While it's always fun to have a haunted Halloween, being haunted IRL can be quite distressing. Certain people are more susceptible to hauntings and spirits than others. And, although some may choose to harness that energy in service to the greater good by acting as psychic mediums, other people would rather communicate strictly with the living. In either case, it's important to know how to avoid being haunted or from spirit communication you didn't sign up for. As Los Angeles-based spiritual medium Erika Gabriel tells Bustle, whether you're a medium or not, knowing how to close the door to the spirit world is vital for self preservation.
"I really have to manage my energy. I walk in nature all the time. I use sage as a tool to clear my energy," Gabriel says. "When I first started embracing being a medium, I didn't know I was in charge of my own energy. I had no idea I could open and close it. I was up all night, every night freaking out and feeling every spirit in all of Los Angeles in my bedroom talking to me. While it sounds like, 'hey, that could be kind of neat,' it's not. It sucks. It's horrible. I was really scared," she says.
Eventually Gabriel, who now works as a medium and says she had her first supernatural experience at age 7, realized that she was in charge of her energy. She tells Bustle that she learned to set boundaries that shut off the lines of communication between herself and the spirit world when she's not working, sort of like closing your email app after you leave the office.
So now that you know it's possible, just how do you go about establishing boundaries to protect yourself from being haunted or contacted by spirits you're not keen on talking to? The answers, my friendlies, are surprisingly simple. With a few exceptions, just treat the spirits like any negative living person you want to get rid of.