We all know that we are more than the bits that make up our bodies.
All cultures have had a non physical component in their healing work.
Some even have a spiritual component of their bathing rituals.
Spiritual bathing, or general space clearing is to balance what may be excess energy from too much focus, intense anything – including happiness – or ‘stress’ including watching the events as they unfold on the media. Do we really need all this in our sacred space? Home is where we hide away from the world – why bring it and all that drama into your life? May be in the form also of attention such as when being a performer, or a speaker, can lead to a charge in that person’s auric field which in turn can lead to a heaviness, or restlessness in their being. Different versions of Feng Shui, dowsing and clearing are seen in most cultures and traditions.
Spiritual Bathing is an ancient ritual found within the history, if not the current practices of most cultures. There are variations, however the essence is the same. The belief that water is sacred and purifying, can protect and cleanse from negative influences as well as used to mark rites of passage is well known across most human endeavours – and is found within religious experiences. Some bless the water.
An entirely different cultural expectation of healing. The Spiritual Bathing practice through the ways of The Maya holds a focus on vitality of the spirit, well outside religion. Beyond talking therapies – it is regenerative, and gives a sense of renewal and of rebirth.
The Maya Spiritual Bathing is a ritual using Prayer as a Medicine Song, burning Copal ( a resin incense), plants collected with prayer, and the main ingredient – pure water. This is an extremely powerful tool – yet is gentle on people of all ages, in particular children who are generally more sensitive than the grown de-sensitised adult.
SPIRITUAL AILMENTS OF THE MAYA
- Susto Fright or Trauma
- Pesar Grief
- Tristeza Sadness
- Coraje Anger
- El Ojo/Ojo Caliente Hot eye
- Mal Ojo Evil eye
- Envidia Envy or jealousy
Spiritual Bathing will also alleviate
- Soul loss
- Astral fragments
- Night terrors
- Restlessness with babies/new mothers who have had too many visitors
A simple thing all can do is with intention and gratiti0ude ask a plant to help you – ask which one wishes to = especially your rosemary plant – pick a twig – or two. Get a clean glass bowl, pure water (not tap ideally) and ask some flowers for guidance – add them to the water, leave in the sun a while, then dip your rosemary in and sprinkle the water from the lustre bowl over your head and through your energy fields, whilst asking for assistance and clearance – anyone can – you may be very surprised at how clear you then feel.
Perhaps extend this practice to the are in and around your house, your children, where there has been discord – keep dipping back in the lustre bowl. Thank all the energies that have helped you. Gratitude for all we have is a graceful way of allowing all that could be to resonate higher for you. A very different form of ‘smudging’ and one that will at least centre you to being more mindful of your surroundings and what impacts upon you and your life.
Smudging with smoke. .
The North American way . .
White sage and tobacco sweet grass and cedar – smudging.
Copal .. . is a blessing and can be used in any situation – just get some charcoal rounds, light one up, put it on something that can allow the very hot process to not burn you and environment and swing the smoking copal resin pieces, replacing as needed.
Read more about copal here.