Being empathic means many things but for certain, we can sense the emotions of others. Often, we take on their emotions and without clear energetic barriers, we can internalize them, hold onto them and carry the burden for the other people in our lives. Sometimes we don't even know when the emotions we are feeling are ours or not.
When I was younger, this made me a magnet for people who were struggling. They'd often say that they felt so much lighter after having spoken with me. Similarly, I could ask the right questions, make the right moves to help people because I could sense their burdens. It was a scary time for me. I was very new at understanding this gift and felt at times sickened physically by it.
For a period of time, I closed all of my senses to this energy of the world. I became a more distant being- wearing a lot of armor. This was no solution as I no longer felt authentic or real in situations- even if I felt protected.
In time, I discovered simple ways to set up barriers, to clear stagnant energy and to navigate with a very clear sense of my self in energetic waters. I still feel so much, and as a mom of boys, it is even more important to have good hygiene around boundary setting.
My oldest is a teenager now and there are so many turbulent moments- I find myself more challenged than ever to keep the signals clear.
If you find yourself surrounded by emotional teenagers- try out some simple tricks to ground and cleans yourself, but also to create a little bubble where your feelings are not co-mingling with theirs in a way that causes disruptions to your ability to navigate.
Obsidian, smoky quartz and amethyst are my favorite gems for protecting against negative energy and bringing a sense of calm and focus. My mom picked up this cute elephant obsidian for me. It reminds me of Ganesha- the remover of obstacles. Cleanse your crystals regularly to keep them clear. I use a water bath with rosemary essential oil.
Terrashield - this oil is as good for keeping bugs away as it is for creating a clean energetic boundary. I apply it on my forearms in a downward slash and along my ankles. Diffuse it to release bad dreams.
On Guard- Apply a drop to your heart center for protection of the emotions. This is both strengthening for your immune system and strengthening for your heart shield so as not to pick up too many energies from others.
My son was traveling to a rough part of Boston for baseball and I used the same protocol on him, applying a bit of on guard to the base of his skull as well and diluting with fractionated coconut oil. That was the day he went 9-9 at bat!
Parenting is difficult at times, picking up the emotions of our children or others can leave us exhausted and unable to help them navigate the changes they are going through as they approach more mature problems and situations in life. Take care to clear your energy, put up your shields (prior to interacting for the day.. I recommend right after a shower) and breathe a little easier.
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As a woman navigating two chronic pain conditions and the mother of two boys (one with asthma and allergies) I have been incorporating healing practices and natural solutions into our lives for a long time. When we discovered the impact of reducing our toxic load through essential oils, the benefits of 100%pure, therapeutic grade oils and the beauty of no side effect remedies, DoTerra oils became a lifestyle for us. To get the most from our oils, we make cleaners, body washes, treatments for ailments, energetic and emotional rollers and just about anything you can imagine. We are here to help you navigate the overwhelming options and start taking your natural healing path one step at a time. Love, LeeAnn