Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Stopping Energy Vampires

There is this gal at work I will call Joan whom I do not enjoy working with. She often has problems with customers. She is extremely needy and always seems to want help with some issue or another--especially when you are busy trying to deal with an issue of your own. My least favorite thing about her is when she makes her own purchases. I joke around about sales associates being the worst customers because we make each other jump through every hoop known to man in order to get the best deals. Not only does she do this when making a purchase, but she is indecisive and changes her mind constantly, she takes advantage of whichever associate is helping her, and she tries to negotiate things that are non-negotiable. Unfortunately, when I am working she often waits for me to finish whatever customer I am working with so I can help her. I believe it is because I have more patience and strength than the average person and do not blow up at her.

Joan is an energy vampire. I realized early on that what repels me about her is how drained I always feel after I have spent time in her company. I am not the only person who feels this way about her. All of my coworkers run away when she comes around for just the sort of reasons I described above.

Unfortunately, there are more Joans in the world than I care to admit. They come in all shapes and sizes, and they all leave you feeling drained and empty. The thing is, you don't have to let them take what they want. You can still be nice to them while defending yourself and standing your ground.

One of the first things you can do is ask for spiritual protection from energy vampires. You can begin your day asking to be protected from the potential drain. That said, there are some who are particularly difficult to encounter. When you notice feeling depleted, that is the time to silently ask your angels as well as Archangel Michael, who is in charge of protection, to act as shields.

Another thing you can do is stand your ground. As an empath, I do not enjoy confrontations. However, honesty about how you feel can be helpful in these situations. For example, employees where I work get a better discount depending on how they pay. Store gift cards give you the maximum discount, and Joan likes to use them. However, she often does not have enough money on the gift card when making her purchase. She expects you to put more money on her gift card on a different register so she can proceed with her purchase--which is a big "no-no" and can get the associate performing the transaction in trouble. I had to point blank tell her we were all getting in trouble because of her and that we were not going to do it.

Most of us avoid energy vampires because of the havoc they wreak on our lives. Understand that you do have power when interacting with one is unavoidable. You can protect yourself and even go on the offensive if necessary. You should not feel guilty for acting harshly if it is required to keep yourself safe. Understand you might be one of those occasions where karma is biting them back and treat yourself with kindness. You do have the power to keep your own personal energy safe.



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