Grounding, clearing, and shielding are techniques that we use to keep ourselves from taking on energy from other people and removing what we do inadvertently take on. The way that you were taught to shield (if you were ever taught) may be obsolete; most methods are grounded in third-dimensional duality.
I was thinking about this after writing my recent article about “otherizing.” Based on conversations that I’ve had with clients and colleagues, I would say that our shielding habits are more reactive than proactive. That is, we’re less likely to have a daily routine of putting up our shields and more likely to turn them on when we think of it.
And what makes you think of it? Is it usually when you see someone who activates your spidey senses? Or when you walk into a public place where “I don’t know who’s going to be in there”? (Or maybe you do know and that’s all the more reason to need a shield.)
But think for a second how that relates to this idea of “otherizing”: It’s a moment of looking at another person and deciding that they pose a risk to you because in some way they are not like you. Maybe it’s in a way that you consciously identify, or maybe it’s because you’re assuming that anyone who isn’t in your “safe zone,” like your inner circle of friends, must not be at the same vibration and loving intention that you are.
Even with people that you have a legitimate need to protect yourself from, like the angry guy behind you in the checkout line or the overbearing mother-in-law, it’s time for a more loving, less judgmental approach to protecting yourself without pushing him away.
It’s time for our energetic defense mechanisms to be based less on separation and more on love. In the old way, we would put up the strongest shield possible – maybe bright white or royal purple light – with the intention that nothing get through. No one out there could possibly have anything that we need, and if they do it’s not worth the risk of allowing the negative in with it.
But now we have more conscious control over energy. In any given moment we can recognize how someone’s energy is affecting us and we can change that effect by clearing the energy away. (If you’re not there yet, I can teach you how.) There’s not as much need to be afraid of someone else’s energy because it won’t stick to us long enough to do any real damage. This leaves us free to think instead about how we can help them, instead of backing away from them. The new perspective on shielding is that “I am safe; how can I help you be safe too?”
There are different ways to implement this, most of which involve sending love back to the other person. I sometimes shield myself with pink light or pink paper hearts. One of my friends described what sounded like grenades of love that she would gently lob at the other person.
However it’s done, this offering of love energy bridges the gap of separation that would otherwise be triggered by the shielding process. It says to your consciousness and theirs, “I do not accept this lower energy being sent my way, but I do accept you as my brother/sister in humankind. We are One.”