Now they, after being sanctified by the Holy Ghost, having their garments made white, being pure and spotless before God, could not look upon sin save it were with abhorrence; and there were many, exceedingly great many, who were made pure and entered into the rest of the Lord their God. -Alma 13:12 (emphasis added)
I have read and heard the phrase “having their garments made white” hundreds of times. But this morning it became something totally new and different. (I love it when that happens to scriptures.)
I have been wearing a lot of white lately. Every morning I make sure I’m wearing at least some white, sometimes all white, when I do my yoga and meditation. And many times I continue wearing white all day. When I attend my yoga teacher training classes, I wear white as do most of my classmates.
Some friends have asked, “What’s with all the white?” When I saw those words this morning—having their garments made white—I figured it was probably time to write about white. My reasons for wearing white may not be representative of everyone, but this why white is taking over my closet.
When I was first introduced to Kundalini Yoga and the custom of wearing all white, it was easy to adopt the practice because of the temple. When members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints attend temples, they change into all white clothing. Because of this, there was already a precedent for me that we wear white in holy places while doing sacred things with our bodies. I love these words from the Church’s article about temple garments:
From ancient times, men and women have embraced sacred music, different forms of prayer, religious vestments full of symbolism, gestures and rituals to express their innermost feelings of devotion to God.
The variety of these forms of expression is as wide and diverse as the human family. Yet all have the same ultimate purpose: to connect the believer with the object of their devotion in the most personal way—to draw close to God.
That’s one reason I have begun wearing white more often—to draw closer to God. The truth is that endowed Mormons wear white every day. We always have sacred white underclothing, regardless of what visible colors we’re wearing. Sikh’s have sacred white underwear too, by the way.
I suspect there are many reasons we don’t yet understand why God told us to wear white in the temple. But I am beginning to uncover more and more reasons I hadn’t considered before. God is the ultimate scientist, and God knows how to harness wavelengths of light to bring about the highest good of His children.
A couple of weeks ago in my Kundalini Yoga teacher training, we talked about yogic anatomy. I won’t go too deeply into that now, but I want to focus for a moment on the aura and the radiant body. The aura is the elctromagnetic field that surrounds your body. When your aura is strong, it is your protection, your shield. On the outer layer of the aura is what the yogis call your “radiant body.” A strong radiant body enables you to exert a magnetic presence and enables you and others to recognize your inner nobility. One of the ways to strengthen your aura and radiance is to wear white clothing. White combines all the colors in the spectrum and enhances the magnetic field. It is said that wearing white will expand your aura by four feet, and a strong radiant body can promote harmony across a 25-mile radius. When I learned this, a scripture came immediately to mind:
Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? -Matthew 5:13
I did a study of white clothing in the scriptures today. You can probably already guess what I re-learned. Holy beings usually wear white. If you read in the scriptures that someone’s clothes look “exceedingly white,” you can pretty much guarantee that the person is either a holy being or being transfigured in the presence of a holy being. For example:
If Jesus and the angels wear white, they probably have good reasons for doing so. If there is anyone I want to emulate, it’s them.
Prepare ye the way of the Lord, prepare ye the supper of the Lamb, make ready for the Bridegroom. -D&C 65:3
We (the Church and bride of Christ) await our Bridegroom. I love what Felice has to say about wearing white:
When I think about the Bridegroom, I think of people wearing white. If you practice Kundalini Yoga and meditation for long, you’ll find it’s not like other yogas. The teachers don’t wear black tight clothes and show off their bodies. Most teachers wear white, dress modestly in attractive, loose fitting clothing, and cover their heads. The students tend to follow. I love white! I want to be wearing white when I meet Jesus.
When we wear white, we can consider it a symbolic representation of our devotion and faithfulness to the Bridegroom. As we are purified, we enable ourselves to be ready to receive Him:
Our focus from now until we see Christ is purification. If all the things I have learned about white attire and white light are true, it can be a powerful part of the purification process, and it is also the ultimate outcome of the purification process. As we grow brighter and brighter and more perfected, we will glow with an exquisite whiteness. Our presence will promote harmony for miles.
Wherefore, my beloved brethren, pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that . . . when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is; that we may have this hope; that we may be purified even as he is pure. -Moroni 7:48