Author: Spirit and Bone

How to Protect Yourself Against Negative Energy


Have you ever been around someone and upon going your separate ways realize that you feel totally depleted? Like all your energy has been sucked? This is a very common problem when interacting with others whose energy may be negative or chaotic. These vampires can literally suck the life out of you. We are all energy. Various vibrations of energy are constantly flowing through us and being exchanged with others and our environments. We are conduits for other people’s stuff, the good and the bad. On a daily basis our energy is bombarded by the energy of technology, co-workers, family, subways, schools, and super markets so it is important to protect yourself from negative energies that leech on to your output.

Pay Attention
Sometimes we inadvertently walk into some gross energy, but most times when we pay attention, we can name the reoccurring sources of negative energy. Tune in to when you feel that your energy has been sucked and begin to identify the source stealing your energy. Maybe it’s your best friend, or a negative co-worker, or a cynical family member, or a nasty sales associate. As your pay attention to other people and their transmissions pay attention to your own thoughts. Are they negative or positive? Are you leaking your own energy?

Create Physical Distance
When you encounter negative energy try to physically create distance between you and the source. If you are in a public space choose to sit or stand elsewhere. In a more personal environment, for example interacting with a negative co-worker, take a few steps back. Creating more physical space helps keep your energy field intact.

Invoke an Energy Shield
Having a strong intention is critical to constructing an aura shield. As I wrote about here, your thoughts are powerful. Giving concentrated thought to your energy field can change it. There are various ways to create a shield around your energy. Some people imagine a mirror like surface at the edge of their own energy field to reflect o energy back to the originator. Alternatively, you can visualize pulling up a zipper from the bottom of your feet up to the top of your head, encasing all your good energy within the zipper. Or my personal favorite, you can create a shield of light that bounces energy off of it. To do this, visualize white light streaming down onto your crown chakra and radiating around your body and under your feet. The energy pulsates outward pushing away negativity and keeping you safe from energy leeches and vampires.

Activate Your Shield
It helps to have a word or symbol that you can hold in your mind to activate your shield on a moment’s notice. This could be a sacred symbol of importance to you or a mantra. Personally, I am a huge Harry Potter fan, so when I activate my energy shield I say, “Expecto Patronum.” And then my energy is protected by my guardians and negativity is dispelled.

Radiate Love
Darkness is banished by love. It’s certainly difficult, but when you encounter someone’s negativity protect yourself and send back positivity and love to them. Sending their energy back will only intensify the darkness. Remind yourself that their actions make sense to them and that very likely they do not even realize that their fear based thinking and feelings are affecting you.

Over the years I’ve realized that I am very sensitive to other people’s energy. And the more time I spend working on my intuition and connection to my authentic self, I feel myself become more susceptible to energy leaks and having my energy sucked. Sometimes I’m blindsided and I can’t get my shield up fast enough. In those times I find the fastest way to raise my vibration is through laughter. So I seek out a good belly laugh and then try to smudge myself when I have the opportunity.

“Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.” – Albert Einstein

Protect your magic.

with love,



Full Moon- Super Moon in Pisces


Yesterday was the Full Moon in Pisces and yet another super Moon.  A super Moon is when the moon is closest to the Earth making it appear larger in the night sky and increasing the energy of the lunation.  Leading up to this Full Moon I felt the energies building, the waters rising, resulting in several episodes of cathartic crying.  Pisces being a water sign, reminds us of the depths that are within us.  It is the sign of expansive consciousness and great sensitivity.  You can expect this to be an emotional Full Moon.  Do not be afraid of depths.  There is tranquility in truth and truth resides in the heart. The time is apt to embrace the shadow so that you may create light there.  This is an ideal time for deep healing and cleansing.  Dive deep.

To learn more about the Pisces Full Moon head over here.

…And a little inspiration for your Moon work journey

xo -lauren

Diving into the Wreck

Adrienne Rich, 19292012
First having read the book of myths,
and loaded the camera,
and checked the edge of the knife-blade,
I put on
the body-armor of black rubber
the absurd flippers
the grave and awkward mask.
I am having to do this
not like Cousteau with his
assiduous team
aboard the sun-flooded schooner
but here alone.

There is a ladder.
The ladder is always there
hanging innocently
close to the side of the schooner.
We know what it is for,
we who have used it.
it is a piece of maritime floss
some sundry equipment.

I go down.
Rung after rung and still
the oxygen immerses me
the blue light
the clear atoms
of our human air.
I go down.
My flippers cripple me,
I crawl like an insect down the ladder
and there is no one
to tell me when the ocean
will begin.

First the air is blue and then
it is bluer and then green and then
black I am blacking out and yet
my mask is powerful
it pumps my blood with power
the sea is another story
the sea is not a question of power
I have to learn alone
to turn my body without force
in the deep element.

And now: it is easy to forget
what I came for
among so many who have always
lived here
swaying their crenellated fans
between the reefs
and besides
you breathe differently down here.

I came to explore the wreck.
The words are purposes.
The words are maps.
I came to see the damage that was done
and the treasures that prevail.
I stroke the beam of my lamp
slowly along the flank
of something more permanent
than fish or weed

the thing I came for:
the wreck and not the story of the wreck
the thing itself and not the myth
the drowned face always staring
toward the sun
the evidence of damage
worn by salt and sway into this threadbare beauty
the ribs of the disaster
curving their assertion
among the tentative haunters.

This is the place.
And I am here, the mermaid whose dark hair
streams black, the merman in his armored body.
We circle silently
about the wreck
we dive into the hold.
I am she: I am he

whose drowned face sleeps with open eyes
whose breasts still bear the stress
whose silver, copper, vermeil cargo lies
obscurely inside barrels
half-wedged and left to rot
we are the half-destroyed instruments
that once held to a course
the water-eaten log
the fouled compass

We are, I am, you are
by cowardice or courage
the one who find our way
back to this scene
carrying a knife, a camera
a book of myths
in which
our names do not appear.

Mermaid Life

Always Be a Mermaid











Labor Day weekend has come and gone.  Kids have rushed off to school and although Pumpkin Spice products have already shown up on menus, summer is still here. At least for a few more weeks. Hold on to this magic time of warm nights and bare feet.  Relish the warm air on sun kissed shoulders and windswept salty ocean hair.  A mermaid was the first thing I ever wanted to be when I grew up.  The ocean’s waters  have always crashed into my heart.  Flooding me with freedom, with flow, with resistance.  My second lungs.  In and out. Breath of ancient origins.  My final days of summer will be spent in the ocean’s embrace.  Wash over me, polish my rough edges, teach me the dangers of shallow living.

peace, love, and mermaid hair,


How to Create a Positive Internal Environment– and Why it’s Important


I read a life changing sentence this week: “ There are 100 million sensory receptors within the body, and ten trillion synapses in the nervous system, making the mind 100,000 times more sensitive to its internal environment than to its external one. So it is truly from a place within that we receive and assimilate most of our knowledge.”- Anodea Judith
And yet we spend so little time actually paying attention to what is happening within us. We can have powerful intuitions through embodied knowledge but we dismiss these insights. We can identify our feelings, such as fear, anxiety, or lack, but we stop short in questioning why it is we feel this way. Or where in our body do we physically feel this emotion? What messages is your mind sending to your internal environment? Are you receiving love notes of acceptance and serenity or hate mail full of self-doubt, judgment, and worry? My greatest struggle in creating a happy internal environment is sifting through the mounds of hate mail my ego likes to send me.

Dear Lauren,

What makes you qualified to write about this? You are not Yoda, you can’t control me. I own you. This isn’t going to be helpful. You should really just stop. We both know you would be happier if you were napping right now. You should do that instead.

With endless criticism and judgment,
Your mind

What we think matters. A lot. It paints our internal landscapes. So if the greatest influence on our mind is within us, then we are truly accountable for our own happiness or lack thereof. That’s right. It’s you. It’s 100,000 times just you and what you are creating. What exactly are you creating? Anger? Blame? Judgment? Fear? How about just general negativity? You might even be thinking,” I don’t create any of those things.” However, it is also a possibility that you are creating all of those things, but are not yet even aware you are engaging in those powerfully depleting energies. Your thoughts are powerful, they shape both your internal and external world. The following are five steps to help you begin the journey of creating a positive internal environment.

Watch Your Thoughts
This first step requires a focused mindfulness. On some level you are always hearing your thoughts. However, because you have so many thoughts in the course of a single day it is easy to tune them out and allow them to become white noise inside your head. Instead, try paying attention to them. See if you can remove yourself from your thoughts so that they are separate from you. By doing so it makes them easier to observe. Then sit back and watch. What kinds of words are being used internally? Is the overall picture positive or doom and gloom? How often are your thoughts focused around worry or fear? How often are you blaming, judging, or criticizing someone? How often do you praise? How often are your thoughts compassionate and accepting?

Why are You Afraid
Through watching your thoughts you move into awareness. When you judge or attack others or yourself you are creating fear based emotions within you. Through observation of your thoughts you can now begin to evaluate them. With thoughts of a negative nature ask yourself, “What am I afraid of?” Sometimes the answer will be completely irrational which is ok. The other day a woman attending a meeting in our office building asked me if I had a phone charger she could borrow. In my head I watched my thoughts attack her. “Who just asks a stranger to borrow their phone charger?” “I don’t know this woman; she doesn’t work here.” I didn’t have a phone charger to give her, but as I evaluated these thoughts I realized how irrational they were. What was I so afraid of? The lack of possibly not having my phone charger returned? She most likely really needed a charger otherwise she would not have asked a complete stranger for theirs. Evaluating your thoughts is important because it sheds light on our fears, the rational and irrational.

Stay in the Now
How often are your internal thoughts focused on something that has not yet happened or something that has already happened? I would bet that the majority of the negative thoughts you construct are worries or anticipation of future events. Or alternatively, they are rooted in reliving and holding onto past events. Let go of both. The past is not a predictor of the future, although your mind tricks you into thinking so. The future does not exist. Stay in the now. Observe and react only to what is happening right now, as though it were happening without the possibility of a future or memory of a past. Doing this one step will remove many fear-based energies. There is only right now.

Wage War
Your natural state is one of compassion and freedom. It is worth battling for a positive internal environment and for a loving mind. In order to achieve this we need to abandon judgment. Give up judging other people and yourself. The problem is not the other person or something in the external environment, the problem is within you and your judgment of a situation. Situations just are; you choose how to label them, good, bad, difficult, life changing. I’ll share an ugly secret with you about the human condition: we are addicted to our tensions. We talk about how these negative aspects of ourselves are bad, how we don’t want negativity and yet we continue to consume it and use it to fuel large parts of our lives. You can help kick the addiction by foregoing judgment. It is hard work but the war is worth waging. Be kind to others and be kind to yourself

Love Yourself
How you feel about others and the external world is a projection of your internal world. You can change these feelings by shifting how you feel about yourself. Where is there unhappiness within you? What are you judging in yourself? Where are you holding on to anger? Be compassionate and kind to yourself. This can be really difficult sometimes. I know for myself that it is far easier for me to forgive and give kindness to others than to myself. I am my hardest critic. If you struggle with accepting yourself, imagine how you treat someone you love unconditionally. How do you treat your child, your brother or sister, your beloved? I bet you are gentle with them. I bet you wrap them in compassion and warmth. I bet that you are giving and affirm their worth. I bet you forgive them. I bet you love them fiercely. Now do that for yourself.  No one deserves your love more than you.

“There is no separation between the mind and the body, and everything that we’re thinking or feeling or experiencing over the course of a lifetime, or lifetimes, has an effect on your cellular tissue. So your body remembers everything and even though we have as human beings an incredibly — a gorgeous ability to reconcile or to reason, our bodies don’t have that same ability to heal unless we’re moving through experiences in our life in a spiritual way. So what I’m saying is if we’re holding onto hate, blame, shame, anger, rage, sadness, or grief, something like that, those emotions can be as toxic on our physical body as a poor diet or as inertia and they manifest as tension, stress, and anxiety. So our physical body is actually masking the emotional resonance that lies beneath it.”- Seane Corn
With love,

Bohemian Royale














Day2-36-copySpell & the Gypsy Collective August/September Look book ‘Bohemian Royale’.
Photographer Graham Dunn
Model Anja Konstantinvoa @ Priscillas
Art Direction Kelley Ash
Styling and concept by Spell & the Gypsy Collective & Leah Hoffman
All vintage (and Child of Wild jewels) from Leah Hoffman’s personal collection
H&M Kali Kennedy
Assistant Rhian Bosci

I am in love with the new Bohemian Royale collection from the ever amazing ladies at Spell and the Gypsy Collective.  I couldn’t wait to share the pieces that are rockin my gypsy soul.  I’m a summer girl, but fall fashion has always pulled at my heartstrings and this year’s heavy influences of 70’s styles, fringe, and western wear have me day dreaming of changing leaves.  This fall I think I’ll be trading my skinnies for a pair of bells and undoubtedly adding yet another piece of fringe to my closet.  Be sure to check out the gorgeous Bohemian Royale Collection in its entirety.

peace, love, and good fashion


New Moon in Virgo August 25th


Happy New Moon in Virgo. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for some new energies. And, oh, how the energies are shifting. This New Moon holds great potential for healing and transformation. Allow yourself to release the past. Surrender blame, fear, and old thought patterns. When setting your new intentions reflect on how you remain tied to your past. Are you living as a victim? What habits are no longer serving you? Where should you be granting forgiveness? How are you harboring fear? Let go and create space for your fresh start. Use the purgative powers of this lunation to turn inward and heed the guidance of your spirit. Be present and practice patience.Be sure to head over to Mystic Mama for the full lunar report.

with love,


Wild One

“Within every woman there is a wild and natural creature, a powerful force, filled with good instincts, passionate creativity, and ageless knowing. Her name is Wild Woman, but she is an endangered species.” – Women Who Run With the Wolves










“We are filled with a longing for the wild. There are few culturally sanctioned antidotes for this yearning. We are taught to feel shame for such a desire. We grew our hair long and used it to hide our feelings. But the shadow of Wild Woman still lurks behind us during our days and in our nights. No matter where we are, the shadow that trots behind us is definitely four- footed.” –Clarissa Pinkola Estes

I had only begun to hold Women Who Run With the Wolves between my hands, my fingers turned the first pages to the Forward, and my eyes feasted on the passage above.  It spoke to me so loudly that I had to close the book to silence its screams.  But the echo remained, and refrained.  Staying with me until I was soaked through in it’s truth.  This book I  know will change me.  I will look back on this time and see the line that has been drawn -between who I was before I knew the Wild One, and who I would become.  It’s time to begin.