The world is home to many kinds of people, but personally, I think that empaths are among the best. Empaths are great at listening, understanding, and are always willing to lend a helpful hand. However, I know that being an empath can be a double-edged sword. Yes, they possess unique qualities and abilities that make them special, but these qualities also make them highly vulnerable.
If you’re an empath, you’ve probably already felt the negative effects of being an emotional sponge. You might have already struggled—physically, emotionally, and mentally—due to the overwhelming feeling of absorbing all sorts of negative energies from other people. Know that I understand your pain.And as someone who highly values and loves the empaths in my life, I would love to help you manage your vulnerability—so today I’ll talk about the best protection crystals for empaths like you. These crystals will help block the harmful vibrations that come your way so that you can protect yourself from emotional and physical distress.
What is an Empath?
According to the American Empath Association, empaths are people who understand the emotional and/or mental states of others in a way that cannot be adequately explained by conventional science and psychology. They are able to sense the thoughts, feelings, and energies of those around them—mainly people, but also animals, objects, plants, and places—and feel them as their own.
What Are the Characteristics of an Empath?
It’s usually easy for most empaths to gain awareness of their abilities, but of course, there are some who don’t immediately realize it. If you suspect that you (or one of your loved ones) may be one, check out the following traits that are common to empaths.
- Empaths feel the pain of others as their own.
Being sympathetic means you understand the suffering of others, but empaths take it a notch higher by actually feeling this pain as their own. Empaths don’s simply sense and understand what other people are going through, but they actually feel their very emotions on a very high level.
- Empaths are the best listeners.
Empaths are great listeners because they feel all of the things being said to them. They are attentive and pay attention to every single detail. This is also why empaths are considered the go-to of people who are in need of a listening ear.
- Empaths hate confrontations.
Due to the naturally caring and kind nature of empaths, they detest confrontations and arguments and would avoid them if they could.
- Empaths hate fakery and lying
While many people easily fall into the trap of pretending to be someone they’re not, empaths embrace genuineness and refuse to be fake. Honesty and transparency are also very important to the empath, so they avoid liars like the plague.
- Empaths are always willing to extend help.
This trait is a double-edged sword. The helpfulness of an empath makes them endearing, but it also makes them prone to being taken advantage of. They are known to keep on giving until they have nothing left, and this really puts them in a vulnerable position.
- Empaths become exhausted easily.
Hearing about unfortunate stories can be a stressful experience for anyone, so it’s not hard to imagine how empaths can easily become exhausted by feeling everything at such a deep level. To cope, empaths will need to take regular breaks to release all of those absorbed emotions and energies.
- Empaths hate loud noises and being in crowds.
Crowds can be overwhelming for someone who absorbs the emotions of other people. Empaths also prefer silence over loud surroundings as loud noises don’t mesh well with their jumpy nature.
- Empaths have a heightened intuition and have a tendency to be labeled as “too sensitive”
It’s not difficult for empaths to detect the true nature and intentions of an individual. They have a heightened intuition and are almost always right. Also, because they are easily affected by the feelings of others, they could appear too sensitive to others.
- Empaths have a tendency to become easily distracted.
Empaths usually have a lot on their minds, which means they could be harboring a lot of conflicting thoughts at any given moment. This is also why they are easily distracted sometimes.
Why Empaths Need Extra Protection
Aside from mere sensing and understanding, empaths also absorb the energy of the people around them. This leaves them prone to getting sick or stressed when they’re bombarded with negative energies and emotions.
Because of their sensitivity, empaths are also easy targets for energy vampires. Energy vampires (also called emotional vampires) are immature individuals who behave as if the world revolves around them. They lack empathy, are often narcissistic, and are only concerned with themselves. Because of this, energy vampires can suck out all the energy and peace mind of the empaths they encounter.
Empaths who have had the misfortune of having a narcissist in their lives would know how good the latter is at making them feel unworthy of love and respect. With all that being said, it’s important for empaths to arm themselves with extra protection to safeguard their happiness, disposition, and emotional and psychological well-being.
Best Crystals for Empaths
This dark stone is a potent protection crystal for empaths. Because it absorbs negativity thrown upon your way, you can use it to ward off unwanted energies into the earth and protect yourself from the stress that other people may throw at you.
Pyrite (Fool’s Gold)
Pyrite, which is called by some as Fool’s Gold, mainly focuses its power into fortifying your energy boundaries. This absorbs negative energies and lets you give off clearer signals to the people around you. Pyrite also stimulates the Solar Plexus Chakra and is said to increase happiness and positive vibes in oneself.
If you find yourself feeling anxious and overwhelmed because of negativities that surround you, the Lepidolite is a great crystal that can help you feel more at ease. It lessens the stress and anxiety that you absorb from your surroundings. What’s more, it gives off a calming energy that soothes your nerves and promotes relaxation. The Lepidolite is associated with the Third Eye and Heart Chakras and plays a role in healing the emotional body.
Stressful situations can make you feel uneasy and render you unable to communicate your emotions. For situations like this, the malachite can help you remove emotional blockages and neutralize negative feelings that may be festering inside you. If you’re hungry for emotional balance, this stone will help you achieve it and also bring you closer to a feeling of calm.
This iron-rich stone banners a metallic grey color, and I love how easy it is to find. Using hematite will help you avoid energy-draining Psychic Vampires. What’s more, its metallic appearance isn’t only pleasing to the eyes—this mirror-like appearance actually lets the crystal deflect harmful energies away. Moreover, having it with you strengthens your aura.
The Aqua Aura is a Quartz crystal that’s been bonded with Gold. This combination gives birth to a powerful shield that either keeps away or traps bad energies. Either way, an empath that’s armed with the Aqua Aura will enjoy protection from harmful vibrations.
This crystal is a form of volcanic glass that serves as a buffer against unwanted energies. It has the power to keep your personal space and aura free from negativity. Black Obsidian is earthy, but it packs a punch and potently envelops you in a protective energy should the need arise.
Flame Aura / Titanium Rainbow Aura / Titanium Quartz
While the Aqua Aura is a Quartz that’s bonded with Gold, the Flame Aura, on the other hand, is a Quartz crystal that’s been bonded with titanium or other metals. Its metallic rainbow color gives it a very interesting appearance. Not only that, it acts as a shield that neutralizes and protects you from incoming negative energies. These energies are steered into the Earth for transmutation.
As one of the best protection crystals for empaths, the Chrysanthemum Stone keeps those who overstep your personal energetic boundaries away. Some stones boast a beautiful flower-like pattern—hence its name. Additionally, the Chrysanthemum Stone has the power to build a filter wall around you to diminish psychic sludge.
This crystal is considered as one of the elite grounding stones, which means it could help empaths with grounding and spiritual protection. It’s widely regarded as a super crystal because it absorbs unlimited amounts of negative energy. If you’re starting to feel the harmful physical effects of negative energy (such as shakiness and lethargy), having a Smoky Quartz with you will definitely help you get back on track.
Empaths who are under a constant attack of negative emotions can seek refuge through the amethyst. This stone acts as a shield that blocks and purifies harmful energies. If you want your physical space to be cleared of negativity, having an amethyst stone with you will help. Another thing that makes this crystal so great is that it can clear addictive emotional patterns. This means it can help the bearer overcome unhealthy addictions—whether it’s addiction to harmful substances or addiction to negative thoughts.
Fluorite can be found in all sorts of colors. It’s a great for stone for keeping you grounded and clear-headed. Empaths who have started to struggle with the physical effects of absorbing negative energies will benefit from fluorite’s healing powers. Rainbow Fluorite is the specific kind of fluorite that helps clear emotional blockages, balance multiple chakras, and heighten intuitive and psychic abilities.
Best Practices for Empaths
Cleansing your aura and chakras is a good idea if you’re an empath
As an empath, you function best when your aura is clear and your chakras are balanced. There are many ways to achieve this.
One of the easiest ways to attain a clear aura is to bring one of the clearing crystals mentioned above with you. Doing so will protect your aura from being infiltrated by negative energy. Any harmful energies that you could already be carrying with you will be neutralized, as well. You can take this a notch higher by creating a crystal grid inside your home to protect the purity of your space.
Spending time with nature and away from toxic people will help. Also, developing an external or internal water cleansing ritual will balance your Sacral Chakra. To perform internal water cleansing, simply drink a glass of water while visualizing the cleansing process. As for external cleansing, you should be mindful of the cleansing and purifying properties of water while you bathe or swim.
Doing a mental check
The best way to solve a problem is to identify and address the root of the issue. This applies to pretty much anything, and it applies to empaths who are facing difficulties, too. If you’re struggling with negative emotions and are feeling ill because of your feelings, I suggest that you do a mental check by observing your thoughts and asking yourself questions like:
- Why do I feel sad, depressed, angry, fear, or any other negative energy?
- Who did I talk to today and how did it make me feel talking to them?
- Did I feel unexplainably uncomfortable with someone today or an environment I was in?
- Are my current emotions my own or related to what someone said to me?
Empath Protection Prayers
Reciting an empath protection prayer while meditating or when programming crystals for meditation will amplify the mind-clearing and energy-cleansing effects of whatever ritual you choose. Here are some of my most recommended mantras for empaths:
- For when you’re seeking refuge from negativity: Today I release toxic thoughts and emotions. I let them go and live a life filled with love and peace.
- For when you feel emotionally stuck in a dark place: There is light and love inside me. I will pull through.
- For when you’re overwhelmed and anxious because of absorbed negative emotions: This is not my pain. I will not get lost in it.
- A mantra from Hinduism for when you’re trying to overcome emotional blockages: Om Gam Gana Pataye Namaha
- An emotional clarity mantra that you can use during a Full Moon: The full moon washes me with light. It takes away emotions that are not mine.
Use Visualization and Crystal Meditation for Protection for Empaths
As an empath, practicing visualization and crystal meditation will help protect you from negative energies and block off the unwanted symptoms brought by absorbing heavy emotions. You can use visualization to effectively envelop yourself in a protective bubble, while meditating with crystals will help improve your emotional wellbeing in a variety of ways.
How to use visualization to protect an empath
There are two ways to use visualization to protect and improve the emotional wellbeing of an empath. The first one is useful for releasing negative attachments. If you have been in an emotionally-draining situation and are looking to heal yourself from its harmful effects, do the following steps:
- Take two Black Tourmalines and hold one in each hand.
- Stand quietly and stretch out your arms while taking deep breaths.
- Visualize a giant pair of scissors and imagine that it’s cutting the space around your body, just as how you would cut out a figure on paper.
- Imagine that all the negative attachments that surround you are now being cut and that the scissors are destroying the energetic ties that are preventing you from releasing negativity.
If you don’t have Black Tourmaline stones with you, that is fine, too. This technique will still work—Black Tourmaline simply amplifies its effects. I recommend that you practice this routine twice a day, once in the morning after waking up and once at night before going to sleep.
The next visualization technique is perfect for days when you have to go out and interact with a lot of people. Empaths with normal 9-to-5 jobs can do this routine before showing up at the workplace.
- Find a quiet place to sit.
- Take long, deep breaths as you find your center.
- Imagine a massive bubble forming around your body, acting as a shield that keeps away harmful energies.
- Chant “I am protected” as you visualize the bubble getting stronger and stronger with each breath.
- Repeat step 4 until you feel that the bubble is strong enough to protect you from the stressful situations that you will be facing that day.
You can pair this technique with wearing a necklace that contains one of the protection crystals I’ve mentioned above. This second visualization routine will get you in the right frame of mind before entering a potentially stressful space.
A step-by-step guide to crystal meditation
Practicing crystal meditation will help align your chakras. It will also give you the clarity and strength needed to cut ties with emotional vampires that feast on your energetic field. To successfully reap the benefits of meditating with crystals, follow the steps below.
- Choose an empath protection crystal and hold it as you sit.
- Begin meditation by sweeping your crystal of choice all over your body as if you’re cutting away negative ties.
- Breathe deeply and slowly and focus your mind into connecting with the crystal.
- As you feel your mind getting clearer and clearer, evaluate which among your thoughts are truly your own and which ones were merely absorbed from your surroundings.
- Gently release all the toxic negativity within you with every breath.
Earthing to Get Grounded if You’re an Empath
Empaths tend to be consumed with emotion especially after dealing with toxic people and energy vampires. For this reason, empaths should practice grounding techniques that can protect them from getting swallowed by all the negativities that they have absorbed.
Earthing, which is the physical side of grounding, has a lot of benefits for empaths. It doesn’t only let you reconnect with nature—therefore helping you escape that overwhelming feeling of carrying emotional baggage—but it also physically heals your body from potential illnesses.
There are many ways to reap the benefits of earthing. One of them is by taking your shoes off and putting your feet on the ground. If you’re not comfortable with this, you can also put your bare hands on a tree. Focus your mind on connecting with the earth’s energy. This should keep your mind off of harmful thoughts and feelings. What’s more, physically connecting with the earth helps to dissipate excess positive ions, which help ease physical pain.
More Crystal Healing Techniques for Empaths
Doing any of the above mentioned protection and healing techniques will help you to successfully navigate life as an empath. However, to get the most benefit out of the best protection crystals mentioned above, you should incorporate them into your daily life as much as you can.
Wearing crystal bracelets (or necklaces) with the stones listed above everyday is one of the easiest ways to overcome negativity. You simply have to wear it and go about your day. Praying and repeating a mantra 108 times while using mala prayer beads is another simple but effective healing practice.
For more healing power, however, you can turn to more powerful techniques. For example, if you find that the workplace is one of the biggest sources of negative energy in your life, you can try placing an orgonite pyramid close to your workspace.
Orgone is the Universal Life force. It is also sometimes called ki, prana, mana, life force, chi, and universal energy. Basically, orgone energy is the basic building block of all nature. With that said, using an orgonite pyramid that contains any of the protection crystals mentioned earlier helps empaths balance the electromagnetic energies in their environment, which creates a positive impact on their mood. You can also place an orgonite pyramid close to your bed to dispel negative feelings and emotions before you sleep.
Orgonite pyramids also increase the negative ions in our environment. Negative ions have positive effects on the human body. In fact, they’re scientifically-proven to help revitalize cell metabolism, neutralize free radicals, enhance immune function, and purify the blood. They also promote healthy digestion and deep sleep by balancing the autonomic nervous system.
Another technique that you might find helpful is bringing your orgonite pyramid close to your heart as you meditate. The crystals therein will help amplify your intentions as you state them.
Empaths will also benefit from the power of crystal grids. They’re an amazingly powerful tool for manifesting your desires and intentions. Individual crystals are already incredible at healing and empowering us—so you can imagine how much power a crystal grid holds. It wields the synergistic power of various healing stones, sacred geometry, and your intentions.
As an empath, you can use crystal grids to clear away negative energy and manifest happiness, positivity, and joy into your life. As a general rule, the first step to constructing a crystal grid is to clearly define your intention. Is it to protect yourself from harmful vibrations? Or are you looking to attract more positive energy into your life? Whatever it is, write it down on a piece of paper, fold it, and place it in the center of your display.
Next, it’s time to pick your crystals. When doing so, it’s important to choose stones that align with your intentions. Since you already know what the best protection crystals for empaths are, you can use some of them to start with.
Set up the crystals according to your chosen geometry, starting from the outermost crystals and working your way towards the center. As you do this, breathe deeply and keep your intention in mind. As you place the last crystal on top of the paper at the center of your display, it’s time to activate the grid. To do this, use a single clear quartz to connect the crystals—again starting from the outside and moving towards the center.
And you’re done! For best results, leaving your crystal grid intact for up to 40 days is ideal.