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16 Simple Methods To Clear Your Energy

Updated: Feb 13

Clearing is the process of releasing and cleansing our energetic field. It's necessary hygiene practice that should be done routinely to help keep our Spirit clean. The practice of letting go of unwanted or unnecessary energies from our spiritual body is a practice that can and should be implemented by everyone.

I was working with a school-aged child the other day who had come to me for a healing session. He was incredibly empathic and was often feeling very overwhelmed by his surroundings. How do you talk to a sensitive, nine-year-old about the challenges many empaths face?

As I was working with this child, the image of a sponge came to mind, and I began to explain that we are each like these little sponges walking about our day. Every time we come in contact with someone, we soak in a little bit of their energy, their emotions, their feelings and even their thoughts. Every time we visit a different place, touch an object, eat or drink something, talk to someone, etc. we soak up more and more energies, just like a sponge soaking up water. I taught this child some easy ways to "wring his sponge" out and how it's important for us, as humans, to lighten our load.

The practice of clearing is our individual way of wringing out our sponges. When we cleanse our energy field, we are releasing all of the unnecessary energies and spiritual toxins that we picked up throughout the day that aren't in our highest interest. I usually do some kind of clearing practice daily, and many times, multiple times throughout the day.

It can be really uncomfortable, stressful and even painful to walk around with energy that isn't yours. And, toxic energies that aren't transformed properly, could eventually lead to physical problems and mental or emotional imbalances.

The following are some of my favorite techniques and practices that I've learned to help clear my own personal energy field and the energy in my home. Clearing is a conscious practice and we must always have the intention to release any energies and intrusions that aren't for our highest good. Remember that energy flows where your intention goes. So, please hold a strong intention to clear and cleanse your Spirit for the most powerful effect to take place.

1) Shower

This one is so simple and one that I do almost every day. While I'm showering, I ask the Spirit of the Water to help cleanse my auric field from all of the toxic and unnecessary energy that I've come in contact with throughout the day. And, then, I visualize the toxins releasing from my body and going down into the drain. Then, I thank the Water for it's assistance. Not only do I step out of the shower with a clean body, but a clean Spirit as well, and it feels so refreshing.

2) Earth

Another one of my favorite practices is to sit on the ground and release my problems and worries to the great Mother Earth. I always loved listening to Malidoma Somé, describes the Earth as the Mother on whose lap we can find nourishment, support, comfort and love. And, I find that the more raw and real you can get to the Earth, the more she is able to absorb and transform your burdens. If you can, place your bare feet and bare hands on the Earth or even better, lay down on her belly-to-belly and heart-to-heart. Take as much time as you can to truly feel her and connect to her. However you connect to the Earth, be sure to thank her for her love and support.

3) Visualize

Some people like to visualize their chakras or their auric field as clean and full of pure light. There are really wonderful guided meditations available to help visualize a clean Spirit. When I see my etheric field I often see it as a bright, golden light and when it's not clear, I'll notice that the light is faded in certain spots. So, I've learned how to ask my light to "bump out" to fill my whole field and I visualize the light filling every little corner, nook and cranny of my field, pushing out anything that isn't mine.

4) Auric Sweep

When I was in yoga teacher training back in 2012, an energy healer taught us how to do an Auric Sweep. I believe she called it "Aura Fluffing" and as funny as it sounds, it really works. You can do this to yourself or have a friend do it for you. You simply put your hands close to your body and "fluff" the air surrounding you with the intention of loosening and releasing any unwanted energies from your aura. It's the same gestures you'd make when shooing away flies. You can do this up and down your body until you feel more clear. If you're doing this to another person, make sure you get their back side, too. I'm always surprised at how easy this is. And, I notice it gives me a burst of energy, too, which is an added bonus!

5) Crystals

There are many crystals that you can carry or use to help absorb and clear negative energy. I love to use tiny pyramids of Apophyllite to grid around my home and meditation spaces. Apophyllite can help to transmute negative energy into positive. Amethyst is a great helper when it comes to cleansing the Aura. Fluorite and Jasper also help to absorb negative energy. My personal favorite rocks to carry in my pocket are the black ones, like Tourmaline and Obsidian. They can really help to cleanse, purify and transform dense energy. I also use a Selenite Wand in my healing practice to help loosen up extractions and clear a person's energy.

6) Smudge

Smudging is an indigenous practice used to clear "out of place" energy. Typically, smudging is done by using the smoke from a bundle of dried herbs, such as sage, lavender, or rosemary. Palo Santo, tree resins, and tabacco can also be used for this practice. Using a large feather or your hand, you waft the smoke around your body, your sacred space, and your home to help purify and cleanse negative energies. If smoke bothers you, you can use a smokeless smudge spray instead.

Click here for four of my favorite Aura Cleansing Spray recipes.

7) Salt Bath