Shutdown means stopping all
psychic activity, totally but temporarily. Closing all psychic
perceptions lets you stop to understand what you have experienced. It
helps you recover from emotional surprise or shock and return to
When psychic experiences frighten you, take a step back
and relax. Breathe. Consider whether you really need to shut down, or
whether you’d do better to think things over. Shutting down means you
will have to completely stop thinking about what happened. Sometimes
this may not be helpful.
If thinking about the experience bothers you too much,
or makes your energy feel bad, go ahead and shut down for a while. If,
instead, you can stop using the ability for a few minutes, sit back, and
think, do that instead. Shutting down all abilities is an extreme step.
It can always be reversed, but it will take some effort to open again.
The section on personal changes discusses frightening experiences in
Shutdown happens when you
focus all conscious thought toward the physical world. Become involved
with other people, being social and discussing fun things. Do physical
activity; walk around, stretch, jog, or do anything else that makes you
more aware of your physical body. Let thoughts of the psychic
experiences float away like a dream and stop worrying about them. If you
like games, programming, writing, art, etc., do that. Do anything you
can think of to keep yourself occupied, without memories of psychic
experiences distracting you from it.
When you are ready to use
psychic abilities again, start opening your perceptions as you would
when you first practice any psychic ability. You can do this at any
time, whenever you are comfortable and ready.
A: Concentrate on the physical world.
Don’t let memories distract you. Do something fun and involving, like
watching a movie or reading a book. If you’re curious about your
experiences, you may be too interested to ignore them. Make sure to stay
as relaxed and calm as possible. If you feel insecure, try creating a
Grounding connects your energy
to the earth in a stable, secure way. Ground to get rid of unwanted
energy and take in clean, balanced energy. When you are well grounded,
drawing energy through yourself is easier. Any time you are working with
energy, grounding makes it easier.
First, let go of all the
tension you can, relax your shoulders, calm yourself, and focus on what
you are doing. Bring your attention to the current time and place. Let
all the active energy you have release, and any that you don't want
drain down off of you into the earth. Slow down and take a deep calm
Extend your own energy down
into the earth while keeping it also connected to you. Feel your energy
as streamers or roots extending deep into the earth, as anchors. These
roots balance your energy, so you're not dizzy, and they give and take
energy to keep your overall level steady. When stressed, you may not
anchor very well. Ground and stabilize your anchor to reduce the
feelings of stress.
Drain your unwanted energy
down through the anchors into the earth. The more strongly you anchor,
the better your energy balance will be. More energy will flow through
you smoothly, without feelings of tightness or nervousness.
Q: I just don’t feel anything when I try to ground. Am I doing it? What’s happening?
A: Make sure you are relaxed, not scared,
and not feeling defensive. Gently and playfully, reach toward the Earth
with your feelings. If you are tense or scared, you won’t connect with
the Earth very well. If you feel defensive, you will hold your energy in
and stop it from flowing to the ground. You must share your energy
generously with the Earth, and accept its energy connection to you.
Q: I am relaxed, and I think I might have grounded. How do I know if it worked?
A: Trust yourself. Look at how you are
feeling. Do you feel connected and stable, or dizzy and uncertain? When
you are strongly grounded, you will feel more confident and calm. Trust
what you feel.
Q: I can ground for a moment, but then it slips away. How can I keep it there?
A: Practice. Notice how you feel when you
are grounded. Then notice how you feel just as it starts to slip. Focus
on staying stable and letting lots of energy flow between you and the
earth. As you start to feel grounded, slide in deeper and more stable.
Stay relaxed; don’t let the excitement of success stop you from enjoying
the feeling and staying grounded.
Centering means finding your
own identity and essence. This is you, separate from the influences of
societal expectations and pressures. It can enhance shielding or make
them unnecessary. It allows you to perceive energy clearly. It keeps you
emotionally stable as you encounter new things.
Finding your center will be
easiest when alone. Find some quiet time, where you can be alone for at
least 30 minutes. Do what you can to prevent interruptions. Turn off the
TV, radio, etc. Turn off the telephone ringer and let an answering
machine answer instead.
Sit quietly for a few minutes, just breathing and
noticing yourself. Pay attention to how you feel and why. Let each
feeling surface and then pass on without judgement. Recognize your
stream of thought and let it flow. Notice how your body feels and looks,
and any tension you are carrying. Notice your daydreams, ideas, and
everything that is a part of you.
Also, notice anything you are feeling that may be
imposed on you by others. Look for tension, pressure, or expectations.
Notice how you have reacted to them, and what your feelings are in
response. There's no need to change anything unless you want to. Just be
aware of these things. Consider the things you want separate from the
things others want for you.
As you do this, you will get a stronger feeling of
yourself. With time, you'll recognize more quickly what is a part of who
you are, and what is temporary or societal. This will help prevent
empathic flooding, and increase control of energy work you do.
With practice, you will be
able to pause for a few seconds to center yourself in almost any
circumstance. If you tend to be susceptible to empathic overload,
staying centered in crowds will reduce the flooding. It may take
practice to get good at, but will help significantly.
You may find that you have trouble staying centered
around certain people. Their pushiness, their ideas, and their feelings
overwhelm you. When you notice this happening, strengthen your grounding
and centering. Stay as strong, stable, and calm as you can. Once you
learn to shield, you may also want to add a shield around yourself. The
shield will keep your energy separate from theirs, and give you more
distance from them. The section on shields discusses this in more
Q: I try to find center, but I’m not sure what’s me. How do I figure it out?
A: Spend several hours, or if possible, a
few days alone doing hobbies. Read a book, or do any activities you
enjoy. Creative or imaginative activities are the best. Look back over
photographs of your childhood or the past few years. Look around your
home at the things you own, and consider why you chose them. All of
these things help you feel yourself. Make sure you get plenty of time
alone to daydream and think.
Q: I start to find center, and then I lose
it again. I can’t stay centered for more than a minute or two. Every
time I go where someone else is around, I lose it. What should I do?
A: Start out by centering for a long time
while alone. Practice that until it feels comfortable and familiar.
Watch out for getting too involved in other people’s emotions. Make sure
you recognize and understand your own emotions thoroughly. Remind
yourself of what is you when you are around other people.
Psychic energy is a
strengthening, encouraging energy that exists in nature. You will need
psychic energy to use psychic abilities. Energy comes from many sources,
including the sun, moon, earth, nature, water, wind, storms, fire,
emotions, and movement. People carry energy with them at all times.
However, this energy can become drained as you use your abilities.
Because of this, having other energy sources to draw from can help you
avoid getting too tired.
Choose an energy source you
enjoy to draw energy from. Feel energy from that source flowing into
you. You can picture it as a garden hose pouring energy into you, or as a
waterfall all around you. You might picture it as light surrounding and
filling you, or a fire warming you. The energy surrounds and fills you,
raising your energy to a much stronger level.
As you feel the energy flow through you, relax and focus
on staying balanced. Don’t hold the energy in; let it flow through.
Bottling it up will stop the flow. Raise the energy strength as far as
you can comfortably go. Then, hold the energy flow at that speed and
strength for a few minutes. Practice holding it stable.
If you begin to feel
lightheaded, imagine a connection into the ground to let go of the
excess energy. Lightheadedness usually means that you have too much
energy and need to let some of it go back into the earth, like grounding
an electrical system. As you draw energy, take only what feels
appropriate. Don't force it; just gently draw the energy. Forcing it
will only make it more difficult to get the right amount of energy.
When you are done, you will
want to finish comfortably. Direct the energy flow back into the ground.
Let the intensity gradually reduce. Send the energy securely into the
ground, and bring yourself back to a normal state of mind. Close it down
until it feels fully settled. Then let go of the final bit, and relax.
Q: I don’t feel anything. Am I drawing any energy?
A: Until you feel something, it’s hard to tell. Pay attention to subtle feelings. Are you actually not feeling anything,
or do you just doubt what you feel? If you feel even slight tingles or
pressure, you are probably drawing energy. Relax and be playful. Imagine
drawing energy, even if you aren’t sure you are succeeding. When you’ve
imagined it for a while, and imagined feeling it, you will succeed in
actually drawing energy.
Q: I feel that I’m drawing energy, but it’s uneven and difficult to hold. How do I make it smoother?
A: First, relax. You may be trying too
hard to control it. Let it flow naturally at its own speed. Get rid of
any muscle tension you have by stretching and moving around, and then
try again. Make sure you are breathing smoothly and deeply. Increase the
energy flow as you breathe in, and keep it flowing steady as you
Q: I was drawing energy smoothly for a while, and then it wobbled and stopped. Why did it wobble?
A: You probably got tense or excited, and
lost your grounding. Ground and center, and then try again. Be sure to
stay relaxed and playful.
Psiballs are balls of psychic
energy. They can be any size, density, shape, texture, etc. They can be
used to carry information, investigate an area, heal, warm, or cool an
area, or simply to play with and to practice energy control.
Draw energy and direct it
outward through your hands. Cup your hands as if you were holding a
baseball or a ball of cookie dough, with one hand below it and one above
it. Picture the energy flowing from your body, through your arms, and
out through your hands.
Feel the energy swirling and building up between your
hands. Make the energy into a ball between your hands, making it denser
as you add energy. It doesn't matter whether your eyes are open or
closed - do whichever is comfortable for you.
Let yourself feel the energy between your hands. Notice
any push or pull between your hands, any difference in heat, changing
density of the air, sparks of light, waviness of the background behind
the energy ball, or anything else that changes.
If you have difficulty creating a strong enough psiball
to feel, try drawing more energy and adding that energy to it. It may
take practice to make a strong enough psiball to physically see waviness
in the air, but you should be able to feel it quickly. Do not worry if
you only feel it, and can not see it; that is normal. You may feel a lot
of heat between your hands; this means you have drawn energy through
The sensations you feel may be very slight: tingles,
pressure, or tightness. Trust your sensations. You're learning both to
shape energy and to perceive it, at once. Both take some time to gain
confidence with. If you think you felt something, you probably did.
After you are comfortable
making a psiball, try working with friends. Each person starts by
creating his or her own psiball. Then combine all of the psiballs into
the center of the circle. Each person continues to add energy to the
center. After a few minutes, discuss how each person perceives the
energy. As a group, try changing the temperature or the density of the
Practice regularly to improve your speed at creating
psiballs and your control of them. As you become more comfortable making
them, try variations. Make shapes other than a ball; try fire, a pool
of water, a crystal, and any other shape you can imagine. Try changing
the temperature of the energy, making it extra warm or extra cool. Make
the energy carry different emotions, being agitated, or soothing. If you
have a willing partner, try using an energy ball to tickle them.
Make a large energy ball of happy energy, and cover a
friend in it. If you do it with a willing friend, but at a time they
don't know what's happening, you can see how strongly it affects how
they feel. (This often has the effect of making the receiver very happy
and bouncy, as if they've had too much sugar or caffeine.) The energy
can also be used to heal, by keeping the intention of healing as you
create the ball and share the energy with someone.
Psiballs don't have many "practical" uses - their
primary purpose is to learn basic energy perception and control. Beyond
that, they can be used in all the same ways any energy can.
Q: I was able to make a psiball once, but it was weak and I can't do it anymore.
A: Try drawing more energy to make the
psiballs. Since you were able to do it once, you have the technique,
just not the strength. Let things happen gently, without forcing them,
and be sure you are adding enough energy to make a strong psiball.
Q: I have drawn energy and tried to shape it, but I don't feel any energy ball forming.
A: Either you are not creating an energy
ball, or you cannot feel the one that is there. First, open up your mind
to feel any sensations around the ball, no matter how small. If you
feel no sensations at all, try putting much more energy into the energy
ball. It may take many times the amount of energy you expected. Also,
let the energy leave your body; don't hold it in. Focus on letting go of
it as it swirls around between your hands.
Q: I can make an energy ball but it immediately falls apart, or just doesn't do what I want it to.
A: Energy follows thought, so practice
keeping your mind focused on the one thing you want the energy to do. As
you practice, learn to keep your mind focused even through
distractions. What you think and expect is what the energy will do, so
as you practice, expect the energy ball to last longer and longer, until
you decide to let it stop existing. You may need to continuously add
energy to keep the psiball in shape.
A shield is a bubble of energy
that works like a window screen. It filters the energy that moves
through it and defends against other’s negative energy. It also prevents
people with psychic abilities from using them with you. Shields help
empaths keep others' emotions separate from their own.
Begin by clearly thinking
through your purpose for the shield. Why do you want a shield? What
exactly do you want it to do? Will it keep out all energy, or just bad
energy? Will it be temporary, or will it be permanent? Will it only be
defensive, or will it attack in response to negative energy?
Once you have a clear intent, begin drawing energy and
swirling it around you. Picture the energy as anything you wish. Common
visualizations are soap bubbles, waterfalls, balls of light, fire,
trees/vines, crystals, feathered wings or fur, tank metal, and armor.
Choose an image that you enjoy thinking about and that isn’t cramped or
heavy. Swirl the energy around you.
When you feel the shield is strong enough, let go. It
will maintain itself with whatever purpose you gave it as you created
it. If the shield depletes over time, repeat to add more energy.
A shield can have many
effects, alone or in combination. A shield can keep energy on one side
or the other, or act as a filter to allow only certain energy inside. It
can convert energy from one form to another so that a filter is
unnecessary. Shields help empaths keep out some of the extra emotional
energy so they don't feel overwhelmed.
Shields also define boundaries in the physical world,
which people will usually not to cross. Often they won’t even realize
why they stopped there. The edge of a shield works as a psychic alarm.
When someone physically crosses it, the shield gives the owner a psychic
warning that someone is nearby.
Shields cause any effects you intend them to have when
you create them. Just like any psychic ability, energy follows thought.
Whatever you think about when you create the shield affects how it is
created. Shield effects are not at all limited to what is listed here;
anything you can think of, you can do.
Stress sometimes interferes
with maintaining a shield. Under normal circumstances, a shield
maintains itself for quite a while. However, large amounts of negative
energy, attacks, illness, and lack of sleep all weaken a shield. This
section explains how to maintain a shield under stressful conditions.
Daily stress is the most
common difficulty with shielding. While a shield often prevents psychic
energy from adding to the stress, eventually the shield weakens. More
rest, planned time alone, meditation, and avoiding stress are the best
cures. Daily or weekly meditation replenishes a drained shield and helps
Empathic overload is similar
to, but can be more intense than, normal stress. Large crowds, schools,
and cities are filled with intense emotional energy. Empaths who are
particularly sensitive to this learn to build very strong shields to
keep other people's emotions separate from their own. The first few days
of an emotionally intense environment can be particularly tiring if the
empath has not yet made a strong enough shield.
Meditation and self-examination are important to protect
from the empathic pounding of emotionally intense environments.
Meditation helps relieve the stress and emotional energy in a controlled
way. It also gives time to identify the difference between empathic
emotions and personal emotions. By identifying yourself carefully
(especially emotionally), you add an extra layer to the shield which
defines "self" and "other." This helps external emotions bounce off
fields, from power lines or electronic equipment, can tear at a shield
and cause it to weaken. If a person has grown up near power lines, his
or her shield may already be adjusted to compensate.
For people who have just entered electric fields,
though, it can be rather intense. Experiment with drawing energy from
the field and changing it into a more useful form of energy. Also, try
matching your own energy to the existing electricity. With some
practice, adjusting your shield to that energy takes little effort.
Shields also become weakened
by psychic battles. Though most people will never need to deal with
this, some can't avoid it. They may have known they were dealing with it
before ever reading a book on psychic abilities. Shielding is a natural
defense to psychic attacks.
During psychic battle, people hold their shields in
place by willpower and energy. Willpower controls the shield the most.
Calm confidence is the best way to prevent a shield from being drained.
If you are uncomfortable trusting in your own endurance, trust in the
universe to do what is best for you, whether or not that is protection.
If the shield does feeling drained, draw additional
energy from a comfortable source to replenish it. Keep drawing until you
know you are safe. If you cannot hold up the strength any longer, place
your psychic self some place safe (or even shut down) to avoid being
attacked. A safe place is any place, real or imagined, where you feel
secure. Attack rarely causes any symptoms worse than a headache, but
headaches can be bad. Avoiding fighting is best.
For this, and all future
skills, first check your grounding and centering. You should be strongly
grounded, and strongly centered. You also need relax and avoid
Q: I can’t get a shield created. I can’t stay focused.
A: Ground, center, and relax. Draw energy
just as you would to create a psiball. Instead of directing it through
your hands, direct it outward around your body, as if you are inside the
ball. If you want, use your hands to trace out the size and shape of
the shield in the air. Add energy until you feel it strengthen and hold
Q: I can create a shield but it’s not very durable. How do I strengthen it?
A: Your shield strength is very closely
tied to your grounding and centering. Be sure they are both very strong
and stable. Relax and stay playful. Your shield should be somewhat
flexible, not brittle. Keep it flowing and swirling around you.
Q: There’s unhappy energy inside of my shield. When I put my shield up, I feel bad, or I feel like there’s something stuck inside.
A: Drop the shield for a minute, and push
away the energy you don’t like. Clear the space around you. Before you
put up a shield, push a lot of energy out away from you. Start the
shield tiny inside of you, and make grow bigger like a balloon until
it’s around you. This prevents energy from being trapped inside it.
Q: My shields are fine until I enter a particular room, and then they wobble or fail. What’s going on?
A: Other people may be affecting your
shields, either purposely or accidentally. Staying grounded and well
centered will help that. You also may be getting interference from power
lines, or an electromagnetic field. Adjust your energy to match it,
instead of fighting it, and the shield will work again.