Purchasing new or used? Energetic and cosmoethical considerations

By 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.