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We are in 2021 and prioritizing self-care has become more normal than ever. We exercise, do yoga, meditate, and take vitamins, yet most of us still don’t practice cleansing (also known as spiritual hygiene), which are vital to our physical body and spirit. The term “cleanses” in this context describes the various methods and modalities used by countless societies and cultures to rebalance energy and remove unwanted vibrations. “Sometimes we can’t even fully step into our power because we have energetic blockages,” Dr. Griselda Rodríguez-Solomon of brooklyn witches he told POPSUGAR Latina. “Cleans, whether through smoke, liquid, chants, or sitting under the tree, are the best ways to clear your electromagnetic field of blockages so you can hear your calling a little better.”
Often external energy prevents us from connecting with ourselves, our guides and thinking clearly. The vibrations are very real and shocking. If we can agree that we are energy bodies that are constantly in contact with other energy bodies, how do we explain this energy transfer? Where does that energy go? The answer is that we absorb it, some of us more than others. If you have ever had a headache after someone has passionately told you all their problems or if you have felt very tired or suddenly depressed/anxious for days after being in a crowd, congratulations, you have experienced an energy transfer.
What are cleanings and why do we need them?
Well, there are many ways that witches and healers use fire cleanses, herb cleanses, smoke cleanses, and more. There are probably also things you already do intuitively without realizing it. Examples of cleansing in the modern world include Korean spas, camping, smearing (when done correctly), swimming in natural bodies of water, bathhouses, or what modern psychology now calls “grounding,” which is literally going out barefoot. When you spend time in nature or with the elements and you leave feeling clearer, calmer, and more centered, you’ve experienced a cleanse.
Signs that you need a cleaning
There is a chance that you are experiencing the signs and symptoms that you need a clean. Some of the most notable are connected to what I call our intuition zones. The first are the head, neck and shoulders. Low vibration energy transfers feel like high, tight shoulders; neck stiffness; Headaches; jumping awake when you are falling asleep; sudden throbbing anxiety in the chest; grinding teeth; and/or jaw clenching. However, over time, it can become more severe, depending on how sensitive you are and how often you clear or release those energies.
How cleanups have been used intergenerationally
For many of us, the first experience we have with cleanses is with an egg, which is perhaps the most common form, along with sage and palo santo. It sounds simple enough, but a room temperature egg becomes a magical vehicle to trap and disrupt energetic afflictions when given the right intent. In fact, many household items and kitchen herbs are exactly what the witch ordered. But, for many, the very idea of a clean can inspire fear of the unknown. But let’s be real, most of the time, our families practice these traditions in secret. There are such a myriad of ailments that when all else fails, people turn to traditional healing methods.
POPSUGAR Contributor that esoteric he remembered that cleansing was not something openly discussed in his family, but he eventually discovered that it was something his family not only believed in but secretly practiced. “I was in college and somehow a conversation came up about my grandmother needing to take her and my dad to a healer to get clean because they believed a woman in her town did witchcraft to them,” she said. “Cleaning and witchcraft were something my dad’s mother knew about and believed in. That’s when I realized, this is something that has been kept under the radar so as not to want to be judged by others. I felt deeply motivated to start delving into cleansing and witchcraft from then on.”
There are definitely times when you should go to a professional witch or healer, especially if you think outside witchcraft was involved, but for the most part, our energetic health is up to us to figure out and treat. Unfortunately, we are not taught how to identify the signs and symptoms, nor are we empowered to go ahead and figure it out. Most witches will agree that anyone can take a bath or cleanse, it’s just a matter of stepping into your power and not asking permission to be big.
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How to create your own cleanses
Well, first things first, we are going to have to listen to our intuition. Yes, you read that right, you will have to trust yourself. The first step in witchcraft is to believe and understand that your energy and your words are sacred and powerful. In many ways, making liquid cleanses is like cooking. You start with a water base and then add and experiment until you find the “seasoning” that suits your needs and tastes. I always recommend my clients start with liquid cleanses using kitchen herbs like basil, mint, chamomile, and rosemary, and adding holy water, tobacco (cigar, not cigarette) and/or Kolonia 1800, mainly because these are unlikely to cause skin irritation or interactions. If it’s edible, it most likely has a magical dual purpose. Use DuckDuckGo (you’ll get better results than Google) to search for “X uses/magical properties”, and you can go from there.
At the end of the day, most if not all witches, healers, etc. They would agree that it is essential that we incorporate energy cleansing into our daily lives. “I can’t imagine my practice, my path, my life without cleaning,” said Dr. Rodríguez-Solomon. “I appreciate this science that has been passed down to us. I can’t imagine making this world we’re in without cleaning it up. It’s our time, if not now, when?”
Go ahead baby witches, now it’s time to clean up!
White Clean Recipe
Many times we will see that cleanses and baths are used interchangeably, but here is the difference: a cleanse is something that is poured on oneself in order to eliminate and banish non-useful energies. A bath is something you immerse yourself in to absorb the properties of the ingredients. They can be used to attract positive energy, love, abundance, etc.
This clean is ideal for weekly use. These ingredients combine to disrupt stagnant and low vibration energy.
- 5 white flowers (petals only; better hydrangeas or chrysanthemums)
- Cascarilla (some crumbs)
- White rum (one medium-sized pour)
- Holy water (one stream)
- Florida water or Kolonia 1800 (the amount you want)
- tealight candle
- Ice (yes, ice)
“With this clean I eliminate all bad energy, witchcraft, evil eye, negative desires, jealousy, gossip, evil spirits, dark entities, everyone who wishes me harm, and [insert anything else you want to get rid of here; be specific] of my life, and I replace it with light, with love, with joy, with abundance, with strength, with protection, with wisdom, with clarity and with the positivism that I need to live a life in peace and achieve my dreams [ask for what you need and for what you want to achieve with a cleansed mind].”
Combine ingredients with 16 oz. water in a counterclockwise direction, taking special care to warm the flower petals in your hands before adding. Say your statement with command as you add them. Add ice. Light the small candle and float it in the liquid. When the candle burns out, pour the mixture over your head in the shower and repeat out loud what the cleanse is removing. Pat yourself dry. You’re done!
It’s also a great base to add to and start experimenting with.
If you want to give clean cleaning a try, do so, but be sure to do your best research and keep in mind that if you’re dealing with a problem, it’s never a bad idea to ask a licensed professional for guidance. or a medical professional.
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