Note from the Editor:

I live in a bubble – and I do so by choice. I live in my own perfect little world where I choose not to let the turmoil of the outside world in: the constant political and religious conflicts, the paranoia of conspiracy theories, the news of catastrophes, reports of animal cruelty and human abuse, and the fact that we are destroying our planet.

If I open myself up to the reality of today’s world, I catch myself experiencing an arsenal of negative emotions, such as anger, fear, sorrow, anxiety, and disappointment. So I choose to live in my bubble and like an ostrich, I burry my head in the sand to cut out the drama and the mayhem as much as possible. Unfortunately, that does not stop the unsettling events form happening or the people from being cruel, but at least it protects me from the negative emotions that tend to accompany the news of chaos in the world.

I have applied certain ‘protective measures’ throughout the years and developed habits to shield myself from the negative effects of the things that surround me that I cannot control. Some of the techniques that work for me may not resonate with others. So I gathered a few ideas for clearing and keeping away harmful energies that anyone can try to find what works for them.

1. invoke your golden bubble
Visualize a beautiful golden bubble of light surrounding you. Picture in your mind that this bright light is swirling around you, expanding into a glowing sphere of protection. Imagine that everything that is negative or no longer serves you is leaving you. Ensure yourself that nothing negative can stay in your bubble, only that is good and beneficial to you. Know that nothing negative can enter your energetic bubble of protection, only good can penetrate it. Every time you leave your home or when you feel off, uneasy, or drained, you can place this sphere of protection around yourself. You can also visualize it around your home, your car, and others.

2. use protective crystals
Selenite, Black Tourmaline, Smoky Quartz, Black Obsidian, Citrine, Hematite, Amethyst, Fire Agate, Amber, Boji Stone, Carnelian, Pyrite, Tiger’s Eye, Labradorite, Sardonyx, Turquoise, Jet, Kunzite, Jade, Jasper, Bloodstone, and Andalusite are excellent crystals for protection. Keep a small piece in your pocket or wear as jewelry.

3. create a protective energy grid with crystals
Protect yourself and your space from harm and unwanted energies by making a crystal grid. Select 6 protective crystals of the same kind. e.g. 6 pieces of Black Tourmaline or Pyrite, etc. (See list above) Size does not matter, but they should be the same kind so they have the same type of energy. Pick the stones that are calling to you. Then select another 6 pieces of another type of protective stone, e.g. Selenite, Smoky Quartz, Carnelian, Citrine, etc. Then select a Master Crystal for the center of your grid, e.g. a larger Clear Quartz or Amethyst standing point or chunk – this will amplify and hold the energy of your grid. Cleanse your crystals before your start your grid. Find a place where your grid will be undisturbed. You can use a hard cardboard or flat plate and slide your grid under your bed later. If you wish, you can also use a template for your grid, e.g a Flower of Life print. Place the Master Crystal in the middle. Put the first set of crystals in a circle around your Master Crystal at an even distance from each other. Then place the second set of crystals in between the first circle and the middle, each at an even distance from all crystals in the grid. You can add more crystals if you are guided to, e.g. small quartz points or other stones of protection. Then program your grid with your intension: “I program this grid to protect me/my home from all forms of harm/negative energies.” If you wish to make a protective grid for someone else, place a photo of them or a piece of paper with their name on it under the Master Crystal before you start the grid.

4. make a crystal grid for your home
Place a piece of Black Tourmaline, Selenite, and Smoky Quartz at each interior corner of the house or room. If possible, place a large piece of either of these crystals outside the front door. Sprinkle salt in each corner of the home and in front of doors and windows. Reapply when necessary.

5. smudge
Burning herbs and plant resins is an ancient practice for cleansing a space or a person. The smoke clears away emotional or spiritual negativity and stagnant energies accumulated in the body or the space. Most commonly used herbs are sage, sweetgrass, rosemary, and lavender. Burning palo santo and cedar wood can also be used for cleansing. Tree resins, such as myrrh, frankincense, and copal are also powerful substances used for smudging. Following your inner guidance, choose the right smudging herb, wood, or resin and find a non-flammable, heat-resistant bowl or shell. Light the smudge stick or loose herbs and when you have a good flame, carefully blow it out. Note: If you are burning resin, you will have to use a charcoal disk. Using a feather or your hands, fan the smoke towards your body. Cleanse all seven of your chakras and your outer energy field. Don’t forget the bottom of your feet. Once you’ve smudged your body, using the power of your intention, go around the entire room (or the whole house), making sure you get into all the corners, closets, and under furniture. Open some windows for the negative energies to leave the space as you command them out mentally or with your voice! If you have money issues, clear your purse or wallet with the smoke as well. If your computer is acting up, smudge that, too. Don’t forget to cleanse your car also. Where burning herbs and incense is not possible because of the smoke, use a smudging spray.

6. set an intention
When you are creating a crystal grid or a protective bubble, or when you are smudging, first, set an intension. Say it out loud, or use your thoughts, your inner voice. State your intention: ask for protection, for clearing and for keeping away negative energies. Call out to the Source/God/Creator/Universe, or your Higher Self, your Guides or Angels – whomever you prefer to talk to and ask for help.

7. use salt
You can also burn salt to ward off negative energies. Place a small amount of salt (Himalayan black salt is excellent for this) in a non-flammable, heat-resistant bowl or an old pot. Make sure to use a potholder or an oven mitt if you are unsure if the bowl is heat-resistant. Pour a small amount of rubbing alcohol on the salt and carefully light it with a lighter. Hold the bowl in front of you at a safe distance or walk around your space with the intension of cleansing and protecting yourself and your area from harmful energies. Let it burn until the flame goes out on its own. Salt crystals have an amazing natural built-in ability to absorb negative energy. Put bowls of salt in the corners of the room and remove after a few hours. Take a salt bath with sea salt or Himalayan crystal salt for clearing away negative or stagnant energies. If you don’t have a tub, use a salt scrub in the shower.

8. use essential oils
Rose, Lavender, Frankincense, Peppermint, Lemongrass, Lemon, Chamomile, and Patchouli are excellent essential oils for spiritual cleansing and purification. Put a few drops of any of the above essential oils into an oil diffuser to cleanse unwanted/negative energies from your space. You can also make a spray with pure essential oils to clear negative energy. Just add a few drops to water in a glass/tin spray bottle. Shake and gently mist yourself and/or your space with the spray! To invoke protection, use Myrrh, Clove, Cypress, Sage, Basil, Geranium, and Cinnamon Bark essential oils.

9. what you give out, you receive!
When we are stressed or upset with someone, we don’t pay attention to our thoughts, words or actions, and may send out negative energy to others. It may feel good at the time but it opens us up for unwanted energies to enter our auric field. If you are obsessing on negative feelings or thoughts about someone (deserving or undeserving) and are thinking, feeling, wishing or acting badly, the boomerang effect will show up in your life. Maybe not immediately, maybe not the next day but eventually it will. Ask your Higher Self to make you aware of the times when you need to pull yourself away from these negative thoughts and feelings, and to help you turn them into love and forgiveness. Keep a positive attitude!

10. focus on the positive
We all have people and things in our lives that that make us happy and we are grateful for. If you focus your attention on the positive, on someone or something that you love, there will be no room in your heart for anger, fear, or worry. Concentrate on this feeling of love and gratitude whenever negative thoughts or emotions enter your mind and hold on to it until those pass.

11. laugh
Joy is the highest vibration there is, so it works perfectly for canceling out lower vibrations. You probably won’t feel like laughing when you are under the influence of negative energies, so find a hilarious movie on Netfilx or pull up some funny videos on Youtube to watch!

12. play music or drums / use a rattle
Playing high vibration music can lift your energy and clear your space. You can also beat on drums to break up stagnant energies. If you don’t have a drum, just bang on a table or on the bottom of a pot. Youtube has many videos of shamanic, African or Native American drum music. Just like the drums, rattles can break off the negative energies. If you don’t have a rattle, put some pennies or beans in an empty plastic bottle or topper-ware and shake it in a way what feels right to you. It’s more effective if you move around in your space while you are doing this.