2 Ways to Spiritually Reset Your Feminine Energies for the New Year


It's the start of the new year and you've got your intentions ready for your professional desires, personal and health desires and romantic desires but what about your spirit wellness? Today I am sharing two ways that you can reset your spirit and feminine energies so you can slay 2016 with a spirit that is more sound and light(er).



1) Smudge Your Yoni

If you read my post last year when I was a part of All The Many Layers' blog tour, I talked about the yoni, the importance of keeping it light filled and one way was through smudging it. I never explained in detail how you do that so I am going to now. Please refer back to that post HERE if you don't know what a yoni is and it's significance in womanhood.


What You Will Need:
  • White sage bundle (They can be found at any health food or spiritual stores. You can also find them HERE (affiliate link) for as low as $3)
  • Fire proff bowl (metal pot/bowl or ceramic pot/bowl)
  • Lighter
  • (Optional) Loose, long skirt
  • Your intentions/what you want to get from smudging your yoni
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Like I have shared before, our yonis are very sacred spaces that can hold energy. To make sure that yours isn't full of stagnant or negative energy, you can smudge it to clear those energies out to allow more positive energy to be housed in there. Smudging is an ancient ritual used in many cultures all around the world including American Indians, South America, Africa and Asia. Dried sage leaf bundles are burned and the smoke it creates is used to exorcise negative energy. You can smudge anything: yonis, people, cats, dogs, objects and spaces. A yoni filled with more positive energy aids in a clearer mind, a more creative and free mind and a healthier sense of self worth.

Before you start anything, get clear about your intentions. What do you want from the smudging? Get clear about what you want cleared from your yoni and what you want added to your sacred space. Don't over think it. If you can't figure out what you want, think first about what you don't want and inverse it so that it depicts what you do want. Let's say you don't want phony people in your intimate circle so the inverse of that is wanting to attract and cultivate meaningful relationships with great people and the discernment to know who are good people to have in that circle.

Next you will pick a place in your home that is or can be well ventilated like a bathroom with a ceiling fan or window or a room with a window. This way, if it gets too smokey for you, you can open a window or turn on a fan. Make sure whichever space you select is well lit, quiet and peaceful and where you will not be interrupted. You will light the white sage bundle and it will start to burn and create a smoke. Put the smoking bundle in your fire proof bowl (I use a deep metal pot). Whether you wear a long skirt or not, make sure that you aren't wearing underwear. You want the smoke to hit the yoni area directly.

I wear a long skirt to keep the sage smoke concentrated in the yoni area and stand over the bowl. If you do this, just make sure that the long skirt is loose and that your bowl is deep enough that the burning sage doesn't touch the skirt at all. We don't want you catching fire! Please also be mindful of the fabric of the skirt. I stay away from skirts made of synthetic materials like polyester and nylon, for example, which melt under high temperatures. I recommend a cotton skirt that's long and loose.

With your long skirt on, carefully stand over the deep, fire proof bowl and make sure that none of the skirt is inside the bowl. Some people will advise to only wear a white skirt but I am of the belief that whatever color skirt you are drawn to to wear signifies what type of chakra energies may be asking for a reset. The last time I smudged my yoni, I wore a primarily green skirt so I took that as my heart chakra needed some extra cleansing and resetting.

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If you don't want to wear a skirt, I suggest you do the smudging in your empty bath tub. You can squat or position yourself over the bowl so that the smoke will be concentrated in that area. I prefer the long skirt method because I can just stand over the bowl as opposed to squatting or kneeling in a way that positions me right for smudging. If you choose this option, clean your tub beforehand even if you cleaned it recently.

Word of awareness: If the smoke feels like it is burning you, you are too close to the burning sage bundle. Move or re-position yourself so that the smoke doesn't burn you. This ritual is not supposed to burn!

This type of cleansing has been very powerful for me. The first time I ever smudged my yoni, I had entered a new relationship after a four year hiatus from dating so I smudged it with the intentions to remove any fearful energy, stagnant energy or remnants of negative energy from past lovers and experiences so that my yoni was only a home for positivity, security, love and pleasure. I ended up crying for about 10 or15 minutes straight. Everyone's experience will be different. Not everyone will cry.

There is no time limit; you will know when it is time for the smudging to end. Once you intuitively feel that you are done, put out the smoking sage by snuffing it out or with a little water. I always prefer water than snuffing it out because sometimes when snuffing it out, some parts can still be burning in the middle of the bundle. Water puts it out faster and more effectively in my experiences. I give the burning bundle a QUICK run though some running water to put it out and then I let it cool down and air dry before storing away.

Smudge your yoni whenever you feel led to. I do them about once a year or sometimes longer stretches than that, and that is enough for me. Just remember, too much of anything eventually does more harm than help. Smoke in your yoni area is not something I recommend doing frequently. Our external yonis are made up of very sensitive skin and over exposing them to smoke is not a good idea. (Yoni steams are a little different, if you want to partake in those more frequently, and I will talk about those in another post.) If you feel you need frequent spiritual cleanses, I recommend aura cleansing baths which I share next.


2) Aura cleansing bath

So if smoke up your yoni isn't your thing or you're shy about trying that just yet, try an aura cleansing bath instead. Baths are very soothing, relaxing and this one will relax you and give you a nice energy reset.

What You Will Need:

  • 1/3 Cup of epsom salt
  • 1/3 Cup of baking soda
  • 1/4 Cup of a natural, liquid soap- I like Dr Bronner's liquid castile soap
  • (Optional) A few drops of lavendar essential oil
  • (Optional) Candles and/or tea lights
  • (Optional) Soothing music
  • Your intentions for what you want from your aura cleansing
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Clean your bath tub before doing this ritual. Even if my tub was recently cleaned, I still clean it beforehand. In addition to cleaning your tub, you can also smudge it with white sage if you like. It isn't necessary but it's an option. Draw your bath water and add the epsom salt, baking soda, soap and essential oil. I like to turn any bathroom lights off, close the door and have candles lit. An alternative to candles are those little LED lights that look like candles/tea lights. I play music that represents my intentions for the bath. Like if I want to reset my aura and have it attract more love energy in my life, I'd play Kem albums because his music is always about love (motherly love, romantic love, etc.). If I wanted more peace in my life and aura, I'd play peaceful music like smooth jazz or classical music.

Candle alternative: LED tea light candles (affiliate link)
Luxuriate in the tub and either say your intentions for your aura cleansing bath out loud or you can just think about them the whole time that you are in the bath. I do a little of both. I like to take a little extra baking soda and scrub my body and limbs with it; it's a nice exfoliant. Epsom salts are also very cleansing and give us a nice magnesium fix. Most Americans are deficient in magnesium so epsom salt in a bath is a way to get some.



Don't think too hard about this. You will know if you are to say your intentions out loud or in your head. Like the yoni smudging, there is no time limit for this bath. You will intuitively know when you are ready to end the bath. There is no "usual" time, it's how ever long you need it to be. Once finished, you can put on a nice body lotion, oil or butter, slip into something soft or silky and comfortable. I like to do aura cleansing baths at night before bed; I sleep so peacefully after them.

Do either of these sound like something you would try? How do you spiritually reset yourself?

Milan is a New York City based, creative writer and the founder of AGrlCanMAC. She's a self proclaimed accessories junkie who's passionate about healthy living, adventure, books, crystals, the Law of Attraction and arts & crafts. AGrlCanMAC is a resource for women of color all over the world who want to look good, radiate good and feel good at the same damn time.

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Comments

Shulammite said…
I LOVE THIS!! Buying sage is on my list this weekend because I wanted to smug my home for the new year. I'm adding my yoni to this as well. I set the intention to value my sacred space and be mindful of the type of person that I want to enter into this space. I've got a list of the characteristics I want this person to embody. I think smudging the yoni will further help with this intention and be more powerful in the process. Thank you Milan!

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