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My Temezcal Experience – Tulum, MX

The reasons that places from all over the world draw me in is due to their beauty and unique spiritual experiences. That’s what this Travel + Spirit blog is all about! Tulum is full of spiritual experiences, but the one that stood out to me tremendously was a spiritual endeavor called Temezcal.

Temezcal is an experience that takes place in a stone igloo with a small door that you have to crawl into on your knees, symbolizing reentering the womb of Mother Earth. Before you enter, you must be cleansed, using the smoke of copal (a incense like sap, used by the Maya) as well as set an intention for the experience.

Usually these experiences can have up to 15-20 people, but can get as small as a personal or private experience as well. My experience was at Holistika and had 15 people with plenty of space for us all. Everyone sits inside the igloo, including the Shaman as he introduces how the experience will go.

There are four doors of the Temezcal, representing the four elements. Each door is focused on a different type of healing and each door gets hotter than the last. Our Shaman was very calm and light hearted, reassuring us what was normal to feel and what was not, but also letting us all know that we cannot be denied to leave if we want to leave the experience.

After everyone is ready, we started greeting in ancient lava stones from the central Mexico and greeting them as our abuelitas (ancestors). This is tradition for Temezcal in Mexico because the Mexican cultures honors Mother Earth as ancient and wise, having lived through so much, they know so much (just like our ancestors). The water here from cenotes and the ocean is often referred to in this way and I believe it to be so beautiful.

Each lava rock is greeted into the Temezcal, into the fire pit in the middle of the igloo and afterwards our Shaman informed us and comforted us about the experience we are about to have before we declare we are ready for the journey in the first door.

“Abuelito puerto!” we all chanted as the door to the igloo closes and we enter the first door. It is pure darkness, the darkest experience you could ever have. You can’t see your hand in front of your face or know the difference between your eyes open or close.

I didn’t know that this would make my heart race, just the simple darkness, but it did. What I loved about this was that even though there were others in the igloo with me, it was truly an internal experience within your Soul. No one can see you chanting, moving, shaking… and most of all sweating your ass off.

Now every Temezcal is very different, but for this experience, the first door was about expression. Many were shouting, making animalistic noises, yelling or crying. For myself, I was in a very good place in my journey and found myself smiling and laughing. The experience is to let go of trapped emotions within the body through expression and detoxifying it through your pores. I found here that maybe what I needed to express more was pure joy and happiness.

Each door was about 15 minutes long before we opened the door to let the light in and took about five minutes to process the journey with ourselves and/or our Shaman. They brought in more lava rocks and poured more herbs and water onto them before we then entered the next door with “abuelito Puerto” once again.

Each door had a different journey that increased in temperature and difficulty and it was not abnormal for a few people to leave. For me, it felt hard to breathe, it felt like I wasn’t getting oxygen because of the heat, although I was. I also felt a pain in my chest. This was an experience another person had that the Shaman provided insight on.

He asked if we had any heart problems. Answer being no, he then proceeded to ask how our relationship was with certain people in our lives until it was pinpointed. For me, it was much relationship healing to be had with my parents. He described this as a heart chakra blockage, as our bodies are releasing our stuck emotions physically and emotionally and the heart is having a heart time releasing.

This made so much sense to me that afterward provided a whole new perspective within the relationship with my family.

When we put out bodies into uncomfortable situations, such as breath work, ice baths or Temezcal, our mind goes into a place of feeling like it’s unsafe. In this case, that you will die from dehydration (although you drink water beforehand and have water to drink during if you’d like). When this happens, our subconscious mind attaches to stored emotions and traumas in the body to signal to our conscious mind that we are not safe. This is how these experiences can heal trapped subconscious traumas by diving deep into the body and mind and releasing them through expression, sweat, movement and any other way your body decides to release it during this experience.

The last door was focused on new affirmations to bring to life when we are reborn out of the womb of Mother Earth. Out of pure darkness, people took turns saying affirmations that they wanted to bring to life when they are born again and everyone else would repeat them.

It was such a powerful way to end the experience.

When the door opened, we closed our experience by coming out of the igloo one by one. Once again, because the door is low, you have to crawl out. We prayed in front of the door, affirming they we were reborn before leaving the igloo. And man, even the humid heat of Mexico felt nice after that!

Afterwards, we each took a turn speaking about our experience to the group and throwing some copal into the fire to gather and close off the expansive experience.

I must say… I absolutely loved it! I highly recommend anyone looking to challenge their body and minds. You may even think you have nothing to release, but you will find it stored deep in your mind and you truly feel reborn afterwards. It is nothing to enter into lightly, it is a difficult experience but I promise you can do it and it will be worth every drop of sweat.

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Emotional Release New Moon Ritual

Happy New Moon beautiful souls! The new moon is a time that calls for renewal and new intentions. As the moon retracts its energy inward, our energy turns inward as well. It allows us to ask the most important questions, “what do I desire and what is in my way?”

When we are in alignment with the lunar phases, we feel this inward energy and spend time for reflection to set an intention for the lunar phases ahead. Yet, I’ve found if we are not in tune with the lunar cycles, we can find ourselves lost during this phase. Feeling extra emotional and like our lives are falling apart. This is why it’s very important to stay connected and ground during this time.

The moon is the connector of our energy, it grounds us to Earth, to ourselves and to the Universal energy beyond. The new moon is the perfect time to set an intention as to how to what we desire, what we are releasing and it allows us to manifest these desires with flow and with the energetic pulse of the moon.

I’ve found a ceremony or ritual is the best way to ground this energy and set strong intentions for the phases ahead and today I’m going to guide you through an emotion release new moon ritual.

What you will need for this ritual :

A comfortable place where you can be undisturbed

Sage and a flame

A Journal + pencil

Spiritual tools to set the aura such as incense, candles, sound frequencies are not necessary but can help create a positive auric field

First, sage your space with sage smoke. I recommend saying the entire home to release negative energies to begin anew on this new moon. Negative energy likes to linger in spaces that go unnoticed, with low air flow and dark spaces.

THE MEDITATION –

Sit down somewhere where you can be undisturbed and take some time to center your mind and release it from anything that has come across your day. Focus on your breathing and center your attention on the space between your two eyebrows (the third eye chakra), as this gets you into a meditative state faster. 

Once you feel you’ve released your racing thoughts, now start to visualize the life that you desire. For this, you can get as detailed as you’d like or as simple as you’d like, as long as you feel emotion behind the vision and a drive to accomplish it. Have fun with this and take your time, remembering to stay in a meditative state and keeping your mind focused on this vision.

THE JOURNALING –

Once you feel happy with this vision. Open your eyes and journal all the things that you must accomplish in order to achieve this vision. You can be strategic and creative, these should be actionable steps. 

After this, on a seperate piece of paper, write out all the things that you must RELEASE in order to achieve your vision. Whether it be bad habits, toxic relationships, ect.

When you are finished, you may burn this paper, tear it in a million pieces or whatever suits your emotional needs to destroy these negative habits in the way of your vision.

CLOSING MEDITATION –

Now, close your eyes, focus on the center of the forehead and focus on your breath. As you breathe in, imagine breathing in all of the positive aspects of your vision, all the things that light you up about your dreams.

As you breathe out, imagine your body is releasing the negative aspects you wrote down that are in the way of that vision.

Continue to do this until you feel completely restored with positive energy and have released the toxic behaviors that were previously in your way. 

I hope you enjoyed this ritual and I have actually created a free Manifesting with the Moon 101 Guide so you can take the energy of the new moon beyond just this phase for aligning your manifestations with the lunar phases. You can get this free workbook here.

You can also dive deeper inside my Moon Manifestation Course and learn to manifest your desires with flow in the lunar phases. Check out MMC here!

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How the moon affects us | A simple guide

Moon Sunset

It’s easy to get lost in all sorts of research and techniques as to how the moon affects our energetic beings. Something I dive deep into inside my Moon Manifestation Course. But you would be surprised how much you can understand the lunar phases by having knowledge of some core simple things about the moon.

First of all, the moon is one of the planets that a zodiac can also be ruled by, along with all the other planets, each with their own energetic meanings. The moon, in particular, relates to your emotions. So a zodiac that is ruled by the moon, such as a Cancer, can be a really emotional sign.

So as the moon effects our emotions, wherever the moon shows up on your natal chart, it will relate to your emotions. Everything going on in the cosmos and how other planets are aligned with the moon, will affect our emotions in that coordinating way. So if you would like to dive deeper into exactly how the moon effects your emotions, specific to your zodiac, you can do some research or have a reading of your own to discover this. I personally recommend The Chariot, they do online readings as well via Zoom.

But to make this a lot more simple, I like to relate the moon as an energetic pull from our own energetic being. So when the moon is new (all black) this is a time where we may have less energy, and with less energy, we may have a nostalgic feel of wanting to rid yourself of any feelings/behaviors or energies that are not serving you and begin a new phase for transformation.

This is why I begin my Moon Manifestation Course with setting new intentions with the new moon!

As the moon begins to light up, think of the light of the moon being an energetic tug, as during the waxing phases of the moon, our energy is being pulled. This is exactly why this two week time frame is perfect for achieving new goals and intentions that you intended during the new moon. (Exactly what we do inside this four week course – MMC).

If we are aligned with this intention and conscious with the energy of the moon, we can accelerate our manifestations with the energy of the moon and allow in the intuitive guidance along the way. Simply being conscious of this energy is also a way you can sync your cycles with the lunar phases of death and rebirth.

When we hit the full moon, I recommend spending your energy doing things that light you up, things of creativity and passion. If your an artist, paint. If your a writer, write. If your a musician, play music. Ect. This is because our intuitive guidance is heightened, as is our energetic connection to the cosmos. This is also the perfect time to meditate.

This is also a time of reflection, this is due to the heightened effects of the subconscious. The full moon tends to bring the subconscious mind forward. So any feelings or thoughts that you may have laid dormant, will come up during this time. This is because if it is an energy that is out of alignment with our truest selves, the intuition will try to “remind” you that it needs to be addressed and healed.

I believe this is why the night of the full moon is usually a night full of crazy happenings, bad or good… it depends on what’s going on in your subconscious mind.

The next phases of the moon are the waning phases, these phases (the next two weeks) are meant for rest. I recommend spending this time for self love, possibly some more reflection towards the subconscious thoughts and energies that came through on the full moon. Or the goals you set and how far you came with them so that you can intend something new for the upcoming new moon.

These phases are very important… rest is very important. If you feel resistant towards resting and still have an overactive mind that feels guilty for standing still… than this is another indication of energetic misalignment. The rest is particularly important to establish feelings of worthiness for your desires, regardless of the action. And this rest gives an energy of ALLOWING your manifestations to come.

You may find more intuitive downloads coming in during this time, if you allow yourself to rest. Downloads that will open up the doors towards the next intention to manifest throughout the next lunar phases ahead. 🙂

I hope you enjoyed this ritual and I have actually created a free Manifesting with the Moon 101 Guide so you can take the energy of the new moon beyond just this phase for aligning your manifestations with the lunar phases. You can get this free workbook here.

Interested in joining my Moon Manifestation Couse?

In this two week course, following from new moon to full moon. Where you will dive deep into uncovering your subconscious beliefs and blockages to create entirely new truths for your subconscious mind to break through and manifest effortlessly!

You will learn how to harness that power of the indisputable Laws of the Universe, using these laws to work in your favor effortlessly. Tune into the energy of abundance, certainty and defeat the ego to to uncover your LIMITLESS energetic being.


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Full Moon Cacao Ritual

The full moon is a spectacular time, known to bring out our deep emotions that we may be not allowing to release. You may find yourself feeling reflective and emotional, depending on the alignment of this full moon cycle.

The full moon brings about energy of all sorts, it can bring your subconscious thoughts forward as well as your creative energy. Because of this, a full moon can bring about violence as well as amazing creative works.

This time is the perfect time to use your energy to dive deep, take time for self-love and do the things you are passionate about. You may find yourself creating your best creative work, coming up with new ideas or simply connecting with your spirit on a deeper level.

100% cacao is spiritually known to increase your connection to the Self, open up the heart chakra and aid in releasing old negative stories.

So here is a cacao ritual you can participate in on this full moon and enhance your spiritual growth.


What you will need

– 100% cacao (I love Ora Cacao, use code SHAWNTELLE for special discount.)

– Audio for sound healing (computer, phone, singing bowl, gong, ect.)

– A comfortable, secluded space to lie down + meditate.

– Optional – Incense, candles, sage or palo santo


Full Moon Cacao Ritual

Play an meditative audio to enhance your ritual, you can choose one of your own, Youtube is a great resource, or you can take a look at my spiritual playlist here.

Simple Meditation –

Sit down in a quiet space where you can be undisturbed to participate in your ritual. If you have sage or palo santo, cleanse your space of previous negative energy to instill a positive radiance into your space.

Do a simple, silent meditation to still the mind. Simply close your eyes and focus on your breath, breathe deeply and imagine you are releasing all negative patterns with every exhale and inhaling all the positive radiance that you have intentionally instilled into your aura.

Breathe in this positive light and let it fill up your body, allow your spirit to radiate. You may feel a tingling throughout your body, breathe in more of that beautiful energy and now you have released ALL negative remaining energy + stilled the mind.


Going Deeper Into The Mind, Meditation –

Now that you have instilled this new energy and cleared the mind. Next, focus your energy on the cacao ceremony you are about to embark in. Set your intention for this ceremony.

What answers are you looking for? Guidance, peace, self-love, understanding, release? Let your mind understand what it will be focusing it’s energy towards during this ceremony and tell your subconscious mind exactly what it WILL release or receive during this ceremony.

When you tell your subconscious mind specific instructions, it responds accordingly.

Remember to breathe and be sure your mind stays present and clear.


The Cacao Ceremony –

Open your eyes and drink your cacao, be present and intentional while consuming this. Taste the richness, the creaminess, feel the texture of the chocolate and how it feels going down your throat. Know that you are consuming a form of medicine and remember the intention you set for this ceremony and continue to focus your energy on it. Ora Cacao’s is delicious, my favorite blend is the Boundless Belize and the Mystical Mushroom. Click here to purchase.

Once you’ve finished your serving, lay down in your comfortable space. Be sure you are comfortable. If you need to get a pillow, blanket or whatever to make you comfortable, be sure to do so.

Continue your meditation while lying down and continue to keep your energy on the intention you set. Listen to your meditative music and feel into it’s rhythm.

Breathwork –

Once you feel comfortable and fully present, then reach your arms in front of you, towards the sky and allow them to fall aligned with each other to the sides (like you are creating a line with both arms, or like opening your arms far out to huge a giant tree.) To make sure you understand how this works, imagine the lines here are your arms and the dot is your torso. –.–

Every time you lift your arms back up, breath deeply in and every time you breath out, let them lay to your side. Allow your torso to curve upward if that’s what you feel called to do. If you feel called to make noises of any sort, do so.

This is a breathwork technique that opens up the heart chakra as well as can put you into a tranquil state of being. Perfect for cacao as well as the full moon.

Breathe in the scents around you and feel into the music!

Breathe with your arm movements and allow the energy to come in, allow that energy you intended to receive to breathe into your being. Allow your heart chakra to open fully and receive.

Connect with this energy, the Universal energy of limitless abundance and miracles and allow it to give you all the answers and healing you are searching for. Breathe it in.

You may start to feeling tingly, you may see colors, visions or begin to be light headed. All of this is the abundance of energy seeping into your energetic being. Allow it to come through and to shape guidance, understanding, healing and miracles in your life through that connection.


Finishing –

You can practice this ritual as long as you’d like, but when you are finished, begin to slow your breathing, slow your arm movements and slowly you can stop the arm movement.

Just lie their in peace, feel that radiant energy in you and all around you and feel blissful right here in this present moment. Let it’s miracles seep into your spirit and listen to the guidance and intuition that follows this ceremony.


I hope you enjoy!

To get your own guided new moon, new intentions ritual which includes audios, video lessons and workbooks, click here.

Join the next round of my moon manifestation course!

In this course, we will 

– rewire your mind for success
– rewrite your subconscious stories to break through mindset blocks
– learn and attribute the Laws of The Universe to understand how the quantum works
– learn all things manifestation
– get rid of all the hidden limiting beliefs that the Universe is catching, keeping you from manifesting
– includes guided meditations
– includes EFT tapping 
– includes workbooks
– group video calls + live Q&A
– moon phases explained + manifesting with the moon
– new moon, new intentions ritual
– self-love full moon ritual
– constant support and guidance via Instagram

The next round begins on the new moon… Say yes to your own growth, say yes to new possibilities and the Universe will say yes right back.

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Full Moon Crystal Water Manifestation Ritual

We have a very special full moon coming up, the first super moon of the new decade!

This moon is called a super moon because the moon will appear extraordinarily large! Which means lots of moon energy and the perfect time for crystal charging and rituals!

Here is a powerful ritual I created for this full moon –

For this ritual, you must have purified water (from a river, lake, rain or another foraging type of natural water would be amazing, but if not, regular purified water will do.)

You will fill up two glasses with this water and put tourmaline crystals in one glass (a powerful negative energy diffuser) and 1-3 miscellaneous crystals in the other. These crystals must correlate with what you want to manifest.

For example –

Red crystals – security, independence, stability

Orange crystals – creativity, sexuality

Yellow crystals – zest for life, overall happiness

Green or pink crystals – self-love and love for others + nature

Blue crystals – sense of peace and to speak your truth

Purple crystals – intuition and physical abilities

Magenta or white crystals – Higher consciousness, enlightened self

You can check out my crystal and chakra information on my podcast here or Youtube here.

Be sure to cleanse your glass and crystals before hand with sage or palo santo, as well as your home to clear out negative energy for the next few days.

This full moon is on Saturday, so I recommend leaving your water with tourmaline out in the nearly full moon light the night before (Friday night.)

Sit down and meditate to a negative energy cleansing sound frequency, this one has been my current favorite.

Meditate on the things that you want to leave behind, what is it that this charged crystal water will rid of your body, what is it in your mind and spirit that must be removed?

In the morning, drink your tourmaline crystal water, this washes away negative energy in the body, wiping it clean of any low vibrations and starting new.

Meditate to the same sound frequency and take a moment to visualize in your mind, the physical action of this negative energy leaving your body. Feel the emotions that go along with leaving these things behind. How do you feel now that you no longer have this emotion holding you back?

Do not forget that you have rid this energy from you body as you go out on your day. Do not go back to old habits that bring this low frequency back into your aura.

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That night, place your purified water and manifestation crystals out in the super full moon light.

Meditate on what it is that you intend to manifest with this charged crystal water the next morning. Put your powerful intention into this ritual cleanse. You can listen to a sound frequency to raise your vibration. This one is my current favorite. You can choose to listen to this while you sleep as well.

The next morning, drink your manifestation crystal charged water slowly. Listen to your sound frequency and meditate as your drinking the water. Envision your new life with this new manifestation. Envision the energy seeping into your body, into your blood stream, into your energy, effecting your vibration, you auric field.

This is what brings the manifestation to you. You are literally drinking in energy charged vibrations that correlate with your manifestation.

Feel the feelings that go along with having your manifestation being on it’s way to you right now. This is the first step.

I will be drinking citrine charged water to raise my energetic vibration of my solar plexus to keep my happiness levels high and manifest more effectively throughout the month. 🙂

Love + Light

– Shawntelle

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How To Cleanse and Charge Your Crystals

It’s important to pay attention to the energy of your crystals, especially when you first purchase or are gifted them. Crystals can absorb negative energy from within it’s environment to provide more positive energy for the space.

Because of this, you want to be sure to regularly cleanse and charge them to restore that energy and cleanse the negative energies that they have absorbed, in able to keep providing you with their amazing energy!

Here are all the ways you can cleanse and charge your crystals, so you can start refilling the energy in your space!

Cleansing Your Crystals

Vibration

A great example of cleansing crystals with vibrational energy is placing a crystal in a singing bowl and using the singing bowl.

Singing Bowl

Himalayan Salt and Purified Water

Fill a bowl or glass with purified water (not tap water, try to use a water from nature such as a river or lake) and Himalayan sea salt.

Do not use this method for crystals with a hardness below 8, they can easily break apart in the water.

Smoke

I prefer to use sage, but you can also use another burning herb, palo santo or incense.

Crystal and Cleansing Kit

Charging Your Crystals –

Full Moon Energy

This is my favorite way to charge my crystals. Place your crystals outside or in an area where the moonlight hits during a full moon and leave them over night.

Sunshine Energy

Sunshine energy also works, though be warned to never overdo this, as it can mess with the color of your gems.

Use Other Crystals

Place your crystals around other charging crystals, some good ones are clear quartz and selenite. You can actually purchase plates or bowls to place your crystals in easily to charge them. 🙂

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The Three Principles To Manifestation

Manifestation is quiet an amazing super power that each and every one of us are able to achieve in some very simple ways, that are almost so simple, it seems unbelievable.

Our minds are so powerful, we don’t even understand just how powerful our minds are. People can quiet literally heal the body with the power of their mind, with positivity, with faith.

Firstly, it’s important to understand that the entire Universe is made of energy, to the very core of everything there is energy. And energy vibrates, each energy vibrates to a different vibration, as do emotions. Happiness has a higher vibration just as sadness has a lower vibration

So here are the three most important things I’ve found to manifest things into your life with the power of your own energy.

Super Attractor

Match To That Vibration/Energy :

Just as I said before, everything has a vibration, including emotions. There is a reason why people go in “downward spirals,” because something made them sad and they continued to think about that sadness, vibrating to the energy of sadness and therefore attracting more sadness.

We tend to be in a habit to vibrate at the low frequency of things such as depression, anger, envy, jealousy and many other emotions that are more common to talk about and bring attention to. You don’t as often that people make conversation about positive situations, and this energy is contagious.

If you want to manifest, for example, more money, when it comes to manifesting, it’s more than just money. Think deeper, is it the money that you want, or is the feeling that comes along with having money? Freedom, happiness, ect.

So if you vibrate to the frequency of those things, happiness and freedom, you will be far more likely to bring money into your life than if you were to be vibrating to a lower frequency.

Gratitude Cards

Act As If :

So let’s stick with this example of money, because let’s be real, everyone wants to manifest some more money (and this is not a wrong thing to want!) The second thing to help you manifest more money into your life is to act as if you already have the money!

I am still working on this factor, when I make a big purchase, I tend to cringe a little, I tend to have it in the back of my mind that I can only afford so much and I can’t afford this, I can’t afford that.

But since I have switched that mind set and NEVER say that I can’t afford something, my finances have been so much easier to handle!

How would you feel if you had more money in your bank account? Less stressed, more free? FEEL THAT WAY! It will feel weird at first, because you might only have $12 dollars in your bank account, but if you dwell on that in your mind throughout the day, that lowers your vibration and attracts more lack.

Expect that you have a check in the mail instead of a bill, expect that you are going to get a raise, expect that your going to make that sale, and you will vibrate to that frequency and attract exactly that!

The Universe Has Your Back

Let Go, Have Faith :

The last thing that goes hand in hand with manifesting, that people often leave off and it leaves them not manifesting anything, is having faith and letting go.

Once you put the intention out, expect that you are going to receive and vibrate to the frequency of that wealth, you now need to have faith and let it go. Don’t over-obsess over receiving what you want to manifest, when you do this, your putting a sense of worry that it isn’t coming out into the Universe, your not having faith… and so it wont.

All of this is easier said than done, I am still working on manifesting effectively. But after you master the art, you can manifest with ease. It’s kind of like when you are thinking about buying a Jeep, you think about it all the time, get excited about it and look at Jeeps all the time and so you tend to see more of them, because you are attracting Jeeps!

Manifesting isn’t always about receiving something for free (don’t expect a free Jeep with a bow on it for Christmas although that’s also possible.) But it just means that the Universe will open up doors that may not have been there before to bring the thing of which you are attracting to you.

I focused SO HARD on manifesting a trip to Bali, Indonesia. I expected it, I just knew it was going to happen even if I didn’t know how.

I have always had struggles saving and making travel happen, but it happened! And it happened with ease, it happened with extra money still in my bank account.

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Hindu Cleansing Ceremony Experience – Bali, Indonesia

Bali Healing Ritual

I recently traveled to Bali, Indonesia, which currently is a sought out destination, but it is the religion and culture that most intrigued me about coming to this beautiful island.

About 60 percent of the country of Indonesia is Hindu, a lot of Muslim and a little Buddhist. I had the wonderful opportunity to partake in a traditional Bali Healing Ritual with a healer in Bali and it was a exceptional experience to cleanse the spirit and to learn more about the Hindu religion.

A strong Hindu belief is that water is cleansing, for this reason, I was completely drenched in holy water and flowers by the end of this experience.

Dried Flowers + Herbs

Before the healing experience, we met with the Balinese healer, her name was Desak, to do a palm reading, she sensed our emotions of our past and what we needed to do moving forward in our current life.

After this, we walked to an extended deck over a river, where I sat criss-crossed across a bunch of flowers. Desak poured holy water and flowers over me, to wash away negative energies and let them drop down to the river and flow all the way to the ocean to cleanse my spirit. This ceremony is called a melukat ceremony.

During the holy water being poured, she was saying ancient Hindu mantras in a deep voice, like you would when you meditate and say you’re “OM’s.” These mantras were based around cleansing the spirit, banishing negative energies and for protection.

As soon as the water started to hit me, emotions came to me that I couldn’t even explain. I started to cry and I wasn’t even really sure why, but the healer wanted me to let them out, to yell, to cry, to weep, to express myself and let go of these emotions, to rid them with the water all the way to the ocean.

She hugged me and knew exactly how to help me let my emotions go, she knew exactly what to say, even though I did not tell her why I had these emotions.

She guided my breathing in a way to let energy flow, bad energy out, good energies in.

Something stuck with me this day, she said, “never keep this in again.” It’s strange that even if you don’t have a dramatic experience during the time of this ritual, it brings out feelings you didn’t know you even had, but it may only be because you never truly let it go, just buried it.

After the cleansing was done, it was time to bring the power. Desak then poured more holy water and flowers on me, and each time she did, she blessed me with the power of wisdom, the power of knowledge, the power of love and the power of harmony.

With holy water, she blessed my hands and my knees, she blessed my feet, for everywhere I walk, the Universe supports me.

Mala Beads

This experience was like no other, at one point my whole body was tingling and I almost felt like I was going to pass out, it’s something that I cannot explain.

By the end of this healing session, I was sitting criss-cross for probably over twenty minutes without really feeling it, it took about five more minutes of help to start walking again.

After this, they handed us our offerings for our blessings.

Everywhere in Bali, you’ll see offerings, in front of doorsteps, on the streets, on the counters, literally everywhere! There will be rice, incense, fruit, flowers and a number of other things.

This is an offering to the God’s and is put there every morning for people to pray to the God’s and The Universe. We were able to have our own offerings specific to cleansing.

The purpose of a Bali blessing is to bring more harmony between yourself and the universe, balance the chakras, release karma from past lives that might still plague you, and encourage prime health, happiness, safety, finances and a bright future.

We did this by following Desak’s prayers to the God’s, drinking holy water three times, blessing our offerings with holy water, placing rice on our third eye’s and our throat chakras.

We ended the ritual by Desak putting a small bracelet of black, red and white around our wrists to represent connection to the God’s, connection to nature and connection to the Universe.

Afterwards we ate our foods of our blessing together and were able to share them with people we choose, I shared some with our healer. 🙂

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This was one of my favorite things about coming to Bali and was truly an experience I will never forget.

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Full Moon Self Care Ritual

There are plenty of different rituals and beliefs about how to spend your time during a full moon. This is the phase of the moon where you bring in the energy of the Universe to celebrate your achievements for the goals you set for yourself during the new moon, leading all the way up to this time.

For this reason, I take the time of the full moon to reflect and have some serious self-care time for myself. Self care is different for everyone, but I recommend taking it to the next level on the phase of the full moon, doing something a little extra that you don’t normally do.

Self-care is something that we may forget to do in the today’s world, where there are so many distractions that you feel like should have your attention, rather than simply making yourself happy. But you cannot be effective in any of your tasks if you are not aligned with your energy and feeling full.

So here is my self-care ritual that I like to do on a full moon, I feel so peaceful after this ritual and I hope it can help you feel peaceful on this full moon as well. 🙂

The Aura

As you guys may already know, I am huge on creating the perfect aura, every day but especially for rituals. For me, this just keeps me in the zone, keeps me peaceful and makes me feel good about being the space that I’m in.

So first things first, cleanse your space with a sage smudge stick or with palo santo. This gets rid of all the negative energy in your space, cause you don’t have time for that shit tonight.

Light as many candles as you have, light some incense, lay your crystals about (and remember to afterwards put them in the moonlight to be charged).

Meditation

Do a short meditation, just to clear any of the thoughts remaining in your mind from the day and start fresh. Focus on taking deep, long breaths during this meditation and it may be nice to end your meditation by putting some relaxing essential oils, such as lavender or a balancing blend on your wrists and inhaling them in. I will list some of my favorites at the end.

A Flower Mandala

I do not do these often, but every time I do, I feel so aligned and peaceful by the end of it. If you don’t know what a flower mandala is, it’s basically flower petals that you take and create a mandala on your floor, which you can combine with crystals, candles or whatever you wish.

I love doing these because it is so different, but it is incredibly peaceful to do. At first you may overthink it and it may feel awkward and you may second guess yourself, but as soon as you let that go, hours can fly by in what seems like only twenty minutes.

I consider this a form of meditation, because focusing on on some sort of art, really keeps your mind from wandering off elsewhere.

Turn on some slow music or frequencies while you do this or if you prefer silence than do that! And drink some tea, wine or whatever it is you drink to spoil yourself. Take as long as you want to do this!

Here is a quick picture I took of my last flower mandala. I drew this inspiration to partake in these by @sallymustang, I recommend looking up some of her work on Instagram.

Though I feel it’s important to say to not compare yourself to ANYONE else, the point is not how pretty your mandala is, it’s about creating art and creating peace for your mind.

A Bath Ritual

After your mandala, take any extra flower pedals you may have and draw yourself a warm bath, with the flower pedals, essential oils (highly recommended), bubbles, crystals, candles whatever it is you feel would be your best bath!

I put a crystal in the bath water sometimes if I feel the chakra associated with that crystal needs balancing.

During bath rituals I really like to listen to singing bowls, you can find plenty of videos of these on Youtube. I like these because they tend to just echo and vibrate the whole bathroom and of course you can choose a specific vibration that will attract something specific to your life, which for me lately has been abundance.

While in your bath ritual you can read, meditate, do mantras, affirmations, gratefulness practices or even sleep. Do whatever it is you feel your soul needs!

Skin Care Routine

I believe a skin care routine to be a ritual within itself. Today is the day to do your full skin care ritual, your skin has already been being steamed by the bath water, follow it with your face wash, exfoliant, toner, a mask and a finishing moisturizer or skin oil. My favorite skin care brands for things such as this is Aveda, as it’s scents are plant based and smell so lovely.

If you want to put on lotion, do some hair care or whatever, feel free to do so. 🙂

End your night by doing a finishing meditation, this can last much longer as your mind is most likely already cleared. Finish with some mantras for self-care, such as :

I am a goddess, I am abundant and attract abundance, I am loved and attract love, I radiate positive energy and attract positive energy. I am beautiful, I am enough. I am confident and passionate. I am grounded and full of energy. The Universe is in my favor.

You can also partake in some “OM’s” before ending your meditation, I like this as it slows down your mind on a whole other level.

You can end the night by reading a book or journaling, just try to refrain from the tv or your phone before you go to bed tonight. You may find yourself sleeping better and waking up more aligned within yourself. 🙂

Happy Full Moon Loves!

My full moon ritual recommendations :

Full Moon Body Oils: Among The Flowers and Spirit Element

Essential Oils: Aveda Shampure

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Morning Ritual To Raise Your Vibration

singing bowl

Morning rituals are so important to get your day started off right. Setting your alignment with The Universe first thing in the morning, sets you on your path for the day and how are you going to react to the days challenges.

I am by no means a morning person, but I take this time extremely serious and have grown to love my morning ritual; it is a time for self-care before anything else can get your attention.

This is my ideal morning ritual, though sometimes I don’t have time for all of it, there is not one day where I do not do at least half of this ritual.

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First things first…

Make sure your alarm is not outrageous! Sure, your alarm is meant to wake you up, but any loud(ish) noise in the morning will wake you up regardless. Set your alarm to something that is relaxing so you don’t start off your morning irritated by your own alarm! And wake up slowly, you don’t need to jump out of bed like it’s a mission, do some in-bed yoga poses, love on your significant other or your animals. Make your morning enjoyable. And PLEASE, try to avoid using your phone.

After waking up, open up some windows or step outside for a minute to be connected with nature for a bit! Sip plenty of water to get you hydrated, infused with cucumber or lemon can give you an extra boost! Listen to the sounds of nature for a bit and allow your mind some time to slowly wake. I find it super relaxing in the morning.

I normally light some incense while I do my morning ritual, I love breathing in relaxing and/or invigorating smells!

Following that, take some time for your skin care, I wash my face and use moisturizer on my face before starting my morning ritual, to allow my moisturizer time to absorb into my skin. I will put my favorites at the end of this blog.

While your skin is soaking in it’s morning nutrients, turn on some relaxing music (recommendations here) for a short morning yoga session to get your body moving.

I do very simple yoga in the morning, sometimes more advanced and lengthy if I have more time, but some simple cat, cows and warrior poses is just fine.

Crystal + Cleansing Kit

Right after yoga, I go from my last child’s pose to a seated position for meditation. I’ll keep the same music going and do some silent meditation to settle my mind, or depending on what I’m currently wanting to focus on, do a guided meditation.

At the end of my meditation with some gratefulness practices, mentioning what I am grateful for, everyone’s gratefulness practices should be different and ever changing, but here are my recent ones :

“I am grateful for this brand new day to breath and to be, I’m grateful for this coffee, for this water, for my job. I’m grateful I have a car, grateful I have support in my life. I am grateful for my health and grateful for the support of The Universe.”

It’s important to not overthink this practice, nor the following one, and to just make it relate able to you. No one is hearing this, it is simply for you and your mind. Don’t worry about making it sound perfect and poetic.

After this, go into some affirmations, these should be ever changing and customize-able to you, but something to align your energy for the day ahead. Here are some that I am currently using.

“My body is rested and my mind is clear, The Universe supports me today, I am full of energy and radiate positive energy. I am confident, I am persistent. I am having fun today, I am inspiring others, I am aligned with my goals today.”

Both of those practices work well to say out loud, write on paper or both. Whichever you prefer.

After this, practice some vibration work. Some simple, OM’s can work wonders to get you aligned with The Universe and wake up your body. If you have a singing bowl, this is also a fantastic morning energy/vibration practice.

Singing Bowl

Be sure to take your time for these practices and not rush through them like they are a chore, or they may lose their meaning.

Let me know how this morning ritual works for you, I have grown to love it. 🙂

Skin Care Recommendations :

Skin Oil
Skin Oil
Exfoliant
Jade Facial Roller

Aveda Botanical Kinetics Face Moisturizer

Aveda Botanical Kinetics Gentle Exfoliant

Aveda Outer Peace Foaming Cleanser