The Passing of Energy

The Passing of Energy

by Lindsay on December 1, 2011

in Empath, Miscellaneous, Relationships

Photo credit: A D Keith on flickr

Today’s article is written by the lovely Jodi Chapman over at Soul Speak. I first ‘met’ Jodi on Facebook – clicked over to her website and 2 hours later felt as if I’d spent some time reading words written by an old friend. She and her partner Dan write and create handmade journals – the Soulful Journals make going within and getting to know ourselves better a fun and joyful experience.

The timing of Jodi’s article is perfect – just in time for the Holidays when emotions run high, we spend copious amounts of time with loved ones (and not-so-loved ones) and everything seems a bit “amped up”.

“The Passing of Energy” by Jodi Chapman

I was reading last night about how energy is contagious – just like the common cold.

And while we take many precautions to protect ourselves from getting sick when we come in contact with others (such as washing our hands), we don’t always take precautions to protect ourselves from taking on other people’s energy.

And this passing along of energy works in both ways – positive and negative.

The Passing of Energy

Example 1:

Imagine that you have plans to spend the day with your best friend, but you really just aren’t in the mood to go because you have been feeling pretty down. You decide to go anyway and just by being around your positive, bubbly, fun friend – you start to feel better. You start to forget why you felt down in the first place. You go home feeling energized, happy, and full of life.

Example 2:

Now imagine that you were in a wonderful mood when you went to work this morning. You ate a hearty breakfast, your favorite song was playing on the radio, you parked in the closest parking space, the sun was shining when you walked into your office. All signs pointed to it being a great day!

Just as you sat down at your desk, a coworker with a dark cloud over their head approached you and started going into all of the reasons why their life is so terrible. Their relationship is on the rocks, they don’t feel well, they hate their job, they hate sunny days, they can’t stand their life. And they go on and on until the boss walks in at which point they go back to their desk.

And you sit at your desk and feel like you were just hit by a truck. The great mood that you were in just a few minutes ago feels so far away. You just feel crappy and wish you hadn’t even had come into work today.

Energy is contagious. But just like we protect ourselves from getting sick, we can also protect ourselves from taking on other people’s energy.

Many years ago I was introduced to a wonderful concept that truly helps me in my everyday life. It’s so simple but also so effective, especially for those of us who are especially sensitive to all of the energy around us.


Before you go out into the world each day, surround yourself with an imaginary protective shield. 

This shield protects you from taking on other people’s energy. Continue to imagine this protection throughout your day – especially when you come in contact with someone with a toxic energy. (You’ll feel it and sense it immediately.)

Because you have this shield up, you will only let in the energy that feels right for you. You will also be able to differentiate between what is your energy and what is someone else’s that you have accidentally taken on.

When I was just learning about this concept and testing it out, a friend of mine came over for a few minutes. She mentioned that she had a headache and was starting to feel sick. Right after she left, I couldn’t seem to shake a headache and sore throat. I told myself that I had taken on her energy and it didn’t serve me at all. There was no reason for me to be feeling this way. The moment I recognized that it wasn’t mine, it went away.

I am now extra careful about putting up my shield whenever I am going to be around people – especially a large group.

It has worked wonders for me, and I think it will for you as well.

 Are you sensitive to picking up the energy of others? What do you do to protect yourself? Let us know! 

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Marie-Eve Boudreault December 1, 2011 at 1:44 pm

I became aware a few years ago that I was really sensitive to energy. I would pick the mood of others easily, in shopping marts, even my dog’s. I found out I’m an empath, as they call people who are extrasensitive to this.

So this shield you talk about really works for real. I now am not bothered when I go out – although I need to be aware of this phenomenon like you said. If you can’t shield yourself, remove yourself physically from the place. I’ve found that being positive is a good shield too.

I take it as a blessing though, to be aware of how others feel help me in my work to help them being happy and do what they love. I feel it’s why I’m so driven to do it, feeling the dis-ease a lot of people have.

Great post, thanks!

Lindsay December 1, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Thanks for sharing, Marie-Eve! Yes…empaths. I have quite a few articles on here about empaths and how we can cope, what it’s like to be one, etc…There seem to be so many of us. It’s overwhelming when you’re not sure what it is or how to deal with it!

It is absolutely a blessing – it helps people like us who work with others. We can easily understand people b/c we can feel what they’re feeling!

Being positive is a good shield…you know, I hadn’t thought about that, but you’re right! And it’s an easy way to do it, too! 🙂

Mary Miller December 9, 2011 at 3:53 pm

This is a great blog!

One of the things I was told, early on, was to imagine myself surrounded by a bubble of white light. Unfortunately, I didn’t do that all the time as I thought I had to constantly think about being surrounded by a bubble of white light vs actually settting it up through intention.

I have managed, for the most part, not to take on other people’s stuff by recognizing that they are dealing with whatever is there for them. I don’t take it personally. However, there are instances when using the white bubble would be helpful, and I will be trying that out again.

Thanks for the great post!


Andrea Friedmann December 1, 2011 at 2:41 pm

Thank you for this important post! Why is it we don’t learn this since childhood? It’s one of the first things I discuss with new coaching clients, because it’s much easier to rise to our own challenges without having to sort through others’ energy. Another intention that I recommend putting in the shield is not to unconsciously give away our own energy.

Lindsay December 1, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Good question, Andrea! I intend to teach my future child(ren) about the importance of this from the get-go. I think we’ll see more parents doing this nowadays vs. when we were growing up! Maybe people just weren’t as aware of it back then? Or it was noticed but not acknowledged openly?

I haven’t thought of setting the intention to not unconsciously give away my own energy – thanks for that suggestion!

Jodi Chapman December 1, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Thank you so much, Lindsay, for sharing my words here today. I’m so honored and touched and filled with warm fuzzies!

Imagining this protective shield has helped me so much through the years! Just being mindful of what is my own energy and what is not has helped immensely.

And you’re absolutely right that the holiday season is a great time to take special care of ourselves and our energy.

♥ to you!

Lindsay December 1, 2011 at 3:52 pm

So happy to have you here on The Daily Awe, Jodi! <3 Being mindful of what is our and what isn't is so important – but I think it takes getting to a point where you really KNOW yourself to even be able to do that! Thanks again for sharing here!

Justin | Personal Growth December 1, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Hi Lindsay & Jodi,

I also use the mirror shield as well when I am in a “low energy” environment. This way any energy will be deflected from me and back to the sender.

Lindsay December 1, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Ohhhh good idea, Justin! I like it.

Jodi Chapman December 2, 2011 at 11:30 pm

That is a really great idea, Justin! Thanks!

Shauna December 1, 2011 at 7:36 pm

Hi, Lindsay + Jodi! This post is so beautiful and helpful – thank you very much! I have a question related to this. I work as a psychologist, so I spend a lot of time in the presence of others’ energy fields, often when they are feeling very low. Putting up a protective shield and setting the intention to not unconsciously give my own energy away is very important for me to maintain mySelf and my own balance. My question is this – do you have any suggestions about how I can protect and guard my own energy field while also maintaining an open (and often deep) connection with others? On the surface, these two seem to contradict one another, but I know (i.e., feel) there must be many ways of doing this successfully! 🙂 I would love any suggestions, advice, or ideas you have about this.

Thank you!

Lindsay December 2, 2011 at 9:15 am

Shauna – this is a GREAT question and I think it’s important for people who do your kind of work as well as people who do body work (Reiki practitioners, massage therapists, etc…). I’m going to send you an email about this over the weekend once I have more time to type up my response!

Jodi Chapman December 2, 2011 at 11:33 pm

Hi Shauna,
This is such a great question! I imagine my shield being more like a screen rather than a barrier – it lets in the good energy and keeps out the negativity. I hope this helps! 🙂

Andrea Friedmann December 5, 2011 at 6:36 am

shauna, my experience has been that I am able to sustain deeper connections when my energy is protected. As others have said, the shield keeps out what is harmful, depleting, distracting, etc., but the intention behind it is not to shut out the world.

Especially in the helping professions and when working in close proximity with someone (emotional or physical) who may want or need something from us, we are vulnerable to giving up our own energy or take on someone else’s. It seems to me that the passing of energy in this context is mainly unconscious, so it’s REALLY important to use a shield, for our own sake, and also because we are in better shape to offer our assistance effectively.

Lindsay December 6, 2011 at 12:00 pm

GREAT advice, Andrea! Shauna – does this help? I’m sorry I haven’t emailed yet – you know how life kinda gets in the way! 🙂

Sol | Some Insight Required December 2, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Hello there, Jodi and Lindsay! I always like it when the J and L comes together – they are such similar letters!

Hmm.. I might try putting up a shield. I mean, I hear a lot of noise inside my mind when I’m in large crowds and I get a headache, so it’s possible that I pick up on psychic energy! Certainly will try it out, but what if it doesn’t work? Because my mind sometimes works against me.

Oh and some shameless self – promotion: I’ve got a FB page on my blog! Please Like and I’ll be very happy, though, if you don’t read the blog.. that’s OK! Thanks.

and thanks for the post as well. Gave me some insights 🙂

Lindsay December 3, 2011 at 11:04 am

Well, you gotta give it a try to see if it will work! And if it doesn’t, I suppose you’re no worse off than you were before? LOL

Provide the link here in the comments, Sol, so people can go “like” it! I just did. 🙂

And you know what…I love J and L together, too. Always have, but never really thought about it!

Jodi Chapman December 2, 2011 at 11:35 pm

I definitely can relate – if I’m in a crowd of people and forget to put my shield up, I will come home exhausted with a headache. So I would venture to say that you are definitely picking up all sorts of energy, too. It is super easy to try and see how you feel. I have a feeling it will work beautifully for you! 🙂

Julie | A Clear Sign December 3, 2011 at 5:40 pm

Hi Jodi and Lindsay,

Sorry I am so late getting over here to comment on this, which I read when it came out (been a little busy over at my place, ya know!)

I sure do notice everyone’s energy, and certainly have had my share of #1 and #2, mostly #2. I never have intentionally put up a shield, but a couple of things I do are similar/same (maybe):

Put mirrors around my heart (got this one from Slade and it is fantastic)

Use the Zip Up technique that Lisa posted a video on a while back

Do my 6 bubbles and violet flame

I think the main thing is to set the intention. I like your thought Jodi of keeping out what you don’t want and still being able to take in what you do. Sometimes when I think I am going into a “situation” I just cover myself with pink goo…that works pretty well, too.

Lindsay December 6, 2011 at 11:59 am

Hi Julie! What are the 6 bubbles? I’m not sure I’ve heard that method. I practiced your pink goo method the other day and it really worked!

Julie | A Clear Sign December 10, 2011 at 6:41 am


The 6 bubbles are the spheres of protection.

Shauna December 8, 2011 at 9:54 am

Thank you, Jodi, Lindsay, and Andrea for your responses to my question – your insights make perfect sense and help me understand this in a new way. I really like the idea of a screen – it lets the breeze come in without the bugs. 🙂 Thank you!

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