How to cut cords

In my work in the Reiki room, in my work in the teaching space, and in my life in general, I find myself talking with more and more people about cutting cords.

What are etheric cords?

Etheric cords are formed every time we connect with people. We have cords with our parents, our siblings, our friends, our teachers, our colleagues and our partners. We may also have cords with our students, our clients, our patients, and with other people we meet. Cords form without our conscious awareness. We do not intentionally create them. Cords form when we want to control someone, or when we want to help someone. When we want to control someone, it is via the cord that we energetically (and often unconsciously) manipulate them. When we want to help someone, it is via the cord that we energetically (an often inadvertently) send them energy that we have to spare (or in some cases that we pull from our reserves of energy and share with them).

Cords can form anywhere on our physical and etheric bodies. They are often attached to our chakras, our energetic centres. Cords are often found at the level of the heart chakra and at the level of the solar plexus chakra. The heart chakra is the centre of love, and the solar plexus is the centre of power. You may have noticed in yourself or in others that sometimes we can feel drained energetically because we allow too much of our love to be given away, or we can feel exhausted because we hand over all our personal power to someone else.

Why are etheric cords a problem?

If you are feeling tired for no reason, you might be being drained of all your energy via an etheric cord. If you feel angry for no reason, you might be processing the anger of someone else via an etheric cord. If you feel inexplicably sad or anxious, that emotion may not be yours, it may belong to someone else who is shunting it onto you via an etheric cord.

Etheric cords bind you to people in your present and your past, and not in a good way. They prevent both of you from moving on, and often they stop you from achieving your life’s mission. The cords can be connected with people who are still alive, but who are no longer part of your life… and they can be connected with people who have passed over, but who cannot or will not let go of you.

For your sake and for the sake of the other person, cords need to be cut. Both of you are freed, and both of you can then begin living according to your Highest Good.

How do you cut etheric cords?

There are many ways to cut etheric cords.

  • You can cut cords with the help of  Archangels
  • You can cut cords with the help of Sage or Flower Essences
  • You can cut cords with the help of Sacred Sound

Cutting cords with the help of Archangels

The way I usually cut cords, when I find them attached to myself or when I see them attached to my Reiki clients, is to simply ask Archangel Michael to cut the negative etheric cord. He will then, with his Sword of Light, cut the cord, and return each part of the cord to its owner (or simply take the remnants of the cord to the Light – I leave this up to Archangel Michael to decide). I often then ask Archangel Raphael to then heal the wound in the aura that the cord caused.

Cutting cords with Sage, or Flower Essences

Sometimes, I smudge with sage smoke, or I use Flower Essences to help cut cords.

You are welcome to read my blog post about Cleansing and Clearing for more information on these.

Cutting cords with sacred sound

At other times, I use a practice a friend shared with me. She learned it from Sonia Choquette. My apologies if anything has been lost in translation … but this is how I remember it.

  1. Using my arms as if they were the blades of scissors (or swords), I raise my arms and then quickly slice the air in front of my body – my arms travel from high above my shoulders diagonally across my body to each opposite hip (right hand to left hip, and left hand to right hip, simultaneously), as if cutting the cords with my forearms and hands.
  2. At the same time as my arms cross in front of me, I say the words ‘Sa Hept Nah’. Loudly.

By bringing the arms down and across the body, you slice through the energetic space in front of each chakra – physically, energetically, and symbolically cutting any cords that were attached to any chakra.

The words Sa Hept Nah to me feel like they come from Ancient Egypt. I sense they are sacred sounds, that clear the space in which they are spoken.

Cutting cords with Love

Love is the most powerful force in the Universe. Whenever you cut cords, remember to stay in a Heartspace of Love.

What if the cord comes back?

Often, after cutting cords you will receive a phone call, or an email, or a message on social media, or even a visit from the person who the cord was attached to. Even if that person is not psychic or intuitive, they will feel the absence of the cord, and they may try to reestablish it. If the cord is re-established, simply cut it again as soon as you are aware of it.

If the cord is with a non-physical being, and the cord returns, it could be because there is some lesson you need to learn. Check in with your intuition, sense into what that may be, and then cut the cord again when you feel the time is right.

Getting help with cord cutting

Sometimes there are cords we cannot cut ourselves. Whenever this happens to me, I visit my Reiki Practitioner, my Kinesiologist, my Spiritual Healer, or my Lomi Lomi massage therapist. There are many more healing modalities that are also capable of cutting cords and clearing negative energy from your being.

Check for cords often, and cut them whenever you find them

Remember that your energy is sacred. You do not need to share it with anyone without your consciousness being aware of it. You are entitled to keep all of your energy for you, and only give away what you choose to, from energy you have spare, to people you love. No one has the right to drain you. No one has the right to dump their negative energetic garbage in your energetic body. Take a stand, cut cords, and reclaim every part of your energetic being. You will feel so much better for it!


Are you sensitive to energies in your environment?

Many of us are sensitive to energies.

I am one of these people who sense energy, and am enormously affected by it.

I struggle with crowded places like shopping centres, I struggle with seemingly deserted places like cemeteries, I don’t like being around anything electrical, and mobile phones can make my head feel quite buzzy.

Have you ever met a person, and instantly disliked them? For no logical reason? This has happened to me! Sometimes I follow my intuition and leave, immediately. Other times my mind overrides my intuition and I stay, only to feel drained and heavy and completely exhausted by the end of the conversation.

Sometimes I wonder why these things happen. There are a myriad of possible explanations. And there a multitude of ways to protect yourself.

In order to function in the world, we can protect ourselves from energies that may be perceived as harmful. There are a number of ways, that I know of, that we can do this.

  • We can imagine ourselves surrounded by a bubble of colourful light.
  • We can call on the assistance of Angels and Archangels.
  • We can use flower essences.
  • We can use homeopathy.
  • We can use crystals.


Many years ago, I learned to White Light myself.

Recently, I have learned that you can use any colour Light to surround and protect yourself.

Simply imagine the Light, in whichever shade you feel drawn to today, around you, as if it were a cocoon or an egg enveloping your entire body. See its colour. Feel its consistency. Know you are safe.

There have been times when I have been feeling particularly threatened that I have surrounded myself in Titanium Light energy!

Something to remember is that this Light that you have placed around yourself will only last around 12 hours. So it is good to visualise the Light that surrounds you twice a day.


Something I also like to do is to ask four Archangels to surround and protect me…
The way I do this is to ask each Archangel in turn to stand by my side – I do this slowly, waiting to feel or sense each Archangel’s arrival…

  • Ask Archangel Michael to stand on your right,
  • Ask Archangel Uriel to stand on your left,
  • Ask Archangel Raphael to stand in front of you,
  • Ask Archangel Gabriel to stand behind you.
  • Next, ask them all to surround you with Angelic white light.
  • Then ask Archangel Raphael to surround you with his healing green light, then ask Archangel Michael to surround you with his protective purple light.
  • Thank the Archangels, and know that you are safe and protected.

This acts as a triple layer Light protection, and a quadruple layer Angelic protection.

Like Light, this protection will only last around 12 hours. So it is good to call on the Archangels and visualise their Light surrounding you, twice a day.

Flower Essences.

There are many flower essences that we can use as a protection.

Firstly, from the Bach Flower Remedy range

–          Aspen  is wonderful when we feel frightened but we aren’t sure why,

–          Walnut  places a psychic bubble of protection around us, and

–          Mustard  helps shift dark clouds that seem to hang over us. All three of these remedies can be used together for an even more powerful effect.

And from the Australian Bush Flower Essence range

–          Angelsword cuts away any negativity from our aura, and

–          Fringed Violet heals the aura and strengthens it, stimulating our innate energetic protection.

Talk with your flower essence practitioner about whether these remedies may help you.


One homeopathic remedy I turn to often, well whenever I need to go into a space that I know I am going to feel particularly vulnerable (like a crowded shopping centre), is Phosphorus. Phosphorus, in the correct potency and dosage, can help shield us from energy that would otherwise drain us. Talk to your homeopath about whether Phosphorus might be a good remedy for you.


I like to wear Black Obsidian, as a bracelet or as a necklace. It is my favourite protective crystal. Black Obsidian repels negativity.

You could also consider wearing Lapis Lazuli, which is also strongly protective, especially as it can help block psychic attack.

Further information

If you would like more information on homeopathy, click here.

If you would like more information on flower essences, click here.

If you would like to book a consultation and receive advice and remedies specific for your needs, click here.

Do you use any other techniques to protect yourself from energy that is unpleasant? Please comment below! I’d love to learn more ways to keep myself, and the people I love and care for safe.

May you be divinely protected and supremely safe in every moment and in all directions of space and time.

Please note:
Homeopathy is a traditional medicine. It may be used in conjunction with other medicines. For any chronic condition, it is important to be assessed or examined by your healthcare professional or specialist. Always seek medical advice in emergencies.