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Psychic Self Defense

Psychic Self Defense

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Published by Priscila Frohmut
One of the problems which faces the aspiring witch or magician is an increased sensitivity to and awareness of the "unseen" forces of the world. Usually this sensitivity is a delight, but occasionally it becomes a nightmare -- in the most literal sense of the word. In particular, this article deals with what spiritualists and shamans would refer to as spirit obsession -- a cluster of "symptoms" that differ from possession, but that still can destroy the integrity
One of the problems which faces the aspiring witch or magician is an increased sensitivity to and awareness of the "unseen" forces of the world. Usually this sensitivity is a delight, but occasionally it becomes a nightmare -- in the most literal sense of the word. In particular, this article deals with what spiritualists and shamans would refer to as spirit obsession -- a cluster of "symptoms" that differ from possession, but that still can destroy the integrity

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PSYCHIC SELF-DEFENSE
by =Carlin= One of the problems which faces the aspiring witch or magician isan increased sensitivity to and awareness of the "unseen" forces of theworld. Usually this sensitivity is a delight, but occasionally itbecomes a nightmare -- in the most literal sense of the word. Inparticular, this article deals with what spiritualists and shamanswould refer to as spirit obsession -- a cluster of "symptoms" thatdiffer from possession, but that still can destroy the integrity of thevictims <AND ALSO> gives some background information on obsession, andthen outlines a few "generic" techniques that will benefit thosesubject to this form of "psychic harassment."DEFINING OBSESSIONObsession occurs in every nation and subculture,and as a resultevery magical subculture has had it's own way of defining and dealingwith the phenomena involved. Modern medicine, with the exception ofJungian and "New Age" psychiatry/psychology, tends to dismiss obsessionas either hysteria or budding schizophrenia. The major religions, forthe most part, now agree with this evaluation. Of course, the "NewRight" fundamentalists are likely to see a demon in every corner....Either of these approaches tends to disempower the afflicted person bydestroying her/his trust in his own inner processes and making himdependent on the "expert" who will control the attempt to cure him/her.Spiritualists will warn you against psychic attack or unprotecteddealings with the Dead. Work <?> will tell you that the problem iseither openness to astral influences or rebellion within the psyche <OR"ALL OF THE ABOVE">. There is more to being human than the consciousmind, and unintegrated and unrecognized "complexes" within the psychewill sometimes have separate agendas that can lead to "attack fromwithin" if those needs are continually ignored. My own tendency<PERHAPS "BIAS" OR "APPROACH" IS A BETTER WORD> is philosophicallyJungian-to-agnostic,but practically Shamanic. I tend to viewsuch"entities" as psychological. However, the techniques I use aremore effective if the problem is "projected" outward and treated as ifit were the result of attack by a sentient being. Even if obsessionsare caused by "complexes", a truly well established complex takes onenough "life" to be regarded as a "secondary personality" demanding ofrespect. If someone is having to live with obsession, chances are thatthe person is more interested in resolving the problem than debatingmetaphysics. The methodology outlined below is designed to work,whether you agree with the philosophy behind it or not. Thesetechniques are "homeopathic" in nature, contrived with the idea ofstrengthening the victIm's "psychic immune system" to the point wheres/he no longer can be victimized. Without this increase in inner power,the person can be temporarily freed from the obsession, but remainsvulnerable to "evil influence" in the future.THE BEGINNINGS OF OBSESSIONChecking a person's personal history, one will usually find thatobsessions begin during periods where stress,negative emotions, orinjury have impaired that person's natural self-protective abilities.Or where the person has been unprepared or confused and hasintentionally or unintentionally "dropped his/her guard" around someonealready disturbed. Or where the person has been abused and degradedsince early childhood and is consequently continually open to negativeinfluences<LAST THREE SENTENCES NEED TO BE "SMOOTHER">. Inpsychological terminology, old "complexes" are cathected during periods
 
when the ego is foundered in depression, weakening the "auric shield"that normally will protect against "outside influences," as well as thephysical body. This auric shield can also be "pierced" during "psychicattacks," leaving a "hole" through which invading astral-organisms canpass freely. In the same way, "evil spirits" are contagious. Emotional,sexual, or magical intimacy with someone already obsessed can allow theentity to pass over to oneself. And an extreme period of rage orvengefulness can attract like to like, bringing one to the attention of"vengeful creatures" in the "lower astral."SYMPTOMS OF OBSESSIONAmong the most common symptoms of obsession is a brooding fixationupon some negative thought or act. The obsessed person being unable to"turn off" the voice that urges her/him on to self-destructive orvindictive acts. The idea that one is the Messiah or the rightful rulerof the universe, or too low to continue to live may repeatedly intrudeupon consciousness. To consider much addictive behavior to be theresult of obsession by "earth-bound spirits" or elementals<???>. Nolonger having physical bodies, the "astral low-lifes" push susceptibleliving humans into overindulging in whatever the discarnate entitystill craves. In other cases, the symptoms take other forms. Sleepcan be disrupted by repeated nightmares or night terrors. Theindividual may awaken with no memory of the contents of the dream, butover time will develop insomnia or a fear of sleep. Especially inchildren,the shadows of night can resolve themselves into terrifyingimages, and there can be an overwhelming sense of being constantlywatched. Visual "hallucinations" may force themselves onto thephysical plane or may manifest themselves solely upon the "mind's eye."At times the obsession can be relatively benign. Budding magicians can"pick up hitchhikers" during their initial workings, and these"creatures" may well content themselves with acting as Guardians of itscases the "entities" will only "act out"when the magician re-enterstrance or attempts to work on the astral levels<PATCH IT UP>. Peoplewho work with divinatory techniques without proper training andgrounding are especially vulnerable, with the Ouija board being theworst offender. This is one reason that the traditional religions,which do not want the general populace trained in magicaltechniques,urge people away from divinatory practices. Obsessions thatstrike those not trained to magick are usually not so courteous. Inthe more entrenched cases,physical symptoms other than insomnia canmanifest. Especially when one is very tired or ill, the obsessionattempt can escalate and begin to unbalance the homeostatic mechanismsof the body. Constipation,sinusitis and migraine headaches are themore usual manifestations, along with extreme pallor, edema, and mentalconfusion and memory loss. Poltergeist activity is also sometimesreported.The obsessing entity can also color the impressions of others.One can suddenly find oneself being accused of unsavory attitudes orpersistently misunderstood. At the same time, truly unsavorycharacters will be attracted to the new image and will begin to pop upout of the woodwork.THE MAGICAL APPROACHThere are many things that one can do if one suspects thatobsession has occurred. One can treat it as a demon and turn tospiritual authority for help. One can treat it as mental illness andturn to psychiatric explanations. One can ignore it as much aspossible, or begin to avoid the activities that call it forth. One canalso "raise one's energies" using self-help techniques such as thoseoutlined in following paragraphs.Any one of the above reactionscripples one as a magician, however. From a ceremonial viewpoint, onemust pass the "Guardian on the Threshold" before one can pass on to thenext level of development.From a Jungian standpoint, one must develop
 
rapport with and "reintegrate" the rejected portion; from a Shamanicstandpoint, one must "turn" the entity and either dismiss it or convertit into a spirit helper<?>.THE INNER DIALOGUEStep one, using the magical approach, is to become acquainted withthe "entity" and engage it in dialogue.In some instances the entitywill turn out to be malevolent, in other's only "immature" or confusedand angry at being ignored. Before engaging in this activity, one isadvised to ground and center, and to shield in whatever manner one'stradition suggests. One is also advised to begin/continue in whateverother spiritually protective exercises one has faith in.If there issomeone available to work with the afflicted person, have that helperprepare a list of non-leading(Not "are you a demon?," but "what areyou?") questions. Then drop into light trance and Then let the otherperson ask the questions while the victim answers with the first thingthat pops into his/her head. In effect, s/he will be voluntarily"channelling" for the entity's unconscious and perhaps "denied"(officially) circumstances.If there is no other person, then the victimmust do whatever form of divination or trance work he/she havedeveloped to contact his/her subconscious. Those with vividimaginations can simply find a quiet moment and ask "are you there?,"personifying the "entity" in the same way that children createimaginary friends. Afterwards, no matter what the technique used, theobsessed person is to be certain that his/her aura is closed and thats/he is grounded and centered. AFTER "CONTACT" At this point s/he mayhave failed to make contact.In which case there is nothing to him/herto do but repeat the exercise until either it works or s/he is sure itisn't going to work. If real contact does not occur, then s/he mightattempt to simply banish "it". It is possible that the entity will notanswer directly, but will begin to up<INCREASE> its activity level orbring a string of unusual circumstances into the obsessed person'slife.It is more likely, however, the<Y> have begun a dialogue.Sometimes "complexes"are immature parts of our own personalities thatwill calm down and begin to behave themselves once "they" no longerfeel that they are being ignored.If the obsessing image is that of ananimal, or even an ugly humanoid being, then it may simply be time tointensify one's spiritual quest and face down one's power animal ordark side. Frequently, these allies will attempt to come to the aid ofsomeone undergoing psychic attack, and because of the generalatmosphere of fear,will be perceived as threats and turned awaythemselves.Eventually, in either case the "entity" can eitherbe"reintegrated" into the personality, or "kept" as a spirit-helper bythose with shamanic leanings. If one is ALSO under psychic attack, theally will probably help in the defense once asked and properlyrecognized."LOST SOULS" AND WORSEOn the other hand, "it" may claim to be a spirit or other entitythat requires help. If the request is not ridiculous <d>o considerhonoring it. The author has personally dealt with a "poltergeist" whoclaimed to be a woman who had died of yellow fever over a century ago.When questioned, the "spirit" was confused at first, then admitted thatshe had died in delirium and had not realized that she was dead until"awakened" out of her stupor by some young people using a Ouija board.When asked what she wanted, the reply was "Pray for me." Thepoltergeist activity ended as soon as prayers were begun, and the lastmessage received from the spirit was "Thank God, I'm free." Not beingable to make herself understood on the material plane by any othermeans, the "spirit" had resorted to knocking physical objects around toattract attention. If someone of "mediumistic" nature had been about,

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