After the holidays, I, like most people, found myself feeling incredibly drained. Whether it was the socializing, the food or the travel, it had all resigned me to the couch in a pseudo-catatonic state. While it’s easy to think this is because of all the hustle and bustle, the truth is that it’s because my energetic body had been depleted due to the myriad of activities I had been engaged in as a result of not just my traveling, but daily life as well.
In fact, it’s incredibly easy for your energetic body to become disturbed and imbalanced due to the intensity and disharmony of our modern way of living. We are constantly bombarded by harmful electromagnetic fields from wifi signals, computers, cell phones, cars, power lines and smart meters, among many other things, which greatly interfere with our energetic body. These can pollute our energetic sheath with disruptive frequencies that cause us to feel stressed out, tired and drained. Also, eating GMO and pesticide-laden, non-organic food interferes with the body’s ability to maintain the integrity of our energetic field, also known as our aura. And finally, being around negative people, often called ‘energy vampires’, also drains us energetically. They feed off of our body’s subtle energy, which, as you may have guessed, collects in the energetic body as well.
To cure my lame disposition, I turned to my three favorite methods to cleanse, purify and literally recharge my energetic body so that I could once again return to my full strength and health. These methods include: getting connected to nature, smudging with sacred herbs, and healing salt baths. They may seem simple and easy, but they are also scientifically validated, incredibly powerful tools when utilized correctly and regularly. Here’s why:
All of these different methods have their own therapeutic and positive effects that are subjective in nature, but, scientifically speaking, they all counteract one common enemy: positive ions. Ions are molecules that have a positive or negative charge, the more electrons, the more negatively charged the molecule. The human body, the earth and all living things naturally emit negative ions while things like dust, pollutants and electronic radiation all carry positive ions. The positive ions created by computers, wifi, smart meters, televisions and cellphones can clog our energetic field. If we don’t ground ourselves and balance, we can end up feeling tired, grumpy, or even getting sick. That’s why I love going into nature, smudging, and salt baths. They are some of the most inexpensive and powerful antioxidants around and absolutely great tools for keeping our vibration high and energetic field at a negative charge.
Per cc (cubic centimeter) there are about 100,000 negative ions near a streaming waterfall or ocean, 50,000 in mountain air, 5000 in country air and less than 1,000 in most clean indoor environments. Think about the energy that you’ve felt while standing near a waterfall, the feeling of being vibrantly alive, versus the feeling of a Laundromat or in front of the computer, the waterfall air literally recharges us, while the positively charged air drains us. As we move into the future as a technologically oriented society, it is increasingly important that we make time to connect with nature, our source and our roots so that we can truly thrive.
1. Get Out Into Nature
When I started to write this piece, I almost left nature off the list because it’s so starkly obvious that nature is a place where we can undoubtedly find balance. But then I remembered that sometimes I really do have to push myself to run off or drive to a national park (or even a local park) without my cellphone to zone out for a few hours. Going to a place near water is very cleansing especially because water is associated with our sacral chakra, which helps in eliminating waste from the body. Natural settings like running water or oceans have especially high concentrations of ions because the movement of water frees electrons into the air.
The earth is full of negative ions and thus being near plant life or any setting that helps us reconnect with Source is incredible healing and rejuvenating for our overall energetic alignment. Even just going for a walk a couple times a day can do wonders for our mood. When are in a good mood, we attract good things and it’s easier for us to create and embody our best self. The longer you are outside the better; however, even 5 or 10 minutes is better than nothing. Also, if possible, place your bare skin on the Earth when you are in nature to conduct even more negative ions directly from the earth itself into your body.This practice is known as grounding or earthing and it’s extremely balancing and powerful when practiced regularly.
2. Smudging With Sacred Plants
Smudging is an ancient technique to clear away negative energies that requires the burning of Sage or a wood like Palo Santo bark. The smoke from the wood or dried herb releases negative ions and actually cleans and disinfects the air while leaving a soothing scent behind. These can be found online or at your local metaphysical book store, I got my White Sage and Palo Santo at Malibu Shaman for a little over $5 which is about average. Both Palo Santo and Sage release negative ions and will cleanse your field quite quickly. One could also purchase a Sage essential oil spray or you can sprinkle dried Sage onto your food as that works as well.
Paolo Santo and Sage have also been used by indigenous peoples and shaman through the Americas for thousands of years as protectants against negative spirits and entities as well.Whether or not you believe in that is one thing, but either way it’s a nice added benefit in addition to the energetically cleansing and rejuvenating effects of these sacred plants.
As a side note, although I don’t recommend burning it, consuming the sacred indian plant Gotu Kola is also known to cleanse and rejuvenate the energetic body and has been prized by Indian sages and Ayurvedic doctors for these specific effects for thousands of years.
3. Healing Salt Baths
Himalayan salt, natural sea salt or even epsom salts can be found at any of your local health food stores and they are a great way to cleanse and recharge your energetic body, draw out toxins and get your blood circulating. Salt is rich in ionic minerals that help cleanse and detox the body such as magnesium and sulfur. Use about 2 pounds of salt for a bath—you want the mixture to be a 1% solution or 1.28 oz. of salt per one gallon of water.After mixing the salt in, let yourself soak for about 30 min, although again, anything is better than nothing and even a quick dip will have positive effects.If you want to add some fragrances for additional therapeutic benefit, you can use lavender or rose petals from the garden or essential oils of your choice. After the bath don’t rinse off, simply pat yourself dry and then lie down for a bit if possible. This is excellent for sore muscles, opening up the nadis (energetic pathways in the nervous system) and is generally very relaxing and soothing. This is my favorite method for cleansing any heavy energy during the wintertime. Sometimes the cold penetrates deep into the bones and makes us stiff and this is a great way to release any rigidity and also has the added energetic benefits that make it a deeply rejuvenating experience for the whole body.