Spiritual Sweats and the Icky Sticky of Burning Out an Issue

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One funny phenomenon of spiritual shifts can be the arising of sweating as an issue comes to light. As usual, this isn't medical advice, and this kind of sweating tends to be pretty specific to doing something with energy and spiritual work. If you're sweating at other parts of you day, then we're probably not talking about the same thing.

But if you are working with an energy healer, meditating, or doing some kind of non-physical spiritual work and you are perspiring, you're probably experiencing a cleansing spiritual sweat.

There's nothing inherently wrong or bad with this. It's just that spiritual sweats can be surprising. Some of my students can be amazed at how just sitting in a space of connection while physically doing nothing can leave them partially soaked. This certainly doesn't happen to all my students, but it happens on occasion.

So what is this spiritual sweating about? Here are some quick thoughts.

Releasing an Issue

My simplest response is that the spiritual sweat is a kind of energy release. Sometimes, the internal intensity builds so hot--literally--that the body starts sweating. If you can get a sense of what is arising for you, then you can help release the issue by drawing your focus towards the issue and towards any potential area of the body associated with it.

Releasing Issues Intentionally

As the issue breaks down, the intensity and sweating should subside.

What About Stress Responses?

It's a good point to ask about how stress responses play a role in spiritual sweating. As with most things, the answer isn't one or the other. It's often a little of both. For many people when they are feeling something new or are opening to a new level of clarity that feels scary at first, I'm sure that some of the sweating is a stress response. But I have certainly experienced completely non-stressful things (like meditating alone) and have had sweat pour off my body. I've also had long-term students who are very comfortable with releasing issues who experience this phenomenon. They'll be sitting peacefully as an issue rises up and their inner thermostat turns on the sweat-machine.

The best way to know what is going on is to pay attention. Learn about yourself and how you work. The more you work through fear issues, the less likely, in my opinion, you're having a stress response when the waterfalls start.

Relaxing Into a Puddle

As always, I like to encourage you to be okay with being a hot mess. Sometimes, you'll be a literal hot mess sitting with an energy healer or while meditating, and that is fine. Keep breathing and relaxing. So long as this kind of experience is limited to spiritual work, you should be able to trust this is just another of the many physical experiences that can arise as you shift and go through spiritual transformation.

Permission to be a Hot Mess on the Spiritual Path


  1. this has been very helpful, I have been using reiki for over 30 years and only since I have began teaching reiki I've been soaked at every session

  2. Thank you! I’ve been meditating with reiki a lot and I’ve noticed that I wake up drenched sweat in the morning. I don’t feel when is happening. Only when I wake up in the morning. Thank you again. It is good to know that is part of my healing process.


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