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Staying Grounded
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Avoiding The Energy Vampires

By James Donahue

My wife and I lived for a while in Sedona, Arizona, among people who were into esoteric life styles. The shops were full of crystals, books by the great masters of the occult, and the people celebrated the movements of the sun and stars more than they did the Christian holidays.

Not long after arriving in that community we noticed how exhausted we were after a simple shopping trip to the grocery store or just taking a walk through that interesting community. We soon discovered that we were the victims of energy vampires…the people who knew how to move in close and drain our bodily energies without our knowing what they were doing.
A friend told us about this phenomenon and gave us some good advice on how to defend ourselves. Strangely, it involved a simple trick of the mind. Before we left the house we grounded ourselves. That is, we imagined sending our personal energy from the heart shockra at the center of our body as a shaft of power through our feet and right to the center of the Earth. Having done this, we found that we were free to walk among the vampires and there would be no ill effect. They could not take our energy.

Since this all appeared to be based on mind games, I always wondered if we had been living in some kind of fantasy world or if the energy vampires really existed in Sedona. Our extreme loss of energy rarely happened in any other place we lived.

A report by a biological research team led by Dr. Olaf Kruse at Bielefeld University recently caught my attention. It seems that the team found that the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii has the ability to draw energy not only from photosynthesis, but from other plants.

The researchers theorized that other plants, and even humans, have the same ability to steal energy from people that get in our space.
Dr. Olivia Bader-Lee, a psychologist and energy healer, said our physical bodies are like sponges that literally soak up the environment. Some of us feel uncomfortable when others get too close to us . . . we call it “in our space.” She said we are especially sensitive while in group settings where there is a mixture of energy and emotions.

“When energy studies become more advanced in the coming years, we will eventually see this (the algae research) translated to human beings as well,” Bader-Lee said. “The human organism is very much like a plant. It draws needed energy to feed emotional states and this can essentially energize cells or cause increases in cortisol and catabolize cells depending on the emotional trigger.

Not only this, but Bader-Lee said she believes humans have the capability of healing each other through energy transfer. Those of us who have been especially close to household pets, especially cats, have become aware that the animal has the ability to heal us when we are sick or injured. Cats have been known to lie directly on the sore spot and bring comfort through the gentle vibrations of its purring.
Bader-Lee said a simple walk through a park or a wooded area also can be a healing experience. Even the trees can naturally heal and give us energy.

This energy transfer can work both ways. We all have the ability to receive energy from those around us. Thus, if we are not careful and have little regard for others, we have the ability to steal energy, especially while in a crowd.

Now that you know this, my advice is to keep yourself grounded every time you prepare to leave the house. That will keep the energy vampires out of your space, and help keep you out of theirs.