I recently found myself, and my energy, completely depleted. The ball of light that I love and that centers me was beyond a quick recharge. In order to bring that energy back, I needed to do some soul work to find the root cause. When I sat with this, a few things came up for me - 1, I was focusing too much on external factors. I'd let go of a big external stress but the "loss" of that constant factor was really weighing on me, regardless that it was "my choice". 2, I hadn't been paying enough attention to my body - I'd let the self care practices (like yoga, and meditation) become "extras" when they should be "non-negotiable".
Truly, I wasn't listening to me or my path, instead making excuses for my time and giving it to other's goals. So, that stopped. I then went and did a Wiccan Cleansing Ritual in order to start the "recharge" process for me, and I want to share it now with you. You can read more about how to create and charge your "Ball of Light" here - it's honestly the greatest "high" I've ever experienced and frankly I'm peeved at myself for letting it dim but I digress.
Before the ritual, make sure you are in a positive mindset - it may seem like a good idea to do this after a fight or a altercation but you are doing yourself a disservice and you will not reap the full benefits. This can be done at anytime you feel called to cleanse your energy. I also really like this guided meditation - start with it prior to doing the below ritual or whenever you need to find your energy center.
Adapted from Wiccan Spells
Every day our energy fields are being interfered with by people, events, and even our own thoughts. Negative energy can attach to us and block our flow, which can bring us down, cause irritation and drain our vitality. It’s important to keep ourselves in check to make sure we are not being too affected by this. Eating well, exercising, spending time in nature and meditating are all good ways to restore our energy flow and stay balanced, but sometimes we need a little extra help.
This cleansing ritual can be performed at any time when you’re feeling low, tired or otherwise affected by negativity. (If you find yourself in a hurry, you can go directly to Steps 2 and 3.)
What you need:
Air: Sage incense
Fire: A silver/grey spell candle
Earth: Sea salt
Water: Chalice filled with water
Draw your circle, then light the incense and the candle. Meditate for a few minutes while the sage fills the room. Each time you breathe out, relax a little more. The more relaxed you are, the better your energies flow, and the easier it is to release any unwanted negativity. When you feel calm and ready you may begin.
Step 1: Element cleanse
Hold your hands over the incense and say, “with air I cleanse myself.” Let the smoke twirl around your fingers for a few moments. Feel the cleansing properties of sage immerse you.
Then hold your hands above the candle (at a safe distance) and say, “with fire I cleanse myself.” Visualize the flame burning away anything unwanted within you.
Now take the sea salt and crumble it between your fingers, gently rubbing it on your hands, and say, “with earth I cleanse myself.”
Then dip your hands in the water, again gently rubbing your hands, and say “with water I cleanse myself.”
Sit in silence for a moment while you let the elements do their work.
Step 2: Releasing negativity
The most effective way of releasing negative entities and energies (unless they are unusually powerful) is to firmly ask them to leave. Go inside yourself, become completely aware of your body, and say the following:
“Any energy that no longer serves me, please leave now. Thank you for your presence. Now I am sending you home.”
Say it with conviction, like a firm but loving parent. Keep repeating it, and pay attention to any feelings in your body. As you say these words, negativity will shed from you like the skin off a snake. If you’re sensitive you may be able to feel a pulling sensation or a feeling of suddenly becoming lighter. Repeat until you feel intuitively done (this can be 10 times or 50 times, anything that feels right for you.)
Step 3: Filling with light
This step is vital: after releasing the negative energies you will have holes in your aura which must be filled with light. Otherwise other negative energy will easily latch on to you and you’ll have to start the process again. Visualize your crown (the top of your head) opening up, like a funnel going from the heavens into your body. Visualize pulling down divine light that will fill every gap in your aura as you repeat the words:
“I ask that my energy body is filled with pure healing light.”
Repeat a few times, then thank the spirits and elements, and close your circle. During the rest of the day/evening, whenever it comes to mind, visualize your open crown and the light flowing into you.