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114 of 116 people found the following review helpful
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"It's very important to set your energy as a priority. Energy is the most important thing you have in the world." - From Positive Energy Practices

Have you ever been around a blaming critical person and felt "slimed"? What about constant talkers or drama queens who leave you feeling sapped of energy? According to psychiatrist and intuitive Judith Orloff, there are energy vampires among us and they leave us feeling depleted, weary, and tired. In fact, you may be an energy vampire, too...however unwittingly.

In her 2 CD series Positive Energy Practices: How to Attract Uplifting People and Combat Energy Vampires, Dr. Orloff discusses understanding intuition, optimizing and getting in sync with your energy, identifying the nine types of energy vampires, and using visualization to combat draining people and circumstances.

According to Dr. Orloff, "We've become deaf to the voice of our own intuition because our society values the linear, the logical, and the rational. It values pushing and over-achieving and not listening to the body." She suggests the exact opposite, encouraging listeners to tune in to subtle energy, honoring body signals, and following intuition. A person may look good on paper or in person, but if your gut starts to spasm, your neck starts to tense up, you begin to cross your arms or your breathing becomes shallow, your body is letting you know that something is amiss energetically.

Some of the ideas presented in this audio series include:

* Signs of positive energy

* Signs of negative energy

* The 8 tell-tale signs that you're an intuitive empath

* Grounding meditation

* Tuning into the energy of a relationship

* Connecting with collective unity

In addition, she describes the nine types of energy vampires:

1. The Sob Sister

2. The Blamer

3. The Drama Queen

4. The Constant Talker/Joke-Teller

5. The Fixer-Upper

6. The Outwardly Nice Socializer

7. The Go-for-the-Jugular Fiend

8. Crowds

9. Unintentional sappers

Orloff explains that most energy vampires aren't dong this maliciously or consciously. Because of social conditioning or the way they were taught to behave, vampires feel they lack energy and have a subliminal need to feel better about themselves. Thus, they seek energy from others to fill this void.

Her recommendations for dealing with each energy vampire are brief and general, such as visualizing a shield of white light or politely excusing yourself from a conversation.

I can see how Positive Energy Practices can help some people, especially ones that identify with the term "intuitive empath" or "emotional empath". However, as I was listening to this series, I couldn't help but think, "Well, it seems to me that the common denominator of all these interactions with 'vampires' is...the intuitive empath!" Is everyone else really the problem, or is their a major leak in the energy system of the "empath"?

Dr. Orloff seems to believe that some people are born extra-sensitive and intuitively gifted, so this makes them susceptible to energetic drains from crowds, intimate relationships, co-habitation, strong scents, bright lights, and more. I can certainly understand this, because I'm quite sensitive around too much sensory stimulation, cloying perfumes or colognes, or individuals invading my personal space. But I was surprised that Dr. Orloff seemed to address what's wrong with "them", but not addressing the possible energy leaks and weaknesses with the "empath"-including why they end up drawing such people into their lives in the first place.

Granted, she shows individuals how to boost their own positive energy and maintain a calm center, and she is very compassionate towards empaths and vampires alike. She encourages empaths to treat vampires with respect and politeness, but to neutralize them nonetheless. She also applauds individuals who admit to being an energy vampire, saying they're courageous for seeing and admitting this pattern. While she encourages their healing, she never says HOW to address long-standing patterns of blame, complaining, dramatizing, and talking.

In many ways, Dr. Orloff's teaching style is the exact opposite of another energy intuitive and teacher: Caroline Myss. Myss would likely berate the listener, saying that if they're leaking energy and feeling drained, it's because there are pieces of them scattered in different time zones with different situations-causing energetic "lead" in the system. They're not "here" and they're leaking energy-which could one day lead to illness. In fact, I've heard Myss teach that when someone crosses their arms, they're trying to protect the 3rd chakra power point because they're not strong enough to hold their own power. So if you want the soft, gentle approach that's supportive of "highly sensitive" people, you'll probably enjoy Positive Energy Practices by Dr. Judith Orloff. However, if you like to be hit in the face (or gut) with how weak you are and why you need to shore up your energetic system and self-esteem, try one of the Myss CD series (most are excellent, but she can be a hard pill to swallow for some).
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on July 2, 2006
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Ever wonder how to get rid of the people in your life that suck you dry? That drain you of all your energy? This is the CD set to buy. I have learned how to combat all the energy vampires out there in a kind, loving and compassionate way without isolating these people. Learn how to take care of you for a change and get rid of the negatives in your life. This set turned my life around and it can do it for you too!
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on February 19, 2008
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This has been an excellent resource for me while struggling with personal boundaries, self-doubt, or assertiveness issues. I love how Dr. Orloff puts everything into plain and simple terms, easily understood and put into practice. The information here has completely changed my life and my relationships for the best. I recommend it for anyone who finds themselves stuck in relationships with people that drain them, or that seem to be one-way.

Because the information here is so intuitive, it almost seems familiar and so "common sense." Good, good stuff. I can't recommend it enough.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on December 26, 2008
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I really have enjoyed this CD. It defines what energy is, how to notice energy, the difference between positive and negative energies, and defining 9 types of negative energies. It can help you learn about other peoples energies but also recognize your own.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on July 14, 2007
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This is a great pair of audio cds! They complement the Positive Energy book written by Dr. Judith Orloff. The author provides a therapy session with advice on how to cope with being an intuitive empath. It's great to be able to pop in the cds in the car and gain focus as to how to handle the gift and others as 'energy vampires'. I would recommend this to anyone who is affected by intuitive powers or is searching for why he or she feels drained or energized in any given situation.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 18, 2009
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Dr. Judith Orloff has definitely 'nailed' the energy vampires. This is a great CD set to get that teaches you how to identify them and how to deal with them. She gives practical advice as well as guided meditations to strengthen the energy body after being exposed to energy vampires. This is a must for anyone in the spiritual arts and anyone on the path to God realization.
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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Dr. Judith Orloff doesn't just give advice she also give tangible tools anyone can practice with ease on positive energy practices. Based on her own clinical experience, these 10 steps will help guide you towars being a protector of your own energy and claiming a vibrant space you deserve. Life has its share of negative energy ... but you need not take it on if it is not yours ... but if you are empathic this is hard to you ... so Dr. Orloff offers a gameplan for doing just that. This is a wonderful audio complement to the book and one ot refer to again and again.

As I have stated in previous reviews: Dr. orloff like Dr. Mona Lisa Schultz are real doctors with degrees from legitimate educational institutions. They still maintain board certification and licensure in their field. Please keep this in mind when seeking counsel during an often vulnerable time in your life. People who are willing to be held accountable to an authority are those who are more likely to be trustworthy because there is a built in structure for ethics and putting the client first. These two ladies are true to the hippocratic oath of do no harm.

Other goodies from non-medical writers based on more personal experience but worth noting: The Circle by Laura Day, Trust Your Gut by Lynn Robinson, PowerHunch by Marcia Emery, The Intuitive Way by Penney Peirce, and books from Elaine Aron on being a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP).

On the flipside: Do you due diiligence on the credentials, even at the Ph.D. level of other more woo-woo writers on this field of energy and intuitive healing .... before you listen to their counsel. Many of them have Ph.D.'s from unaccredited places ... which means they didn't go through the same kind of rigor. Writers such as Doreen Virtue, Sonia Choquette, Carolyn Myss, John Gray, Barbara De Angelis, etc .... are examples of Ph.D.s whose source were unaccredited universities. Please keep this in mind when venturing out to learn from a healer ...
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on August 21, 2007
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I love Dr. Orloff's soothing voice. She is a woman of wisdom and she speaks clearly and with love. I find her teachings extremely inspiring. Everything she says can be applied automatically to life. Her approach is easy to understand, and very user friendly in day to day living!I've been a fan of all her works since her first book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 2, 2014
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I admire and respect Judith Orloff for embracing her abilities in spite of an unsupportive family, but I didn't get much help from this. She spends so much time telling her personal story that I never got to the practice part. Valid information for any sensitives who are trying to understand their abilities, but you might end up skipping through the personal story at the beginning.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on October 17, 2006
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Dr. Orloff is brilliant---this has helped me get rid of dead weight in my life and feel better about myself. I feel better physically and more connected spiritually thanks to this CD set!
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