This section describes my creative process before, during, and after the smudge fans have been created. I respect the spiritual process of creating the fans. I meditate and spend time in nature to maintain a clean state of being to be able to receive inspiration from Spirit. I also work with Spirit Plants, and sometimes ingest them through forms of tea to invite their spirit into the creative process.
I continuously collect things – feathers, branches, and pinecones I find on my walks in nature. I use cruelty-free feathers. These feathers have been naturally molted from birds at a bird rescue sanctuary. Because I also work as an energy healer and a psychic medium, I can feel the emotional and mental disturbances that the birds have gone through within the feathers. Upon receiving or finding feathers on my walks, I always wash and disinfect the feathers and smudge them to release the negativity. This is just my own personal preference, so that the feathers have good energy and ready to become part of a spiritual tool.
At this stage, ideas come to me while browsing through gemstone shops or art stores. Sometimes I am simply at home looking at my collection of feathers when I feel specific feathers “call” to each other.
When I begin combining feathers, other feathers suddenly become part of the fan, and from here, things are ready to be assembled together. I then naturally gravitate towards a leather or a botanical handle to compliment the feathers. During the making of the smudge fan, I am checking in with my Spirit Guides from time to time for their guidance.
When the smudge fan is completed and packaged, I smudge them with white sage smoke to release any remaining negativity. I then smudge them with sweetgrass to infuse the fans with abundance for their new owners. I am a Reiki Master and Teacher, and use Reiki (a Japanese energy healing modality) to further add good energy to the fans and to seal the energy that has been put into them. And recently, I have been doing drumming ceremonies to place “heartbeats” into the fans, to awaken the soul within them.