Shielding; The Dynamic Psi perspective
The concept of shielding is a widely known and popular practice within the online metaphysics community. In this article the problems with what is considered 'standard' shielding practice will be presented along with the Dynamic Psi perspective on the subject.
Shielding and the 'Eggshell'; Initial Limitations
Shielding in the past has generally been the idea of energy conceptualized as a solid structure, usually a shell-like structure, surrounding the user of the shield for the purpose of protection. When the creator of the shield is surrounded by this 'shell' of energy he or she believes they are guarded from an inevitable psychic attack, this attack can be a specifically directed intent from a person or even stray thoughts from other people. With this type of shield there are some very large assumptions and misconceptions about how psi can be used to protect someone, assumptions and misconceptions so large that when they are realized the Eggshell shield is not only shown to be unrealistic but completely ineffective.
It should be known that it is NEVER the shape or structure of the construct and it is ALWAYS the focused intent and expectation of the user that makes it work. Because we wish to have something to protect us we think of a shield which is a physical thing with a structure that provides protection. Psi however is a not physical thing and not limited to the rules of the physical, because of this it can perform in different ways than physical objects.
Psi can operate without concern for distance, time, or space, and this means that it can be anywhere and everywhere doing whatever you expect it to. If we apply the physical characteristics of a shield to psi we now have an energy that is limited to one place and one time only. These limitations are fine but only if your attackers apply the same limited physical characteristics to their attacks. Psi is not limited to straight lines of travel and it doesn't necessarily have to even travel space to go somewhere, it can instantaneously be in one place and then another. A shield of the sort mentioned above can be bypassed entirely by any person who knows this very basic piece of information about psi. Essentially if a person knew this piece of information they could place a psi based attack inside the range of the shield, bypassing it entirely, potentially they could even attack you in the future as psi is not limited by time.
Regardless of the above, if you really do believe that such a shield will protect you, and you've created it well with good intent and expectation, it will work to some degree and provide some limited form of protection. Unfortunately, because of the way this type of shield is created, and the way psi works to fulfill your intent, you actually end up bringing attacks upon yourself by using this method of shield construction, which more than somewhat negates the purpose of it.
Misguided Expectations of the Shield
The way the 'shell' shield is made most often re-enforces the problem. When we use psi to create changes in the world whatever we expect to happen as a result of our intention with psi makes the psi work to create this in the future even if these expectations are not the main focus of our intent. For example, when we intend to heal using psi we focus on the body being in a better state of health and expect the energy we interact with to make this occur in the present and/or future. If however we were to focus on the body in it's current state of dysfunction and 'see' it getting better we are unintentionally re-enforcing the current state of poor health in the body, the psi will in part work to make that part of our intentions (the state of a dysfunctional body) true in the world, and we may even cause a prolonged healing time.
Every time you create a shield and expect it to work to prevent attacks you also expect those attacks to happen in the future, therefore the energy used to create the shield will then also go into creating possible attacks in the future. Because of this poorly formed intent the standard 'shell' shield fails at its basic function, protection. The truth is you probably wouldn't need a shield if you didn't have one.
The above argument, if understood properly, is enough to dispel the idea of what is considered the 'normal' shield, however the argument that the shield is useful in protecting from the stray thoughts and intentions of people, particularly in crowds, still stands. This argument falls apart though when we come to the realization that 'avoiding the thoughts of others' isn't even an issue to do with shielding, it's to do with the skill level of the practitioner.
Again, if we create a shield to block out the thoughts and intentions of others that we believe try to force their way into our mind the shield we create reinforces and works to make this 'thought invasion' to be a real thing in the future.
Telepathy and empathy are skills, not gifts. Whether we know it or not we choose to experience telepathy and empathy, we choose to do them, and they are never unnecessarily brought upon us because it is always our conscious or unconscious action. If we experience the thoughts or emotions of others when we do not want to it is only because we are capable of the skill but we do not understand it and therefore do not control it. If instead of attempting to wall yourself off from the thoughts and emotions of others you were to accept that you are in control of yourself and expect that telepathy and empathy will only occur when you actively perform these practices you will find yourself not needing a shield, and probably a lot calmer in social settings.
The Dynamic Psi Perspective on the Shield
The term 'shield' is a physical term and concept and it is a good way of explaining a certain function that we may need in the physical world but the associations we make with that term tend to impede the best possible use for such a construct. The best shield is one that prevents a bad occurrence from happening before it happens and does this not by reinforcing the expectation that bad things will happen but by creating positive outcomes in the future for the user. A true shield should work to make your life full of good things, because if good things constantly happen there's no time to fit the bad ones in. Really, the best shield is not a shield at all.
Before we get into the specifics of making a construct capable of producing the results mentioned above it should be known that simply having a positive attitude that expects good things to come out of every situation in life is the best protection a psion can have. To a skilled psion this continuous attitude that focuses on and expects good things in their life is the most effective tool in bringing about positive changes, and when only a small amount of psi is used to manifest these expectations the effects of our intentions are greatly increased.
A system should be based on the operations of its most basic elements, everything we do is only an expression of the use of those elements within a given system. Though the order and way in which we employ elements may change they still comprise much of anything we do in psionics. In psionics forming intent, gathering energy, and actualization are our most important elements and all constructs and practices are only expressions of these things. The construct proposed in this article is no exception to these three elements and will therefore be presented in this way.
For our intent we, as always, want a very simple conceptualization of the construct that we expect will achieve what we desire. It is encouraged that each person should form their own conceptualization of the construct based on the information already addressed in this article for their best personal results. However, "The construct will create as many positive situations as possible in the future at all times", is not a bad example of a way of conceptualizing this construct. In this example we can see that when the construct is functioning all that it will do is to create the best possible situation for you at any time, present or future, and at no point does it unintentionally create future situations in which you may be attacked unnecessarily.
For this type of construct we will need very little energy to 'get it started' but because it will be working continuously over a long period of time it will need a constant and regular supply of psi to perform it's function, fortunately there is a very simple and easy way of doing this. If it is expected at the point of actualizing the construct that throughout the constructs lifespan it will always have the necessary energy it needs it always will. In expecting this condition we've essentially made a 'generator' as it's so often called, but the generator is simplistically defined, incredibly easy to create, and effortless to use, and these are (in the author's opinion) the marks of a good construct. This example of a generator can be applied in the same way to any construct that would need a constant supply of energy.
Actualization of this construct is like the actualization of any other, however it may be helpful to know that the author has found that this construct is best defined without any real shape or structure. The construct is best without a defined shape or structure because it should be seen only as a desired future condition (or many future conditions) becoming true. Really this construct, all constructs and even all psychokinesis, are only future selection or a great number of future selections carried in a single actualization.
Conceptualizations based on the physical world can at times be helpful as in most cases we are attempting to affect or change the physical. It is however very important to understand these conceptualizations based on the physical can be limiting or even counterproductive to what we are trying to do.