HOW TO TAKE A SPIRITUAL CLEANSING BATH
Step One: Clean your house or space – get your house in order, remove anything you do not want or need. Throw away anything that needs to be in the garbage. Get rid of any clutter, for this attracts negative vibrations, especially in the corners, closets and under beds. Organize your things in boxes or plastic storage bins. Once done, you may choose to spiritually cleanse your work area or your home with a floor wash or herbal mixture and burn some sort of purifying incense to cleanse and uplift the vibrational levels (the air) of your living or workspace. You can expect better results when you are totally focused on removing negative energies or concentrating on attracting positive ones. If using a floor wash, pour ingredients in a pail and add enough water to mop out the entire house. Mop house from the back to the front. [Spiritually mopping out a house is traditional to the Voodoo religion and Santeria belief system.]
While mopping, softly speak out loud verbally, calling upon the Superior Angels to come and cleanse your space of anything that is not serving your highest purpose or destiny. Then ask that the good spirits bring vibrations that are in light, peace, happiness, love, etc. If you have carpeted floors, you can actually wring the mop and pass it over the carpet as you would a floor.
Step Two: Creating sacred space or an altar is optional but beneficial. If you choose you can create an altar or shrine by using a small table, a dresser top, or a corner on the floor, for the spirit of the ancestors and/or the spirit guides. This is particularly helpful for anyone interested in ancestral veneration (ancestor worship).
Sacred space doesn’t have to be an altar but a state of mind. If you already have your sacred space created, cleaned and ready to work, then proceed to Step Three.
When setting your altar/shrine you may want to include pictures of your deceased relatives or items that belong to the ancestor spirits. You can also add inspirational items for your guardian angel spirit or spirit guides and teachers. Your altar/shrine can be fancy, moderate, or as simple as you would like it to be. However or wherever you decide to create your altar/shrine, it should be in an uninterrupted place – a sacred place. A place where you are sure no one will bother it. The altar or shrine is the focal point or rendezvous place where you maintain a relationship with God and those who have departed.
The basic altar should include at least one large glass of water, a candle (preferably white), flowers (preferably white), a symbol that is sacred to you like the Cross, Star of David, a Bible, the Qur’an, a prayer book or writings of inspiration. One of the reasons for using white and setting your altar with the indicated items is to set the mood for a very pleasant and uplifting environment that will attract intelligent, good, and superior spirits. Remember, the color white is very cool and calming and the vibration of the color signifies purity and truth. Other colors can throw off the mood and will attract other energies that you may not be ready to handle. There are many variations on how altars/shrines are created depending on the individual, the level of expertise or the culture.
COMMUNICATE WITH THE SPIRITS
If you are a novice at communicating with spirits, it is recommended that you use only one glass of water or a maximum of three-glass setup and one candle on your altar or shrine in your initial stages. For the beginner, simple is always better. And when placing that glass of water upon your altar/shrine, dedicate that glass of water and that candle to God, your guardian angel, and spirit protectors so that you do not attract any other unwanted spirits that may be hanging around at the time. For detailed instructions on how to communicate with spirits read, “Ancestor Paths – Honoring our Ancestors and Guardian Spirits Through Prayers, Rituals & Offerings.”
When dealing with the realm of spirit, the variations of how altars can be set and how they can be used are endless. Within various cultures and spiritual systems, there are usually a few standard rules to follow, however, spiritualism is vast and every individual can do and will do different things when it comes to the spirit world. It is not my intention to say what is right and what is wrong. My true intention is safety. I just want you to know how to be careful, to be aware, and to question how to deal with the spirit world. I do not want you to bring unnecessary harm unto yourself by giving or exchanging energy and light with unwanted, mischievous, and dangerous spirits that do not belong to you. I want people to learn how to be aware of what they are dealing with so that the correct decisions and actions can be made.
Your spiritual altar is your focal point for praying, healing, and using candles for ritual work. Your altar is where you will bring all your issues, whether they are in reference to home, work, family, money, health, or healing. After some time of working with your altar, you may see, feel, or hear a counter response from your guide. Your ancestors or guides will on many occasions give you messages or reveal themselves to you through dreams, so pay close attention.
Step Three: Choose a purifying incense to burn throughout the house, especially where you’ve created your sacred space. Sage, Copal, Dragon’s Blood, and Frankincense are good incenses to keep on hand and to do your energetic clearing. You will burn the incense starting from the back of your home to the front. While passing the incense throughout your place – softly speak out loud verbally, calling upon your Guardian Angel Spirit, your ancestor spirits, any Superior Beings or Protective Spirits to come and cleanse your space of anything that is not serving your highest purpose or destiny. Then ask that the good spirits bring vibrations that are in light, peace, happiness, love, etc. Incense is also used to help you relax and focus upon your desired outcome. It can also be burned to dispel bad energy or to attract good energy.
Step Four: Now get your herbal mixture (the spiritual bath) ready. If it is too cold then you can warm it in a pot on stove. As soon as the mixture is warm to the touch remove it from the stove. The cooler the better. Pour into a bowl and pray over it your requests and desires. Place it in the bathroom until you are ready for it. Take regular bath or shower first. When done take herbal mixture and pour down over the head, the back, shoulder, arms, torso, legs, etc. While doing this and depending on the bath, you will either be asking for all negativity or evil to be removed or you will be praying for good desires like a job opportunity, love, money, protection, spiritual upliftment, or clarity of dreams, etc. Do not dry off. Put on light colored clothing, preferably white. Proceed to step five.
Step Five: Light a candle, meditate, pray and relax preferably for the evening. Light one candle everyday for 7 days. Each time you light the candle you will meditate and pray your desires. A significant reason for prayer is to announce and proclaim that all unwanted negative and evil thought forms, energies, or spirits must leave your spiritual sacred space. In your prayers, you can ask God, your Guardian Angel Spirits, the holy ancestor spirits, and your spirit protectors to actually help you to rid your self, space, home, or work area of anything unholy. You want to remove anything evil or anything that is not serving your highest interest. You want nothing but vibrations of love, light, goodness, peace, happiness, etc., and to help achieve this.
To clean the tub when your done, add a cap full of ammonia to bucket of water and rinse tub and shower walls down. You can also put in a spray bottle and spray everything down to clear any lingering negative energies.
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