Education Series: What is Shielding?

What is Shielding?

Shielding is a way of using energy to protect yourself from external energies.

Why is Shielding Important?

Shielding is especially important for empaths.  There are many definitions for the word “empath.”  My definition is: a person who has the natural tendency to absorb other people’s emotions.  Regardless of whether you are an empath or not, it is possible to absorb emotions from other people.  This is especially true when they are experiencing strong emotions.

Absorbing negative emotions such as anger, jealousy, and fear can be particularly problematic.  When I have absorbed negative emotions in the past, one of two things have happened.  First, I have experienced that emotion itself.  For example, when someone has been angry with me – or even experienced anger around me – I have become angry.  Second, I have felt stressed, overwhelmed, or drained.

This is why shielding is so important.  When using shielding, you do not absorb other people’s emotions.  The other person is able to experience the emotion.  While you are aware of them experiencing the emotion, it is not harmful or painful to you.

How Do You Shield?

There are several methods to create an energetic shield.  My favorite method is using a visualization exercise to create an energetic shield made out of clear quartz crystal.  If you prefer to visualize a different type or shape of crystal, that is fine, too!

Start by closing your eyes.  Then, take a few deep breaths and allow your body to relax.  Set the intention that you be protected from negative energy and influences.  Another intention that you may wish to set is that this shield remain in place until you dismiss it. 

Imagine a ball of clear quartz crystal covering your entire body.  This whole process should feel very safe.  That’s it.  You can open you eyes and go about your business.  Be sure to dismiss the shield when you no longer need it.  This is as simple as thinking, “I dismiss the shield.”

When you have practiced this method several times, you may notice that you can simply call up the shield whenever you need it.  I would advise using the whole process each time until you feel very comfortable with it.  With practice, shielding can be done in under a minute, and it takes very little energy. 

A Note About Visualization

I have noticed that people experience the process of visualization in different ways.  For many years, I would feel the concepts I was visualizing, as opposed to “seeing” a visual representation in my imagination.  However you experience visualization, I invite you to allow the experience to unfold without judging how it happens.

When Do You Use Shielding?

The best time to use shielding is before you feel triggered by someone’s negative emotions.

If you have a relationship with someone who is toxic, I recommend shielding every time you have any form of contact with the person.  Over and over, I have made the mistake of thinking shielding was not necessary before an encounter.  This has usually led to my suffering.  Because shielding can take such a small amount of time and energy, I urge you to err on the side of caution.  I would much rather shield and not need it than not shield and need it.

If you find yourself in a situation where you didn’t shield but need to, I recommend leaving or taking a break from the situation.  Excusing yourself to go to the bathroom is an effective technique.  It allows you to take a moment to compose yourself and create your shield.  In this situation, I usually find shielding to be less effective that if I had shielded prior to the encounter.  However, a less effective shield is better than no shield at all.

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