For many cultures, bathing is a ritualist activity.…Symbolically, its very powerful to the mind to ‘wash away’ cares and stresses. Through my work with various practitioners and facilitators, I’ve put together a ‘recipe’ of the most powerful techniques to change your bath from simply cleansing – to completely rejuvenating. This process can be incredibly powerful – and the more intent you put into it – the greater the change you will experience.
Clean Your Bathroom
For various reasons…this will symbolically cleanse stagnant or slow moving energy from the room. It will psychologically keep your mind from obsessing about the dirt, and allow you to fully relax.
The oils in the bath will absorb into your skin – having a direct therapeutic effect, and you will also inhale them from the steam. This will create vibrational changes in your brain and energy body, helping your mind to let go, and helping the subconscious to re-write new programming. It will make you more relaxed, open and free. If you are not sure what to use, ask your aromatherapist to create you a renewal blend. I often use a custom blend containing: Citronella, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Melaleuca, Lavender and Myrtle.
Change Your Space
Light a minimum of three candles, and place them around your tub. All proper ceremonies use candles around the perimeter as this prevents negative energy. You then want to visualize a warm golden glow that expands out of your chest and envelops the bathroom in a gold bubble. From this point on, do your best to only bring positive thoughts into the space. If it matches with your beliefs say a prayer, or mentally project your intention to strip away everything that is not useful to you – cleansing your mind body and spirit.
Fill Your Tub
Add a heavy dose of epsom salts, and several drops of your oils to the water. I recommend a custom blend containing Citronella, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Melaleuca, Lavender and Myrtle. So you can use that as a guide if you are going to mix your own – if you are on a budget – go for Eucalyptus or Lavender with some pink Himalayan Sea Salts.
Soak and Think Carefully
The time that you spend in the bath at this stage is important. By charging the space, playing frequencies into the water and using the oils, you have created a very vibrationally positive space. As you are soaking all of this in, try not to think so much. Just exist in the water. If you cannot NOT think, focus on the positive traits you are going to practice moving forward. Say affirmations to yourself, think of people you love, and just FEEl great. If negative thoughts do pop up, envision them floating off your skin like dirt into the water, leaving you clean and light.
Sink the Old You Down the Drain
When you’re ready to get out, pull the plug while you are still in the tub. Sit for a moment as the water swirls down the drain, and envision all those negative thoughts, heaviness and fatigue going down the drain. Step out of the tub as a whole you.
When you are doing this exercise, you want to engage every one of your sense – sight, smell, texture, sound in positivity and light. The more vividly you can visualize and state your intent, the more powerful this process will be. I do this specifically on my birthday, and New Years, because it helps me feel like I’m starting over.