“So, is a baby pure?” I asked.
“Babies are our greatest teachers, for they are the cleanest of us all,” she said, clearly delighted by the thought of babies. But then her face dropped and she continued, “But no, babies are not enlightened beings. They too have their work, they too must walk the path of cleansing. When two impure beings come together and make a baby, the baby was not made with perfect awareness, was not made with perfect intention. These impurities are passed to the baby on the level of the DNA. We must cleanse ourselves so deeply that we even purify the contamination that has been passed to us on a genetic level.”
“Plant Baths are a form of cleansing, they are a way to polish the diamond. They work by cleansing the energetic body, which encompasses the body and extends outward. When energy becomes stagnant or stuck in our body it manifests physically as sore muscles, tight joints, headaches and other bodily pains and dis-ease. The herbs in these Plant Baths have extracting properties that reach under the surface of the skin and pull out stagnant energy.”
“And as we cleanse, we become more attractive to Spirits. For a benevolent Spirit to grace us with their presence is an incredible honor, one that is rarely given. But Spirits are not so easy to attract, they have to be seduced into taking interest. Many people walk this path for many years before a Spirit finds them desirable.”
“Why so long, Abuelita?!” I interrupted.
“Ha!” she squealed with delight, “You think it’s a long time, but how long have you been collecting this contamination? You think you can wipe it all clean with a plant bath?! The smudges on your diamond are thick, thick like dried tar. It takes a lot of baths, a lot of vomiting and shitting and crying to rid yourself of the tar. And we have been collecting the tar not merely in this lifetime, but for all of beginningless time. For a thousand generations we've been eating, breathing, and breeding without awareness. Years and decades of cleansing is needed before Spirits start to take notice. Taking a Plant Bath before ceremony is like putting on perfume before going on a date. If you want the Spirits to take interest in you, you have to entice them with your sweet smells. And, trust me child, the years of work are worth it, for a visit from a Spirit can last a lifetime, so long as they want to stay by your side, so long as you keep smelling sweet. Now go take your bath”
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