Psychic Shielding for Empaths

Image Pink Energy BubbleI’ve yet to encounter anyone who has a high level of natural intuitive abilities — such as clairvoyance, clairaudience, or claircognizance — who is not also primarily clairsentient. Empathy — experiencing external emotional energies as your own moods and sensitivities and feelings — is the foundation of being psychic.

For those of us who are lightworkers, it comes with the territory of everyday life. For those who take this identity into the professional realm — obvious careers such as psychotherapists, counselors, coaches, social workers, medical professionals, massage therapists, energy healers, psychics, ministers, teachers, and child care; but also human resource professionals, customer service workers, hair stylists — anyone who deals with numerous individual people, called to assist (at least listen to) others who are processing a lot of negative conditions and circumstances — residual energy is literally an occupational hazard.

Psychic Protection from Human Energy
Here are some excerpts from reading requests I’ve received in the last few months asking for psychic protection techniques for specifically human-to-human energy exchange:

  • I need to be empathetic enough to effectively communicate, be able to explain my point of view without having to be defensive or worried about being attacked, still show compassion and a willingness to listen, YET remain detached enough that I can be true to myself, authentic, stick to my guns.
  • I find myself constantly being drawn in to other people’s drama. I’m a good listener, and I care about other people, but sometimes it feels like I’m a dumping ground for other people’s stress and bad energy.
  • My friends and family love to talk to me about their problems. I’m the one everyone comes to for advice. I feel that it’s truly my life purpose to play the part of the counselor. On the one hand, I do feel that I’m helping and being of service to others… but more often times than not, I end up feeling drained.
  • I proudly identify myself as a light-worker, a way-shower. I am very open, very intuitive, very sensitive. I want to continue growing and opening myself further, but there’s a part of me that resists. Just as I start to pick up on someone’s vibes, there’s a part of me that wants to rise up, slam the door… to protect myself. How can I do both?
  • I guess I’m what you call an empath. I am a psychic sponge — I absorb everyone else’s energy and I don’t know how to turn it off. Is there a way I can turn it down or protect myself without turning off?
  • I worry a lot. I worry about everyone. I worry for them. It’s like I have a sign on my forehead that says “Leave your problems with me.” I know it may sound crazy to someone who doesn’t experience it, but it can literally make me feel ill — my stomach is either in knots or my neck muscles are stiff all the time. I worry more than anything that I’m going to give myself cancer from carrying all this stress.
  • I try to be positive, but it feels like the whole world wants to tear down my attitude.
  • The relationship is over. It has run its course. We both know it, we both agree, and we both want to move on… But there’s still a lot that has to be negotiated in order for us to go our separate ways. Every time we even talk on the phone, it’s like the wound gets torn open all over again, and we both end up in tears. How can I move forward and heal without backsliding into that painful place that feels like square one?
  • Help! I feel like I’m under psychic attack. I’m afraid that if I open up my intuition too much, I’m going to make myself more vulnerable.

I most often share the following psychic “soft” shielding technique with empaths who work in para-professional or healing arts fields where heart-centered connection is a requirement. In addition to this, regular clearing and cord cutting is a must.

Empathic Shielding
I’m sure you are familiar with the concept of Purple Light and White Light Shielding — Purple Light being the highest angelic vibe you can invoke for spiritual protection, nurturing, and support; White Light being the universal holy shield.

White Light may be too hard core
The thing to keep in mind about White Light is that it is entirely impermeable and allows for too little heart chakra to heart chakra reflection/ interaction. White Light protection in everyday relationships is a bit overkill.

Try Pink Light Visualization
As an alternative to using White Light shielding, use Pink — the ethereal, aura color representation of your Higher Self. The color of rose quartz, which can also literally be assigned, associated, activated, and amplified by the crystals themselves.

When talking to (anyone with whom you may require this softer, tender-hearted protection) picture yourself sheathed in a column of pearly bubble-gum pink light, from just above your head extending all the way through the floor beyond your feet. Imagine it being poured on top of your head, starting at your crown chakra. I personally picture this substance as having the appearance and viscosity of liquid soap or shampoo. You may also envision that you’re Glinda in her big pink bubble — that’s about the the right size in relationship to your body/aura. (Besides, it’s just plain fun to call forth your Inner Glinda once in awhile. Even the biggest bad ass among us has an Inner Glinda.)

Pink Light as both Mirror and Filter
When the subject you’re communicating with projects onto you, the most positive authentic heart-centered energy is reflected back to him/her. The Pink also allows for your loving energy — compassion, concern, good will — to pass through, yet the White Light (which is still present within the Pink) blocks negative energy.

So, it’s a semi-permeable shield — which expands the Highest Self-loving Energy that either of you project; and it’s a kind of filter — magnifying what you most hope to receive/ project, while still blocking psychic attack completely and absolutely.

Using Actual Crystals
If you have rose quartz crystals physically present, they can act as a switch or consciousness trigger for turning on this shield. I recommend that therapists and mediators actually have some piece of rose quartz in the line of site of both parties; on the table between you is ideal. Wear rose quartz as jewelry or carry a piece in your pocket. Just seeing this color acts as a subconscious activation switch, even for those who don’t intellectually know the symbolic spiritual significance.

Remember that the Woo Woo Stuff — the visualizations, the meditations, the rituals, the spells — is really just a representation and a reminder of your commitment to a particular conscious intention. Just going into a conversation aware of what you want to block, what you want to project and receive, impacts your word choice and allows you to set the energy.

When you set a strong energetic intention like this — when you are willfully driving the vibration — others must conform or deal with great discomfort. They have no choice but to match that energy or they have to leave. In which case, the integrity of the kind of conversation you want to have is ultimately maintained.

Remember, if in doubt, you simply express how YOU feel; that’s the most honest thing you can do. Your feelings are non-negotiable, no matter how controlling another person might want to be, or think they can be — when presented with someone’s feelings, there’s nothing they can do but accept them.

Anyone not down with the good vibes — who refuses, who chooses over and over again to be difficult — is undoubtedly someone not worthy of your time and energy. I’d say two chances would be my line in the sand — after which, as much distance and lack of contact you can make happen is entirely warranted.

You can’t have a war if both sides don’t show up. We have legal channels and barriers if necessary — security, attorneys, mediators, etc. (If you keep answering that cell phone when he calls and engaging in another verbal battle, you are participating.)

Don’t forget the most basic intention manifestation/ law of attraction factors — if you establish before-hand how you WANT the script to go, then you’re creating it — not reacting on the fly and finding yourself unequipped to provide the details of the Best Case Scenario. If you prepare for the conversation going badly, if you prepare a dialog of argument, the Universe will be sure to shoot that scene for you.

You may be pleasantly surprised, even blown away, by how positively others will respond and behave if YOU are prepared for them to.

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17 Responses to Psychic Shielding for Empaths
  1. Leah Cordello
    January 25, 2009 | 6:22 pm

    Wow! Just what I needed:) Thank You

  2. Deb
    January 25, 2009 | 6:33 pm

    Better yet, if you are not prepared your spirit guides jump on a vibe that they see for you and give you that nudge,push,and often for me a shove. The words feel like they are put into my mouth, like a puppet, and I am either amused or surprised at what I am saying. Other times my guidance steer the conversation in directions that are funny,absurd, or fruitful. They do say that swearing is a lower vibe however, though we all know how good it feels to say a big swear word when we are upset. My basic strength these days is using silence and prayer, until further notice.As a light worker, the only safe place for us to really let loose is on a blog like this or with our light worker friends who we run into randomly-or the local Unity church.

  3. Carol
    January 25, 2009 | 7:08 pm

    Slade – I really enjoy all of your posts! Thank you! This one triggered another thought for me. I am someone who works with spirits/ghosts/entities – whatever your definition of them – basically people who are stuck and not able to cross. It has always seemed to not be the right thing to put up white light protection when working with them because if they don’t feel like they deserve to be in the white light or don’t know what the white light means, etc – I feel like they won’t be able to be helped. I think/feel that the violet/purple and the pink seem to sound like better colors to work with. That way you are working with protection but still working with love and through the heart chakra. What are you thoughts/feelings? Thanks much!! Carol

  4. ginger
    January 25, 2009 | 7:33 pm

    HI Slade,
    This is great. Much needed info for people opening to others professionally and in everyday encounters. A technique given to me many years ago regarding dealing with very negitive energys going into a cituation aware of that, was to “stand, imagine a full Bodysuit, Black & Impenetrable. Physically reach down and pull it up over your entire Body”. I have found besides White Light, that this Works when I am Afraid or Scared by something or an event.
    I really like the Pink! I just called my local rock shop to see if they were still in business Friday. Rose Quartz is on the list for pocket gems.

  5. Julie J.
    January 26, 2009 | 1:41 am


    THANK YOU for this timely post!! Sometimes I get so overwhelmed by the bombardment of emotions from “out there” that I just shut down & push everyone away until I can “deal” again. I’ve done the White Light protection thing, but I end up feeling like an empty shell — like nothing gets through, even my own emotions. (I usually have to detach from just about everything to get back to center.) The Pink/Purple Light never would have ocurred to me without this post.

    Funny, I’ve had an oddball song stuck in my head over the last few days: “The Pink of Perfection,” sung by Haily Mills in a Disney movie that’s older than I am. (I think the movie is called Summer Magic.) Guess my guides are hitting me over the head with the idea!

    Thank you again, Slade. You’re a genius! ;-)

    Love & Light,

  6. Jeff Lilly | Druid Journal
    January 26, 2009 | 3:45 am

    I’m one of those that Slade has helped with his “pink light” advice. What a life saver that was!! Before then, I hadn’t worked much with colored light visualizations on a day-to-day basis. Since then, I use it all the time! My favorite is swirls of blue-white light, for some reason. I don’t know what it “means”, but it always opens things up and lets everyone breathe more freely.

  7. Jen
    January 26, 2009 | 7:14 am

    Thanks, this is just what I needed. Lately I’ve affirmed to myself that I am and becoming more of a happy person (meaning content, blissful and walking in the light of the divine). At times though it seems that I’m having more trouble relating to my friends and family with this new outlook. Holding onto this outlook seemed to indicate that I must block my natural empathic abilities as to not get drawn into other’s darkness, but that makes me feel very much alone, which is totally counteractive to feeling my bliss. This gives me a new outlook onto how to interact with those people in my life that I love so much, but who can really knock me off my path.

  8. Angelic
    January 26, 2009 | 9:48 pm

    Ahh Slade fantastic Post!! I was just thinking about how to properly shield myself because I feel like I’m becoming more sensitive and open by the day and its almost unnerving, frightening at times in fact, and it upsets me that im afraid to open and embrace and communicate with the ‘other’ because I’m not sure whats going to happen or how its going to effect me on my end. They keep knocking and I’ ve been worried to see who it is. Thank you soo much for the post, I feel much better, as always :)

  9. Evelyn Lim
    January 27, 2009 | 6:22 am

    I’ve been wondering how to protect myself too. I find that I’m getting more and more sensitive, when I am around friends who are extremely negative. I am unable to last long in the same company. Feeling the energy drain, I have to keep giving excuses to go to the bathroom.

    Now I know what I can do: shield myself in pink light!! Thanks for the useful tip!

  10. Andrea|Empowered Soul
    January 28, 2009 | 3:17 pm

    Love this! What really struck me is that all of these techniques really assist us in creating consciousness. We need to first have that awareness that we are encountering an energy or vibration that doesn’t match or is at odds with our own. That perspective alone creates SUCH a shift … Slade, this is awesome stuff.

    My favorite part? “You can’t have a war if both sides don’t show up.” Non-reaction truly is often the best strategy.


  11. […] If you feel oversensitive or if you just want to take extra preventative measures against picking up foreign energy, it can be helpful to visualize some form of separation or shielding device between your energy and the energy of everything else.  There are many different ways to do this.  A common method is to visualize yourself covered in a bubble of light.  My friend Slade Roberson recently wrote a great article about creating this sort of energetic separation using a pink light shield. […]

  12. Sheldon Kreger
    January 28, 2009 | 10:32 pm

    I recently realized that I interact with many people who “are not down with the good vibes” after reading this website:

    I must warn though, this site is much darker than anything I find through this website normally. Still, I have found it to be very helpful.

    Of course, I can’t just end all those relationships at once! Thanks, Slade – your posts are always so timely ; )

  13. Liara Covert
    January 31, 2009 | 2:02 am

    Rose quartz and clear quartz emit useful properties. Readers will welcome the additional guidance about more conscious and deliberate shielding. The power of white and purple light are often familiar, yet as you imply, conscious channelling of colored light as mirrors and filters may require more practice. To believe in oneself and one’s ability to learn is key.

  14. Healthcare
    February 1, 2009 | 5:36 pm

    So my mother had given me a pink crystal to keep in my pocket since I was young and I ‘ve always been very optimistic. My mom always said that I let other peoples attacks or problems “slip away like water of a duck’s back. ” Maybe there is more to these crystals than I thought. I will begin to do some more research.

    Thanks for the post.


  15. Deb Estep
    February 3, 2009 | 11:39 am

    Excellent post Slade !!!

    Years ago when I read The Celestine Prophecy I was first
    introduced to the idea of exchanging energy, and others stealing
    energy. (The book is now a movie.)

    I could have used the idea of shielding when I was a young Mom. LOL
    The little buggers have quite a way of sucking energy.

    Well, not just little ones, everyone we live with knows what buttons
    to push for one another. It’s not like you want to hold back from those
    around us we love, but a wee little bit of psychic shielding might go
    a very long way to more balance in our families.

    xo xo

  16. 52 Faces
    March 9, 2009 | 9:07 am

    My gawd, how I wish I had this when I was in counseling psychology graduate school. I’m still reeling from the traumatic effects of the crap and drama and negativity that went down in that place and I’ve run away from healing because it’s been so traumatizing.

    It’s good to know there is still hope/light for me…

  17. Jenny
    March 13, 2009 | 1:23 am

    I never realized that I was or how much I was an empath. A couple of years ago a good friend of mine. Wendi, explained it to me as well as my psychologist. I had heard of being sympathetic, but obviously had forgotten about empathy. I was really struggling with feeling what everyone around me was feeling and I didn’t like it, it sent me in a spiral downward and into one of the worst deressions I’ve been in. Thankfully Wendi was there to help teach me how to ignore or rather block it, I just didn’t realize it. This post has a big meaning for me and I thank you for your words of wisdom.

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