Psychic Boxes and Bubbles

Image - Bubble BoxThe Oneness — the Connection between All Things — is central to your reality as an intuitive.

Some would argue that any “separateness” is an illusion — more an abstraction of reality than a fact.

Yet, to maintain the balance between your professional effectiveness and your well-being, working as an intuitive requires you to continually explore and manipulate perspectives of connection and separation.

Healthy Psychic Distance

In addition to rituals of psychic protection and energy clearing, there are ways to create healthy psychic distance — even when you’re in the middle of an intentional reading.

Sometimes you DO have to retreat into yourself.
When you’re physically ill, feeling tired or stressed or a little bit blue, the connection can cause discomfort, anxiety, or even pain — the sensitivity, the empathy, the input, the impulses and pulses of information, the psychic data — the vibes you normally might invite and labor to maintain can feel unwanted, unmanageable, and unhealthy.

Little Boxes

Instead of avoiding your intuition or totally yanking the plug on a reading, “put a box around” the information. In clinical psychotherapeutic terminology, the concept is very similar to “compartmentalization.”

Choose to identify exterior thoughts and feelings as separate from your own — and contained within a different energetic space and/or contained away from your mind and body.

Visualize the images you receive as existing inside a frame, or viewed through a window, or appearing on a monitor (like a television or computer screen).

You can often control psychic sound as you might a stereo or other audio equipment. Imagine yourself manipulating the controls on a radio, such as turning the volume down or changing channels. You can even hit the mute button or turn it off.

Blow Bubbles

It’s a little trickier to impose psychic distance when emotions are involved. If you’re an empath, you’ve probably grown accustomed to absorbing the emotional vibes of other people and mistakenly accepting these feelings as your own.

You can control much of this phenomenon by consciously identifying that some of the emotions you experience are not your own.

Creating this “psychic box” may require a bit of visualization as well as feeling. Picture yourself, other people — every other entity — as dwelling inside a bubble, like Glinda the Good Witch.

Question the origin of the emotions:

  • Who do these feelings belong to?
  • When and where did they originate?
  • When and where did you come into contact with them?

The very definition of claircognizance is direct thought download — thoughts are just there. You just know, and you don’t know how, when, or why you came to know.

Adapt the bubbles visualization from the section above on clairsentience — impose the concept of separation and compartmentalization. Then, invoke an interior animation or instant replay of events. Ask your spirit guides to supply information.

Investigate the origin of the thoughts, facts, data, or ideas:

  • Did these thoughts belong to someone else?
  • When and where were they first channeled, created, or manifested?
  • When and where — and perhaps by whom — were they projected to you?

By employing boxes and bubbles, you can remain consciously aware while imposing just a little — just enough — psychic distance.

What techniques do you use in this context that the rest of us might like to borrow?
Please share in the comments.

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How is Your Spirit Like a Web Browser?

WebI find computer, internet, and technology metaphors extremely helpful in wrapping my brain around metaphysical concepts. Not the esoteric, complex, mechanical explanations, but the simple way we relate to virtual environments in everyday life.

You can log on to the Internet from your computer; I can log on from mine. We can view the exact same web page — yet we accept and understand the fact that the page is not IN our computers (or inside any one machine, for that matter).

You can download one of my audio meditations or lectures and listen to me on your computer or your mp3 player or your stereo, but I am not IN your computer, or inside your iPod earbuds or stereo speakers.

These are just physical devices that allow you to connect to information. These devices can interface with virtual or non-physical forms of information. These machines can also translate the information forms from one type into another and back again; the information can exist in more than one location simultaneously; the information can travel across space, time, and dimensions.

It all seems amazing, wondrous, even magical when you contemplate our technology in this way — yet even the most amazing man-made machines are crude compared to the nuanced complexity of the human body, mind, and spirit.

It may help you (as it does me) to think of your body and your spirit working together as hardware and software.

The senses of your body are like antennae — computer inputs; your consciousness (the synergy of your mind and your soul) operates like a web browser. Your “computer” can be technically connected to the Internet even if you’re not viewing it. You have programs installed on your computer which may be running in the background without your paying attention to them or actively using them. You have programs that you’ve never even opened up or ran before — the programming is nevertheless available to you. You also have multiple programs that can perform the same function, but you may prefer to use one instead of another, for any number of reasons.

Your body, as a machine, has a variety of antennae or inputs which receive different kinds of signals and can process a lot of different forms of information. There are the five basic physical senses that you’ve known about since you were a child; there are the four basic metaphysical senses — clairvoyance, clairaudience, claircognizance, and clairsentience.

Different forms of information can be received and processed by different types of antennae or input centers.

Your spirit is a connection to a vast Universal Search Engine…log on! And remember: you don’t have to be a computer programmer to surf like a pro.

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