How to Turn Off Psychic Abilities

So you are beginning to work on awakening your psychic abilities.  And you’re making progress.  Perhaps you are feeling your chakras opening and tingling, maybe you are seeing things in the corner of your eye moving and having clairaudient experiences.

It’s all quite exciting.

Except it’s happening all the time and it’s overwhelming.

What can you do to shut it down?

If you are feeling you need to tone down your psychic awareness, it’s because you’ve got too much energy running through your third eye and crown chakra. (Check out this article if you’re not too familiar with the chakra system.)

This is because you have opened your third eye and maybe it hasn’t been open for a long time. So it’s running amok a little bit.  Here’s what to do in that situation:

1. Get a clear process for shutting down your energy field – and use it

If you want to be able to turn your psychic abilities off at will, you need a clear process for turning them off (AND for turning them on.)

When I tune into people’s spirit guides/energy body, I open up my chakras, and raise my vibration in order to connect.  I have a process for doing it (which I teach in my Intuitive Awakening Course) and I have a process that I do afterwards to close my chakras and come back into my body.  If I don’t do that process, I wouldn’t be closing down my psychic awareness.

My process consists of:

  • Thanking my client’s guides and my guides for being present
  • Closing my chakras – all you need to do for this is visualize your chakras closing in your mind’s eye, one by one.
  • See my energy coming out of the ethers and coming back into my body.
  • Cut all psychic ties with the client and separating my aura from the client’s aura
  • Declare to myself that the reading is over and my psychic senses are now shut down.  I am not wearing my psychic hat.

I really have to mean the last step.  I say that because sometimes I don’t want to close down. Let’s face it – being connected to your guides and receiving information can feel pretty cool.  And you can go around on that psychic high for days feeling connected and hooked in.  That’s not normal, real life though.  So that’s why I say you have to mean the last step. You really have to want to disconnect from your psychic awareness and shut it down for this to work.

If you have an opening up process, you know you can connect again when you want to, so don’t be afraid to close it down.

And remember that your energy is entirely within your control. You control it through your intentions – conscious and subconscious. Turning off psychic abilities after a while becomes like flicking a switch, through intention.

2. Get out of your head and out of your third eye

Secondly, for all the time and attention you’re spending on your psychic and spiritual development, make sure you spend just as much time and attention on your physical human life, for balance.

Your third eye can’t stay open permanently if you are putting your attention elsewhere, on more human, mundane matters.  Your energy can’t be all in your third eye and in your head if it’s focused and distributed elsewhere – like in your lower chakras.

Here are some small ways to stimulate the lower chakras:

  • Pay attention to the details of your physical life – if your home is full of clutter or dirty, do some organizing and cleaning.  That stimulates your root chakra.
  • Pay attention to your finances.  Pay your bills and check your bank balance.  Make a budget if you need to.  Don’t let the details of your human life escape you even if they seem really boring.
  • Do some exercise – even if it’s just a walk.
  • Get a Massage.

3. Get out of your head (as a way of life)

Being in balance with your psychic abilities is a way of life.  It’s not about a quick fix to ground you here and there.  If you are someone who is consistently engaging with the psychic and spiritual realms, you must be as dedicated to your physical life too – and pay it just as much attention, if not more.

I know this because I spend a few hours a day in the psychic realm and I know what it is like to be on a high from that.  But that high doesn’t last.  And life will bring you back down to Earth from it (with a nasty bump) if you don’t counterbalance psychic work with being human and in your body.

Being human involves spending time on your human relationships and getting back into the real world afterwards.  That is, unless you want to live as a renunciate or a monk.

I’m pretty sure I did that last time I was here so that life holds no appeal for me. 🙂

If all else fails, if you have lots of energy running through your third eye and you feel like can’t switch it off, take a bath with a cup of sea salt or Epsom salts in it.  That is a good temporary fix to settle your energy.

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Hi, I’m Anna Sayce! My purpose here on this website is to provide practical techniques and information to help empaths to understand, and fix the root of their energetic overwhelm & also to help sensitives to embrace and develop their intuitive gifts. I believe that developing our spiritual & intuitive side is very powerful and allows us to improve our own lives, and if we wish, even make the world a better place for others. Discover more >


  1. Rachel

    THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT. Thank you, Anna. I just discovered the truth of it the hard way… And am still recovering from a very nasty, scary bump… I stupidly ignored all the messages around me pointing to balance, perhaps thinking I was immune. I even had Ken Wilber’s book “Integral Life Practice” sitting by my bedside!! I hope everyone who reads this will really take it to heart and apply it to their lives.

  2. Moi

    This comment has nothing to do with this article.: Happy New Year Anna!

  3. Elyse

    Since I found your webpage a short while ago, I’d been hoping you’d write on exactly this topic! Not knowing how to shut myself off is what keeps me from wanting to develop myself psychically. I wonder if you might explain more about how to visualize chakras closing in your mind’s eye. Do you simply visualize the colors disappearing?

  4. Anna

    Hi Rachel – glad you found this helpful!

    Moi – Happy new year to you too!

    Elyse – I visualize the chakras as being like flat discs (about the size of a CD) spinning around a pole that runs from the centre of the top of my head, right down through my body. When they are open, they are about 1-2 metres outside of you. To bring them in, you use the power of your intention to just see the chakras get smaller and smaller, some people like to see them as lotuses closing the petals. It makes no difference how you do it – the intention is what matters.

  5. chareseloves4

    I can see and hear spirits its really scary I don’t want to go through this no more at all I’m only 13 years old I wanna live a normal life some one I beg you please help I can’t sleep or do anything normal no more.

  6. Victoria

    I thank you. And i thank you, again. Teaching people how to tune out in one of the best gifts you can give a person (like me). I commanded self-possession and prayed for healthy boundaries last night and found your article today. Thank you. I’ve been tuned in for a year and four months and i have been in both states of joy and pain. And i thank you again. Love, peace and joy to you.

  7. Charlotte

    Hi Anna,

    Thank you very much for all of your writing! My Mum recommended your site to me and I’ve been reading my way through it this morning :). Thank you for your common sense!


  8. leanne

    can some one help me, i am 23 and have very strange feeling and can picture people from past life when i come into contact with some one they want to speak to i have had my mind closed but it keeps reopening and i keep getting people latch to me help??

  9. A

    Thank you for this information! I had recently re-connected with my psychic side, and as I completely embraced it for the first time in my life, I had trouble shutting the pathways down.

  10. Margarita

    Dear Anna,

    I just chanced upon your blog today (although, there is no such thing as coincidence, right? 🙂 ) because I wanted to learn how to have more control over my psychic energies. I’ve been focusing even more on it in the last 2 years, and especially recently, since I’m an acupuncturist and reiki practitioner, and just in my work alone, in addition to meditation, it raises my vibrations. Turns out my boyfriend is also very intuitive, and he has a harder time shutting his psychic abilities off, so we learn together how to hone our abilities. Just even the title of your website, alone, is refreshing, real, and accessible. It is a breath of fresh air! And your blog is very precious and of great resource to so many! Thank you so much.

  11. Anna

    Hi Margarita,

    Thank you, I am glad you are enjoying the website! All the best on your path.

  12. marcus

    hi im marcus have to much clairaudiance i think hear way to much all of the time was not made aware of this through correct channels

  13. ZerZer

    Definitely a nice read. When I first started really tuning into things a year+ ago I went a bit overboard opening my crown chakra and having a minor spiritual awakening at the same time. Lets just say going from being a normal shut-in hermit nerd to full blown 24/7 getting my brain assaulted caused some turbulence. And as I’d never really how to turn it off that eventually turned into getting diagnosed schizo. Hopefully I’ll be able to get myself able to visualize closing it off for a time because ughhh gets annoying having it going nearly all the time.

    Any tips for turning it off for someone who is apparently quite strong? Like if anything extra is needed other than that nice bath.

  14. Vivienne Miranda

    I have something weird happen to me when I am around certain people, I get really angry and for no reason I guess it might be their energy? And I totally flip and act angry and its embarrassing. Could it be negative spirits around them? Like my friend is dating this guy who is a jerk and when I see him this anger just takes over. It’s so weird. How can I prevent that? Because I look like a weirdo.

  15. Amit

    My name is Amit from India.
    I’m experiencing some kind of psychic capabilities through birds for more than a year.
    Whenever I see any human being I see a bird too. Crows and small little birds.

  16. Trish

    Hi Anna, haven’t slept for nearly 3 wks now every time I go to bed I hear voices far away and then right beside me….they’ll scream at me to wake me up or clap frightens me so much others speak quietly. I need to stop this tried various things but they still come. I have never meddled with anything like this because of experiences I have had in my life but I’m now dreading going to bed…Please help


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