Thursday, April 25, 2013

Purchasing new or used? Energetic and cosmoethical considerations

Kim McCaul

At the end of IAC’s Bioenergies in Nature workshop, after everybody has given their energetic body a good workout, participants talk through a list of 21 tips on how to manage psychic energy in their everyday life. One of the items causes regular comment. The tip in question points out the importance of being mindful of the energetic baggage that may accompany second hand items, especially clothing and jewelry. It queries whether we are aware of the fact that we may be carrying another’s energetic burden when wearing such item. Frequently, someone in the group will explain their preference for second hand clothing from an environmental and ethical point of view. Most recently a participant questioned whether buying brand new items that may have been produced by virtual slave labor in a country without worker protection laws does not carry its own energetic burden due to the unethical background of its manufacture. This is a valid concern, but the distinction between the two issues is important to understand.

The issue with second hand items is simply based on the observable fact that we all impregnate objects we regularly use or even wear, such as clothing and jewelry, with the energy we produce through our thoughts and emotions. We all incessantly produce what in conscientiology (science of consciousness) are called thosenes (THOught + SENtiment + Energies), units of energy charged by our thoughts and emotions. And these thosenes impact on our environment and in particular on objects and places we are closely associated with over any length of time.

We may buy a second hand shirt from someone who had great, positive thosenes or we may buy a necklace worn by someone for years while they were generating thosenes of depressed and resignation. In either case, the energetic charge of the object will reflect its wearer’s thosenes and can have real repercussions on our mood, our state of mind and even our physical well being. Awareness of this can help us avoid inadvertent interferences in our own mental, emotional and energetic balance.

The issue with brand new items is quite different. Even assuming they were manufactured in a sweatshop by low paid minors (to develop a worst case scenario), they are very unlikely to have the kind of energetic baggage a second hand item does. Maybe they were handled by someone who felt miserable due to their sense of exploitation. But that person’s interaction with the item was only brief, and after that numerous other people, none of whom had any great personal investment in the item, would have handled it.

Consequently, the item was not imbued by specific thosenes and does not carry a major energetic burden of that nature. Such items may, however, carry an ethical burden. For it is true that if we purchase items produced through a system of exploitation of either people or the environment, we are supporting this system. One of the principles of cosmoethics, the universal ethical system researched by conscientiology, is that we apply what we know. In other words, if we know or understand something, but don’t act in accordance with that understanding, we are not in harmony with the principles of cosmoethics. If we know that items for sale are produced in unethical conditions and we still purchase them, we are complicit in the system. We strengthen karmic ties with both the victims and perpetrators of the system of exploitation and we corrupt our ethical integrity.

So it’s not a matter of “either – or” when it comes to choosing between second hand and new items. It’s not about one being right and the other wrong. It’s about making purchase decisions that are based on our discernment and consider to the best of our ability the relevant bioenergetic and cosmoethical ramifications of our decision. Once we consider the many multidimensional factors in life even an act seemingly as mundane as buying a pair of pants or bracelet can become an opportunity to grow in our discernment and integrity.

Kim McCaul is an anthropologist and an IAC Australia volunteer


  1. Nice usable info.
    We are not living in an abstract world. The resources we have at our disposal (time, money, energy) is not unlimited (at least in a single lifetime). So, what I save on purchasing some "used" item, can be used more efficiently somewhere else (beside of course that being a more eco-friendly choice).
    Question: Are there techniques, ways to "clean" and get rid of the thosenes coming with a used item?
    Ali M.

    1. Hi Ali,
      thanks for your comment. I agree there are lots of reasons why it is better to reuse objects and material rather than keep making new things. And fortunately there are ways of dealing with accumulated thosenes. Basically, it's a matter of consciously imprinting our own thosenes on the thing in question. We can exteriorize (send out) the energy of our energetic body, either through a specific chakra, such as the palm chakras of the hands or through the entirety of the energetic body. Our energy will naturally carry the imprint of our thoughts and emotions, but given that we are doing this as a conscious exercise we can also focus on especially positive thoughts and emotions while sending out this energy, e.g. love, joy, compassion and so on. Such energetic exteriorization will function like running water, "washing" the energies of the object. It may take a little while though and along the way we may still need to be mindful of picking up some energetic baggage and transmuting that (at the IAC we call that process sympathetic assimilation and sympathetic deassimilation).
      I hope that's clear. Basically it's a matter of combining intention, awareness and a healthy energy body.
      If you'd like a more visual presentation of some of our energy techniques there is this clip on youtube: and of course we work with energy in many of our courses so you get to experience it for yourself.


  2. It is so interesting, Kim, that you just posted it as literally last night I was walking back home from Bliss and saw a beautiful (objective opinion) fashionable long necklace hanging on the gate - someone must have lost it and someone else picked it up and hanged on the the gate... Anyway, I touched it and looked at it and I really liked it (its appearance) but for some reason I felt as I am meant to leave it there and not taking it.. then a thought of someone's (owner's) energy came to mind and I realised it would affect me somehow, so I left it there. Thanks for sharing! Grace

  3. Hi Kim,
    I believe the energies carried by any second hand items may be removed by various methods including washing and physic intent. If this is possible, then what is left is the moral issue of exploitation. On an ethical environmental stance second hand items is more sustainable to the environment therefore to our selves and other sentient beings who share it with us.
    Thank you
    Graeme Arber

  4. Hi Graeme,

    thanks for your comment. Sustainability is definitely crucial as our global population keeps growing. But the influence of thosenic pollution on us and our "interconsciential environment" (i.e. the environment of consciousness we share with all those around us) is also not to be underestimated. We have to learn to manage both if we want to move ahead on this planet. "Washing" in the conventional sense will do little to clean "stubborn thosenic stains". That will require conscious use of your energies and creating an alternative thosenic imprint over a sustained period of time. I encourage you to experiment with it.

    Best wishes,

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