Every time I teach a psychic development class, I devote a good section of time to question and answer periods. Though every class is different, I can always count on hearing a version of this question: "How can we protect ourselves against the dark forces?"
Despite hearing that question dozens of times, I donít have a set answer. All I know is that, once asked, I have to tread carefully, because I donít want to scare any beginning students from opening themselves up to experiencing the gifts of communication with spirit. Yet at the same time, I do believe that there is negative energy out there. Iíve met spirits that were what some might call "dark" Ė but they werenít creatures created by Stephen King or Hollywood special effects technicians to scare the money out of the wallets of teenage movie goers.
The dark spirits Iíve met are lost, lonely, confused and tormented souls who, for one reason or another, are afraid of crossing into the light. Most of them fear God wonít let them into "heaven" because of errors they committed while alive. Other spirits donít know theyíre dead, or donít want to accept the fact that theyíve left the Earth plane. And a few are angry and have no way to get rid of their negative energy. So they hang around the Earth plane as poltergeists and play tricks, and occasionally latch themselves onto a Ouija board and try to lure people astray. (Which is why I avoid Ouija boards.)
These spirits need to be treated with love and compassion. I know several rescue mediums who feel itís a noble calling to guide these lost souls into the light. These very strong-willed mediums donít take their jobs lightly. Though they may get unnerved now and then, they strongly believe in their power and that their spirit guides are powerful.
There are two key words here: fear and power. So, whenever anyone asks me about protecting themselves from "the dark", I remember those two words. Because fear feeds negative energy. And power Ė belief in the strength of your self-confidence, self-esteem and self-love Ė will defeat anything.
Many people are told to visualize pure, white light, which acts as protection in certain situations. White light is also as a symbol for the Divine, and calling white light into a troubling experience is asking God or the energy of love to be with you. I also believe white light symbolizes the power of our higher self. And what makes up our higher self? The knowledge that we are strong, wise beings with a deep sense of confidence and commitment to expressing the love of the universe, which flows in us and through us.
So: How can you protect yourself against the darkness? By turning on a light Ėyour light. By strengthening the light within you, and understanding that you can shine as bright as the sun. Meditate on this, and repeat this mantra often: "I am in control of my life. I control my light."
Questions about protection also come from clients who sometimes feel afraid that they may not be in control of their lives.
Believe in yourself. You have the power, and it is limitless!