Psychic Protection – Tips and Techniques for Clearing Yourself and Your Space of Negative or Toxic Energy

by Anne Reith, Ph.D.
Sage and crystals that can clear negative energy
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Using sage or crystals to clear negative energy

Do you still need to clear energy if you use psychic protection techniques?

Whether or not you think you currently identify as being an HSP, clairsentient, or empath, everyone’s physical space can become “clogged” with negative or toxic energy. It’s also possible for anyone to absorb the physical pain or emotional state of others.

For this reason, it’s important that we learn about and then engage in BOTH of the following actions:

  • Psychic Protection Techniques: These actions are often taken before or during events. The following Blog post provides many different suggestion regarding how to do this:
  • Clearing Techniques: These are usually used after an event in order to clear yourself and your space of negative or toxic energy. This is the topic of the present Blog post.

Why are both of these important? Even if we may engage in regular psychic protection techniques, there will still be times when we absorb negative or toxic energy. Sometimes this happens because we aren’t feeling very well or our “guard is down.” Other times, we are in a situation where it’s challenging to control the type of energy we will encounter (e.g., shared work space, hotel rooms, large events).

Consequently, clearing our energy is important for everyone, and especially important for Lightworkers, HSPs, clairsentients, and empaths. We all need to learn how to:

  • Clear your energy system (e.g., aura, chakras, meridians)
  • Clear the space around us (e.g., home, office)

By engaging in regular clearing techniques, we are able to maintain a clean and clear energy system and environment. This supports our mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual well being. It also allows us to be a clear channeling for Divine information and energy.

Suggested techniques for clearing yourself and your environment of negative energy

Just as with psychic protection techniques, there are many ways that we can clear ourselves or the space around us. There are so many possibilities that it would be impossible to cover them all in a single Blog post.

Also, I wish I could just tell you THE ONE RIGHT cleansing technique. That would make this discussion so much easier

Unfortunately, it’s been proven to me over and over again that there truly is no one “right way.” What works for one person may not work for someone else. Your job is to experiment until you find the way that works for YOU!

In this article, I have present some of the techniques that my students have found helpful. You can try these out and see if they work for you. However, please keepin mind that these are just possible options. If something works, great! If not, keeping doing your research and find a technique that works for you.

NOTE: Almost all of the following techniques can be used to either (a) cleanse your personal energy system and (b) the energy in the space around you.

Crystals and stones

Using crystals and stones to clear negative or toxic energy is a very common and effective approach. There are quite a few that work very well, including amethyst, kyanite, selenite, and toumaline. You can wear the crystal or stone (e.g., pendants, rings), position them so they are touching an object (e.g., on top of a deck of tarot cards), or place them in a room.

Personally, I have found the following 2 stones to be very effective. I have recommended them to many people for over 20 years:

  • Kyanite – This stone will absorb negative energy and automatically transmute it into positive energy. Kyanite never needs to be cleared or cleansed, which is very convenient. However, it is also very fragile, especially in its rough (unpolished) form. It comes in various colors, although blue is the most common and often the least expensive.
  • Selenite – This stone will also absorb negative energy and automatically transmute it into positive energy. However, selenite does need to be cleansed periodically in order to continue working effectively. Just be careful not to put it into water because it will eventually dissolve. Putting it in the sun is often an easy way to cleanse and empower it. However, as is true with kyanite, selenite is fragile, especially in its rough (unpolished) form.


Water is know to absorb negative energy. It also increases the amount of negative ions (the good kind) in a location, which is why we often feel better after we spend time at the beach or near a waterfall.

Being near any running water can be very cleansing, but having the water touching your body is ideal. For example:

  • Taking a shower – Water absorbs negative energy.  Some options:
    • You can stand under the water and ask your guides to remove any negative energy. 
    • You can also imagine the water that is running over your body is changing colors.  The colors can be those associated with the primary chakras (i.e., red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet).  As the colored water flows over you, set the intention that the color will cleanse the associated chakra.  (NOTE: I love this technique. I usually end with the color white.)
    • Some people report that it is very cleansing to wash their hair. Unlike the surface of the body that is flat, it is believed that negative energy can more easily get trapped in hair because there are so many “sides” and “layers” to it. (NOTE: When I have been exposed to particularly toxic energy, I will shampoo my hair twice, just to be sure.)
  • Taking a bath – The advantage of a bath over a shower is that you can add salt to the water. As discussed in the last section of this post, salt extracts negative energy, holds onto it, and then can be sent down the drain once you are done with your bath. 
    • NOTE: If you aren’t a bath person but you like the idea of using salt, then you can use a salt scrub or soap with salt in it.


Smudging is a very commonly used technique for purifying or cleansing a space or person using sacred smoke. It is also believed to invite in positive energy. You can use the following smudging technique to cleanse yourself, an area, and/or any tools used during metaphysical work (e.g., crystals/stone, oracle/tarot cards, runes).

Died plants or herbs are bound together in what are referred to as a smudging stick or wand. The most commonly used substance in a smudging stick is white sage. Other substances include black sage, sweetgrass, palo santo, or cedar.

Although there are MANY ways to smudge, here are the directions for one method:

  • First, you will need to ignite the smudging stick and then blow out the flame.  The smudging stick should ONLY be emitting smoke. There should be no flame. The smoke is the cleansing agent. 
  • Then depending on what you want to cleanse:
    • To cleanse yourself, CAREFULLY circle your body 3 times around your head, 3 times around your torso, and 3 times around your legs. 
    • To cleanse an object, circle the object 3 times with the smudging stick.
    • If cleansing a space, walk about the room while creating a circular motion with your arm that is holding the smudging stick.
  • With each circle, you can repeat the phrase, “I cleanse (insert myself/this space/this object) of any negative energy.” 
  • Once you are done, be careful to properly extinguish the smudging stick or wand. Placing the end of the wand in a bowl of sand is ideal. You can also press the end of it into a shell or place the end under running water. Even after you have done this, be sure to place the smudging stick on a surface or in a container that is fireproof and that will not be harmed by falling ash.

VERY IMPORTANT NOTE:  Be very careful when using smudging.  The smudging stick is smoldering; this means that it is very hot. It can ignite loose clothes if touched, or it can burn other surfaces if dropped.  Ash that falls off of the smudging stick is also hot and can ignite fabric or burn a surface. 

Other techniques to clear negative energy

As previously mentioned, there are many clearing and cleansing techniques that can be highly effective. Here are just a few suggestions:

  • Sunshine or Moonshine: Sit in the sunshine or moonshine.
    • NOTE: Some people find sunshine more cleansing and moonshine more soothing.
  • Mother Nature: There are many options:
    • Take a walk in nature.
    • Sit on the ground.
    • Put your bare feet on grass or dirt.
    • “Hug a tree.”
    • Ask Mother Nature to absorb any negative energy.
  • Salt: In addition to being used for psychic protection, salt is also believed to absorb and hold onto negative energy. It does need to be replaced periodically. You can put salt anywhere in your home/office, at the 4 corners of your home/office, and/or on both sides of your doors. It does not need to be visible. Most people believe that any type of salt is fine, but you might have a preferences (e.g., sea salt, Himalayan pink salt). Although a bowl of table salt is fine, water softener tablets work well for this purpose. (NOTE: I have salt tablets scattered throughout my home. I swap them out with new tablets about once a month. I even take them when I travel.)
  • Sound: Use sound to clear a space (e.g., toning, chanting, crystal bowls, tuning forks, drumming).
  • Reiki: If you are trained in the energy healing technique Reiki, it can be used to remove negative energy and clear yourself. You can also use Reiki to energetically balance your chakras, this can also be very cleansing. The following link will provide you with more information about Reiki.
  • Ho’oponopono: This is an ancient Hawaiian spiritual practice that is incredibly simple. It can be used by anyone to clear a space or yourself of energetic blocks. Like Reiki, Ho’oponopono is also used for healing purposes. The following link provides directions:

Highly sensitive person (HSP), clairsentients, and empaths

IMPORTANT NOTE: For those who identify as HSPs, empaths, or clairsenstients, be sure to read the last 2 sections of this Blog post for special information and guidance.

If you are reading this article, it is very likely that you fall into one or more of the following categories:

  • Highly Sensitive Person (or HSP): Much has now been written about HSPs. In a nutshell, we constitute about 30% of the population and we have a nervous system that is more sensitive when compared to the majority of the population. A full discussion of HSPs is beyond the scope of this article. However, it’s particularly important that HSPs learn how to manage their energy, both within and around themselves. HSPs are super sensitive to energy, and this can be beneficial or challenging:
    • Benefits of being an HSP: Among many other advantages, we usually are compassionate, caring individuals who want to help others, often are relationship focused, and are good communicators. We often are very good at processing “deep,” emotional information, which can make for excellent caregivers or counselors. Additionally, HSPs are very intuitive and can make excellent psychics, mediums, and healers.
    • Challenges of being an HSP: Western society is not designed for HSPs. Because of our very sensitive nervous systems, we tend to be described as “too sensitive.” When it comes to processing sensory information, this can include everything from bright lights, loud noises, strong smells, etc. But we also are more sensitive to emotions. Because of our intuitive natures, we may knowingly or unknowingly absorb the physical pain (clairsentients) or emotional issues (empaths) that is present in a space or with a person you are with.
  • Clairsentients & Empaths: Clairsentients and empaths are almost always HSPs. Additionally, I believe that empaths are a subtype of clairsentients. Both of these have a spiritual gift that allows them to feel what another person is feeling. This is helpful if the person you are helping isn’t communicating what they are experiencing and it woudl help you to know. However, it can also be challenging because you need to learn how to let go of whatever you are perceiving that is not yours. (NOTE: See next 2 sections.) Here are brief descriptions:
    • Clairsentients: Those with this gift are able to feel within their body what another person is feeling in theirs. So for example, if they are around someone who has a headache, then they will start to get a headache.
    • Empaths: Rather than taking on the physical issues of a ntoehr person, empaths take on the emotional state of another person. So for example, if they are with someone who is angry, then they may become to feel irritable or angry.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Special guidance for HSPs, clairsentients, and emphaths

If you are an HSP, empath, or clairsentient, then you have the ability to absorb the energy, emotions, and/or physical pain of others. This is a special gift. And yes, it is a gift, although it often doesn’t feel like it.

What I want you to know is that YOU DO HAVE CONTROL OVER THIS GIFT! Accepting this may be the hardest and most important lesson you need to learn.

If the energy/emotions/pain that you have “taken on” is not yours, then you need to come to understand that you are consciously or unconsciously choosing to take it on. Although it may feel like it’s beyond your control, the Law of Free Will says that it’s your choice.

Why, you might ask, would you choose to cause yourself pain? Because of your huge heart. You want to help, and you have the ability to siphon off someone’s pain. It’s become a habit. One you aren’t even conscious of anymore.

But as someone who is extremely empathic, I can assure you that you don’t need to take on someone’s pain. You need to learn that it is not your responsibility. We each have enough of our own “stuff.”

And believe me, if I can learn how to control this gift (and it IS a gift), then you can, too. But it takes accepting that you aren’t responsible for taking away the pain of others before you will be able to control this ability. It’s a learning process, but you can do it!


  • If you read that section and are arguing with me in your head or breaking out in a cold sweat, then you might benefit from working with a spiritual coach or counselor. It’s likely that you are co-dependent and have been trained through childhood experiences to be responsible for taking care of others. It’s OK to ask for help!
  • Be sure to see the special technique for empaths and clairsentients (and everyone!) that is described below.

SPECIAL TECHNIQUE: An incredibly effective technique for HSPs, clairsentients, and empaths

I have been teaching the following technique for years, and I cannot tell you have many times I’ve been told that it has changed someone’s life. I know it changed mine!

As mentioned above, HSP’s, empaths, and clairsentieents possess the ability to consciously or unconsciously absorb or “take on” the emotions of others.  If you have a tendency to do this, then it can sometimes be difficult to tell the difference between (a) what might be your body sensation or your emotion and (b) what you might have absorbed from those around you. 

Here’s a simple but often highly effective technique that (a) can help you determine if what you are experiencing is yours or someone else’s and (b) cleanse you of energy that is not yours.  Try it! It works!

DIRECTIONS: As soon as you begin to feel or experience something that you aren’t sure is yours (or even if you already know that it isn’t yours), then repeat the following phrase firmly (several times if it makes you feel better):

“If this is not mine, please take it away!”

Due to the Law of Free Will, if the energy is not yours and you tell your guides/spiritual helpers that you do not want to experience this body sensation or emotion any longer, then they will take it away. 

NOTE: I usually repeat this phrase 3 times because I want to be sure my guides/spiritual helpers know that I’m very serious!

If it does not go away after a period of time, then either:

  • It is likely your body sensation or emotion.
  • You may consciously or subconsciously believe that it is your duty or responsibility to take on the pain of others. This is how I define co-dependency. I know this disorder well because I am a recovering co-dependent and I specialize in treating co-dependency when I was working as a Psychologist. If you believe you might be (or know you are) co-dependent, then I encourage you to take any action necessary to heal. However, I have found that true healing from co-dependency often requires working with a coach or counselor. It’s a very difficult issue to self-treat because everyone around you will want you to continue being co-dependent. We are wonderful people. We are dedicated (often to our detriment) to take care of others. Who wouldn’t want to be around a co-dependent?! Consequently, those around you may not want you to heal. This makes healing very challenging without outside, professional support. You deserve to heal! Your life will get so much better if you do, and you’ll actually be better able to effectively help others if you heal yourself first!
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