Copal is the name given to tree resin, particularly the aromatic resins from the copal tree Protium copal. It was used by the several cultures of pre-Columbian Mesoamerica in ceremonies and burned as incense.
Generally, the term copal describes resinous substances in an intermediate stage of polymerization and hardening between "gummier" resins and amber.
The word copal is derived from the Nahuatl language word copalli meaning "incense."
Copal is still used by a number of indigenous peoples of Mexico and Central America as an incense, during sweat lodge ceremonies and sacred mushroom ceremonies.
The hard, amber-like yellow copal is a less expensive version while White Copal, a hard, milky, sticky substance, is a more expensive version of the same resin.
In its native Guatemala, Golden Copal is the holy incense burned when seeking divine favor. Saint statues and other sacred items are blessed by smoking them in Copal.
Golden Copal has a much more rich and spicy scent than White Copal, and can also be used in rituals to attract money – directing the worker to the right path through intuition.
This resin is also used by the Mayans to induce a meditative state. Some Christian cultures burn it while praying the 23rd Psalm aloud to remove evil and bless the home.
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.