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 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 spin.

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.

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 me 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. 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.

Your roots go down deep into the earth until they come to a cool pool of earth energy. You draw
this energy up your roots with each breath and all the excess nervous energy, tension, and stress
is absorbed and replaced with the cool healing energy of the earth. Breathe this cool earth energy
up through your body and allow it to neutralize all the negativity it encounters as it replaces it
with peace and ancient serenity.

Visualize a lovely white light pooling around you, enveloping you. This cool, light energy trickles up
your roots with each breath you draw, glowing, filling your first chakra with a red energy. This
radiating ruby-red energy should be spinning, swirling in a clockwise motion. If it is not, then
activate the chakra by place your hand over the area and visualize energy, traveling up from the
earth filling the area, nurturing this chakra until it is filled with radiant ruby light and spinning like
a bright jewel.

Leave your hand on the area until the chakra is activated. Feel the energy point swirling with
bright red light. See the cool earth energy flowing through this chakra until it is bright and
beautiful.

Now move up to your sacral chakra. This chakra is located close to the area of the pubic bone
about two fingers width under your bellybutton. Visualize this chakra as a magnificent, radiating
sunset orange jewel that is spinning in a clockwise motion. If it is not spinning, then do the
activation process again until it swirls with a radiate orange glow. Feel the energy infuse this
charka with bright orange light. See the earth energy flowing through this chakra until it is bright
and beautiful.

Now bring your focus to your solar plexus chakra that is located slightly above your navel. Picture
the chakra as lovely, radiating sunshine yellow. If it’s not spinning, activate the chakra and watch
it swirl like a bright jewel. Feel the earth energy flowing through this chakra until it is spinning,
whirling bright and beautiful.

Concentrate on your heart chakra located in your chest. Imagine the chakra as a dazzling, glorious
emerald jewel. If it’s not spinning, activate the chakra and watch it swirl. Feel the energy infuse
this charka until it glows with bright green light. See the earth energy flowing, permeating this
chakra with energy until it is energized and spinning brightly like a bright green jewel.

Move up to your throat chakra. Imagine the charka as a luminous sky blue whirling and flowing. If
it’s not spinning, then activate as before until the chakra is swirling. Feel the earth energy
brighten the charka point. See the earth energy moving through this chakra filling it, healing it and
set it to spin like a radiant glowing jewel.

Shift your attention to your third-eye chakra located between your eyebrows. Activate this intense
violet chakra infusing it with the cool healing energy of the earth until the charka point becomes
even more vivid and is whirling, spinning like a violet jewel.

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. Feel the energy healing energy of the earth
wash through the top of your head and spill down to thicken and feed your aura, setting it to glow
in a cocoon of color as it wraps you in the colors of your glowing chakras.

Breathe and feed the energy down to you trunk, over your thighs back down into the earth. Run
the energy through you. See it as a continuous loop of flowing energy as your roots draw it from
the earth and your breath carries it up through your charka system until it flows from the top of
your head, down your aura and back into the earth. Run the energy for as long as you allow, until
you feel your life force is recharged and your spirit is at peace.

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.

Shielding
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.

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.

Mirrors
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.

Sea 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.

Sage and smudging:
For centuries smudging, the burning of aromatic herbs, has been a common practice for purifying
objects and locations. Sage is most often used for cleansing, balance and purification. The act of
burning sage is called smudging. Smudging calls positive energy in to a space and removes
negative energy. It is the spiritual equivalents to bathing. If I've had an especially bad day I go
into my garden plunge my feet into the soil and light a sage wand and smudge myself. Smudging
can also clear a room or area of any old or stagnant energy. If your life feels stuck or things just
aren’t going according to plan, you may just find that simple space clearing solves the problem.
Clearing the space around you is also an important part of most rituals and ceremonies. You can
use sage 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 a previous resident.

To smudge a room, simply walk around the room wafting smoke into each corner. A smudge with
Sweetgrass is a lovely way to bring harmony and balance to the room. Smudging is also a good
way to bless or consecrate spiritual tools.

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.

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.