How do you constructively deal with intuitive empathy? What practical

can you employ to avoid becoming overamped or depleted? I’m going to
present
some strategies I use. Try them. See which appeal. One is not more
preferable
than another. Most important is if your choice works.

Walk away

Let’s say you’re chatting with a man you’ve just met at a
conference and your energy starts bottoming out. Here’s how to tell if
you’re
being zapped: Don’t hesitate to politely excuse yourself; move at least
twenty feet from him (outside the of his energy field). If you
receive
immediate relief, there’s your answer. Most people are oblivious to how
their
energy impacts others. Even energy vampires–people who feed off your
energy
to compensate for a lack of their own–aren’t generally intending to sap
you
yet still they do. Obnoxious or meek, vampires come in all forms. Watch
out
for them. For years, reluctant to hurt anyone’s feelings, I needlessly
endured these types of situations and suffered. How many of us are so
loathe
to appear rude that a raving maniac can be right in our face, and still
we
don’t budge for fear of offending? Whenever possible–if your well-being
feels at risk with an individual or group–give yourself permission to
make a
tactful and swift exit. In a spot, physically removing yourself is a
sure
quick solution.

Shield yourself

A handy form of protection many people use, including
healers with trying patients, involves visualizing an envelope of white
light
(or any color you feel imparts power) around your entire body. Think of
it as
a shield that blocks out negativity or physical discomfort but allows
what’s
positive to filter in. For instance, your sister is on the rampage.
She’s
about to blow up; you don’t want her anger to shatter you. Now–take a
deep
breath, center yourself, engage your shield. Literally picture it
forming a
fail-safe barrier around you which deactivates anger. It simply can’t
get to
you. Shielding is a deliberately defensive technique aimed at guarding
your
feelings, not repressing them. It works by establishing a perimeter of
protection around you that functionally doesn’t permit harm in.

Practice vulnerability

One tenet of my spiritual practice is to remain as
vulnerable as I can to everything; not to shield, the antithesis of
defense.
Some people prefer my strategy, some don’t. Use it if it succeeds for
you.
Here’s the premise (not madness) behind this: if we solidify our bond to
our
inner self, we’ll become centered enough not to need to defend at all.
Thus,
the best protection turns out to be no protection–a stance that
initially
alarmed me. It didn’t seem possible I could do hands-on energy work with
someone who had or depression, for example, without absorbing
their
symptoms myself. But it was. What could be more liberating than to find I
could hold my own and still remain open! Too often we’re taught to
equate
vulnerability with weakness. Not so. I like being vulnerable and also
strong.
This disarms people. To me, the appeal of such an approach is that it’s a
non-fear-based way of living in the world. It requires that,
increasingly,
you harmonize with whatever you confront, let it flow through you, then
recenter again, stabilized by your own resilience. Pace yourself. A
vulnerable posture will feel safer the stronger you get. It is a choice
and a
life-long practice.

Meditate

To cement your inner bond and hold your center in any situation, I
recommend a daily practice of meditation where you focus on the spirit
within. Doing so gets you into the habit of connecting with yourself.
Start
with a few minutes, then gradually increase the duration. The technique
is
simple: follow your breath and explore the silence. It is not void or
empty;
that’s the mystery. As thoughts come, and they will, continue to refocus
on
your breath. Every inhalation. Every exhalation. The between
thoughts
are where your spirit waits to be discovered. There is something real in
there worth finding. My spirit feels like a core of head-to-toe warmth
vertically aligned though the center of my body. Imbued in the warmth
itself
is an intelligence and intuitive responsiveness to my rhythms and
questions.
It speaks only truth, which resonates like a chiming in every cell.
Silently
become acquainted with your spirit. You can return to it to reinforce
who you
really are–not just the self you present to the world, but that part of
you
that is timeless. Make to pursue it.

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