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Ritual purification is a feature of many religions. The aim of these rituals is to remove filth and uncleanliness of the body prior to a particular type of spiritual activity, and especially prior to the worship of a deity. The ritual or activity to remove uncleanliness from all body fluids which are generally considered ritually unclean, and by some religions have special treatment of the blood and menses which are viewed as particularly unclean. Bodily purification is not regarded as full regeneration from spirit, though a vital and necessary step towards it.
Most of these rituals existed long before the germ theory of disease, and figure prominently from the earliest known religious systems of the Ancient Near East. It is the baptismal symbol of purification from materiality. Water considered is the source of life and the contrary of fire.
“Let Lazarus dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue,” cries the soul in the prison of the “fiery” body to the soul in the zone of the water.
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Matter is considered the antithetical of ultimate of Spirit. Wherefore the enemy of spiritual vision is always Materialism. It is therefore by the dematerialization of himself that man obtains the seeing eye and hearing ear in respect of Divine things. Religious dematerialism consists, not in the separation of the soul from the body, but in the purification of both soul and body from the engrossment by the things of earth which cause perversion of the senses. It is but another example of the doctrine of correspondence. As with the vision of things physical, so with that of things spiritual. Purity alike of instrument and medium, the body, is indispensable to spiritual perception. Thus, the body must undergo purification.
In nature cure practices (q.v.), this came to be known as detoxification in the 20th century. Detox, short for detoxification, in general is the removal of toxic substances from the body, generally the same as purification. It is one of the major functions of the liver, lower gastrointestinal tract and kidneys (see Toxaemia). Certain purification diets have an underlying assumption that the body accumulates toxins that must be removed, especially after periods of over-eating or the consumption of non-nutritious and processed foods.
General Information:
You may experience flu-like symptoms during fasting or detoxification because your body is ridding itself of poisons. You can get some relief from these symptoms by taking baths using epsom salts (1 to 2 cups) and baking soda (1 cup) in a tub of water and soaking for 20 minutes (soaking for more than 20 minutes may cause you to get too exhausted). On off days, you can put 1 cup of apple cider vinegar in the tub and soak.
Skin brushing can be very beneficial, because the skin is a primary avenue for detoxification - along with the lungs, kidneys, liver, and colon. Use a vegetable brush. You can purchase this at a health food store. You need to brush all parts of the body toward the heart. Then follow with a sesame oil massage. Massaging with sesame oil brings relief. This oil can be purchased from the health food store. Massage the whole body for 5 minutes before bathing or showering.
Baths should be taken on a daily basis during detox and rotated, switching to a different type of bath each day. After detoxing, use whichever bath seems appropriate to meet your current needs.)
This bath opens pores and eliminates toxins and also helps to eliminate pain. Stir one cup of epsom salts and 2 tablespoons of ginger in a cup of water first, then add to the bath. Do not remain in the tub for more than 30 minutes.
This bath counteracts the effects of radiation, whether from X-rays, cancer treatment radiation, fallout from the atmosphere, or television radiation. 1 cup of baking soda and 1 to 2 cups of ordinary coarse salt (or epsom salts or sea salt) to a tub of water. You can soak for 20 minutes.
This bath helps with dry skin and stress. Take 1 cup of Epsom salt, 1 cup of sea salt (from the health food store), and 1 cup of sesame oil and put into a warm to hot tub of water and soak for 20 minutes. Pat yourself dry.
This is used when the body is too acidic. This is a quick way of restoring the acid-alkaline balance. 1 cup to 2 quarts of 100% apple cider vinegar to a bathtub of warm water. Soak 40 to 45 minutes. This is excellent for excess uric acid in the body and especially for the joints, arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis, and gout.