Feeling a little crazy? Read this.

by Danielle MacKinnon

I’ve awoken feeling a bit nostalgic. The first song I heard when I turned on my phone was, “Sweet Home Alabama”, and it’s been stuck in my head for an hour now. Yes, I was listening to Classic Rock when it was just “rock.” I think I’m dating myself… 🙂

My teenage years were spent in backwoods New Hampshire and music was a big part of that. I wasn’t listening as much to Madonna as I was to Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, ACDC… I really liked losing myself in those guitar solos.

Looking back on it now, I realize that I was using music to ease the deep depression I was in (which lasted from about 7th grade on and off until I was 30.) I felt so sad and alone so often – and yet, I loved and craved people, but they were just SO MUCH to deal with! It wasn’t until twenty years later that I finally understood why music had become my salvation.

It was the energy.

As a super-sensitive person (probably just like you if you’re reading this), I often took in the feelings and emotions of everyone around me. I “felt” so much of what others were saying, thinking, and experiencing – even when it had nothing to do with me.

But music – music actually drowned all of that out. It was like a sound buffer through which no one else’s stuff could get through. Pretty incredible, right?

Well, yes, and for an eighteen-year-old it worked. But as I grew into adulthood, it became less and less acceptable for me to grab my Walkman and headphones and disappear – which, once again, left me open to the energies of the outside world.

I didn’t know how to handle all the things that I was picking up, that really didn’t have anything to do with me! Nor did I understand how to hold myself in such a way that I could BE with others and not be bowled over by them.

Which is the whole reason I ended up becoming an expert in energy management. I really had to! I don’t think that I would be here today, doing this work, if I wasn’t finally able to understand myself in this brand new way.

There are so many super sensitive people out there right now – many of whom have NO idea that they are as nervous or worried or chaotic or lonely as they are simply because they are taking in too much energy from the outside world, or simply because they haven’t yet learned how to place themselves energetically in the world.

And that’s one of the absolute best things about doing this crazy work that I do – watching someone’s eyes light up when they say, “So, THIS is what it feels like to relax?” or “I’ve never been so focused before!” or “I finally feel like myself..”

I would love to know what you’ve experienced as a result of your own energy management – and I know everyone else wants to know as well. Please share below!

Love & Light,

7 replies
  1. Jane
    Jane says:

    So this is probably why I crave sitting by a flowing stream or small waterfall. I need to be out in nature by myself or with my dog. My music is nature, the quiet sounds

  2. JoAnn L.
    JoAnn L. says:

    I identify with much of what you say Danielle,I love music too but I also love silence especially when in nature.I also pick up what others are feeling and thinking and it can sometimes be overwhelming,as of now I don’t think I manage my energy as I should but hopefully I will soon.thank you for sharing your life with us,you are so down to earth and so real which is refreshing

  3. Leslie
    Leslie says:

    I haven’t been able to log into Facebook since January 15.
    I went into it that day and saw the horrifying and soul bruising pictures of a dog with two young men who had cut off his ears. Danielle, this hurt me to my core and I pray for him, I send Reiki, and I push the image out of my mind, but I still feel for him. I think I’ll have to get a private session to DEAL with this. I apologize if mentioning it here brought up sadness for others. If they also struggle with managing energy when the worst of human behavior is evident like that, I hope they can forgive me.

  4. Stephanie
    Stephanie says:

    My childhood was plain survival & I escaped with music as well. Still today I need music playing almost non-stop to keep my mood up & to keep my negative thoughts at bay. I don’t know where I would be if I hadn’t had music. Thank you Danielle for always sharing your life with us. It helps oh so much! You are amazing!
    I’m believing more in myself & my abilities because of you!

  5. Janet
    Janet says:

    Like you Danielle, I spent pretty much my whole life doing what you did, listening to music. I still do. That is the only way that keeps my moods uplifted. I don’t listen to soft music, a co-worker turned me onto Halestorm – sort of heavy metal (im60 yrs old and proud of it). So I just found a sample to a book called The Empath’s Survival Guide by Judith Orloff, MD. So most of my life I was depressed, took on other’s energies not knowing it and feeling totally out of control. At lease I can feel normal in my non-normalness. But I can’t say I enjoyed life being this way for so long. Found out a couple of years ago that not only am I empathic, I’m intuitive and psychic. I got a whole bus-load of stuff that I had no idea I was dealing with. Did you ever spend time with friends and didn’t know why you picked up writing like them or behaving like them? Tough childhood. LOL

  6. A.M.
    A.M. says:

    What I noticed when it came to energy management I became calmer. My work days became easier. I didn’t take things seriously. I was able to see issue and come up with solutions. Also it open up my abilities. I got answers quicker, also it made those around me calmer. The drama went away, also it cooled my temper, able to laugh, relax and enjoy life more. Also I was able to go to fall asleep and sleep soundly.

    Bye the way love the energy on this site it’s delicious! lol

  7. Luanne
    Luanne says:

    Music. Soft, relaxing. Playing my harp. Playing my french horn. Music is an essential part of my life. Calms me, peaceful, and I smile!.


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