Lydia is a practicing Druid who has dipped her toes into various occult organizations over the years.
Purifying Your Space
Purifying your bedroom and cleansing it of negative energy can be a good thing to do before embarking on dream work. I am not one to believe in evil spirits, but I feel that negative energy can linger. Negative energy can manifest as real-life events, and sometimes we sense negative undercurrents in our day-to-day environment. With a simple cleansing ritual, you can clear your mind of these lingering concerns.
A cleansing ritual is intended to get you into the moment and put you in a mindful state. Cleansing your space before beginning your dreamwork shows respect for your practice. It is a signal that you take what you are doing seriously enough to be reverent, and it turns dreamwork into a sacred practice.
Different societies have had different ways of clearing space of negative energy. For example, some will scare away bad energy with noise by using bells or drums. You could use a xylophone, a rattle, or wind chime to clear away any lingering energy at night. You don't want to make loud noise and disrupt the restful state, but sound always is a welcome element of a ritual.
Create Your Own Ritual
A bedtime space cleansing ritual should not be elaborate. You want to find something that is easy to stick to and not time-consuming. Since you will do this on a daily basis, you need to keep it simple. Be clear about the formula you are going to use. I would suggest creating a ritual of four simple parts that just takes a few minutes to complete. Use your dream journal to help structure your ritual.
Clear Away Clutter and Bad Vibes
Having an organized bedroom always has a positive impact on the mind. Clutter contains lingering energy, so free up some mental tension by eliminating it if you can. If decluttering your space is too time-consuming, I would suggest going ahead with the ritual elements anyway. Perfectionism can inhibit us and encourage us to procrastinate. Do not add an hour's worth of housework to your night and call it a cleansing ritual!
Cleanse With Incense Smoke
Scent is mentally processed in the same part of our brains that retains our memory. Using a stick of incense to cleanse the space can help create a mental shift. Hopefully, the scent of incense will trigger memories and get you in a familiar state each night.
Smoke cleanses a space by transmuting the material into the spiritual world. It lifts upwards towards the heavens as we send our prayers, wishes, and hopes up to something larger than ourselves. Smoke lifts up into an expansive amount of space and transcends our current reality. When we work with magick, we are opening ourselves up to a broader experience of reality. We are hoping to pull something positive out of that infinite space that lies all around us.
Smoke can help us tune into the divine by creating a bridge between the material realm and the cosmos. When using smoke in your dreamwork cleansing ritual, I recommend using simple joss sticks as you don't want to use something that produces too much smoke. You want just enough to cleanse the room. Try walking around your room clockwise to get the smoke in all of the space. You can also chant or bless the space as you circle the room.
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Cleansing With Water
If you do not want smoke in your home or you have sensitive smoke detectors, you can use water instead of smoke in your ritual. Water is a cleansing element. Indeed, we use it to wash away dirt and grime every day.
Water evaporates and comes back as rain—metaphorically, this represents something drifting to the heavens. There is a wonderful Wiccan chant about how we all return to the goddess like a drop of rain returning to the ocean. This is about the cycle of life.
Using Water and Salt
You can work water into your cleansing ritual in a few different ways. You can add salt to water and sprinkle it around your room. This works well if you are sensitive to fragrance and don't enjoy using essential oils. Salt is a basic ingredient in a lot of magick used for purification and exorcism. It was once expensive. Did you know that it is the root behind the word 'salary'? Used as a preservative for ages, it certainly would appear to have magical powers.
Using Water and Essential Oils
Mixing essential oil with water and diffusing it could be your ritual. Adding in an element of the sacred rather than treating it like a mundane task is beneficial. You could use a chant, mantra, or affirmation as you prepare the diffuser for the night. Sprinkling it or using a plant mister also works well. Remember that keeping your ritual as simple as possible is the key—you want to stick with it. If dealing with an essential oil diffuser is too much work, don't do it.
Cleansing With Words or Prayer
Creating your own song or chant can be a fun element to add to your ritual. Poetry comes easily to some of us and can also be used if it resonates with you. It can be soothing, uplifting, and energy-changing to incorporate your own creative routine into your nightly cleansing ritual. You could make it a habit to write new wording for a chant at each New Moon and then use it for a month. Whatever medium you choose, make sure you align it with your life goals and the emotional undercurrents in your life. Think about the areas in your life that need cleansing and purification when you compose it.
Devotional appeals can also be done nightly during a cleansing ritual. Asking a deity to help clear the space of negativity is powerful. There are so many reasons why working with a deity can be beneficial. Gods and Goddesses embody some of the broader archetypes of human experience. Seeking wisdom, guidance, and protection from a deity can be very helpful. Finding strength from a powerful religious or mythical figure can inspire the soul. You don't need to firmly believe in any deity to get something out of the experience.
Taking It Further
I hope the ideas I came up with inspire you to create a nightly cleansing ritual that helps facilitate dreamwork. There are many other ways to personalize your ritual. Feel free to add your own ideas and share down in the comments.
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© 2021 Lydia Workman