Article by Angie Webster
When we keep our energy systems strong, clear and healthy, we feel good and our lives flow better. We know it is valuable to have a healthy body and mind. All things come from energy first so having a healthy energy system helps to create and maintain wellness and the life that we wish for. This is just as important as hand washing, showering and maintaining a clean home. In fact, you could see those things as a type of energy health, as well! When you cleanse on the physical level, you help cleanse the energy, too.
When we want to strengthen our energy, awareness is the most important factor. You need to learn to be aware of how you interact with the world and what your thoughts and emotions are. These things are all part of your energy. Noticing them helps you to recognize how your energy is behaving, where it is strong and where it needs attention. Often simply continuing to place your awareness on these things in a compassionate and non-judgmental manner is all it takes to help them to come into balance. It is really important that you remain non-judgmental and compassionate with yourself as you develop this practice. If you add criticism and self-ridicule to your awareness practice, that harsh energy becomes part of your energy field, too. It will not make you stronger; it will only weaken you.
Awareness also allows you to begin to see what is truly your energy and what is the energy of another. It can be tricky to be sure what is yours and what is not until you are well practiced at doing the inner work of noticing and working with your own thoughts and emotions on a regular basis. Be patient with yourself if you still find this challenging. Some days are more difficult than others, but if you keep practicing, not only will you find it easier, but your energy will become stronger, as well. There is no reason to fear the energy of others when your own energy is strong and healthy. Make it a routine to check in with yourself first thing in the morning and several times as you go through your day, just to notice the sensations in your body, the emotional energy flowing through you and any thoughts you are having.
The good news is, by placing your awareness on your own energy field, you automatically strengthen it. Just the simple act of placing awareness on your energy field and aura will add strength to it, even before you do anything else. Once you have your focus there, you can do energy work to intentionally ground, cleanse and strengthen it further.
There are a few very simple things you can do to cleanse and strengthen your energy field, which will work quickly. It takes time to develop an effective awareness practice and some days can feel overwhelming, even for those with a developed practice. Always be kind to yourself.
The following list is not meant to be used in any particular order. Choose any or all of the things on the list at any given time, as feels right for you. Each of us is different and some of these practices may resonate with you more than others.
- Go outside or sit by an open window. For at least a few minutes, expose yourself to sunlight (or even cloudy skies) and fresh air to help rebalance, cleanse and strengthen your field.
- Expose yourself to water. Drink a glass of clean, pure water. Take a bath or shower. Swim. Spritz water on yourself (especially nice with flower essences in it). Sit by a body of water. Splash water on your face and wash your hands. Even imagining water flowing over or around you or imagining going for a swim will bring in the energy of water, which is very cleansing and balancing.
- Move your body. It doesn’t matter very much how you move, as long as you enjoy it. Go for a walk (which brings you fresh air, too!), dance, stretch, do yoga, do tai chi, clean something, play with your pets or children—whatever you like! Even simply standing up and wiggling and shaking like a dog after a bath can feel really good!
- Imagine a light dropping from your head into the center of your lower belly. Picture your awareness settling on this area. Let yourself spend a moment focusing there. You may feel the area growing heavy, warm, tingling, or feeling as though a weight has dropped into it. This will balance, center and ground you.
Continue to develop self-awareness and work with your own energy. Particularly notice how you feel, think and react when experiencing negative emotional energies, as these are most challenging. You can refer to my article, The Importance of Shadow Work for more information about working with those.
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Angie Webster is a Reiki Master, Teacher, and Author. Angie’s primary focus is animal Reiki, which she adores. She teaches online classes on energy healing, flower essences, herbalism, and personal growth. Angie often works with nature healing and Earth healing, hoping to better understand our connection with Mother Earth. Angie is the author of Animal Reiki: How it Heals, Teaches & Reconnects Us with Nature and Reiki from A to Z. You can follow her at: angie-webster-healing.teachable.com and on Facebook (facebook.com/angiewebsterhealing).