Have you ever had a spiritual session? This is a broad umbrella term that is meant to encompass the many ways an individual or third party - often a professional - can help strengthen your connection to Spirit, and usually with the intent to heal, manifest, and/or forecast. A session can look like a lot of different things; think tarot reading, a Reiki session, energy reading/healing, an astrology reading, spirit connection and communication (mediumship), and the broad term, psychic reading. Very generally speaking, the individual or professional channels information to aid you in your highest good, through their own unique abilities and knowledge.
The experience can be intensely powerful, often striking a deep chord that can not only hit you immediately, but can then resound for a long period of time. This sounds intimidating, I know! I agree, most of us feel incredibly uncomfortable when we receive such strong validation and it’s a concept I’ve covered in much more depth over on That Witch Next Door. But I also believe to my core that this is a good thing that occurs. And not only completely worth the cathartic moments, but is a time and energy that can and should be harnessed and nurtured.
That said, how can we best spend our time immediately following a spiritual session? How can you best apply the new information and perspective you’ve been offered?
The following list is not exhaustive, it is a starting point to inspire you. The main idea is to avoid anyone or anything that causes you distress because you will be feeling more sensitive than usual. The suggestions below are very purposefully open-ended so that you can adjust where necessary to fit your unique lifestyle.
Acknowledge + Accept Your Emotional And Mental Flow
We’re going to get the hardest, but most important tip over with first. I’ll fully admit, this is easier said than done, but try not to suppress your thoughts and feelings. Many are going to arise, this is natural as your brain processes the experience. Try to embrace yourself fully (literally, give yourself as many hugs as you need!) by meeting your emotional, intellectual, and physical needs. Often times in a session we work through trauma and life experiences where we were enduring abuse and/or our needs were not being met. It is so important that you not continue this cycle of abuse against yourself. The hours post-reading feel fresh because we may have just reopened many wounds. Don’t force anything. If anything feels forced that means it’s not coming naturally to you and that’s going to cause distress.
Take Your Schedule Into Consideration
A good session can have a profound effect on your mood for the rest of the day. You may be feeling energetic, you may be feeling more reserved. Keep this in mind prior to making appointments. For example, you may not feel up for small-talk with your dental hygienist an hour after intense inner child healing with your spiritual coach or mentor. Or maybe you have plans to go have drinks with your friends later in the evening, it’s really not a good idea to consume much (if any) alcohol after an energy healing or Reiki session. These are just a couple of many examples to consider before walking-in for a tarot reading or when scheduling a spiritual session.
Listen To Your Body - And Nourish It!
In the above paragraph I mentioned a no-alcohol rule of thumb after a Reiki session or energy healing. Well, the truth is we really don’t recommend substances or consumables that can alter your mind or have a psychoactive effect when in a spiritually vulnerable state. As an addict, this recommendation is very near and dear to my heart. Most of the sessions I’ve had have faced me with my past struggles with drugs and alcohol. In my experience, it takes a lot less poison to have a stronger effect on me when I’m feeling spiritually vulnerable. And this unfortunately includes stronger negative side effects. Now, if you don’t personally struggle with recreational substances, it’s still important to be mindful of this. You’re still much more susceptible to everything, so just try not to book a session with your psychic the same day as your bestie’s birthday party.
These concepts also apply to food and non-alcoholic drinks! If the negative effects of a beer will be stronger, the same applies to McDonalds or any highly processed foods. Try to steer clear of highly caffeinated beverage, anything with an exorbitant amount of sugar, and anything loaded with chemicals and preservatives. I recommend a lot of fresh produce, nuts and seeds, quality meat and dairy (if that’s your thing), and healthy fats like olive oil and avocado.
And, I can’t stress this enough, WATER! Lords help me, please increase your water intake. (For most of you reading this, I bet you can start applying this tip right now.) Water will balance your physical, spiritual, emotional, and mental energy. It increases your oxygen, and hydration is one of the best things we can do for our bodies.
Maintain Your Energetic Boundaries
Have you ever experienced an Energy Vampire? A person or environment that thrives off of others’ energy sources instead of their own. They leave you feeling drained because they take without giving anything back. Now imagine this when you’re already feeling sensitive, vulnerable, and maybe even emotionally drained. Yeah. Not a good mix after a cathartic spiritual reading.
If you get a deep tarot reading and you’re all in your thoughts and feels afterwards, and there’s someone you just don’t want to be around, hold that boundary. If that person lives with you, try explaining that you just want to be on your own for the rest of the day. Maybe there’s somewhere else of sanctuary you could go to for a little while, like a favorite park or coffee shop, or friend’s house. Or you can just stay in your own room for the night, or take a long hot bath by yourself. Don’t feel guilty for maintaining your boundaries, especially when you’re feeling extra vulnerable.
Cut Yourself Some Slack
Got a to-do list that’s a mile long? No matter how much you accomplish it just doesn’t seem to get any shorter? I know the feeling. Here’s the thing though, we can prioritize. There are tasks that can wait until the following day. Sure, there are some responsibilities (hello, parenting) that cannot be put off. But grant yourself the permission to blow off anything that you just don’t want to do and isn’t an immediate priority. The running theme here is self-care. And sometimes self-care means waiting to do those couple of loads of laundry tomorrow, or waiting one more day until you buy bread, or calling to make your hair appointment at a later time.
Activities For Spiritual Well-Being
Okay, okay I get it. This is a lot of what not to do. So here are some ideas to inspire your post-spiritual reading hours:
Write (poetry/short story/fan fiction)
Go for a walk/run/hike
Listen to music
Catch up with an long-time or distance friend/family member
Do a shadow work ritual
Diffuse essential oils
Buy yourself flowers or a new plant
Tend/talk to your plants you already have
Sit with and feel your crystals
Come up with a mantra or affirmation for the evening or following day(s)
Make a cup of tea with intention
Make a new blend of tea with your own herbs
Study an interesting subject just for fun (astrology, paranormal, history, philosophy, psychology, herbalism, a god or goddess, etc. Literally an endless list here)
Take a bath/shower
Give yourself a pedicure/manicure
Or go get a pedicure/manicure
Give yourself a facial (or go get one)
Get a massage or have a chiro session
Practice breath work
Start a vision board on Pinterest
Do a craft! (see more Pinterest lol)
Clean your house or room
As you can see, the main idea here is to make choices that are congruent with your spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical well-being. Don’t ever be afraid to practice self-care.