Cutting the Cords of Negative Energy

Cutting the Cords of Negative Energy by Jan Engels-Smith

Human beings are primarily energy systems having a human experience.  Our energy systems are complex and reach far out of the body surrounding the body in fields of energy. These fields can be called auras, subtle body fields, or electromagnetic fields depending on which discipline you follow: metaphysics or science.  These fields of energy can extend out several feet from the body. There are also energy fields inside the body, which are called chakras.  Chakras are more like broadcasting towers and actually feed the subtle body fields around us.

My point in describing this is to help readers understand that energy is the predominate part of our make up and is a major component of our emotional stability, mental clarity, and spiritual awareness.

Our energy is not static but is extremely fluid.  It can be lost, hijacked, contaminated, or stolen.  It can also be refueled, ignited, heightened, attuned and returned.  Maintaining our energy fields and energy system is a major component of good health.  Unfortunately most people are unaware of this need and go through most of their life not sustaining or performing maintenance on their energy system.  The outcome from this lack of attention can present in emotional instability or complications, mental cloudiness or obsessive thinking, and spiritual stagnation.  In fact, all illness is caused by faulty energy frequencies in the body.

The emphasis is this article is on the “cording” of energy.   Every event that you encounter or interaction that you have results in a connection of your energy with this external experience.  These “cords” create the synergistic interchange that both affects the experience and, in response, alters your own being. The result may be minor (although cumulatively significant) or majorly impactful. For example, your memories are a result of the energy interaction you are experiencing with your environment.  Your memory is a result of synapses in the brain (energy currents) bringing a recall into focus.  Metaphysically, we can understand the cords are being “read” and a vague memory may achieve clarity—even into all of our other lifetimes. These connections may be very positive in providing constructive and useful benefits, but there are dangers as well. In the myriad of experiences in our current life combined with the incidents from many past lives, we can become severely entangled in cords, which can present in multiple ways.  We may not be able to let go of lost loves, wounds, or haunting memories. We have all experienced the mental conversation with ourselves after a difficult conversation where we imagine what we wish we had said and even, at times, invent a new conversation and believe a new truth that differs from what actually happened. This is an example of cords being energetically activated to keep this situation alive and present in our psyche.  These energetic connections can affect a person’s heart rate, pulse, and temperate as well as create an extreme emotional state, such as experiencing anger while remembering an uncomfortable incident. The incident may have happened years previously, but we still respond because the energy is still contained in our long-distance connection. Needless to say, these counterproductive cords can be very destructive for the individual and need to be disengaged or cut in order to find peace and wellbeing.

Cord cutting is part of the maintenance of the energy system.  Not all cords are negative or binding in nature.  Some cords are part of our energy imprint of our soul’s evolution through space and time. Children often cord with their parents and parents with their children.  If a situation feels unfamiliar or possibly scary, a young child will step between a parent’s legs.  Energetically a cord is coming from the root chakra of the parent that feels nurturing to the child, energetically informing him that he is safe. However, a negative entanglement may only be resolved by performing a cord cutting. In this act, intention will always be a key factor in finding the correct cords to cut.

Cords usually are connected to energy centers or chakras in the body. The presence of the cord in connection with a particular chakra will determine the emotional component of the cord.  Each chakra exchanges particular energy with our physical, emotional, and spiritual environment—such as love relationships in the heart chakra, loss of power in the solar plexus, or not feeling worthy in the root.  However, since no event is usually singular there can be many cords connecting for various reasons throughout an energy system. Fatigue or exhaustion, guilt, obsessive thinking, not being able to let go of an issue or person, or prolonged grief are a few examples of symptoms of needing a cord cutting.  In my personal view, one could do cord cuttings daily to relieve anxieties and to strip away unhealthy thoughts, just as one might take a daily shower to enter the day fresh and energized. Of course some cord cuttings require more extensive attention and effort.

There are many different methods that can be used in cord cutting. In my personal healing sessions with clients, I always incorporate a very specialized cord cutting—one that the spirits taught me and is very ceremonial in nature. This ritualistic severing of the cord can also be used to restore lost soul pieces.  Many of my clients have experienced amazing results where difficult issues fade away out of the conscious mind and even sometimes out of the memory.  I myself experienced this after I did a session on myself.  My father was a main perpetrator in my life and it seems most of my healing work for myself was about him.  Workshops, private sessions, readings, and self help classes I participated in always seemed to surface him as the source of pain that required my healing.  When the spirits taught me this particular cord cutting, I performed a full session on myself employing all of the ceremony and ritual that I would use for a client.   A few months later I was attending a healing training seminar with a friend and we were to bring up an event that had created an energetic wound.  My friend leaned over and whispered in my ear, “Are you going to work on your dad?”  Since at that moment he was the farthest thought from my mind, I then realized how effectively that ceremony had worked.  I could barely remember my issues with him; they were gone.   I had been truly freed.

In the case of cord cutting concerning family members or loved ones that you are still very involved with, please realize that the intention of cord cutting will remove the difficult situations not the person from your life.  It is always good practice to keep your most precious relationships clear of negative cords; this keeps the relationship healthy and vital.

I can not fully describe the previously mentioned ceremonial cord cutting in this brief article because I can’t explain its contents without readers being fully trained in shamanic energy medicine techniques; however, I can share a ceremony that is profound and I use in workshops with my students.  It is important to remember that it is your birthright to be happy, vital, joyful and sovereign.  Many people are not in those states of well-being because energetically they haven’t been taken care of or learned how to care for themselves as adults.  But happiness and well-being are the natural conditions of life.  Cutting cords and performing energetic clean up is natural and necessary.  Nature does it automatically and naturally.

My favorite example of this is from The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle.  Tolle shares his observation that after two ducks get into a fight they separate and float off in opposite directions. Then they each flap their wings vigorously a few times to get rid of the surplus energy that built up during the fight. After flapping their wings they float on peacefully, as if nothing had happened. Dogs shake, ducks flap, and cords are cut automatically.  Humans seem to have lost this natural release function as the ego developed and ruled.  Now we need to incorporate ritual to obtain the same outcome.

Here is a basic technique:

  • State your intention to envision the cords that are binding you to your unhappiness.  You can change the intention with whichever words feel more fitting, i.e.  “My intention is to cut all the cords that are negatively binding me to unemployment.”  or “ My intention is to cut all the cords that are negatively binding me to unhappiness with my spouse.”
  • Envision yourself sitting in nature in a beautiful place.  The sun is shining and you feel safe, peaceful and full of grace.
    A bright light appears and you realize that this light is creator, source or the divine.  It shines brightly on you and illuminates your chakras.
  • Starting at your feet, ask to see the cords that are coming off your foot that are binding you to your unhappiness.  Once the cord appears in your imagination follow it out and see what or who is attached to it. (This could be this lifetime or any other lifetime; don’t try to control this with what you know.)
  • Once the person, place or thing appears, envision that you are holding a great sword, laser, or some sort of cutting device.
    State: “With the power of love and the empowerment of Source within me I cut this cord and I am free.”
  • At that moment cut the cord off of yourself and then make a second cut to remove the cord from whoever or whatever is attached to it.  Actually move your arm through space in a cutting motion.
  • The cord will fall to the ground and who or what it was attached to will float off untethered from the cord.
  • Go through each chakra: root, adnominal, solar plexus, heart, throat, third eye and crown.  You can also do your shoulders and hands before the crown.  The crown is always last.
  • Once this is complete ask the light of source to fill you completely.  Envision this and your true self appearing. Your true self is yourself that has no harm, wounds, or disappointments.  It is the version of you that is your perfect self.  Ask this true self to come and merge with you and source.  Once this happens the cord cutting is complete.
  • Envision yourself in this merged state gathering up the cords and envision a sacred fire burning.  Burn the cords in the fire.  Once the cords are burned, state, “It is finished” three times.  Say “Thank you” and come out of the visualization.

The power to be free lies within each of us and only requires a personal decision to accept the perfection of our true self in a perfect universe.

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Extraction by Jan Engels-Smith

“Should you find yourself in a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is likely to be more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks.” Warren Buffett

In our modern world, much of the efforts to renew the self are focused on “fixing” problems and piecemeal attempts to couple together a few positive elements to give the appearance of a new identity. Inevitably, we must confront the negative conditions of our current reality and endeavor to overcome these barriers to a better life, but often our solutions involve evading the negative energy rather than abolishing it. The shamanic principle of extraction is focused on identifying, removing, and eliminating misplaced energy.

Each of us is an energy system—holistic and fully integrated. Our energetic system was designed by the cosmos to operate perfectly and to be capable of constant regeneration, but in the context of our current reality we often suffer from the misplacement or distortion of our energy fields in ways that cause us to suffer illness, depression, pain, and a host of other maladies that require significant attention if we are to achieve a restoration of our perfect self. Extraction goes beyond simply fixing a problem to eradicating the source of the difficulty—the negative energy that sustains the problem. We may treat a malignant growth with drugs that mask the painful symptoms or we may remove the growth entirely. Such is the difference between a diminished negative energy and an eradicated one.

In life and in our interactions with our environment, we deplete our energies and in this diminished state we pick up energy from around us that is often negative in form and damaging to our wellbeing. These conflicting dynamisms create an imbalance in the vibrational energies that emanate from us and tend to attract other negative energy that leads to sickness, distress, and unhappiness. We may attempt to create positive energies and change our vibrational momentum but the existing intruding energy hinders our efforts.

This is where the shamanic act of extraction becomes critical to our continuing evolution to becoming our true and perfect self. The eradication of the intruding negative energy allows positive energy to flow more freely and we find ourselves emitting and attracting positive vibrations.  Where negative sensations compounded our problems and promoted a negative dynamic before extraction, we now find after extraction the flow of positive vibrations multiplying the powers of our energetic self to heal and mend our damaged inner being.

We are each an energy system I often describe as gaseous, floating particles, a three-dimensional matrix of energy fields, a spherical spider web, and sparkling dust in a ray of sunlight. Every day we lose some of these particles by our interactions with each other and our environment, and we leave tiny specks of our energy field wherever we go. The same is true of all other beings and we are all susceptible to picking up these particles of energy and having them influence our lives. An example of evidence of these dispersed particles can be found in the Bushmen tribes in Africa. Many of the hunters of this indigenous culture are able to track animals across rough terrain where there appears to be no visible evidence of a trail or animal prints. The Bushmen see the energy imprint of the animal with the clairvoyant eye of their right brain. This exceptional perceptiveness to energy trails that are invisible to the eye of people in our modern culture exists because of an attunement with the environment and a connectedness to the life forms they are pursuing. The aura is energetic, so the tracker is not looking for signs such as broken twigs or erosion of the track but is getting the detailed message from the energy left behind.

Each of us has been at one time or another in an environment of excessively positive or excessively negative energies. In our spiritual work we feed off of each other’s positive energy and find our own energy enhanced and empowering. In a similar fashion, a negative energy environment can create adverse conditions and debilitating influences that sap our energy and power. In some work environments, for example, there might exist negative energies that are displayed prominently in energy-sapping staff meetings where everyone is aware of the negativity and non-productive nature of the conversations but ignores it and looks forward only to the end of the meeting. We often leave these meetings with our energies drained and our productivity diminished.

In families and friendships, we might also encounter negativity that focuses on judgment and criticism where each individual is diminished by the engagements and disempowered. In various settings we take on the negative energy and find ourselves suffering from the effects on our souls. These weakening energies are those that we must address and eliminate and the shamanic extraction process does so.

Because we are constantly leaving energy behind us in the conduct of our daily lives, we can become depleted and made more vulnerable. As a result, we pick up imprinted energies from everyone around us—energy that others have left randomly, that events have left in the air, and even from words and emotions that have originated from others. These bits of energetic information collect on us like dust and, if not removed, become entangled in our energy fields and are often problematic. Additionally, we lose much of our positive energy and we need to restore this or we may feel fatigued or even depressed. The extraction process aids in this restoration and revitalization by removing the encumbering weight of adverse energies.

Around our physical beings (as with all objects) are auras—subtle electromagnetic fields that emanate from our person and contain specific embedded programming. The seven chakras that many people identify with the crown, third eye, throat, heart, solar plexus, abdomen, and root are portals that move energy into and out of your body and create the aura that surrounds you. Through these chakras move spinning vortexes of energy that are programmed to affect your aura and generate and attract both positive and potentially negative energy. In an ideal state, the chakra system is open and thriving as it interacts with your surroundings and inner self and a positive glow of wellbeing emanates from your aura. We sometimes refer to such persons as glowing or radiant because they are emitting positive energy that we can all sense and feel.

On the other hand, a blockage that traps negative energy and inhibits the inflow of positive energy affects one’s aura and may lead to physical, emotional, and spiritual debilitation. The person experiencing the blockage may not fully understand the cause of their problems and it is the work of the shamanic practitioner to assist in the diagnosis of the negative energy, the locating of the source, and the extraction and disposal of the offending energy.

Remember that many inhibitors to wellbeing are fear-based and the shamanic practitioner must assist the persons preparing for the extraction to recognize their true power and perfect self. Comedian and lecturer Michael Pritchard once humorously wrote: ”Fear is that little darkroom where negatives are developed.” We are all subject to occasional self-doubt and negative feelings and this is the source of development of the energy blockage that must be extracted. Setting aside fear allows for the subject to be fully receptive to the extraction. Establish a comfortable setting and make sure the person is relaxed and focused.

As a shamanic practitioner, one enters a shamanic state of consciousness that allows seeing and diagnosing the misplaced energy—often referred to as an intrusion. The shaman then attempts to merge fully with the their spiritual allies and power animals whom the shaman has an intimate working relationship with. It is important to draw on the energy of these divine helpers during extraction because this allows the shaman to use the merged energies to extract the energy block.

It is important in the extraction that the extracted energy be dealt with thoughtfully and that it not be allowed to pollute the surrounding environment and perhaps create problems in the future for others. Disposal with intention can be accomplished in several ways as long as the focus on intention remains constant and true. The intention must be set before the extraction so the process can be managed effectively. Either fire or water can be used as part of the disposal procedure. Bowls of water or lit candles placed on your altar may serve in the transmutation process. The water neutralizes the negative energy and the fire consumes it. If actual objects are not available, one my use virtual fire and water as long as your intention is clearly set and you can visualize the extermination of the extracted energy.

Another option is to open a virtual portal in the ether of your workplace in to which you transmute the extracted energy safely.  Take care to close the portal to prevent reentry. As you develop your practice, you develop a relationship with the ether, with fire and water, as well as with any other elements and beings that may accumulate along the journey of your shamanic experiences. You will learn to pre-create ritual settings for the purpose of doing your shamanic work, replete with appropriate altar elements in the layout of your workspace. Thoughtful and careful preparation is essential to managing the extraction to insure that the process will be successful and bring closure.

Following the extraction, the shamanic practitioner should seek to fill the void left by the removal of the blockage with positive vitality.  This may be accomplished by visualizing the restorative power of positive energy rushing into the body through the various chakras and the radiating of new energy back into the person’s aura. A person might simulate this experience by taking deep breaths and sighing expansively and physically feel the invigorating new energy and the sense of a surrounding blissfulness.   There are dozens of filling procedures that the shaman can use; the shaman choosing the procedure that best suits the client’s need.

Extractions are intended to bring individuals back to their original blueprint. The blockage that is removed is the unnatural condition that inhibits the perfect self and the inflow of positive energy that follows the extraction restores the natural order of the perfect and true self. Since ancient times this has been the practice of shamans and we are discovering again in 21st century shamanism that we are energetically capable of healing and restoring ourselves.

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Chakras and the Laws of Attraction

The Chakras and the Laws of Attraction by Jan Engels-Smith

“I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.”
From “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley



In the current state of spiritual awakening, we encounter a variety of approaches to achieving self-realization and empowerment. There seem to be many options and you may find yourself moving from one alternative to another and you may even feel a sense of incompleteness and fragmentation in your spiritual life. In the emerging age of new awareness, the one significant quality of transcendence is a new understanding of the wholeness of all things—the oneness of the universe. The fragmentation we feel in our spiritual practice is in conflict with this basic principle, but the sense of divisiveness is the fault of our thinking, not the condition that actually exists.

I have found that shamanism offers a unifying approach that encompasses all of the various practices in its understanding that all of the universe is one entity and that our outdated mechanistic view of fragmented parts is an artificial construct developed in humankind’s effort to control his universe rather than to become a part of it. An example of this unity can be found in two seemingly disparate concepts—one from ancient times (The Chakras) and another that has received much current attention (The Laws of Attraction). It is important to understand that they are one and the same because each principle enhances the other when we practice them in harmony.

The Laws of Attraction are based on an understanding of the fields of energy that exist in and around us and offer us the opportunity to influence these fields by the attitudes and intentions that we choose. Positive thoughts attract positive energies and create realizable affirmations that enrich our lives and promote constructive changes. In the same manner, negative thoughts attract negative energies and prevent us from achieving the better opportunities that we seek. Constant attention to seeking benevolent outcomes rewards us with wonderful and munificent gifts, often beyond our greatest wishes. The Laws of Attraction make us aware that we are the masters of our fate and the determiners of our future wellbeing.

The chakras are also concerned with energy fields and are the centers of our life force in association with vital points in the physical body. Energy flows through seven centers of our body and provides healing and balance to our systems. If the chakras are blocked, one may experience illness, weakness, and disequilibrium in one’s spiritual, physical, and emotional states.  Focusing on positive flows of energy through the Laws of Attraction can serve to open the chakras and promote good health, security, and happiness.  It bodes well for us to understand these two energy principles and to consciously exercise our bodies, minds, and spirits to attain the advantages of the wonderful energies that the universe puts at our disposal.

Each of the seven main chakras in the body has a different function in the manifestation of your reality. In their ideal state, the chakras pulse out energy that is healthy and supportive to the wellbeing of an individual. The chakras can move from an ideal state (which you are born into) to a more contaminated state throughout life. This contamination comes from life experiences and the attachments to wounds. Understanding this negatively altered condition is also the beginning of healing. First, we must understand the meaning of the individual chakras in their ideal state.

Many times the chakras close down and become contaminated with beliefs that are incongruent with their ideal state and these are felt as blocks or constrictions in the energy system. For example, if you felt as a young child that you weren’t safe, you weren’t secure, and that you didn’t have a purpose because you were unworthy, that would be pulsed out of your root chakra. This energy then becomes part of your subtle body fields or auric fields of energy and becomes part of your broadcast energy. You then would start manifesting a reality that would support this broadcast, bringing incidences and experiences to you that would prove you aren’t safe or that you are unworthy to be safe. This thinking and believing pattern sets up a cycle, which creates a reality that you come to accept and use as a motivation for your actions and decisions.

The chakras are the engines of our energy broadcasts. Conforming to the Laws of Attraction, the chakras vibrate outward, engage with like energies, and draw back into our beings the energies that match our intentions. The art of healing oneself is fundamentally grounded in the understanding of our fields of energy, in the choices we make, in the intentions that we establish, and in the energies that we broadcast into our environment.

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