MINDFUL BATHING: The Greatest Bio-Hack of All Time
If your curiosity has landed you this page, then it’s entirely possible that this technology is for you. Let synchronicity and your divine curiosity allow you to explore new ways of being…
In the spirit of Being The Change, using time wisely and being more mindful, we suggest turning daily cleansing routines into Rituals of Self-care & Self-Creation by consciously adding elements of intention and imagination into the mix.
You don’t need to understand the traditions of Magic and ceremony, endorphins and neuroscience, hydrotherapy, or even meditation. It’s all about doing The Great Work in Divine Play! Simply use the power of water, intention and your imagination to conjure up feelings and visions that can help you rewire your body-mind and transmute your inner obstacles into outer pathways towards making your life a beautiful and authentic work of Art.
A daily bathing practice like this creates change on every level - body/mind/soul. Use these steps as a trail guide to get you started, and feel free to explore and evolve the steps along the way as you and your life begin to change as a result. The more creative, intentional and attentive you are, the more powerful your ability to manifest will become.
One fundamental principle we recommend is Quality Over Quantity:
Start by working on manifesting qualities of character within yourself and let the material world around you change as a result. We’ve found from experience that manifesting qualities (like the ones suggested below) brings about more authentic and positive changes than focusing all your attention on manifesting material things. Not that manifesting some material wealth and beauty is out of the question either…
For more ideas and to learn more about the technology of Magic within the Hermetic Arts check out Magic, The Simple Truth - Alchemy for Today’s World by Sylvia Bennett
1) THE DRAWING OF THE RITUAL BATH of SELF-CREATION
Set your intention by setting the mood. Work with color, sound, and scent through lighting and incense. If you are so inclined, create a bath altar and a good playlist. Begin by tuning in to your physical body, and relax with some deep breaths. Imagine you’re surrounded by and breathing in a warm white and golden light and just chill out and relax into it. Imagine that as you set the space that you’re also filling it with Light. Take some time to connect to your intentions while you set the mood of the space with the colors, scents, and even images that symbolize the answers to the two great questions of genuinely creative life:
1) What do I want to create (or receive)?
2) What do I want to let go of?
2) WORKING WITH INTENTION IN THE BATH
Once your bath is drawn and you’re clear on your intentions, try forming them into short and straightforward mantras by working with powerful statements that go something like this:
I choose to receive_________(a wealth of manifest love, freedom, ease, compassion, my authentic voice, my true calling, wisdom, grace, patience, a sense of humor, freedom - you get the idea, significant heartfelt qualities of character and self-awareness)
I choose to let go of __________(fear, arrogance, victim, impatience, self-importance, self-condemnation, shame - all the fearful, ego-driven little devils we all share…)
As you enter the bath or shower, keep breathing deeply and relax into the warm water. Imagine that the water is light and it’s flowing through you and around you. Be present with these feelings and try to make them as complete and full a mind-body experience as you can (this is the neuroscience part). As you conjure and invoke the Light, start to run energy to your mantras by repeating them either silently in your mind or aloud to yourself. Sing them, chant them or just say them with a sense of play and lightness. Keep the energy moving by declaring them as often as you like during the rest of the bath ritual whenever it feels good. Imagine you can feel the energy of the mantra working within you.
3) CLEANSING HABITS AS RITUALS OF SELF-CARE & SELF-CREATION
May your bath of beauty runneth over!
Washing and nourishing your body-mind-soul temple with all natural products that are essential-oil-based brings an ancient element of blessing, purification, and Magic into the modern bath. This kind of bathing practice is a way to reconnect with Mother Nature and align your inner nature with more magnificent celestial harmonies and rhythms. Essential oils are considered to be the soul of the plant. It’s a big blessing of modern life to have such easy, affordable access to these little miracles of the plant kingdom. They are highly concentrated aromatic treasures. In Alchemy we see the soul of the plants as helpers in connecting us to the essence of Creation. And since Magic is the Art of turning your trash into treasure - you can view plants and their souls as helpers along the path of Self-creation.
At first, this approach may take some time to get used to. Indeed our modern life seems designed to pull you away from your center. But very soon, though, you will notice profound inner and outer changes in yourself and your world as you make time to appreciate and give back to your whole Self. When you have the time, you can get as detailed and indulgent as you wish. When you’re pinched for time just focus your attention on your mantras and imagine the water is Light, and let it do its thing. Water is a sacred blessing, and so is your imagination, things we totally take for granted. Hot water also includes the element of Fire. By working with Water and Fire in this way, you’re closing a loop of Creation and allowing it the power to bless, heal and transform your life.
When you’re done with each bath ritual, take the good feelings with you. Keep using your mantras whenever you want and whenever you feel you need them - like when you’re stressed and triggered. Using mantras is the way to break the old ego loops and quiet the monkey mind by consistently choosing to turn your mind towards the qualities of mind and heart you sincerely wish to embody when you’re in moments of high stress. You don’t have to believe it yet. Indeed, in the beginning, your ego will not think it’s working at all. But it does work only because energy is always doing things and the mind directs energy through any firmly held intention to make things happen in your reality. So, think in a new way, think differently - and make your world a better place to BE in.