There has been a good deal of increased intellectual understanding among spiritual students during recent decades. I believe that the next frontier is what I call “energy literacy,” learning to discern and work with our energy field in ways that bring healing and greater well-being.
Over our numerous lifetimes, we’ve developed many deeply entrenched unconscious habits that may be dysfunctional, or at least not ideal or skillful. These include how we run our energy. By becoming aware of them, we can start to make changes. For example, it is common to take on negative energies from others in a well-meaning but misguided effort to help them. We don’t really help them and end up burdening ourselves unnecessarily. There are better ways to help. We live in a time when we finally have enough knowledge and tools to recognize and change ancient beliefs and patterns that aren’t fully beneficial. We have a lot of work to do!
“Negative” doesn’t mean “bad.” Our lessons on the physical plane rely on the polarity of positive and negative—compare and contrast. But those of us who aspire to grow more through joy and less through pain, as the Michael entity puts it, will want to reduce contracted (negative) energies in our life that diminish our happiness. Fear and anger are the main negative energies. Fear is designed to help us avoid threats, and anger (the other side of the coin), to push them away. They have a place, but when they become frozen in us, they are no longer relevant to our current circumstances and cause harm, giving rise to emotions such as resentment, shame, and greed, upon which false personality (ego) is built. They bring us pain. Positive energies are those that flow freely and accurately embody the universal forces of love, truth, and beauty. They give rise to qualities such as goodwill, generosity, kindness, and peace. They bring us joy.
The ideal is to have our field filled only with our own energies most of the time, especially from our essence (soul). When that is the case, we carry presence, spiritual power, and natural authority. Most of us (especially women), though, have been taught not to fill the space around us to the full capacity of our field, to be smaller and not take up much room, so it requires conscious awareness and work to retrain ourselves. When we fill our space with essence, it doesn’t conflict with others who are likewise filling theirs; it just makes the whole atmosphere richer.
We have the right to fill the space around us—it belongs to us. When we don’t, there’s a void that can allow other energies in (“nature abhors a vacuum”). Signs of that include feeling that something is off and being drained. Foreign energies range from the smallest and simplest, such as psychic debris and the energetic equivalents of parasites and insects, to the largest and most complex/intelligent, such as possession by earthbound souls. The middle includes cording, implants, and psychic attack. The principles of releasing them are similar for all. With some skill, it is not difficult to get rid of them if we are aware that they’re there. There is no need to fear them, and fear makes them harder to clear. It’s similar to brushing our teeth to remove plaque. I jokingly refer to this as “aural hygiene.” It’s not something we can do once and be done with; it needs to be part of our routine.
It is essential to know that we each are the most powerful one in our own domain. Those with what the Michael teachings refer to as the obstacle of martyrdom believe that their environment is more powerful than they are, and they have an investment in being a victim because they believe that it helps them gain worth. It can be harder for them to use their power to take control of their field. Their first priority is to “photograph” their obstacle and recognize that it is a false belief, that they have worth just for existing.
Sometimes we are reluctant to release negative energies we carry from others even when we know they are harming us. It’s a good idea to explore what our conscious or unconscious payoff is in keeping things the way they are. Maybe we feel unloved and see carrying them as a way to be needed. Perhaps we feel responsible for some bad thing that happened in the past and are trying to pay penance. Or maybe we just want to help, and don’t know better ways to do that.
Buddhism teaches the merits of emptiness or “nothingness.” When we empty ourselves of foreign energies, we might feel lonely or strange at first—we’re not used to it—and may avoid releasing our “stuff” for that reason. But when we fill ourselves from within, we learn new ways of being that are ultimately much more comfortable. It is often the case with positive change that we need to be willing to go through an uncomfortable transition stage to get there.
Although a certain amount of energetic pollution is a hazard of the physical plane for everyone, we can also attract it due to unresolved issues. For example, our stored anger and fear can attract entities that feed off of it (like attracts like) and incite more anger and fear because they want to keep themselves fed. Trauma can rip open our field, and if it isn’t healed, it can continue to leave us vulnerable despite remedial work. In such cases, correcting the core issue is the only solution.
Those who are gifted healers tend to have a high and substantial vibration. A higher vibration is simply one that is faster and finer than a lower one, and can influence it to vibrate more quickly and finely. A faster vibration can shake out stuck energies, and a finer one can correct distortions, resulting in healing and greater harmony. Energies from nonphysical planes are, by definition, higher in vibration. That is why those who channel them can bring healing.
Whenever we’re doing healing work of any kind, we can call upon to assist whatever higher beings we feel connected with. That could include religious archetypes such as angels, saints, Jesus or Mary, Buddha, Quan Yin, Krishna, etc. I like to call on Mother and Father God, which to me represent the purest versions of the divine feminine and masculine; I can feel their energies palpably. The universe is full of consciousnesses that embody certain qualities. For example, we can state, “I call upon divine (or ‘pure,’ if you don’t like words with religious connotations) love to help heal this and fill me with its energy. Thank you.” Offering thanks to your helpers is an important part of the process, completing the circle. Other consciousnesses include peace, joy, freedom, goodness, aliveness, wisdom, purpose, and so forth.
Here is an all-purpose meditation for working with your field:
Tune in to your energy field (aura). Perceive (visualize, hear, sense, know, or whatever works for you) and feel it. Ask your essence (higher self, soul) to help you fill this sphere with your essence energy. Check your field for soundness. Use your imagination to fill any holes or breaks. Stay with it until it is sound.
Ask that it resonate only with the pure universal frequencies of love, truth, and beauty. Feel this happening.
Ask the earth to ground you in whatever way is in the highest good. Tune in to the center of the earth and feel the flow of energy from it into your body, and the flow of your body’s energy into the earth. Feel how your body is comforted by earth energy.
Ask that all debris energies in your field be released and flow into the center of the earth for purification and recycling.
Ask your inner self to “light up” (reveal) all energies that don’t belong to you, and send them back to their owners. Include those of both living people and those who are on “the other side.” Scan for family members, friends, coworkers, former schoolmates, and so on. You can ask, “Who does this belong to?” but you can also send back energies even if you don’t consciously know who the owner is. (Energies without an owner are debris and can be sent into the earth or sun.) Imagine a strong force emanating from your heart sending them back to wherever they belong. You cannot “fix” energies imprinted by other people—only their owners can do that. It’s like a lock to which you don’t have the key. However, it is supportive to send them back with love and the confidence that the owner can productively handle them.
Invite parts of yourself that have been trying to get your attention to have the spotlight for as long as they need it. Let unresolved anger and fear expand, becoming as big as they need to in order to move freely. Observe them unwinding until they are at rest as pure energy without charge. Listen to whatever inner voices need to express. Thank them.
Once again ask that only those energies that resonate with the pure frequencies of love, truth, and beauty remain in your space.
Open your crown and ask to be washed with light from above. Feel a flow moving down through your body into the earth. After this is established, at the same time notice a flow moving from the earth up through your body and out the top of your head heavenward. Notice how natural it feels to connect heaven and earth.
Ask your essence and guides to create protection all around you, on all levels of being, from uninvited, intrusive energies and beings. Affirm that your energy field belongs only to you, and that you have the perfect right to claim and purify it.
IF YOU WISH TO COMMUNICATE WITH SPIRIT, CONTINUE ON:
Ask your essence to connect you with your primary spirit guide (or whatever guide or teacher is most appropriate in the moment), and only that one being. Ask your essence to nod your head yes when that connection is in place and strong.
(If nodding doesn’t work for you, use whatever does. Some people, for example, lean forward for a yes and back for a no; some notice a sensation such as a change in temperature. You can also use a pendulum, or simply ask to hear a yes or no in your thoughts. It might take some practice to start recognizing signals from your essence and guides.)
Ask questions and write down or record the answers. If any answers don’t seem right, ask specific questions for clarification. Go slowly and carefully.
What comes from Spirit is more subtle than what comes from ego and is relatively free of bias. If in doubt, at any point you can ask your essence to nod your head yes or no to questions such as, “Am I making a clean connection?” or “Is this my primary spirit guide?” If you get a no to the latter, ask questions to determine who it is, such as “Is this my mind?” or “Is this a subpersonality needing attention?” If you get a yes, go back to giving your subconscious a chance to have your undivided attention until you reach peaceful neutrality. Then return to asking to connect with your guides.
When you’re complete, thank your guide(s) and ask that it and your essence continue to fill your field with the protection and richness of love, truth, and beauty.