Salt has been called “The Tears of God” and with good reason, as it is one of the purest substances on earth. Negativity cannot adhere to salt – therefore it is ideal for clearing/cleansing ones’ self. Before beginning ritual, even if only to smudge/cleanse a space, many individuals like to begin by taking a spiritual salt bath. Sometimes we need to start fresh, clean our bodies and clear ourselves – maybe after a bad date, a negative experience at work or just a streak of bad luck that doesn’t want to end. A salt bath can be just the thing you need, to “re-set” the energy and allow yourself to move forward. To start, know that you go into a spiritual bath clean. So shower, wash your hair, and wipe down the tub before filling it. Make it a full bath (as you will be completely submerging yourself) and throw in 3 handfuls of sea salt. If the tub is not deep enough, you can sit and pour the water over your head instead. As you lie back in the tub, visualize all the problems and concerns you are afflicted with – then submerge under the water a total of three times. While the tub is draining, sit in the water and as it goes down the drain see your troubles sloughing off and going down, too. Wring out your hair, allow yourself to air dry so the salt forms a protective film over your body. Note: It is not necessary to air dry, unless you are feeling afflicted by negativity. Repeat weekly (every 7 days) until weight of negativity has been lifted. It can also help to salt your mattress – remove all bedcovers, liberally sprinkle sea salt onto the mattress, then re-make the bed. It is an Irish tradition to throw a handful of salt under the bed.
Keeping a glass of plain tap water on your nightstand while you sleep helps keep bad dreams and negativity away so you can truly rest. You may observe the water is full of bubbles upon awakening – then throw the water out the front door. Refill/repeat nightly, until the water is clear and there are no bubbles in the morning.
It can also help immensely – If you are Christian – to keep your Bible open to Psalm 23 (“The Lord is my Shepherd”) and next to your bed at all times. Read the Psalm aloud every morning when you wake up and every night just before sleeping.
These are indeed troubling times, with plenty of negativity and bad feelings to go around. The suggestions above have stood the test of time and proven helpful to the staff and patrons of Talisman, my little new-age shop in Monroe, Connecticut. I hope they serve to help you as well.
Brightest Blessings, Laura