Sunday, December 18, 2011

Don't shoot that thing at me! - A candid discussion of Psychic Attack

Don't shoot shoot shoot that thing at me. You know you got my sympathy, but don't shoot shoot shoot that thing at me! ~ Violent Femmes/Add it up

Dear readers,
It has been quite a wonky week for me online. As I am working to heal myself of a wicked case of bronchitis brought on by my own vulnerability, I saw and heard about quite a few folks under fire from others recently.

So what exactly is a "psychic attack?" Keep in mind that psychic vampirism is something different, and that is not what we are discussing here. A psychic attack can be defined as being on the receiving end of negative, angry and/or violent thought forms being directed at you from another person.

There are several schools of thought on this subject and we will explore them all. One school of thought has the view that this is not possible as only LOVE is REAL. Ultimately this is true, but try telling that to a murderer on Death Row. There is that pesky manner of *levels* again, and while we are inhabiting 3D earth, sh*t definitely happens.

Being on the receiving end of negative energy is scary, period. We can get all high and mighty and start throwing around conjecture and mantras but that's hard to do if and when it is happening to you. If you are an empath or highly sensitive person, it could be even harder to cope. Keep in mind psychic attacks can also be subtle and can come in the form of snarky back-biting comments, judgment and criticism.

There is a tendency for people if they are on the receiving end of an attack to focus their attention on the party or parties up to the dirty business. That is a normal, egoic human tendency, but it's not the best strategy. To quote the wise Khensur Rinpoche, "You may ask yourself what did I do to deserve this?" The answer is: Plenty." This is not to create a further victim or bummer trip, but for us to be adults and take responsibility for what we are experiencing in the world. I see a tendency quite often especially in certain new age or spiritual communities, for people to want everyone else to own up to their issues, but often there is an unwillingness to look at any of theirs. Projection is so common that it has become relentless, we all do it to a certain extent. It's just a manner of how awake we are when it is happening. If we believe in a holographic view of reality, we are living within the context of our own HEAD, plain and simple. Yes it's true ultimately there is no "enemy" on the outside and until we heal the "war within," the war on the outside continues.

What do we do if we are on the receiving end of some nasty juju? Stop, breathe, pray, bless and FORGIVE. Forgive the misapprehension of our own ordinary mind that has created enemies for ourselves. Also bless and pray for our enemies, (just as Jesus Christ suggested.) Though this is a good idea it also ultimately is for our benefit spiritually and emotionally, and helps dissolve the toxic ties that may bind us to others through negativity.

The use of Violet Flame healing energy is an effective tool for neutralizing less-than-light energies along with use of prayers and mantras. The "Lord's Prayer" has been shown to be effective in situations of negative energy and there are also many others. The mantra Om Mani Padme Hum is considered the "King of mantras," and can have a powerful effect on negativity. Under no circumstances would it be advised to return negative energy for negative energy. This just creates a further "hamster wheel" karmic effect and is not recommended. Let The Universe take care of the karma, that is definitely not our job.

"We blame and criticize others because we don't like suffering. But if we don't like suffering, we should not harm others and create disharmony; this is what interferes with our happiness. What we want and what we are doing are opposite.

Of course, this doesn't mean one can't point out others' mistakes at all. But when you do, as much as possible do it with loving kindness and compassion. For the sake of others, one can point out mistakes and make suggestions—this is how you discuss and communicate according to Dharma. This way there is no danger for oneself; one doesn't create negative karma, which throws oneself over the precipice of the three lower realms. If you are being criticized by others, use it for Dharma practice, the path to enlightenment, the means for bringing happiness, temporal and ultimate, to all sentient beings. By utilizing the experience of the problem in this way, you can keep your mind in the state of happiness. With this thought transformation practice, the best practice of Dharma, one sacrifices one's own life for others in order to obtain their happiness." ~ Lama Zopa Rinpoche

The Akashic Wisdom Keepers have said that some people may actually use negativity to communicate and connect with others, as bizarre as that sounds. It is likened to the child that isn't getting attention from mommy by being good, so they give being "bad" a try. Keep in mind however as I have often said that not every single negative encounter we have is highly karmic, especially if we are dealing with large amounts of people in the general public. A good way to gauge if a situation with someone is karmic is the amount of anger and emotional energy gets directed towards it, and how much it gets "stuck in your craw," as that old saying goes.

It isn't easy to own up to everything that is in our lives; the good, the bad and sometimes the downright scary or ugly, but if we are to be spiritual warriors on a path of awakening, it is the only way. As the polarities of light and dark continue to be played out in the world and sometimes in a big way, personal responsibility for our own "stuff" is the single greatest contribution we can make in the healing of ourselves, our communities and our planet.

"On the journey of the warrior-bodhisattva, the path goes down, not up, as if the mountain pointed toward the earth instead of the sky. Instead of transcending the suffering of all creatures, we move toward turbulence and doubt however we can. We explore the reality and unpredictability of insecurity and pain, and we try not to push it away. If it takes years, if it takes lifetimes, we let it be as it is. At our own pace, without speed or aggression, we move down and down and down. With us move millions of others, companions in awakening from fear." ~ Pema Chodron

Wishing you all a beautiful & blessed Holiday season,
Rev. Irma Kaye Sawyer/Akashic Wisdom Keepers


  1. Irma, it's an important topic, and I thank you for bringing it to this forum. I might also add that when we are suffering, who we are and what we are thinking are out of alignment as well... from the Heart ~ Cathy

  2. Thank you for sharing your wonderful insights Irma
    Joanne (AWK) <3 <3 <3