Spiritual Baths — Importance of Water

boy drinking water

Water is the essence of life on Earth and it is used to heal and nourish us in so many different ways. When you think of water, you think of purification, and that’s exactly what you are doing to your mind, body, and spirit when you take a spiritual bath: your are cleansing everything.

Just as you would wash your car when it becomes muddy, you need to cleanse yourself of any negative energy that you may be harboring. Spiritual bathing allows you to balance your aura and create a state of tranquility mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. As a result, spiritual baths are one technique you can use to cleanse your aura.

But why bathing? I hate baths!

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I actually hated baths for a long time until I learned about the benefits of this very important bathing ritual. Adding to its intrigue, many ancient civilizations including the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Mayans, etc. also had such rituals. In addition, there are many sacred bodies of water people travel to bathe in for its special healing attributes, like the Ganges river in India and Bangladesh.

Spiritual baths are a great cleansing method because of water’s powerful purifying and healing energy, as demonstrated by more popular methods like baptisms and using holy water. Water is often used because without water, there is no life; it is the most important substance for life on Earth. Water is also one of the four elements: water, earth, air, and fire.

Anubis and Maat baptizing Pharaoh Amenhotep I.

Don’t forget that water isn’t native to our planet, meaning it came from another world, so it makes sense that water in many traditions is considered a portal to another world–the spirit world. This is why water is probably the most popular method used in scrying which is a means of divination. These are all crucial points explaining the importance of water so one could understand why it makes for a good spiritual cleanser instead of just a physical one.

What makes a spiritual bath different than a regular bath?


More important than any herb, crystal, stones, or oils, your intention is the absolute most important part not just of spiritual bathing but of any spiritual activity that you take a part in. It has been proven that water reacts to the messages we put out to the universe in Masaru Emoto’s famous water crystal experiment. He spoke positive and negative phrases into water, froze it, and took a picture of the crystals formation. The result was beautiful crystals from the positive phrases and prayers and distorted crystals from negative and violent phrases.

masaru emoto water experiment

Hence, if we are made up of 55-60% water, more than half of our being, what kind of effect do you think intentions have on our bodies and of course our souls? I think the answer is very clear that thoughts and words make a big impact on ourselves and subsequently, our worlds.

How do you prepare a spiritual bath?

candle lit bath

  1. As always, clear your mind and environment. Burning sage is a nice way to clear spaces. (Also make sure to wash yourself thoroughly because you don’t want to be soaking in a tub of your own filth.)
  2. State your intention, which is your purpose or aim for this bath.
    • What are you trying to get rid of in your life? Or, what are you trying to attract to you? What change do you seek?
    • If you are trying to banish negativity, it is best to take your bath at dusk during a new moon or when it is waning, and if you are trying to attract things, you should take your bath at dawn during a full moon or when it is waxing. These aren’t absolute requirements, but they help a lot in making your intentions stronger and more powerful.
  3. As you watch your tub fill up, imagine you filling it up and charging it with your intention, the water growing stronger with each drop.
  4. Light some candles and incense to add to the atmosphere and add your choice of oils, herbs, crystals, stones, to the water that relate to your purpose. Sea salt is always great to add because it removes negative energies. (Apple cider vinegar, baking soda, sea salt, epsom salt, lavender, rose, basil, cypress, frankincense, juniper, myrrh, sage, palo santo, peppermint, and cedarwood, and pine work great for banishing, cleansing, and removing negativity.
    Blackberry, bayberry, bergamot, chamomille, cinnamon, ginger, hyacinth, patchouli, vanilla, jasmine, and rose quartz, clear quartz crystals, kananga water, and florida water are all awesome items that help with healing, cleansing, love, protection, and attracting good fortunes.)
  5. Soak in your bath. Feel yourself soaking in the positive energy while washing away the negativity.
  6. Your bath is finished when you think it is finished. When you feel replenished and refreshed and that it is time to get out, get out. If you feel like you should sit a bit longer, stay in longer. Listen to your intuition.
  7. Get out of your bath and anoint yourself with your favorite lotion or perfume. Dry off with your favorite towel.
  8. Before draining, save a portion of the water and discard under a big, strong tree for attraction or at a crossroads for banishing.

Repeat often as you find necessary and until you feel satisfied with the results!