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 Psychic Protection

Taken from the book
Develop Your Intuition and Psychic Powers

One of the most problematic areas of psychic development is the consequential increase in sensitivity to all energies. It is rather like turning up the volume on your radio so that you can pick up very distant signals. This is fine while you are listening to that programme, but if you turn the dial forward or backwards, without first turning down the volume, you might suddenly 'tune into' a station that is very close and then be blasted by the noise from the speaker.

According to spiritual philosophy, energy is flowing within us and through us all the time. This is a natural process. There is a subtle balance between the energy of your spiritual self and that of your body, which I likened to the link between the various octaves on the piano. For energy to be exchanged between individuals, we can imagine that the fine tuning on their pianos needs to be adjusted. This is what lovers unconsciously do, but in practice it occurs whenever we set up a sympathetic link with another person. Another way to understand this process is to imagine that you are a two-way radio broadcasting a particular signal on a frequency of 240 MHz (megahertz). You meet someone whose radio is tuned to receive a signal on 242 MHz. At first their reception of your signals is distorted but through internal adjustment you both re-tune to 241 MHz so that clear energy exchange can take place between you.

Remember this is not physical energy, but something that exists on a subtle level. Your emotions are broadcasting energies; your thoughts are broadcasting energies as is also your spiritual self. We each maintain our own level of inner balance so that in the above example when these two individuals have separated they will need to readjust their sets back to 240 MHz and 242 MHz respectively. This process normally takes place unconsciously, but if a person becomes stuck for any reason a distortion is created in their internal energy balance. This is where the piano analogy is most appropriate for the piano in such cases comes out of tune.

Let us suppose that two people meet on an emotional level and their note frequency corresponds metaphorically with 'A' on the piano. For maximum psychic energy to be exchanged, those two notes need to be pitched at exactly the same frequency. These two notes will normally be slightly off-pitch so an internal adjustment will have to be made to bring them into harmony. This, in turn, will throw their other internal frequencies slightly 'out of tune'. When they disconnect, both individuals will then have to spend time re-balancing their energy fields. These adjustments normally take place unconsciously and this re­balancing process is one of the normal functions of sleep. However, the more finely tuned the instrument, the more necessary the internal adjustments, particularly for those people involved with counselling or psychotherapy. This is where meditation and re-balancing exercises are very important.

Problems arise when your inner energies get distorted by incoming energy from another person. We all have a natural defence mechanism that helps us deal with this problem. Traditionally, this has been called the aura, and acts in an analogous way to the Earth's atmosphere. This protective shield cuts out some of the harmful radiation from the sun and bums up meteorites before they do too much damage to the Earth's surface. The task of your aura is to protect you from incoming energies that could potentially upset your equilibrium.

The aura is traditionally perceived by clairvoyants as an energy field that emanates from the physical body for a distance of a few feet and contains different colours, reflecting the health and state of conscious­ness of the person in question.

At a physical level, protection is such a natural part of our lives that we rarely give it much thought unless something goes wrong. For example, although the skin provides one level of protection, it is not sufficient to compensate for fluctuations in temperature, so we wear clothes. Our immune system maintains health and our homes provide an ambient climate in which to live.

In all these cases, giving additional conscious support to our basic systems increases their effectiveness. We wear different types of clothes according to what we are likely to be exposed to. We heat and insulate our homes to make them more comfortable and we have vaccinations or take antibiotics to assist our immune system. In a similar way, in the psychic system your aura can be strengthened and its effectiveness in­creased so that you are not so easily upset by disturbed energies.

Another way of looking at this consequence of psychic development is to imagine that you are in a room with no doors and windows, so that you can only hear faint sounds coming in from outside. To improve your perception of what is going on 'out there' you knock some holes in the walls and immediately you perceive some amazing sights and sounds. If this is a house, getting a view of a street or open countryside for the first time would be a wonderful new experience, as long as the sun was shining and there were not any discordant sounds. But imagine what it would be like if it started to hail, or the council workmen came to dig up the road? These openings would then be the cause of considerable inner disturbance. The solution, of course, is to put in doors, windows and curtains so that you can adjust your response to outside influences to a level that is comfortable for you. The same process applies to your aura which, in practice, is no more difficult to adjust than selecting the clothes you will wear for any particular occasion.

The range of different methods of psychic protection is enormous. You can use many different types of psychic protection depending upon what you are likely to encounter, as you can wear different types of protective clothing depending on the weather. But in most instances, protection can be kept at a very simple level and will be very effective.

Some people get worried that, in protecting themselves, they will be cutting off their natural sensitivity. This will not happen, unless you choose it to. Your psychic protection will adjust itself naturally to balance incoming signals so that you will still be able to 'pick up' what is important, but will not be overwhelmed by an influx of any disturbing energy.

Another problem involves people who only see protection as a defence against whatever they are frightened of. Some people argue that using protection in this way actually encourages the fear to manifest itself. I do not completely agree with this sentiment, for fear does have its place in preserving us from dangerous situations. However, we do not wear clothes in fear of the weather, but through a desire to be comfortable when we face inclement temperatures.

All psychic energy at this level is controlled through your mind. Some physical objects, such as a Christian cross or garlic, have acquired additional potency for acting as protective agents because of what they have been linked to through people's beliefs. Developing psychic protection through your thoughts is, however, the most effective method and a suitable exercises is included in this article.

Ideally, a protection exercise should be carried out before any psychic work is undertaken. It can also become a very useful addition before and after meditation exercises. I always spend a few moments each day, when I get up and just before going to bed, in balancing and protecting my aura.

Protection Exercise (time: 10 mins)

Aim:  To strengthen your natural auric protection
Find a place where you can sit undisturbed.
  1. Choose one of three colours White, Sky Blue or Gold. Carry out the Inner Light Exercise.
  2. Close your eyes and imagine or sense that you are creating a bubble of light, extending to about 2 feet around yourself, which is composed of your chosen colour.  Make sure that this light is above your head, as well as under your feet.
  3. Sense or imagine this light expanding and contracting until you feel that you have found the most comfortable distance.
  4. Sense or imagine this light alternating between being stationary and spinning like a top.
  5. Open your eyes and sense this protection is still around you.
When you have tried this out with one colour, try another.
Assess which colour you feel most comfortable with and note down any other feelings or sensations.

Note:  Technically white and gold are not true colours but are included here for the vibrational energy that they reflect.

With practice, and by reducing the time spent relaxing, it can become an almost instantaneous response that can be called upon in any emergency situation. Practice is important. You can soon learn to carry out this exercise with your eyes open. Try doing it when you have a few moments to yourself, on the train to work, or during a coffee break. The more that you do this, the stronger your auric protection becomes for, in my experience, each attempt has a cumulative effect.

If you carried out the protection exercise correctly, you would have noticed that one colour felt more appropriate for you than another. I have given this exercise on many occasions to my students and have been struck by how clear their preferences can be. Some individuals feel completely at home with a blue bubble of protection, but averse to gold, while others are aware of an opposite reaction. The reason for this lies in the basic make-up of the person in question. It also highlights the power of colour in our imagery world and how we respond to these images in our psyche.

Colours are used in religious and mystical groups to denote different hierarchies or levels of authority: the Bishops, Cardinals and Pope in the Catholic Church wear coloured robes to denote their respective offices. The three colours from the protection exercise, white, blue and gold, carry the following meanings:

Gold is associated with the sun and carries a powerful Yang, or positive energy, that can be very forceful. It will consume any energy that is not in harmony with it. Those who have an outgoing, positive outlook on life will find this energy most appropriate. It suits the action people of this world. It is a colour that is most appropriate in situations where there is much disturbed energy around.

White symbolises purity and vitality. It reflects all colours and therefore has the effect of reflecting back whatever is sent at it. It can be very helpful where energies are being projected onto others. Its mirroring quality allows others to begin to see the effects of their thoughts and actions upon us. It is a good colour to use in normal day-to-day circumstances and is often the colour suggested for protection in books.  However, there are some who find its energies too agitating and therefore do not get on well with using it.

Sky-blue is sometimes referred to as Madonna blue and carries a soothing, passive energy that neutralises and harmonises what is projected onto it. Its link with the divine feminine archetype and the quality of spiritual love gives it wide appeal. It will tend to transform and diffuse energies in a non-intrusive way. It is the natural colour for those whose approach to life is more passive and gentle. However, some individuals feel that it carries a claustrophobic quality that smothers their vitality. This may be caused by difficult associations with one's mother.

These colour associations have been established over a long period of time by those who have meditated upon and used colour symbolism in their religious practices. These three colours are the primary protectors in the spectrum but other hues can be used, including pink and violet. These have different flavours of energy, which might attract you. The way to find out is by experimentation and noting down what you feel or sense about these qualities.

Getting into this mode of experience is something that women, on the whole, are better at than men. It requires an ability to get out of the intellectual part of your mind and into your feeling, sensing and intuitive aspects. As we proceed through the book (Develop Your Intuition and Psychic Powers), other exercises will be suggested to help this process along. When these connections start to happen it is rather like 'seeing' the picture, for the first time, in the three-dimensional 'magic' computer drawings that are so popular at the moment. The mind suddenly makes the link and the picture leaps out with startling clarity. The strange thing about psychic awareness is when you suddenly discover your ability to be receptive at this other level, you often discover that you have been picking up information all along without realising it.

You could liken the psychic protective colours to your basic clothes, to which you can add a whole range of protective symbols, such as the cross, that will overlay the colour with an additional quality of energy. In a later chapter, more detailed information will be included about the use of symbols but, in essence, symbols act as links to the different flavours of energy described in Chapter 2. Study any Renaissance painting and it is littered with different symbols, each conveying messages from the artist. On a psychic level, symbols act as access codes on the intuitive quantum plane for specific qualities of energy. Symbols come in four forms. They can be:

  1. Of human origin, for example a shield.
  2. Animals, for example a lion.
  3. Geometric symbols, for example Star of David.
  4. Natural or cosmic symbols, for example Sun, water.

When working with symbols, you can imagine that they are over the top of your head, placed next to you (in front, behind, beside, over the top of your head or under your feet) or that you are standing within them. Their energy then becomes linked to you. At the higher grades, all martial arts are based upon the use of energy, or Ch'i, by the mind and the different ways that you can throw your opponent off-balance, by using your energy correctly.

There may be occasions where you feel a difficult energy is coming from one particular individual. In these cases, you may find that imagining a mirror between you and them is most appropriate. This will have the effect of breaking any links that are coming to you.

Protection is important in all areas where there may be difficult energies around. Those in the teaching, police and therapeutic profes­sions are particularly vulnerable, but in practice there are many areas or jobs that have a potentially conflicting dynamic. A few suggestions are given below, connected to different professions, for appropriate symbols to add to your auric colour. You can experiment with them to see what feels appropriate.

  1. Caring professions: caduceus (staff of Hermes) or lotus.
  2. Teaching, writing: book or quill pen.
  3. Law: scales.
  4. Police or armed services: dog or lioness.
  5. Acting: a lyre.
  6. Musician: white rose over your head.
  7. Mediator: lotus under one's body or over the head.

These symbols, related to the mythology chart in Chapter 5, give an idea of the different qualities that you might require for any particular activity. Animal symbols such as a lion, bear or dog are good guardians and general protectors whenever you feel physically or mentally threatened by something or someone. The chalice is a symbol of inspiration and should be used whenever you need additional insight. The lotus brings harmony and is excellent for group meetings where confrontations could be destructive.

Protection can be applied not just to yourself but to any person, place or object that may need psychic help. Instead of imagining that you are placing a bubble of light around yourself, visualise it around the object or person that you are thinking about. Some examples of where protections may be appropriate include:

  1. Home
  2. Car
  3. Place of work
  4. Family members
  5. Meditation room or healing space
  6. Healing or psychic development work
  7. Projects

You may ask whether these methods of protection actually work. The proof of the pudding must lie in the eating and only experience will tell whether you will come to value your protection. I have known people who have stepped unhurt out of cars that have been written off in accidents; who have found they could cope with difficult situations where before they felt overwhelmed; who have had their houses broken into but had very little or nothing stolen. In all these cases, the individuals felt that their protection had been of great value. The most dramatic case happened to an individual who owned a farm in Australia. A bush fire broke out in her area and looked as though it would destroy her home and all her stock. They brought all the animals in close to the property and then this person imagined a strong protection right around their land. The fire came up to the edge of where she had visualised the protection, then split and went around its perimeter before being brought under control. Her  land was completely untouched.

Psychic protection, in conjunction with the energy recharging techniques that will be described in the article on healing, is one of the most effective ways of helping you maintain a healthy and fulfilled life (obviously, other factors such as the food that you eat and your ability to deal with stress are also important). Experience has taught me that those who develop their psychic faculty but neglect protection usually hit problems sooner or later. Work with these ideas and they will become very valuable tools.

Adapted from the book:
Develop Your Intuition and Psychic Powers

Some interesting links to visit with complementary information:
Working with Earth Energies
Clearing Your Ancestral Blocks
The Principles of Healing

College of Healing
Spirit Release Foundation
National Federation of Spiritual Healers

For further information please write to David Furlong
Myrtles, Como Road, Malvern Worcs WR14 2TH
or phone T: 01684-569105    M:0777-978-9047                           Email: David Furlong

David Furlong David has been working as a healer, therapist and sensitive for more than 40 years. He is the author of five books including Develop Your Intuition and Psychic Powers from which this article is taken.

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Protective Symbols

The Lotus can be placed above one's head, under the feet or over a chakric point.

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A combination symbol of the ankh, the Sun and the equi-distant cross and circle, which is a very powerful protective and healing symbol.

Golden bubble of light

Imagining yourself within your within your golden bubble of light.

Yin/Yang symbol

The Yin/Yang symbol helps balance and protect. This can be placed over the chakric centres, if any are feeling vulnerable.

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