I’ve had interesting reactions to this week’s theme so far. Many people have commented and emailed, describing their personal experiences with ghosts. And, a few have cautioned to leave the whole subject alone, that there are some evil spirits out there that shouldn’t be messed with.
If you’ve read some of the personal experiences people have shared, most didn’t go looking for ghosts, the ghosts came to them, quite uninvited. And, if you’ve been following my comments, you know that I’ve tried, my whole life, to completely leave the subject alone. I’ve been petrified of encountering “something evil.” So petrified, in fact, that I shut down almost my entire intuition. I didn’t want to open up to anything that seemed “supernatural” for fear of letting something “bad” in. So, I kept all of it – the good and the bad and the useful – out.
On Monday, I described my experience hearing ghosts in a hotel in New Orleans. In fact the entire trip, especially when I was in the French Quarter, I could feel “something.” I can’t quite describe what it was but I was so scared that I constantly held my body in a contracted and tense position. I felt like I was blocking out unseen terrors. I came back from the “vacation” exhausted and honestly, with the intention of never going back to New Orleans again. It certainly wasn’t the fun, relaxed experience I was expecting.
Do you remember this quote from The Lost Boys? “One thing about living in Santa Carla I never could stomach – all the damn vampires.” Substitute “ghosts” for “vampires” and that’s how I ended up feeling about New Orleans (at least, at the time).
(When I got back, I surveyed friends who had visited the city and while most had enjoyed it tremendously, one guy – a big partier – had the same experience I did and was surprised that he didn’t have any fun there.)
Now, in the past, when I’d had some frightening supernatural experience, I was able to just move past it. But, that wasn’t happening this time. I didn’t realize that I was being “called” into intuitive work or that I was going to be laid off within a few months and asked to go down a path that was both uncharted and unexpected. I was going to need full use of my intuition and I had to get past my knee-jerk reaction of shutting down any time something remotely “woo woo” came around.
At the time, all I knew was that I felt the need for protection. I bought smudge sticks and researched which minerals and stones were supposed to have protective powers. I started wearing carnelian and hematite. But, when I looked at them, they only reminded me that I was scared. As my calling got stronger, I started reading books about intuition and guides and yes, ghosts. I started unintentionally attracting people who were psychically gifted into my life. I felt like I was in a vicious cycle of wanting something and pushing it away at the same time. And something had to give!
I stumbled across a book called, Psychic Development For Beginners. Chapter 5 was titled, “Psychic Shield” and I went straight for it, ahead of everything else. The author, William Hewitt, was a trained hypnotist and most of his exercises reflect this training. In Chapter 4, he guides the reader through an exercise in achieving a “basic psychic level” (involving meditating and visualizing yourself walking down a staircase, mentally saying “deeper psychic level” with each step). For the psychic shield, he directs the reader to go to this “psychic level” and then, allow your body to appear in your mental awareness. At this point, he instructs to create a bright, powerful, positive light and allow it to completely envelop your body, while saying to yourself, “This powerful, positive light is my protective psychic shield…This protective psychic shield will be with me always, from now on.”
He then recommends that the following day, you go to your basic psychic level, and picture your body. If you see it surrounded by this shield of light, say, “This is what I want. Thank you.” If you don’t see it, repeat the exercise. Occasionally check in to see if the shield is still there.
I bet you’re not surprised to hear that I check in on mine frequently. I get comfort in seeing the shield in place.
William Hewitt actually enjoyed seeking out ghosts, and mentioned that he would frequent places that were considered to be haunted. He writes that most of the Spirits were not harmful. But, he did, on rare occasion, encounter what he describes as “extremely negative energies.” Here is his advice for handling them:
- You will most likely already be at your basic psychic level when you encounter a demon or other negative entity.
- If not, enter you basic psychic level.
- Point your finger and then snap your fingers at the energy that is threatening to you.
- Each time you point and snap, say “shrink” and the energy will shrink fifty percent.
- Continue to rapidly point and snap and say “shrink,” point and snap and say “shrink,” until the energy just disappears.
He recommends teaching this to children, to help them feel in control when they are scared. And, although I’ve never really encountered “negative energies,” whenever I am overcome with a case of “supernatural fear,” I check my psychic shield and snap my fingers. These actions give me confidence and keep me from shutting down my intuition altogether.
If the energies you encounter are not “negative,” (and even if they are) please refer to Sherrie Dillard’s post from this week. But, negative or not, I’m keeping my shield!
Oh, and those New Orleans ghosts? With shield in place, and a new confidence in my intuitive abilities, I “tuned into” what I experienced when I was there. None of the Spirits I encountered were sinister – they all just seemed to be enjoying themselves and recognized me as someone who could “sense” them!