Full Moon Cleansing Ritual With Palo Santo
Let's look into why full moon cleansing can be beneficial.
A full moon event is a time to release unwanted energy in your life and to begin a new cycle. You can track phases of the moon using this Moon Phases Calendar. In our daily lives we are faced with circumstances that affect us physically, mentally, and emotionally. Through these encounters we absorb energy almost unknowingly and we radiate that energy to our surroundings. We hold on to some of these energies and carry them with us. These energies are not always negative or destructive energies, they can be positive and beneficial as well. The unwanted energies we absorbed however can affect us in our daily lives. Human beings are holistic beings; this means that we are body, mind and spirit. We are influenced mentally and physically by the energy radiated by those around us. Occasionally, it can be beneficial to reflect on our internal energy and cleanse our body, mind, and spirit. It is a time to let go of fears, and, or self-criticism. A full moon event signals the end of a cycle and is the perfect time for such a cleanse. It can also be a time to make some vows or changes you would like to commit to. Let us take some time now to learn how to take some weight off your shoulders by taking advantage of a full moon event for a spiritual cleanse.
Cleansing with Palo Santo: A full moon cleansing that is done with fire and smoke affects our mental and intellectual nature. When we light incense or smudging sticks we are activating the mental plane and expressing the elemental force of the air.
What you will need:
- A stick of Palo Santo
- A smudging bowl or plate
- A list of thoughts you want to disperse or vows you want make
Burn a stick of Palo Santo in a room of your choice. Choose one that connects better with you, this will be your sacred space. You should feel comfortable and at peace in this room. You will need to enter into a meditative state so it is important that you are at peace in this space. Burn the Palo Santo to cleanse your sacred space of negative energy in preparation for your spiritual cleanse. Make sure the space is well ventilated and all available doors and windows are open. Chant the mantra of your choice in the room for 20 minutes. You can find a great list of mantas at Mind Valley Academy. A mantra can help disperse unwanted energy, which is why mantras are universally used as part of many meditation routines to clear the mind of thoughts. Now that your mind is clear, you are ready to begin cleansing your body, mind, and spirit of unwanted energies. Do this by focusing on the energy you want to release. Whisper to yourself what is negatively affecting your being, and tell that energy to disperse. Some like to write these thoughts on paper and burn them in a fire to symbolically release those thoughts or vows. This is an exercise in self awareness. It is extremely beneficial to reflect on your thoughts and really look at what is going on in your mind. Our lives are hectic and we need time to ourselves in our sacred space to look into our minds and acknowledge things that we would otherwise not notice. A regular full moon cleansing can be just what you need to re-energize your spirit.