Water’s ability to surround and comfort, to cleanse and renew, has been revered by our ancestors for millennia. Before the evils of colonization, there was reverence and a spiritual connection to water.
Many African cultures and traditions used water as more than just a tool of physical cleansing. These traditions survived the arduous Trans-Atlantic slave trade. They were born anew and woven into the fabric of African descendant religions like Hoodoo and Black Abrahamic practices.
Spiritual bathing comes in many forms. Still, in its essence, a spiritual bath includes submerging one's body in water with intention. The intention behind immersing oneself in water can be anything from clarity of mind to healing trauma.
There is beauty in the freedom of water. There is no right or wrong way to partake. Additives such as flower petals, milk and or honey, or essential oils are at the discretion of the one seeking cleansing.
Our ancestors and elders knew that water held power to purify our spirits and heal our souls. Spiritual cleansing acts as a conduit to that healing. Assessing one's spiritual needs and journey is an act of radical self-care and spiritual growth.
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