There is no question we're living in one of the most exciting times in man's history. Things are changing so rapidly on both the temporal and spiritual planes; and as those things change, so do we and our needs. People are opening so rapidly now; one moment they're living life as they always have, plodding along in their daily lives, then suddenly waking up one morning experiencing a sense of urgency driving them. They KNOW there's something they must prepare for - but have no idea what that might be.
These are the first glimmers of a spiritual awakening, and there can be a sense of excitement and even dread that comes along with it. It's what pushes people to begin exploring their own spirituality, and the gifts that often come with it.
Having been a teacher of spiritual and psychic development since the age of 17, it's been alternately terrifying, exciting and comforting watching the spiritual opening over many years. Comforting and exciting because the world needs us to be 'on our game', alert and ready to help and support those who are in need, and terrifying because so many people are trying to learn or develop their psychic abilities without first learning adequate psychic self-defence.
For those who scoff at the idea any kind of safety measures might be necessary, let's approach this from a basic, common-sense perspective.
When you step out the door with your toddler children, do you let them run where they will - including into a road? Of course you don't! You take them by the hand, teach them how to keep themselves safe, and when you're sure they're mature enough to look both ways before crossing, you then allow them to move about with more freedom.
When you're first learning to cook, you learn how to handle sharp knives, how to prevent burns, and general kitchen safety. Then when you're a teenager, you're taught personal safety in social situations, or for when you're leaving work at night.
Everything I've mentioned seems simple and obvious to everyone reading this. In our world, we don't take safety for granted, and most of us agree that it's necessary to take reasonable precautions to stay safe.
Why oh why then are there so many people who are willing to dabble (and yes, there's a difference between 'dabbling' and 'learning') in things the have no way of understanding, let alone controlling?
Let me be clear here.
I'm talking about people who do a love spell because they want a guy to love them - then suddenly they either have a stalker or they discover that Prince Charming isn't quite so charming - and they can't get rid of him? Or someone who decides playing with a Ouija board would be fun - until they realise that one of those spirits they've invited out for conversation won't go away, and is wreaking havoc on their home and life?
Going into any aspect of the occult without both eyes open and knowing how to protect yourself adequately is both immature and irresponsible. If you can't keep yourself safe (and that's Rule #1) , how are you going to keep anyone else safe (that's Rule #2). Being psychically unprepared to protect yourself and your home is the equivalent of giving a toddler a gun, patting them on the head and telling them to go out and play in the garden.
Taking responsibility for your actions, being accountable for taking care of yourself and your home is the most important step you can take - and it should be the very first thing you learn. And taking it one step further, we all can acknowledge that for there to be a balance in life, there must be darkness and Light; good and evil, negative and positive.
There are people out there who are less than kind, often manipulative, and can cause us to feel tired, drained, and unwell. (We've all heard of 'psychic vampires'...people who don't respect personal space, and who are emotionally draining.) We may not be able to separate ourselves from them physically because we may work with them or they may even be members of our family, so we have to find ways of protecting ourselves.
Happily, there are ways of protecting ourselves that are quick, simple and powerful. What learning these exercises means is that we have to be disciplined enough to take the time to learn them, and not giving up when we haven't mastered them in the first 15 minutes of attempting them. These things take time, and not everyone learns at the same pace. The important thing is continuing to practice until you feel comfortable knowing your protection is strong and secure enough to keep you safe and healthy.
I teach my students Psychic Self-Defence in their very first class, and I've seen the difference in their confidence levels once they know they've taken their safety into their own hands. Being empowered is very important, because it give you the confidence to attempt new things and know you can succeed. Most of all, it gives the knowledge that you're protecting your body and energy from people and things that don't belong in it, aren't good for it, and potentially can do harm.
Before you begin, get comfortable. Don't wear anything restrictive, and try to ensure you won't be interrupted. Have a glass of water at hand because using energy can dehydrate you. You won't need it during the exercise, but it's good to rehydrate afterwards.
Sit or lay comfortably. Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and just relax. I want you to know that what you're doing is going to keep you safe and protected.
As you're relaxing, I want you to visualise a pinpoint of brilliant White Light over the top of your head. As you watch it, you can see it pulse and almost twinkle like a star. As you continue to watch it, you feel your body relaxing more, so much so that nothing else is important because watching the Light makes you feel safe and happy.
As you watch the point of Light, you can see it start to grow a little bigger. It hovers over the top of your head, and is now the size of an egg. As it gets bigger, it seems to glow even brighter. The brighter and bigger it gets, the happier and more relaxed you become. I want you to say this three times: '' I bring the White Light into my body, and ask for strength, protection, and guidance.'' (Don't forget to say thank you!)
Now it's the size of an orange...and now a grapefruit. It feels wonderful, watching the Light grow in size and brightness. And the longer you watch it, the more you want to feel it, because you know it will feel even better than it looks.
Now it's grown to the size of a netball... and you're starting to feel a little tingly. This Light is very powerful and very protective. It protects you even when you're not thinking about it.
The Light is almost the size of a beach ball now: it's so big, you can see that it's wider than your shoulders and just looking at it makes you smile. As you watch, the Light starts to move slowly down over the top of your head, and then around your shoulders. It feels soft, warm, and safe.
As the Light travels down your body over your back and chest, then down both arms and around your stomach, you know that this is the best thing you could do for yourself. The Light makes you feel safe and secure, and you want to always feel this way.
Now the Light is travelling down your legs, front and back, down through your knees and into your feet. It continues to travel down through the floor, and it has completely filled you up until your entire body is glowing with this beautiful White Light. You feel safe, happy and so very relaxed.
Now I want you to picture in front of you a giant pyramid made entirely of crystal. This is a very unique crystal because you can walk right through it with nothing to stop you. You can walk in and out - but nothing and no one else can. You control everything that comes into the pyramid with you, and what I want you to focus on is bringing only happiness, peace and relaxation in with you.
Once you're inside, you're going to add some very special mirrors on all four sides of the pyramid and on the bottom of it. These mirrors add an extra layer of protection, so if anything bad or negative tries to get close to you, it won't be able to. It will bounce off the mirrors and float away where it can't hurt you or anyone else. You're going to feel even safer inside this crystal pyramid than you did with the Light, and one makes the other stronger.
Once you've finished putting the mirrors around the pyramid, I want you to see a huge crystal ball in front of you. Just like the pyramid, you can walk straight through the side of it and bring the pyramid and the Light with you. And just like the pyramid, it only allows happiness, clear thinking, good health, and protection in close to you. Nothing negative can get in - and you are the only one who can choose what comes close to you. You are in complete control.
Just like you did with the pyramid, you're going to surround the entire crystal ball with mirrors - turn it into a disco ball. It's going to let all kinds of wonderful things in close to you, but will keep all the negative things out. When you've done the Light, the pyramid and the crystal ball, and you are inside it with the mirrors all around, you're safe and protected.
Marisa Ward is the founder/CEO of White Light Enterprises UK, Reiki Master and Teacher, and professional Psychic/Intuitive Reader.