Written by Monique Elouise, a guest contributor.
You might have read my article entitled ‘Grounding - Guard Your Energy’, where I taught you to become more self-aware and in control of your thoughts, feelings, emotions and physical being. Well in this article, want to talk about techniques to cleanse your energy to wash away negative, draining vibrations from situations and people that may be pulling you down. This will help you feel clear, clean and cleansed so you ready to face life with a newfound positive mindset!
Cleanse Your Energy
Have you had a long day and need to disconnect from people's energy, negativity, or moods? Do you associate your 'work uniform' with work, and can’t wait to take it off? Have you had an argument/disagreement with someone and want to 'clear the air'? Can you feel ‘toxic’ energy or emotions taking over you, and just need to feel refreshed? You need to cleanse your energy to release, refresh and restore your vibration!
Here are some of the best tricks I’ve learned over time from a combination of personal experience, research, and travel around some of the world’s best holistic medicine hotspots.
White Sage or Palo Santo: One of my favourite rituals to clear negativity or emotions, is to burn a stick of one of the beforementioned, waving it around in circular motions (ideally with a feather and Paua shell to catch the embers) from your feet, over your body, the top of your head, and all the way down to your feet again. You can have the intention of cleansing and clearing or combine the elemental cleanse saying "Air, fire, water, earth; cleanse, dismiss, dispel" as you do. If you have time, open all the doors and windows and cleanse the whole house while you are at it, paying special attention to dark corners - low and high - as dark energy likes to lurk there.
Bath with essential oils: The oils I would recommend adding to bathwater are Lavender (relaxation); Bergamot (grounding!); Frankincense (purification, grounding); Peppermint (uplifting, refreshing); Eucalyptus (purifying), Palo Santo (emotional trauma, anxiety and depression - I love this scent!), rose (self-love); or one of these blends from my other business, NeoVeda, aptly called 'Balance’ and 'Calm'. If you can't take a bath, then make a blend of 3-5 drops of essential oil in about 10 millilitres of almond or another carrier oil, and apply to the temples and wrists or add them directly into your skincare products.
Diet: As a qualified nutritional therapist and studying nutritionist, I would highly recommend seeing a Naturopath to put you on a cleansing diet that doesn't involve just juicing. Nourishing your body with the RIGHT nutrients is incredibly important during times of stress, and that means a full range of vegetables, fruits, lean meats, nuts and wholegrains to optimize your nutritional capacity. Adding things like black pepper will increase nutrient absorption, and as a rule, leafy greens will help cleanse your digestive tract, alongside hot lemon water on waking. Good things to eliminate? Soft drinks, simple sugars, baked goods, fried foods and dare I mention - coffee.
Elemental quick cleanse: Ask the elements of fire, water, earth and air to take your emotions, and turn them into love and light. Try just asking the universe to make it happen, believe that it will, and watch the results come to you in subtle ways. Over time, you will feel this more deeply as you unify with your thoughts and the energetic power of the universe.
Energy work: Reiki is a great way to cleanse yourself of unwanted stress and emotions as it's like a mind, body and soul cleanse with universal energy flowing exactly where you need it, for your highest and greatest good. While the conduit (healer) may be performing the act, it is essentially your subconscious and superconscious doing the work, so remember to thank-yourself for following your instincts and taking time out for self-care.
Wash your clothes: Do you remember those advertisements showing germs on surfaces, before wiping them clean with disinfectant? Consider for a moment, that these ‘germs’ are actually other people’s toxic, negative energy that has clung to your clothes and followed you home – wouldn’t it make sense to wash them off too? At the end of the day, try getting changed into something comfortable that you associate with leisure, put your clothes in the wash and go for a quick walk outside to ground your energy before you relax into your night with a clean slate. Hello deep sleep!
Journal: A quick way to check in with your energy, and clear your emotions is simple: write about what's going on inside your head and let the words flood the paper. Start by writing about your day, and you will soon fixate on the real issue that is haunting your body, mind and soul. When that happens, you can start letting go of all the negative energy you've been holding onto. Cleanse, clear, release – especially great under a full moon.
Book a Float: Float/sensory deprivation tanks take a little getting used to, but they are powerful porthole for cleansing. Designed back in 1954, they have been scientifically found to decrease stress and anxiety; induce better sleep; aid with muscle relaxation; and due to the high volume of salt in the water, they cleanse your whole body while nurturing your mind.
Take a Cold Shower: Cold water that washes over you can cleanse and clear your chakras; help to rid toxic, negative energy; reset your mindset; increase cardiovascular and lymphatic circulation; is great for your metabolism; and aids in reduction of swelling and inflammation of the joints. Relax, you only need to start with a few minutes and build your way up!
Ocean Swimming: Want something next level? You can also try swimming in the ocean like one of my good friends recommends, and get all the additional benefits of salt water such as cleansing your skin, strengthening your immune system, reducing anxiety and slowing down the development of rheumatism!
I hope you enjoyed these tips for clearing your energy and look forward to hearing how these practices have helped you cleanse negativity from your day, to refresh your positive vibrations.
Love & light,