by Leigh Hopkins
This morning I woke up full of energy — I was feeling happy and excited about the day. I decided to treat myself to a cup of coffee and the paper at my neighborhood coffee shop. I even found a perfect corner table by the window.
Within 5 minutes, I was feeling really funky. 15 minutes later I was downright depressed. As I walked home, I looked around at my beautiful neighborhood with its colorful gardens and cheerful people waving hello on their way to work. What could I be so sad about — what was going on?!
Whenever I experience a very sudden shift in mood, I have a habit of doing a quick personal check-in. Today, it went something like this:
What are you feeling so sad about?
I don’t know — maybe because I’m so busy?
But you LOVE your work.
I know! So it’s not that. Maybe it’s something I ate?
Nope, you’ve haven’t had processed sugar in a long time — sugar blues usually make you sad. You’ve been eating really well.
I sat down on a park bench to retrace my steps. This morning I woke up happy, walked the dog, went to my favorite coffee shop, sat down, and felt sad.
Then I thought about the table where I’d been sitting and suddenly it hit me: I had been sitting at my ex’s favorite table! And knowing his schedule, he’d probably left the coffee shop just minutes before I arrived. Yikes — that’s it!
People who are very sensitive (also referred to as “empaths” or clarsentients) can pick up on the emotions left behind by other people. In my case, I may not have been picking up on my ex’s mood, but it’s more likely that being back in his energetic field (something I chose to leave a long time ago) may have put me in a funk.
I decided to test my theory. While sitting on my park bench, I did a short clearing exercise to see if the sad mood would lift. Within 60 seconds, my usual cheery disposition was back. Just like that, my emotions belonged to me again.
If you’re someone who is particularly sensitive to the moods of others, you may be clairsentient — a “psychic sponge.” When you notice a sudden shift in mood, do a quick inventory and retrace your steps.
Some of the biggest offenders of psychic ick are grocery stores, restaurants, and social media — especially Facebook. If you regularly receive notifications from people who tend to post angry or depressed comments, turn off the notifications and check in on them on your own terms, when you have some extra light to give. You may be particularly vulnerable to the violent energy of TV news, so consider taking a break for a week to see if your mood shifts. After years of being a political news junkie, I have stopped watching the news altogether, and only receive my news online, when I choose to read it.
A final note: chronic depression is a very serious illness, and last week’s news about Robin Williams’ death was very difficult for many of us. Energetic clearing or energy healing like Reiki can be a very important part of your regular wellness routine, but if you have been experiencing prolonged mood disruption, please seek additional support.
Your spark matters, and we need your light.
Leigh Hopkins is the Director of Viva Institute, a virtual retreat center for modern mystics. In 2010, she left a 20-year career in education reform and public policy to create virtual retreat center for modern mystics. From 2010-2012 Leigh ran Viva Institute’s retreat center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She has a Masters and Bachelors Degree in Education, is a Certified Usui Reiki Master, and has a certification in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University.
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