Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Spiritual Awareness -How Empaths Can Shield Negative Energies by D.G. Kaye

Explore the spiritual side of our natures as D.G. Kaye shares her experiences and research into this element of our lives.

Welcome back to my second post in my empath series. As I discussed in Spiritual Awareness – Communicating through Spiritual Energy #Empaths, there are ways to help us shield ourselves from some of the negative energies that grab hold of us. So today I’m writing about empathic shielding.

How Empaths Can Shield Negative Energies


As empaths we absorb thoughts, feelings, and emotions of others. We are highly sensitive to energies, people, places, and nature.

For those of us who are empaths and often find ourselves being caught up in people’s orbits who constantly lean to us when their life is in turmoil, just know there is help for us to shield ourselves from being drained by low energies, we have only to learn how to use these tools.

The difference between being empathetic and being an empath is empathetic people feel for someone’s unhappy situation whereas an empath actually takes in the vibes of that someone, almost like a sponge absorbing feelings, and feels their emotion within, regardless of the emotion they are giving off whether happy, sad, angry etc.

When we’re around negative people giving off their vibes and toxic energy, there are a few things we can do to repel those energies from penetrating into our own emotions.

How can we avoid attracting these negative energies when we’re empaths who tend to attract too many feelings? Only what we allow ourselves to give our power to is what can affect us. What permits other’s energy to enter us is when we sympathize with them, leaving us feeling compelled to help. We as empaths, have a dire need to fix people, creating a bond between us and the person in need. We absorb their need for help and that energy stays within us, depleting our own positive energy.

A good head start to avoiding energy draining is to stay protected by first paying attention to our senses. If we begin to feel sensory overload from toxic energy, we must train ourselves to create a mental shield for protection. If we are able to pick up energies, we are certainly capable of learning how to create mental shields. Besides learning how to shield, it’s important to learn to recognize whose energies around us are stealing our good energy and learning how to keep those people out of our spaces. To limit the amount of people who steal our energy, we must learn to practice avoiding such people. But there will always be times when people will enter our orbit and we may not be able to avoid them, and in those times, it’s time to turn on the shielding.


In order to stay grounded and not enable bad energies to seep into our psyches we must first ground ourselves and set intention. By setting intention we first focus on our desire to shield and sending good vibes out to the universe. Often, setting these intentions will drive vibrations, sometimes making the negative person wanting to leave our presence on their own volition, not wanting the good we project. But we won’t always get that lucky so we must learn how to deflect.

Picture yourself centered surrounded by pink light. Close your eyes and visualize yourself being poured over with pink light from above your head right down all around you, down through your feet, finishing and sealing yourself in with that light going just below the ground. This ensures you are completely sealed as though you are in a bubble. It may help to envision liquid pink bubbles of light being poured over your head and protecting you like a big round soap bubble. Pink light is ethereal and provides a semi-permeable shield, meaning while it repels negative energies it can still allow your good vibes and loving energy to flow out of it becoming a filter of sorts.

The beauty of shielding is that it can be done anywhere, and nobody has to know what we’re doing. We can be out in public, at somebody’s home or halfway around the world and we have this ability to use it anywhere. We can also use the shielding in our own home when we’re feeling overwhelmed from a guest in our home or from negative energies which may have been left behind after someone left or even if we’re just watching TV and listening to negative news.

At home, we can also use objects to keep our work or living space clean from negative energies by setting up an area we like to spend time in with plants (energy absorbers), negative energy repelling crystals and protective stones, and objects symbolic to us specifically such as: Buddhas or angels or any other meaningful items we desire to provide psychological shielding. If we find we are often drawing in negative energies, keeping protective crystals on our person, in our pocket, purse or under our pillow help to deflect negative energy. You will never see me without wearing a stone or crystal somewhere on my person.

Do keep in mind that we don’t have to wait till we feel like we’re in the midst of toxic energy to begin shielding. We can practice shielding at home and do it as a once a week precaution. Take a good minute to prepare your intention and clear you mind and spend a few more minutes envisioning the shield you cast around yourself and focusing on positive messages.


Journaling – As a writer, I’m going to add, don’t underestimate the power of journaling. It’s another method of getting what bothers us out of our conscience and sent out into the universe.

Smudging – Burning sage is an age-old secret for dissipating negative energies. Scientific studies have been done on sage for disinfecting air and claim that up to 94% of airborne bacteria can also be eliminated by burning sage because burnt sage releases negative ions. It’s no surprise the Latin name for sage is ‘salvia’ which is derived from the word ‘healing’.


Meditation – This can help you prepare for mental shielding. Entering a calm state first will help you perform your shielding, making the practice more effective.


Ask for protection – Don’t be shy or afraid to ever ask Archangel Michael – our protector angel, to shield you with his purple light when you feel you need immediate shielding. Whether you are aware of your protective angels or not, we all have angels around us. Archangels are unlimited in their abilities to be there for anyone who calls on them. All you need to do is ask, Please surround me with your protective shield now Archangel Michael.

This article will offer you some more helpful tools to clear negative energy from your home:
Energy Muse – How to remove negative energy from your home

Here is another video that will teach you how to clear your space to shift energy:

In conclusion, learn how to set boundaries to keep negative people out of your circles. I know well from experience that is not always possible, but I’ve come a long way learning to dodge situations when my radar detects negative energies. Like anything else in life, we must train ourselves to become aware of our feelings and the energies that surround us to learn to avoid energy suckers. In those instances when we do find ourselves trapped in a situation with a negative or toxic person, practice your shielding.

In the next installment of this empath series, I’ll be sharing about – Empaths and Energy Sucking Vampires and Narcissists. In this episode we’ll learn why people who drain our energies are often referred to as Vampires.

©D.G.Kaye 2022

My thanks to Debby for another fascinating exploration of the world of an empath . I know she would love to hear from you.

About D.G. Kaye (Debby Gies)

Debby Gies is a Canadian nonfiction/memoir author who writes under the pen name of D.G. Kaye. She was born, raised, and resides in Toronto, Canada. Kaye writes about her life experiences, matters of the heart and women’s issues.

D.G. writes to inspire others. Her writing encompasses stories taken from events she encountered in her own life, and she shares the lessons taken from them. Her sunny outlook on life developed from learning to overcome challenges in her life, and finding the upside from those situations, while practicing gratitude for all the positives.

When Kaye isn’t writing intimate memoirs, she brings her natural sense of humor into her other works. She loves to laugh and self- medicate with a daily dose of humor.

I love to tell stories that have lessons in them, and hope to empower others by sharing my own experiences. I write raw and honest about my own experiences, hoping through my writing, that others can relate and find that there is always a choice to move from a negative space, and look for the positive.


“Live Laugh Love . . . And Don’t Forget to Breathe!”

“For every kindness, there should be kindness in return. Wouldn’t that just make the world right?”

Books by D.G. Kaye

One of the recent reviews for Twenty Years After “I Do”

Sunshine 5.0 out of 5 stars HEARTFELT MEMOIR Reviewed in the United States on May 20, 2022

Twenty years started with a promise. D.G. Kaye had no limits for the love of her life.
A heartfelt personal memoir is written beautifully by the author D.G. Kaye. This story is my favorite book by far this year. She shares taking the plunge and commenting on the love of her life, and truth be told, we never could predict the future. Gorden is a lot older than D.G. Kaye. I could feel her worrisome mind. She did take the chance.

The way she talked about her husband and the unconditional love between them is beautiful, even though a marriage is a lot of work. Each chapter of her words was the good, the bad, and the ugly, but her life with Gorden was a lovely daily sprinkle of glitter with love, laughter, stability, health-giving and age differences, respect, and lots of honey past, today, and future.

The author talks about the strength of the struggles they both endured, yet they embrace handling life together with love, kindness, and creative planning.

Kaye is Awe-inspiring with her sincere overpowering words that touch my heart and soul. Life is not perfect; by reading her love story, I could honestly say she came close to the happiness that people wait for a lifetime with faithfulness, honoring their vows to smile and laugh at the end of the day.

The simple things in life are watching the sunset, having morning coffee together, hugs, and making love are a lot more than the little things in a couple’s life. I truly loved reading this book. I learned from others and my own mistakes. The author’s story is a touching and beautiful tribute to her marriage.

Keeping a marriage together and having compassion in everyday life is an emotional task; they choose to handle their day-to-day lives gracefully and in harmony. I highly recommend the extraordinary book.

Read all the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – and: Amazon UK – follow Debby: Goodreads – Blog: D.G. Kaye Writer – About me: D.G. Kaye – Twitter: @pokercubster Linkedin: D.G. Kaye – Facebook: D.G. Kaye – Instagram: D.G. Kaye – Pinterest: D.G. Kaye


Thanks for dropping in today and it would be great if you could share Debby’s post.. thanks Sally



76 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Spiritual Awareness -How Empaths Can Shield Negative Energies by D.G. Kaye

  1. My comment is similar to Robbie’s. I think most people see me (as I see myself) as someone with a lot of empathy. That said, I can tell that I’m not an empath which seems like it would be draining.

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  2. You bring up a lot of ways to protect ourselves and how to release the build up negativity. I do like to keep that shield up, especially if I’m around certain people. I have always used a golden light but a pink one might be interesting to try. Big fan of sageing and you remind me the house is overdue for it. I always make sure to open windows so that heavy energy can flow right out. I tend to clean off things company has touched and realized, besides germs, i was trying to cleanse away their energy. Meditation and journaling is so helpful. Thanks for all the great information. Xo

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    • Great to hear Denise. It doesn’t surprise me that you do these things as I know you are in tune with nature. And you mention something I forgot to, about opening a window or door and sweeping that negative energy right outside. I’m overdue myself for a sage sweep. Golden light is protective too, as well as purple/indigo light. Glad you enjoyed. Hugs xx

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  4. Like Robbie and Pete, I have empathy but I’m spared the responsibility and strain of being an empath. This was a fascinating insight into the issues involved. Some of the shielding advice makes sense for anyone plagued by energy suckers – sometimes you have to protect yourself from the negative behaviour and neediness of those who never acknowledge the positives in life. Smudging was new to me but the power of meditation on the mind has been incredibly useful to me when dealing with chronic pain. Looking forward to your next post, Debby. ♥♥

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  5. Excellent shielding advice, Debby, and wonderful educational videos to help people get started. Since lockdown, I hardly have anyone in the house, which has had the knock-on effect of keeping it as much ‘my space’ as I can … silver linings! 😉 I find pain and/or fatigue can negatively affect my ability to shield, and I need to be extra careful at those times if it’s not possible to avoid certain company. Thanks so much for sharing. I look forward to your next post. Hugs 💕🙂

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  6. Great article Deb. I love the pink light visual! For many years, my co-worker in a two-woman office was chronically depressed and angry. My visualization to protect myself was creating a beautiful Teflon sack that I zipped myself into each morning when I walked through the door. It really helped immensely! Everything bounced off the teflon!

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  7. Fascinating post, Debby. Thanks for sharing your techniques for shielding. I think I try to fix people less now than I did in the past (when it felt like an imperative). I’ve learned to let people own their stories, while also responding with compassion and reasonable action. I still don’t like setting up boundaries, but I recognize that I don’t really help anyone by getting drawn into the turmoil. Lots to think about here. Thanks for the feature, Sally.

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  8. This is such a beautiful post on how to shield ourselves, Debby. I love all of your suggestions and have used every one of them at times. One of my favorite is burning incense and lighting a candle. Sometimes that simple action brings peace. Thank you for sharing your expertise! Thank you, Sally, for hosting!

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  10. This was a splendid article on empaths and shielding, Debby. You know I’m extra careful about people, places, and things that can contain negative energy. We stay to ourselves much of the time, so that has been a blessing. Each morning, I recite a Wiccan prayer. I’ve noticed with Reiki, I have to be extra careful. The videos were great. I can’t recommend meditation enough! 💜

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  11. Like a few of the commenters, I think I have a fair amount of empathy, but I’m not an empath. Even with that, working in mental health proved exhausting, so I am sure it would be very hard for an empath. Thanks to Debby for her explanations and suggestions. ♥

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  14. The global body politic would benefit from this wonderful series, Sal and Deb. So many are feeling inundated, and I wonder how much is due to absorbing negative energy. Food for thought …❤️❤️

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  16. Thanks Sally and Debs for the interesting article. I too am very empathic but also practical and ‘down to earth’ (I’m a Humanist too…) I think as my husband and I were separated from our parents for many of the war years. we had no other choice? It stood us in good stead for our futures, and now we are really ancient…we have learnt to really appreciate the worth of each moment. We now have time to enjoy family and travel memories and can recommend being forever curious. We each have to follow our own path, but I too have ‘walked in another’s moccasins’ and found they pinched…Hugs to you both. xx

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