Instead of attempting to move the energy, try to change it. One of the best ways to do this is while holding a crystal in your right hand with the left hovering over the right, cupped a little. Cleanse the crystal with each element separately. Envision sand and rock swirling in a counterclockwise fashion, removing negative energy like a sandblaster would remove dirt from a wall. Envision air, like a small tornado sweeping any remaining foreign "debri" from the crystal. Envision a swirl of fire burning away negative energy. Then water spiraling and rinsing it clean. I always end with water because we connect it to cleaning (baths, washing dishes, etc). Then go back and have it turn clockwise, with each element lending it's energy in some way to charge the stone to your intentions of use.
With practice, not only will you feel a tingle, but a heaviness of earth, a coolness of water, the heat of fire, and the sensation of wind. Also pay attention to the way each makes you feel and how the crystal feels throughout the process.
Later on you can harness this in your hand and expand it into a shielding technique. It is a great way to practice energy manipulation, along with clairsentience, gemstone work and shielding!
I never read this. This is just what I used to do when I was 13 years old to experiment with the energy of the elements and their effects. I still do this exercise once in a while to warm up my senses and concentration if I'm feeling a little disconnected or distracted. And its fun to do.
By the way, order doesn't matter as long as it has sense to it. For instance, I use earth last to seal the energy.
After doing this, use your hands to sense objects, rooms, etc. In a sense, you're training your mind to use your hands as receptors and conductors of energy. We aren't carebears, it isn't very natural for energy to shoot out of our bellies. Just remember, the solar plexus is the main source of personal energy and empathy. So to concentrate on this area is also good. I accidentally discovered that little fun fact when I was pregnant. After 6mo, my clairsentience went dead until my daughter was born when it boomed again. Afterward, I tested with laying amulets and sigils over my solar plexus. Even just covering my solar plexus with both hands will reduce my empathic pickup tremendously. Alternatively, placing an amplifying crystal on the solar plexus has the opposite effect.