The most frequently asked question that I receive from my empath coaching clients is the following: "how do I protect myself from the energies of others?"
It's certainly understandable that this question would be asked, for empaths feel and perceive 'yucky' vibrations that can make us feel like we are covered in slime or mud. However, the question itself is based on an erroneous assumption that we 'need' protection from the lower vibes of others. Here's a secret for you: we don't need protection.
When you are living fully from your heart, and when the heart chakra itself is fully open to receive DIvine Source energy and Love, protection is automatically included.
You see, the material world in which we live is just an illusion. The truth, and the 'reality,' if you will, is that we are simultaneously engaged in a mysterious spiritual realm which the eyes do not see. And in that reality, we are always held.
If you could see from the perspective of the Divine, from the perspective of the 'angels,' you would see and know beyond a shadow of a doubt that you ARE being protected at all times.
The ONLY way to know and fully experience this fact is when your heart is chakra is open.
I know what it's like to have a blocked heart chakra. I was 34 years old before I realized for the first time what it felt like to have the block removed.
You can experience this magnificent sensation for yourself.
It requires surrendering the need to know, the need to control anything, and the false belief that you need protection from others.
Whatever name you give to the Creator....the Love contained in that Force makes sure, on a moment to moment basis that you are always protected. You simply have to be willing to RECEIVE the protection. And the ONLY way that you can receive the protection for which you ask is by intentionally, willfully, and prayerfully opening your heart chakra to receive the blessings.
This is not an allegorical or metaphorical process. It's a physical process. And the key to activating the physical process is incredibly easy, after you've mastered a few simple exercises. It involves keeping the heart open, (instead of the maladaptive energetic patterning of closing the heart that many of us have learned).
Sustaining the experience of having an open heart does takes practice and repetition. That may be perceived as being more difficult only because it requires more of your awareness. (If you're ready to step up your awareness and become an empowered empath, there are dozens of unique techniques to open the heart and receive Divine Source energy in my self-paced training course, The Complete Empath Toolkit).
The next time someone challenges you, or the next time you feel someone else's low vibes, instead of closing the heart, keep your awareness focused like a laser on your heart chakra. Dialogue with your heart itself, and ask it to remain open (loosening the muscles around and in front of the heart help).
Ask the Divine to clear away any discordant energy that does not serve the Highest Good, and then simply relax and let that process unfold. It may seem like a bizarre paradox to remain open amidst the experience of low vibes, and yet in the LONG run, you won't be harmed at all. The Divine has 'got your back.' Always.
Trust that a higher force is running the show, that you don't need to control it, and you'll experience the total peace, tranquility, and bliss that always come from living life with an open heart.