Here is an excerpt from my book, The Silent Master: Awakening the Power Within:
“When you are trying to purify your energy, you will want to be very aware of where you mingle, not because you are afraid of any environment, but simply because you wish to direct your energy in a particular way. One of my students went back to a place where he had lived before studying Jung SuWon for several years. While he was there, he went to one of the old bars where he used to hang out. When he walked in, he was amazed that he had ever spent time there. The place was dark and had a terrible smell, and the noise was loud and obnoxious. His first reaction was to walk out again. He had changed so much, the place felt alien and unpleasant. But he saw some people he knew, and decided he would stay long enough to be friendly. He said that it was only a matter of ten minutes before he stopped minding the darkness, the smell, or the noise. Everything that had been so unpleasant a few minutes before began to smoothly melt away.”
This is so true! Ever go into a print shop and as soon as you walk through the door, be hit with the penetrating smell of ink? But, then, after a few moments, you get used to the smell – the smell didn’t change, you did!