In the past, I have mostly focused either on low magic that relied more on tools like herbs and stones than my own energies.
But now that I am moving to other sorts of work, I find myself a little out of my depth. I know and practice basic grounding & shielding, and use stones and minerals (salt, hematite, etc) but these have really not been adequate for the work I am doing.
What are some other ways of dealing with the after-affects of energy work, and also spirit workings (something I am only just stepping into)? What do you do to delineate the time when spirits and gods can have your attention and say when you need to sleep? I find often that after doing these sorts of things, I have very restless sleep and a lot of false awakenings. Last night, it was a good thing, because I realized exactly who and what was trying to get my attention and had a very informative interaction with them at 2AM, but then I had to get up the next day and go to work the next day, and have been a regular zombie ever since.
Do I need to go beyond the basic psychic hygiene of grounding and cleansing? Or are their more advanced variations on those techniques? What do you use?
I totally forgot about the importance of eating something. I used to have a quick power meal of couscous cooked in chicken broth to restore myself. I'll have to get back in the habit.
For sleep, I always sleep with a lit white candle in my room (which helps hold high spiritual energies and
keep light in the room) and I sleep inside a protective circle. I use a "magick circle" ritual to sleep inside.
The greatest thing I would look at is what spirits you are working with. And I wouldn't let just anyone talk with you.
I make sure to use clearing practices any time I do work, on both myself and the space I am in. Using sage or holy water.
Those all help me sleep more peacefully.
It was animal spirits I was working with. But I will look into making some holy water. When I actually intended to work with them, I suspect that I only gave them a cursory amount of atention. So they made sure I heard them at a later date, when I could not help but focus. But I think in hindsight it would help if I dedicated more time and effort to when I initially intended to do the working.
Other times, though, things just bleed over into my sleep. For example, I fell asleep after doing some past life work, and had a lot of false awakenings and my first ever experience with sleep paralysis. It was darned weird. This sort of thing tends to happen more with naps than at night though.