Have you ever noticed that there are some people in life who are just draining? Any interaction with them will leave you feeling depleted. With some people it takes a long conversation full of their needs and ignoring yours before it hits. With others, it's as soon as they enter the room. As soon as you see them -- whoosh! Energy drain. It's almost like you can feel the life leaving your body.
Sometimes a person is truly in crisis. They need to talk and if you can listen and give of yourself, they will get better. It's a momentary crisis. And they give back when it's you who are struggling. They listen. They give. This doesn't seem to be so draining. Partly because they refill you when you need it and partly because you are giving willingly.
But other people just take. They corner you and utilize you. They barrage you and then leave you in a crumpled heap. You are glad it's over, but you know they'll be back.
Giving of yourself is charitable. It's the Christlike thing to do. I can hear the arguments. And you're right; it is. But what about the cost to you?
I think of Little Shop of Horrors. Seymour tries to appease Audrey II with his own blood. He soon discovers that he can't satisfy Audrey II's appetite. And think of the Skeksis from The Dark Crystal. They drain the Gelflings to fill themselves. In both cases, it is all about meeting their needs and they are indifferent to their food source.
Some people are like this. They have a hunger that cannot be satiated. You can give and give, and when you are lying dead on the floor they will move on to someone else because they are still hungry.
I don't know about you, but I am still trying to figure out how to protect myself from energy vampires and soul suckers. I believe that it is an important skill to learn. As sovereign beings, we are responsible to set our boundaries to protect ourselves.
And luckily, not everyone we interact with is a soul sucker.
There are others, people who give. Sometimes it's a two-hour conversation with both of you crying. Other times it's a smile from across the room when you really need it. These people are soul healers. These people are well fillers.
I want to be like them. But I'm a beginner. I still vacillate between the two. Sometimes I drain. Sometimes I give.
But someday I want to be like those rare gems who are true healers. These people can fill you up even when they are in crisis. They receive more by giving. Somehow, they have learned to protect themselves and still give away as much as is needed.
These people are the angels who walk among us. And most of them don't even realize it.