Create a personal energy shield
Are you trying to protect yourself from negative energy? Do you want to repel back the forces of other people’s bad attitude? Hoping to access a tool for emotional protection?
If the answer is yes, you wouldn’t be alone. Much of the work I do with clients draws on the tenets of mindfulness, allowing them to access a peak performance resource state.
And here is the thing – if we don’t push back against others darkness, we can quickly find ourselves in an unwanted place. Here are a few questions the think about:
Have you ever been around a person who vibes out gloominess? Did their dark energy have a way of dampening your light? When the interaction was over, did you feel emotionally depleted?
If any of this resonates, chances are you were in the presence of an energy vampire, a person who parasitically drains its victims of happiness and joy. Insidious in nature, these people are perpetually nasty and move from person to person in a quest to bring folks down.
Why some people are like this is beyond my understanding. All I know is they exist and, if your search your memories, you can probably identify one or two of these people who orbit your circle. Examples include friends, family members, and even coworkers.
Wouldn’t it be fantastic if you could create some type of shield to protect against their bad mojo? How cool would it be to lift that shield up and block them?
Well, there is no need to imagine. What follows is a simple, five-step process for creating your own personal protective device. I promise that it is a lot easier than you think. Plus, it’s kind of fun.
Are you ready? Let’s jump right in!
1. Spend five minutes in meditation
One of the first things you’ll want to do is clear your mind of any mental debris that will get in the way of building your shield.
The best approach is to go into meditation. It doesn’t need to be long, just five minutes. An excellent way to do this is by conducting a simple body scan.
The goal is to cleanse any mental toxicity that may be present, removing blockages so that you can move onto the next step.
2. Recall a moment of resilience
Cast your mind back to a period in life when you experienced a moment of resilience. Think of a time when you endured something difficult. Examples include passing a test, overcoming the heartache of a breakup, or winning a sporting event.
If you can’t think of an experience, allow your mind to make one up. To do this, imagine you are a famous athlete, a superhero, or character from mythology. Ask yourself: what qualities this person possesses that exude strength and resilience?
Once you have a mental picture created, allow yourself to feel this sense of strength and power. Let those feelings permeate your entire body, from head to toe.
Now feeling this positive energy, say the following affirmation three times:
I am strong and resilient.
I am strong and resilient.
I am strong and resilient.
As part of this step, some people feel a slight warmness in their bodies. Others notice a tingling sensation in the hands and feet. Whatever you experience is completely OK. Accept these sensations and welcome the experience.
Now fully in this state, place one hand on each knee. Gently tap from right to left, alternating the taps for 60 seconds. In your mind’s eye, repeat the affirmation again: I am strong and resilient.
This step should take no more than five minutes.
3. Create a shield
Now that you are feeling empowered, it is time to build your shield. To do this, all that is needed are imaginal resources. In your mind’s eye, what does your shield look like?
For example, is it make of wood or metal? What color is your shield? Does it have any unique markings? Is there insignia that appears on the front, like your initials? Do you see a coat of arms?
Some people decorate their shield using themes. For example, if you were victorious in a game, you might see your team’s mascot emblazed on the front. If you passed a test, you might see the letter “A”.
Did you imagine yourself as a superhero? Project something symbolic that represents this person. For example, an “S” may mean Superman, or a hammer might signify Thor. You get the idea.
Tip: Some people find that drawing their shield on a sheet of paper helps to build a stronger connection. Should you decide to engage in this activity, be as creative as possible.
Minus the drawing, this step should take no more than 5 minutes.
4. Charge your shield
Now that you have created your shield, it’s time to charge it. Close your eyes and imagine this object six to ten feet in front of you. It can be freestanding or propped up by a rod – whatever your mind produces.
Now tap into those feelings, emotions, and sensations that came up for you during step 2 from above. Yes, that’s right – place your hands on your knees again and slowly tap from left to right. Repeat the affirmation. I am strong and resilient.
Do this for 60 seconds.
After tapping, it’s white light time.
Imagine a white, narrow beam of light projecting from the top of your head [the crown chakra].
Infuse this light with all of the personal strength and resilience that you just tapped into. Let these feelings completely fill up your beam. As you do this, you may notice the beam becoming brighter. Just go with it.
Now direct this beam directly to the center of your shield.
As the seconds go by, your shield may begin to take on a magnificent glow. Should this happen, embrace it!
When it feels right, let the beam coming from your head to fade. The only thing you should see now is the glowing shield.
This step should take no more than 3 minutes.
5. Grab your shield
Now that your shield is fully charged, it’s time to grab your shield.
Walk over to it from behind and use the leather grips (called Enarmes) that are attached. Place an arm through it in a way that feels comfortable.
Hold up your shield in front of you. Now move it from right to left. Wield it around a bit. Allow yourself to feel its tremendous protective power.
Now imagine placing your shield on your back with a shoulder strap, technically referred to as a guige. At any point during the day, you can reach for your shield as a tool of protection.
Examples include unhappy family members, energy-sucking coworkers, or anyone who vibes out negativity. Just knowing this shield is with you can be extremely powerful.
Creating a personal energy shield isn’t hard, but it does take time and practice to develop. There may be times that the size, look, and feel of your shield will change. This is very normal.
I hope you found this mindfulness-based technique that draws on your imaginal resources to be helpful. On a related note, be sure to read how to create your very own circle of confidence.