Article by Ashwita Goel, Reiki Master
The journey with Reiki makes a lot of us much more sensitive – the environment, to people around us, and more often than not, to the energy surrounding us. This makes it quite difficult for a lot of people because we can now sense negativity or negative intentions even when people are polite and pretending to be nice. One can counter bad behavior, but how do we deal with nasty people who are being nice? To make matters worse, the clarity which shows up in mind and words after Reiki can tick people off if they are comfortable in the illusion they have created, and it can make some people hate you for no reason. Add to this, the fact that empaths are natural attractors of energy vampires, and one can end up with quite a lot of negativity to deal with.
Shields work well for some people – there are a wide variety of shields, but the basic is that we imagine an egg-shaped shell around us, protecting us from negativity. You can imagine a single shield, or two shields with mirror surfaces facing each other, or three shields with different angels guarding each shield. The shields can be of various colors – purple is a powerful one, or silver or gold, or white or transparent, depending on what feels right for you. You can even imagine the shields made of a specific material – specific metals, or fire, or stone.
However, I have observed that there are many people who barely get any protection from shields. In my observation, it might have to do with the strength of the Root chakra of the person wearing the shield. If the Root chakra is strong, the shield can offer strong protection. If the Root chakra is weak, I’ve seen people wearing even multiple shields get barely any protection at all. So if shields don’t work for you, don’t worry, you are not alone.
For transient situations where we are stuck with someone for a short while, flooding is a great tool. It can turn people around and even if they don’t like you, they tend to act nice in that short meeting. This is also quite useful around energy vampires, although it is still a bit of a struggle and we need to practice the flooding the entire time we’re with that person.
One of the most powerful ways of dealing with negativity is to become aware that negativity is not bad. Everything has its place in the world, and it is only ‘bad’ when it is out of place. For instance, a bird is a beautiful thing. But a bird trapped in the engine of a plane while it is flying is a disaster not only to the bird’s own life but also to potentially hundreds of human beings. Compost and manure which help plants grow so beautifully are nothing but rotting foods and what not – definitely something that will give you a disease if you had them lying in your refrigerator.
So when you are exposed to consistent negativity from someone – whether they are being rude or mean, or whether they are being nice on your face and gossiping or trying to sabotage your life behind your back, you can use the energy they are sending you, to work in your favour – just move that toxic energy from the refrigerator to the garden!
To do this, sit in meditation and visualize this person in front of you. Imagine this person’s negativity flowing in your direction. Watch your fears and your desire to push the negativity away, and set those feelings aside. Embrace this negativity and request the universe to turn it into manure and to let it help you grow and expand.
Negative energy often holds a lot more emotional charge than positive energy, and when done right, this technique can help speed up your growth and expansion since you now have much more energy at your disposal. Play around with the basic idea and make it your own, and remember to leave a feedback about how it worked for you!
Below is the Ashwita’s meditation on how to Transmuting Negative to Positive
Having learned Meditation as a child, Ashwita incorporated Reiki into her life during her early teens. After a decade of witnessing the magic Reiki, she felt compelled to take up Reiki professionally, and ended her corporate career in 2007, taking up Reiki full-time. She eventually incorporated EFT, hypnotherapy and past life therapy into her work. Apart from her healing work, she teaches Reiki and meditation, and her book ‘Healing Through Reiki’ is available on Amazon. You can connect with her through Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Reiki.Bangalore,
her website http://www.reiki-bangalore.com/ or visit her blog http://www.ashwita.com/zen/