"Psychic Self-Defense: Strengthen Your Aura" by Denning & Phillips
Maybe you've heard of psychic vampires? These are people who steal your energy. Even if that sounds like nonsense to you, you have to admit that there are some people who leave you drained.
There are two types of people in the world, introverts and extroverts. And the best explanation I've ever come across, is that, basically, introverts get their energy being by alone, and extroverts get their energy from other people. I'm an introvert. And this is what it feels like. But I have to add, that it's not that I get energy by being alone. It's that I can recharge, if all the energy-sucking people aren't around. People aren't sucking energy, intentionally. But they are energy suckers, psychic vampires, nonetheless.
So, the gist of the book is this, you need to protect your aura. If you feel drained by people, you should read this book. And here's a few articles for you to get started about strengthening your aura, your best line of defense.
About the Book...
Even as open-minded as I think myself to be, I still feel silly when I read books with titles such as this. Funny, because that's about half of what I read. (Disclaimer for the following statements. There are many people in my head, but that's just how it feels to be me. I don't have multiple-personality disorder. I can just see all sides to any subject. It's not fun waiting for me to order at a restaurant, believe me. Even just the entree or dessert.) So, of the people in my head chiming on all subjects, they range from the most skeptical poo-poo-er, to "the believer" who believes in almost everything, they all get along, most of the time. But there are plenty of times and plenty of subjects that I just have to shrug my shoulders and say "I just don't know what to think or feel about that" because there is nothing close to a consensus among the villagers who live in my head.
But, to the skeptic in me, as I was reading this book, I have noticed a marked difference in the way my work environment affects me, in that, it doesn't affect me so much at all anymore. Even when I was working with the public. And I certainly can't chalk it all up to my imagination. I feel protected. The skeptic in me also really likes that, that in no small way, it really is all about one's imagination. The power of the mind! Even the most skeptical can agree to that. Otherwise, how do placebos work? Or hypnosis? It makes sense, it can be explained logically and scientifically. When people believe that the economy is bad, that creates a bad economy. Or, if people believe a company or a bank, as another example, is failing, then it probably will. Or, when a person becomes a doctor, or an Olympic athlete, or a rock star, it all happened precisely (but not entirely) because they believed they had it in them to become a doctor, an Olympic athlete, or a rock star. So then, if you believe you are protected by an invisible energy field, then you are protected by an invisible energy field!
You see, I used to work with the public, and it has always been such a chore for me, which is why I bought this book. Working with the public usually drains me, and it often feels as though each person I come in contact with takes a little of me with them when they go. If I'm in contact with pleasant people, of course, it's a pleasant day. Otherwise, not so much. If I've dealt with people all day who were not pleasant, it's as if I have spent the entire day cleaning up sludge, being hit with various negative states of mind and poor attitudes, leaving me with someone's anger, someone's depression, someone's exhaustion, or whatever negative feeling people happened to be feeling while I was dealing with them, all over me.
Let me use another analogy to illustrate what it's like to be sensitive and without protection. Whenever I'm spending my day doing a lot of one-on-one situations with the public, it's as if I working outside in my inside clothes. It's not difficult dressed in a t-shirt and jeans, when the weather's nice. But, bad weather and negative people are like a blast of arctic air, or scorching heat, or hurricane winds with stinging rain. Strengthening your aura is like, for someone like me, putting on an overcoat, or maybe even a hat and gloves, before going outside to face the elements.
Doing the various visualization exercises explained in this particular book, before going to work, left me feeling not quite so exposed and affected.The more I practice, the better I am with the visualizations. The better I am with the visualizations, the better I feel. I think it will help you as well, if you're like me.
In the case of this book, I came close to putting it down a couple times. Because, honestly, it got boring in the middle, because it didn't apply to me. I thought to myself, I'll press on through since maybe this will be useful in the future? And press on I did, and finally it got to other ideas that were useful to me. What was boring to me were the few chapters dealing with being under "psychic attack" by an occultist/psychic (or someone dabbling in the metaphysical)... but I don't even know anyone who has both the ability and the desire to do such a thing to me. I don't believe I have any enemies. But, you never know when something like this will be useful in the future. So I read those chapters anyway. But that's not to say that doesn't apply to you, because, it might. Maybe that's why you're reading this.
Some of the ideas expressed, were hard to swallow. Like, for example, listening to hard rock music or metal is not good for your psychic protection. But, on the other hand, perhaps that's why I can't listen to head-banging music exclusively. I do feel "off" when I listen to whole albums of raucous or dark music. But I have noticed lately, that I watch the horror genre much less. Because it does seem to affect me negatively.
But, of the ideas that did resound with me, I'm eager to try out a few of the exercises. One particular example, was of a woman known to the author(s), who would do a little exercise, whenever she wanted to claim a store item for herself for a later time, when she would have the money. And, the writer(s) would testify that her item was always waiting for her whenever she came around to make the purchase. Another example was a couple who had regularly strengthened their aura, and this particular day, had encountered some thugs who had been terrorizing the neighborhood. But in their case, the thugs just walked on by, almost as if the couple were invisible or somehow just too intimidating. I don't have any personal experiences of this nature to share with you. But I wish I did!
So, that's my recommendation for this book. Take what is useful, and discard the rest. Well, but perhaps "discard" is too unkind a word to use, because, overall, I found it quite useful. How about "file away" the rest somewhere? But if you find yourself, like me, sensitive to people and their various feelings and moods, and in need of protection from it all, then you'll find many of the ideas in this book very useful. And if you feel or need protection because someone has put their sights on you to do you some damage, I guess you better start protecting yourself pretty darn quick! And, if that is the case, that someone's intentionally attacking you, using their psychic abilities or knowledge, it probably would be a good idea to read any book you can get your hands on about psychic protection.
If that is the case with you, doing a search on google using the words "psychc protection techniques" would also be quite useful to you. And if you'd like to do some online research for yourself.
Because, you can be too rich or too thin, but you can never have too much psychic protection.