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- What Does Incense Do?
- When you light an incense, you never want to see a weak smoke.
- Remember that a spiritual message is conveyed when incense is burned, and depending on the message sent forth, it may repel those whose spirits or intentions are contrary to the message.
This year 2021 marks 10 years since the inception of this blog. I wrote a post in May celebrating this milestone and thanking all of you who read, comment, share and contact me, but I was told by spirit not to post it. I am always obedient to spirit, so I did as I was told. Later they told me why.
This blog has been a saving grace for me, and I continued to write when dictated to, even though I never knew anyone was ever reading it. I have healed a lot since I began blogging about my life, and I have grown extremely with every post and discussions with you all. I know Embracing Spirituality has also played a major role in the spiritual development of many others who have discovered it.
Today’s post is about incense, its metaphysics and its benefits. There are so many things in the world to aid mankind, but they are often not taught about in the correct way and many people who use it are often unaware of the depths of what they are partaking of. In spirituality, the use of incense is very important as ritual, whether you are of the Christian or Catholic religion, Occult, or otherwise, incense is always ritualistically important.
What Does Incense Do?
Many people burn incense for many different reasons, but whatever the reason, the result is always the same.
Burning incense of any kind is a bridge between the human world and the spirit world.
There are many seemingly everyday things that Spirit will immediately react to, such as alcohol, fire, water, music, fragrance, drums, rice water, blood, oracles, to name a few. The burning of incense creates a link that brings the human closer to contact with Divinity. Whenever humans partake of any of these “spiritual links”, there are invisible spiritual doors, portals/vortexes, that will open, and almost instantaneously Forces will respond or react to the shift in vibration, whether or not this was your intention.
This is why it is important to know what vibrations radiate forth from certain types of incense before you decide on burning it, because each varying vibration will attract different types of spirits, and some carry a higher frequency of vibration that is not easily handled by most humans.
In every culture you will find incense burning. The Chinese burns it to honor their ancestors at their shrines. In Asian temples they are found burning everywhere, even in my own country, Jamaica, no one dare move into a new house before “burning it out” to remove negative energies. When certain spiritual practitioners give baths, they will pass an incense burner around the client or around the bath that is prepared. At times there are certain rituals done with incense alone where it is specifically passed in a certain way around the spiritually afflicted with the intention to remove whatever is blocking the persons way or causing them general malaise.
In my own personal work, I use incense daily for as long as I can remember. When I was being taught by my non-physical elders, the mysteries of incense was one of my lessons. I can only share what I am permitted to on the world wide web, but the depth of what I know will be reserved to be passed down or handed over to worthy students who may happen to find me along their life’s journey.
Now, as soon as light (fire) is used to activate the incense, two things will occur:
- Smoke arises
- Smoke and fire bring forth fragrance
These are very important actions because the fire, smoke, color, and fragrance acts individually and collectively as a spiritual message and door opener. Everything about the incense, including the color of the smoke, color of the incense itself, the direction the smoke blows, and the odor that comes forth are all a spiritual language. What they communicate is unknown to the unconscious human who sees only a burning stick or resin with a pleasant aroma, but to the knowledgeable, a message is being conveyed and he should know the result to expect.
All things that we see and know here in this reality we call Earth are but a manifestation of Spirit. However, the sleeping mind is limited and can not conceive what the invisible realm has or even how it functions, so when the invisible world materializes into this world, it materializes into a lower, denser form of itself. If it looks like a Lion in the realm of spirit, it will materialize here as a cat, or sometimes lesser. This is not an exact example, but I use it for you to understand the lower nature of how humans perceive things when they arrive in physical form from a higher order.
When you light an incense, you never want to see a weak smoke.
The smoke that arises from the incense should be strong or thick, and as it rises it should spread in swirls. What this means as the smoke is swirling is that more and more energies manifesting from the invisible world is gaining access to your environment and whatever it is that you are lighting the incense for, i.e. cleansing, pulling positive energy, meditation, etc. Therefore a weaker smoke means a weak connection to the invisible world. And yes, there is a reason for this, too.
When incense is being burned for whatever reason, the spirit itself manifests as the smoke. If the person who is doing this particular ritual is a knowledgeable elder, the smoke will act as an oracle that this Elder can now read, as it will weave a story about what is occurring at the moment or communicate a message regarding the reason the incense was burned. Now, for clarification, the Elder can see the smoke manifest in this reality as he looks at it, or the message from the smoke will be communicated to him telepathically or through the mind. This is how powerful incense is.
The smoke being the most important for lighting the incense, activates best when prayer is applied while the incense is burning.
For this, I would like you all at any time you wish, to light some incense and pray as you burn it, and watch the difference in the smoke and how it moves as you pray. If you do this experiment, come back with your observations in the comments!
Not all fragrance/odors from incense are pleasant, and there are reasons for this also. But before I go into this topic, you should know that burning incense is one of the most effective ways of spiritual communication, and it should always be used during any spiritual practices as it is a door opener.
Frankincense and Myrrh are some of the most popular types of incense, especially among the Christianized world. However, it is rarely known among many that these two types of incense have two opposing symbols, and is therefore not to be burned together. One is of Life and the other of Death; one of Light, the other of “darkness”; Frankincense is of Light, balance, restoration, etc.; Myrrh is of Darkness, Death, etc.
But do not be confused by the words “darkness” and “death”, or “light” and “restoration”, because to call forth a particular result, it is the way these symbols are used that is important. Myrrh, in its darker symbolism, is a wonderful banishing agent, but when used wrongly, it will attract the negative Forces rather than banishing them. But when two opposing energies are mixed with the intention of “cleansing” or “banishing”, confusion, instead, is the result.
When it comes to fragrance, all things sweet and smelling good attracts spirits, and, likewise, all things with offensive odors does the same — the difference is in the types of spirits they attract. Frankincense has a particular scent that is perhaps, otherworldly to say the least, and it takes some getting used to. But when you do, the fragrance is attractive and it is excellent in removing negative energies.
However, when incense of any type is being burned and persons around can not stand the odor, there are reasons for their disgust unbeknownst to them. It may seem to be due to their own preference of smells, but it is not they who dislikes the fragrance, but their spirit instead.
Remember that a spiritual message is conveyed when incense is burned, and depending on the message sent forth, it may repel those whose spirits or intentions are contrary to the message.
Thus, a person of pure heart may be repelled by darker odors, and those of a malevolent nature may be immediately repelled by incense of Light. But in any of your observations, always take heed to apply wisdom.
As stated before, fragrance itself carries its own vibration and the scents that come forth are the sensible manifestations of the invisible energy. Everything perceptive about the incense, including the fragrance, are physical manifestations of what the physical eyes can not see.
Incense is more than just sage and Frankincense. Anything from the smoke of meat on the grill, the smoke from a cigar (dark forces), the smoke from marijuana (prophetic forces), burning fire wood (nature forces), and so much more, are all forms of incense burning in the sense that they all attract a particular force, and yield a particular result.
Fire is mysterious and it is the activator and “life giver” in all things. Fire in burning incense is what opens the door, and it is also what closes the door, for it is the last to depart when the incense burning is complete.
So the next time you light incense, keep in mind that there is a lot happening in the action that you have just taken, even if you are lighting it to remove the ganja smoke from your environment so your landlord doesn’t smell it.
Incense Burning Tips:
- Burning incense in a condenser (incense burner) is always best for purification or ritualistic reasons. Stick incense are okay for ancestral veneration, however if you are venerating your ancestors by celebration, it should be done with an incense burner.
- It is also my advice to use a blazing red-hot charcoal, encouraging a stronger smoke, to burn your incense.
- If you are using incense for purification of your home or environment, it is always best to start from the back of the house or environment and work your way to the front, leaving the container at the front entrance to finish burning. Never go from front to back if you are trying to banish or dispel negative energies. The opposite is true for attracting positive energies, prosperity, or goodness, then burn the incense from the front of the house towards the back.
- Ritualistically incense should be burned constantly to keep a purified space. Every 3 months is good, but every month is preferable. If you do not know what to use, Frankincense is a good start (used alone).
- Burning incense can also act as a revelation tool. It is good for those who have difficulty remembering dreams, and also for revealing negative invisible entities in the forms of particular insects, ashes, or other mysterious things that may suddenly appear after burning incense for purification.
- NOTE: Know that the results from incense works with many different things here in this reality, such as time, conductor (what the incense is burned in), the prayer, and more. So if you are burning incense for positivity, ensure that everything else in the ritual is aligned with the same intention. Therefore if you are burning incense for calm and peace, it would not make much sense to be clothed in full black or full red, or to be in an argument, or to be having dark thoughts while burning the incense. Because as soon as the fire ignites the incense, doors will open and the result from your ritual is wholly dependent on what the ritual consisted of and the message that you are sending as well.
Whenever we do anything spiritual, lighting a candle, burning incense, prayers, etc. these actions assist in your elevation and spiritual ascension. But performing even simple rituals incorrectly can have the opposite effect, and block one’s way or cause destruction in some form. Apply wisdom before partaking in anything ritualistic, so that you avoid wondering why arguments keep happening, or illnesses, or stagnation, bad news, disappointments, or financial lacking, etc. Despite the “cleansing” you have been doing. Although life must be balanced, many errors are made of our own ignorance, and where they can be avoided, they should be.
We are all here for our spiritual growth through experiences, learn well and teach from what you have learned.
Love and Light!
PS: For people who light stick incense or any incense for intimacy or just for pleasant scents, or for any reasons other than spiritual reasons, know that all that is written here still applies to the action, regardless if your intentions are spiritual or purely for your own enjoyment.
PPS: The ashes from incense are also very useful and powerful! But we will explore that another time…
“The growth of one’s spirituality may seem very slow, but it can be hastened with the addition of patience.”Franz Hartmann
I always burned incense, but I did not know all of this was taking place. Wow. Thank you for this education. Big help. I just liked the smell of the incense. Now I know how powerful it is.
Yes there is much more to spiritual things than many people realize. You are most welcome my dear 🙂
Come to think of it, I have a friend of Indian origin whose home I used to visit quite frequently. Every time I walked in, I always ALWAYS sneezed, and not just once. A series of sneezes that would leave me drained of my energy. Strange because it’s never happened anywhere else, not in my home too and I do use incense a lot. I wonder why that used to happen. Since early this year, I stopped visiting their home and I feel at peace.
Oh wow, so good that you’re able to realize this. Always good to stay present and aware.
THANK YOU MA
Obara, I remember some years ago burning Palo Santo was all the rage. Can you tell me if it is a suitable replacement for Frankincense?
“PPS: The ashes from incense are also very useful and powerful! But we will explore that another time… ”
Is that for the use of making black salt? I believe that is the name but correct me if I am wrong.
Thank u ma for knowledge
Frankincense is the Bomb!
thank you for this post, the information is valuable and easy to read. i would burn incense in my room and even appreciate the way the smoke spirals up but didn’t realize that it could be read. it’s even interesting to know the color can have an effect on the message given. i haven’t burned incense in a while because my sisters always complain about the thick smokey smell. i will start back because i wanna see how my thoughts and words effect the smoke. 🙂
I Burn Frankincense Resin on charcoal every Monday throughout my house- I start off at my altar then walk from upstair back rooms to downstairs front rooms and finish off with it at my front door outside or in my kitchen (center of house)
I buy 2-5 lbs of Frankincense and It lasts for a very long time
Thank you so much ma’am for this wonderful knowledge shared. I am new to your blog and I am grateful that I was led here today. I am ‘new’ to spirituality and I have been burning Bay leaf recently but I never knew there is much more to it until I read this post (I am assuming it falls under burning incense even though I didn’t know that at the time). I will pay particular attention to the smoke but most importantly, I will take heed to know and do the right things when carrying out any spiritual work. I… Read more »
Lucy, I did not see your comment before but I am very humbled by your words. It is always very good to have information before embarking on anything practical when it comes to spirituality. Thank you again for your comment. Stay blessed and good luck on your spiritual journey.
Thank you ma’am for such a great knowledge. I remembered there was a spiritual work I did in which I was told to use a blazing red-hot charcoal to burn a material in which I can’t mention here. I did the work inside my bedroom in the evening and I wore white clothes and made my bed with pure white bed sheet as instructed and I said some incarnation without leaving my bedroom. The smoke was very strong and it lasted till the morning. When I woke up, the purpose of the ritual wasn’t achieved but unbeknownst to me I… Read more »
Benjamin thank you for your comment. Properly paragraphed and detailed. Thanks for sharing your experiences, I wish more people would do the same and we would have better engagement. I thank you for your kind and thoughtful worlds. May the blessings of the Universe and all it entails and of all beings of light and of all Orishas, and Ifa, all Extra Terrestrials beings who bust our earth and who oversees us guide and protect us, of the ancestors and all non physicals who have the goodness within them for humans be with you always…..Ase
Ase, Ase, Ase. All these prayers just for me . I’m definitely extending some to my entire family, especially my mother and my younger sister. Thank you Ma’am for the prayers. I really appreciate. It means a lot to me, especially knowing that you are the first spiritual elder, who is woman, that prayed for me. My experiences can be use to write a powerful spiritual book or even start a blog. I’m glad I could be of little help to whoever read and learn from my experiences. I love to share my experiences, just so my PAST MISTAKES won’t… Read more »
Love you too Ben
All I can say is wow! This is a very informative post, Obara.
So much technicalities I was not aware of such as burning from the back of the house and moving towards the front. I always just assumed that as long as smoke reached the rooms it didn’t matter the direction.
One question I would like to ask: in terms of purifying a house you’re moving into what time of day is best? I have always heard it’s best to burn at night instead of day. Is that true?
It depends on when the reason you are burning the house out. I will do a post on the time to do these things. Nice to see you here Mike
Aburo Aboye Ma’am Obara, This post blew me away. I must say that this is one of the most important posts you have ever written in my opinion. It is straight forward and uncomplicated which makes it look like an easy read but i know that this is power packed knowledge you just gave us. So many people burn incense especially for fragrance and this includes me. The time i began to pay attention to my choice of smell was when I read your post concerning sage and I immediately discarded the pack of incense i had that contained sage.… Read more »
“Long shall you live in health, wealth and soundness of mind. Though the human shell is weak, yours will always be strong and outlive the test of time. You will have the best of this reality and trample on enemies. The divinities will always have your back and work with you. Ase Ase Ase Olodumare!!!“
Lovely commentary. I loved that you did the experiment. Many will read, few will practice. Kudos to you my dear!
Lol @ dancing to icebeatchillz bad and naughty
Wow dis is deep;i v learnt alots from this post today.As a catholic i always burn frankincense wen am praying and i also like the fragrance alot. thank you for making me understand more on incense burning.you also talked abt spirit reacting to rice water pls can we kw alittle abt it pls.thank u always for the wisdom and the teaching.love and light always;we v missed u for awhile now.
You are welcome my dear
Asé Oooo Thank you for sharing your knowledge and wisdom
You are welcome my dear
Great post (as usual), O! It reminds me of your post about sage. It’s a lot of “you think you know but you have noooo idea” teaching here. Thanks for sharing. A couple readings ago you instructed to me burn incense because my home and altar needed to be smoked out. I didn’t question why (shockingly lol) but it did cause me to pay more attention to the smoke since then and I experience a lot of what you wrote about (especially the effects of praying while lighting) and my dreams that night. Please do advise what to do with… Read more »
Store the ashes, when we speak I will tell you a great secret about it
Give thx for the info Iya. I will be lighting incense with greater awareness of what is going on from now on. Maybe at some point you can elaborate on interpreting the directions of the smoke. Ire o
I certainly will Aboyade, nice to see you here
So if I may ask, which incense is good for opening doors and how to use them?
My humble request please.
Hi Vincent, I could have listed some incense and what they do in the post but I thought about it and realized that it would be irresponsible of me to do so not knowing the persons who will use them situation. In other words, I am knowledgeable enough to know that if persons want to “open doors”, as you ask about and I recommend an incense for him or her, the person may have somethings (spiritually) going on and the recommendation may not be effective if those things are not cleared through other mediums first. With this Vincent, I am… Read more »
I, will send you private mail then.
Hello Obara. I don’t know why my eyes were teary when I started reading this but am grateful for everything that I have learned from this blog.
Ore Yeye Ọ̀ṣun Obara Meji! I greet you with love, light and blessings May your path be clear and prosperous May your children bring you joy and abundance May your words be saturated with strong intent a d may manifestation be your constant companion. Your purpose is being served as you connect with source and teach freely. I can remember when I was made to believe that incense was a form of evil As I began to awaken, Spirit began to break down these barriers in simple, yet interesting ways. Many years ago I was in Spanish Town, near the… Read more »
Ase! Ase! Ase! Thanks for the prayer IB. My enemy have been missing for a long time so I had to come with a BOOM post and I think I did with this. You will not find this information anywhere not even in books. So I know you all (my people) and enemies are enjoying, (caws dem deh yah tuh). This was a beautiful comment and ah tell you IB, I always love your commentaries. It makes me feel that I did not waste my time writing especially in-depth my as as this post. You tell a story of a… Read more »
Thank you Obara for the lovely and insightful post. You always ensure that your bloggers understand the metaphysics of rituals we would ordinarily have considered as simple. thank you for constantly impacting us with such crucial knowledge. love and light always
Ifatunmise, lovely to see you here. You are very welcome my love. Love and light to you also
This is enlightening. Thank you ma’am
I dreamt and saw myself burning incense and woke up to go through my phone and I saw your post on incense
You are welcome my dear
Hello teacher we have missed you but I am happy you had sometime to heal, you are very strong but we all of our moments of weakness sending lots of love and light your way. I have missed you I hope all is well with the family, I know you must say this lil girl is Annoying loool what when you come across good people it’s hard to let go I have had many teachers in this life time even my children but your one of my favourite blessings teacher. please open back the shop nuh “crys”
It’s because I travel so much Jo Jo, but I will. I am
Back, I have not left the blog as yet, been working on some other things to come my dear.
Hello teacher we have missed you but I am happy you had sometime to heal, you are very strong but we all of our moments of weakness sending lots of love and light your way. I have missed you I hope all is well with the family, I know you must say this lil girl is Annoying loool what when you come across good people it’s hard to let go I have had many teachers in this life time even my children but your one of my favourite blessings teacher. please open back the shop nuh
what about people that are under spirit attack which you know they are, but they don’t know and they can’t stand any incense no matter what one it is why is that?
Well dem need deeper help
This is beautiful, we have missed you me Special❤❤. please open back the shop we need it I have so much to tell you I know you will say this lil girl is Annoying blessings teacher
Nice hearing from you Sis. I’ve been longing to learn the meaning of burning incense. As always thanks from spreading light.
Hey Jose, nice seeing you here
Ms. Obara, I greatly appreciate and enjoy your post. You mentioned cigars and dark forces. Does that mean smoking a cigar attracts dark forces?
It can my dear. It depends on the environment and also the vibration emanating from persons consuming this. This explanation is deeper than me commenting here. So very soon I will treat this as a post.
Soooo grateful for this post! Wow!
Hey Miss Obara! I love this post. I’ve always wondered about the symbolism of smoke when burning incense. When I light a stick incense on my ancestor altar and pray, the smoke always dances. Sometimes I notice the smoke starts to spiral like a mini tornado towards me as I’m praying. My mind usually tells me “that’s spirit” but then I later convince myself “maybe it’s just the way this particular incense stick/brand was built”. So this is pretty cool information to know. Thank you.
Hey Tiara!!! How are you and fam? Yes I believe this information is useful
Everyone is wonderful. I hope you and yours are doing great as well ^_^
We are hreat
Wow Obara, this reminds me of how you burn incense before we start meditation and also readings.
Now I understand better.
Also what happened at mine the day I burnt a lot of the frankincense you gave to me.
Thank you for your continuing teaching and enlightenment to us.
You are welcome my dear, love and light
I sent you an email, please take a look when you have the chance- Thank you.
I saw it and forgot to reply, please forgive me. Resend it because it is lost in a sea of thousands I receive daily.
Great post Ms. Obara! Hope all is well. This is interesting because- Just before reading this post I was burning stick incense and cleaning my room as I do daily (because I love the scent and energy it gives). However this time I was praying aloud and talking to my ancestors. Not long after, I looked over and was surprised to see that the sticks were finished burning. Seemingly faster than usual. I didn’t pay attention to the smoke but I did notice that the incense bun out quite fast. Next time I will pray and watch the smoke as… Read more »
Hi Sim, Frankincense and Myrrh are often sold together because it was what was given to the baby Jesus as written in the Christian Bible. But all had specific reason in that allegorical tale of his birth. The gold spoke of his life, one that would be of light and goodness, all that he was and would be to humans. He would shine and teach the golden truth to throughout his life time. The Frankincense was his life and all the splendor that came with it. Mystical and magnificent. The Myrrh spelled the darkness, the fight, the betrayal, the tragedy… Read more »
Thank you for explaining this!!!
This post is knowledgeful thank you Obara.
Please before I come with my observations can the incense be burn at any hour?
Can African incense be burn along prayers?
It depends on the incense you are burning my dear, and yes African incense can be burned with prayers.
I hope you are doing very well Ms.Obara, thank you for this wonderful post. Strangely enough, minutes before I saw your post, a house caught fire outside far away from mine with big dark clouds in the sky. I thought to myself, I hope that everyone got out safely and that I wished that I knew how to read the smoke! And here you are with this beautiful timely post!!! Every time I burned frankincense at home to cleanse my home of negativity, I and the man I was seeing always got into arguments where I would feel the need… Read more »
Hi my lovely, how are you? Nice to see you here. Maybe you should try another incense other than Frankincense. Email me and I will suggest something to you
Yes of course! Thank you very much 🙂
Welcome Back I never know incense had meaning. My sons burn it to keep the weed sent dot I burn it for the fragrance now I learn. I sometimes burn the opium, the musk, house blessings,salandwood incense U always open my eyes. Thank you
You are welcome MARJ, I have never left, I am just always so busy. This blog is special to me, even if it is just me alone writing to the world. It is my peace
Yay Ms. Obara you’re back!!!! We missed you!
I have missed you all too, but at times spiritual people have to go silent. We are forever in communication with the invisible therefore we will also mimic their disposition