• Having Their Garments Made White

    DSC_0026This morning I was sitting in my backyard, soaking up some of the early-morning sunshine and reading, and I came upon this scripture:

    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.

    IMG_20150301_181247616Some 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.

    Temples

    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.

    Yogic Anatomy

    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 wear white because I want to be salty. Just last week a friend said to me, “You’ve been wearing a lot of white lately. You look radiant.” I thought it was an interesting choice of words.
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    Holy Examples

    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:

    • And they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy. He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. -Revelation 3:4-5
    • And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel. -Acts 1:10
    • Let thy garments be always white; and let thy head lack no ointment. -Ecclesiastes 9:8
    • And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow. -Matthew 28:2-3
    • After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. -Revelation 7:9-10
    • And it came to pass that I saw a man, and he was dressed in a white robe; and he came and stood before me. -1 Nephi 8:5
    • He had on a loose robe of most exquisite whiteness. It was a whiteness beyond anything earthly I had ever seen; nor do I believe that any earthly thing could be made to appear so exceedingly white and brilliant. -JS-H 1:31

    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.

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    The Bridegroom

    Prepare ye the way of the Lord, prepare ye the supper of the Lamb, make ready for the Bridegroom. -D&C 65:3

    Hebrew_Bridal_ProcessionWe (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:

    • I will greatly rejoice in the Lord , my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels. -Isaiah 61:10
    • Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. -Ephesians 5:25-27
    • And prepare for the revelation which is to come, when the veil of the covering of my temple, in my tabernacle, which hideth the earth, shall be taken off, and all flesh shall see me together. And every corruptible thing, both of man, or of the beasts of the field, or of the fowls of the heavens, or of the fish of the sea, that dwells upon all the face of the earth, shall be consumed. -D&C 101:23-24

    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

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4 Responsesso far.

  1. Megan says:

    Thank you for this post! Your comments about expanding your aura reminded me of an another article that came up in my feed today from Meridian Magazine called ” the Power to Lift.” The article references a BYU address from 1948 by David O. McKay about the spirits we all radiate. I can’t find the address online (at least not from my phone). But thought you might be interested in the connection.

    • Lani says:

      This one, right? I love it.

      “There is one responsibility which no man can evade; that responsibility is his personal influence. Man’s unconscious influence is the silent, subtle radiation of personality the effect of his words and his actions on others. This radiation is tremendous.Every moment of life man is changing, to a degree, the life of the whole world. Every man has an atmosphere which is affecting every other man. He cannot escape for one moment from this radiation of his character, this constant weakening or strengthening of others. Man cannot evade the responsibility by merely saying it is an unconscious influence. Man can select the qualities he would permit to be radiated. He can cultivate sweetness, calmness, trust, generosity, truth, justice, loyalty, nobility, and make them vitally active in his character. And by these qualities he will constantly affect the world. This radiation, to which I refer, comes from what a person really is, not from what he pretends to be. Every man by his mere living is radiating either sympathy, sorrow, morbidness, cynicism, or happiness and hope or any one of a hundred other qualities.Life is a state of radiation and absorption. To exist is to radiate, to exist is to be the recipient of radiation.”

  2. Sarah Hinze says:

    This is wonderful–I love it. And I love you. We are all so blessed when you write and share what you are learning with us. Keep it up!

  3. Judy Adams says:

    Wonderfully enlightening. I have a new desire to wear more white.

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