Written by Monique Elouise, a guest contributor.
Do you read my other two articles I shared about grounding and cleansing your energy? If so, then this is the next one you should read – protecting your beautiful, soulful energy and keeping those ‘high vibes’ safely within you.
Often we wake up feeling the pressure of the day upon us and without giving it a second thought, we rush about our morning heading into the day with an open field of energy. Unfortunately, when you are sensitive to the energy of others, you allow yourself to soak up these vibrations which will often leave you feeling drained, down and perhaps even depressed. Does this sound familiar? If so, you need to learn how to protect your energy so others can’t project theirs.
Protect Your Energy
Do you feel drained when you've been around people or busy places? Do you feel like you can sense or feel other people's emotions as if they are your own? Do violent films or sad news effect you deeply? Do you feel deeply moved by the arts, soulful music or acts of kindness? Are you sensitive to taste, smell, energy, touch, caffeine, drugs, emotions, medicines or alcohol? If so, you need to protect your energy.
Anoint with Essential Oils: Essential oils are made from all parts of the plant/flower promoting medicinal benefits for the mind, body and soul. As they are potent (especially if you have sensitive skin), you will need to blend them with a carrier oil like almond before you can anoint them at your temples, wrists, third eye chakra or wherever you feel like you need it.
Set Boundaries: Some people find this incredibly hard to do. They are often working so hard making sure everyone else is ok, that they neglect their own self-care and love, giving away their ‘personal power’. If you need to restore, say NO to that invitation that will only further deplete you. Say NO to overtime that your boss is making you undeservingly do. Say NO to extra responsibilities; to caring for others when you need to care for yourself; to the things that don't bring you joy and the people that don't treat you as you deserved. If people are constantly coming to you for support, but they aren't there for you in return, it’s time to ask the question "why am I giving all my energy to you, when I need it for myself?" or “am I depleting my own energy by giving it to others?”. Let the truth within you speak, and protect what needs to remain yours.
White Orb of Light: Sit for one to two minutes and envision a bright white light coming down from the heavens and radiating through your crown chakra (crown of the head) to fill your entire body and expand out your fingers and toes. Then imagine this light turning into a bubble of protection, surrounding and protecting you from any outside energy, shining so brightly that it reflects anything that it could possibly come into contact with. Let it envelope you. Let it saturate you. Let it be your safety net that you carry with you wherever you go, knowing that nothing can penetrate it but love and light energy, and it will keep you centred in your true power.
Set the Intention: A"I am divinely protected" or "nothing can penetrate my bubble of protection" or "I am love and light, and I only accept love and light into my being". Simple, but incredibly effective when you add with it the belief held in every fibre of your being.
Crystals: Again, crystals have numerous uses, and can be carried with you in your pocket, purse or even in your push-up bra! Try Amethyst, which is known for emotional and spiritual protection, to break anxious/addictive thought patterns, and help you move into your higher consciousness. Its high vibration blocks negative, stressful energies and stimulates serenity of the mind. One of the best however, is Black Tourmaline which will help turn negative energy, and encourage a more positive outlook on life.
Raise your Vibration: I'm sure you've heard this term thrown around, but what does it mean? In Reiki, we understand that everything is energy. There is high and low, dense and light energy, but everything in this universe around us is moving so fast that we can't see the vibration it creates. Instead, it forms a solid object or ‘being’. This said, positive emotions and thought patterns such as joy, peace, happiness, love and acceptance create higher vibrations; while feelings of anger, fear, jealousy, and despair vibrate at a lower rate. To alter these states, you can listen to music that resonates at 528hz (self-worth/confidence) or 639hz (heart connected/self-love); rhythmic deep breathing like alternative nostril breathing; meditation and mindfulness practices; yoga or just try switching your mindset to let go of the negative 'stories' you tell yourself; and focus only on the positive outcomes you’re searching and working for.
Ritual magic: Want to get 'woo woo' with me? Buy some witches salt to keep your property, desk or person safe from harm. Just sprinkle some around the area (e.g. across your front doorstep) or carry it with you. For more personalisation, make up a chant to say as you do it and believe in its power.
Invite love in: One of the simplest, most beautiful ways to protect yourself is to think about someone you love deeply, and let those feelings wash over you like a warm blanket of protection. Notice how you feel when this happens. Notice the subtle changes with your mental, emotional, physical and spiritual body. Does your aura change? Does your vibration change? Do you feel lighter? When you invite more love into your life, it not only reminds you to love yourself from the heart centre outward, but you can also use this as a protective field telling the universe "I only invite in love and light".
You could certainly spend hours on Google looking for more answers. But I'm sure as you try some of the abovementioned techniques, you will find things you are naturally drawn to, and even come up with some of your own that I would love to hear about.
One last thing to remember for the Empaths/HSP’s out there, is that while you are getting used to understanding your gift, you also have to prioritize self-care more often by shutting off to the world and re-energizing yourself. Often when you have been around lots of people or draining/depressing circumstances/people, you will feel depleted, so the BEST thing you can do is allocate time to recharging in your own way.
Take care beautiful souls, and remember to be kind to yourself, your loved ones, and the world around you. We are all fighting internal battles right now, and the best thing we can do for one another, is to work through it with love and light.
Love & light,