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Energy Vampires and What to Do About Them

Energy Vampires and What to Do About Them

Ever wonder why even just ten minutes in someoneís presence can make you feel completely drained of energy? The author of Dracula may have been on to something: energy vampires do exist, but theyíre not bad people, they just arenít a good match for your energy.

Short of stringing garlic around your neck, what can you do to mitigate the effects of time spent with an energy vampire? Here is a simple technique to ward off that drained-of-life feeling, and some pointers for recognizing the effect that other people have on your energy level:

You donít need to judge someone who is an energy vampire for you: keep in mind that one personís energy vampire may be another personís energy angel. Itís all about how that personís energy melds with your own.

That said, here are the telltale signs of a bad energetic match:

1. You often get unaccountably depressed after time spent with the person, even though your mind often tells you, ďBut theyĎre really nice!Ē

2. After time in this personís company, your energy level drops so that you feel exhausted or lethargic. If you spend many hours with them, you could even get physically sick.

3. You find yourself groaning inwardly or dreading it when you know you are going to be in the presence of this person.

4. Even thinking of them makes you feel low or tired.

When you canít avoid spending time in the presence of someone that you know is an energy vampire for you, try this helpful technique. It calls on the power of an ancient Hindu mudra, or hand position:

1. Imagine that you are surrounded by a golden-yellow egg of warm healthy light.

2. Make two circles by touching together the middle fingers and thumbs of both hands, then interlock them.

3. Hold your hand in this position in front of your solar plexus.

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By Cait Johnson, author of Earth, Water, Fire, and Air (SkyLight Paths, 2003).

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Cait Johnson

Cait Johnson, MFA, is the author of six books, including Earth, Water, Fire, and Air: Essential Ways of Connecting to Spirit, Witch in the Kitchen, Celebrating the Great Mother and Tarot Games. She has been a counselor for more than 20 years, and teaches workshops on seasonal elemental approaches to self-healing, conscious eating, and soul-nurturing creativity.

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2:10AM PDT on Jun 4, 2011

Thanks for the article.

2:04AM PDT on May 25, 2011

OK, so what happens if you are related to them?

9:40PM PDT on Mar 15, 2011

thats not vampirism, thats having issues

3:07PM PST on Mar 8, 2011

This is a good book if you or someone you love is an energy vampire:

5:02PM PST on Feb 23, 2011

thats not vampiric. thats just being mean. having a heavy bitter soul. that's having issues.

7:05PM PST on Nov 7, 2010

I have another hand position that always makes me feel better.

9:50PM PDT on Nov 6, 2010

Thank you, very well put.A mis-match of energy. Sometimes people who try to give too much can tire you out if you're very self-contained. Like wise, if you're trying to give people more than they can recieve because they feel they don't deserve it can be very tireing.Finding a way to stay ballanced within the fluctuations is key.

10:05AM PDT on Oct 14, 2010

Energy vampires are what we used to identify by saying someone was a "drag."

3:25PM PDT on Jul 22, 2010

Noted, thanks!

7:43AM PDT on Jun 15, 2010

Very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

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