Definition: the process of cleansing by getting rid of impurities; refining, refinement; a ceremonial cleansing from defilement or uncleanness by the performance of appropriate rites; the act of purging of sin or guilt; moral or spiritual cleansing.
When we engage in the act of purification, we are essentially cleansing or removing impurities from whatever we are focusing on is, be it drinking water, our bodies, or our soul. Cross-culturally there are numerous ways we purify ourselves, including: cleansing our bodies with daily showers or detox regimens; space clearing with sacred smoke or sound; or, soul clearing rituals such as sweat lodges, chanting, or religious confessionals. These rituals assist symbolically or in other ways by helping us rid ourselves of something we perceive as being misaligned with our self, or our soul essence.
If you have pulled this card take stock as to whether you are feeling the need for something to be purified within your physical body, emotional body or outer world. Sometimes the need for purification may be particularly pressing in a crisis or during a strong emotional charge caused by something that persists over an inordinately long time. If one has been ignoring one’s inner signals, the outer environment may bring an externally-driven crisis to us. At these times we may benefit by simply cleansing our workspace, or by tackling a mounting “to do” pile.
Though the process may not always be enjoyable, purification can be seen as a needed preparation for a new phase. It is a way of “rebooting” or “cleaning the slate” before moving forward.
Are there some strong repetitive emotional charges that need to be “cleansed” in your life? How are experiences you may be going through a part of your cleansing process? When is it time for some “spring cleaning”? What are you needing to clear out before moving forward more freely?
© 2011 Leslie Helen Bambic Ciechanowski
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