The Momentum of Negative Energy

Have you ever noticed that the news is always full of depressing information? Political scandals, poor economic recovery, crime, global warming, and more? It seems that the press just can't spread bad news fast enough, and now with instant access via technology, we are exposed to it at lightning speed and finding it increasingly difficult to avoid. It's easy to blame journalists for cranking out and exposing us to all the gloom and doom, but the fact of the matter is that if there was no demand for such negativity, there would cease to be a need to supply it, especially in such unrelenting quantities.

So why does negativity spread so quickly and what can we do to keep the "goo" from getting on us? Negative energy has momentum. Positive energy does not. While negative energy carries forth on its own until something or someone stops it, positive energy needs to be constantly regenerated.

Consider this workplace scenario; one worker whispers to the other at the water cooler, "You'll never guess what I heard about Betty," and proceeds to fill the coworker on the latest news. Now as you're reading this, I'm sure you're automatically assuming that the news is negative in nature. Something like, "You'll never guess what I heard about Betty, she got caught kissing Joe in the supply room and Joe is married." You most likely weren't thinking the news would be something along the lines of, "You'll never guess what I heard about Betty, she gave $1,000 to a children's charity last week." You can just about bet that if the news is negative it will spread beyond the water cooler and make its way through the office in very little time. If, on the other hand, the news is positive, it is unlikely that the subject of Betty's contribution to charity is going to be the topic of conversation amongst the other employees. Why is this so? It's because it is the nature of negative energy to spread. Its momentum carries it forth and lowers the energy of everyone in its path. Like fire, the flames of negativity are perpetuated from person to person through gossip, lying, unkind words, deeds, negative thinking, and more. One of my friends used to own a restaurant. He once told me, "I do my best to keep my customers happy. If someone likes my restaurant, they might tell one other person. If they don't, they'll tell ten people." Such is the momentum of negativity.

While negative energy gets carried away by its own momentum, positive energy must be regenerated, and sometimes this can be challenging and difficult, especially if you're spending a lot of time around negative people.

So what can you do to generate positive energy? Here are several quick ideas to get you started.

• Give someone a sincere compliment. How many times have you thought something nice about someone, their look, their smile, what they're wearing, the good job they did, etc., and not said anything? Don't keep that positive energy to yourself. Share it with the person. You might just make their day.
• Be patient in traffic. I know, it may be hard to play it cool when someone cuts you off or makes some other thoughtless move while driving, but two wrongs don't make a right. When you don't engage with the energy of the bad driver, you are not only putting a stop to their energy affecting your day, but may possibly prevent an accident while doing so.
• Treat yourself with kindness. For some people, this is very difficult. You most likely wouldn't want to be friends with someone who spoke to you the way you speak to yourself. Next time you think of how fat your thighs look, consider that there are many people in the world that would give anything to have two working legs, fat or not.
• On the subject of turning negative self-talk into positive self-talk, get in the habit of counting your blessings. Right now, on your fingers, count five or more things that you are grateful for. It will pull you out of your negative state of mind in no time at all.
• Exercise and eat healthy food. Exercise brings oxygen into your cells and revitalizes them. Fresh, organically grown food has a strong life-force that in turn will feed your body and affect the way you feel. Have you ever noticed that people who don't take care of themselves seem to be more negative and complain more negative than those who do? Well, there's a reason for that! The negative energy that comes with not exercising and eating junk food perpetuates itself and makes it even more challenging for people with poor health habits to become healthy. Those who experience the positive results from exercising and eating right must make a conscious choice to do so every day. That positive energy must be regenerated for their good health to continue.
• Avoid negative people. This may be easier for some than others. Negativity is contagious, and spreads like wildfire. Put the fire out by not joining in by perpetuating gossip and judgmental comments. Instead, concentrate on sharing positive observations and feelings with others. You'll feel better being part of the solution rather than the problem.
• Spend time in nature. Take a walk, sit outside, go to the beach, relax under a tree. There is nothing like the beauty of nature to soothe the soul and remind us that goodness resides in a bird, a leaf, and a flower. Just the pleasure of noticing and being a part of nature can shift our energy from negative to positive.
• Use a psychic vacuum cleaner. This is easy and fun. If you feel negative, or have spent any time in the company of negative people, you may feel what I like to call "slimed." To get the goo off of you, simply picture a giant vacuum cleaner sucking all the negative energy off you. Feel the negativity leave you, filling up the vacuum cleaner as it does so. When you feel all the negative energy is gone, send the vacuum off to the sun to be burned up and neutralized by its purifying fire. Once the vacuum has done its work, picture a rain shower of white golden light washing you off and filling you up with light and positive energy.
• Use a shielding technique when forced to be around negative energy. Simply imagine yourself surrounded by a golden white light, almost like a force field around you. You can do this around your body, your home, and even your car. It will help strengthen and protect your own personal aura and negative energy will find another, more available place to be.
• Keep your surroundings orderly and peaceful. Feng Shui strives to create a soothing, nurturing environment and can do a great deal to help create a supporting, positive atmosphere in your home.
• Use therapeutic-grade essential oils. Essential oils and aromatherapy have been used for centuries to heal and uplift the body, mind, and spirit. Therapeutic-grade essential oils are free of chemicals and when diffused and inhaled increase the positive energy frequencies of the human body.
• Appreciate the moment. Instead of fretting over the past, and worrying about the future, enjoy the gifts of the present.
I'm sure you can think of other ways to generate positive energy. These are just a few ideas to get you started. If you remember that negative energy is like a virus that is spread through thoughts, words, and deeds, you will be able to keep yourself from getting infected by choosing to stay positive, protected, and healthy. If everyone did that, what a wonderful world it would be!

Cathleen McCandless is a highly respected, nationally known expert, author, teacher, and speaker on the subject of feng shui. With over twenty years experience, Cathleen's unique, no-nonsense and practical approach to feng shui has been featured in many esteemed publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the San Diego Union Tribune, the Denver Post, the Houston Chronicle and the Los Angeles Times.

Named "The Best Feng Shui Expert in San Diego" by San Diego Magazine, Cathleen's radio and television appearances include everything from prime-time newscasts to a starring role in the nation-wide television series, Feng Shui Living. Her first book, "Feng Shui that Makes Sense" dispells the myths and misconceptions associated with feng shui and gives readers an abundance of easy-to-use suggestions in order to help them create a home that FEELS as good as it Looks!

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