Many empaths and highly sensitive people believe that some of the challenging or unpleasant individuals they deal with daily are 'psychic vampires'. These so-called energy thieves are believed to 'drain' or 'steal' the energy of their victims.
All we need to do to tap into this infinite source of wellness is to invite it into our daily consciousness, embrace it with open arms and savor its presence with gratitude and appreciation. We all originate from this Universal Source, we all consist of this source completely, and we will continue to a part of this source in all its fullness forever. It cannot be drained, stolen or taken away from you.
Then, the question remains: what happens when we have those unpleasant encounters with others who leave us feeling drained and emotionally exhausted? I believe we did not sacrifice or lose energy in these instances, we simply allowed negative energy to flow into our consciousness, which disrupts the harmony and balance of our current energy vibration.
Furthermore, it may also be a good idea to take an honest look at some of the most recent vibrational signals you have been sending out, prior to your encounter with the 'vampire'. Have you been entertaining thoughts and feelings of anger, sadness, revenge, frustration, rivalry or self-pity? These are all lower-level vibrations, and they are certain to open up a few cracks in your overall equilibrium. Have you ever considered that you may have invited that encounter with the energy thief into your life?
This disturbed state of energy vibration is called psychic over-sensitivity or psychic overload. You may be more susceptible to this because you are more open to spiritual or psychic energies. If you don't take care of yourself, you will certainly feel ‘drained’ constantly. Some symptoms of psychic over-sensitivity include feelings of exhaustion, anxiety, restlessness, sadness, depression, extreme sensitivity to the moods of others or a lack of mental focus.
Fortunately, this imbalance is easily corrected by immediately changing your thinking pattern and state of mind, and then by doing some grounding and breathing exercises, channeling negative energy back to its source, meditation, visualization and prayer. Once you regain your balance, and you are once again tapped into that amazingly steady stream of wellness, the next step is to get your self-care habits back on track. Prevention has always been better than cure.
I used to be an energy sponge on legs, absorbing a lot of negativity around me. I had constant mood swings and could never understand why I felt compelled to avoid crowds and public places. When I discovered the truth about my empathic nature, I had to find ways to shield myself and maintain my spiritual equilibrium. I sometimes jokingly refer to myself as the “boy in the bubble”, because I live in a protective bubble of psychic energy at all times.
Always remember that there are only two kinds of people who can 'drain' your energy: those you love, and those you fear. In both instances it is you who let them in. They did not force their way into your aura, or pry their way into your reality experience. Nobody can make you feel different unless you allow yourself to feel different. It is you, only you.
© 2010 Anthon St. Maarten