The Sky Priestess: Astrologer, Doctor of Political Science, Spiritualist and Public Speaker
Salt Soaks, Gemstones, Oils & Other Methods of Re-Balancing, Healing or Shifting Dense Energy – A Hands-On Approach
Blessings to all. Many of you who engage with my work tend to be spiritualists, spiritual seekers and facilitators, empaths or highly sensitive people. I wanted to share a few techniques that I’ve been using, which have helped me shift some of the energetic density and deep processing that’s going on.
So in this piece, we’re going to be talking about salt soaks, gemstones, essential oils, herbs, a little homeopathy, guided meditations and visualizations. Use what tools resonate, and always seek guidance before trying something new.
Please bear in mind that none of this advice is meant to replace any medical / counseling / healing work that you do and that it is not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ prescription (see T&Cs below as well).
You can create a salt soak either in a bathtub, or using a shallow bucket for your feet. Many of you are already aware of the healing and metaphysically protective qualities ascribed to salt, drawing from various spiritual traditions. We use it to create circles, banish negativity and also balance the electromagnetic field (aura) of the energy body. Salt soaks are also recommended to address swelling / water retention in the feet.
You can create a daily (or bi weekly, or weekly – depends on what feels right for you) ritual with the use of salt, essential oils and herbs. I mix and match depending on what I feel I require at the time. You can immerse yourself in whatever mixtures you choose in the tub (just a little of each herb / salt / oil will do).
Turmeric powder and Neem oil are used for cleansing, healing and protective functions within my own cultural background, and they suit me fine. Bear in mind that Neem oil is fairly strong-smelling and that turmeric can leave stains on the carpet (so use some rags around the bucket/clean tub afterwards). But if you’re doing some clearing of stagnant energy, I’d highly recommend this combination, along with Himalayan pink or black salt.
Some people also use limes or lemons or even apple cider vinegar as part of their soaks (again, not too much is required). These substances assist in detoxification.
You can also support the process by lighting incense (sandalwood, jasmine, rose, lavender, frankincense – each has its own set of properties, and google will help you learn more 🙂 )
Those of your familiar with casting circles, guided meditations / visualizations can also intensify the experience by using mantras or spiritual tools that facilitate energetic re-balancing and healing.
A simple chant that you can use (get creative as you see fit) is simply:
I am Peace.
I am Love.
I am Whole.
I am Healing.
I am in Balance once more.
I am in Balance once more.
I am in Balance once more.
(or words to that effect).
You can also call upon protective guides, angels, animal totems, ancestors (if appropriate) depending upon your spiritual tradition. But as always, do stuff that you feel comfortable doing and check in with an experienced practitioner/facilitator if in doubt.
Essential Oils / Herbs / Homeopathy
You can enhance the experience of the salt-soak using other substances which have been traditionally used to shift, clear, heal and re-balance energy from a metaphysical perspective. Here’s a couple of ideas to get the ball rolling:
Rose oil – high-vibration, essence of Love, 4th / Heart Chakra
Lavender – crown-chakra, calms the nervous system, sedative effects
Neem – highly protective, purifying, acts powerfully on the sacral chakra
Nettle – (thanks to my first mentor for this one) highly protective, dislodges unwanted energies and stagnant fields from the energy body
Patchouli – grounding, Earth-energy, works well with serpent totems
There’s so many oils that help, and various combinations that work beautifully. Just do a little bit of research on what it is you’re wanting to achieve and experiment. Bear in mind that just a few drops will do and that certain oils are not safe for internal consumption.
There’s a also a lot of healing to be found at this time through the use of homeopathic herbs – though I’d highly recommend going to an experienced homeopath if you’re interested. I’ve worked with Ms. Kathy Stranks (www.kathystranks.com ) and am happy to recommend her work to those seeking guidance. One of the herbs she introduced to me whilst I sought her counsel was Lachesis (and that seems to be coming up a lot in the work I’m doing with people now). It is linked powerfully with the archetype of the serpent and works well in unblocking emotions or energies surrounding issues of power, repressed rage/anger and sexuality. I’ve written a little more on this here: http://wp.me/p4OUNS-x0
Gemstones can act as facilitative tools when you do this kind of work, as can guided meditations. Here’s a couple of gemstone suggestions that have been relevant for many at this time:
Rose Quartz – 4th (Heart) chakra, healing issues of self-love, giving and receiving love
Amethyst – 7th (Crown) chakra, clearing the auric field and stagnant energy, especially around the crown/top of the head, ability to receive Cosmic energy / Guidance
Smoky quartz (the real stuff is a deep, dark colour) – fantastic tool for grounding, connecting with Earth energy and releasing stagnant or dense emotions into the Earth
Citrine – 3rd (Solar Plexus) Chakra – good for bringing joy into that energy center and releasing the self from responses that over-identify with the Will of the Ego-Self
Carnelian – 2nd (Sacral) Chakra – great for healing or addressing energetic imbalances with the sacral chakra, including issues surrounding creativity, sensuality, sexual experiences and the ability to authentically embody Joy and the Playfulness of the Inner Child. Other stones that support the same function: Rhodocrosite, Rhodonite, Thulite
Lepidolite – 6th and 7th (Third Eye / Crown) Chakras – excellent for supporting whole-brain function and re-wiring entrenched neural pathways/processes. Of great benefit when you’re trying to take an old situation and look at it through a new lens/paradigm/perspective. I’ve found this to be a useful stone when working through the symptoms of PTSD, and issues surrounding obsessive thoughts or addictions. Works well with amethyst.
Bear in mind that there are thousands of gemstones used for healing purposes, and this is a tiny teensy glimpse into what they can do, and how they can support you at this time. Healing energy through gemstones is an art in itself, it’s important to remember that not all stones (or oils, herbs, or prayers, etc.) work in exactly the same way as they would for another. Again, turn to an experienced practitioner if in need of specific guidance.
Guided Meditations / Visualizations
There are plenty of wonderful meditations that are available free on Youtube. This is one of my favourites. It is a sacred chant from the Hebrew traditions that involves the archangels and their protection, healing and love. I ask my clients to work with this meditation before doing energetic work with them.
(1) Visualize a reflective bubble of light around you, be it in silver, violet, gold or pink, or even incandescent white. Whatever works.
(2) Set the intention that this bubble is a semipermeable membrane, that it can selectively draw stuff out and let other stuff in. You are inviting the bubble of energy to draw out whatever negativity or imbalance energies within/near you that no longer serve their purpose with you.
(3) At the same time you are inviting cosmic energy, messages from the Divine, from sacred guides and protectors, and from this session to reach you with the most possible loving vibration.
(4) Allow gold/white/etc. celestial light from the cosmos to touch the top of the bubble. And allow deep red/gold/earthy colours (that resonate with Gaia with you) to come from the root of the planet, or its core, up your feet.
(5) Let the energy from the crown stream downwards through your chakras, and the energy of the earth stream upwards. This way there are two currents of energy interacting with the bubble, all in 3D + more.
(6) Once you are done with your meditation, or you feel that the energy has shifted, thank your guides/protectors and whatever herbs/oil/stones/tools that you have used to shift. As far as I’m concerned, all these have their own vibrations (you could call it crystalline consciousness) – saying an energetic equivalent of ‘thank you’ or gratitude goes a long way in developing a more sensitive relationship with different forms of consciousness & their physical expression.
I’d highly recommend using or exploring these techniques as they have really helped me shift through some of the density that I / you / we / me / us are feeling at the individual and collective level. This is especially so for those who spiritually facilitate others in any form, particularly Priestesses who work with the energies of the Womb / Sacral Chakra energy.
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