“I cleanse myself of all selfishness, resentment, critical thinking for my fellow beings, self-condemnation, and misinterpretations of my life experiences.
I bathe myself in generosity, appreciation, praise and gratitude for my fellow beings, self acceptance, and enlightened understanding of my life experience.” ~ Lidia Frederico
Though we all know the importance of keeping our body clean and healthy, we do not always give a thought to the health and cleanliness of our energetic world. Just like our body, our aura picks up dirt and grime as we walk and interact in the world, and needs a good cleaning to renew itself.
Our aura is like a magnetic light around ourselves. Though it has the ability to give out light it also has the ability to receive energy from others. The aura acts as a magnet that pulls energy and vibrational debris from around us.
This can be an unconscious act, which may leave us attracting certain negative energies that we do not want any part of (this happens especially if we are a more sensitive or empathic creature). A “dirty” aura can result in us feeling lethargic, depressed, anxious, or give us a generally heavy feeling, almost as if our aura is pulling us down with its weight.
So how can we protect our own aura from being filled with other’s energies? And how can we cleanse our auras from everything that we encounter? Here are a few different methods that have been proven effective in cleansing and protecting our auras.
1) A cleansing meditation
Find a comfortable and relaxing place where you can unwind and concentrate. However it is that you bring yourself into a relaxing space, do that; whether it’s listening to music, meditating, lighting candles, or focusing on your breathing.
Once you feel that you are completely relaxed, imagine a white light traveling from the top of your head to the bottom of your feet.
Whenever you feel your mind is beginning to wander, focus on your breathing again and return back to the light. It may even help to imagine the light shedding off any unwanted energies from your aura.
2) Staying away from unwanted energies
Everyone knows someone who brings negative energy into the space. These people always have something negative to say, and you can usually feel them bringing down the energy of the room.
Though these people are especially in need of our love we need to make sure to first extend this love to ourselves. If you feel that these people are affecting you negatively then it’s time to take a break; at least until you are able to put up proper energetic boundaries.
Weeding out the negative people in your life will leave you feeling lighter and happier. The people who are in our environment have a huge effect on us, so hang around people who always have a smile and a kind word to extend. Good energetic influences in our life make all the difference.
3) Being wary of our own negativity
“..giving power to negative thoughts or fears was bringing ideas to life in physical world, Idea in mind became Emotion in heart, Emotion turned into words spoken, written, painted, strummed across guitar strings, or vibrantly held note by Tibetan singing bowl, thoughts affected physical world.”
~ Christina Westover, The Man Who Followed Jack Kerouac
Sometimes the negative energy we feel can actually be coming from us. Internally we are constantly thinking and creating new energies. Thousands of thoughts go through us each day, affecting us deeply, and we need to make sure that these thoughts are having a positive influence on us and those around us.
Being conscious of our thought process allows us to weed through the good and the bad thoughts. When a bad thought is detected, it should be examined. Is this thought helpful, detrimental, untrue or delusional? By being conscious of our negative thoughts we have the power to push them aside or confront them with a countering positive thought.
Sometimes our mood has the power to change our thought patterns from positive to negative. Though it is important to acknowledge our negative moods and thoughts, we must then be able to confront it instead of wallowing in it. Treating yourself to a nice coffee, a chat with a friend, or an enjoyable activity, is a good way to get yourself into a more positive thinking mood.
4) Cleansing your space regularly
Smudging is a good way to cleanse yourself and your area. Cleansing regularly, and especially after an interaction with a lot of people, or negative energy, is a good way to keep your space clean. Just like sweeping or dusting your house, it leaves your space fresher and makes you more at ease and relaxed.
Another way of cleansing your space (this one is my personal favorite), is to put an element in every corner of your room (or even just right around where you are sitting). This could be a candle, a plant, a glass of water, or an incense stick. If you are especially sensitive to nature vs. city, this practice will make you feel cleansed and relaxed right away.
5) Cleansing salt bath
Taking a ritual bath for cleansing is not just like taking a normal body cleansing bath. But the benefits of taking a salt bath is that you are balancing body and soul, making it a very special and useful ritual. Fill up a tub and drop in some salt and essential oils (use a good quality unprocessed salt, such as unrefined sea salt or Himalayan crystal salt.)
To make the experience even more enjoyable and cleansing, light some candles, put on some music, etc, whatever it is that makes you feel have a relaxed and uplifted energy. Soak for 20-30 minutes and set the intention of releasing any negativity that is stuck to you. This is a good time for setting positive intentions and/or praying. (This same cleansing effect is also had every time you take a swim in the ocean.)
6) Putting up energetic protection
Before going out into the world each day it is important to put up a protection so as not to overwhelm our aura with all the energies around us. This is especially important for those of us who are more sensitive to energies.
To build a protective barrier around yourself, imagine a white light coming down over your head and form it into a shield or bubble over your body.
You can form it in any way you please, though it may take some practice to get a good stable image. Another way to do this is to put up mirrors as a shield as a way of deflecting energies away from you. Take a few moments now to practice this shield.
If you find yourself unable to connect with a stable imagery, it can also be useful to create a barrier through thoughts. Pick a positive and confident thought to take around with you through your day. Whether it is “I am protected from the energies around me,” or “I carry a strong energy that does not allow unwanted energies to influence it;” these thoughts will create a much needed protection between you and any negative energies you may encounter.
7) Energy healing
Another way to cleanse your aura is to have a aura “spring cleaning” with a practiced healer. Meeting with a healer allows you to confront issues that are perhaps larger or undetectable by yourself. Whether it’s healing from a past relationship or event, or dealing with emotional blockages, energy healing will have a huge effect on your aura and the quality of your life.
You may connect to one practice more than others, or perhaps you do not want to be stuck with just one boring practice day after day; that’s why I’ve listed a few different ones. Try them out and see what works best for you. A cleansed aura will lift up your energy and enable you to live easier, and spread your own positive light outwards.