We can all feel the difference between a messy room and a clean room. Clutter, refuse, and objects that are not in their proper places create confusion, imbalance, and waste our time. This is true for our physical lives as well as for our emotional and spiritual lives. In our relationships, for example, we can see how continually bringing up issues from the past that need to be released and buried can damage the present.
When life feels stuck, when you are spread too thin, then you know it’s time to spiritually cleanse.
Think of a clean kitchen. Maybe the kitchen is sparkling and spotless or maybe it is a little dingy around the corners but more or less clean. Now imagine someone walking through that kitchen with mud on their feet, leaving their muddy footprints all over that clean kitchen floor. If this were really your kitchen what would you do? Would you leave the muddy footprints where they are, ignoring them and hoping that they would go away? Or would you get out the mop and go to work on them? Most of us would not leave muddy footprints in our kitchens, but I am constantly surprised at how many folks refuse to clean up the muddy foot prints that have trekked all over their hearts, minds, bodies, and souls.
The problem of course is that one cannot take a bottle of pine-sol to the soul, but we can spiritually clean ourselves just the way we would clean a kitchen floor.
Spiritual bathing is a tradition found throughout the world and is present in many different cultures and religious practices. The use of sacred, purified water in combination with prayer and focused intention has been with us since ancient times. Special waters, herbs, roots, oils, and other preparations may be involved in spiritual bathing. Certain prayers, recitations, or mantras are also usually part of the rite. One of the best examples of spiritual bathing today is baptism.
For folks that are suffering from baneful magic that was worked against them or who simply feel stuck, confused, or believe that their luck has turned against them, the first level of cleaning is personal and physical. The most simple and straightforward way to cleanse on this level is by taking a spiritual bath. If you want to make your own blend try a traditional Three Ingredient Cleansing Bath by using any 3 herbs or minerals from the following list:
- Kosher Salt
- Table Salt
- Pine needles
- Mint (pepper, spear, lemon)
These are just a few options that I have personally had success with and that my clients adore. For a full list of herbs and roots that can be used for a variety of conditions my go-to books are Hoodoo Herb and Root Magic and Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs. If you have both of those titles and want more green goodness check out the herb section of my Amazon store for other excellent titles. Of course by this point you are probably wondering exactly how one takes a spiritual bath–what is the ritual? Download free instructions for that here.
A spiritual bath is usually the first step in personal cleansing, but it’s important to keep in mind that the places and spaces we physically occupy can also accrue their own energetic funk and need to be cleaned up from time to time. When it comes to cleaning any physical space there are a couple of guidelines to keep in mind.
Clean from top to bottom (this is just practical sense, you dust before you vacuum) and back to front. This applies whether you are cleaning a room, cubicle, entire house, or vehicle. My favorite spiritual cleansing agent is one that my mother and I make every year–Momma Hen’s Fabulous ‘n’ Famous Floorwash. I also like Mrs. Meyers Lemon Verbena scented products which are made from essential oils, are biodegradable, and phosphate free. Lemon Verbena is one of many herbs used to spiritually clean, unlock doors, open the way, and attract good luck. You can also add your own favorite magical ingredients to a commercial cleaning product that you favor.
Whether cleaning a single room, home, or vehicle start in the back and move to the front. When cleaning multiple rooms after the first room has been dusted, mopped, and vacuumed light a small white candle that has been anointed with an oil for abundant blessings or if you are on a budget, olive oil that you have prayed over. Place the candle in the room and let it burn all the way out, repeat a prayer or affirmation of your choice for blessings and success over the candle and then proceed to the next room of the house. An appropriate incense may also be left to burn in the room along with the candle.
If you have co-workers who are negative or attract bad luck or you are stuck in a job that is not rocking your world or dealing with aggressive supervisors then magically cleaning your work space, office, or cubicle is a good idea. Follow the same basic guidelines for cleaning a house. Skip lighting the candle and the incense, and if vacuuming is not feasible then lightly dust your area with sachet powder for abundance and good fortune, like Promise Land.
Vehicles are another area that can benefit from spiritual cleanings. Again, the principle is the same–cleanse from top to bottom and back to front. Make sure that you cleanse the inside and outside of the vehicle, including the tires. Use a blend of Promise Land and Get Thee Behind Me sachet powders dusted lightly on the tires and into the carpet of the vehicle.These smell wonderful and provide an extra added layer of protection.
A final common question is, once you have spiritually cleansed the home and taken a spiritual bath, what can do you to keep the work going? One traditional way of maintaining that so fresh and so clean feeling in between major spiritual house cleanings or spiritual bathing rites is to smudge yourself with a wing feather or a feather whisk. Depending on your spiritual tradition(s) working with black hen feathers, Turkey Vulture feathers, a Turkey tail fan, or Dove feathers may be appropriate.
Why birds specifically? Chickens and Turkeys are all ground dwelling birds that forage food and have a varied diet, they can adapt to different kinds of food, and left to their own devices their diets include a large percentage of insects and bugs that also happen to be parasites. As they search out and consume pests in life, they are believed to spiritually search out and consume parasites and negative gunk that may have become attached to you. Turkey Vultures, also known as Buzzards in America, are carrion feeders that have powerful organisms in their gut that can transfer something rotting and spoiled into valuable, life-sustaining nutrients. Birds like Doves, Hawks, and Owls all have deep folkloric significance and their feathers are used in ritual settings. Remember, however, that the last two especially are often protected under the Migratory Bird Species Protection Act and harvesting feathers from them is illegal unless you have the right license.
If working with bird feathers does not appeal then a bundle of herbs-either fresh or dried-can be used instead. This is something that can be done on a daily or weekly basis-when you wake up in the morning or when you come home at the end of the day. Start at your head and work your way down brushing off any negative juju you feel that you may have picked up during the course of your day.
Fumigating or smudging with an appropriate incense can also be a fast way to clean in between spiritual baths. Another good trick? Use a soap that is made with one of the cleansing herbs mentioned above-or a herb and essential oil combination that resonates for you as your daily soap. Do note: none of these quick tricks make up for or replace the full benefits derived from a spiritual bath but they can help to keep you clean and refreshed on a daily basis!
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