A Few Thoughts on “Spiritual Hygiene”

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So people shower what, like a few times a week? Typically you shower because maybe you’re starting to feel like you smell, or you feel a grimy film all over your skin, or maybe you did a lot of “work” and want to refresh your whole world. Hop in the shower and wash off, easy!

Well you can wash your body easy, but how do you cleanse your mind? How do you clear away the emotional remnants of an argument? How do you make sure your aura and/or personal space isn’t jam-packed with hate or anger residue?

Do you even think about these things as needing to be “cleaned” (in an energetic sense)?

The spiritual body becomes “dirty” just like your physical body does, and accordingly with the “body” of your space. Arguments, obsessiveness, anger and spitefulness, outbursts of any kind including menial, daily frustrations – all of this leaves a residue in your environment and can accumulate in your body, auric field, and personal space. If left unaddressed, over time it can become a sticky/slimy/dark/smoggy/surreal film-like curtain over your reality, making you feel like you’re “not yourself” – and not only that, if you are unaware enough, it can keep you in a negative feedback loop reliving the issue over and over again.

It shows up differently for everyone, as your energy shows up differently than everyone’s. But the basic thing you need to know about it is that energy, just like dirt and grime, can accumulate and then over time come to stagnate. Therefore to optimize our health we must “move” the energy regularly to keep it flowing. This can mean both in the physical sense of the word, meaning a rearrange or shift of the physical objects in the space, and an energetic sense of the word, meaning a shift of the space vibrationally, via sound, smudging (with sage or otherwise), or even just a mental direction of light to clear things up.

Anything that does not get “shaken up” with a degree of regularity – including under your couch, behind your bed, and by the kitchen trash cans, for instance – can start to grow pockets of negativity, like a cancer of sorts. Additionally if you have certain places in your home that you spend a lot of time in (desk, armchair, meditation or altar space, etc) then those should be cleansed more often. Rearranging furniture and/or cleaning behind it can bring huge energetic shifts. Also try moving lights around in rooms for big changes.

For the basics of energetic clearing, use a smudge stick and direct smoke into nooks and crannies to get things moving, or use a chime, bell, or your own voice to make noise that sweetly expands into the darkness. If you don’t have these things, you can always just use your imagination and breath to direct light from God – in through your crown chakra, down to your heart chakra, and out into a spot anywhere in or around your space.

For body or aura cleansing, you can use the same techniques, just using your imagination to direct the smoke/sound/breath/light into anywhere in/on your body.

I hope this post inspires you to think about creating a daily, weekly, or monthly habit where you “sit with” the energy of your body (and space) to see if you can improve the vibration in any way. Most people ignore this altogether but there are huge benefits if you don’t!

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