4 Ways Humans Exchange Energy and Strategies for Protection

Updated on January 6, 2020
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Busy, crowded places can quickly drain your energy and overwhelm you in your daily life if you aren't careful.
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Energy exists all around us. Every aspect of our world consists of energy in varied degrees of vibrational density. From the divine energy that created your soul to the negative energy created through the judgment of a damaged person, the energy that surrounds us is constantly moving and changing, redefining us and everything around us.

Loving energy vibrates at a higher frequency while darker energy vibrates at a lower frequency. The happier the energy, the higher the frequency. This is all part of the Great Creator’s design for the human experience, known as “The Polarity of Life” principle.

Just as there are three aspects of our incarnated soul—the mind, body, and spirit—there are four ways that humans exchange energy. These exchanges occur through:

  1. Thought (mind)
  2. Physical contact (body)
  3. Spiritual Centers, known as our chakras (spirit)
  4. Mass Energy

1. The Mind Aspect

Energy does not dissipate or fade. It combines and redefines itself, while influencing you as you move through life. The truth is that your core energy is imposed upon countless times on a daily basis because the most common method of energy exchange between humans is core-to-core transfer.

The most common method of core-to-core transfer is through thoughts and words. Thoughts generate words, and words create energy, so when someone speaks to you their energy is attempting to alter your energy.

In order for someone to alter your energy with their words you have to believe what they are saying. Otherwise, their words will have no impact on you. This mental resolve is known as Mental Fortitude, and it is a key element in any incarnation, just like karma. It is vital to your spiritual growth and your ability to achieve your life mission.

What Is Mental Fortitude?

Mental fortitude is your ability to stay focused and follow the teachings of your mentor (prior to your incarnation) to achieve your life mission. In fact, the weaker your mental fortitude, the more you will struggle in all aspects of life, and achievement of anything you try will be a struggle.

The saddest aspect of a weakened mental fortitude in a soul is that the weakness is self-imposed because that soul allowed the words and beliefs of another to redefine how that soul viewed his spiritual self. A strong mental fortitude never allows anyone to change their belief in the divine beauty that created them, which is the foundation of their spiritual self.

Think about it: the Great Creator designed you. So, who are you—or anyone else—to judge His work? I would love for the Great Creator to interrupt each and every one of us during our moments of self-loathing and say, “Excuse me, but why are you disrespecting my work? I did not create you so that you could demean yourself and let others abuse your goodness. What are you doing with my beautiful creation? I put thought into you. I personally designed your beauty and grace, and I gave you a unique gift to share with the world around you. This is not why you incarnated so snap out of it!”

The most common method of core-to-core transfer is through thoughts and words.
The most common method of core-to-core transfer is through thoughts and words.

2. The Body Aspect

Physical touch is a very powerful way to share energy. Where the energy generated from thoughts and words can only combine with our core energy if we invite it in, the energy exchange that occurs through physical contact is instantaneous. There is no contemplation involved because touch is reality where thought and words are open to interpretation.

Like every other aspect of our world, the Polarity of Live provides us with the necessary elements for choice and spiritual growth:

  • To touch another person in any way that is not beneficial to their spiritual growth is wrong. To touch another person to feed your needs instead of their needs is wrong.

  • To use your hands to lift up the broken, protect the frightened, heal the injured, or steady the unsure creates positive energy that is immediately shared between everyone involved.

If you choose to strike down, restrain, or cause any type of pain (physical or emotional) through physical contact the negative Karma you will place upon yourself will be immense, because you will carry not only the Karma associated with your hurtful act, but all Karma associated with the Karmic Ripple you set in motion the moment you chose to lash out at another human being.

For more information on Karmic Ripples, see my article on Karma and Your Spiritual Self.

3. The Spiritual Aspect

Another way for energy to redefine us is through our spiritual channels, known as our chakra system or seven spiritual centers. All energy can be defined by type, and energy is drawn to the spiritual center associated with its energy. While positive energy can serve to rejuvenate a chakra, negative energy that can clog or even close down a chakra.

For example, when someone tells you that they love you, what you feel in your heart is the human emotion created by that energy entering your core through the heart chakra. If someone tells you that they do not love you anymore, you also feel the human emotion of rejection in your heart chakra as that energy moves through and into your core.

4. Mass Energy

The larger a gathering, the more powerful our energy becomes as it seeks out similar energy and attaches itself, combining and redefining its vibrational aspect. A good example is a rock concert. Rock stars will tell you that there is nothing more exhilarating than performing on stage in front of large crowds. The reason is that they are receiving the combined energy of thousands of adoring friends. Adoration is a powerful energy because you are giving or sharing the best part of yourself, your joy and love with the person you adore, so when someone is on stage and they have tens-of-thousands of people adoring them, the energy is overwhelming. The base chakra has to work very hard in those cases.

Because our world requires polarity for balance, this is also how negative energy travels through a crowd of people. It is how riots start. The more people who engage in the negative or destructive energy, the more powerful and overwhelming it becomes.

Cleansing your home is an important step in protecting your core with the diligence it deserves.
Cleansing your home is an important step in protecting your core with the diligence it deserves. | Source

Protect Your Chakra System and Your Core

I once had a spiritual teacher who placed her hand over her core when counseling people with negative energy. When you place your hand over your core, you are telling negative energy to “stay out." Although a symbolic gesture, it produces positive energy that redefines the negative energy trying to enter your core. Below are even more effective methods for psychic self-defense.

  1. Don't be a follower. If you’re around a person that loves to gossip and speak down on others, refrain from joining them for the sake of conversation. Remember who you are and what energy you want to put out to the world. Stay true to yourself, and establish boundaries with people when you need to.
  2. Use a mantra. Reciting affirmations is a powerful method for neutralizing someone else's negative energy. Creating a specific intention will allow you to stay balanced and remove all sorts of obstacles from your life.
  3. Ground yourself. For deep healing and to find yourself, ground yourself with the energy of the earth. Take a walk through your neighborhood or a nearby park if you can.
  4. Use crystals. Strategically place crystals around your home (especially where you sleep.) The most effective crystals for protection against disagreeable energy are the dark stones because they possess the infinite capacity to absorb negative energy.
  5. Build a home sanctuary. Sometimes building a sanctuary means smudging your home with sage and staying on top of your chores; other times it means disallowing any distractions or bad energy from disturbing your bath; for others it may mean building an ancestral altar. The idea is to focus your attention on whatever makes your home it's own safe space.

Surrender to Your Breath

If you suspect you are picking up someone else’s negativity, focus on your breathing for a few minutes. To purify fear and pain, try visualizing yourself exhaling stress and inhaling calm. Picture disagreeable emotions as a black fog lifting from your body, and wellness as a clear light entering it. Breathing exercises are a good way to balance yourself and remain grounded.

How to Clense Negative Energy

If you are a person who is already bound up in your own negative feelings and energy or the energy of others then you need a strategy for dealing with the problem. Here, I will detail the I.O.B method for dealing with negative energy that was made famous by Donald Michaels.


Perhaps the most challenging part of this technique is defining what you want to eliminate out of your life. If you want to get rid of the depression, and you don’t eliminate the cause of that depression, the problem may pop up in a more serious way. Spend time contemplating what is the actual root cause of the issue, and move on when you are certain.


The mind works well with images. In this step of the technique you will create an image of what exactly you want to eliminate. If you believe you get angry too easily and want to stop that, you would create mental images of anger. You could also make actual drawings or collages of the image. In the case of a psychic attack, focus on a representation of the attack and not the person so that you do not accumulate negative karma. Similarly, if you want to get over a person you care about, don’t make a type of doll or image of the person. Instead, make an image of the feelings you no longer want to have for that person. You may want to name your image, but don’t give it the name of a person you know.


You can banish the negativity now that it is bound in spirit with a name and form. This process involves calling upon the spirit, visualizing it before you, breathing deeply, and severing the cord that bounds you to the entity.

Taking Accountability of the Energy You Exude

If we wish to manifest a kinder world, we need to take accountability of the energy that we put out.

  • Always be genuine in your interactions with everyone you meet. Try putting on a smile on your worst day to see where it takes you.
  • If the Law of Polarity leads you to regress during your spiritual journey, find a way to banish the energy created from the disagreement, so that it doesn't simmer and cause or anyone else more harm.
  • The absolute best way to purify your energy is through meditation. The stillness of meditation has a profound healing effect on our being.
  • Bring your attention to the specific energy and call upon the universe to transmute the energy into pure positivity. There are many visualizations that you can use to accomplish this.

Energy surrounds us. it is constantly in vibrating and changing itself. The energy that we permit can be put under our control with practice.

Questions & Answers

  • What should you do if you feel like you’ve recently been fooled and now your core has saturated with negative energy?

    I'm sorry to hear that you feel saturated with negative energy. Since I do not know the specifics of your situation, it would be irresponsible of me to comment on a specific treatment. Please move forward in a positive manner and read my article on cleansing your core. Always respect yourself enough to rise above the negative actions of others. Negative behavior is taught behavior, so this person's actions may have less to do with you and more to do with who they are as a damaged soul. You can feel sorry for that person, but don't let his/her actions impact you in a negative manner.

  • How can I have better control over letting random peoples energies distract me in public?

    There's no simple solution that serves everyone. If you talk to someone or touch someone, you're going to exchange energy with them.

    You want to avoid the negative energy so be aware when conversing with others. You can always put your hand over your core while talking to a negative person. If you're empathic, I suggest you carry a protection stone on your person such as a Kyanite blade that will also ground you while blocking negative energy. Amethyst is also a good idea. These may sound strange but they are actually effective solutions.

  • Where is the human core located that needs to be protected?

    It basically sits behind your solar plexus chakra but extends down to just above your sacral chakra. Please refer to the drawing for the location of the core. When you feel queasy or "off" in your solar plexus chakra, check your throat chakra. If it is pulsing or also feels "off," you are taking in someone else's energy. The quickest way to break the flow is to remove yourself and/or place your hands over your throat and solar plexus chakras until they stop pulsing.

  • I currently live with a man who is constantly negative. He is a good person and when things are good they are GREAT but he is constantly on an emotional roller coaster ride. I've even thought that he suffers from Bi-Polar depression. When he goes through these episodes, I seem to join him in his misery because I feel so terrible for him. It just sucks me in. What should I do?

    I STRONGLY suggest that your partner/roommate seek medical evaluation. It sounds like he might be suffering from manic depression. There is no need for him to suffer daily with a negative outlook (energy) if medication can bring balance to his life. When a person is saturated with negative energy, their thinking and logic become cluttered, and joy becomes elusive. He needs to clear the clutter, and that is going to require energy work, and possibly medication.

    I suggest that you both seek the services of a Reiki Master who can clear the negative energy. Make sure you see a Reiki Master, not someone who is still learning while practicing. In your case, releasing negative energy should become a daily occurrence during his bouts of depression. I strongly suggest "Ethereal Meditation, meditations and visualizations for health, healing and spiritual clarity", which is available on Amazon. It will teach you how to control the energy around you and keep your energy field clear of negative debris. You cannot control his energy, but you can learn to protect yourself from it, and even clear and transmute that energy, which will also help him. Another suggestion is a Native American tradition of saging the home with a white sage stick, which clears negative energy from a space. Sage sticks are easy to find online. There is also a barrier oil by Ethereal Realm that you can purchase on Etsy. If you rub the oil on your throat and solar plexus chakras, it provides a protective barrier that fends off negative energy. It works well. I hope this helps you and good luck.

  • How does positive energy shift from a person to another person?

    I love that you asked about sharing positive energy. Positive energy moves between people the same way that negative energy does. If you surround yourself with positive people, you will benefit from that energy. It will lift you up and bless you with joy. Unfortunately, if you surround yourself with negative people, the opposite will occur, and you will need to protect yourself from the negative energy. For example: in the USA, most workers sit in small cubes for 8 hours a day while their auric fields bump up against one another in these cramped spaces. You cannot avoid sharing energy, even if you do not physically speak or touch. If the workplace is happy, the energy exchange is happy, because people bring the energy into the workplace. The same goes for events, large gatherings, homes, places of worship, etc. If more people would cleanse their energy field of negative energy and purposely seek to share positive energy as they go about their day, we would live in a kinder world.


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    • kredmond123 profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Redmond 

      3 months ago from Atlanta, GA

      Hi Elaine, Meditation is the best way to cleanse and align your chakras. I wrote a book on meditation that teaches people how to read their chakras, then clear and realign them while also clearing their spiritual core. I wrote it because I saw a need to help people "clear the clutter" caused by the energy they accumulate as they move through daily life. My book is available on Amazon (in books) and is titled Ethereal Meditation: Meditations and visualizations for health, healing, and happiness.

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      elaine w. 

      3 months ago

      how do i check in with my chakras?

    • kredmond123 profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Redmond 

      4 months ago from Atlanta, GA

      Dear MsRose777. The answer to your question is "Yes." Millions of people sense and see energy; be it positive or negative. Negative energy is always a dark shade, whereas light and love energy is white and often combined with lovely hues of blues, violet, and the other wonderful colors of our chakras. If you are able to see and feel the colors and vibrations of the energy within and around you, you have an intuitive gift. Please click on the contact author link at the top of this article if you have additional questions.

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      4 months ago

      Wonderful article and very enlightening! Question though- Is it possible to “feel” negative energy and see it as a dark color? New to trying to get in tuned with my chakras and trying to understand what I’m feeling/ sensing.

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      Karen Redmond 

      4 months ago from Atlanta, GA

      I would like to invite those who are interested in learning how to clear, control, and repurpose the energy around them to read Ethereal Meditation. I wrote this book on meditation and visualizations to teach people how to take control of the flow of personal and environmental energy, in order to bring about the spiritual peace and harmony that we all deserve. I hope you will check it out on Amazon.

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      Bel Filippone 

      12 months ago

      BEAUTIFUL article. Such beautiful content. Enlightening. Thank you so, so much :)

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      20 months ago

      I appreciate your Grace, honestly. Ever so often I'd lose sight of what's important because I fall victim to negative energies infiltrating my own. This is the kind of guidance I look for in times like these. I'm enthused already! Thank you.

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      2 years ago

      Very well observed and explained . Please it would be great if you could have added something about not to begrudging on realizing something dark side of yours...and how one can actually redefine their life at the same moment....

      thanks .... I personally liked it a lot and got some take away which would help me to be a happy and better person for self and environment

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      Shree Prakash 

      2 years ago

      I am a mother energy worshipper and I found your article scientific and simple -bless you

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      Karen Redmond 

      2 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I would like to invite readers to visit my new website at: authorkarenredmond.com and check out my latest book titled "Rise of Starseed Nation", which is the second book in my Terrastar Series. I would also like to ask for your support in joining my "Roar for Peace" campaign!

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      2 years ago


      This is a first article I read on you Blog, and it is great. Thank you!

      I looked for this topic deliberately, and I have a question. Do you believe or have some kind of information if people who associate together become similar, not only in their nature, character, but also in their body appearance, especially those who hang out together all the time and for a long time? I see that in dog owners and their pets, but I assume that in many cases people just choose dogs that resemble them.

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      Karen Redmond 

      4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Well said Uplifting Light. If we truly understood the value of our personal energy, and how it combines and redefines us as well as those around us, most of us would be more gracious, kind, and loving in our interaction with the world.

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      4 years ago from Flagstaff AZ

      Perpetual Transmutation of energy.

      I have seen it, felt it, and lived it.

      energies are transmittable

      life is the essence of energy in form.

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      5 years ago

      Good article. Lots of good information. I really have a hard time keeping my energy positive, I need to work on it more. Thanks for the information.


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