Friday, February 7, 2014

Cleansing the Self

Cleaning the self is just as important as cleaning the house.  If you're not happy, how do you expect to make your family happy?  Or your guests to feel welcomed in your home?  Faking it only works for so long, my friends.  

Last Friday, I wrote a post on giving your house a spiritual cleansing, so this post is going to be over few of the many ways you can give yourself a cleansing as well. 

Ways you can cleanse, not just your physical self, but also your spiritual self.  Cause let's face it, from our own emotions to mental illness to those we pass on the streets to the energies of a place, we can pick up some nasty, dirty, clingy energies which can really put a damper on our moods and connection.
  • Maybe ya just need to take a shower or bath?  How many times how I been feeling yucky or down in the dumps, only to hop in the shower and come out feeling like a million bucks?  Water is a great cleanser!  Often doesn't get the credit it deserves in our community as being a body and soul cleanser.  But if you need an extra oomf, add sea salt to your bath, or various herbs, a couple drops of oil, or even milk (and honey).  Sometimes I'll add a tea bag of lavender, chamomile, or green tea leaves to my bath, and just soak.  
  • You can also add stones/gems/crystals to your bath, but do your homework because some stones will break down in tap or salt water, and I believe some can even become hazardous when wet, or so I've read.  Same goes for ingestion of liquids that have had stones soaking in them; they can be potentially hazardous.  I cannot stress enough to do the research and ask experts!  Back to bathing safely: Depending on the energy needed, I've placed gems into a bath, charged the water with said stones and intent, and soaked it all in.  Favorites for me are amethyst, clear quartz, and rose quartz.
  • Add some charged waters to your bath, like say you've made Sun, Rain, Storm, or Moon Water?  Add it.  Though you might want to be cautious of any pollutants that may exist in water gathered from nature.  Just sayin.  
  • If you're able to, charge your water with the light of the Moon or of the Sun!  If it's possible, that is.  Not everyone has a window in their bathroom.  Or they have one of those high ass windows where there's just no point in having one.  Once, while bathing in a luxurious tub, I had access to a window, but the moon was just out of reach, so, no shit, I used a serious of mirrors.  I was kind of bored and just wanted to see if I could do it.  It worked.  I laughed at my odd success dropped an item that I charged in the Moon's light into the water instead.
  • Draw the Moon, Sun, or Earth into yourself.  Theirs is powerful when utilized correctly.  Don't forget to ground, though.  
  • Grounding can work.  Once when I was really stressed and overwhelmed--crowd anxiety--I grounded and got my center on, and it calmed me considerably.  I was able to conquer my fears, if only for a moment.  It cleansed the anxiety right out of me!
  • Smudging yourself.  Yep, take an herb you know is safe for you to use and won't mess with your breathing, and simply fan the smoke over yourself.  Spiritually Cleansed.  You can also do this with incense smoke, but I wouldn't recommend smoke from an oil burner....more of a chance you'll seriously burn yourself.  
  • Meditation.  Simply get in your zone of peaceful harmonious meditation.  Visualize yourself being surrounded by light, it can be white light or whatever color you need to give you the right type of energy.  White purifies, orange energizes, red increases passion, pink is loving, whatever.  The colors may mean something different to you and that's just fine.  Personally, I like to bring the light into myself, flowing through me.  Inhale, bringing the light inside, exhale seeing it leave with any nasty energy clinging to it.  I do this several times until the energy is clear of nasties.  
  • Chakra cleansing.  Once again, get in the zone, however you do it.  I usually start at the base chakra, seeing it spin and work on opening it.  It's not a easy as it sounds.  Not always, though for some, depending on method, it can come easy.  It took me a while to do this.  A long while.  I still have problems getting some of them to open, but I don't force it.  I just move onto the next.  It'll take time.  A lot of patience and practice.  When I've reached a moment of satisfaction, I do a run through of purifying energy, like above, then end the session.  You can use various ways of helping to achieve opening your chakras.  Don't limit yourself and do the research.  There wasn't a whole lot of research available to me at the time I started.  I've learned, tried, and failed a lot.  Once upon a time, I was able to get them all to open, but those days have passed, I've got a lot of work ahead of me.  
  • Clean your house or your room.  Sometimes a simple clean up, physically and spiritually, works.  Or if cleanliness stresses you out, take a page out of Tallahassee's book and wreck it until you're happy!  I like things clean and orderly, clutter and disarray overwhelms me, but not everyone is the same.  
  • Take a walk.  Go to a park, be it the city or out in nature, different people have their different comfort levels.  Personally I hate the city, but I know people who love it.  An urban sprawling cityscape is their connection to the divine or self.  Get out of your house or out of your normal habitat; stagnation can be a real downer.  Stuck in a rut?  Do something outside of your comfort zone.
  • Stones: wear em, put em in bags, satchels, charms, jewelry, whatever.  Charge em to promote protection against bad energies or people.  Empower them to bring your courage, peace, or healing.  Same thing with oils or scents, anoint yourself or spritz on some perfume or cologne.  Clear your space, your mind, and your body. 
  • Make Over! Beautify yourself.  Maybe it involves some things mentioned above?  
  • Exercise, yoga, run, go shooting, slap some paint on a canvas, get that shit out of you.  
  • Get back to doing your daily rituals, or create some.  Be them morning prayers to maintenance shrines or altars to whatever.  Whatever connects you to the spiritual and/or magikal.
  • Venting can also do wonders for ya.  Whether you're writing in a journal, typing on a blog, expressing yourself through artistic means, praying, talking to a friend, a deity, a spirit, a clerical member, family, a stranger; do what you gotta do to get out of the funk.  Best to not let that anger, disappointment, sadness, nastiness build up, because most likely it's going to explode and it ain't going to be pretty.  Explode outward or inward.  Neither are good.  

There are a ton of different ways you can cleanse your body, mind, and spirit.  Just try em.  Don't limit yourself.  Think outside the box.  Do something new.  Be spontaneous for a change, if it's not normally your thing.  But don't be dumb about it, don't wanna end up on Ridiculousness.  Gotta do the work.

** Once again, I am not an expert in anything.  Research, research, research.  Seek out professionals, cross-check, whatever.  These are just my experiences.  Don't get all sue happy and come after me if something happened to your ill-informed ass; not that that would happen, but hey ya neva know. **


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