The Problem with Using White Sage

I had a local Indigenous artist reach out to me about mentioning sage in my book. We ended up having a very informative conversation over Instagram about cultural appropriation and how I can be a better ally.

The problem with white sage is that it is being over-harvested and being used in ways that are very harmful and disrespectful to Indigenous communities. She also told me about how the act of smudging with white sage is a sacred act that is being culturally appropriated.

I want to share some of the resources she shared with me along with some others I found doing my own research.

Sage, Smudging, and New Age Spirituality

Alternatives to White Sage

Cleansing Without Sage

The Ethics of Burning Sage, Explained

The inspiration for the Clearing Your Space with Smoke and Sound Lesson in my book came from the fact that smoke cleansing has been a practice in many cultures for centuries including my Celtic heritage.

When I have cleared myself and my spaces with smoke it has been so healing for me and I want to share it with others.

I try to be very intentional and respectful with my work and am always open to learning more and moving forward in the right direction.

I will be making some edits in the second edition of my Free Spirit Guidebook and am grateful for the way I was called in about how I might be harming Indigenous communities with my work.

I encourage you to do your own research and, if you do love sage, please consider garden sage or buying from ethically sourced businesses.

If you would like to make your own, check out this article: Herbal Allies for Energy Clearing,

Sun Breath, Sun Signs & Sun Salutations

Sun Salutations

Sun Salutations are the perfect simple yoga routine to help you move your body and feel energized.

The full set is not for everyone so I created a video to show the variations you can use to add this to your routine.

You can do this when you wake up in the morning, mid-morning, or help beat an afternoon slump.

You technically don’t even need a yoga mat and I just love that.

If you are new to Sun Salutations, then you will probably follow the video for a while and then you will be able to start doing them on your own.

Solar Breath

You can start or finish Sun Salutations with Solar Breath. You can also do this as a stand-alone morning practice.

  • Sit tall
  • Close your left nostril with the first two fingers of your left hand
  • Inhale slowly and deeply through the right nostril
  • Exhale slowly through your right nostril
  • This is one cycle.
  • Repeat 8 to 10 times or for 1 to 3 minutes.
  • Allow your eyes to close.
  • Pause after and take some deep breaths through both nostrils.
  • Notice how you feel.

The right nostril is connected to the Sun and your Pingala Nadi. Your solar (pingala) nadi (channel) is in your subtle energy body.

This breath is warming and energizing. This is also a breath featured in my Free Spirit Guidebook.

Sun Signs

You might like to dedicate your practice and/or your breath to embody the energy of the current Sun Sign.

Simply figure out which sun sign we are in at the moment by the dates listed below. Then read the description and see where you can benefit from that energy in your life.

Set your intention to embody that energy at the beginning of your Sun Salutation practice and bring your mind back to it at the end.

Then find ways to infuse that energy into your day during this cycle.

Aries – March 21 – April 19 – Fire sign – Keywords: passion, spontaneity, independent, impatience, energetic, generous, foolish.

Taurus – April 20 – May 20 – Earth sign – Keywords: stability, earthly pleasures, stubbornness, routine, deliberate, sensuality, persistence, contented.

Gemini – May 21 – June 20 – Air sign – Keywords: duality, communication, intellectual, versatile, resourceful, curiosity, distracted, charming

Cancer – June 21 – July 22 – Water sign – Keywords: nurturing, sentimental, moodiness, family, home, creativity, emotions, sensitive.

Leo – July 23 – August 22 – Fire sign – Keywords: expressive, loyalty, excited, courage, drama, generosity, arrogance, playfulness.

Virgo – August 23 – September 22 – Earth sign – Keywords: grounded, order, helpfulness, perfectionism, cleanliness, helper, selfless, analytical.

Libra – September 23 – October 22 – Air sign – Keywords: balance, harmony, partnership, commitment, fairness, inconsistent, relationships, cooperation.

Scorpio – October 23 – November 21 – Water sign – Keywords: intensity, magnetic, mysterious, loyal, sexiness, possessive, power, brave.

Sagittarius – November 22 – December 21 – Fire sign – Keywords: adventure, bluntness, playful, inspiration, honesty, fearless, risk, curiosity.

Capricorn – December 22 – January 19 – Earth sign – Keywords: practical, ambitious, career, structure, goals, cynical, productive, boundaries.

Aquarius – January 20 – February 18 – Air sign – Keywords: originality, hopeful, social justice, friendliness, innovative, detached, open-minded, freedom.

Pisces – February 19 – March 20 – Water sign – Keywords: idealistic, artistic, dreamer, imaginative, self-delusion, compassion, healer, family.

I hope you love this! Please share your Sun sign below! I’m an Aries!

Let's Help Australia Wildlife Together! Free Spirits Unite!

I’m sure you have been following the fires in Australia with an aching heart as I have.

I love the idea of doing good together so I am donating 50% of the profits from my Free Spirit Guidebook to Wildlife Rescue in Australia through WIRES.

WIRES mission is to actively rehabilitate and preserve Australian wildlife and inspire others to do the same.

Together we are going to support the WIRES EMERGENCY FUND and help rescue and care for the innocent victims of the fires and drought like these sweet koalas.

You can purchase the Guidebook by clicking the button below. I will donate 50% of the profits through the end of January 2020.

If you have been thinking about buying it for yourself or someone else, this is the time to have your purchase have a quick ripple effect of positivity on the planet.

Please reach out with any questions. Thank you so much!

Pick A Crystal – Mini-Reading

Pick the crystal you are drawn to the most and share it in the comments.

During my book launch parties, I asked people to do this and then shared the qualities associated with the one they chose and a little ritual to do based on the Working with Crystals lesson in my new Free Spirit Guidebook.

The image above shows which one you chose and then you can scroll down for your reading.

1. Selenite – You are picking up a lot of people’s negative energy. Either using selenite or imagining it in your hand, move it around your body like you are clearing it of negative energy and flick it away. After you are done, imagine yourself surrounded by white light. Repeat as needed.

2. Tiger’s Eye – You need strength in times of stress. Either carry it with you to feel more grounded or place your hand just above your navel at your Solar Plexus Chakra, imagine yellow light there and repeat, “I trust my gut instincts and stand in my personal power.

3. Red Jasper – You need help with anxiety now or in the near future. Take some time each day to breathe deeply and imagine roots coming out of your feet and base of your spine and going deep into the earth. Feel as though you draw up the stabilizing energy of the earth with each breath.

4. Snowflake Obsidian – You might experience anger over the next weeks. You can hold this stone or any stone in your hand for a quick release of anger. Put it in the sun after.

5. Sodalite – You are seeking harmony with your words and your thoughts. Take time to meditate by imagining blue light at your throat and indigo light at your 3rd eye. Forgive yourself for negative thoughts and then choose a more positive one. Also, pause before you speak.

6. Amethyst – You have been feeling like you are in the murkiness of the earthly world. Take time to imagine a 1000-petaled lotus opening on the crown of your head connecting you to the wisdom of the universe.

7. Clear Quartz Crystal – You are seeking clarity right now. Imagine a wind coming in and blowing all around you, removing old, stagnant energy. Then imagine yourself surrounded by white light. Say, “I can see clearly now.” Stay open to new opportunities and aha moments.

8. Rose Quartz – Love, love, love. Imagine rose-colored light around your heart. Imagine growing to surround your whole body. Then imagine it growing and surrounding the whole world. Love is everywhere and you are connected to it.

9. Howlite – Your life is asking you to be more discerning. What are some things you do that help you feel more confident in your decisions? Exercising, meditating, baths? Make sure you are doing them so you can act tactfully and joy and ease.

10. Green Aventurine – Luck and success are making their way to you if they are no already here. If you feel like you have certain behaviors or thought patterns that block you from receiving then please take a hard look at those now. You are worthy of all of your desire. Repeat. I am loving and lovable. I welcome luck and success in my life on all levels. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

If you want to discover more ways to work with crystals then pick up a copy of my Free Spirit Guidebook:

Free Spirit Guidebook Giveaway

Did you buy your Free Spirit Guidebook yet? I created a fun giveaway to help you bring the lessons to life! There are 3 prizes:

Free Spirit Coaching Session with me – This will be the perfect way to kick off 2020. You’ll share where you are in your life, where you want to go, and how you want to feel. Then I’ll help you use the lessons from the Free Spirit Guidebook to get you into the flow of life as you embark on the new year. You will leave the session feeling supported as you move into the new decade.

Ten of the Crystals and Stones that are featured in the Free Spirit Guidebook. You will receive one of each of the following: Selenite, Amethyst, Clear Quartz, Red Jasper, Snowflake Obsidian, Rose Quartz, Sodalite, Tiger’s Eye, plus a Howlite pendant, and Green Aventurine earrings. The guidebook includes the energy associated with each stone, along with some simple rituals to incorporate into your life.

One Sage Bundle and one Palo Santo stick. You can use these as you go through the lesson Clearing Your Space with Smoke from the guidebook.

How To Enter: To enter, order your Free Spirit Guidebook (print or digital version – Link in Bio) and then send me an email to with the subject line “Free Spirit Giveaway” and an attached screenshot proving your order. You will be entered to win one of the three prizes listed above.

Giveaway ends 12/18 11:59pm PST.

3 winners will be announced 12/20. Must be 18 years or older to enter. Open to anyone around the world.

***Extra Bonus: All print orders receive the digital edition for free until the new year! Simply email me a screenshot of your print order on Amazon to so I can send it to you. Or I’ll send it to you when you email me to enter the giveaway. Hooray!

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