I had no idea what Grounding and Protecting was just 2 years ago. But it's a practice that changed my life.
For those of you who are getting spiritually active and noticing the energetic impact that others have on you, it's as basic as showering and getting dressed in the morning and putting on your pajamas at night.
Before I knew how to ground and protect I was walking around like an open wound. I felt scared and anxious all the time. Being around people was often terrifying. I had no idea why. The closest diagnosis that applied was "social anxiety disorder." But that diagnosis was a symptom of something more essential to who I was - an empath.
An empath is someone who is wide open to the energies or vibes of other people that they soak them up without even noticing it. Imagine if you soaked up the anger, irritation, fear, anxiety, etc of everyone you passed on the street. You would be a wreck. And that's what most of us are before we learn how to ground and protect.
Psychics and mediums are able to pick up the information we get because we are like walking antennas for other people's energy, including their feelings, thoughts, and their personalities. Before you learn how to shut that off -- and keep your own energy front and center -- it can be truly disturbing.
Grounding connects us to the energy of the earth so that we can stay rooted even while we pick up on the myriad energies around us. Protecting seals us off from many of those energies, particularly those that might harm us.
In my next post I'll share my favorite version of this tool, Grounding, Cleansing and Protecting.