How Spiritual Hygiene affects your Physical Reality

“Spiritual Hygiene” is the practice of monitoring the balance between your mental health, physical health, and spiritual health by incorporating beneficial habits into your daily routine to help maintain this balance. 

When we take the time to check in with our Spiritual Hygiene and notice something is off-balance, we are already beginning the re-balancing process by acknowledging the imbalance.

The next step is to identify the cause of the imbalance so you can take the steps necessary to correct the situation. 

An imbalance in our physical body originates from an imbalance in our mental health or spiritual health that has manifested itself into a physical symptom. By not addressing the challenges to your spiritual or mental health, the symptoms can fester and grow into a physical reality.

One of my students recently asked me, 

“When is a headache just a headache, and when is a broken rib, just an accident?”

My answer was, and is, “Never.”

Webster defines an accident as “a: an unforeseen and unplanned event or circumstance. black of intention or necessity.”

Yet, deciding to take action or not take action still has the intention behind the decision.

If the definition of an accident is an unpredicted outcome by one or more parties involved, not that it was a random result of chaos, you could argue, there are no accidents, only outcomes that were unforeseeable by one or both of the parties involved.

Most people define an accident as the result of something being out of their control or some coincidence related to chaos.

But really, an accident is an outcome of a particular series of events not predicted by the parties involved, regardless of their intentions.

I believe in synchronicity, a term coined by the famous Swiss psychiatrist, Carl Jung, which states:

           “‚Ķevents are “meaningful coincidences” if they occur with no causal relationship yet seem to be meaningfully related.” -quote taken from Wikipedia

I also think there can be accidents. But at the same time, not because there was no intention, but because it was a series of events that led to an accident caused by free-will decisions.

A series of free-will decisions that lead to an unanticipated outcome does not remove the impact of other energetic influences that caused a person to make that free-will decision. 

To put it simply:

Everything happens for a reason.

I know the above statement can feel or sound ambiguous, and often people disregard it for that reason, but we have intention behind everything we do. We just don’t always understand the true intention. 

The last time you caught a minor cold that forced you to cancel some plans, was there anything you were not looking forward to about the plans? Or did something happen later that possibly kept you safe because you could not follow through with the plans? 

To understand the true intention behind an act of free-will that resulted in an unpredicted effect, ask yourself if there is an advantage to the outcome.

Medical science studies what leads to physical disorders and has also become very involved in studying the way stress, or mental pressure can affect your physical health. 

However, even when we are in good physical and mental health, if we do not feel genuinely aligned in our spiritual health, we can still find ourselves in an unbalanced state. Especially if we are ignoring what our heart wants because our mind is telling us we should be doing otherwise. (In my next blog, maybe we’ll discuss the word “should”)

Hearing your heart over your mind can be tricky. However, implementing practices to maintain good Spiritual Hygiene can give a louder voice to your heart so you can decipher the root causes of any imbalance more easily. Monitoring your Spiritual Hygiene will help you build intention towards the desired outcome instead of the “unforeseen” outcome.

Not every unintended outcome or accident is preventable by the injured party, but monitoring your spiritual hygiene can help you by:

1)   Preventing Injury. Possibly preventing an unexpected outcome by being aware you are more prone to that undesirable outcome and taking care to avoid specific free-will actions that could lead to that outcome. (i.e., Knowing you tend to feel sleepy driving late at night, so choosing to stay off the roads at night.)

2)   Minimizing Impact. If the undesired outcome occurs anyway, good spiritual hygiene can lessen the severity or impact of the outcome. (i.e., Not allowing resentment or anger towards yourself or others involved in the undesired outcome to build and cause more pain.)

3)   Promote Healing and Recovery. Even when an undesirable outcome has occurred, good Spiritual Hygiene can promote and help to heal. (i.e., Pain management through meditation versus self-medicating with harmful substances.)

Examples of practicing good Spiritual Hygiene involve multiple forms of self-care, checking in with yourself through journaling, meditation, exercise, and eating fresh, organic foods.

For more information on one of these practices, check out a blog post a friend and colleague, Bonny Osterhage, wrote about how I use a technique I created called Whole Life Journaling to maintain good Spiritual Hygiene. You can read Bonny’s blog here.

Also, check out my YouTube channel for more videos on how I monitor my Spiritual Hygiene, as well as how to cultivate your intuition and other helpful spiritual practices. 

Cultivate and track your intuition with Whole Life Journaling.

Devon Duerr
Cultivate your Intuition with Devon Duerr.

What is Whole Life journaling?

Whole Life journaling is an efficient and effective way to cultivate your intuition.

Whole Life journaling combines your day-to-day life with your body, mind, and spirit. It uses this combination to identify and grow your abilities to intuit, heal, and manifest your true heart’s desires.

As you do this, you identify, grow, and track your abilities while creating your very own record in what I call your “Book of Evidence.”

There is a multitude of benefits to Whole Life Journaling:

  • It designs and encourages a balance between your body, mind, and spirit by tracking your routines, providing clarity through writing, and cultivating your intuition.
  • It keeps your days, weeks, months, and even future organized.
  • It creates one place to keep track of your dreams, intentions, habits, moods, lists, etc. Never go hunting for that little post-it note where you wrote that great idea last week again!
  • It holds space for you to motivate yourself and manifest your pure heart’s desires.
  • Keeping everything in one place invites Divine energy to help you achieve your true heart’s wishes automatically.
  • Including your intuitive abilities in your journal streamlines the information you need to accomplish your desires.
  • The best part! When it’s time to review how far you have come, you now have a book full of evidence proving you have and are using your natural-born intuitive abilities!

A Whole Life journal combines and organizes To-Do lists, Calendars, and your intuition into one journal, thus eliminating the need to maintain multiple journals, lists, and reminders.

Keeping track of your progress through Whole Life journaling is practical and fun!

Whole Life Journaling is not just for venting, creative writing, or making lists. It’s for creating a record of how far you’ve come and what did and did not work.

Most importantly, it’s for identifying your natural-born intuitive abilities and using these abilities to combine them with your daily life.

Incorporating your intuitive skills into your everyday life actively drives energy towards helping you create and lead a life you love.

Get started today by watching my free video “Jumpstart your Whole Life Journal”.

To learn more about cultivating your intuition by working with me, click here.

Energy Fields, what are they?

Our little Ash and me when he was about 10 weeks old.

We feel our animal’s energy when we touch them or when they give us a friendly lick (like our little Ash is giving me in the photo above!). We feel good around them because we are sharing an energetic field full of love.

But if you’re wondering how animal communication can take place without the animal being in the same room with the person communicating, whether it’s you, me or somebody else, then you’re asking “What is an energy field?”.

I use an energy field to connect with animals during all my animal communication sessions, whether the animal is across the room, across town, or on the other side of the globe. There is a wealth of information available in books, classes, and online that goes into a detailed explanation of energy. In this post, I hope to give you some brief examples to help you understand energy fields and possibly spark an interest that inspires you to explore the topic further.

What is this energy field I use to connect with animals? It’s a pathway for communication allowing information to travel from one place to another. It’s all around us, all the time. We have our own personal energy field, and so do animals. But there are also fields of energy in groups of people, buildings, and even words.

We’ve all walked into a room where the people already in the room are silent, and we think, “What just happened? Everybody seems tense.” There is a feel to the room. You are experiencing a shift in the energy between rooms. Your surrounding energy field collided with a different energy field causing you to notice a shift in the mood, tension, and emotions of your surroundings. You received information, without even trying, about the people and the conversation that had recently occurred prior to you entering the room.

When somebody says “I can’t quite put my finger on it, but I know something is off…” They are feeling the energy of information just outside the grasp of the energy field they are currently residing. When they can bring that information into their energy field, that’s when the metaphorical light bulb goes off, and they realize, “Aha! That’s what I was thinking was off!” They have now put their “energetic finger” on the missing piece of information.

We can put our physical finger on an object, in water, or on a person’s shoulder and feel energy too. It’s subtle, but it is there. This is why babies need to be held and animals need to be groomed for them to be socialized. You are sending an energy of love and nurturing their energetic field with this interaction. When somebody you care about gives you a big warm hug, you are physically feeling their energy.

Think about that first cooler day in the Fall. Do you sometimes get a shock from static electricity just by bumping into something? You’re feeling the energy field there too. Energy is everywhere and in all things. Science has proven this through the study of matter and the atoms that form matter. Atoms contain energy. Scientists expand every day on the research involving Quantum theory and how fields of energy affect how we move, think, interact and develop as a society.

If you look at weather patterns and study hurricanes, the energy field patterns are fascinating. Why do cows lay down in the field long before a storm is on the horizon? They can feel in the air the energetic field shifting due to the approaching storm’s energy. They are connecting with the energy of the storm.

Ever had a dream that stayed with you for the whole day or even longer? You woke up, but the dream felt so real that you forgot you were in your bedroom? When we are dreaming, we are connecting through an energy field. Whether we are having a good dream or a bad dream, we wake up feeling certain emotions even though we never actually touched anything physically. We were in a mental field of energy different from the physical energy field of our bedroom. When we woke up, we immediately felt a shift, but the mental energy of the dream stayed with us.

There are many ways to connect and feel the energy field around you. An essential part of strengthening this connection is Meditation. I know, I know, many of you already know this, I can feel the subliminal eye roll out there. LOL! However, others are thinking, “but I can’t meditate, my mind won’t shut off” or “I don’t have time for meditation” or “I get so bored meditating.” I used to think meditation was boring. Once I discovered and began feeling the benefits, I then had to battle the “I don’t have time to meditate” argument. Once I created space for meditation in my daily life, things shifted dramatically. I could feel the energy field faster, deeper, and on a much more intimate level than ever before. Many spiritual teachers refer to meditation as a practice, because it genuinely takes practice. Just like going to the gym every day to develop your muscles, practicing meditation every day helps you develop your energetic muscles. I consider it part of my job to meditate regularly so when it’s time to connect with an animal it is instantaneous.

When I connect with an animal, I am deeply respectful of their energetic field. Just as I would be when first meeting another person. I wouldn’t walk up to a person I just met and give them a huge bear hug. I would respect their space and get to know them first. There may be a bear hug in the future, but I take my time entering their energy field as I would hope others would do for me.

In summary, energy is all around us. When you feel a change in mood, temperature or even sound, you are feeling a shift between energy fields. Energy is traveling through these fields with information. During an Animal Communication Session, with, and ONLY with, your animal’s and your permission, I use these energy fields to receive information from your animal, allowing a pathway for an intense spiritual connection for which I am always grateful to experience. Learn more about Animal Communication here