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.
This is very cool and I will try it, but if you have your hand over your heart and the other is on the gap where is that??
I find the gaps in my aura by feeling them with my hand. It looks like I’m just waving my hand in the air, but to me, my aura feels like a thin membrane surrounding me, and when my hand passes over a rough spot or hole, I pause and offer a little Reiki. For me, because of the type of work I do, these gaps are often over my heart, so one hand on my heart chakra, one facing out, covering the gap, but a gap could be anywhere. If I sense them behind me, where my arms won’t reach, or many little gaps, I just put both hands out and energize my whole aura with Reiki.
You know when I was thinking of tips for my post on ‘beating the blues,’ I wanted to mention: taking a shower. But I thought my readers would think I’m crazy so I omitted it!
Of course, I never knew the scientific/metaphysical reason for why taking a shower always helped when I was feeling low. Thanks for educating me and thanks for this great post! 🙂
Happy to help, Nisha. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂
Beautiful post, Serena, and so very true. I have used a similar system for many years and it never fails. At the heart of it all is the clearly stated intention, for intention drives all. I’m bookmarking this to review anytime I need a reminder. Thanks so much for sharing.
Thank you Prudence! I really appreciate your comments.
A very enlightening post, Serena.
And you’ve made the perfect case for me to visit to the beach and watching the waves more often. I’ve always loved nature but now I know why it soothes my soul and fills me with peace!
Thank you for sharing!
When I lived in San Diego, I loved to take my dog and walk along the beach, in the winter, when it was deserted. All the energies swirling around were so invigorating! Thanks for stopping by!
Wow, Serena! I’ve never seen more thorough instructions for cleansing–and with explanations. Awesome job.
Now I understand why I felt energized and lighter after standing under a waterfall.
I also used to (many years ago) go to the beach and dive into the water after midnight on New Year’s Eve.
Thanks for the great post!
What a perfect way to re-energize for the New Year, diving into the ocean! Thanks for sharing, Fabio!
As usual, Serena, a beautiful post. Incredibly timely, too. I have energy vamps abound right now and I am constantly drained. I know what I need to do, but have not been very successful. Being an empath myself, I take it all on. Now I have the tools and I owe it to myself to be more diligent. Thank you! I need to print this one up!
Thank you, Diana! Take care, and I’m glad you found the post helpful. I know that I get lazy, and sometimes slack on the cleansing, then I wonder why I’m exhausted and on the brink of tears. Then a good cleanse and I’m ready to wrassle tigers again. 🙂 Good luck, and good shielding against the energy vamps, sending healing vibes your way, my friend.
I knew all this ‘stuff’ and let it all go. No wonder I’m exhausted all the time – I work in health care where everyone seems to suck the energy out of me. and some of my staff are energy vampires. hmmm. thanks for a great post, Serena.
for a long time I used to shower after work and do these exercises and then have a hand wash in the morning. Now I remember why.
I’ve bookmarked this post. well done. thanks for great information.
I need to learn to breathe properly 🙂
I love this Serena. Thank you. I needed this reminder. I knew a lot of this stuff, but I’ve been horrible about putting it into practice lately. I needed you to come and kick me into my right mind, so to speak. These are practices that should be used on a regular basis. Thank you for sharing your beautiful wisdom with us.
Louise and Debra, I know what you mean. I forget, get tired, let ‘things’ go too. I had to learn to just let myself ebb and flow with the practice. Sometimes I think I need to absorb, or process some lesson I’ve been working on, or maybe I’m resisting the lesson, then suddenly have a breakthrough. I’ve found that my ‘turnaround time’ of getting back into the swing of regular practice gets shorter and shorter. Keep it up, it’s ok, and will come back around to you. I’m so glad you found my post helpful, thank you!
I’m looking forward to trying this.. even reading about it made me feel a bit more relaxed and at peace.. I’m really looking forward to this!
Hi Fawn! I’m so glad you found the post helpful. I’d love to hear how you felt after trying it.
Wonderful post, Serena. “Bits of psychic detritus…” What a great description!
My psyche tends to be pretty sensitive and fairly vulnerable. I’ll give these tools a try. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.
Hope it helps, Piper! I definitely think there’s something about the creative/artistic mind set that makes us more prone to absorbing those sticky emotions.
What a lovely post, Serena…And a healthy alternative to popular “cleanse” diet programs. Our breath is such a powerful tool, if used correctly. I may reread this before I go to bed. 🙂
Thanks! I find this helps me let go of any stress I’ve picked up during the day, and I am much more productive at home after work.
I really need to save your post! I reread it and will try it again. 🙂
The really cool part is this cleansing is so adaptable. You can make it as quick or thorough as you need.
I’m so doing this. Thank you so much! I have always used a shower to relax, but if it will help me recharge, too, that would be great! I’m so glad that susielindau had her blog party so that i could find you! Thank you.
You’re quite welcome. Hope you find it helpful! I’m glad Susie had her blog party too, so many wonderful links to follow.
Thank you foor writing this