I once read an article about how empaths shouldn’t buy used clothing, and I can’t help but scoff at the concept. Like what, you “can’t deal” with the icky vibes of a previous clothing owner, but you’re somehow impervious to the suffering hands of the sweat-shop laborer that assembled your new crop top from Forever 21? COME ON. What about the cries of Mama Earth as that GMO cotton seed infects the land, round-up sinking into our soil, poisonous dyes seeping into our water sources, all the burned up coal and oil that fuel the clothing industry…I could go on.
Because unless you either know the person that makes your clothes or you’ve somehow found the ethical gem in the industrial rough of fast fashion and source your clothing exclusively from there (which btw, if you have found such a gem, please share), you can count on modern-day slave labor and environmental degradation.
Obviously, if you’re picking up on some bad mojo on that used sweater at your local Goodwill, you don’t have to take it home with you. For the most part though, a good wash before you wear is enough to make it yours. Want some added protection? Smudge those babies up and say a clearing prayer to get rid of any residual energetic patterns vibing in the fibers. Easy peasy.
Repeat after me: EVERYTHING ON THIS EARTH IS RECYCLED. Everything ever has passed through the vibration of someone or something else before it made its way into your hands. There ain’t nothing magical about a retail store that will ensure good vibes. Puh-lease. You cannot escape the suffering of the earth! You can, however, transmute it. Take in the old, and raise it up. And for the love of all, don’t be feeding into the ecological/human rights nightmare of fast fashion just because you don’t wanna share vibrational cooties. We all one anyways, baby.