Spiritual cleansing is a form of energetic healing. You can also think of this as energy clearing or cleansing and is the practice of absolving yourself of negative energy. It is the habit of continually reaffirming the purity of your spirit.
In the practice of spiritualism, all things are composed of prana – universal energy.
Albert Einstein theorized that the entire universe is made of energy. This energy vibrates on different frequencies. Lower frequencies reveal solid objects, such as humans, rocks, animals, etc. Higher frequencies vibrate so quickly they tend to be invisible to the human eye.
Every human body is comprised of multiple forms of prana. Low vibrations make up the physical form. High vibrations surround the body. This high energy spans 4-5 feet outside the body, scientifically known as an electromagnetic field. Within spiritualism, we refer to it as an aura.
Spiritual Cleansing is based on the concept that everything is energy. Energies impact and change each other. Cleansing your energy spiritually is all about moving, shifting, and recirculating stagnant energy. Since everything is energy, you can do a spiritual cleanse on your home, car, workplace, objects you own, places you spend time in – basically anything that you sense no longer carries a positive vibe.
Enter any cleansing process with intent and a positive, upbeat attitude. It is important to think or say your intent out loud. Approach the process in the spirit of attracting energy that heals and nourishes your soul.
This ancient cleansing method uses the burning of dried sage, copal, palo santo or other holy herbs to cleans a space or environment of negative energy, to generate wisdom and clarity and to promote healing. It involves moving through the space you wish to clear, with the smoke of the sage, copal, palo santo, cleansing the stagnant or unwanted energy. Intention is everything with this ritual, so before you light up, ask yourself what you’re trying to purify and/or heal from or release — in your space and in yourself.
Light one end of the wand. Carefully allow the flame to go out so that the tips of the dried leaves are smoldering slowly, and let the smoke billow up. You can blow on the end to release more smoke and fan the smolder, but keep your face far away (at least two feet), because it’s typical for little sparks of ash to break off, and you don’t want them flying in your face.
Start to waft around your space and through your different rooms with your intention in mind. Starting in one corner and “pushing” energy toward the door can be a good way to release bad vibes. Pay special attention to wafting in corners and near mirrors, as well as high-traffic areas like hallways and doorways. Also, pay extra attention to windows. You can use your hand, a feather, a group of feathers, a fan or anything that can assist you in waving the energy.
At the end, I open the door for a few minutes to release the energies that no longer serve me or the space.
2. Charge Your Water.
You can also bless and charge your water before you drink it. This is a beautiful and simple way to aid in cleansing your spirit. Crystal elixirs (also known as gem waters) are high vibrational potions that will add some sparkle to your day.
If you set intent, bless, give gratitude, appreciate and love water before you drink it, you actually affect its energy, and that change will benefit you.
I also use crystals in my water.
Rose Quartz, Clear quartz, smoky quartz, amethyst and citrine are crystals I use. I drop the rinsed crystals (I use large ones) into a pitcher and set intent for the crystal energy to charge my water and bless my body.
(For dinner parties, I often do a holy water for the table. I fill the drinking water for the table and add roses, marigolds and a few sprigs of lavender, or a handful of orange blossoms. For spicier water, use six inch sprigs of sage, thyme, oregano, or basil. Float them in the water an hour or so before dinner. You are offering a blessing to your guests. They will love it).
Does charging your water sound cray cray?
Check out Dr. Masaru Emoto’s research on water! His experiments offer a fascinating glimpse into the power of your intentions to influence your environment which proves that positive intent and vibrations can change your DNA on a cellular level. Remember, your body is made up of 80% water! ( side note: This is also why sound healing ((vibrations)) work on a cellular level too).
3. A Ritual Bath.
Spiritual bathing is an easy way to start paying attention to your spirit and soul as well as your body. A sacred spiritual bath always includes water and prayer, and sometimes flowers, herbs, plants, crystals, oils, and essences.
This is my FAVORITE way to cleanse old energy and accept new energy.
Water is a conduit for intuition. Water amplifies it, whether it is the shower or a great sea. Whenever you are around water it amplifies intuition. The body is a perfect intuitive receptor because it is made up of 60% water. Intuition is a fluid movement, a wave movement, and the body is constantly moving in waves.
Water is a medium for the transfer of energy. The power of plants, crystals and oils can accumulate in water, which absorbs the chemical essence of them to render them usable by the human body.
Make sure you will be uninterrupted. This is time for you.
Shower before you take your ritual bath so you are clean. You don’t want any dirt or other impurities in your ritual bath water. This is not a physical cleansing, you do not want anything to come between you and the water.
Personally, I remove all nail polish and jewelry.
Use soap or body wash to wash your skin in preparation. During this time, focus your thoughts on your intentions to cleanse your spirit.
Run a bath that’s comfortably hot. Fill your tub with slightly hot water that doesn’t burn you.
Light a candle and burn some incense.
Add 1 cup of bath salts to the water to help purify your energy. Salt is commonly used as a purifier, so it’s perfect for a ritual bath. You can use plain salt or a bath salt blend that’s made for a spiritual bath. Pour your salt into the water, then use your hand to slosh the water to help it dissolve. Here are some options for salt:
· Himalayan sea salt
· Unrefined sea salt
· Epsom salt
Include cleansing plants, herbs or essential oils for added benefits.
Plants to be used for spiritual bathing must be collected with prayer and care.
If you’re using plain salt, adding herbs or essential oil is a great idea. The aroma can help you cleanse your spirit.
Additionally, some herbs have cleansing properties. You can use an oil or herb or you can create a blend. (dried rosemary or lavender, marigold, basil, motherwort, sage, St. Johns wort, any citris flowers, rose petals, chamomile, pine needles, elderflowers and whole flowers. (float the flowers).
To use an oil, add 3-5 drops of essential oil directly to your bath. If you’re using herbs, sprinkle them over your bath water.
Lavender essential oil or dried herbs, Rosemary essential oil or dried herbs (not appropriate for pregnant women), Vetiver essential oil, Cedar wood essential oil, Rose essential oil, Rose petals, Dried sage.
Include crystals for added benefits. If you use crystals in your practice, consider adding quartz, rose quartz, black tourmaline, or amethyst to your bath to help with cleansing and detoxifying.
Soak in the water for 20-30 minutes.
Get into your bath water and relax. Submerge as much of your body under the water as possible. Then, close your eyes and focus on your intention to cleanse your spirit.
Focus on your breath to gently bring your awareness to your body and what you’re doing. This will help you reflect on your intention.
Pay attention to your breath, let your breath be your prayer.
Feel the energy of the water
Imagine that you are surrounded by God or the Divine.
Feel embraced by the Divine: held, loved, warmed.
Meditate on the energies you want to cleanse. Take slow, deep breaths as you reflect on your intention. Think about the reasons why you feel like your spirit needs to be cleansed. Then, imagine your worries, negativity, or spiritual blocks dissolving into the water.
Let go of the past. Take a deep, slow breath. Feel the water around you. Let it wash and cleanse every part of you. Think of the past, finished relationships, negative behaviors, violations and losses.
Let this womb hold you.
Feel its strength and purity. Let it wash away the pain and sadness. Allow yourself a moment of parting from these things. It is time to say goodbye to these parts of yourself and your past. Feel them float away. Feel the warm water surround you, comfort you, bathe you.
This is the womb of humanity. Let it rebirth you.
Feel the present.
Breathe. Feel the sense of your own well -being. Where are you at this moment? Feel your body, your toes, your legs, your belly. Feel the water soothe your back, feel the wetness on your shoulders, your neck, your face, and in your hair.
Feel this moment.
Feel the life force in your body. Float in the warm water, in the sacredness of this bath. Feel the living waters merge with you. Feel your connection to this polace, to this moment, to the universe and eternity.
Welcome the future.
Stretch your body. Breathe.
Think of your future. Let the waters waves bring your desire. What do you want or need as a person? Feel the water wash you with love and contentment, with the joy of life, with the presence of God. Imagine all the possibilities that await you. Envision yourself celebrating your new identity. Bathe yourself in the promise of fulfillment that your choices will bring.
Let your body air dry after your spiritual bath. When you feel ready, get out of your spiritual bath to end the ritual. Instead of drying off with a towel, let the water naturally air dry so that it evaporates off of your skin. This helps complete the cleansing process. It’s okay to put on your robe, but don’t towel off first.
Prepare yourself for a mindful experience.
We live in a world that places a lot of demands on us. Spiritual cleansing is needed when life gets too overwhelming. You can cleanse as often as you wish. It will always bring you on a path towards mindfulness and healing.
Remember that you cannot control your spiritual journey. It takes time and practice to reap the full benefits of a cleanse. But once you start this journey, you will gain insight with each session.
Joey McCune, a free spirited Seattle Realtor turned Energy Practitioner, has traveled the world in her studies of deeply rooted spiritual traditions and rituals in many forms. She is a Sound Healer/Weaver, Gong Master, a Master Reiki Practitioner, works with Shamanic Energy, and now lives and practices in Tulum, MX.
Her work with clients focuses on achieving a sense of balance, wellness and soul fulfillment and utilizes a combination of crystals, color theory, chakra systems, sacred geometry and Sound Healing, Reiki and Shamanic principles.
The views expressed in this article intend to highlight alternative studies and induce conversation. They are the views of the author and are for informational purposes only. This article is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice.