Energy Clearing for Beginners
Energy—what is it?
As natural beings, we are connected to the universe that surrounds us on an energetic level. You are energy—so is everything you feel, touch, and see. Energy is the birds in the sky and the earth beneath our feet. We exchange this very life essence between ourselves and our environment (both consciously and subconsciously) by participating in behaviors that may be as simple as breathing or as complex as maintaining close relationships. In other words, energy is constantly giving and taking - it operates as fluid motion incarnate. That being said, what happens when our energy gets stuck? When we carry too much for too long, or have trouble sustaining any of it? When we find ourselves holding on to energy that just doesn’t serve us any longer? We owe it to ourselves and the collective to be mindful of the ways in which our energetic health affects our overall wellbeing and the part this plays in shaping the world around us.
As we explore our internal atmosphere, we begin to uncover areas of our psyche that have been neglected, subdued, and hyper-active. Energy clearing is a helpful exercise we can employ as a way to clear energetic blockages, encourage appropriate flow, and empower ourselves to live nourished and harmonious lives.
What does energy clearing look like?
Because this practice is abstract by nature, energy clearing can look like whatever you’d like it to be. I encourage each of you to take a moment to think about some of your favorite activities that direct your attention to the present moment. This can look like dancing, cleaning your room, or taking a walk in nature. The key here is presence. In order to bring balance to our inner space, we must focus on what’s going on inside ourselves. When we remove incessant thinking about the past or worrying about the future, we find that the present moment allows us to truly examine the energy we hold within so that we may become self-aware and take action for the sake of our highest and greatest good.
Examples of Energy Clearing:
Drink water – Water literally and figuratively cleanses. Next time you find yourself in need of balance, treat yourself to a tall glass of H2O! As you drink, imagine that with each sip you are washing away any unwanted or inappropriate energetic debris. Allow the water to flow through you and carry with it what doesn’t serve.
Take a walk – As you walk, tune your focus in to each and every step. Every time an intrusive or negative thought pattern presents itself to you, witness it the way you would a leaf on your path. Acknowledge its presence and move forward. You are not your thoughts. Your inner being (the part of you that isn’t identified with ego, your life situation, or your physical self) has the power to choose not to entertain fear or negativity. Take a look up at the sky, and feel the sun on your skin. Let your attention be consumed by nature. Move past your mind and sink into the present moment.
Meditative breath – Take a slow, measured breath, hold, and exhale slowly. Try imagining that each inhalation brings with it medicine in the form of peace, self-love, serenity, and the strength to carry on. Upon your exhale, envision that any fear, negativity, or discomfort is exiting your body. You no longer have to worry about it. You expel whatever it is with each outward breath.
Cord cutting – Again, find a safe space where you will not be disturbed. Close your eyes and imagine that there are cords or ropes connecting to and extending outward from your spirit. Imagine on the other end of each cord are resentments, negative thoughts, toxic relationships, or whatever it may be that is no longer in your best interest to hold on to. Take your favorite crystal (those with pointed faces or wand-like shapes are helpful for visualization), or use your hands and envision you are cutting the cord that binds you. Once the cord is cut, you are no longer attached to what doesn’t serve you.
Bubble of light – Make yourself comfortable in a safe, quiet space where you will not be disturbed. Close your eyes and draw your attention to your physical self (without forming any opinion of it). In your mind’s eye, pay attention to each and every part of your body, one by one. You may start from the top of your head to the tips of your toes or visa versa. As you work your way up or down your body, picture a flood of warm, gentle, and sacred light wrapping itself around you until you are totally encased in it’s bubble. Every time a negative thought pattern or overwhelming situation presents itself, imagine that upon touching your bubble, it is filtered through as medicine empowering you with the strength and self-love to transcend the negativity.
Wrapping it up
It is important to note that healing takes time. Each of us carries with us years and lifetimes of residual energy, so it’s helpful to be patient with oneself as energy buildup is released. The more you practice, the more you let go! Be sure to thank yourself after each session for allowing yourself the space to heal. You are actively taking responsibility for your energy and emotions. True strength lies in our willingness to be vulnerable.