There are those within the New Age community that talk about "bad" energy, or energy "vampires."
While it is true that there are energetic dynamics that do not feel good, that feel bad or dangerous, etc, I propose a more empowering interpretation: that there is no such thing as "good" energy or "bad" energy, there is only energy that feels good or doesn't feel good to you.
I propose this for two reasons:
1. Energy underlies everything, and we simply must respect and honor all the energies. When we judge something and label it bad, we feel superior to it, because we feel we are entitled to judge it. Disrespectful.
2. Consider how it feels within the body to experience a "bad" energy. For example, some people I know within the energy/new age world hate to go to the grocery store, they say it is filled with bad energy. This is a disempowering way to experience their lives - being afraid to go to the grocery store. Now, consider how it feels within the body to, instead of judging something outside ourselves as bad, discern within ourselves how something feels. "This energy does not feel good to me." And then change your circumstances accordingly. This is respectful to all involved, and completely empowering.
And just like that, you have restored your power...because listening to the truth in our bodies, knowing how we feel on the inside, and acting from there, is the the *source* of our power. (It is not a weakness, as those who would seek to control another might say.) Our power is always found on the inside, and nothing needs to change on the outside for us to experience peace and wholeness.
Try it, and let me know how it goes!
Norma Van Horn