[Per Request: do you have an exercise for blocking out unwanted images, whether they are just in your own head or a psychic intrusion?]

Exercise 2: Blocking imagery

[Part of an ongoing series by request, mostly for punchbuggydragon written over on my Pop Culture Paganism blog-please feel free to share if it helps you!] [Lesson One may be found here]

Disclaimer before I begin:

These tips and tricks are all ones that I use in my personal practice, and are by no means universal, or the only way to do things. However I have found through repetition and experimentation  that they are the most effective for me. If they work for you, please share them; I’m putting the majority of them up for everyone to use in the interest of fostering support in the pop-culture and modern pagan communities. Please don’t remove the credit, and do link back to me if you post this elsewhere. Otherwise, I hope this helps, and share the love!

~Onward~

Because it’s such an important topic that we need to cover, and because I’ve had several people asking me to write it, I decided to diverge from what I call the [promised] “fruit salad” exercise this week to introduce you all to some basic ‘blocking out’ and ‘warning’ visualization tricks. Again, this is a reminder that we will not be venturing into more detailed visuals for a good long while; these are just the rudimentary basics. Before you attempt any kind of venturing “out” on your own, you should have done some studying ahead of time in other basic techniques such as shielding.

Remember; not everyone will be able to do these immediately. It may take you a dozen tries or more; that’s A OK. Just take your time, it’s not a race. <3

~Things you’ll need~

A quiet space where you won’t be bothered

and/or

Music that helps you relax.

Step 1: As with exercise 1, close your eyes. Concentrate on your breathing. Sink into the silence (or your music). Focus on the breathing we discussed earlier.

Step 2: Go back to your white [or black, it’s different for everybody] room. Again, there should be nothing in this room but you. You should be seeing from a first person perspective: if you’re not, you’re not doing this exercise correctly. You should be seeing things as if you were looking from your own eyes. NOT as an outside viewer, say, watching a movie. Are you back in your white room? Yes? Good.

Step Three: Again, focus on your sense of self. Feel and see your hands. Look down at your feet. What kind of clothing are you wearing? What kind of shoes? This is helping get you grounded in your own mental space. Walk around for a moment. Take into account your stride, your footsteps. We’ll come back to this in the next exercise.

Step Four: Once you feel as though you have a rudimentary sense of self in this space, I want you to turn and look to your right. Now in your blank white room, you see a door. This door should be standing open. I want you to take into account the appearance of the door itself. Is it a fancy french door? Hinged or swinging or revolving? Glass or wood panel? What does the knob look like.

Step FiveThis next part is important. Once you have a visual on your open-door, and the knob, I want you to look at the knob itself. You need to visualize a lock on this doorknob. That’s important. In fact, visualize as many different locks as you’d like. You could have one on the knob itself, a deadbolt, ect, ect.

Step 6: Now I want you to visualize what’s on the other side of the door. Some people, if they’re standing in a white space, see only a black void, and visa versa [personally I see a star field]. This represents the “ether”, the myriad different places outside your headspace. There are a lot of different paths beyond that door and the immediate area just in front of it; but we’re not going to step through the door today; until you’re familiar with other techniques and know your shields, your own defensive capabilities, and yes, your guardians, guides and helpers, you shouldn’t.

Step 7: Now I want you to envision the thought/person/energy that has become bothersome or intrusive to you. They can appear as whatever you like; either as a being, a string of words, a gelatinous blob, whatever. It doesn’t have to be specific, although given we’ve only experimented a little with your visualization at this point, try as best you can. Got it? Good. Ready to get rid of it? Awesome.

Step 8: Take the door by it’s handle, and simply walk it closed. If you want to make a point to whatever-it-is that they are especially not welcome, slam it. As hard as you can. I want you to focus not only on the tactile sensation of  the actual movements associated with slamming or closing the door, but also the sound it makes. The click, the wham! … whatever works best for you.

[Addendum: if the actual “thing” is already through the door and in your head space, you should visualize a hurricane-gale wind that breezes through your space. It does not affect you, but it does have enough power to shove the thought or feeling just beyond the door’s threshold]

Step 9: Is the door closed? Good. Lock it. As many times as you like. Remember to focus on all the sensations associated with that.

Step 10: Ever seen those brinks home security commercials? Good. We’re going to put an alarm on your door. Once the door is closed and locked I want you to visualize a field radiating out across the walls from it’s boundary. This could be like the numbers from the Brinks commercials, or if you have a particular element you favor, a wall of water, fire, ect. It should roll over the “white” walls of your space, and then disappear. Hold the intent in your head as it spreads that it should alert you if something ever ‘breaks in’ your space. Now you not only have a conscious knowledge that your headspace and your spiritual internal space and body are alarmed and protected, but your affirming mentally that you will be aware of when that space is breached.

Last but not least, you should be aware ahead of time of what your “alarm” will sound like when it goes off. I have a song I use for mine; so that when that song gets “stuck” in my head [“Bad Moon Rising” , for example, though mine’s a bit creepier] you know  you’ve had a breach. If ever faced with a breach, repeat steps 7-10. Once you’ve become familiar with your guardians and guides, too, feel free to invoke them to become involved in “kicking” whatever has invaded your space. [* You should also repeat these steps any time you find yourself in a very vivid dream, as you may have wandered out through your “door” and into someone elses’ space, or another reality entirely, and you don’t want any stragglers following you back!]

Again, record your experiences in a journal or your BOS. You should be keeping a record every time you do these exercises.

As always, sharing is caring! Spread the love, and let me know if this has helped you at all. Goo luck, questions are always permitted/encouraged!

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