What is Copal Incense and What Are Copal Uses?
Crystal cleansing with Copal incense is one of the oldest forms of energy clearing. Using copal incense is one of the best methods for cleansing crystals and energetically cleansing a space.
History and Sacred Significance of Copal Incense
Copal is a natural tree resin that is between two states—it is neither a hardened resin nor sap. Copal resin comes from trees in the Buresa family, which is considered a medicinal tree to the Mayas in southern Mexico. These medicinal trees are traditionally used for clearing the body of diseases and also to keep mosquitos away.
Since ancient times, Copal incense has been considered sacred to the people of Mexico, as well as South and Central America. It goes as far back to the Mayan and Aztec cultures. Mass amounts of copal resin were burned atop the Aztec and Mayan pyramids as offerings to the gods and deities. In the Mayan ruins, copal was discovered in the burial grounds, proving its spiritual significance.
Add Copal Incense to Your Meditation Practice
Copal incense is a wonderful energy tool to use during your meditations. It is linked with the crown chakra, deepening your awareness and encouraging pure thoughts during meditation. Copal also helps to strengthen the auric body, removing all energy blockages. It is particularly useful in times of stress or even for alleviating feelings of depression, because it helps you to shift your mindset.
Cleanse Crystals and Energetically Cleanse a Space with Copal Incense
Copal incense is completely natural incense that is used to purify the energy of spaces, places and objects. It has a clean, light, woody scent that could be compared to pine or turpentine. One of the best copal uses is burning it to clear away all the negative energy and make positive changes.
It brings a very positive and loving energy that will fill your home with peaceful energies. We use copal resin and incense as part of our jewelry and crystal cleansing and activation process in our sacred healing room. Using copal incense sticks is simple. Try one of these cleansing methods:
- To cleanse your healing crystal jewelry, hold the piece and allow it to fully submerge in the smoke. You may notice the jewelry moving in a circle or back and forth. Keep it in the
smoke until all movement stops.
- If you’re using copal incense for cleaning crystals, hold the crystal in the smoke for a few seconds, rotating it so the smoke bathes all sides of the crystal.
- To cleanse a space, allow the copal incense to fill the room. If you have a feather fan, encourage the smoke to rise into the corners of the room. Tip: Light your Copal incense stick and set it in rice or sand in a bowl, cup or candle votive.
Use Copal as an Offering
The burning of copal is believed to call upon the God Tlaloc and the goddess Chalchiuhtlicue. Both of these dieties were associated with fertility and creation. You can light copal incense as an offering to this God and Goddess, if you feel connected to their energy. Lighting the incense in their honor will invite them inot your space and allow you to tap into the power of creation.
Copal holds a deep history and has many uses. Copal incense is a useful resin to work with for creating a calm and clear space to live in.
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Heather Askinosie is a crystal expert and leading influencer on the power of crystals, Feng Shui and holistic healing. For nearly 30 years, she has been researching the scientific and spiritual aspects of energy. After studying with the best healers from all over the world, she has used the past three decades of her career to translate ancient wisdom into simple tools that anyone can use to transform their life. In 2000, she co-founded Energy Muse with business partner, Timmi Jandro. Energy Muse provides tools of empowerment and inspiration in the tangible form of jewelry and crystals. Her crystal teachings can be found in her book Crystal Muse: Everyday Rituals to Tune into the Real You as well as mindbodygreen, Well+Good, The Chalkboard Mag, and more. Learn more about Heather at energymuse.com.