Cleansing – The Art of Bathing & Importance of Water

Bathing is typically something we do to cleanse our bodies, ridding us of external bacteria and dirt that we pick up throughout the day, and the toxins that our bodies naturally release through our skin. Although many of us usually choose to shower due to time constraints (or perhaps not having a bathtub or a proper sized tub), this act of cleansing the body helps also helps us clear our thoughts, emotions and boosts our spirits. We shower to help us wake up in the morning, clearing the cobwebs of our dream state; we shower to wind down at the end of the day before we slumber.

Bathing also has spiritual significance and is a vital daily practice in various religions, such as Hinduism and Buddhism. Historically we have numerous accounts of the art and practice of bathing across the globe; Mesoamerica, Rome, China and Japan all incorporated Bathing into their daily practices in both public and private spaces.  What is it about water and the act of bathing that makes us feel so refreshed, cleansed, relaxed and overall just good? Water is one of the most important substances on Earth, and humans are made up of mostly water. We often turn to water for comfort – we visit Beaches, Rivers, Oceans and Lakes and gain comfort from the ebb and flow of natural water formations. Water is said to be loaded with energy and vibration, with the ability to respond to the world around it on an energetic level. Some researchers, such as Masaru Emoto show how water responds to external stimuli with simple words of love, hate, and gratitude. By freezing water he shows how crystallized water retains these sentiments; love produces beautiful geometric patterns, whereas hate produces deformed patterns. In short, we don’t give water enough credit, and we don’t perceive it as a life force in itself. Whatever the form it takes – gas (steam), solid (ice), or liquid (water) – it is vital to our physical and spiritual existence on this planet.

I’m sharing this with you because I have a lot of respect for water and I interact with water every day; I send Reiki & Positive Energy to my bottled water, my tea, my soup – any water that I consume (unfortunately our tap water is pretty stripped of natural stuff and loaded with chemicals). I am pretty thankful for it, as it is what sustains our physical bodies. You don’t have to be a reiki practitioner or certified in energy healing – all you need is thought and intent. Project your positive thoughts – love and gratitude – onto/into the water you are drinking, eating, interacting with. You’d be surprised at how much better that cup of tea will taste.

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One of my favourite things to do is to immerse myself in a hot bath, meditate, reflect, and purge any negative vibes that are clinging to me on my emotional, spiritual, physical and mental levels. It is simple to do, yet very effective. Run your bath water as hot as you can tolerate it, and try to fill your tub so that you can immerse yourself from the neck down. As the water is running, turn your mind to a positive space filled with love and gratitude – and send this or project this into the water. If you’re a reiki person, you can use the Cho Ku Rei or Dai Ko Myo symbol – simply draw it over the water or draw it in the water. I also like to use some helpers, such as bath salts, essential oils and crystals to charge my water. Here are some of my favourites:

Candles: I always have a candle beside the tub, typically a white one.

Epsom Salt: a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate that has numerous health benefits, including stress relief, soothes pain and muscles, eliminates toxins.

Pink Himalayan Salt: contains 84 essential minerals, detoxes the body, relaxes and soothes.

Dead Sea Salt: contains Bromide, Iodine Magnesium, Sodium, Calcium and Potassium; stimulates circulation, effective for arthritis, allergies and skin ailments, regulates cell activity.

Lavender Oil: brings positive energy, numerous therapeutic attributes internally and externally.

Sweetgrass Oil: one of the sacred herbs of Native Americans; used to draw positive energy & purify negative energy.

Quartz Crystal: Power stone, channels energy, amplifies energy, harmonizes & balances.

Citrine: Clears negative energy, protection, stabilizes energy, success stone, hope.

Amethyst: Calming stone, balance, peace, protection, help rid of addictions.

Rose Quartz: Unconditional Love, balance emotions, stress relief, eases anxiety.

*Crystals can be placed in the water or beside you on the tub. Note that some crystals cannot be immersed in water – some will disintegrate in water (such as Selenite), while others are not healthy to absorb through water (but ok to hold in your hand). Be sure to do some research on your crystal if you want to immerse it in water, as some will contain copper, lead, arsenic, cadmium, aluminum, barium, mercury, zinc, and other poisonous substances.

As soon as I step into the water, I feel my whole being give a sigh of relief and comfort. Take some time to feel the water on a different level – not just physically. Feel the love, feel the comfort, feel the energy. Take a few moments to turn your mind to a quiet place and meditate – or simply just exist in a space that is just love energy. If any daily thoughts or worries come to mind, feel them slipping away into the water, allowing the water to transmute negativity into positivity. Take as much time as you need in this space. Tune into your senses – the physical ones, and the non-physical ones. If you have trouble focusing, use the candle flame beside you as a focal point. See the flame dance and relax into the water; Smell the essential oils that you’ve used; Run your fingers through the water, draw patterns or doodle; Sense the energy of the water, inhale and taste the feeling of the steam and hot air rising from the water. Stay as long as you can, and when you’re finished, give thanks to the space you created and to the water for the healing. Get out of the tub slowly, you might feel a bit dizzy from the energy and heat – be sure to drink lots of water when you’re done.

If you only have time for a shower, use the Cho Ku Rei or Dai Ko Myo symbol on the walls of the shower stall, including the shower curtain. Or, use the same intent of love, positivity and gratitude to build yourself an energetic fort in the shower. I also send this energy into the pipes in the walls, and the shower head so that the water that flows to me is charged with positivity. Allow yourself to experience the water falling on your body, allow yourself to immerse your being into this energetic healing space you created, allow your troubles or worries to fall into the drain.

Once you’ve finished with your bath, you’ll notice how much ‘lighter’ you feel. You’ve given yourself a physical bath, an energetic cleansing, and purged your aura of stagnant and unwanted energies. Your head will feel clearer, offering a fresh perspective on the world around you. Take the time to use this simple yet effective way of clearing, and appreciate the gift of water. Enjoy.

Namaste.

Tracy

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Reaching Out to the Niagara Community

Reaching Out to the Niagara Community

We think everyone in the community should have the opportunity and tools to gain and maintain good health and overall wellbeing. Sometimes the constraints are ideology, with heavy scepticism of what holistic healing is all about and what our bodies need (lack of knowledge), whereas other constraints might include financial barriers or simply transportation and access. As such, Kelly and I have talked about how we can help the Niagara Community when there are these kinds of constraints to people’s wellbeing, and would like to offer some initiatives to those who need or want it.

 Post-Secondary Students in Niagara – Brock University & Niagara College

There have been concerns in the community about the wellbeing of university and college students in the Niagara Region; student Mental Health is a growing concern for parents, faculty and administration. As a university lecturer, I see numerous students that are stressed, anxious, and sometimes feeling a little lost. Many work part-time in addition to attending school full-time, and many have family obligations that demand their time. Excelling  and successfully completing an Undergraduate, Masters, or Doctoral degree is becoming increasing more challenging, with unanswered questions about what happens when they graduate; the job market is tough, even for an educated demographic.

It was recently announced that Brock University will receive $360,240 to partner with Niagara College and address the growing concern about student mental health. Numerous initiatives are being set in motion, such as The Holistic Wellness Initiative that will start by working with Aboriginal, Metis and Inuit student needs.  We have also seen some exam stress-busters, such as visiting puppies – spending time with animals is an excellent way to de-stress.

 Earlier this month, Mount Royal University in Alberta offered students free 15 minute Reiki sessions at the university during exam time to alleviate stress and anxiety, and to aid in relaxing. I was really thrilled to read about this, and think it would be great to offer this at Brock and Niagara College. Kelly & I will be looking into this, and connecting with people who could help make it happen for exams next year.

Meanwhile, we would like to offer Brock and Niagara College students over the age of 18 access to Holistic Services, without the worry of a heavy fee for service. A 30 minute Usui Reiki Session is only $20 for Brock and Niagara College students. And, we have a bus-stop right in front of our door (#6 Lake St Bus).

 Seniors in Niagara

Seniors in Niagara also face financial constraints and transportation issues. If you’re unable to come to our location, we can travel to you; just let us know what you need. And, we are also offering a reduced rate for members of the Niagara Senior’s Community: a 30 minute Usui Reiki Session is only $20.

Financial situations or lack of monetary flow should never be a barrier to receiving holistic healing. Although it’s a sensitive topic, if you find yourself in a position where you cannot afford the regular fees for Reiki, please let us know and we can chat about arrangements. 

namaste!

tracy