Most of our inner critic’s voice is made up of what I call foreign energy—other people’s “shoulds” of how they think we should behave. Next time your inner critic starts in, pause and really listen.
Listen to the words – listen to the phrasing. Maybe memories surface of a particular time and place when someone said those words to you. That’s foreign energy – someone else’s thought or feeling of what you should do or how you should behave. These shoulds and judgments of others pile up and pretty soon, your inner critic’s voice – is spewing these shoulds right back at you.
So how do we deal with this foreign energy?
Are we stuck with these shoulds floating around in our heads for the rest of our lives?
I don’t think so! I believe that energy can be moved. After all, we weren’t born with an inner critic. We acquired it. And so, if it came in, it can be moved out. We just have to know how.
And actually you do know how, you’re just not aware of it.
Maybe you’ve walked away from a particularly offensive conversation by literally shaking out both hands or shrugging your shoulders to remove the “icky” after-effects of your conversation. On the other hand, you might have felt like rinsing off in the shower or like shaking your body, much like a wet dog coming out of the river. Either way, you were unconsciously removing foreign energy from your aura.
Not all encounters with foreign energy are as dramatic. Simply brushing the energy off your arms, legs, head, and back as if you were removing a layer of dust from your skin might be sufficient. Or, you might literally expel foreign energy from your body by inhaling deeply and then exhaling through your mouth with force.
These methods work well if you’re consciously aware of picking up energies from others and choose to expel the energy right away. See if they work for you. In the coming days we will talk about other ways to remove foreign energy from your space.