Cleansing

Foot Cleansing Rituals

Our feet take us everywhere.  Really take a moment to sit and think about the many places your feet have taken you in your lifetime.  WOW!  It is powerful when we think about the responsibility of our feet in this way.  Make sure to take time to honor and appreciate them for their many experiences in your life; past, present and future!
— Sheryl Burns

BY MADISYN TAYLOR

Our feet walk the earth but are usually not attended to in reverence to their work.

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In most contemporary cultures, where there aren't many opportunities to go barefoot, few acts are as intimate as touching the feet of another person. Our feet are our primary means of connecting with the earth, yet they usually remain confined in shoes or sandals. Cleansing the feet of a friend or loved one is a sign of trust, closeness, and openness. Cleansing your own feet can be a relaxing interlude that can help you feel refreshed. Foot cleansing also has become a popular stress reliever and beautification ritual. 

Ritual foot cleansing has a long and intricate history involving many methods and motivations. It has been used as an initiation, a welcoming gesture, a purification ceremony, and as a means to demonstrate humbleness. Cleansing ceremonies involving the feet are performed in many different parts of the world. In many cases, the meaning of the ritual was twofold. It was a way of cleaning a guest's feet before entering a home and a sign of hospitality. In Buddhism, clean water mixed with sandalwood to clean the feet is one of the eight typical offerings. By cleansing the feet of an enlightened being, it is possible to cleanse one's own karma. 

You can perform a foot washing ritual on yourself or a companion as a ceremonial activity or as a way to unwind. You may want to start by trying a traditional ritual, or you might feel comfortable inventing your own. Try mixing elements like traditional flower infused water with something more modern like a sugar scrub. Take the time to set your intention for the foot washing ritual. Perhaps you would like to cleanse away old energies in your life so you may step freely toward your future. Or, maybe soaking your feet in warm water will help you relax after a long day at work. Remember to thank your feet for their support. Whether done with pleasure or as an offering, a foot cleansing ritual is a sacred act that honors the divine in you and others. 

Sacred Prayer Feathers

Since we have the amazing ladies of Earthen Moon joining us again for an exciting class on making your very own Prayer Feathers, I thought I would write a little about what they are and why we use them in our practice of cleansing.

Beautiful Prayer Feather Fan made in our last class!

Beautiful Prayer Feather Fan made in our last class!

Native Americans believed their prayers and messages were sent to spirit on the wings of many great birds, such as the Eagle and the Hawk.   Each different type of feather carried different spiritual meanings to them.  Feathers were used in headdresses for sacred ceremonies and to make smudging fans to honor the Great Spirit, the Earth, and all the creatures of the earth.

Prayer Feathers are used in smudging because it is said to carry your thoughts, words, feelings and intentions to the Great Spirit.  Each time you look at your Sacred Prayer Feather your wishes, prayers and intentions are again carried out into the Great Heavens.  

When saging in ceremony, sage in all 6 directions: East, West, South, North, Earth (Below), and Sky (Above).  So why do we Sage?  Saging can help to clear the energy of the room.  It promotes balance, peace, and a relaxed and calm energy.   It can help to alleviate depression & anxiety.  I sage often before meditation to create the positive space I need to connect with Spirit.  I also sage our home frequently to help keep me grounded and in a positive space.  The best part is the aroma is wonderful and it makes me feel fantastic! 

If you are interested in learning more, I highly suggest our upcoming class.  Learn about the different meanings of feathers and create a personalized Sacred Prayer Feather Fan, full of all your own intentions!  For more information on the class Click Here

Feather Fan Class $67.  Saturday, October 1st 2-4pm.  Class size is limited to 5 people.  Register: 603-864-8578