Psychic Self-defense
My friend Colleen had been feeling down and she asked me if I believed in the validity of a psychic
attack and I realized that while many of us are well versed on drawing prosperity and abundance into
our lives, we often neglect to practice even the simplest forms of spiritual protection.

Psychic self-defense is something that each of us should know how to employ in some form or
another. Our environment is awash with negativity that has the potential to be very damaging to the
human energy field. Anger, aggression, fear and depression, energy vampires, negative places and
arguments work to build and create negative energy that can cling to our auras or build up in ours
homes causing problems over time. Spiritual self-defense and spiritual cleansings are very important
for you, your loved ones, your personal belongings and your home. Negative energy can cause stress,
fatigue, headaches, depression, a run of unfortunate circumstances or 'bad luck' and even illness.

Our Bodies as Energy
Our bodies are so much more than meets the eye. Of course we are flesh, blood and bone but we are
also Spirit and within our body lies and an amazing network of energy centers or chakras. Energy
workers employ several methods for warding off negativity. The first is recognizing the attack or the
possibility of an attack and countering it with the healing energy of the universe. Energy is part of
the fabric of matter. To some it is Chi (from Chinese), Ki (Japanese) or Prana (Indian). To others it is
the life force or breath of the Gods. The greeting Namaste encompasses this idea and while there
are several translations, my favorite is, "The God in me recognizes the God in you." For indeed we all
have a bit of god in us, our consciousness, even our every breath is infused with the energy of
creation that courses through all things.

Energy is sacred. It is a part of all things. When energy is in a proper state of balance, it moves
smoothly through the space it occupies (our homes, our workspace even our bodies).  Balancing this
energy is a crucial part of living a healthy and harmonious life. There are seven main chakras, or
energy centers, located in our body, five of which are located along the spine, the upper two on our
head. Each chakra is associated with a different energy level beginning with the lowest, the root
chakra which stands for the pure matter, to the highest, the crown chakra which represents the pure
consciousness. Energy flows through these centers and the flow of energy affects our health.
Through meditation we can balance and aligned each energy centers setting the chakra to glow and

Restoring Energy with Meditation
The practice of meditation is a large part of psychic development and spiritual work. Meditation is
the practice of focusing and quieting your mind to achieve a heightened awareness of your inner
spirit and release your inner wisdom whereby you are attempting to merge the desires of the
subconscious mind with the desires of the conscious mind in order to work toward a common goal.
Through conscious breath we not only oxygenate our blood, we control our perception, for when you
shift your attention to each breath slowly and deeply drawn and released, you shift your mind into a
quiet mode, releasing your mind clutter and silencing the “monkey mind" that constantly tries to
invade our thoughts and emotions. The result of this shift is peace, serenity, calmness and
inspiration. With practice, meditation affords the practitioner the ability to slip his physical body and
explore his subconscious and even work on the astral plane. Through Meditation Practices one can
improved mental functioning, achieve greater intuition as well as heal the human energy field and
afford psychic self-defense.

Ground with Tree Meditation
New at meditation? Here is a lovely grounding exercise that will neutralize negative energy and
replace it with earth energy. This is a form of the Tree Meditation. I find it does wonders for
grounding and centering when I feel my life has gotten out of control.

Allow yourself fifteen to thirty uninterrupted minutes for this exercise. Find a comfortable place in a
quiet room where you will not be distracted. Stand or sit with your back straight. Take a series of
deep, slow breaths exhaling and inhaling to the count of three. When you are ready, visualize roots
slowly extending from your root charka down into the earth. If you are inside, see your roots
traveling down throughout the layers of the building, down through the foundation and eventually
into the soil. See your roots traveling down into the earth until they come to a cool pool of earth
energy. They draw this energy up, like straws, into your feet and legs with each drawn breath and as
the energy travels up your calves, over your knees into your thights, in begins to cancle out all the
excess nervous energy, tension, and stress that is lingering in your muscels. Another breath draws
the energy into your belly where it absorbs the stress and replaces it with the cool healing energy of
the earth. You take anther breathe and this cool earth energy travels up spilling into your cheast to
energize your heart and expand in your lungs. The earth energy neutralizes all the negativity it
encounters as it replaces it with peace and ancient serenity as it spills up into your throat, into jaw.
It flows up to your scalp to spill out into your aura setting it to glow int a lovely white light pooling
around you, enveloping you.

Chakra Meditation
In a quiet place where you will not be interrupted, ground yourself by visualizing roots slowly
extending from your feet. Slowly they travel down, down, until they meet the soil. Visualize the feel
of the cool, secure soil all around your roots, keeping you safe, taking away all negativity. As you
breathe deep the smell of fresh, wholesome earth, a lovely white light pools around you. It envelops
you. This cool, light energy trickles up your roots glowing, filling your first chakra with a red energy.
This radiating ruby red energy should be spinning, swirling in a clockwise motions. If it is not, then
place your hand over the area and visualize energy, traveling up from the earth filling the area until
the chakra is filled with  radiant ruby light that slowly begins to spin like a bright jewel.

Move your attention up to your sacral chakra, which is located close to the area of the pubic bone.
Visualize the chakra as radiating sunset orange. If it is not spinning, then do the activation process
again and watch it swirl like a spinning fan, moving clockwise. See a loop of white light moving
through this chakra infusing it until the chakra glows a magnificent sunset orange.

Bring your focus to your solar plexus chakra that is located slightly above your navel. Picture the
chakra as a radiating sunshine yellow. If it’s not spinning, activate the chakra and watch it swirl like
a spinning fan moving clockwise. Feel the energy vortex swirling with bright yellow light.

Concentrate on your heart chakra located in your chest. Imagine the chakra a dazzling, glorious
emerald green. If it’s not spinning, activate the chakra and watch it swirl like a spinning fan moving
clockwise. Feel the energy vortex swirling with bright green light. See the loop of white light moving
through this chakra energizing it to a bright green spinning jewel.

Move up to your throat chakra. Imagine the luminous sky blue energy whirling and flowing. If it’s not
spinning, then activate as before until the chakra is swirling like a spinning fan moving clockwise.
Feel the energy vortex swirling with bright sky-blue light. See the loop of white light moving through
this chakra.

Shift your attention to your third-eye chakra located between your eyebrows. Feel your forehead open
and expand as the intense violet light energy flows in this chakra. Activate the chakra and watch as
it becomes even more bright and glorious.

Lastly bring your focus up to your crown chakra. Feel the top of your head open and expand as the
shining violet- white light whirls in a clockwise motion. If it’s not spinning, activate it so that it
swirls in a clockwise motion. See the loop of white light moving through this chakra. Feel the energy
vortex swirling with bright light. See the loop of white light moving through this chakra.

I often work with earth energy however earth energy is feminine. Some energy workers find that
using the masculine energy of Air works better for them. To use air energy stand with your arms
raised to the sky and run the charkas in reverse, beginning with your crown drawing the energy down
with each breath into each charka point until your heart is calm, your spirit revitalized, your energy
centers full, and you ready for anything...Stay quiet for a few moments. To end the meditation,
slowly wiggle your finger and toes and then open you eyes.

White Light Protection
When you feel a psychic attack is eminent a good way to counter it is by drawing on the healing
energy of the universe. Visualize a golden light beaming above you filling your crown chakra. See this
cool clear light swirling down your throat past your heart into your stomach. Now visualize the golden
light expanding throughout your body to the tips of your finger down to the tips of your toes until it
expands past the boundaries of your body to rejuvenate your glowing aura.
Hold this image for a few breaths knowing that all negativity has been cleared away and replaced
with light.

If you are in need of a shield or a protective cloak simply visualize the infinite creative energy of the
Universe swirling around you, like a gentle whirlpool moving all around your body. Draw it around you
and infuse your aura with its pure energy. See the energy growing to surround you in a cocoon of
color as each of your chakras glow. Feel your aura thickening as the energy wraps around you,
clearing away any dark areas, mending any holes or thin places. Hold the visualization in place until
you are free and clear.

Space Clearing
When I'm feeling the muck of life weighing me down I clean my alter, my kitchen and then choose
one more rooms (usually my office or bedroom) and clear out the clutter. I make piles for trash,
recycle and the donation center and I get rid of all the junk. Then I clean. I like to wash with an
herbal infused floor wash to instill magickal energy.

Just make a strong decoction of the herb of your choice and add to your floor washing water.
Use 1 to 2 teaspoons of herb per cup of cold water. Bring the mixture gently to a boil. Keeping
covered, simmer for about 10 minutes. Then add the decoction to your wash water and clean. To
dispose of the left-over wash water, throw it out the front door or into the front yard, toward the
East, if possible.

Here are some herbs of protection that have worked well for me:
Burdock: purifies and protects
Fennel: deflects negative energies.
Hyssop: for protection, cleansing and removal of negative forces.
Marigold (calendula): Use to ward against negative threats.
Mullein: This herb is wonderful for uncrossing, deflection and return to sender.
Pennyroyal: Use to repel unwanted guests and ward off negative energy. (Also wards off gnats &
mosquitoes and repels ticks.)
Rue: Works two ways: First a rue infused wash will get rid of malevolent energy and it second it will
return hexes to the sender.
Betony: To banish nightmares and bad thoughts.
Damiana: Protection of property.

Employ Some Mirror Magick
Reflective surfaces can be used to reflect negative energy back to its source. By placing mirrors in
line with doors is an easy way to deal with negative thoughts and spirits reversing them back to
where they came.

The Power of Salt
Salt is a purifier. Use sea salt to cleanse and banish any negative energy that may cling to an
object, person, or area. Sprinkle salt around a room to put yourself and others at ease. Or asperge
with a sea salt water mixture. Aspersing means sprinkling with liquid in order to effect spiritual and
magical cleansing. This is an ancient rite, just like burning incense. Aspersing rituals direct the
elemental power of Water. To cleanse a room of negativity simply dissolve sea salt in rain or spring
water and sprinkle the perimeter of the room or rooms that need to be cleansed.

Clear Energy by Smudging
For centuries smudging, the burning of aromatic herbs, has been a common practice for purifying
objects and locations. Sage is the favored herb for cleansing, balance and purification. It is used to
clear energy out of a room where stress occurs, to cleanse people and pets that are depressed, sick
or anxious. When moving into a new home smudging is a great way to clear energy from the previous
resident. It is the spiritual equivalent to bathing. A wand of Sage is lit and the aromatic smoke is
wafted through each room to call positive energy into the space.

Sage can be smudged to activate new energy in an area where the energy has grown old and
stagnant. If your life feels stuck or things just aren’t going according to plan, you may just find that
smudging with sage solves the problem. To smudge a room, simply walk around the room wafting
smoke into each corner. If you've had an especially bad day you can even smudge yourself. Simply
light a sage wand and waft the scented smoke around your body or step through it. Not only will this
dispel any negativity clinging to your aura, it will lift your spirit and ease your troubles.

Sweet Grass is also another popular smudging herb. A smudge with Sweet grass is a lovely way to
bring harmony and balance to the room. A Sweet Grass smudging is also a used to bless or
consecrate spiritual tools.

Herbs are powerful allies in the battle against harmful energy. Their energy can be easily accessed
through essential oils and incense sticks. Burning a stick of incense or a few drops of essential oils
in an aromatherapy burner is a good way to change the energy of a room. Oil of Frankincense, Sage,
Sweet Grass, Pine Resin, Juniper, Desert Mugwort, Rue, Yarrow, and Marjoram are common oils used
to cleanse a space.

Spell To Clear Your Home Of Bad Luck
In a large bowl, mix together: 1/2 cup each of dried rosemary, mint, and thyme as you chant, “Herbs
of luck with this brew, I charm this place, Your power true. Banish ill and in its place, good fortune
flows through this space. “
Sprinkle mixture across the floors. Leave over night. When you wake the next morning, sweep it up.
Then carry it out your door and burn it if you can. If not then bury it on the other side of your
property line.

Banish Negitive Energy with Charcoal
Another tool that is handy for absorbing negative energy is Charcoal. Briquettes of charcoal will
absorb toxins and negative energy. Combining charcoal and sea salt is an effective way to safely
remove negative energy. When moving into a new home you can leave three briquettes on a dish in
the middle of a room before you move anything in. Leave overnight, then remove and bury.

May the healing energy of the Universe keep you safe and grant you peace through this hectic
season. I hope you are able to experience the wonders of meditation. May you gain the ability to tap
into 'your well of inner peace' whenever you need to and connect with the state of altered
consciousness for inner work and psychic protection.
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