It was 2 p.m. on a Tuesday, and I had been yawning all day. I was exhausted. Logically, this didn’t make any sense. I was well-rested from the night before, well-nourished from a wonderful meal, and had just taken a brisk walk. I should have felt vibrant, but I did not.
An hour later, when I returned from leading a guided meditation at a local university, I felt clear-headed, energetic, and recharged. The past few days had been a whirlwind of activity: meeting with clients, shopping for the holidays, and seeing friends and family. After days of this, I was left feeling overwhelmed. I was buzzing with energy, none of which was my own, and I hadn’t processed any of it.
What does that mean? Let me backtrack and tell you a bit about my story as an artist and an energy healer.
I grew up extremely sensitive to the world around me. As a child, with no knowledge of energy work, this often translated to feelings of worry and anxiety. These feelings followed me into adulthood until I learned about the world of energy.
My anxiety stemmed from absorbing too much energy from the world around me and never releasing any of it. I was like an energetic sponge that had never been rinsed.
We are both a visible, physical body and an invisible body. The physical is easy to see, and when it is in need of care or maintenance, we can do something about it. But what about our invisible body? When we connect with others, especially heart-to-heart, we are exchanging energy.
Have you ever had a deep conversation with someone and felt an incredible sense of empathy towards them? This is an exchange of energy. You are absorbing some of their energy, just as they are doing to you. Now, imagine the effects of these interactions compounded over days, weeks, years, and decades. Without realizing it, you contain the energy of countless others within yourself, essentially leaving no room for you.
Add to this society’s vast overconsumption of media and data. We are energetically overwhelmed and have little internal room for our own authentic selves to emerge.
Spend a few minutes reflecting on your day. Recall events that affected you without judging yourself. Sometimes we move through our days so quickly that incidences affecting our energy get buried within us so we may keep moving. Taking a few minutes to reflect and release at the end of each day helps remove unhelpful energy.