5 Steps for Protecting Your Energy(Energy Reading)
Protecting your energy is something most of us were never taught, but something we should all learn. Before I tell you about ways to protect your energy, we need to look at what energy is and how it affects you.
Energy is everything and everything is energy. Our bodies are energy. Every feeling we have is energy. We are feeling energy every second of the day, whether it is conscious or not.
Think about times when you have entered a room, and something just didn’t feel right. That feeling is energy. You are feeling energy vibrations in your body that are telling you to be cautious for some reason.
Protecting Your Energy
That energy is sending you a message about you having a need of protecting your energy. Unfortunately, we rarely listen to those messages. My goal in this post is to increase your awareness of your body and soul feeling energy. I want you know how to go about protecting your energy.
Now, this is not woo-woo or witchcraft. It’s simply learning how to recognize what is good or bad for you. Protecting your energy is also something that will help you on your healing journey.
As a little girl, I had a strong ability to read energy. Unfortunately, I was taught not to trust that like most of us. My earliest memory of feeling energy that was incredibly negative was at about eight or nine years old.
I was riding my bike in my neighborhood, when a man stopped his car and motioned me over to talk to me. Instantly, my body was feeling energy that I knew was negative and I knew that I should run.
The reason I didn’t run was that I recognized the man from church. I had falsely learned that I was supposed to trust people I knew, especially if they went to my church or were friends of my family. So, I walked up to his car to “be polite” and talk to him.
Directions were what he was verbally telling me he was after. Though my body was feeling energy that was screaming otherwise. As I approached his car, I saw that he had his pants down and his penis pulled out.
At the time, I didn’t know what masturbation was, but I did know that what he was showing me was wrong. He attempted to grab my arm as I quickly ran to my bike and pedaled home as fast as my little legs could go.
As I mentioned, energy is everything and we are constantly feeling energy. Protecting your energy was something I knew nothing about. I can remember feeling his negative energy for a long time.
Feeling Energy Can Last for A While
Several weeks after that experience, I was sitting in church with my family. Suddenly, my body got tense and I became really anxious. I had no clue what was happening until I turned around.
I saw him at the back of the church. My mom knew what happened but didn’t trust what I had told her. She told me that I needed to calm down because he was from a good family and wouldn’t ever hurt me.
Now, I’m not going to go on a rant about how my mother handled it. That’s a post for another day. The reason I am writing about that experience is to show how we learn to go against what energy is telling us.
We have all experienced anxiety to some degree at some point in our lives. Most of anxiety is your body and mind screaming at you about protecting your energy. We are feeling energy about situations that are scary, dangerous, or that are triggering us to be on high alert for some reason.
So, I want you to learn about protecting your energy to decrease your anxiety and trust yourself when you are feeling negative energy. An awareness of when you are feeling energy vibrations in your body will help you tune into what your mind, body, and soul need from one moment to the next.
5 Steps for Feeling Energy Vibrations in Your Body and Protecting Your Energy:
- Pay attention to the changes your body is experiencing when you’re entering a room or encountering a person.
- Notice if your shoulders start raising and what you feel in your feet.
- Pay attention to the pattern of your breathing.
- Acknowledge the emotion you are experiencing.
- Don’t dismiss anything you are feeling whether it’s positive or not.
At all times, you are energy reading. Your body is begging you to make that energy reading conscious so that you are protecting your energy when needed.
It’s hard to explain what your body does when reading negative energy because, obviously, we are all different. However, there are some very common ways that our bodies respond when reading energy that is affecting us in a negative way.
When you enter a room or encounter a person with negative energy, your body lets you know. Your goal is to pay attention to the signs your body is sending you. It may feel like something invisible hit you or just washed all over you.
It may be hard to describe what it is that you’re feeling. That’s ok. Just be aware that you are reading energy that for some reason is causing a change to your body.
Your Body and Energy Reading
Once you recognize that you are feeling energy that is not good for you, check in with your shoulders and feet. Our shoulders tend to be where we carry the most tension in our bodies.
If your shoulders start getting tense and raising up towards your ears, that is a sign that you are feeling energy that is negative. Think about how your shoulders start creeping up and know that is your body protecting your energy.
Your feet can also give you signs that tell you something is not right. Again, energy is everything and your feet know that. Your feet may start tingling or getting hot. You may feel unsteady or like you just need to move your feet.
That’s an indication that you are feeling energy vibrations in your body signaling you to move away from that energy. When you combine the feelings of your shoulders and feet and listen to those feelings you will gain a lot of information needed for protecting your energy.
Breath and Energy
Paying attention to your breathing patterns seems obvious. It’s not always obvious when reading energy or else I wouldn’t have listed it as a step. Your breath is energy and so is the breath of others.
That’s one of the reasons to pay attention to your breath and the breath of others. Does your breathing speed up or slow down? Is it difficult to get a deep breath? Do you feel like you are on the verge of suffocating? Is your breathing warming or cooling your body? What is the breathing pattern of the other person?
Those are the questions you need to ask yourself when you are consciously reading energy. Trust your breath and your body. Doing that will give you a lot of information needed for feeling energy.
Emotions and Energy
Identifying and acknowledging your feelings can be difficult, as most of us are not taught how to do that. However, it is incredibly important for protecting your energy.
If you want to learn more about how to do that, read my post Teaching Feeling the Emotions (Emotional Regulation for Kids). If you never learned that as a child, this post will teach you how to do that. If you have kids, it will also be an added bonus for you to learn how to teach that to your kids.
When you’re able to name the emotion you are experiencing, that will give you even more information needed to keep you physically or emotionally safe when reading energy. Don’t question the emotion that is coming up. Trust yourself. There’s a reason you are feeling whatever you are feeling.
Ignoring Energy When Energy is Everything
That leads me to the final step. Dismissing what you are feeling or experiencing in your body can result in harmful and traumatic experiences. I bet you can think of times that you dismissed what you were feeling or the energy you were reading, and it didn’t go well for you.
Like the situation that I described from my childhood, my mind, body, and soul were trying to alert me to danger. I knew nothing about protecting my energy or reading energy at such a young age.
Trusting our intuition is the same thing as reading energy. Unfortunately, as we become adults, we move further and further away from trusting our intuition.
The Natural Intuition of a Child
As children, we naturally have amazing intuition. Sadly, most children aren’t allowed to listen to their intuition. I’m trying to change that for my little one.
My “baby” is almost three years old. There are times when he doesn’t want to be around certain people and I will never force him to do that. When he communicates verbally or non-verbally that he doesn’t want to be around somebody, I listen.
Just because he doesn’t want to be around a person does not mean that person is dangerous or a bad person. What it often means is that my “baby” is reading the energy of that person. He senses that they may not be in a good mood or that they are carrying negative energy.
Everybody has been in a bad mood and everybody has carried negative energy. So, there are even times where my “baby” says he doesn’t want to be around me. I take that as a cue that I need to assess my own energy. Obviously if he’s just mad that I told him “no” about something, then that’s a different story.
However, we should pay more attention to children and what they are communicating about people they encounter. Even if it’s a family member or somebody a child knows well, we should still listen to what the child is communicating.
Energy Tells You What You Need to Know
I can guarantee that you can think of at least one time that you were forced to hug a family member when you were a child. I bet you can walk yourself through the 5 Steps for Feeling Energy Vibrations in Your Body still to this day. You can probably remember everything that you were feeling in those moments.
Protecting your energy wasn’t something you had to consciously do as a child because that’s an innate human ability. We just go against that the older we get because society taught us not to trust our intuition.
There are things that we can do to clean our energy when we take on negative energy from others. I’ll be writing a post about how to do that in a couple of weeks. First, I just want you to start paying attention how you are feeling energy and the ways it affects you.
I am challenging you to test out the 5 Steps for Feeling Energy Vibrations in Your Body and Protecting Your Energy. I want you to either write them down, print them out, or screen shot them. Just make sure you keep them handy in whatever way works for you.
Pick one or two people for the week and pay attention to their energy and the effects their energy has on you. You might choose a family member, friend, or co-worker. Start learning how to trust what your body is communicating throughout the week.
Boundaries for Negative Energy
Another very important thing that I forgot to mention is that you can take breaks from people when you feel they’re in a place of negative energy. That is something that I learned over the last few years that I’ve needed to do at times.
Currently, I am on a break from a friend due to her being in a place of very negative energy. I started finding myself taking on her negative energy during and after our conversations. That felt so icky to me once I realized the effects that was having on me.
So, I’ll continue to work on cleaning my energy back up while on my break from her. Once I feel like my energy is cleaner, I’ll decide whether I can keep my positive energy strong enough when her energy is negative.
That’s not an easy thing to do. Not only that, but I might also decide on some boundaries to set regarding topics that increase her negative energy. Just know that if you do that with others as well, they may still push those boundaries.
I’ve had that happen and that’s why I wrote the post 5 Steps to End Toxic Relationships Without an Explanation.Read that if you are seeing that you may need to end some relationships with people who stay in negative energy.
Now, decide if you’re going to write down, print out, or screen shot the 5 Steps for Feeling Energy Vibrations in Your Body and Protecting Your Energy. Hopefully, you will share with me and the Not Good Enough Stuff Community how this process goes for you by commenting on this post. Your experiences can help others!
Good luck with your week of consciously reading energy! I think it will really help you learn how to trust your intuition, which means you will be creating more peace in your life. We all need that AND we all deserve that!
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This article it right on the target! I’m currently going through this now from someone who constantly needs validation and complains ALL the time!!!! I’ve gotten to the point where I don’t answer or text back right away. I used to feel guilty but I just had enough and my peace is very vital to me! I However, it is definitely challenging to set those boundaries because they’re still being pushed lol Great article and I’m looking forward to the next article in a couple of weeks.
Thank you Sherita! I’m so glad this was helpful. It IS so challenging to set those boundaries, but it is 100% worth it. Here’s what I tell myself when somebody pushes back on my boundaries, “Not my shit.” I repeat that to myself over and over because it truly is NOT MY SHIT. The way they respond or feel has nothing to do with you! That’s something that is going on for them and they can choose to heal or not, but either way it is NOT YOUR SHIT!!! Thanks for reading my blog posts and I think you’ll like the new posts coming soon. One will be about clearing out negative energy in spaces! Keep doing your hard work and shining your beautiful soul.
Peace and love my friend,