Can You Shield Yourself From Bad Energy?

Many of us are in tune with the energy of those around us. As a Makeup Artist that works one on one with people all the time, it’s a massive part of being good at my job! But if taking on the energy of those around you has a negative impact, what can you do to stop it?

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Whether or not you are in tune with the energy of those around you and your surroundings, most of us experience good and bad ‘gut feelings’. These come about people and places, and we should listen to them! When out and about we can try to be more alert to the people who might have a negative impact on our moods or wellbeing, and shield ourselves from this, with rituals, or simply steering clear! But when we’re at home, can we shield ourselves from bad energy, or rid our home spaces from negative energy for good? Many people believe that we can, so this season, as we prepare to get cosy at home, let’s make sure our favourite places are clear from negativity and practice a cleansing ritual or two that might make for a happier homelife.

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How To Remove Bad Energy At Home

Before we start, it’s worth noting that many people believe that performing cleansing rituals in line with the moon’s cycle has the highest impact, so aiming for the new moon is a great time to begin.


Let as much natural light into your home as possible. In addition, one energy cleansing ritual involves imagining filling a space with bright white light, so close your eyes and imagine a bright white light radiating out of you into all corners of the room. Those of you who are used to meditating will find this exercise easier. You can read my guide to meditation here.

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Burning dried white sage or palo santo wood is an ancient cleansing ritual that has historic ties with Native Americans and a practice used by shamans around the world. It is important to be culturally sensitive to these rituals so it is also possible to create your own incense blend to cleanse a space, finding a scent that is personal to you and attaching purpose to the ritual. You can also employ different scents for different purposes, many use sage to clear, but lavender to restore calm to a space.


Some people believe that keeping salt in the corners of a room or a home can protect the energy of a space, so this is a good one to try in your kitchen. Having salt scattered throughout the rest of your house might not be quite so easy, though! Although having a salt lamp in the corner of your bedroom would provide a warming glow.


Once you’ve cleansed your space of bad energy, you can further protect yourself by utilising crystals. Forever popular in the beauty world, you can check out my guide to crystals and opt for those with protective qualities like black tourmaline or onyx. In the same way that the new moon is a good time for cleansing, the full moon is the time for recharging, and many believe that leaving crystals out under the full moon recharges them. Taking a crystal out and about with you can symbolise this at-home protection when you’re on the move, and help you from taking on negative energy when you’re away from home, too.

I’d love to hear how you protect yourself from bad energy!

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