Cleansing is the removal of unwanted energy. It could be positive, negative or even just stale, neutral energy that is no longer needed. This is one of the most important parts of any spiritual work, especially for beginner practitioners because energy affects the way people feel, think , and act, and in this case, the out come of any workings you are doing. For example, if you were trying to manifest or do a love spell to attract your twin flame, in the same area you just cursed someone, the energies would get confused, potentially leaving you with an abusive relationship a few months down the line. Cleansing yourself is just as important as cleansing your space as it allows you to be more receptive to magick and its easier to channel your energy into your practice if your intentions are clear. Here are just a few of my favourite ways to cleanse yourself!
Ritual/ Spiritual Baths
A spiritual bath works to cleanse the spirit and mind, using herbs and other ingredients which charge the bath water with healing and nurturing vibrations that remove blockages and past situations that are no longer wanted or needed. First you need to clean your bath tub thoroughly as well as your body as soap is not used during the spiritual bath itself. Once clean you need to fill the bath up with water, Epsom salt and any other ingredients that correspond to what you are cleansing for, which you will then lay in, for 20-30 minutes, with the intention of cleansing and aligning your chakras. You may want to light a candle or incense, or play soothing music in the background while you are soaking in the bath. Personally I like to add lavender and rose petals because they correspond with self love and that is very important to me. I also add pink Himalayan salt, moon water and essential oils to my bath water.
This is a great way to cleanse yourself and focus your intentions before and after spiritual workings, however it may not be the best way if you aren't very good at visualising or staying focussed, as these are needed in order to properly rid your mind of any unwanted thoughts and your body of any unwanted energies. You don't need to meditate for a long time, just long enough to ground yourself and your thoughts so you are only focussing on thoughts you need in the now and not things you may have said or done in the past. This is your time to let it go. I usually visualise a white light creating a wall around me, blocking out unwanted thoughts and a dark coloured smoke exiting my body as I exhale, representing negative energy.
Teas can be made from different flowers, herbs, spices, and other plants and depending on the ingredients, correspond to different needs. For example, Ginger tea is great for stopping inflammation and joint pain but it also allows the brain to let go of resentment and jealousy, bringing you to a balanced state. Lavender is a great tea for calming the mind and body, which resonates with your third eye chakra (,your centre of clairvoyance) which in turn leaves you more susceptible to psychic messages and intuitive insights. Teas are able to cleanse your body from the inside out.
Black and dark coloured crystals such as black obsidian, black tourmaline, and smokey quartz, are well known for their protective and absorbent properties. They create a protective shield around you, so that negative energies will struggle to enter your space and therefore will rid you of the unwanted energies too. One of my favourite cleansing crystals that i use daily is selenite. Not only does it cleanse a space, a person ,and other tools, it can also cleanse itself so you don't need to physically cleanse it after its done its job as you might with most other crystals.
There are so many other ways to cleanse yourself but these are currently the ones I mostly use. A tip I can't stress enough is that YOU MUST KEEP THE WINDOWS OPEN WHILE YOU CLEANSE!! This gives the energy somewhere to go. If the windows stay shut the unwanted energy will just be bouncing around the room still and there will be absolutely no point in cleansing in the first place.