A Ritual Bath/Shower
At HOA, we observe a mindful Lunar practice on the Full Moon and New Moon, followed by a cleansing ceremony. Ritual cleansing symbolises the purification of a person’s Spiritual Body, and is done before doing any spiritual work. We also use a mix of Roses, Jasmine and Kaffir lime for our Full Moon cleanse, and Eucalyptus for our New Moon cleanse. But what is the significance of these flowers and why is it practiced on the Full and New Moon? We briefly explain the history of this practice and its prevalence in society today.
Mandi Bunga’ or "Flower Bath" is a popular cleansing ritual in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore, where it is believed to ward off bad luck, cleanse and protect the person’s aura. This ritual carries the elements of Hindu-Buddhism and dynamism, the belief of a "Spirit" in every human, animal, plants, living beings, written and spoken word. Anthropologists have noted that this Spirit is known as “Mana” from Polynesia, “Sahala” by the Batak, “Kesaktian” by the Javanese; while the local Malays address mana as “Semangat.”
In Hindu belief, these plants have each a different purpose for their usage in a ritual. Kaffir Lime works to expel stale or stuck energy, while the round-oval shape represents the world as the “Chakra” in a macrocosm. Suraya Sam, our co-creator shares her Grandfather's recipe on traditional Javanese flower bath/shower which involves 7 types of the following flowers:
It is believed that the floral concoction, combined with chanting mantras, prayers or strongly visualised intentions, will produce the desired results. After the cleansing, the petals should be collected and released in the sea, have a fire ceremony or if in landlocked places, buried in fresh Earth within 7 days of performing the ritual. In communities that still live close to nature, ritual cleansing may take place in a natural body of water, such as the Ganges and Jumna rivers in India, which often sees millions of devotees taking part in ritual cleansing. Another well known cleansing ritual is the Melasti purification ceremony in Balinese culture, which sees a large procession heading to the beach to cleanse en masse in the sea. These cultures take part in ritual cleansing for purification, while other belief systems harness the power of water to manifest.
Flower baths/showers are ancient tradition meant to imbue a person with the vibrational frequency of a highly potent concoction. Each flower or herb added to a ritual bath/shower symbolises an intention; for example, Rose petals to attract more love, while Mint attracts abundance. Epsom salt is sometimes added to the bath to help stabilise mood and relieve stress, or a ring of crystals may be used around the tub/shower according to its specific intent or purpose. Energised by Lunar phenomena, these symbolic baths/showers represent a potent opportunity to access our spiritual nature and make magick happen.
The healing, soothing effects of water connects us with our Emotional Body, allowing us to surrender and receive. The Lightness and Darkness of the Full and New Moon phases may present an opportunity for us to reflect on both aspects of our self. At HOA, we practice release and purification on the Full Moon, while the New Moon is our time to set intentions for the next Lunar cycle. The light of the Full Moon represents the illumination of our shadows and the shedding of things that no longer serve a purpose. The New Moon represents fertile ground of which sprouts the seed of our intentions. As the Lunar phases waxes and wanes in each cycle, our spiritual body similarly goes through the cycle of purification, regrowth, and integration.
Water is intrinsically linked to the phases of the Moon; it commands the tides in the sea, and it has profound impact on our emotional body. By accessing our emotions, we tune into our Heart center, and we can create the reality we desire from a place of authenticity. After a cleansing ritual, we may feel significantly calmer, more grounded and clear-headed. Our bodies may feel rejuvenated, and we may feel re-energised and inspired to accomplish magnificent things.
In your personal practice, you can design your own ritual cleanse with the tools we have recommended on our blog. You may begin by clearing the space with sacred smoke, followed by creating a bath/shower with a heady mix of flowers, herbs or crystals that represent your intention, and finally sinking into a state of deep bliss. Join our Lunar rituals or our upcoming syllabus at HOA to learn more about connecting with your element to create magick!
UPCOMING SYLLABUS (POSTPONED)
5-Week Syllabus | Elements x Rituals: Find Your Soul Medicine
A sound meditation journey harnessing the energy of the 5 elements: Fire, Earth, Water, Air and Ether. Each element carries a specific lesson and it’s own unique transformative power. Week by week we will focus on a different element, learning how to connect to it, work with it and cultivate its metamorphic ability through ancient rituals. Every session features a sound journey with crystal singing bowls in addition to other sacred instruments, breath-work with aromatherapy and applied knowledge of rituals to integrate into your daily life. This 5-week syllabus is designed to awaken the healer within you. Book your mat today!
April 16th: Fire Element x Ritual
April 23rd: Earth Element x Ritual
April 30th: Water Element x Ritual
May 7th: Air Element x Ritual
May 14th: Ether Element x Ritual
Christina Michele Rios is a certified Quantum Alchemy Crystal Singing Bowls, Intuitive Healing and Reiki Level 2 practitioner and facilitator.
She has worked as a Writer, Brand and Content Strategist for the past 10 years across three continents, in USA, Europe and Asia. In early 2019, she left the corporate world and made a full-time commitment to her life path and soul purpose as a Healer.
An avid supporter of Energy Healing and Vibrational Medicine, she maintains the belief that the body can heal itself with the right circumstances, utilising a wellness-based model that encompasses mind, body and spirit. Currently, she is enrolled at Quantum University studying to become a Holistic Health Science practitioner.
She strives to provide safe spaces for discovery of authentic self. Her work guides us to observe within, release, transform and expand, healing the relationship with self. She aims to empower everyone to be their own healer.
She draws inspiration and knowledge from her mentors including: Suraya Sam of House of Ascend, Alex Young of Crystal Tones, Dani Van de Velde of The Meditation Teacher, Guru Jagat of RAMA, Saraleia Betty and Yantara Jiro of Sound Universe.
Written by Izzy Liyana, content creator & writer for HOA