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    How do you use sweet grass to connect with the spirits?

    Have you ever used sweet grass for meditation? I was warned that I have to do it right or it could go very wrong...reading up about it seems fairly simplistic but maybe I'm missing something.

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    Re: How do you use sweet grass to connect with the spirits?

    What does this "going wrong" entail?

    I burn sweetgrass because its one of the few herbs I can use as incense that doesn't provoke my asthma and (lets face it) it smells good.

    I use it during rituals and just because, and I've never had an adverse event occur...
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    Re: How do you use sweet grass to connect with the spirits?

    I've never heard of it going wrong either. About the closest might be catching something on fire because you use to much and are not careful.

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    Re: How do you use sweet grass to connect with the spirits?

    Quote Originally Posted by MercuryHalo View Post
    Have you ever used sweet grass for meditation? I was warned that I have to do it right or it could go very wrong...reading up about it seems fairly simplistic but maybe I'm missing something.
    I've never used sweet grass and I know very little about it, but a quick Google tells me that it's a smudge rather than an entheogen. Of course, it was five minutes on Google so I could be wrong.... but it wasn't on any of the entheogen lists that I looked at.

    If it's not an actual entheogen that possesses actual psychotropic properties, then I can't see what the 'going wrong' part could be, except maybe allergies? I wouldn't presume as to speak to the safety of a herb that I know so little about, but I'm interested to see if anyone knows anything further.

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    Re: How do you use sweet grass to connect with the spirits?

    I'm not really sure. A close friend of mine who's also seer, a young seer mind you but he is...he just warned me to do it right. I presume maybe if the rituals or meditation is done wrong I could be inviting the wrong kind of spirits? I'm not really sure. I wanted to go see a shaman healer/seer on the rez near my city but he also told me not to go there because of the racism issues that still linger on most reserves. That being said I'm a little lost...

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    Re: How do you use sweet grass to connect with the spirits?

    Sweetgrass is dried, bundled together and used as a smudge to call in helpful spirits and ancestors.

    I have never once heard of smudging "going wrong." Some people use white sage prior to using sweetgrass smudging so they can purify the space before inviting other spirits into it, but that's really up to you.

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    Re: How do you use sweet grass to connect with the spirits?

    Thanks. It sounded strange to me too. Maybe he misunderstood me but I thought I'd get a second opinion.

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    Re: How do you use sweet grass to connect with the spirits?

    Now I have to go all technical on this and ask what kind of Sweet Grass because from my quick look on Google and wikipedia it can refer to several different species of grass/herb, amongst them Cannabis.

    I assume that it's the plant Hierochloe odorata also known as Holy Grass, Mary's Grass and by several other names that you are asking about. Took me a bit to figure out what it was called in Danish, hence the delayed reply, and I've used it the few times I've smudged, I prefer Sweet Grass to Sage since Sweet Grass is native to my country and Sage isn't. I've never, ever had anything go wrong with this and I honestly can't see how it could since it tend to get rid of bad "vibes"/spirits and attract good ones.

    As for the warning I suppose whoever warned might have thought you were talking about Cannabis. If that was the case, I understand the warning.
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    Re: How do you use sweet grass to connect with the spirits?

    I suspect he might have meant to use it in a reverent manner so as not to attract "lower level entities". Just a guess, but smudging is a sacred act that should be done reverently in general.
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