Of the three techniques in this sequence, shielding is probably my favorite. I’ve been told by a few folks that I’m a “natural shielder,” whatever that means, so maybe that’s why I enjoy it so much.
Whenever I had to coach someone on shielding, I told them to think of something that makes them feel safe. It could be the house they grew up in, behind a locked gate, within a thorny labyrinth, and many more locations. If a location doesn’t work for them, an item might.
Commonly when I read on shielding, the author instructs the reader to push out their energy into a bubble or egg-shape. Honestly, this irritates me because it’s not flexible. It’s a bubble and I don’t feel safe in a bubble. They’re too easily broken, too permeable, and just not strong enough for me.
When I do my shields, I do a type of armor. It gives me more flexibility and is stronger (to me) than the bubble. I won’t go into details of what I do and how I do it, that’s just asking for trouble. But the core concept here is to think of what makes you feel protected and strong. That’s what is going to best protect you when you deal with things, people, whatever.
Making your shields varies from person to person. It’s typically a visualization technique. I’ve heard of one woman who needed a very strong shield at one point and spent hours sitting down and constructing a tower around her, visualizing each brick as she laid it and spreading the mortar. If you need a very strong shield, something solid and very carefully laid out, like the tower, will work best, I think. You put enough mental focus into it and you should be pretty good.
Depending on what you do, layering shields is a good idea. I typically recommend at least three (it’s a magic number), but if you’re comfortable with just one, then that’s fine. If you need more, just think of a number that has significance to you and begin constructing your shields until you reach that number. I typically start with my most immediate shield first, then work outward, but you can do it out and in if that’s what you prefer.
At a workshop a couple of years ago, I learned of another shield that some people do. It’s a construction of a rose bush encircling yourself with the roses taking any attacks, attempts to infiltrate, etc. for you. Supposedly this helps you to learn from what direction your opponent is coming from so you can figure out who it is. That said, I’ve no idea how that’s supposed to work. That part was, infuriatingly, never explained.
In regards to the house example, it works a little differently. Imagine yourself in a home that you know or one that you feel safe in – either one you’ve visited or one that you’ve fantasized about can work. Work from the outer rooms inward. Lock the front and back doors, or any other doors on the perimeter of the house; lock the windows there, too. Working inward, walk through the house, shutting and locking doors behind you. You can add doors so you can move from room to room, slowly locking out anything that might try to enter, until you reach the center of the house or a room you like best.
Shields vary from person to person, or they should. We each have certain things that make us feel safe: a guard dog, a locked door, armor, etc. Don’t just work a bubble shield because that’s all you have read about, because that’s all you know. If you prefer a bubble shield, that’s fine, too. Experiment a bit with different types of shields and different layers of them. And don’t forget to check on them from time to time or redo them. Sometimes we begin to forget about our shields and they dwindle or fail when we need them most. They’re meant to protect us, in the end.