When I first started becoming aware of the world of energy, and I heard about "emotional empaths," I thought they were a rare breed of super-psychic, sensitive people who were different from everyone else. It turns out, that's not necessarily the case. Empaths, you see, are highly affected by the energies around them. Often referred to as "sponges," and they get thrown off by other people's moods and emotions, sensing their joy and excitement (which can be ok to feel), but also their anger, depression, sorrow, and pain (which is awful to feel - especially because a lot of empaths have a hard time discerning whether these feelings belong to themselves, or someone else). Nowadays, I'm almost starting to think it's more strange NOT to be an empath than to be one, because most of the people I meet for readings and healings are emotional empaths to some degree or another.
If you find your emotions swinging all over the place for no apparent reason, or start to feel overwhelmed, weirded out, or bombarded by energies in different places or spaces, you might (like a lot people) be empathic. The following techniques can help you to get grounded, centered, and back to your own vibration.
1. If a place feels off to you, leave it. Don't hang around for any "logical" reason - just get out.
There's a shop near my home that has amazing clothes, but every time I go in there I get a headache and leave feeling crappy. I'm not going there again anytime soon - unless I'm really ready to risk a potentially amazing fashion find for feeling bad for an afternoon.
2. Do certain people make you feel "off?" If so, create distance between your body and theirs.
Don't keep interacting with someone who makes you feel uncomfortable in any way. Get the heck away from them! If any of these people happen to be your boss or co-workers, it's time to get a new job.
3. If you're stuck sitting somewhere and you can't stand it anymore, get up and start walking around.
Leave the building and walk around the block if you can - just start moving.
4. When you're feeling down, or not yourself, listen to music.
Trust your intuition to tell you what you need - soothing, classical music, upbeat, fun music, or mellow, chill-out tunes. The notes will shift your vibration and bring you back to center.
5. Feeling totally burned out? Retreat in solitude for a while.
Take a bath, hide out in your bedroom and watch movies or read books or magazines, or go by yourself to your favorite place in nature. If you can, get out of town for a weekend. The distance will recharge your batteries.
6. Create an Energetic No-Fly Zone around your aura.
Envision your aura as it surrounds your body. Imagine it stretching to 10 feet (or more) in every direction, up above your head, down below your feet, and all around your body. Then see a strong, unbreakable, bullet-proof shield around the edges that keeps all foreign energy out. If you're feeling super bombarded and threatened, make the shield into iron and put sharp thorns or spikes in it. The more you reinforce this imagery, the more you'll find that people respect your space, and your vibration will in turn become less sponge-like and absorbent.
7. Did you just get slimed by someone? This shamanic/witchy routine may help.
This technique should be reserved for when you really super need help with clearing. It's called an "egg cleanse." Take a raw white egg, hold it between your hands, and pray, pray, pray that it will absorb any negative vibes from your body. Run it all over your head, down your arms, and circle it around each of your chakras, envisioning at all times that it's absorbing any and all negative energy from your body. When you're done, throw it into the toilet so it cracks, and then flush the egg - and the bad vibes - away forever.
8. Get creative with crystals, oils, and amulets.
There's a reason these tools have been in existence for ages. Black tourmaline is great for empaths. Hold it in your hand or over your solar plexus chakra and imagine it protecting you from unwanted stuff. Lemon essential oil cleanses other people's vibes from your body, and rosemary, lavender, and cedar help strengthen your personal vibration. Any amulet in the form of a ring, necklace, or bracelet will remind you of your own strength and help you from soaking up, and being affected by, other people's stuff.
9. Go into child's pose.
This yoga position always helps you regain your own energy. Take a few deep, cleansing breaths and ask your guides to help you release any energy that's not yours so that you can stay centered, focused, and grounded.
10. Ask yourself what you need right now, and then do it - immediately!
It could be as simple as petting your cat, going for a run, downing a glass of water, eating some chocolate or watching something that will make you laugh out loud. Try this experiment in tuning in to your higher self, and you will definitely receive guidance that is good for you at any given moment.