This article was a text file in the library of a local Pagan BBS years ago.
Psychic protection and mental shielding are subjects that very few New Age teachers are willing to discuss with newcomers to paganism. It is felt by most "White Witches" that there is no need to protect yourself from negative vibrations and/or psychic attack. It is felt that unless one works with negative energies they usually won't interfere with you. It is also postulated by many that most if not all psychic attack is caused by your imagination and is not a valid phenomena.
All the above may be true, I've only been in the Craft for approximately 10 years and am only now realizing how much there is that I need to learn, I believe that true psychic attack is indeed a very rare phenomena as the law of attraction and Karma deters most followers of the old ways. However there is always that idiot who feels he knows more than anyone else and goes for the attack for invalid reasons. Also I feel that negative thought forms directed at you may also make your life more difficult. Barring all of that the energy you put into psychically protecting yourself is minimal, it won't do any harm and who knows it may protect you from unseen influences that seek to do you harm.
I will attempt to cover as many different forms of protection used as possible but this file is by no means complete. There are very few good books on the subject but you may want to read Lewellyns Psychic Self Defense and Well being and Dick Sutphens Unseen Influences for more detailed information.
By far the easiest way to protect yourself is by visualizing the pure white light of Good coming down into from above into the top of your head and filling your entire body, filling it so full that it glows. This technique is also used by some hypnotists and it tends to strengthen the aura.
Another method of visualization is to picture yourself in a place of safety. I commonly use a log cabin in the middle of a deep woods. But make it a place where you feel safe and totally secure. Lock the door and bar the windows and proceed to meditate on the difficulties you're having. Often times this leads me to some rather unorthodox but effective solutions.
One very good way is to sit down close your eyes take a few deep breaths and relax, then mentally tell yourself. "I am good, I am strong, I am surrounded by an impenetrable wall through which only good can pass." The words don't have to be exact or even close, go with whatever feels right for you. The purpose of this exercise is to build up your self image, To tell your subconscious mind that YOU are worth protecting and that YOU are a worthwhile person. Unless you really believe that then no form of protection will work for you.
III: Simple ritual techniques
Salt is considered a powerful protector and purifier. If necessary cast a circle of salt around yourself then proceed to charge it with the following.
"Spirits of mischievous intent, Spirits of lower entities, you can not cross this sacred line."
Then proceed with whatever form of meditation you feel most comfortable with.
IV: Symbols of protection
Most religious symbols have the facility to protect their wearer from harm The cross with all it's connotations is still a highly powerful talisman used by many spiritualists and Christian scientist's often unknowing for psychic protection, The Ankh, the Pellagra will often just by virtue of the force put into the symbol itself afford you a degree of protection, providing you are true to what you believe and you believe in the power of that symbol.
For emergencies the Celtic Cross can be most useful. You make it as shown below:
START END - - I- - I / I / V/
Raise your right hand to eye level, palms down, fingers together and away from the body, Sweep the hand straight down about 1 foot. With fingers together and pointing away from the body move the hand to the right at chest level with the palm facing left now sweep across the body from right to left. Follow the diagram above. down, diagonal, across..
Say "May the Gods protect Me"
V: Group Ritual for psychic protection of all members
Powerful protection for a group that feels any way threatened, for people in a house troubled by an apparition or poltergeist etc basically for any group that wants to strengthen their natural psychic protection.
VI: Rapid Emergency Defense Procedure
VII: Two methods to make your aura the luminous and potent shield it should be
A) The Tower of Light Regular Method
B) Tower of Light Emergency Method
The information present here barely scratches the surface of the subject. if you'd like more information let me know and I'll type some more in.
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