There is something predominantly primal about cleansing our bodies by using the elements.
Given that we are all constituents of mother earth, proper utilization of these four elements help us to connect back to our roots. However, as opposed to popular belief, one does not need to go up into the mountains to connect with their inner senses. You can effortlessly do that even while living in a city.
The elements each have etheric beings, or elementals, associated with them. Different cultures have different names for these, but most commonly there are referred to as- the Slyphs of Air, and the Salamanders of Fire, the Undines of Water, and the Gnomes of Earth.
Calling on the relevant elementals when meditating assists in the cleansing, and make sure to always offer your thanks to the elementals after you are done cleansing.
Note with the methods below, they can also be used to cleanse objects. The cleansing methods below can also be used to cleanse objects, as well as your self. It is always important to cleanse new items such as clothes and jewelry which will be close to your body.
The Elements: Earth, Water, Fire, Air
Earth: Base or Root Chakra
Stand barefoot on the ground. Imagine there are roots coming emanating from the soles of your feet going deep down into the earth. Ask the earth to take any negative energies from your being deep down into the earth. Plant life has roots into the earth. Hug a tree, or sit against a tree and allow the tree to be your conduit to take the negative energies from your being into the earth.
Water: Sacral Chakra
Immerse yourself in water, preferably flowing water as the flow takes away the unwanted energies from your energetic field. While having a shower, feel the water washing your energy field clean. Stand in the rain, preferably barefoot on the ground.
Fire: Solar Plexus or Naval Chakra
Allow your body to be exposed to an appropriate amount of sunlight. Light a fire and allow the warmth to radiate to your body. Use the light and the flame from a candle (at an appropriate distance) for meditation – allow yourself to ‘enter’ the flame and be purified, as alchemists have done for generations.
Air: Heart Chakra
On a windy day, allow the air element to blow away any negative energies from your energetic field. Focused breathing techniques bring your full focus to the self and the element of air. Work with feathers to utilize the air element and use the direction of the feather to move the air over yourself or an object