CLEANSING BATH TO REMOVE NEGATIVITY
Gather together your materials.
You will need one or more white candles,
matches, a new box of baking soda, a container
of salt. You may use any kind of salt; sea
salt is traditional and is available in many
grocery stores or at health food stores. You
may also use kosher salt, which is available
in a rectangular blue box from Morton's, and
is available at most grocery stores. You can
also use rock salt, which may take awhile
to dissolve, or regular table salt. I also
advise using about one cup of Holy Water from
a Catholic church. Most churches have a large
urn of this available for free - just bring
a jar or other container to transport it.
If this is not easily available to you, you
may just use the salt and baking soda.
Plan to take this bath at a
time when you're unlikely to be interrupted.
Turn off the ringer on the phone.
Run a bath for yourself. Make the water comfortable,
but not hot.
This is a spiritual bath and as such does
not use soap. If you are in need of a shower,
take that first, rinse out the tub, then run
As the water flows into the
tub, stir the salt and the baking soda into
the bathwater using a clockwise motion, praying
as you do so that the water be blessed to
take away from you all that is negative and
troubling in your life. Then pour the Holy
Water into the water, a little at a time,
again in a clockwise motion.
You may cross yourself with the Holy Water
first but do not make yourself uncomfortable
if your religious upbringing does not involve
Light the candles, and extinguish
the electric lights. Take the bath by candlelight.
Get into the tub, and relax
for a few minutes. Let your body unwind. Enjoy
the candlelight. Try to relax your mind.
Then pray. Ask for the Holy
Spirit, and the Spirit of the Water, to help
you, to take away from you all of the hurt
and upset and frustration and anger, all of
the sense of loss and unhappiness and any
other bad feeling you have been carrying around.
Fully immerse yourself several
times (I suggest four times).
Each time, go completely under the water with
your head and face.
Using your hands, scoop water
up and pour it over your body, moving your
hands downwards - in other words, do not rub
up and down, just have the movement of your
hands and the water on your body be down from
your head to your toes, to assist with the
release of the bad emotions and feelings.
When you are ready, "push"
out of your body all of the hurt, anger, frustration,
worry, regret, sense of loss, upset, etc.
that you can find inside of yourself out of
you and into the water. Visualize strongly.
Try to see the negativity that has burdened
you pouring out of you and into the water
like cream pours into coffee. See it dark
and roiling into the water.
When you have pushed everything
negative you can find inside of yourself into
the water, rise and step out of the tub. Pull
You may wrap a towel around
your hair, but do not rub your body dry. It
is important for you to air dry rather than
towel dry, but you can drape a towel or robe
about yourself if it is cold. Ideally, it
is best to just let yourself dry in the open
Go into your bedroom or another
safe, quiet area, and pray. I like the 23rd
Psalm here (The Lord is my shephard, I shall
not want) and the Lord's Prayer (Our Father,
Who Art in Heaven). You may also pray the
Hail Mary. Of course, you may also just speak
straight from the heart, and pray completely
in your own words.
This bath may make you feel
a little tired, so for this reason it is good
to plan to take it at night before bed, but
this is not strictly necessary.
You may take this as often as
once a day if you feel the need.
It is a good bath to take particularly when
under great emotional stress as it helps to
remove from our spirits and spirit bodies
the mess we can carry around, and helps to
bring in blessings, and helps to bring our
situations to the attention of the Holy Spirit.
Before you use the tub again,
I advise wiping it with ammonia, because
though you usually cannot see it, this bath
tends to leave a bit of psychic residue
in the tub.