Is Autumn Season Good For Cleansing?

The Fall season seems to put many into a transition mode. In the Ayurveda's path, this could mean time to slow down, to cleanse, to recycle and recharge. In this blog, I will share different ways to honour our spiritual being, recognize our sacred soul, and shed emotional baggage that we have accumulated throughout the year.

Stones, seashells, water, sand and a candle can be used to symbolize the 5 elements

What Is Spiritual Cleansing?

This is a practice that allows your consciousness to get rid of all unwanted emotions, to let go of all limited beliefs. It should include a ritual to rid the old "you", to create space for the new “you”, and re-invent an improved version of yourself.

Why is Energy Cleansing a Good Practice?

When we physically detox our body with juicing and fasting, we are eliminating heavy foods from our diet to improve our digestion and metabolism. With our energy body, we first have to be ready to create the intention to want to get rid of all the heavy emotions and toxins. Next, set up the intention with what you want to attract or invite into your life; this is a nourishing and repairing practice. We have to let go before we invite in something new. 

The Three Bodies

Our physique is formed of three different bodies: the physical, the astral, and the causal. 

Physical: also known as the Gross body, consists of the five elements: earth, water, fire, air and space.

Astral: is the five organs or perceptions, our conscious and subconscious mind, as well as our intellect. 

Causal: known as the magnetic, energy field, or the Chi, Qi, or Prana. Wherever we go, we leave an energy imprint and from others, we receive their energy. 

This continuous exchange of energy flow is very organic and natural, occurring continuously whether we are aware of it or not. Due to this energy exchange, we also tend to collect energy that doesn't belong to us. For example, when leaving a place of devotion or leaving your best friend’s home, have you ever noticed that you feel energized and peaceful? However, after a hospital visit, you find yourself drained or can feel an overall feeling of mental fatigue or irritability. In both scenarios, you picked up other people’s energies, therefore affecting your personal energy field.

Our aura or pranic energies get foggy, like a dirty mirror, affecting your physical, mental and magnetic fields. There are different ways to do a spiritual cleansing: water purification, chakra cleansing, an incense ceremony or a smudging ritual.

1. Water Purification

Our bodies are over fifty percent water, so it makes sense that we consider water to be a sacred source of life and healing. It is literally half of who we are and well over half of the earth's surface. Water cleanses and hydrates, produces nourishment, and when we get into water, it holds us in an embrace that leaves no part of us untouched. Meditating with water can also be a powerful way to align ourselves fully with your support system to make life both possible and pleasurable on many levels. 

You may wish to meditate in physical contact with a body of water; such as the intimacy of your bathtub, the vast container of an ocean, floating on your back in a swimming pool or sitting with your feet submerged in a pond. Or simply close your eyes and use your imagination to choose a location. Whatever you choose, remember to focus on listening to your breathing while your eyes are shut. At the same time, tune into a particular sound of water -- the rushing of a river, the loudness of a waterfall, or the silence of the ocean floor. Also, consider how the type of water you’ve selected reflects what you are seeking -- peace from the hectic surface of life, cleansing power to detox your body, or mood-lifting for a more positive attitude towards life.

As we move between breath-awareness and water-awareness, you can begin to release what is no longer needed into the rushing river or completely release your minds into the water's embrace as you float in the watery womb of an ocean or l