Most healers learn that grounding and protecting themselves is one of the first steps to take before engaging in any work with other people's energy bodies. In fact, it's the first step an empath (a person wide open to others' energy) can take when waking up in the morning and before going to sleep. If you're wondering why check out Why Ground and Protect.
Thanks to the sage advice of my own coach, I've made it a practice to ground, ascend and protect myself at the start and end of each day. I do it again before I do readings or healings. I'll share my favorite version with you here.
Grounding, Cleansing and Protecting:
Close your eyes and center yourself. Take a few deep, grounding breaths.
Bring your awareness to your root chakra, glowing red at the base of your spine. Imagine an anchor descending from your root deep into the core of the earth, wrapping itself around the core of the earth until it fits tightly.
Notice any nervous energy in your body and consciously send it down the anchor, deep into the earth, where it is lovingly accepted and transmuted into pure love energy, much like a tree converts our breath to oxygen.
Bring your awareness back to your body and visualize each of your remaining 6 major chakras. As you envision each one, intend for it to be cleaned, sending any dark or unwanted energies down your anchor into the earth. Place your awareness on your orange, yellow, green, blue and indigo and violet chakras, clearing each of them in turn.
After you clear your violet, or crown chakra (some see this as white), envision a golden crown on your head. from the center of that crown, a beam of light reaches up to the sun, connecting to the sun and magnetizing it down to your crown chakra.
The sun is a concentrated emissary of God's pure golden light. Allow that light to come down through the channel you've crated, filling your body with love. You can access that love anytime you want.
Now move to your center, your yellow solar plexus chakra, and pull the bright sun down and feel it inside you beaming outwards like an electrified globe. Encircle yourself with a large circle of pure white light, then encircle that with purple light. Purple is a high vibration healing light that allows only positive energy in and out. Picture the purple radiating out into the world.
Now take a deep breath and savor the beautiful sensations. You're good to go! Do this upon waking, before sleeping, and anytime you plan to work with healing energy.