SIMPLE TECHNIQUES TO RELEASE NEGATIVE ENERGY Picture yourself coming home from a walk in piled high snow. You collect "stones" of snow on your boots or shoes. While the powdery stuff leaves you with every step, by the time you get to your front door your shoes are covered with velcro--like balls of snow that cling. The same happens after walking through mud or moist earth. As it dries to a powder, it flies away from you, but when as you approach your threshold, thick residue has molded to your shoe. What do you do? Stamp your feet a few times on the floor, scrape one foot with the other, and watch the debris fall off. Sometimes it requires extra scraping. The same holds true for our own internal debris. We can apply the same simple cleansing to shed unwanted or outmoded energy. #1. Rock and Roll! Shake! Just as you are shaking snow or dirt from your shoes, shake your feet, hands, arms, head, shoulders with the intention of releasing external energy that has accumulated around your etheric body. You can extend this into a concentrated physical activity like dance. Put on some music and twist! You can also enlist professional help. Standard massage strokes include rocking and shaking a client. Rocking is often used with hands on the upper and root chakras. Shaking more specifically promotes release. 2. Kick it from you. Sometimes we absorb a particular person's negative energy. We all experience people who drain us, toxic people whose energy sucks up our vitality. A simple technique that protects you and renders no harm to that person is the shoe technique. Put the person's name in your shoe and as you walk, you are moving that energy further from your immediate boundary. It will not invade your personal space and remain one long footstep away. 3. Bathe in natural water. You can add mountain spring water to your bath: its purity aligns you with the earth’s healing energies. Ritual bathing is sacred in many religious, notably Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The Jewish mikveh is a pool of living water (collected rainwater) to return the body to a purified state, but any natural body of water serves that purpose (lake, ocean, river). Muslims follow a prescribed ritual cleansing as well for the same restorative purpose and is prescribed after menstruation, certain sexual acts, conversion, and death. It brings one to a holy state. . Christian baptism publicly affirms commitment to Christ when one is “born again” and can be peformed as full immersion in a pool or natural body of water or symbolically with sprinkling. 4. Burn it into the ethers. Identify the energy you wish to release: a person, event, fear, trauma, sadness. Write it on a piece of paper and light a candle; then breathe deeply, slow your physical and mental processes, and concentrate on releasing this energy as you burn the paper in the flame. This exercise increases in potency at the full moon. 5. Dissolve it in a glass of water. This technique is very common in Cuban households. Place a clear glass of water at your bedside before you go to sleep with the intention of the water collecting subconscious debris. Leave it on the nightstand overnight, the water's energy will draw out impurities, fears, anxieties, negativity. The glass might appear cloudy in the morning. Then pour it down the drain. 6. Tap it away using the Emotional Freedom Technique, method that combines tapping along Chinese meridian points with strong affirmations not just to release energy but to identify and release the ROOT of the problem. It’s best to have a session with a practitioner or take a training class, but the information and manual are available free on the internet at www.emofree.com. The founder of the program, Gary Craig, compares the method to “acupuncture without the needles;” it stimulates physical, emotional, and mental release. 7. Clean up physical space. Dust the corners, throw out unwanted items. The Universe will follow your lead and help you unload negative energy, thoughts, and feelings. Even better, it will fill up those empty spaces with good stuff. 8. Burn incense or smudge sticks. Try the indigenous practice of using sacred plants to purify a space, including your own aura. Using a feather to direct the smoke over yourself, you take what is defined as a “smoke bath” to dissolve negative energy and impourities. Western traditions use a related ritual The Chabad, a branch of Hassidic Judaism devoted to teaching, explain the sacred use of spices at difficult times: “According to kabbalah, of all the five senses, smell is the only one which impacts the soul. The fragrant smell … comforts and soothes the soul at its most difficult juncture of the week” (www.chabad.org). In Catholicism, incense is used to offer something pleasing to God and to sanctify a body or space in the name of Christ. American Catholic.org notes a very significant use of incense with prayerciting a Revelation passage that depicts an angel burning insence whose “ smoke … goes up before God with prayers” The use of incense, spices, and smoke is as old as humankind. 9. Release through the power of your voice. Chant. Sing. Scream. Eastern traditions rely on chanting, particularly devotional chants or mantras. Kundalini Yoga combines rigorous physical movement with vocalization to promote healing and release. African and Native American tribes sing chants. The collective unconscious recognizes what Paramahansa Yogananda articulates, “Sound or vibration is the most powerful force in the universe.” He states further that devotional chant heals body, mind, and soul. 10. Soak in negative ions. These are oxygen atoms that contain one or more extra negative electron. They are found in fresh air but become more prominent in rushing water, like ocean waves, waterfalls, which explains why people feel regenerated after visiting the beach or the country. Minerals such as pink Himalayan sea salt, also contain negative ions. They look similar to quartz crystal but are actually salt rocks that clear energy. 11. Align with crystal energies. Certain stones are more prolific at drawing out and neturalizing negativity than others. Among these are amethyst, which clears out unwanted thoughts and clear quartz with chlorite inclusions, which absorbs negative energy from the body. Black stones such as tourmaline, onyx, and obsidian tend to deflect negative energy. Work with a crystal practitioner who uses crystal grids or find a comprehensive guide to crystal healing. Whichever method you choose, remember that your desire to purify is most important, When you engage in any healing process with body, mind, and spirit working in unison, your results will be remarkable. Remember, too, however, that release does not come without an emotional reaction, so expect to feel the energy you have determined to relinquish.
Lisa Shaw is an animal communicator, clairvoyant intuitive counselor, writer, and professor who lives in South Florida with her feathered and furry family. She is at rained hospice chaplain. Her web site is www.reikidogs.com, and her ebook, Illumination: Life Lessons from our Animal Companions, is available on Amazon.