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Sheilding For Empaths
By Silver Eagle Dreamer
Here's a bit I wrote for another forum I frequent. It's on shields
Mirror shield - in a state of concentration/meditation
and with purpose, envision yourself
surrounded by a one way (facing out) mirror ball. Will it to
fend off any energy that comes
towards you that isn't for your higher good. Now.. A quick note,
if it's not good for you, it's not
good period. The way I trained, 'benefit to all' includes you.
No matter what the situation looks
like or feels like - it's best for all to grow from it.
Benefits: This shield is excellent for keeping out anyone
who doesn't know anything about magic
or shielding - which is a lot of people.
Drawback - When they look at you - they'll see themselves
as if looking in the mirror. This is
why I only use it with students who need that reflective quality
and only for certain lessons. If
the person hates themselves - like 3/4 of the population does,
they'll make many assumptions and
probably thin you hate them. Classic projection, psychologically
speaking. You also may
develop a trapped feeling from being in a ball. It effectively
keeps you from projecting your
emotional state as well.
'I'm rubber you're glue' shield - state of concentration...(as
above) envision yourself surrounded
by rubber - bouncing things outwardly (otherwise you could be
in for trouble as it rebounds on
you) You can 'program' it to rebound whatever is thrown at you
with as much force as you want.
Benefit - If someone is feeding off your energy (as is
common with empaths) this'll stop it
Drawback: You could do severe harm to another this way.
People aren't often attacking, they are
looking for a light that empaths carry. It's where their ability
and essence come from and it leads
directly to the Source. Whatever needs to be healed in someone
is seeking that light which is
why everyone has to tell you their life story Only someone trained
can use your empathy to harm
you (as far as I know) so it's not intentional on their part.
To bounce back that injured part of
themselves - with force can be devastating. I only use this
one in the event that someone who
does know how to harm an empath attacks.
Fire shield - second verse, same as the first... envision
yourself surrounded by a wall of fire
directed outward but touching no one. That's important. Remember,
shields can be used as
psychic weapons. I'd hate to think anyone here would use what
I give as that but the fact remains
that knowledge and choice are power. I thought about not writing
about this but the need far
outweighs the possible downside in my mind. So I'm trusting
all who read this to use higher
intent when attempting any of these.
Benefit - would you mess with a wall of fire? Trust me,
they'll know it's there. Directed like a
scalpel, you can sever ties and burn bridges that need to be
Drawback: Fire can easily get out of control. As with
any power, it's sweet at first. You develop
a taste for it and figure a little more won't hurt. You will
find out quickly that it does.
Light shield - etc... envision yourself surrounded by
white (or protective light) This is the most
common shield that empaths will use.
Benefits: Protection of the highest type.
Drawbacks: I feel isolated when I use this shield so
I don't use it. Other empaths swear by it but I
have trouble 'hearing' when I need to. For me it's like wearing
earplugs on the psychic
wavelengths and I don't feel like myself or like I'm connected
to Creator. I did use this one a lot
when I first started though and it was effective up until a
point in my training.
So those are a few. The only thing that works consistency for
me is not to shield. I learned
something from shamanism called transparency - I envision myself
see through with the
connection to my Creator. Whatever 'attacks' me, I send up that
connection to Creator to be
healed. The drawback is, it's a lot of personal work. I'm used
to it but others think I'm nuts to
accept 'attacks'. I like to think of it as bending with the
Here's the thing - the very use of a shield sends a message
that you have something to protect -
which means, in warrior circles, you have something to lose.
It also sends up a red flag that you
know what you're doing and can make you more of a target. The
transparency doesn't do that.
But.. to keep things flowing to Creator and not 'sticking' in
you... you have to learn where your
own foibles are - you have to understand peoples pain and be
willing to let them have it, you
have to be - well, not there... divested of ego.. So... now
The Creator Connection
Personally I think I have a lot of trouble shielding. When you
build a shield when is it enough. I
tend to gravitate between the states of just willing it it's
enough and always putting more energy
in it. I dont think I have good shielding. Like I mentioned
to Cinn once, I do believe I am
shielded though, by myself unconsciously but also by entities
that watch over me. So that is very
good, but I do feel that my shields or shield aren't/isnt
accurate to my situation. Either blocking
too much or not enough. So I guess my question is, what is the
secret to a good shield?
I think shielding varies from individual to individual and the
needs we feel are required. Some
people feed their shields continuously and it becomes a focused
effort. Others (like myself) set
them in place to be self-sustaining. As you know, I don't discuss
my private methods publicly,
but I will take on the topic as a general one. Sometimes willing
them into place is enough.
Sometimes (if the individual feels they are under a form of
psychic attack) they require being fed
and maintained. As to how much is enough? Well, that's going
to depend on you and your own
intuitive feel for the shield. Like any other form of spiritual
work, you know when it's done. If it
feels inadequate you continue to add to it until you feel that
the attack or negativity coming your
way has been halted.
Again, I'm going to stress my focus on this topic altogether
as being one of personal choice and
the necessity of the moment. In my own experience if you are
grounded and centered on a
regular basis, shields are not necessary because with the energies
you've attracted to yourself a
natural shielded field emerges on its own. You can't be walking
in the presence of Spirit, attuned
to the higher energies, and have negatives seeping in. The negatives
are on a much lower
vibratory level and they are converted instantly when you approach
the higher vibrations.
Yes, our Guardian Spirits do shield us, or they will bring our
attention to the necessity to shield if
we remain open to their messages. I think it's so important
to center twice a day that I've done it
ritually for years. I center in the morning when I get up and
walk through the day attuned to it. I
center again in the evening to walk the night. This is something
my Teachers taught me to do
because of the energy shifts that take place. Awareness of the
solar and lunar energy placements
helps you to recognize the times this shift takes place. It's
at dusk and dawn, when the winds stop
blowing and there is a calm to the air. The birds stop singing,
everything stills, and the solar
energy yields to the lunar (and vs./vs.). See if you can't sense
it coming both indoors and out,
Northernwolf. Watch for the patterns!
If you feel your shields are blocking too much and that certain
energies you want to receive are
not getting through, readdress your formations. Connect with
each shield (or layer) and stipulate
clearly (the old be careful what you ask for) what you want
them to filter for you. You may have
set them too densely and if you didn't stipulate what you want
to come through all energy may
have a tough time of it. They are formed from energy, energy
carries information and
information can be sent to it, so your "intent" at
the time may not have been as clear as it should
be. You can take them down, undo them, and start over too if
you want to. Read over Silver
Eagle's post again and see the cautions she put up. I know how
you get into things and have a
feeling your layers may be just a bit thick for you now. When
you put them up before you were
at the novice stage. It's time to rework them. Your senses are
honed today, your attunements
sharper than they were back then, and a much lighter shield
would work fine. You know the art
of self-defense well enough at this point to only need them
to alert you to any threats. At that
point you can toss up a shield as needed very quickly.
Personally, I think the idea of shielding is something that
people overdo sometimes. Yes we need
to be always aware of our environment and the energy around
us, but attunement and growth
enhance that awareness. Pathwork itself elevates your own energy
as you advance and in that
way a natural shield seems to manifest. Combined with our Guardians
and Protectors, our level
of awareness shifts and we know when they are needed and when
they aren't. So don't get too
caught up in this. If you're not messing around with the negative
aspects, or associating with
those who walk the Dark Path, then there is generally little
need for concern. It varies too with
the areas you are moving into, and common sense is a good point
of reference there. I'm hoping
this will help a little, and it is MHO. Others may well disagree
with me. I just know you well so
I'm addressing this to you with that understanding.
I have tried shielding myself in the past and tried "telling"
my shields what to do and it didn't
work very well. Now when I say "telling" I mean with
words. For me personally, I have found
that having the concept of what you want and then letting the
energy "feel" that will work much
better. Reason being is that we often KNOW what we want but
we can't put it firmly into words.
Now you do have to have the idea firmly in your mind and it
helps to have it refined to JUST
what you want. Then let that permeate the energy... Can't promise
this will work for others, but it
does for me. Well, just an idea off the top of me head. Hope
it will help somebody.
Silver Eagle Dreamer:
Good points all. Cinn brings up several excellent points - grounding
and centering and the
conversion of negative into positive energy. These are very
important things to keep in mind
when working or considering shielding. I don't recommend that
people shield but rather work on
their connection to Creator instead.
I'd also like to address for a moment, the psychology of using
shields; a personal bee in my
bonnet. Shielding is pretty common in many forms of spiritual
training but the very thought that
you need to have one can create the need FOR one if you approach
the study with vulnerability
in your heart.
In studying martial arts, I learned you never approach an opponent
with that feeling of
vulnerability. If you do, you've already lost.
Furthermore, if you set the shield to protect something within
you that you feel is vulnerable
(why else would you have a shield) then you are as good as setting
up a bullseye over a painful
spot. It's like saying to the universe 'Don't hit me here.'
Better to just work that area within and
understand it then to cover it up with a shield. Learn from
what you percieve as your
vulnerabilities and understand them. Then no one can take advantage
of them in the first place.
Claps her hands and says: "Yep...yep...yep!" Thank
you Silver Eagle. It is important for people
to understand that shielding is not something they "have"
to do on a continual basis. So many
sites, books, and teachers instill fears in the novices that
are unnecessary in my eyes too. Then
they teach shielding and the student tries to figure out why
they can't make a breakthrough when
they are building walls around themselves. Sure seems like a
backwards approach to me.
Anyway, hopefully we've made a strong point here about the need
itself. Unless you are under
some form of psychic attack from others, or dabbling in areas
of powerlust and greed, (unless
you are walking down a path you shouldn't be on!) you just don't
need to focus on this as a rule,
and if you do you'll know it...IMHO
Hmmmm, I'm not sure whether this actually contributes to the
thread, but I'm going to share my
I shield. I've tried walls, doesn't work for me cuz it also
holds everything inside once it's in. Tried
the bouncing off/rubber thing... doesn't work for me, I start
bouncing. Sometimes I feel called to
use a wall of white roses... Cinder suggested a spider web,
which I find appealing, yet haven't
tried yet. Basically, when I am in town with the kids, I don't
feel constantly connected with
myself, which allows for stuff to sneak in unseen... and that's
what drains me. As long as I am
centered, I can let it go, it gets sticky when I am not centered.
And the kids' well-being can cause
me to get scattered, as can just "hanging" out in
town, without focus... too many options, too
many distractions... I am not talking here about constantly
needing to visualize a shield... I'm
talking about learning how to be constantly centered within
When I go into town or anyplace where there's lots of people...
I don't tend to pick up their
negative moods or anything. I just say "heh, what a load
of anger/sadness/hurt" and let it pass. I
guess that's a part of the transparency thing. It's not mine,
I don't need to keep it, I'm not the
cause of it and thus don't need to do anything with it.
What I pick up, are physical things, such as menstrual cramps,
sore throats, arthritic complaints,
etc. Mostly I pass a person by and get a short burst of their
pain. I can let it pass, cuz it isn't mine,
but it is still draining when there's the whole array of busy
town. I am usually with two little
ones, who are both, each in their own ways, sensitive... and
I feel more protective of their space
than of mine. I can handle the fatigue or headache when I come
home... I can't handle their pain
or sadness or clinginess very well when I come home. Sort of
like setting priorities. On top of
that, they don't have the tools yet to protect themselves, so
I'm still helping them while they need it.
I also get overwhelmed by the sounds (music, cars, voices) coming
from everywhere, the
individual stores each having their own music, machines, door
bells, etc.). There is no quiet
space... the sounds tend to drown out the quiet voices of my
children, which I find annoying too.
Then there's the smells. Every store has its own specific smell
(new carpets, second hand clothes,
perfumes, etc... and I can smell them just by walking past,
I don't have to enter the store to smell
them), then the people walking past with their own specific
scents (perfumes and aftershaves,
pheromones, or plain ol' sweat)... the exhaust fumes from the
cars, the faint smell of sea water
through it all... I pick up whether there's rain approaching
or snow, or the scents that the wind
brings... Then there's the physical sensations of people's complaints...
in general, my senses get overloaded.
Also, while I don't particularly mind the individual feelings
that a person has (cuz I register it as
not mine and let it go), I do feel immersed in the shared feelings:
feeling rushed. Feeling greedy
(the consumerism thing... specially around holiday times). Feeling
grumpy because it's too hot,
too cold, too wet... That sort of general feeling doesn't affect
me in and of itself... but it's like
sitting in a tub full of laundry water. I literally feel the
need to wash that off when I come home.
Grounding is an essential part of going out into town (or group)
for me. I take a moment to
refocus, re-center, re-group. Whether it is just turning my
face into the wind, or feeling the rain,
or feeling the sun... We have the luxury of having a harbor
right in the middle of town, and I will
often just go sit on the water side to do some grounding and
cleansing. The kids really appreciate
this part too... and they've started to imitate my behavior
when they are feeling a bit overwhelmed.
Now recently, I made an amulet. I got a small scrap of leather,
and put in some crystals, some
herbs, and some other bits and bobs that I was guided to use.
It's a little thingy that hangs on my
coat, and for some reason, it has helped me tremendously in
holding together and not being so
overwhelmed while out. I don't feel so drained that I need a
bath/shower/alone time to
regenerate... I don't feel all tight in the shoulders, I don't
feel the pressure building up inside...
awaiting its release...All I need to do, is just hold on to
the amulet, and instantly I feel grounded
and protected again. I have no idea how it works or why it works...
I was inspired to make the
amulet, and boy, does it work. The amulet has helped me in ways
unknown to me, how to remain
centered. I unconsciously reach for the amulet and just by doing
that, I am centered again.
So that's where I feel the need to shield. The physical overstimulation
of my senses. I'm going to
give the spider web a try, not particularly in town, but in
general... knowing how Spider registers
activity acutely and knows precisely *where* that activity is...
I feel that this might be a useful
learning tool for me.
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