Truth feeder
By Dr Joshua David Stone

This chapter may be one of the most important in this entire book. Instead of calling this chapter psychic self defense, I could also have called it, "How to build a strong physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual immune system."

Most people just think of immune systems as a part of our physical body. This is not the case, however. It is just as important, if not more so, to develop a psychological, and spiritual one. The effectiveness of your physical immune system will, in actuality, depend to a great extent on your psychological and spiritual one. This chapter will be an intense course in physical, psychological, and spiritual self immune system building.

Whether spiritual people like to admit this or not, life is a battle. The great Paramahansa Yogananda said, "Life is a battlefield". In the Bhagavad Gita Krishna implored Arjuna to "give up his unmanliness and get up and fight." We all have to learn to be spiritual warriors in life. The "Course in Miracles" emphasizes the importance of being "vigilant for God and His kingdom."

The fight we are all in is on a number of levels. First, we are fighting to remain conscious and alert and not fall into what I call "automatic pilot". Second we are fighting to keep our minds clear of negative thoughts. We are fighting to keep glamour, maya, illusion and negative ego from taking over our consciousness. We are fighting to stay centered and balanced. We are fighting to stay in unconditional love, joy, even-mindedness and inner peace.

Sometimes we are battling to heal ourselves from physical disease, or dis-ease on emotional, mental, and/or spiritual levels. Sometimes we are battling fatigue. We are battling to control our subconscious mind and master our three lower vehicles or bodies. We are battling to remain in the consciousness that we are the God, Christ, the Buddha, that Atma, the Eternal Self.

One of the biggest things we are battling is not only the energies within ourselves that do not come from soul, but also we are battling the negative energy from other people and our environment. The spiritual path is like climbing an uphill mountain. It is up three steps, fall back two, up six steps fall down four, up seven steps fall back five. This is how everyone grows.

We have all learned in this planetary mystery school called earth life, we must remain strong. Now, I do want to say, that this battle does get easier, the higher one goes in the initiation process. The higher one goes in the initiation process the greater the self mastery.

In the early stages there is a great battle going on with "the dweller on the threshold" (negative ego, glamour, maya, and illusion). As one gains mastery, these energies are subjugated and new positive spiritual habits are formed.

In essence, over a long period of great battling and suffering we have finally reached a point of learning how to stay strong physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, and not get knocked off center by the onslaught of negative energies of the inner or material world that often takes place.

In this chapter I am going to give you the understanding and the tools to easily win this battle, and gain self mastery, so life becomes much easier and more enjoyable. I am going to teach you how to protect yourself, just as a marshal arts instructor would, except on subtler, spiritual and psychic levels.

Before I can do this, however, I first must give you a "wakeup call". Most people live their lives on automatic pilot, and live like automatons. They are totally unaware of all the negative forces that are at work. They are unaware of negative ego, glamour, maya, and illusion until they step on the probationary path. Even more than that they are totally unaware of the physical, environmental, psychological, and spiritual onslaught of negative energies that confront the average person on a daily basis.

You cannot win this battle and gain self mastery until you know what you are fighting. This chapter will deal with helping you to develop an arsenal of psychological and spiritual tools to win this war. It will also point out the enormous barrage of negative energy that is coming from the environment, other people, the astral plane, the mental plane, and the etheric plane.

To begin this discussion we first must understand what it is we are fighting. Let us begin with the physical body and the physical immune system and what it has to contend with. Some of the things I am about to mention, you are already aware of, and some of them you are not, or tend to forget about in terms of protecting yourself.

In beginning our practice of "psychic self defense" I ask you to read this list with detachment so as not to get overwhelmed. After listing what we are battling, then I will teach you how to become "invulnerable and invincible" to their effects. For, never forget that in truth, we each are God, and as we realize this potential we are no longer victims of effects of anything. We are total masters and causes of our reality.

The Physical Things Our Physical Immune Systems are Fighting on a Daily Basis
The first thing, of course, our physical bodies have to deal with is pollution, especially if you live in a big city, although in truth there is pollution almost everywhere on this planet at this time. In a city such as Los Angeles, we have air pollution and the drinking water is totally toxic. There is enormous amount of sound pollution with car alarms constantly going off and the sounds of a big city. This affects us much more than we realize.

The oceans are polluted. The fish off the Santa Monica Bay are filled with mercury poisoning. We confront fast food restaurants and ice cream parlors on every corner. Needless to say, the food is dead and not good for our bodies.

The government fluoridates the water supply which completely shuts down the immune system if you drink it. Our toothpastes are also filled with fluoride. Our dentists fill our cavities with mercury fillings which is one of the most toxic substances to the human body, with only plutonium or nuclear radiation being worse. After ten or fifteen years the mercury fillings crack and leak into our system and create absolute havoc. I would highly recommend that people have them replaced with gold or composite fillings.

Our government does nuclear testing which takes forty years to dissipate the energy from our atmosphere. Then they have nuclear waste which they have no idea what to do with. Their new brain storm is to use some of it to "irradiate" our fruits and vegetables, which has already been approved by our "protective agency", the FDA, which is the biggest joke in the universe.

When our food goes through the check out stand they zap it again with some kind of radiation which allows the checker to not have to mark off the price with her fingers, so it is done automatically. Please realize this energetically poisons the food.

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Psychic Self-defense

"Psychic self-defense is something that each of us should know how to employ in some form or another. Our environment is awash with negativity that has the potential to be very damaging to the human energy field. Anger, aggression, fear and depression, energy vampires, negative places and arguments work to build and create negative energy that can cling to our auras or build up in ours homes causing problems over time. Spiritual self-defense and spiritual cleansings are very important for you, your loved ones, your personal belongings and your home. Negative energy can cause stress, fatigue, headaches, depression, a run of unfortunate circumstances or 'bad luck' and even illness.

Our bodies are so much more than meets the eye. Of course we are flesh, blood and bone but we are also Spirit and within our body lies and an amazing network of energy centers or chakras. Energy workers employ several methods for warding off negativity. The first is recognizing the attack or the possibility of an attack and countering it with the healing energy of the universe. Energy is part of the fabric of matter. To some it is Chi (from Chinese), Ki (Japanese) or Prana (Indian). To others it is the life force or breath of the Gods. The greeting Namaste encompasses this idea and while there are several translations, my favorite is, "The God in me recognizes the God in you." For indeed we all have a bit of god in us, our consciousness, even our every breath is infused with the energy of creation that courses through all things.

Energy is sacred. It is a part of all things. When energy is in a proper state of balance, it moves smoothly through the space it occupies (our homes, our workspace even our bodies). Balancing this energy is a crucial part of living a healthy and harmonious life. There are seven main chakras, or energy centers, located in our body, five of which are located along the spine, the upper two on our head. Each chakra is associated with a different energy level beginning with the lowest, the root chakra which stands for the pure matter, to the highest, the crown chakra which represents the pure consciousness. Energy flows through these centers and the flow of energy affects our health. Through meditation we can balance and aligned each energy centers setting the chakra to glow and spin.

The practice of meditation is a large part of psychic development and spiritual work. Meditation is the practice of focusing and quieting your mind to achieve a heightened awareness of your inner spirit and release your inner wisdom whereby you are attempting to merge the desires of the subconscious mind with the desires of the conscious mind in order to work toward a common goal. Through conscious breath we not only oxygenate our blood, we control our perception, for when you shift your attention to each breath slowly and deeply drawn and released, you shift your mind into a quiet mode, releasing your mind clutter and silencing the “monkey mind" that constantly tries to invade our thoughts and emotions. The result of this shift is peace, serenity, calmness and inspiration. With practice, meditation affords the practitioner the ability to slip his physical body and explore his subconscious and even work on the astral plane. Through Meditation Practices one can improved mental functioning, achieve greater intuition as well as heal the human energy field and afford psychic self-defense.

New at meditation? Here is a lovely grounding exercise that will neutralize negative energy and replace it with earth energy. This is a form of the Tree Meditation. I find it does wonders for grounding and centering me when I feel my life has gotten out of control.

Allow yourself fifteen to thirty uninterrupted minutes for this exercise. Find a comfortable place in a quiet room where you will not be distracted. Sit with your back straight. Take a series of deep, slow breaths exhaling and inhaling to the count of three. When you are ready visualize roots slowly extending from your root charka down into the earth. If you are inside, see your roots traveling down throughout the layers of the building, down through the foundation and eventually into the soil.

Your roots go down deep into the earth until they come to a cool pool of earth energy. You draw this energy up your roots with each breath and all the excess nervous energy, tension, and stress is absorbed and replaced with the cool healing energy of the earth. Breathe this cool earth energy up through your body and allow it to neutralize all the negativity it encounters as it replaces it with peace and ancient serenity.

Visualize a lovely white light pooling around you, enveloping you. This cool, light energy trickles up your roots with each breath you draw, glowing, filling your first chakra with a red energy. This radiating ruby-red energy should be spinning, swirling in a clockwise motion. If it is not, then activate the chakra by place your hand over the area and visualize energy, traveling up from the earth filling the area, nurturing this chakra until it is filled with radiant ruby light and spinning like a bright jewel.

Leave your hand on the area until the chakra is activated. Feel the energy point swirling with bright red light. See the cool earth energy flowing through this chakra until it is bright and beautiful.

Now move up to your sacral chakra. This chakra is located close to the area of the pubic bone about two fingers width under your bellybutton. Visualize this chakra as a magnificent, radiating sunset orange jewel that is spinning in a clockwise motion. If it is not spinning, then do the activation process again until it swirls with a radiate orange glow. Feel the energy infuse this charka with bright orange light. See the earth energy flowing through this chakra until it is bright and beautiful.

Now bring your focus to your solar plexus chakra that is located slightly above your navel. Picture the chakra as lovely, radiating sunshine yellow. If it’s not spinning, activate the chakra and watch it swirl like a bright jewel. Feel the earth energy flowing through this chakra until it is spinning, whirling bright and beautiful.

Concentrate on your heart chakra located in your chest. Imagine the chakra as a dazzling, glorious emerald jewel. If it’s not spinning, activate the chakra and watch it swirl. Feel the energy infuse this charka until it glows with bright green light. See the earth energy flowing, permeating this chakra with energy until it is energized and spinning brightly like a bright green jewel.

Move up to your throat chakra. Imagine the charka as a luminous sky blue whirling and flowing. If it’s not spinning, then activate as before until the chakra is swirling. Feel the earth energy brighten the charka point. See the earth energy moving through this chakra filling it, healing it and set it to spin like a radiant glowing jewel.

Shift your attention to your third-eye chakra located between your eyebrows. Activate this intense violet chakra infusing it with the cool healing energy of the earth until the charka point becomes even more vivid and is whirling, spinning like a violet jewel.

Lastly bring your focus up to your crown chakra. Feel the top of your head open and expand as the shining violet-white light whirls in a clockwise motion. Feel the energy healing energy of the earth wash through the top of your head and spill down to thicken and feed your aura, setting it to glow in a cocoon of color as it wraps you in the colors of your glowing chakras.

Breathe and feed the energy down to you trunk, over your thighs back down into the earth. Run the energy through you. See it as a continuous loop of flowing energy as your roots draw it from the earth and your breath carries it up through your charka system until it flows from the top of your head, down your aura and back into the earth. Run the energy for as long as you allow, until you feel your life force is recharged and your spirit is at peace.

I often work with earth energy however earth energy is feminine. Some energy workers find that using the masculine energy of Air works better for them. To use air energy stand with your arms raised to the sky and run the charkas in reverse, beginning with your crown drawing the energy down with each breath into each charka point until your heart is calm, your spirit revitalized, your energy centers full, and you ready for anything...Stay quiet for a few moments. To end the meditation, slowly wiggle your finger and toes and then open you eyes.

White Light Protection When you feel a psychic attack is eminent a good way to counter it is by drawing on the healing energy of the universe. Visualize a golden light beaming above you filling your crown chakra. See this cool clear light swirling down your throat past your heart into your stomach.

Now visualize the golden light expanding throughout your body to the tips of your finger down to the tips of your toes until it expands past the boundaries of your body to rejuvenate your glowing aura.

Hold this image for a few breaths knowing that all negativity has been cleared away and replaced with light.

Shielding If you are in need of a shield or a protective cloak simply visualize the infinite creative energy of the Universe swirling around you, like a gentle whirlpool moving all around your body. Draw it around you and infuse your aura with its pure energy. See the energy growing to surround you in a cocoon of color as each of your chakras glow. Feel your aura thickening as the energy wraps around you, clearing away any dark areas, mending any holes or thin places.

Space Clearing When I'm feeling the muck of life weighing me down I clean my alter, my kitchen and then choose one more rooms (usually my office or bedroom) and clear out the clutter. I make piles for trash, recycle and the donation center and I get rid of all the junk. Then I clean. I like to wash with an herbal infused floor wash to instill magickal energy.

Just make a strong decoction of the herb of your choice and add to your floor washing water. Use 1 to 2 teaspoons of herb per cup of cold water. Bring the mixture gently to a boil. Keeping covered, simmer for about 10 minutes. Then add the decoction to your wash water and clean. To dispose of the left-over wash water, throw it out the front door or into the front yard, toward the East, if possible.

Here are some herbs of protection:

Burdock: purifies and protects Fennel: deflects negative energies. Hyssop: for protection, cleansing and removal of negative forces. Marigold (calendula): Use to ward against negative threats. Mullein: This herb is wonderful for uncrossing, deflection and return to sender. Pennyroyal: Use to repel unwanted guests and ward off negative energy. (Also wards off gnats & mosquitoes and repels ticks.) Rue: Works two ways: First a rue infused wash will get rid of malevolent energy and it second it will return hexes to the sender. Betony: To banish nightmares and bad thoughts. Damiana: Protection of property.

Mirrors Reflective surfaces can be used to reflect negative energy back to its source. By placing mirrors in line with doors is an easy way to deal with negative thoughts and spirits reversing them back to where they came.

Sea Salt: Salt is a purifier. Use sea salt to cleanse and banish any negative energy that may cling to an object, person, or area. Sprinkle salt around a room to put yourself and others at ease. Or asperge with a sea salt water mixture. Aspersing means sprinkling with liquid in order to effect spiritual and magical cleansing. This is an ancient rite, just like burning incense. Aspersing rituals direct the elemental power of Water. To cleanse a room of negativity simply dissolve sea salt in rain or spring water and sprinkle the perimeter of the room or rooms that need to be cleansed.

Sage and smudging: For centuries smudging, the burning of aromatic herbs, has been a common practice for purifying objects and locations. Sage is most often used for cleansing, balance and purification. The act of burning sage is called smudging. Smudging calls positive energy in to a space and removes negative energy. It is the spiritual equivalents to bathing. If I've had an especially bad day I go into my garden plunge my feet into the soil and light a sage wand and smudge myself. Smudging can also clear a room or area of any old or stagnant energy. If your life feels stuck or things just aren’t going according to plan, you may just find that simple space clearing solves the problem. Clearing the space around you is also an important part of most rituals and ceremonies. You can use sage to clear energy out of a room where stress occurs, to cleanse people and pets that are depressed, sick or anxious. When moving into a new home smudging is a great way to clear energy from a previous resident.

To smudge a room, simply walk around the room wafting smoke into each corner. A smudge with Sweetgrass is a lovely way to bring harmony and balance to the room. Smudging is also a good way to bless or consecrate spiritual tools.

Burning a stick of incense or a few drops of essential oils in an aromatherapy burner is a good way to change the energy of a room. Oil of Frankincense, Sage, Sweet Grass, Pine Resin, Juniper, Desert Mugwort, Rue, Yarrow, and Marjoram are common oils used to cleanse a space.

Another tool that is handy for absorbing negative energy is Charcoal. Briquettes of charcoal will absorb toxins and negative energy. Combining charcoal and sea salt is an effective way to safely remove negative energy. When moving into a new home you can leave three briquettes on a dish in the middle of a room before you move anything in. Leave overnight, then remove and bury.

May the healing energy of the Universe keep you safe and grant you peace through this hectic season. I hope you are able to experience the wonders of meditation. May you gain the ability to tap into 'your well of inner peace' whenever you need to and connect with the state of altered consciousness for inner work and psychic protection."