Good Magical Hygiene:
Essential Personal Energy Management for The Spiritually Gifted
by Tess Whitehurst
of the most interesting conversations I ever had was with a
professional dancer who had been diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive
disorder at a young age. She described how frightened and out of
control she felt...until she discovered dancing. Then, her mind’s
obsession with ascribing patterns to things, and her body’s compulsion
to move in prescribed patterns, had an outlet, and while she still
noticed symptoms occasionally, she finally felt comfortable in her own
skin. Additionally, while she regularly practiced dancing to a degree
that some might consider obsessive, she soon became quite happy in her
life and successful in her chosen profession.
main reason why this was so intriguing to me was because I quickly
recognized a similar pattern in my own past. For many years my mood was
a roller coaster of highs and lows. I generally felt dis-empowered and
I alternated between anxiety and depression more often than not. In
retrospect, I realize that it felt sort of like I was driving a car but
I couldn’t see out the windshield.
Although I had been reading about and practicing magic and metaphysics
for some time, a big turning point for me was when I cleared a bunch of
clutter out of my apartment and suddenly felt so much lighter and more
joyful. It was then that I experienced firsthand the connection between
the seen and the unseen realms. I realized that the so-called "mundane"
world and the so-called "magical" world were not separate, but two
sides of the same coin.
Once that occurred, it wasn’t long before I looked at
everything from both perspectives (energetic and physical)
simultaneously, and constantly worked with the principle that seen and
unseen realms are not only inextricably linked, but that they
constantly interact with and affect each other. I began to put this
principle into practice through things like space clearing and daily
visualization rituals to clear my chakras and protect my energetic
field (like the one below). I also went to feng shui school and began
practicing feng shui and energy work professionally. During this time,
my life momentum turned around and I began to feel more consistently
happy, joyful, safe, and empowered.
So, after considering the dancer who had danced her way out of the most
painful aspects of OCD, as well as my own personal healing experience,
I started thinking: I wonder if what we call "mental disorders" could
sometimes actually be latent talents? In other words, what if talents
are like electric wiring, and until they are located, grounded, and
properly directed, their power flies around our lives dangerously,
creating unpleasant and challenging conditions in their wake?
Thinking back to a number of people I have known or encountered who
suffered from things like anxiety and depression, or even more serious
conditions like schizophrenia, this hypothesis began to make even more
sense to me as I saw a pattern of especially creative, gifted, and
intuitive people whose spiritual talents may have remained largely
unfocused because they were devalued or overlooked.
As a result of all this philosophizing, I have concluded that for
sensitive and spiritually gifted folks like us—and I can’t believe you
would have continued reading this article for this long if you weren’t
sensitive and spiritually gifted—consciously managing our considerable
supply of spiritual energy is a must if we are going to feel happy,
joyful, and empowered on a regular basis. Since it keep our energy
clear and flowing in an ideal way while helping us manifest positive
conditions in every area of our lives, I sometimes call it "good
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with Tess Whitehurst, Author of The
Good Energy Book and Magical
1. Your new Good Energy
focuses on good energy within the self, while your first book (Magical
Housekeeping) focused on promoting good energy within
prompted you to tackle the topic of personal "good energy?"
While performing rituals and arranging my
house in auspicious ways are really powerful activities and important
aspects of my spiritual practice, the truth is, the energetic realm is
all around us all the time, no matter where we are or what we are
doing. Plus, the state of one’s own personal energy field has
everything to do with one’s outlook, health, and life conditions. So,
when we consciously live in both realms (physical and energetic)
simultaneously, we can calibrate and harmonize our personal energy and
the energy around us every day, on a regular basis. Years ago, when I
discovered and started working with the ideas and practices in The Good Energy Book, my life,
which had previously been characterized by a fair amount of anxiety and
depression, changed profoundly—I began to feel consistently empowered
and positive. Naturally, I wanted to share the practices that helped me
2. Why is inviting good
energy into our lives necessary? Isn’t it enough to have a positive
It really depends on the person. I find
that when someone is naturally intuitive, compassionate, and
spiritually tuned-in, that person is not only very energetically open,
but also has a lot of spiritual power hovering around in his or her
energy field. For people like us, inviting in the type of energy we
desire, releasing the type of energy we don’t desire, and setting up
good energetic boundaries can make all the difference between a good
mood and a bad mood, or an exhilarating life experience and a
Of course, discord—and really this entire
life experience—is more illusion than it is real. To illustrate what I
mean, think of yesterday: where did it go? It’s nowhere. Like a
hologram or a dream, it has dissolved and disappeared more completely
than a cloud in a clear summer sky. Still, while we are in this present
incarnation, our feelings and life conditions definitely seem real.
When we are able to consciously connect with the realm of truth (AKA
the Divine/God/Goddess/Love), and when we direct our intention toward
the feelings and conditions we’d like to experience, we can flow with
the illusion rather than against it, and perceive it in a much more
pleasant and enjoyable way.
To bottom line it, the practices in The Good Energy Book can help us ground and protect our
energy, regularly keep our minds focused and our outlooks positive, and
more consistently manifest things like prosperity, synchronicity, and
3. The Good Energy Book
includes a few chapters on clearing the clutter from our homes and the
spaces around us. Why is this an important first step?
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