Empaths and Protection
I am always surprised to find that even some long time intuitives do not have a strong practice of protecting their energetic field. Being empathic myself, I did have a hard time growing up not understanding why I am all of a sudden angry or sad or out of the blue shift in my mood. It took me a while to realize that I was tuning into the energy around me and that if there was nothing to be sad or angry about, then it probably isn't mine. It took me years to understand that as I had no reason or resource at the time to tell me otherwise. It wasn't until I started a more serious spiritual practice that I learned to manage my space, which now that I know how, is not a completely difficult thing to do.
So often people mistake being empathic for being moody or bipolar. Though much of the time it just means you are sensitive, and you need to learn how to manage and protect yourself from the outside interference. Just as you can soak in energy, you can use energy to shield yourself.
For me, I visualize the aura around me and create 2 symbols of strength and protection. I call to my most powerful guide to assist in keeping them strong and powerful, protecting my entire mind, body, soul spirit and space until I release them. Then, I watch as the symbols strengthen and circulate around my aura until I am ready to release them and build new ones.
I am curious to hear people's experiences around being empathic. Whether you know that you are empathic already or feel that you may be. What are some of the ways in which you decern your energy from foreign energy? How do you protect yourself?