Magickal Self Defense: A Quantum Approach to Warding

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Master the energy all around you to become a true magickal Warrior. Based on Wiccan principles, this extensive guide combines quantum theory with warding techniques to provide you with a strong foundation in the workings of self-protective magick.

Discover how to cultivate full awareness of the energetic potential in the universe to achieve ultimate knowledge. Learn to redirect negative energy, focus your intention, reach backward in time to affect future outcomes, and protect yourself against psychic attack.

Perfect for either the beginning or advanced magickal practitioner, Magickal Self-Defense debunks old wives' tales and outdated myths, and teaches you the essential skills for taking control of your life. Take advantage of the pervasive field of universal energy to protect, strengthen, and empower your core self.

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A former Air Force officer, Kerr Cuhulain (Vancouver) has been a police officer for the past twenty years, and a Wiccan for thirty. He's served on the SWAT team, Gang Crime Unit, and hostage negotiation team. He travels throughout North America as a popular speaker at writers' conferences and Pagan festivals, and he has been the subject of many books, articles, and media interviews. He is the author of The Law Enforcement Guide to Wicca.

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Psychic Attacks


 

All I’m trying to do is
not join my ancestral spirits just yet.

—Joshua Nkomo

 

A true “psychic attack” occurs when a person deliberately projects a clearly defined malicious intent upon someone else. This attack may affect the victim’s mental state, caus­ing stress, anxiety, and sleeplessness. This in turn affects the victim’s physical body, causing disease and, in extremely rare cases, even death, because the attack is affecting the victim’s nonphysical energy field. Psychic attacks range from short, sharp, highly emotionally charged onslaughts linked with a clear desire for negative consequences to extended, elaborate, rituals of negative magick. Whichever is used by the assailant, the principles of psychic self-defense are the same.

I’ve heard many people advance the argument that “the ancient warriors knew that any purely defensive battle is doomed, if it goes on long enough.” Usually this is a lead-in to an argument that “the best defense is offense.” Psychic self-defense books and articles are full of examples of psychic attack techniques.

During my twenty-nine years as a police officer, I learned how to defend myself and others without becoming aggressive. This was essential, as police officers are criminally liable for any excessive force that they use. The insights that I gained from this experience, combined with my thirty-nine years as a Pagan as well as my martial arts experience helped me to develop strategies that are as effective in psychic self-defense as they are in physical self-defense. You don’t need to attack in order to defend yourself from psychic attacks.

In the physical world the Warrior avoids getting into bat­tles. The Chinese general Sun Tzu taught us that “those who win every battle are not really skillful—those who render oth­ers’ armies helpless without fighting are the best of all.” I don’t want you to get into a psychic battle. Nor do I want you to enter into a protracted cycle of attack and counterattack between you and some cretin who doesn’t like you. I want you to win without going to war. Sending your own negative energy at your assailant can certainly affect them. Unfortunately, the effect often includes motivating the assailant to retaliate. The techniques that I will show you in this book are assertive with­out being aggressive. They will shut down the assailant’s attack and hopefully leave them unwilling and probably unable to attack you again.

Ormungandr, writing from his perspective as an Ásatrúar, put it this way:

Psychic Self-defense is not about being isolationist or being afraid of the world. Nor is it making what we feel or think

As I pointed out in my earlier books, being a Warrior is not about using your hands; it is about using your head. It’s about taking charge of your life. We can find examples of this con­cept in all places and ages. Let’s look at some examples:

In the fifth century bce, the Greek historian Herodotus said that “where wisdom is called for, force is of little use.”

In the final ritual of the Masai manhood ritual, the senior tribal elders encourage the graduates to “drop your weapons and use your head and wisdom instead.”

In the seventeenth century ce, the Samurai philosopher Miyamoto Musashi wrote that the “trained martial artist . . . truly acts only in response to aggression. He does not seek it out. When made, his responses are nonresistant and nonviolent. He is a man of peace.”

Christopher Penczak advocates “compassionate defense” in his book The Witch’s Shield:

When you send harmful energy away, realize that there is no “away.” When you sever an unhealthy connection, you are still connected. We are all one in our uniqueness and diver­sity. Instead of severing, cutting away, isolating, or blocking the experience, seek to heal it. . .  It is easy to label the enemy as evil, but when we rise above the ego, we often realize that things are not as cut and dried as simple good and evil.?

Again, this book isn’t about being aggressive. It is about being assertive. There is nothing wrong with assertiveness if it comes from your center, without a desire to appear strong or make the other person appear wrong. Power doesn’t come from accu­mulating energy and/or defenses. True power comes from mas­tering your situation. Master yourself, and everything else in your life will take care of itself.

Part of taking charge of your life is taking responsibility for your life. As I mentioned in the introduction to this book, people have a very bad habit of seeking excuses for the prob­lems in their lives. Instead of recognizing that they’ve made a mistake or brought about an uncomfortable situation through their neglect or carelessness, they seek to find someone else to blame. They’d like to park the blame in the lap of some trickster god, some nasty elemental force of nature, or even fate. Many people try to attribute their misfortune to psychic attacks. Our misfortunes are often our own fault. The Wiccan Rede and the Nine Noble Virtues of Ásatrú teach us to take responsibility for our actions. Before you blame your misfortunes on a “psychic attack,” take a close look at yourself. It could be that you are the author of your own misfortunes.

The psychic attack situations (both real and imagined) that I’ve encountered over the years fit into one of four categories:

1: Local influences

The individual having problems may be located in an area where elemental forces are concentrated. Checking the local geography and consulting a map for nearby sites of power often reveals the source of the problem. Sensitivity to your sur­roundings forms the basis for psychometry and divination. If you haven’t trained yourself to deal with this sensitivity, it can cause problems for you. Natural or elemental forces are not “evil,” but they can exert a powerful influence on you.

Another possibility is that what you may be experiencing is leftover residue from novice or unskilled occultists in your area who are not grounding their energies properly after rit­ual. This is a possibility if rituals or magick were recently con­ducted at the location that is causing you the problems. I will speak about grounding such surplus energy in a later chapter.

The immediate effects of the energy field of such a loca­tion or object can be felt within twelve to thirty feet of its loca­tion. Lesser effects can be experienced out to between 100 to 300 yards from such objects, depending on your sensitivity. If your sensitivity to the location is the problem, then avoiding elemental areas such as ley lines or power centers may help, at least until you’ve learned how to deal with them. Urban dwell­ers often find that cities can create a “buffer” for elemental energy like this, but it comes at the cost of becoming discon­nected from powerful elemental forces that can be of great help to Pagans practicing magick. This is a problem if you are trying to connect to elemental energy, but can provide some protection to those who are overly sensitive.

If you are sensitive to the energy around you, then places where human suffering has occurred are locations for you to avoid. The problem should resolve itself if you remove yourself from the influence of the location or item involved. The nega­tive energy created by dramatic events dissipates slowly. The more traumatic the event, the longer its effects will linger in an area. Sensitive people in the vicinity will become aware of it in some way or another. For example, most people who visit the Auschwitz death camp can still feel the suffering of the people who were murdered there.

Examples of places with negative energy include casinos, sleazy pubs, family and bankruptcy courts, and criminal hang­outs. I sense a quiet desperation around such places. You may be sensitive to the nasty energy of constantly quarreling neigh­bors (especially in apartment buildings or condominiums). The anxiety surrounding the psychiatric wards of hospitals can also have a strong effect. If you must go to such places, keep your barriers up. As I’ve mentioned, my experience working the mental-health emergency services car for my police department gave me some experience with this.

This negative energy can be detected in all kinds of com­mon things in our everyday lives. Who made the clothes you are wearing, the house you live in, or the car you drive? What were these people thinking or experiencing when they made these things for your use? Were they manufactured by depressed, disgruntled, and impoverished people working in appalling factory conditions? Were some of those workers alcoholics or drug addicts? Did some of them leave work, go home, commit acts of violence on their wife and children, and build your car the next morning? Everything that we come into contact with can hold some of the thought energy of those who were in con­tact with it before you. If you are overly sensitive to such psy­chometric energy, then this can have a negative effect on you.

Negative energy can accumulate in a household, but there are many ways to deal with it. A clean and orderly house allows the energy or chi to flow properly and does not let negative energy accumulate. Negative thought-forms accumulate in messy environments. Squalor leads to depression. Physical gar­bage attracts psychic garbage. Messy environments resonate with the chaos represented by such disorganized states. An organized household fosters an organized mind. An organized mind is much more capable of defense than a disorganized mind. You do more than just emptying the garbage pail when you take out the trash.

Another possibility for sensitive people is the presence of curios, paraphernalia, or items once used in magick. Having these objects in your vicinity may cause adverse effects. Of course, if you really are under psychic attack, there is a pos­sibility that such magickal objects were deliberately left there. Objects in your vicinity that are unfamiliar are suspect. This is talismanic magick, a very old technique. The idea is that the object left in your vicinity will help to create a link with you through which your assailant can focus the attack. A talisman of some sort is made and then brought into contact with the victim. It may be placed in your house or a room that you fre­quent. It may be placed in your yard or buried in a path that you frequently use in your everyday work. I’ll explain in more detail in chapter 11 about how to deal with talismans and amulets used as links or point d’appui.

2: Human influences

By human influences I mean people directing negative forces at the victim. This isn’t always a conscious process. Deliberate psychic attacks are a comparatively rare occurrence. Even when they can be traced back to an individual, in most cases such “attacks” are unconscious: the “psychic assailant,” while pos­sibly aware of their ill feelings toward you, is actually unaware that they are sending negative energy and influences at you. There are many negative people out there, and some of them may have it in for you. Most of these people have no training in any magickal disciplines. They simply have a natural talent that allows them to project their negativity in your direction. Keith Randolph, in his article “Psychic Self Defense,” observes that “ . . . fierce, concentrated anger can trigger malevolent psychokinesis or bring an evil elemental into the picture, even if the human agent doesn’t know that such things are pos­sible.” On rare occasions there may be bonds between victim and assailant from past incarnations that facilitate a negative energy transfer between individuals.

The “psychic attack” that you perceive might be the energy thrown at you by extremists in your neighborhood fer­vently praying for the salvation of your soul. This could be an unconscious attempt to impose their will on you or a deliber­ate attempt to force you into the pews of their church by any means necessary. Many Pagans of my acquaintance would con­sider that negative magick. Fortunately most people in revealed religions such as Christianity and Islam are inclined to put out positive energy, not hateful energy.

One must consider the aggressor’s desires and their motives for attacking you. The aggressor’s perception of you or of their situation may be flawed. The aggressor’s anxieties may have no basis in reality. This is especially true if these anxieties arise from mental illness. Of course, real or not, this may not prevent the aggressor from feeling justified in initiating an attack. Of course, this flawed perception of the assailant may also make it difficult for you to identify them, as it may not be a perception that you are aware of. As the perceptions of the aggressor and victim can differ, the victim may have no understanding of the motives or scale of an unprovoked psychic attack. This is where it is important to let go and let your intuition guide you. I’ll have more to say about intuition and threat awareness in the next chapter.

3: Overextension

Overextension occurs when the victim has ventured beyond their capabilities in magick. Overextending yourself leads to problems. There is an old magickal adage: don’t open the door unless you know how to close (and lock) it. When instinct is at work, we experience emotional energy. Those new to New Age or Pagan pursuits often find themselves experiencing new things. These new experiences can often lead to unfamiliar feelings. Magickal training increases levels of sensitivity, which in turn makes you more susceptible to energy and emotions in your vicinity. The more experience you acquire, the more you will become aware of the previously undetected energy of oth­ers surrounding you. This might feel like a psychic attack to the uninitiated.

People attend Pagan festivals for various reasons. Some go to such gatherings in order to socialize, some to learn, some just to drum and dance. A lot of random energy is being gen­erated at Pagan gatherings. Think of this random energy as white noise or static. Some of the people creating this energy are new and/or untrained and not at all capable of controlling their personal energy. Even those who are trained sometimes forget about grounding and warding until something negative happens. When you are in close proximity to others, you will exchange energy with them unless you’ve done something to prevent this exchange. Direct contact such as hugs or hand­shaking enhances energy exchange. Such intimate activity usu­ally occurs between people who care for one another, and you know the pleasant feelings such positive energy exchange can bring. You’ve probably also experienced the unpleasant feel­ings that surround people who are disagreeable or negative. If the person you are in contact with has negative energy, then such contact may not be a good thing.

When you first attend large Pagan gatherings, you may get “psychic indigestion” from energy you are unused to. Pagan author Patricia Telesco warns that “as you begin to attend fes­tivals you’ll also start to notice that there’s a lot of psychologi­cal and spiritual drama that occurs at these events . . . typically in the last day or two of the gathering.”  Typical symptoms of this “overload” can include:

headache

nightmares

insomnia

anxiety

It is important to be aware of your health, energy levels, and emotional states at such...

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