Now that you have become practiced with consistent and constant grounding, it is time to consider the cleansing aspect. As all things are connected, the major cardinal rule all spiritualists should know is “as above, so below.” Have cobwebs hanging in the corner? Those are physical manifestations of negatively charged spiritual energy that is still hanging about. Have clutter around the house? Your spiritual or emotional being will also start to feel cluttered. Think about your environment and really give it a good look. How is it representing or influencing your spiritual environment? Rigid or white gloved cleaning is not necessary to achieve a balance, but some upkeep should be regularly scheduled for the maintenance of your home. Keeping your home and body clean is a great way to keep your spiritual housing clean as well.
When you are physically cleaning something, you are also doing so spiritually, and at times this can work in reverse. However, don’t expect sage to physically clean the bathroom for you, as elemental cleansing is for a separate purpose. Sometimes items can take on a negative vibration or become negatively charged. Any element can cleanse but it is wise to consider the item, and your purpose before choosing a method of cleansing. Many spiritualist cleanse their ritual tools with one or more of the following elements.
Ever hear of a mud bath? Many times, humans have used mud or seaweed to draw off toxins from the body. The idea for items is essentially the same. To cleanse an item with earth, the most effective way is to bury it for four to six weeks, or even up to a year, depending on what lunar correspondences you wish to involve. Salt, along with some cleansing herbs such as mandrake or sandalwood, can also be used to change the vibrational energy of the item. You could always cover the item with salt for a time instead of burying the item, but please be mindful that salt can cause corrosion of certain items, and is very strong. Please consider how much cleansing the item should need -does it need just a touch or does it need to be totally blown away? Other crystals such as garnet, apache tears, or smokey quartz can be used to cleanse nearby items as they’re earth vibration can influence the energy of people and items around them. Percussion instruments can often be used in this element to assist with cleansing vibrations.
Be mindful that fire can and will melt most items. The most beneficial way is to draw metal items through a flame, or placing it in coals. Another way to achieve this on more flammable objects that you wish to keep is by using anointing oil. Be careful that you don’t stain or mark your items with the oil. Another method is by using traditional ‘fire’ elemental tools that many spirituals use such as by sweeping it with a broom, or shaking a rattle over it. Brass instruments are also associated with this element. As a side note, many people believe that fire can cleanse the soul.
At it’s simple form, simply washing an item off with a hose or faucet is often overlooked. Adding soap, is just another level of cleansing. Combining herbs and oils is often a way to bring it up another level if you feel water alone isn’t sufficient. One thing to remember is that leaving an item submerged in water for an extended period of time is not recommended. Water can take on nearby vibrations very fast, and standing stagnate can may not be very effective; running water is best. Adding salt, or making a potion or elixir is a great way to add more of a cleansing effect, especially of you create them with astrological or lunar cycles in mind. Stringed instruments can also be used to facilitate cleansing in this element, as their notes often remind people of running water, especially the harp.
The most common way to cleanse with air is by smudging using incense. Sage and frankincense are the most common kinds of smudges but you can create a number of different kinds depending on what you are trying to achieve from the object. An Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs can come in very handy in this method. A good way to do this is to use feathers, fans, or wings to wave the smoke over a person’s body or items to cleanse it. Tibetan bells, gongs, or finger cymbals can quickly chase away any negatively charged energy with their clear lingering notes. Woodwind instruments can also be helpful in assisting with this element as their notes take in the cleansing element of air to sound their notes.
The most often used method in this element is praying. Invoking by lifting your arms to the skies and drawing down certain energies can be very effective, if not a little exhausting. The best way is to combine the above elements in such a manner that all of them are used to create a cleansing method. Feel free to experiment with them in different combinations while being mindful of your intent as well as the physical manifestation of the item itself.