How is Your Psychic Hygiene?
I’ve blogged before about being an empath. But over the last year or so, I have become even more aware of just how much of an intuitive “sponge” I am! Being in large crowds, listening to negativity (either in the news, or conversation that is less-than-positive), or hearing about suffering and limitation of any kind really takes an emotional and energetic toll on me. I have had to become very aware of who and what I spend my time around – and ask myself often, “Is this mine, or someone else’s?”
Just like physical hygiene, our “psychic hygiene” is equally as important. Self-care doesn’t just include our physical bodies, but our spiritual and energetic bodies as well. One of the ways the bodies communicate with us is through discomfort – physically or emotionally. If something is in resonance with our vibration, or is for our highest good, it will feel light, easy, flowing . . . if it is dissonant with our vibration, it will feel heavy, sticky, or even painful.
In my reading practice, in my circle of friends, and even in my personal experience, I’ve found that more lightworkers – and even those just waking up to their spiritual side – are discovering how empathic they are, and how they “pick up” things from people and environments around them. One friend even described it as though she felt like Pigpen from Charlie Brown, walking around with an energetic cloud of dust around her!
Today, I came home and found myself to be in tremendous physical discomfort – physically and energetically. Now, I will of course give the disclaimer to rule out the “obvious” or “logical” answers. If you are feeling physical discomfort that is out of the ordinary, or for an extended period of time, seek medical attention. For me personally, I knew that much of what I was feeling was due to hormonal issues. But I also know myself well enough to recognize that much of what I was feeling was energetic. I guided myself through some easy steps, and the discomfort is almost entirely gone now. The next time you find yourself in a similar situation, perhaps these will assist you!
- I asked myself, “Is there something physically going on within me that could be causing or contributing to this?” In my case, as I mentioned, I knew that a portion of the issue was hormonal, and another portion was feeling tired after not getting enough sleep. That in and of itself began to put my mind at ease.
- I then asked myself, “What emotional or energetic component to this is mine?” This step asks me to go within, take a look at what needs healing inside, and take responsibility for my thoughts, feelings and actions. In my case, I was feeling some anger, resentment, powerlessness, and some questions of faith.
- Once the emotional/energetic components are identified, I asked, “What can I do to heal this NOW?” This does two things: Firstly, it truly asks me to look at the emotions/energies that are arising, and surrender/forgive them. It asks me to let go of the “story” behind them, and let go of having control around them. Tonight, I acknowledged the feelings I was experiencing, and told the Universe that although I was ready and willing to let go of some of it, there were some pieces I just wasn’t ready or able to release yet.
This step can be challenging, and that’s why I included “now” in the question – because sometimes, you just can’t bring yourself to let go of the entire story right now, or forgive right now, or whatever else right now. So, be gentle with yourself. Recognize and honor your humanness. As the angels have reminded me many times, “You are not ascended yet, dear one.” 😉
Commit to returning to visit this energy or emotiona at a later date and time, to do more healing. It may take “chipping” away at it in pieces, but eventually, the healing will occur.
- Lastly, I asked myself, “Is there any part of this that is NOT mine? What may I have picked up from someone or somewhere else?” For those of us intuitive sponges, this is a very important step, because you may realize that the pain you are experiencing may not be entirely yours. This can be a big relief, yes? 🙂 And the good news is, you don’t have to know exactly what or who it is that caused this discomfort. Sometimes, just acknowledging that it is not entirely yours can be a tremendous comfort!
I hope these steps assist you as much as they have for me!
If you are an empath or “intuitive sponge,” what tips or ideas have worked for you? Please share in the comments below! 🙂