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Salt for Beauty, Balance and Unity

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Berdhanya Swami Tierra, a mystic from Ottawa, recently led a pilgrimage in the salt-rich lands of Peru and Bolivia. Here is an interview with her about her journey and what she learned about salt, its properties, its role on this planet and how to used it for inner and outer beauty. She also refers to how salt is used in ayurveda and concludes with a recipe for beauty.

Face to Grace: Berdhanya, you went to Peru and Bolivia to connect more deeply with salt after you published your booklet Swan Constellation: Balance and Unity on the shift in Earth consciousness right now and our changing sense of identity. Can you tell us where you went, what you saw and what you learned?

Berdhanya: In the high mountains of Peru, we visited the salt pools of Maras. There are spings that come up from deep inside the mountains. The water is very salty and contains other minerals like sulfur. People have built huge terrasses with ponds on the slopes to contain and evaporate the water and harvest the salt. It’s a big job, especially because of the altitude.

There are three layers of salt: the bottom layer is medicinal salt and it relates to the Earth bodies*; the second layer is rock or pink salt which relates to the Soul bodies* or the subconscious, and the upper layer is bright white salt that relates to the Spirit bodies.* We must remember that salt cannot be considered just as a crystal, something we can eat or as a vibration. Salt is a liquid crystal being who carries the memories, or better said, the history of Earth.

In the Uyuni desert, we asked the spirits of the salt flats their permission to work and do ceremony there and they accepted. The participants were able to retrieve very clear memories of their past and awareness of their destiny because, similarly, the salt in the body holds the individual’s memories. It was very powerful.

Face to Grace: What would you say about the properties of salt?

Berdhanya: Salt is a natural muscle relaxant. Natural salt is very pure and contains many minerals good for your health, contrary to manufactured salts. It is easy to tell the difference between pure pink salt and manufactured pink salt. Pure, it will dissolve in water, the other won’t.

In the rock form, it unites time and forms a balance. Pink salt carries the memory of time. It must be consumed pure. It is an effective medicine to regain personal power, as it grants access to the whole structure of your being. Consuming pink salt acts on all minerals, helps recover past links and establish new ones. Through this medicine, the body has opportunities to establish links with the soul bodies and with the spirit bodies.

Face to Grace: Was the salt you saw in the Uyuni salt desert in Bolivia quite different from the salt in the Peruvian Andes?

Berdhanya: In Uyuni, the formation of the salt deposits was different from Peru. That desert was created by floods, two main ones actually. And it is huge, a territory of 12,000 km. Those who studied it found out that it is 1 km deep and composed of 12 layers. On of the layers has the memory of Lemuria. And in the middle of the desert, there is a mountain made of volcanic sediments and cactuses cover it. They are over 1,000 years old. Like salt, they communicate between each other and with all other cactus species on the planet.

ahotelWe stayed in a hotel, on the edge of the desert, that is made of salt. The walls, the floors, the furniture are all made of salt. And when we went to sleep on those beds at night, we would get shocks going under the covers and see sparks because the friction between the wool and the salt created electricity.

At this point, Berdhanya showed me a square piece of clear, crystalline salt with square opaque white incrustations. She said that it comes from the surface layer of the desert and when you walk on it, it cricks-cracks like compressed snow. The second I held that piece in my hand, I received a very clear memory. She also told me to lick the block to enjoy the taste. I found it unexpectedly soft and refined. It is not a surprise that chefs enjoy cooking with it!

Face to Grace: Would you say that there is a difference between South American salts and Himalayan salts? And what about those who claim that Dead Sea Salt is superior to all others? Does location make a difference?

Berdhanya: No, all salts are the same. Every grain of salt carries all the memories of Earth, although they also carry the individual history of their particular area.

Face to Grace: What else would you like to say about salt?

Berdhanya: First, salt is a being who likes to work with friends. The main thing with it is that when used with other spices, it unites them, enhances them, balances them.

From the ayurvedic, point of view it is salty, hot and sweet. It reduces Vata but increases Pitta and Kapha, draws out toxins and relieves muscle tension.

A little salt in food facilitates digestion and stimulates saliva and gastric juices. It soothes and softens mucus membranes and muscles (internally with gargling and externally by bathing). During pancha karma, salt is used in medicinal vomiting and enemas to eliminate mucus and to balance excess Kapha. Hot and salty rice water is given for low blood pressure.

There are contra-indications: too much salt aggravates blood, deranges all humours (doshas); weakens digestion and creates nausea. It is not good with heavy and moist foods like dairy products. The Encyclopedia of Ayurveda calls salt by its Sanskit names “namak” or “lavan”. It says that:
– black salt is better than sea salt but increases Pitta
– rock salt is lighter and a better digestive stimulant for the three doshas (constitutions)
– vegetable salts are good.

Face to Grace: As a leader of countless ceremonies, what would you suggest as a salt ceremony or ritual for beauty?

Berdhanya: I recommend to do the Swan Kriya** which is a meditation for balance and unity. Isn’t balancing and unifying the Earth, Soul and Spirit bodies all what beauty is about? Making the tincture with the plants listed in the booklet is a ceremony too. Making medicine with plants is a prayer, is a ceremony.

Face to Grace: What beauty recipe would you suggest?

Berdhanya: Go swimming in the ocean. It is very relaxing and cleans your aura.

*To know more about your Earth, Soul bodies and Spirit bodies and courses on how to heal them and increase awareness, contact Samyukta at info@facetograce.com and Berdhany at info@berdhanya.ca.

**To purchase the Swan Constellation meditation booklet (pdf), visit http://bhuvaneswari.ca/portfolio/swan-constellation-unity-balance.

Other qualities and benefits of salt

Other qualities of salt:
– drying, crumbly and non-combustible
– contains 84 active, organic and mineral elements that cells can absorb
– regulates electrolyte balance and blood pressure
– increases the absorption of nutriments in foods we eat

Other Actions:
– hardens and creates a barrier to flow
– slows down decomposition
– solidifies, densifies and freezes
– regulates electrolyte balance and blood pressure
– increases the absorption of nutriments in foods we eat
– detoxifies conjunctive tissues and stimulate the drainage of toxic matter like heavy metals as lead, mercury and arsenic found in dental fillings
– can be used in the treatment of eczema, acne and infections

You can see this immense desert from space on Google Earth, https://www.google.ca/maps/place/Uyuni+Salt+Flat,+Bolivia/@-20.2086421,-68.1524845,850464m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x915584b325e18bd7:0xce4183a158278b6!6m1!1e1

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