Being a psychic is humbling, exciting, eye-opening, cool and inspiring. It can also kick your ass.
They don’t call us “sensitives” for nothing: psychic or mediumistic work requires a shift in your personal energy that leaves you “open” to both the good vibes and the bad. When I read, I can feel my client’s joy, angst and heartbreak. It’s a fascinating experience, and it’s a huge lesson in empathy – but it can take its toll on the physical body.
Over the years, I’ve learned a few things for taking care of my psychic self and preventing burnout.
1) White Light. Before I read, I make a practice of visualizing an “egg” of protective white light around both my reading space and myself. Because I’m about to open myself up, this keeps any janky energies or entities from getting in.
Better than a bulletproof vest and a bottle of Purell.
Here’s what I say before starting a session: “I surround myself with the white light of love and protection. I ask that only positive energies be present as I do this work, and help me to be a clear channel for the information which my client seeks. I ask that they help me receive, discern and relay that information in the kindest and gentlest of ways, for the highest good and the good of all. I accept nothing less.”
I don’t recall where I learned this prayer, and it’s evolved over the years, but it sets up a safe, healthy space to work in.
2) Washing hands. I do this both before and after a session, visualizing any stale energies leaving my body (in the TMI category, I also pee beforehand just in case – so I def need to hand wash!). It’s also a sign of respect and honor for the tools I’m about to handle (cards, crystals, etc.). Washing my hands after a session also brings me back to earth.
Not an OCD thing — just good psychic hygiene.
3) Food. I try to eat something light about 45 minutes before reading. I need the energy. After reading, I also have a snack. Food helps ground me. In that same vein, many psychics are vegetarian. Good for them, but this girl needs her Big Mac.
As a matter of fact, I DO want fries with that….
4) Where I read. Early in my development, one of my teachers warned that psychics should never read in bars. Besides the noise and the random assholes, you’re dealing with some crazy energy. People go to bars for a reason, and their problems or pain is amplified. I made the mistake of doing a few quickie reads when I was out with some friends one night; they went fine, but the next morning, yours truly was absolutely knackered. And it wasn’t from the chardonnay. I felt like I had holes punched in me, and it took days for me to feel normal again. So now when I go to a bar – white light or not – my shingle reads “Closed.”
Seriously. Jello shots and readings do NOT mix.
5) A Process. Intuitive energy or the energy surrounding a mediumistic session kind of has a life of its own. Learning to control it is a little like learning how to ride a bucking bronco; there’s a rhythm and unpredictabiltity. A routine for opening up and closing down puts a framework around that energy and makes it easier to handle. The bronco may still buck, but at least its in the corral versus hauling ass across the painted desert.
Just call me the Psychic Cowgirl.
When I begin, I’ve put the white light around myself; when I complete a session, I envision a little curtain being pulled across my crown chakra, as a way to terminate the link.
“Thank you! And good night!”
Then I wash my hands and eat, and I feel like I’ve come back to earth. Doing something grounding – gardening, petting my cat, taking a shower – also works.
Having a process for your psychic work is vital. I’ve seen too many of my students go a little nuts with their blossoming abilities. They walk around with their channel wide open, reading anyone and anything that comes across their path. I think they like the attention. One woman was thrilled to tell me about the two people she’d read while standing in the Express Checkout Line; no mention of how her unwitting subjects felt about it.
Does an inadvertent reading count as item #16?
Not only is that just crazy intrusive, its not healthy for the reader. When your energy isn’t controlled, its like an ungrounded power line. Sooner or later, you will get burned but good.
So use these tips to stay healthy and focused both in and out of the intuitive realm. And I’d love to hear what you do for yourself to stay sane and centered. Hit me up in the comments.