How to Cut Energy Cords with Crystals
Many of us experience a build-up of energy in our mind, body and spirit from time to time - especially after this last Mercury Retrograde. During emotional and challenging times, cutting cords can help you detach from the stressful or exhausting thoughts and people you encounter throughout the day.
The practice of cutting energy cords helps you to preserve your spiritual space and break any energetic attachments so you can protect and nourish your own energy. There are different ways to cut cords, and we’ll be focusing on two: cutting cords with other people’s energy and cutting cords with an overactive mind.
These two methods are some of the most powerful and effective ways to cut energy cords, but they are also some of the most useful practices during this unique time period. A combination of these two cord-cutting practices can help you make sure your energy is your own and that it stays as positive and uplifted as it can be even with everything going on around you.
Before we dive into the specific practices, it’s important to understand what cutting cords actually is – especially if you are unfamiliar with the practice.
First, let’s talk about cutting energy attachments with other people. Cutting the energy cords with other people in our lives sounds like it might have a negative connotation, like we’re pulling the plug on our relationships. In reality, this therapeutic exercise is meant to preserve our spiritual space, so that we can nourish our bonds with our own cleansed, pure and vibrant energy. When we exchange energy with another person—which can happen during any daily interaction—there is a potential for their energy to stick with us. Most people don’t do this on purpose. Cording is something that happens during certain energy exchanges, and can be especially likely in exchanges with loved ones.
Many of us can remember a time when we supported a friend through a difficult situation, and felt emotionally affected by it even after leaving that friend. That is because their energy was still attached to us. While those are the most memorable examples of cording, we often pick up and carry other people’s energy without even noticing. Cutting the cord helps us to cleanse ourselves of the energy we pick up, before it causes us to feel emotionally drained or tired. We aren’t cutting emotional ties, we are releasing energy ties—and there is a big difference between the two.
Those are the most obvious instances when you need to cleanse your energy, but it’s just as important to cut the energy cord with negative recurring thoughts or addictive behaviors. That leads us to the second cord-cutting practice. In the same way as energy attachments with people, energy attachments with certain behaviors or thought cycles can leave us feeling drained and not like our true selves. By detaching from these thoughts, you can separate your highest self from the lower vibrational energy of these thoughts.
Crystal Cord Cutters: Heather’s Techniques for Cutting Energy Cords
The first thing that you want to do to cleanse your energy is sage yourself and your environment.
Another technique is to use sound to break up the energy surrounding you. A Tibetan bell is an absolute must to have in your energy toolkit. Any kind of bell will work, but we especially enjoy using a bell made with several different metals, as each metal carries a different energy frequency. Heather suggests ringing the bell around your own energy field, even if you’ve already smudged yourself. When you are in your own head, with a mess of thoughts buzzing around, the bell will help to break you out of that space and shed the negative energy around you.
You can also cut energy cords with a piece of black kyanite or an obsidian cord cutter. At the end of the day, Heather will cut the energy cords from family, friends, work colleagues and everyone she comes into contact with throughout the day by coupling a piece of black kyanite with an intention.
- The first thing that she does while holding the piece of black kyanite or obsidian, is just get in touch with where her energy feels affected. Many times, they are connected to your chakra centers, so those are always a good place to start. Close your eyes and take a moment to get in tune with your body. Do you feel a weight in your stomach? Is there energy attached to your heart? Or, do you feel there’s negative energy in your head/mind? Track down where you feel the unwanted energy cord or attachment.
- Then, visualize yourself pulling that energy out of you, as you use your hands to mimic pulling the energy cord out. Using your black kyanite, cut the cord. Bring the kyanite down, and imagine that you are slicing that cord from draining any more of your energy. Then take the energy cord that you have removed, and picture yourself plugging into something positive, like the moon, the sun or Mother Earth. Do this as many times as you need to get rid of residual energy.
- Note: sometimes after doing this practice, you start to feel a little nauseous. It’s almost as if you’re detoxing from this energy. That’s when it’s important to fill yourself back up with light. Take a selenite crystal and place it over that area where you cut the energy cord. See it infusing you with love and light.
- The next step in this process is to consider how you can forgive, both yourself and others. Forgiveness helps us to lighten the toll that harbored anger or negativity takes on us. As a practice that is meant to help us confront and process lessons, the act of forgiving may be the most crucial step toward progress.
- After working with these crystals, be sure to cleanse them. Cord cutting is an effective and easy way to cleanse the spirit whenever necessary, but it’s still some heavy work. Make sure to wash your hands, and purify your crystals. Luckily, selenite is one of the very rare cleansing crystals that doesn’t need to be cleansed, and can actually purify other stones. So you can set your black kyanite on the selenite to let it cleanse and recharge. We always like to place all our crystals out in the sun (if possible) after this practice as well.
Another way to release energy cords, is to journal with crystals. Many times when we get corded with people, it causes us to recognize our own negative energy that we need to work on. To get clear the negativity that is our own, sometimes it’s nice to put pen to paper. Take a few minutes, and jot down what you need to let go of from your own energy field. It could be excessive or overindulgent behaviors, a preoccupation that is stealing all of your attention or even a negative focus on the past. Taking the time to get to know yourself is really what this practice is all about. The more we acknowledge our personal truths, the faster we can get rid of the things that do not serve us. So write on a piece of paper something that you’d like to release, fold the paper up, and place a piece of black tourmaline on it. Black tourmaline is a great stone for release and letting go. Then place a piece of rose quartz on the paper as well to carry the energy of love and forgiveness.
How to Cut Cords with an Overactive Mind
Cleanse it. Program it. And then place it over your third eye to bring any chaos to the surface. Begin the motion of physically pulling out cords from your third eye, using your Amethyst point to cut the cords as you pull them out. After you cut them, visualize plugging the cords into something of high frequency (like a mountain or a landscape). Keep cutting all the cords that come up, and over time, you’ll feel the energy getting lighter and lighter.
In the end, the most tenuous relationship in our life is the one we have with ourself. We beat ourselves up. We don’t take the time to recognize everything that we do right. Cutting our energy cords allows us to reconnect with ourselves. In these moments, we can recognize that while some days are great and some are difficult, we need to commit to loving ourselves regardless. These are the tools that we hope can help you with shifting your energy. Release what no longer serves you, give yourself a break, and enjoy yourself on this journey of life.
A Full Moon Self-Reflection Ritual: How to Cut the Cords + Reach Your Full Potential
Cutting cords is an extremely powerful spiritual technique that can support your daily energetic wellness, but it can also be used as part of your moon rituals – especially full moon rituals. The full moon represents the end of a chapter, offering you the perfect time to check in with your personal energy and reflect on how you feel and what you need or don’t need in your life. Before moving forward and manifesting your dreams, wishes, and intentions in the next lunar cycle, it is important to release and let go of whatever no longer serves you. By saying goodbye to unwanted energies, you can create more space for what you want in your life.
On the day of a full moon, use the cord cutting technique to identify and cut ties with anything that you want to leave behind so you can start fresh at the beginning of the next moon cycle and manifest like never before. Here’s how:
- Pick your cord-cutting crystal. We suggest Black Kyanite or Black Obsidian.
- Hold your cord-cutting crystal in your dominant hand and close your eyes. Scan your mind, body, and overall energy field to find any areas or energies that feel heavy, dense, or dark. These could be thoughts, beliefs, stories and narratives, experiences, or other forms of lingering negativity or unwanted vibrations.
- Once you have identified what isn’t serving you, use your cord-cutting crystal to cut the attachment. Visualize the cord connecting you to that energy frequency in front of you, and use the crystal in a slicing motion to cut the ties. Plug that released energy into something positive like the Earth, sun, or moon.
- Place a Selenite crystal over your chest to infuse your energy field with light and connect with your highest self. This will allow you to move forward into the next moon cycle filled with high vibrations so you can reach your full potential.
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Heather Askinosie is a crystal expert and leading influencer on the power of crystals, Feng Shui and holistic healing. For nearly 30 years, she has been researching the scientific and spiritual aspects of energy. After studying with the best healers from all over the world, she has used the past three decades of her career to translate ancient wisdom into simple tools that anyone can use to transform their life. In 2000, she co-founded Energy Muse with business partner, Timmi Jandro. Energy Muse provides tools of empowerment and inspiration in the tangible form of jewelry and crystals. Her crystal teachings can be found in her book Crystal Muse: Everyday Rituals to Tune into the Real You as well as mindbodygreen, Well+Good, The Chalkboard Mag, and more. Learn more about Heather at energymuse.com.