Do you ever feel just worn down? Maybe it’s been a really stressful day, maybe you’ve been running around like your hair is on fire, chasing after kids or pets or errant employees. Have you been sitting in a cubicle staring at a screen for hours on end? It may be more than just physical or mental exertion wearing at you.
As an energy worker and healer, I am especially sensitive to the emotional and energetic auras of the people surrounding me. As a healthcare worker, and a natural empath, I feel an almost constant drag on my own energetic resources when I’m at my ‘day job’, and take extra steps to protect myself from being drained. But by the end of the day, I usually find that I’m at a pretty low ebb, and it’s not entirely due to being on my feet for most of my work day. I’ve developed a quick and easy energetic cleansing method to help remove any negative, or heavy energies that may be clinging to my own aura and energy field.
Negative energies? What’s that mean?
Even if you don’t buy into the whole metaphysical and paranormal aspect of what I’m talking about, I’m sure you can all relate to these scenarios:
The co-worker who can suck all the life out of the room, just by walking into it; this person makes you cringe, internally at least, as soon you spot him because you know he’s going have something to complain about. He’ll tell you how a work task went wrong and it’s not his fault, or just how generally terrible his life is.
The acquaintance who always has the disease du jour, and can’t wait to tell you every excruciating detail of her symptom progression.
That other acquaintance that dumps every emotional upheaval on you, cries on your shoulder, and is always in crisis. But then has no time for you when you need to vent.
Have you ever noticed that after an encounter with one of these people, you suddenly feel less spring in your step? That you feel, well, drained after being around them? It’s not your imagination, they are sucking off your energy, and this is what’s making you feel so low.
The good news is, you can help yourself feel better, and you can do this very easily. All you have to do is take a shower, something I’ll bet you do every day.
Really? That’s all there is to it?
Not entirely. For those not metaphysically minded, I’d be curious if you tried this experiment, and how it goes for you. Stand in your running shower and still your mind. If you need to hold some sort of image in your head, try for a clear running stream, or waves crashing on the beach, or you can just try for soothing blankness. The idea is to still your mind, and halt the thousand odd thoughts jamming through it, just for a few moments. If worries about paying the phone bill, or helping the kids with their homework intrude, just sort of gently push them away, and return to that stillness. Take six deep breaths. Try and imagine the air, packed full of relaxation, filling your lungs from bottom to top. Count to four, slowly on each inhale, then exhale out for another count of four and imagine letting go of all your stress and tension.
Six slow breaths, while keeping your mind still and focusing on breathing calm in and stress out. Does that really work? Try it, and you tell me. But if you want some science behind it to satisfy your left brain, then here it is: Running water produces negative ions; a negative ion is an electrically charged particle, floating around in the air. Natural settings, beaches, running streams, waterfalls are full to brimming with these negative ions, while indoor and city setting may have levels in just the hundreds or even zero. Negative ions have been shown, in multiple studies, to have positive effects on human cognition and emotions. When you breathe in during your shower, you breathe in these negative ions. Once they hit your bloodstream they trigger the release of serotonin, the feel-good, mood elevating neurotransmitter. Thank you, WebMD. Now, you can go buy a fancy, spendy negative ion emitter, or use the free one you already have in your home shower.
I’m going to move on to the metaphysical and paranormal aspects of energy cleansing now, so I’ll say goodbye to the strict left-brainers and thanks for stopping by!
A clean energy field leads to a happier, more balanced you! We all know the energetic vampires of our acquaintance, and if you’re actively engaged in energy work, spiritual healing, mediumistic or other paranormal activity, keeping your aura clear is of paramount importance. Bits of psychic detritus will be attracted to you and cling, just as you go about your daily life, even when you’re not doing psychic work. Humans, both living and dead can and do attach lines to your energy field and will drain you. Many spiritual traditions draw a direct linkage between energy drainage and physical sickness, so it is important to cleanse yourself of these energetic attachments to maintain your overall health.
Removing these attachments requires your focused intention. It’s not enough to just jump in and rinse off, if you have significant attachments that have burrowed deeply into your aura or physical body then they will need a little boost to get them to release. The other thing to remember is this; on some level you have given permission for this attachment to form, it could not attach otherwise. This happens on a conscious as well as unconscious level. When we share our feelings, when we empathize with another, when we give an ear to a friend, we help shoulder a little of their burden, we lighten their load temporarily, but we are not obligated to bear it indefinitely. So while you do, on some level, give permission for attachments to form, you can also withdraw that permission, and that is key to energetic cleansing.
Focus your will and attention.
Before I begin my energetic cleanse, I take a moment to ground and center myself, and take the cleansing breaths I described above. I bring my full attention into my body and aura, and let outside cares drop out of my mind; this moment is wholly for me and my health. I take the time to reconnect with my body by focusing on every part, from the soles of my feet to the crown of my head; I let my attention ‘look’ at every part. I also let myself feel every sore spot, ache and pain, relaxing the grip I have held on suppressing these sensations through the day. I take full ownership of my body; it’s joys and pains. Then I direct my attention outward to my aura; I’ll even put out my hands to feel it’s gentle curvature as it surrounds me, and feel for any rough spots.
Once I am fully connected to my body and aura, I then state my intention, I use this phrase: “I completely remove from my being any and all attachments that do not contribute to my highest healing good.” I hold this intention firmly in my head, and let the water cascade over me completely; ducking under the showerhead is a great idea, but you can also pass your hands over your head and face if you don’t want to get your hair wet. I visualize the water removing every piece of heavy energy; everywhere the water goes it removes those attachments. I hold this image, along with my intention for several breaths, imagining a curtain, or veil, travelling down from crown to feet, washing away that heavy energy. You’ll feel it when that last bit washes away.
Next, if I sensed any gaps in my aura, I’ll seal and smooth those over with a little Reiki. I like to hold one hand over my heart chakra and the other over the gap while I’m offering the Reiki. I take a few last moments to visualize all the attachments being carried down the drain by the water, holding my intention of release until they disappear. By the time I step out, I feel like a new woman! Little aches and pains are usually swept away and I feel renewed and energized.
Remember these key points:
Hold that intention! If your attention wanders and you begin to fret about the day you had, or the one still to come, you are not cleansing. Refocus your attention back to yourself and repeat your intention: release those attachments!
It may take some practice get the feel of holding your intention and focusing your attention. Give yourself permission to make mistakes, this is how you learn; just remember to keep trying and it will get easier.
Breathe deeply! Move that air and circulate those negative ions, get as many into your bloodstream as you can.
Take a moment to really feel yourself free of that heavy energy, notice how much better, how much lighter you feel. When you step out, clear your mind and ‘check in’ with your body and your aura, feel it completely whole and shining. Tell yourself this is your body’s natural state!
I find that this exercise, used daily, highly beneficial. My psychic senses are clearer and my stress levels greatly reduced. If I’ve had a hard day on the job, and just want to turn in to a slug, this cleansing will restore me. But don’t take it from me, try it yourself; I’d really love to hear how it works for you. Drop me a note and tell me how you felt before and after. Try it for a few days, then hold off for a few, and see if you notice a difference.