How To Strengthen And Reinforce Your Spiritual Hygiene
When we talk about nurturing good physical hygiene, we agree to practice regular habits that promote reliable health within us, creating balance and integrity for the physical body we received in this lifetime. We can all agree that it’s important for us to receive adequate sleep, and to eat things which are nutritious. We also greatly enhance our physical well-being when we regularly exercise, practice self-care, cleanliness, and maintain our dental health.
Cultivating good emotional hygiene operates the same way. This can take the form of talking about your feelings with a trusted friend, or receiving an energetic healing from a Reiki Practitioner. Regular journaling can also help us to express ourselves before we share out loud. Whenever facing difficult or challenging times, a support group can be beneficial to help us process our emotions with others who are sharing similar circumstances.
When it comes to our energy however, it is part of the spiritual aspect of ourselves, and the way we energetically inherit and absorb the world around us. By managing your energy through spiritual hygiene practices, you allow yourself the opportunity to navigate challenging circumstances, while also releasing what no longer serves your highest good, in order to feel lighter, brighter, and consistently better.
With the current state of the world, we are barraged with feelings of fear, anger, resentment, blame and guilt on a daily basis. All of these emotions vibrate so low on the energetic scale, they do absolutely nothing to support our levels of well-being on an emotional, physical or mental plane. The levels of stress on our nervous systems are monumental and if we don’t calm, soothe, and recalibrate these systems regularly, we will feel burdened, overwhelmed, and full of anxiety.
When consistently using energetic practices, your energetic body vibrates at a higher vibrational frequency, allowing you to create the intentional life that you desire and intend. Energy practices can also help you maintain a healthy aura and energy field, so it does not interfere with your daily health and wellbeing.
When we up level our spiritual hygiene, we bolster our relationship to Spirit, God, Source, Universe, Divine. We find ourselves with a stronger advantage to overcome the low frequency vibrations, thought patterns and emotions that we are currently all consumed by, on so many levels.
When we do this every day, we begin to raise our vibration. When we raise our vibration we can begin to change our thought patterns. When we change our thought patterns, we can begin to change our reality. But it is a practice, we need to do it daily, however that may look for you, it has to become habitual.
What Is Spiritual Hygiene?
Spiritual hygiene refers to the practice of paying attention and maintaining your energetic self. This includes your aura as well as the rest of your astral bodies. Spiritual hygiene is practiced by many people, including those who practice every type of religion. Each person may use different practices, but they are all to achieve one goal; clear your energetic space of unwanted energy.
Spiritual contamination might be the result of not paying attention to one energy field, thus allowing other energies that are not yours to influence you. This could have a negative effect in all areas of your life including personal relationships or work. Your auric bodies extend around you and can easily interact with the energies of others. Even if you practice spiritual shielding and protection, it’s easy to miss a few days or have a situation where some negativity just seems to stick to you. But you can do something about it.
How Do You Know If You Need Spiritual Hygiene?
It is a good practice for anyone to pay attention to and tend to their personal energies. Just as you take care of and cleanse your physical body with personal hygiene practices, the same can be done on a spiritual level.
Psychics who can “see” other planes of existence are using their clairvoyant abilities to interpret bits and pieces of energy residue from others we have been in contact with, or past experiences which can stick to our aura, just like dirt and grime can stick to your body. There are some telltale signs when one is in need of a spiritual cleansing such as:
Too much chatter in the brain
Restlessness during quiet time
Too much drama happening in your life
Physical or emotional exhaustion
Difficulty focusing on tasks
Overly emotional or short-tempered
Irritated by other people’s energy
What do you do if you feel you are in need of spiritual hygiene? The first step is to not worry. Your energy is very much a part of your body and you have the ability to master it. Even if the energy that is stuck to you is not yours, you have the ability to cleanse yourself, spiritually, and remove what no longer serves you.
How to Incorporate Energetic Practices to Achieve Spiritual Hygiene
As a Soul Liberation & Embodiment Guide, I understand the importance of cultivating and nurturing my daily practice. To be able to serve my clients at the highest level, my spiritual body has to be clean, it has to be strong and it has to be nourished.
In addition to practicing Reiki, I personally use meditation, journaling, going for a walk, breathwork, taking a salt bath, and listening to music to help shift and manage my energy.
Start small if you need to, but just start. Find something that will fit into your daily life that will help connect you to Spirit, that will serve to cleanse your emotional body, and help strengthen and raise your vibration.
Examples of Spiritual Hygiene
Meditation is the go-to for most people when it comes to spiritual cleansing and hygiene. If you want to take it up a notch, visualize taking a mental, energetic shower. Simply watch and feel the good energy of the Universe fall all around you and watch as it cleanses away the negative energies from your personal space and auric field.
Conditions of many kinds, including chronic back pain, headaches, and eczema are greatly improved with regular meditation. A regular meditation practice can also alleviate anxiety, depression, and insomnia. While the research and documentation isn’t as thorough, using prayer, visualizations, affirmations, chanting, and gratitude lists can be just as effective, and have been shown to have similar results.
For millennia, monks and other spiritually advanced people have used chanting as a way to balance and cleanse their energy. There is proof that chanting affects physical matter as it can literally create patterns in sand. You can feel the effects of chanting as the soundwaves reverberate throughout your body, but the waves don’t stop there. They begin from deep within and travel to permeate the space around you, clearing and healing your energy and spirit.
To use this practice, sit as if you are going to meditate. Keep your spine straight and aligned and take in a deep breath. As you exhale, chant the sounds, OM. Exhale with the sound until complete then repeat. You can do this for as long as you like, but try to chant for at least two minutes. Play around with different ranges, like a higher OM sound or a low, deep sound. Do this until you find the range or tone that feels right to you and enjoy it.
The Chinese practice of Feng Shui urges us to look at our living and working environments to find balance with the natural world. Get rid of any clutter. When we have piles of “stuff” in our space that we don’t need or have use for, we are creating stagnation in our environment.
Smudging is another way to energetically cleanse a space to invite positive energy. When smudging a space, you burn plant material such as sage or palo santo. These plants and barks expel unwanted energy.
Burning sage to eliminate unwanted energy has been used for centuries, if not longer. Many people use it to “clear” a new space they are moving into. Simply light the end on fire and walk around the perimeter of the space you want cleared, allowing the smoke to remove unwanted energies. Then move through to the middle of the space, and wave the sage bundle up and down around you, much like an eraser, and allow the smoke to clear your personal energy.
The practice of using crystals, specifically selenite, is as easy as choosing your crystal and placing it in a space near you, or using it as an energetic magic wand. You could also grid your home or a specific room by placing a selenite crystal in each corner, one above your front door, or on the floor under your bed to clear your energy while you sleep.
Salt is a mineral that has long been used to absorb and remove negative energy. Salt is often placed around a home as protection, however a salt bath can be used to remove negative energy from you, too. Simply take a relaxing bath in saltwater or add Epsom salts to your bath for extra relaxation. Adding an essential oil to your bath can provide even more protection and enjoyment as you bathe in the luxurious scent and silky feel of the Epsom salt and oil mixture.
Your Cleansing Process Is Very Personal
There are many techniques you can use to cleanse your energy and enjoy spiritual hygiene. The key is to do something and keep practicing until you feel relief. If one technique doesn’t work, simply try another. You will find one you resonate with and when you do, you can remove energetic burdens so that you can experience the beautiful physical, mental and emotional states that come with spiritual health. If you can spend just 10-20 minutes each day to cultivate spiritual hygiene in your life you will be more grounded and have increased clarity.
In essence, maintaining a strong spiritual practice is key. If you don’t have one, create one. Find something that works for you. And if you do have one, maintain it and continue it, because as we ride through this invisible wave, we have absolutely no control, we have no idea how it will end. But what we do have control over, is our ability to connect with ourselves, with our heart space, with Source, God, Universe, Divine. Only then can we truly begin to navigate this perfect storm, become empowered and gain more clarity and freedom. During this time in history we need these spiritual practices more than ever in order to dramatically improve the quality of our life for as long as we live.
This piece was written and contributed by:
Soul Liberation & Embodiment Guide
Andrea Firpo is a Psychic Cheerleader who is focused on soul liberation and embodiment. Combining her psychic and intuitive abilities with her educational background of trauma psychology, she connects women to their own inner wisdom and self-love. By bringing awareness in the body, mind, and spirit around the deep conditioning of emotional trauma, Andrea identifies underlying patterns that undermine her clients’ self-worth. Through simple yet powerful healing tools, Andrea empowers her clients to achieve energetic balance through healthy boundaries, promoting incredible paradigm shifts in their lives.
Andrea is also an author who has contributed to the anthologies, Dreamweavers, Ceremonies, and the recent #1 Amazon International Bestseller, The Art & Truth of Transformation for Women. As a show host and producer, she highlights the stories and lessons of remarkable women overcoming traumatic events in her podcast, "Brilliance through Resilience." She lives with her family in Portland, Oregon and works with clients internationally.