Ever have this happen: you’ve done a particularly intense tarot reading and once you’re done, you feel drained. Spent.
Worse yet, you seem to be carrying the energy from that reading with you…hours or days after you’ve completed the reading.
If you’re lucky, you’ll never experience that. But most tarot readers do from time to time.
That’s because many of us are empathic. Empathy is the ability to share or recognize other people’s emotions. Empaths tend to be ultra-sensitive and often have porous boundaries, which are great for making an energetic connection but not so great when it comes disconnecting.
When you’re doing a tarot reading, you’re not just flipping some cards – you’re connecting with that person’s energy. You’re tuning into their feelings and that can be a very sensitive place to poke around for both you and the client.
Usually, it’s not a big deal. You do the reading and once the cards are put away, you move on.
But sometimes, a client may have particularly “sticky” energy, especially if they are dealing with a heavy-duty or especially negative issue. My friend, meditation teacher Kristie Zahn, calls this “energetic goo.”
It’s that vibe that lingers long after your work is done. It can show up in many forms: preoccupation with the reading, low energy, knots in your neck, or feeling depleted every time you work with a certain client.
How do you get rid of client goo or negative energy?
A few methods I use:
Physical exercise: moving your body is a great way to get energy moving out of your body. A brisk walk, a quick jog, or even some vigorous dancing will get you shaking that energy off.
Meditation: recenterinng yourself through meditation is an easy way to gently disconnect and get back in your body. There are a few methods I like: one is a simple breath awareness. The second is closing down the chakras one by one. If I’m super depleted, I love working with Barbara Martin’s color techniques in her book: Change Your Aura, Change Your Life: A Step-by-Step Guide to Unfolding Your Spiritual Power
Yoga pose: inversions are my favorite yoga poses to do when I need to reshift my energy or get “out of my head.” Headstand or shoulderstand ALWAYS do the trick. If you are unable to do either pose, a simple legs up the wall pose will do. Just get your body tight up against the wall, swing your legs up and lie flat on your back.
Energy or body work: a massage or Reiki session can release stuck energy beautifully. I am a fan of doing both regularly to keep toxins – both physical and emotional – flowing out of your system. I also love Donna Eden’s easy energy routines which you can find in her book: Energy Medicine: Balancing Your Body’s Energies for Optimal Health, Joy, and Vitality
Of course, in the best case scenarios you’ll never have to worry about any of this. But there is a way to set your self up for success every day with a wee bit of prevention.
Set healthy boundaries with your clients.
Meditate or do yoga in the morning so that you are fully conscious and grounded.
During the reading, plant your feet firmly on the ground. Breathe deeply down into your belly. Stay present.
At the end of every working day – do an energy dump. That can be a few quiet minutes in prayer or meditation or some other little ritual that signifies you are done for the day. Close your chakras down and move on to other activities that have zero to do with tarot reading.
Always remember: you can tune in and serve your client in the deepest manner without taking their issues in or with you.
Let go, let go, let go for you, for them.
“Be in your own skin, as an act of self-loving.” ~ H. Raven Rose
© Theresa Reed | The Tarot Lady 2014
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