Here's the deal: when you post something that is full of your own conscious choices, hopes, desires and wishes, it becomes vulnerable to everyone else's conscious and unconscious hopes, desires and judgments.
That means, if you've just put hours of effort and intention into something like a vision board or an altar, and then post it on social media for all 1,300 of your followers, known and unknown, to look at, your vision board or altar just got messed with.
Keep It Sacred: Keep It Private.
This also goes for sacred space you just set up for meditation or for client work. It goes for sacred tools you've created. It goes for any mundane object, say a job application, that you have a lot of energy and emotion behind.
And it also can apply to your body.
I'm all for the sentiment and sense of injustice behind the "Free The Nipple!" campaign, but you won't catch me freeing mine. Not in public.
Breasts in particular are a very sensitive and very powerful part of a woman's body. It's an area of the body where we physically and energetically give and receive, not to mention it's also our heart area. We often feel embarrassment at the thought of accidentally being caught naked or topless in front of someone, not because we're afraid of our bodies being judged (though the patriarchy has made us believe that and has also shamed us for that fear) but because we innately are aware that our bodies really are our temples and our power, our juju, our feminine mojo is vulnerable to outside hopes, desires and judgments.
You'll know your body energy has been compromised, whether you had an audience of one or took part in an impromptu skinny dipping sesh at a festival, if you find yourself suddenly and uncharacteristically concerned with what others are thinking and feeling about you. If you find yourself seeking outside validation or acceptance more than is healthy. If you feel inexplicably "addicted" to outside praise or just as inexplicably shy, anxious and obsessed about avoiding outside thoughts and opinions.
These symptoms of energetic compromise can occur anytime we've been vulnerable, not just naked.
What To Do If Sacred Space Is Compromised
You can smudge anything, including your body, with Palo Santo to clear away unwanted emotions and energies. Be careful about doing this to sacred objects if you don't really need to-- you could clear away some of the energy you've intentionally built over time. Being clear on how you want the Palo Santo to work is key: Clear away any emotions or energies that do not belong or do not serve the higher purpose of this object-- is an example. I don't recommend sage because it's actually a consecrating herb, not a cleansing one. Palo Santo will cleanse and then you can come behind with some sage to consecrate if you'd like.
You can also take a shower and intend/pray that the water also washes away those thoughts, emotions and energies that are not yours or are no longer serving you. I also have a more lengthy spiritual bathing ritual that I send as a bonus to newsletter subscribers. You can sign up here.
If you enjoy being naked or otherwise vulnerable around folks, no worries. You've got a natural shield put up, the people you choose to be naked or vulnerable around are energetic rock stars, or you can take a cleansing and intentional shower afterwards to cover your bASSES. (I crack myself up).
In love and sacred darkness,