Hello again, I welcome you to Part 2 of my Tattoos as Talismans series. In this article I will be talking about the energy exchange that takes place when you get tattooed. We’ll also discuss some ways to protect yourself energetically (whether you’re an artist or a client) Finally, we will talk about combining Reiki (a form of healing) with tattoos. At the bottom of this article are a few links for further information on the subjects presented.
Let’s begin this with the idea of Energy. It is my belief that energy plays a very important role in tattooing. It is vital that the person being tattooed is as comfortable as possible. Not only for the technical aspects that come with the process of getting a tattoo, but for the emotional aspects as well. When you are getting a tattoo, there is a connection present between you and the artist performing it. The whole process will run a lot smoother if your energy meshes well with the artist tattooing you. So, that said put some thought into who you allow to tattoo you. Pay attention to your gut instincts. Does this person give you a bad vibe? You probably don’t want to share that connection (and it is an intimate one) with them.
This can also apply to artists as well, Tattooing can be a physically, and mentally demanding job. If you are facing a client who gives you an extremely bad vibe, tattooing them is probably not a good idea. Clients have it a little easier in this regard, if they are uncomfortable, they have the option of choosing a different artist. For the artist, sometimes it is not that easy to turn away clients. So if you have no other options but to tattoo said person, here are a few things you can do to along with standard precautions, to also protect yourself metaphysically.
Shielding and Centering and Grounding
The above three things can help a lot in the world of tattooing. Because this is such an energy sensitive job, it’s important to be able to not get carried away by the vibes you might experience. The three following techniques work well together, first we’ll talk about centering.
Centering is letting go of all outside influences, and existing. It is your happy place. It is your natural state when you are not stressed out by the world around you. Imagine all the influences around you are like different clashing pieces of clothing, imagine shedding all of those things until only you remain in your pure essence. Take a few deep breaths, until you are relaxed. This is a good way to start out your tattoo, it helps clear the mind and allow you to focus on the work that needs to be done.
Shielding is just what it sounds like, something that protects you from outside influences. To shield, just imagine a bubble of white light surrounding you, this bubble dispels all negativity on contact. Shielding works best when it’s second nature, practice often.
Grounding is a way of expelling excess unwanted energies and vibrations. Do you ever feel just yucky after tattooing someone? Grounding is a great way to fix this, and it can be done covertly. A great way to do this is perform it while you’re washing your hands. Say you are taking a break, while you’re washing your hands, imagine the water drawing out any negative energy you may have picked up and neutralizing it. You can also ground while you’re working on the tattoo, just imagine the energy flowing down and out of you and into the earth, where it is filtered and purified.
Also, you can utilize crystals and stones to help do some of the work for you. Amethyst is a great crystal for healing…maybe carry a piece in your pocket, or wear it as a pendant. Black Onyx is a stone for protection, as well as Hematite and Red Jasper (just to name a few). Having these on your person, or in your presence can help protect you from nasty vibes. These are simple things you can do to make the process more comfortable energetically. If you have a little more time to devote to the metaphysical side of tattoos, I strongly suggest getting attuned for Reiki.
Reiki is a form of alternative healing that originated in Japan. Reiki translates to “Universal (Rei) Energy (Ki).” The idea is that this universal energy is the ultimate divine energy present in all things. It is the source from which creation and life flows. A Reiki practitioner acts as a channel to allow this energy to flow freely into the person receiving treatment. Reiki is interesting in that, because it is the source energy, it needs no direction or guidance, it goes where it is needed. Once you are attuned for Reiki, you have it for life, and you will notice that it will work spontaneously. Many times, if you are near someone who needs healing, you will feel it flowing on it’s own.
This can be very beneficial in tattooing because it gives your client a little boost. When I became attuned for Reiki, I noticed it had a strong influence on my tattooing. I find my clients are more relaxed during the tattoo, the tattoo heals much faster, and it is much easier for me to tattoo for long periods of time. I think people can sense when you are attuned as well, it helps make people more comfortable with the process, and you more comfortable with them. It acts sort of like a shield on it’s own, by dispelling negativity by its very nature.
If you are new to the subjects presented above, do a little research. The ideas I’ve presented are just a few available, and there’s a plethora of information available at book stores, the library and of course the internet. To get you started, here are some links on some of the subjects mentioned here.
Shielding and Grounding and Centering:
Metaphysical Properties of Crystals and Stones
In my next article, I’ll talk about some of the design aspects of talisman tattoos, we’ll go into the role that colors and shapes and placement can play in the talisman tattoo.