– by Flordemayo
My body is connected to the Great Source like a thread of light.
As a human race we have not yet learned to clear our ancestral trauma. Where I come from we have a practice passed down to us from the beginning of time. It is called Sacred Bathing or Spiritual Baths. Many people already have an awareness of this, but bathing is not just the way the western mind thinks of soap and water, it is how we think of working with the herbs.
It is important to find a way of stepping into a natural ritual. In other words, finding something that your body calls for and stepping into your natural way of ritual. This is not necessarily what everybody else is doing. As children of the cosmos we all have a sense of knowing, yet to deepen that knowing, we have to be in silence to determine what we need.
In the beginning, we are taught about baths of preparation for a mystical journey, for bringing light forth, for giving birth to a child, or for departing from our physical bodies. Sacred Baths are a way of empowerment, a way to know yourself and to cleanse all of your bodies; physical, etheric, emotional. For me these are the first steps of becoming self-empowered.
We are taught that the Earth is a living Planet. As the sustainer of all its inhabitants, the Earth is going through gestation. This has happened before and will continue throughout the life of our planet Earth. In other words, She is re-birthing a new Earth. When women get ready to give birth, or ‘bring light’ as my mother would say, we go through a natural labor for a period of hours or days. Our bodies still go through changes even after the birth. The same is true with the Earth. We all need to do all we can to help ease our change as we move into the future.
We are interwoven threads of light through which we communicate. Not only are the threads within and around our physical bodies, but around the bodies of all living things. They are around the planet Earth and all other planets. Our universe is that vibration and light which is the intelligence of all creation, my beloved Mother, Creator, Maker of the Heavens and Earth.
With intent and prayer we can absorb all we need to survive.
Recipes for the Sacred Bath
Remember to set your intention and express your gratitude, as all Sacred Bathing begins and ends with a prayer.
Dried Herb Bath
Take a handful (or about 2/3’s of a cup) of Rue, Rosemary and Sweet Basil (purple basil) and place it in a stock pot. Add a gallon of water and bring this to a boil. Let it simmer for about 10 minutes and then strain tea and pour it into a full bathtub.
Soak in the bath for at least 30 minutes.
Fresh Herb Bath
If you have access to fresh herbs that are over seven inches in length you can use them instead of dried herbs. Turn the water on for your bath, and place a good handful of each of the herbs (rue, rosemary and sweet basil) in the water. Let the herbs soak in the water for 10 minutes, and then get into the tub. To increase the circulation you can swat your self with the bundle of herbs, and then scrub your body with the herbs.
Soak in the bath for at least 30 minutes..
Fresh Lemon Bath
Start to fill up your bathtub with water.
Cut lemon into 4 quarters.
Use I quarter of the Lemon, for 1 quarter of your body.
Use the lemon to scrub your body.
Soak in the bath for at least 30 minutes.
Always the prayers and intentions come first
A Cosmic Blessing
Mother you give us life bring us hope.
Deliver us from ignorance.
Embrace us with your cloak of protection
Show us the way,
Hold our hands,
Give us straight roads,
Remove all obstacles.
Awaken us into this Sacred Dawn.
Allow us to shine like the dew of the dawn.
Little stars of light setting on the greens of nature.
Beautiful yellow light of honey.
Bringer of a new day.
Hope of tomorrow…Spirit of the Feminine.
Bring us from the darkness into the light
“I am a woman of prayer, and a healer. I have been trained since I was a very little child, in the ways of women’s medicine and spiritual wellness. From herbs, to insights into doing what is right, my mother shared with me the teachings of the old ways. I have always been a seer and a dreamer. I am called by the Beloved Creator to share my visions and the teachings of the Grandmother Plant and to share the freedom of prayer and the teachings of spirit that I have been given. I founded the Institute for Natural and Traditional Knowledge, and I am a member of The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers.” –Flordemayo