Spiritual Hygiene: What It Is and Why It Is Important

An often overlooked important piece of spirituality amounts to what I will call “hygiene”. Hygiene, in this sense, means exactly what it means in the everyday version of the word—keeping yourself clean. Clean from what? Energetic nastiness.

To some extent, we all carry energetic residuals that are cruddy. This process will end, (if we are lucky) when we die. The problem is one of purity. Most of the time, when we are down here on the Earth plane, we have impurities to start with which are compounded by those we encounter in the environment. Sometimes these impurities act as a sort of contagion—they spread and cling to others. A good indicator that this has happened is when you begin to feel something that is not within your normal emotional range—especially after having recently visited with someone you do not see on a daily basis.

Whatever we are in our essence, the energy of our environment tends to mirror. So, if you are a happy person, your environment probably will feel lighter and more bubbly. If you are serious, then the environment will probably feel more focused. If you are depressed, then it will be depressed and if you are lustful then it will probably have a lustful energy surrounding it. The problem is that if that energy is not cleared, then it becomes a bit like standing water in that it soon becomes stagnant. Once it becomes stagnant, it can cling to a person. Once it clings to a person, it is now a matter of personal spiritual hygiene in addition to an environmental one.

Why is stagnation bad? Precisely because it is energy that is neither moving nor transforming. Instead, it is just “stuck”. The more stuck it gets, the more poisonous the energy becomes. It becomes poisonous precisely because change is not present. If you have ever seen what happens to standing water in nature, you have a pretty good idea of what happens energetically. It smells septic, mosquito larva begin to breed in it, and eventually it becomes indistinguishable from sewage. The things that live IN it are no less repulsive.

broken window

This Window Says Use Me, Abuse Me. What does your energy say of you?

The same thing is true if we surround ourselves with excessive clutter. There was once a psychological survey done that indicated that the biggest indicator that a house or car would be broken into would be whether or not one of the windows were broken. Once a window was broken, it was as if the house or car announced to the world that it was in a state of disrepair, and once that is the case, it is free to let in all manner of undesirable activity. Wikipedia summarizes one such study done by Zimbardo of prison experiment fame:

Before the introduction of this theory by Wilson and Kelling, Philip Zimbardo, a Stanford psychologist, arranged an experiment testing the broken-window theory in 1969. Zimbardo arranged for an automobile with no license plates and the hood up to be parked idle in a Bronx neighbourhood and a second automobile in the same condition to be set up in Palo Alto, California. The car in the Bronx was attacked by “vandals” within minutes of its “abandonment”. Zimbardo noted that the first “vandals” to arrive were a family – a father, mother and a young son – who removed the radiator and battery. Within twenty four hours of its abandonment, everything of value had been stripped from the vehicle. After that, the car’s windows were smashed in, parts torn, upholstery ripped, and children were using the car as a playground. At the same time, the vehicle sitting idle in Palo Alto, California sat untouched for more than a week. Then Zimbardo himself went up to the vehicle and deliberately smashed it with a sledgehammer. Soon after, people joined in for the destruction. Zimbardo observed that majority of the adult “vandals” in both cases were primarily well dressed, clean-cut and respectable whites. It is believed that in a neighborhood such as the Bronx where the history of abandoned property and theft are more prevalent, vandalism occurs much more quickly as the community gives off a “no one cares” vibe. Similar events can occur in any civilized community when communal barriers – the sense of mutual regard and obligations of civility – are lowered by actions that suggests “no one cares”.

When we look at this study, it seems intuitive that if a window is broken “no one cares”. It is a “negligent” energy, just as stagnant water is “neglected”. Likewise, if we do not take care of our own spiritual energy, it is as good as hanging a “I don’t care” sign on us. How do we go about redressing stagnation? Here are some tips:

  • Get Rid of Any Clutter That You Don’t Use

Whatever it is, if you haven’t used it in two years, you probably aren’t going to be using it anytime soon. Sell it, give it away, or otherwise be done with it.

  • Burn Some Incense

Incense stirs up the air and smoke goes “up”. Different fragrances may be more or less effective.

  • Learn Some Tai Chi or Meditation

You can get to a point where you feel your energy. It is not the same as a physical body sensation, but rather feels more like the “wrapper” around your physical body. It requires concentration to do this, and sometimes one will find pain. Address it, move it around, hurt some. Don’t let it sit.

  • Drink Some Tea—Especially Chai Tea

Chai tea probably got its name because it moves a bunch of energy around at once. If you are in a funk with your meditation or are otherwise “stiff”, drinking some chai can be helpful to get things moving. (extra bonus for tossing in some honey)

  • Find Someone Who is Good at Reiki or Some Other Energy Work

Energy workers can usually “see” energy. I am not personally a fan of having them “fix” you so much as having them assist in helping you “fix yourself”. If they can tell you what is stagnant, and you meditate, you can line up your meditation such that you are more inclined to tap in to whatever it is that ails you that you might otherwise ignore.

  • Learn About Some Crystals

Crystals can be handy tools to assist one in moving certain energies, or tuning into certain other energies.

  • Last but not least, Find a Knowledgeable Metaphysical Store

Metaphysical stores have a knack for attracting people who are good at different modalities. Moreover, store owners tend to know who does what, or have resources to point you in the right direction. If you are in Princeton, Kentucky, stop by Serenity Shoppe which is where you can find me and many of the above mentioned supplies!


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