thoughts & ponderings
Do you ever get that feeling, when someone is just a little too close to you in the supermarket line, that you really feel uncomfortable around them? They haven’t said or done anything that you’d normally consider offensive, but something about them, especially because they are in close proximity to you, just sets off alarm bells in your head, and you just have an icky feeling. Or, do you have a friend or coworker who comes to you with their problems? You talk it out, and they feel great after your conversation, but you’re left feeling drained.
These are sure-fire ways to tell that there is an energy exchange happening. Energy exchanges aren’t bad things, in a general sense. Any type of collaboration, sharing of ideas, or relationship where you spend time physically close to each other involves some level of energy exchange. It can lead to further progress of projects, emotional safety, and tighter bonds with people we choose to be around.
In some cases though, the energy that surrounds us gives us an indication that another person’s energy isn’t compatible with our own. They might be a great person, but that clash of energy means that the two of you would likely be harmful to each other, with or without that intention. There is no resonance. This feeling of being drained is complex when the other person is our friend, or someone we have to share a work environment with. In these cases, we can’t really avoid the other person, nor do we genuinely want to. Sometimes this energy clings to us far past the encounter, and we find ourselves unusually depressed, out of sorts, and even have physical symptoms like headaches and tiredness.
While occasional encounters like this are unavoidable, it’s a good idea to be prepared with ways you can recover more quickly. I’ve created a few steps you can take to create energetic boundaries and clear your aura after such an exchange has occurred, and you can even try these when you encounter people who give you that icky feeling right off the bat.
Breathe in light, breathe out darkness
It really can be as easy as visualizing your breath! This helps me a lot through the day, when I encounter people with a lot of negative, draining energy. You don’t even need to close your eyes, since you can do this in public settings. Allow your mind to return to a state of relative calm, and visualize inhaling bright, shining energy with each inhale. As you breathe out, imagine your breath catching all the negative energy you’ve absorbed from inside your body and in your energy field, and exhale. Do this as many times as you need to return to a state of balance.
Play ball with the universe
This is a sit-down meditation, as you should have your eyes closed in a quiet space. Visualize yourself holding a ball in your hands. Feed all those uncomfortable, icky, negative feelings and energies into the ball. Reach deep inside, and find it all. When you’ve filled the ball up, ask the universe to transform these energies into something positive, to do good things with them. Fill yourself up with joy and love and gratitude, and toss that ball far away from you, to let the universe work its magic. This is a deeper technique that can help with many energetic toxins, and done over time can help heal older auric wounds.
Aura Sprays & Smudging
Using a spray that contains white sage oil or smudging a space with white sage leaves for cleansing is a wonderful and effective way to clear negativity from your aura or personal space. Keep watching for our next blog which will go more into detail about the properties of white sage.
© White Sage Wellbeing & contributors. 2017
So this is me, a down to earth soul having a human experience.
Relishing the challenges and embracing the imperfections of my humanness while pushing the boundaries, exploring and growing by design.
When I'm not doing my thing at White Sage I'm usually out in the studio with music and paints, catching up with Netflix or hanging out with family (because they're adorable).
My crushes are Brene Brown and Carolyn Myss. I'm eternally inspired by Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell & Robert A. Johnson.