Whenever you offer engage in any kind of authentic conversation or especially if you offer to do healing work for someone, you open yourself to that other person’s energy field. You can be affected by this on many levels: physical, emotional, mental, psychic/spiritual, consciously and unconsciously. Whether you attribute this to thoughts, feelings and memories that were provoked within you during your encounter, or to a psychic transference of energy from the other person to you, there can be pronounced after-effects. If you have not properly filtered psychic energy you may find yourself feeling irritable, anxious, depressed, morose, drained, and/or preoccupied with the other person’s situation or even about similar details from your own life. Therefore, it is wise to apply some psychic self-defense techniques to your Spiritual Practice. Psychic self-defense involves three basic steps: first, you clear and purify yourself of negativity and distractions; second, you connect and surround yourself with good & clean energy; and third, you ground and discharge any extra energy you might have taken in. Below are some techniques for personal psychic protection.
In my opinion it is especially crucial to remain “grounded”. Being grounded has to do with your connection to the Earth, and your ability to release any energy that builds up within you. Just like electrical appliances need a complete circuit to function, humans need to establish and sustain an unbroken connection between their body and the earth to work most effectively. To establish this connection relax and imagine that the energy of the earth is rising up through your body and reaching beyond you to the sky, then imagine that the energy of the sky is showering down through you back to the earth. Imagine that this is a complete circuit of energy, with energy rising through you from the earth up to the sky and then back down through you to the earth. As you become more and more filled with this energy, visualize a ball of light all around you. Breathe in the energy of the earth & sky to fortify the life force (aka aura) that surrounds you which serves as a filter and a shield.
Whenever you feel intense emotions or energy during or even after an encounter with someone it is important to keep it flowing.
There are three ways you might approach this:
Become more aware of your breath, each time you inhale, imagine you are breathing in the serenity and Divine connection you need to be present for the highest and greatest good. Then as you exhale imagine you are releasing all negativity with your breath and imagine that as soon as it moves from your body it is neutralized into calmness which dissipates gently into the air.
Reinforce awareness that a cocoon of light encompasses and protects you. Then imagine that this ball of light is like a smooth surface that deflects energy and lets it flow around you with ease.
Increase your awareness of the circuit of connection you have developed with the Earth & Sky. As energy moves through you from the Sky back down to the Earth, imagine that any extra energy you are picking up is draining down through your body, out of your feet and down to the heart of the Earth. By maintaining awareness of your connection to this complete circuit, you can replenish any negative energy you release with new energy.
Using these techniques preemptively can really help to keep you from picking excess energy and emotions from others. It is much easier to put the gloves on before you make a connection than to wash your hands as effectively afterwards. However sometimes we will get triggered or pick-up energy when we were simply not expecting it. I will be writing about ways to deal with this in my next post.