I have definitely had the experience of being like an aspirin. I do pick and choose who I help.
I have gotten a lot better over time at grounding the negative energy and hope that practice and time can make me better.
I will say I have been trying out the amplification thing for a few days now, and I feel like there is something to it.
I agree about grounding the negative energy. I notice that when I am in a room that has a low energy environment if I focus on letting it pass through me the mood of the room changes. Sometimes while I do it I can't talk. It's like the minute I open my mouth that energy gets internalized. So I still need to practice more. I do find that it's easier if I dont try to shield. Instead I just feel what ever it is and it passes more quickly.
However, I'm curious what effect I could have if after I ground the negative energy I focus on amplifying the positive energy.
It's not an end all. For example, I was having a rough day a work. There are two people who bring everyone down, you know the kind of people who are not comfortable unless everyone around them is frustrated. Since I'm not the quickest to ground I felt that energy starting to effect me. Then I saw a co-worker, who is always smiling,who hadn't been there in a while. I told her I was going to focus on her energy to help me through the rest of the day. She smiled even bigger and said okay. I turned my full attention to her and it seemed like the room was suddenly filled with all my favorite people. I was still a little upset but everytime I got ready to feed into it, something funny would happen. Or someone would show me a sign of solidarity.
So I'm thinking maybe we can do both. I know that there are some people who I won't always be able to help. But for the ones I can, I would like to experiment with this idea more to see what comes of it.
Thanks for writing in, I enjoyed reading what you wrote.