One of the most effective energetic hygiene steps is also one of the simplest, most inexpensive, and least esoteric: taking advantage of the natural cleansing ability of salt. Salt has been used in many cultures since ancient times for energetic purification purposes.
A cleansing salt bath
For this exercise, you’ll need a 26-ounce container of table salt. It doesn’t make any difference energetically if the salt has iodine in it (“iodized”) or if it does not (“plain”). But it should be regular and not Epsom salts, which do not have the same cleansing ability.
- Draw a tub full of warm water and pour the entire container of salt into the water. Soak in the bath for 15 to 20 minutes. Sink down into the water so that your body is completely submerged up to your chin. If you sit up in the tub and read while taking this bath, your upper body chakras (energy centers) are not cleansed.
- After you are done, take a regular shower with soap and shampoo. You will emerge feeling calm, light, and refreshed. You may also experience heightened sexual desire afterwards. A salt bath thoroughly cleanses the lower chakras, which frequently get contaminated during the day, particularly if your job involves a lot of sitting.
How frequently you take a salt bath depends on how contaminated you get. If you work in a stressful, energetically dirty environment (indoors, with little fresh air and light, and under fluorescent lights), or with sick or contaminated people (in a hospital), you may need to take a salt bath more frequently than others. In general, though, twice a week is sufficient.
If you wish to make your bath even more cleansing, add up to 20 drops of lavender oil. Lavender contains blue-violet prana and when added to a salt bath, makes for an even more effective and pleasantly fragrant bath. For a different variation that has even greater cleansing ability as well as a different fragrance, add up to 20 drops of tea tree oil or eucalyptus oil to your salt bath. Tea tree oil has green and eucalyptus orange prana; both have a powerful cleansing effect.
NOTE: Do not combine two of these three oils and especially do not combine all three. Mixing them will pull out too much energy, even clean energy.
Salt shower instead of a salt bath
If you don’t have access to a bathtub, you can still cleanse yourself with salt. Simply take a container of fine salt with you into the shower, pour a small portion into your palm and then rub it onto your skin, one body part at a time. Pay special attention to your front and back solar plexus chakras. Allow it to stay on the skin for about 15 seconds, then wash it off. A salt shower is not as effective as a salt bath, but it certainly will cleanse away the portions of heavy energetic contamination.
Making and using “salt soap”
Salt soap can also be used in the shower to make for a deeper cleansing process. To make salt soap, all you need is a container of salt and a bottle of liquid soap. Any brand will do. Many people like antibacterial soaps, but others feel they wash away beneficial as well as harmful bacteria.
1. Pour out one-third of the liquid soap. (You can save it in another and add it back into the bottle as you use it up.) Add enough salt to the bottle so that the resulting mixture is slightly gritty but not so thick that it won’t pump out of the bottle if you’re using a bottle that has a pump on it. To make it even more powerful, add 20 drops of pure lavender essential oil.
2. Shake before using, and you’ve got a powerful energetic cleansing potion that you can use any time.
A cleansing swim in the ocean
This isn’t really an exercise; it’s more a tip on how to take advantage of the biggest natural salt bath available, the ocean. Even though shorelines are polluted to varying degrees, the amount of salt in sea water gives you a tremendous opportunity to clean away dirty energy. If you have access to the sea, take advantage of it. It really works. One Pranic Healing student tells the story of how, before her involvement with Pranic Healing, she contracted a serious blood infection following gastrointestinal surgery. After her discharge from the hospital, she was given heavy antibiotics and told to stay in bed for a month. As she contemplated her situation, she recalled a story her husband had told her. He had a cut that had turned gangrenous, so his grandmother took him to the ocean and instructed him to stay in the water all day. He did, and the following day, the gangrene was gone. So, the instructor decided to try the same approach. She booked a flight to Mexico and sat in the ocean for much of the next ten days. Her infection was completely healed.