toilet is an entry and exit point into your home. So why do you want to leave it open unless you are using it?
Consider this, and you might start being more mindful about everything you do. And for you germ-o-phobes, it’s like this: you have your sink where you brush your teeth, you have a toilet in the same room, you go in and use the toilet, flush it with the lid up, and the water molecules not only go down the drain but also swirl up into the room and environment, spreading a thin invisible mist in the entire room, oh including your toothbrush and toiletries and your freshly cleaned body. Think about it, really.

So ladies, stop complaining about men not putting the seat down and close the lid on the toilet when you are not using it! Jeez people. Just be mindful about what you are spreading and doing especially in your own home, if you expect to really do a good energetic job that will hold space. It may sound like a simple thing but it can make a world of difference in your home.

Sacred Altars

By Sherrie Locke, written on 12 K’at, February 2014

A sacred altar is the central location or point of focus for meditation, contemplation and/or ritual related to ancestor reverence, meditation or ceremony.

An altar, or “mesa,” can be anything from a lovely cloth that you carry with your sacred objects and ritual offerings, to a very elaborate set up either inside or outside one’s home.

An altar is also called a mesa.

I will use the example of a typical “ancestor altar” for our first point of reference. Ancestor altars are usually placed within the home, in a location where you will be able to “sit with” that altar. Your family, home and traffic in certain areas of the home should all be considered when choosing the location of the altar. Will you have privacy? Will you need privacy for what you plan to use the altar for, or is it a family shrine? Will others use the altar?

Where to Place Your Altar
These are considerations for location. Don’t worry! If at first you don’t know where you will want to maintain it in the long run, you have the option of setting up the space and, after the conclusion of the ritual (or a certain period of time), you can take it all down and recreate it every time you wish to use it.

First and foremost, always cleanse yourself (see my blog on Sacred Smudging), and then cleanse the room and the space you will be using. Of course, be sure to physically clean the space. Would you have your extended clan over to the house with mountains of dust bunnies all over the altar? I think not.

Creating an Ancestor Altar
I learned to do my first ancestor altar from a respected elder, who explained the following things are required:
1. An altar cloth or something like that (in the old days they preferred frayed edges on the fabric, because the connection is better).
2. Pictures, symbols or items that represent things for you, for the day (such as in Mayan astrology) or for the ancestor(s).
3. A candle.
4. A vessel for water or liquid offerings.

Other options are a crystal grid, an item of personal power, or items that belonged to an ancestor.
The idea is to have a point of focus, such as a picture, a symbol or item that represents what you are doing,

Water is a natural conductor, so it is always good to put clean fresh water on the altar, possibly also some flowers.

Ceremonial Candles

The candle is to be lit and used during ritual or ceremony. In most traditions the candles should never be “blown” out, they should ideally be allowed to burn out on their own (be sure you put any candles in a fireproof “candle runner,” or what I use, a small bowl with some sand, which holds the candle firmly, whether you use glass-encased candles or tall taper candles).

You may also want to buy a nice candle snuffer to keep on the altar for this purpose. Some people prefer to use tea lights, since they have a limited duration and can be monitored more closely. Put them on a dish or something.

When choosing candles for an altar, consider what you are using it for and how long you will be able to watch it. Choose the size and color candle(s) that are appropriate for the operation. I will do a blog on ritual uses of candles and the colors and their uses in a future post.

Set your intention, look at everything and see that you like it and that the energies you are working with will be pleased with the offering(s). Light the candle. State your prayers, gratitude and give offerings (I find this is best done “out loud”) just as if you are talking to the person or energy directly.

You may choose to pour a libation, the favorite drink of an ancestor, (I will post a future blog on the subject of “offerings), or choose a bottle of liquor, a perfume, or an item that remains unopened as a part of the permanent altar space. Make it very special when you offer it the first time.
When I have permanent ancestor altars, I like to use a “covering cloth,” so when I am not using the altar it is protected from prying eyes and also in case someone might like to touch something on it, which I personally prefer not to happen.

My suggestion is to keep your altar simple at first so you learn to work with it and then build it up from there. Have fun with it, think of what an ancestor or the ruling nahual of the day might be like and what would be appropriate.

Outdoor Altars
For an outdoor altar, you might gather rocks or build a small shrine that you can use regularly for a myriad of purposes.

Or build a fire pit, which is customary here in the land of the Maya, where our central rituals are all fire ceremonies.

How Often to Use Your Altar
The indoor altar in my house is usually rocking with candles and offerings of the day, most every day. You may use your altar whenever and however often you like, just keep up a steady rhythm or schedule.
If you are only to use it on, say a birthday, just use a portable altar or mesa setup. If you plan on using it more often, then stick to a regular schedule. Don’t let it get dusty, and never use it for a table!

Now go forth and create sacred space and a beautiful altar for your ceremonies of love and gratitude.

General Smudging Guidelines

Written by Sherrie Locke on 2 Ix, February 2014

In most Native American and other indigenous traditions, a clearing or a cleansing is performed as the opening for all ceremony or ritual practice, whether is it a personal ritual or a group ceremony.

Many traditional ceremonies use local plants and herbs. We will begin with a most basic smudging: a ceremony or ritual performed to either clear oneself and aura or to clear a space such as ones home to evacuate stale or negative energy stored in the space or auric field.

You will need three items.

1. White sage (Salvia Officinalis) or a white sage smudge stick (you can purchase these in the incense section at Wholefoods.) For the non-metaphysical properties of sage, see http://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Salvia+officinalis.)

2. A fire source (I find the sacred “Bic” works well). I was with an elder at a remote sacred site a very long time ago, and he asked me if I had a light. I looked at him and said, “A light? Like a flashlight?” He said, “No, I was asking if you carry the sacred flame.” I said. “Well, I don’t think I have had that initiation grandfather.” He stood up and proclaimed, “I am the keeper of the sacred flame!” Then he reached in his pocket and pulled out a red Bic lighter, scratched it to life and held it to the sky.

He sat back on the earth, held the lighter in his open palm, looked me in the eyes and said, “My dear Sherrie, you never know when you will need to build a sacred fire, so always carry the sacred flame. This is traditional.” Then he gave me the red Bic lighter. Moral to the story: always be prepared.

3. A fireproof dish, bowl or a pan of some kind so you don’t set the house on fire. This is, of course, not necessary if you are working outside on the earth.

If working with loose sage, you will use the pan to burn the sage in. If you use metal, be sure you consider the heat factor and use an oven mitt or something.

If using a smudge stick, you will be using the pan to hold underneath the smudge stick so that if it pops or gets really hot you can catch the ashes and embers. Trust me you will need this. (Traditionally we use an abalone shell for a smudge bowl and a wing or feather to fan the smoke from the bowl or from a smudge stick. We are well trained in cleaning the aura, place or the like, we can feel it. The wing and the spirit of the bird help us go directly to the “thickness” and remove it like a surgeon.

Practice makes perfect. The tool is only as powerful as the practitioner. These are rules we go by in general. A smudge may be beneficially performed by a novice, but it might not be as powerful as a ceremony performed by a traditional shaman or properly trained practitioner who is tuned in, intentional and heart centered.

I feel it is important to do personal smudging frequently, especially after interacting with others, to re-center yourself in your own energies and clear any negativity. It is required prior to most traditional ceremony. Like we say, leave your shit outside the lodge.

Health and holistic practitioners can benefit greatly by doing smoke cleanses but may need to devote a considerable amount of time to this and also to cleaning the space they have been working in at the end of the day. Note that sage is an antiseptic, so it can also be used in treatment rooms or where people have been ill, not only to clear residual emotional debris but also to clear airborne germs and pathogens.

I must also note that in this day and age many places will not let you burn anything. I have run into this myriad times, especially in California. There are other types of cleansings that can be prepared and used in this situation, which I will address in a future post. We are solely focusing on smoke cleansing or smudging.

Smudging Basics
Basically it works like this. Take a few deep breaths and relax. If you plan to cleanse a room or a house, walk through it first and look at the places that gather energy so you have an idea what to focus on. Set your intention (to clear you and/or the space).

How to Do a Personal Smudging
Always smudge yourself before you smudge another person or start a house clearing or blessing. For a personal smudge: light the sage, get it burning and then blow out the flames. Start at the bottom (feet) and let the smoke kiss your body, bathe in it, thank it for taking away what you do not need, for clearing and letting go of any negativity. It’s that simple.

How to Smudge a Room or House
For a space or house clearing smudge, begin and end at a designated point (you work that out). If you are smudging a house, you might want to start at the front door, move in a steady fashion, clockwise or counterclockwise (your preference or belief system but choose one and stick with it), going in that general direction through each room until you get back to your starting point.

Be sure to watch how the smoke rises in different areas, it will tell you where the negativity hangs out. You might want to spend a bit more time and smoke on those areas. Don’t forget closets, drawers and cabinets. You can expedite this by opening them all on your first walk through, then go back after you have completed the whole project and put everything back the way it was, only now it’s clean and de-cootied. I always open a door or window afterward to let anything out that needs to go out.

Other Notes on Smudging
If you are using a smudge stick, put it out under running water. After it dries you can reuse it, but if you crush it out it will continue to smolder and be a fire hazard.

If you are using loose sage, carry a bag of it around with your bowl so you can add to the fire rather than having it all go up at once.

Go forth and clean that space!

I will post a more advanced cleansing ceremony at a later time, this is intended for newbies and getting used to doing the cleaning rituals.

Ho! Mitakuye Oyasin!