Many empaths, especially those who don’t know they are empaths, feel drained and lethargic much of the time. They assume it’s because they lack energy, when in fact they probably have too much…of other people’s energy.
The popular method of protecting yourself from sponging up all the negativity and pain around you is to shield yourself – often with crystals that repel negative energy, visualising a barrier of light around you, or spending time alone where possible.
However Heidi, the empath who spoke at the recent Mind Body Spirit festival, doesn’t agree with this. She believes that empaths are here to absorb negative energy, that’s their job. The key, she said, is grounding.
Once an empath has been bombarded by other people’s energy and emotions, it’s typical to feel full of resentment, confusion and overwhelm. Grounding techniques will release these energies to be converted into healing energy.
One way to do this is to stand barefoot on the earth and visualise the energy shooting down through the soles of your feet into the ground beneath you. You can also put your hands in the soil of your garden or the sand at the beach.
Does this harm Mother Earth? Not according to Heidi – she assured us that Mother Earth is grateful that so many empaths are here cleaning up the energy of the planet.
Rose quartz is a crystal recommended for empaths because it soothes the heart chakra and has a steady grounding energy. Hematite is another grounding crystal.
Keep your crystals, or even a stone from your garden, in your pocket during the day to keep you grounded.
Swimming or bathing, especially in salt water, is another effective technique for discharging unwanted energies, along with creative activities, particularly those done with your hands.
I’m also told that holding a cat is an effective grounding tool! I imagine being with any sort of (willing) animal would be helpful for an overwhelmed empath.
Any of these strategies can help you stay safely in the presence of other people longer, even in large crowds.
You’ll feel more able to cope, and much less drained, when you don’t need to shield and defend yourself. Instead of feeling irritable and overwhelmed, a well-grounded empath can feel calm and centred.
For those of you who are empaths (or those who work with them), I’d love to hear what you do to look after yourself in a healthy way.Share