Ground, Center and Shield

by Mari Powers

As more people awaken to their psychic gifts and have more experiences of what we call a paranormal nature, there is a great desire for education on how these gifts develop and manifest. There are many theories on why this awakening is occurring, from the astrology of these times to the practices of meditation, mindfulness and yoga. Some people are simply born especially talented in several of the various forms of these gifts, and have always been. It is also a part of our human, animal and divine natures. Everyone has experienced some form of what is unexplained awareness and knowing, or at least knows someone who has. I believe it is becoming more common for a variety of reason, yet it is also becoming more acceptable to share and talk about these experiences. Those who have been especially gifted are in all cultures of the world, past and present. These people are no more rare than those who have a natural gift for music or math, athletics or fine art.

In any case, all gifts need to be nurtured, practiced and protected. Repression of a natural gift is a waste of talent. However, some gifts can be curses if they are cursed by people in a society. Psychic gifts in particular can cause anxiety, confusion and heartache when the people who have them to any extent are not trained to develop them properly and to protect themselves physically, ethically and from unintended misuse. For example, a person who is very empathic and feels other people’s feelings is often a person others go to for understanding, support and confirmation of their own feelings. This can be very draining for people with these gifts and they need training in having good emotional boundaries to protect themselves.

People who see, dream or know of natural disasters, illness in another person or a tragedy to come in the future not only doubt their own sanity from time to time, but actually feel as if they could or should have done something to stop what is way beyond their control. Precognition is not the same as having responsibility any more than knowing who is calling you on the phone out of the blue made someone call you.

Grounding is the art and science of discernment. It is connecting to the earth and our own bodies in knowing what is a true psychic or paranormal experience and what is fantasy, worry, anxiety or something else. We practice grounding exercises to be fully present, strong, clear in our hearts, minds and bodies. It strengthens our connection to the earth and natural visible universe. It helps create sacred space wherever we are and protects us from being drained physically, emotionally and energetically. Grounding is especially good for our bodies.

Centering has more to do with being in touch and aligning with our authentic selves. In this case, selves is plural, as humans are multi-faceted. We are made up of many parts, and the total is more than the the sum of our parts. Many times our bodies want one thing, our hearts another and our mind may argue with both. Alignment of the parts of ourselves helps us to know ourselves and to focus, getting different needs met and acting in accord with our deepest spirit. We can do centering exercises to come to accord within ourselves and to honor the different parts of ourselves, as well as the whole. Centering helps us to know and act upon our true will.

Shielding involves the actions we take to keep out negative thoughts and energies — feelings and opinions that are not truly ours. This may include cleansing ourselves of mental or emotional baggage we carry unaware. It gives us the quiet we need to recharge, renew and learn to block or filter toxic thinking, negative emotions or to process and transform these thought forms and feelings that are helpful to us or anyone else. There are times we need or want to be open, and times to rest, hibernate and unplug from external influences that distress us. Shielding protects us from being (or feeling) vulnerable and honors our need to rest and renew.

Anyone can develop and benefit from these three skills, whether they think they are psychic or not. For anyone, they are great for basic stress relief. For those who know they are psychic, and have experienced stronger reactions that can come from being to open to too much energy for too long, these tools are a welcome gift and need to be part of a regular spiritual practice.

For more on this topic, see Mari’s related article on The Ha Prayer.

Mari will host a workshop on this topic on Saturday, November 29. Click here for more information.

Copyright Mari Powers, November 18, 2014

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