Candles for Spirituality And Wellbeing February 10, 2016 20:10
Candles are much more than just a decoration for your home. They have a history going back over 2000 years, when the first candles were used in the Roman empire, made from tallow, a type of animal fat. Throughout the centuries, candles have been used during religious ceremonies, and for ancient folk healing rituals.
Some of these traditions with candles have continued into the modern world, despite our increasing reliance on modern technology and medicine. Many modern holistic therapies incorporate candles into their practice, to help promote a feeling of health and wellbeing.
Here are some of the ways in which candles can be used to promote spiritual wellbeing:
Meditation & Relaxation
Candle meditation has been around for centuries as a way to clear your mind and concentrate on your own thoughts. Gazing into the flame is a great way to focus on your meditation and you can even visualise the candle as a source of life energy. Alternatively, you can light candles around the room and create a relaxing mood for a more tranquil meditation. Even if you don't believe in meditation, lighting candles around a room is a great way to help you relax after a stressful day.
Removing Negative Energy
The origins of using candles to rid a room of negative energy dates back to medieval times when the practice would have been carried out as a folk tradition or religious ritual. This type of spell casting went out of popularity during the European witch hunts, but has regained popularity in recent years. Different colours of candles have different meanings, and you can use a single colour or a combination of colours in order to achieve your chosen goals. Choose white for clarity, purity and innocence; violet to connect with a higher level of consciousness or spirituality; or turquoise for healing and protection. Then visualise the negative energy being consumed by the flame.
Religion & Spirituality
Candles are used in a number of religions as a symbol of joy or life-giving power. They are used for ceremonial purposes, within places of worship, and also in people's homes. Arguably, one of the most important religious festivals is Diwali, the festival of light, where candles are lit to signify the victory of light over darkness, and good over evil. Whatever your religion, or even if you don't have any set beliefs, candles are essential in helping you reach a level of spirituality and peace of mind.
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