There are countless ways to serve as a lightworker.  

As you read this list of the most common lightworker characteristics, make note of how many apply to you:

  • You understand that thoughts and emotions are energy, and that energy is at the root of every physical manifestation. 
  • You’re committed to keeping your own energy field clear, and regularly take steps to raise your vibration. 
  • You have an above-average sensitivity to energy and a highly developed intuition.
  • Throughout your life, you may have felt different than others: that you were “in this world but not of it.”
  • You’ve become increasingly sensitive to negativity, and find it hard to tolerate gossip or complaining. 
  • You are someone people turn to for guidance when they’re upset.
  • You have a high level of empathy and can usually sense other people’s emotional state.
  • You often attract people into your life who are seeking healing, uplifting, or deeper meaning.
  • You love contributing to the wellbeing of others, to the point that you often find it hard to say no.

As a lightworker, you intuitively understand how to connect with people at the level of vibration and awareness.   

And your connection to the hidden realm of energy infuses all you do and can be a tremendous gift to others.  

Whether you’re interacting with your children, tidying a room, or preparing a meal, you’re mindful of the energy you’re transmitting.  And as a result, you become a conduit of light that all in your sphere can benefit from.  

As you’ve probably already experienced, being a lightworker can be incredibly rewarding and fulfilling.  After all, when you’re connected to source energy, nothing feels better than assisting others in strengthening their connection.  

But there can be a fine line between being a lightworker and slipping into the role of rescuer.  And when we cross that line, we can easily become depleted and resentful – not to mention ineffective.  Unless we learn to manage our energy, we may inadvertently turn people off or do more harm than good.

Here are 3 energy mastery principles that will support you in being a true lightworker, not a rescuer. 

Principle #1:  Remember that you are not the source of light, but simply a conduit of Source Energy.

A lightworker is someone who knows how to connect with the Divine stream of wellbeing that creates and sustains all things.  They are a receiver, a container, and a transmitter of high-vibration energy.  And as they receive, contain and transmit this energy, it becomes available to all they come in contact with. 

It may seem counterintuitive, but lightworkers actually do very little “work.”  They simply align with the broader energy stream, and allow this energy to infuse every part of their lives.   Lightworkers are consistently bringing in the vibration of Source, of light, for themselves and all they care about.  But they do not confuse themselves as being the source of that light.   

So if you find yourself becoming depleted from giving, or resentful of those who ask, take a breath. Remember that you are an energy receiver and transmitter – not the source of the energy.  Your job is simply to be a conduit of this beautiful, high-vibration energy.  And those who are receptive will find their own way to connect, just as you have found yours.    

Principle #2:  Remember that your job is not to assert light into the experience of another.

Energy cannot be asserted into another person’s experience.   It can only be received and allowed by each of us, individually.

Sometimes we think that being a lightworker means generating so much good energy that it overshadows another person’s negativity.  But this is not the way upliftment works at all.  

We live in a universe of attraction.  As lightworkers, we serve as beacons of wellbeing, abundance, and clarity, but we cannot force another to receive.  We cannot assert our energy – be it high-frequency or low-frequency energy – into another person’s experience.  We can only strike the resonant chord and those who are ready will naturally harmonize with it. 

This is the most important difference between being a lightworker and being a rescuer:  A lightworker will always respect another person’s free will.  A lightworker understands that timing is truly everything, and will never push another to take too big of a step.  A rescuer, on the other hand, will attempt to send energy to someone whether that person is ready or not.   And this is a profound waste of both energy and time.    

Trying to convince someone of something that life has not yet taught them never works.  And if you provide an answer to a question that someone has not yet asked, the answer – however brilliant – won’t satisfy. 

So anytime you catch yourself trying too hard to uplift someone, take a step back.  Remind yourself that they are equally connected to the stream of intelligence that sources all things.  And in the same way you cannot make the proverbial horse take a drink, you cannot jumpstart another person’s connection.  Just trust that life will deliver them the information they need when they are ready to receive it.   And that you could very well be the deliverer of that information when the time is right.  Until then, rest easy in your knowledge of Divine design, and remind yourself that all is truly well.  

Principle #3:  Remember that you cannot lead from behind.  You yourself must be connected to Source Energy before you can assist another person’s connection.

If you want to uplift another, you must be in an uplifted state of being.  It really is as simple as that!  

So, if you desire to assist another in allowing more wellbeing, clarity, or abundance, you must align with those energies.   

Think about it this way:  Would you ask someone with no money for a personal loan?  Or ask someone on crutches to help you move a piece of heavy furniture?   Of course not. You realize that only when we’re in a position of strength and stability can we help another.  And as lightworkers, we must understand that the same is true of energy.    

When you’re being a lightworker and not a rescuer, transmitting energy always feels good.  You are replenished and uplifted by it; never depleted.  

But when you’re transmitting energy because you think someone needs saving, the transmission is no longer pure.  Rescuing leaves behind a sticky energy that causes us to give because we feel we are owed something in return.  It depletes us, and it depletes others, rather than uplift. 

And so, make sure you are tending to your own connection to Source first and foremost.  Remember that you are receiving light for yourself primarily, and other people are simply the beneficiaries.   


Christy Whitman is an energy healer, Master Certified Law of Attraction Coach, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Art of Having It All: A Woman’s Guide to Unlimited Abundance.  Her latest book, The Desire Factor: How to Embrace Your Materialistic Nature to Reclaim Your Full Spiritual Power is on sale now at Christy communicates with, and for, The Quantum Council, a collection of non-physical ascended masters who desire to help humanity understand that we are divinely designed for well-being, abundance, success, and loving relationships.  You can take the first step in alignment and creating your desires by a free 30-day program called Watch Your Words by going here: