Posted in Weird & Woo-Woo Stuff on 11. Sep, 2011
When people send me emails asking a question on the subject of psychic attack, they fall invariably into two categories:
- They are people who are afraid of psychic development because they’ve heard that it makes you vulnerable to psychic attack. They want assurances that psychic attacks are not a part of psychic development.
- They are people who claim to be under psychic attack. If they get a reply, on more than one occasion it has degenerated into an accusation of me or someone in my business infiltrating their mind or psychically attacking them, too. What can you say to that, apart from “You need to see a mental health professional”?
It’s interesting that I’ve never actually encountered anyone in a session who I perceived to be under real psychic attack. I’ve only ever heard from what I consider mentally ill people or people who are afraid of psychic attack.
I can only conclude, based on my experience working with people in the last four years, that psychic attack as a spiritual issue alone (i.e. psychic attack that does not involve mental illness) is extremely rare or non-existent.
As a result, it is my belief that a perceived ‘psychic attack’ is best resolved on the psychological level, not on the spiritual level.
What is Psychic Attack Anyway?
Psychic attack is the name for the situation where a person is being psychically victimized by a dark entity or person (or the person perceives they are.)
Sometimes people believe that a non-physical entity is victimizing them. Sometimes it might be that a person believes that another person is psychically victimizing them or infiltrating their mind or energy field, against their will.
Both stem from the false idea that our boundaries can be violated against our will.
If you do a Google search for psychic attack, you will find tons of pages on how to avoid or overcome psychic attack. Some are written by psychics.
My Experiences with ‘Psychic Attack’
Let me tell you about my experiences with the idea of ‘psychic attack’.
I personally had encountered this idea of psychic attack twice before I trained as a professional intuitive.
The first time was when I was involved in an evangelical Christian church and it was basically a cult-like organisation that used fear to keep its members loyal to ‘God’ and the organisation. I only went a couple of times and attended a few bible study meetings (that was more than enough for me.)
When I told my friend who had introduced me to the church that I was leaving, she said something along the lines of:
“The reason why you want to leave is because you’re under psychic attack from the devil, who is trying to keep you separate from God.”
I wasn’t crazy, but I felt like I was going round the twist. I was already confused – quitting that church had taken a lot of power and confidence that I didn’t have much of, at that time in my life.
Her comment sent panic and irrational fear straight through my brain, like a thunderbolt.
You can make a vulnerable person feel crazy (and question their own sanity) by telling them they’re under psychic attack. I rang my grandmother who told me I wasn’t under psychic attack and invited me to come home for a week.
(Sometimes I am embarrassed that I managed to get myself into such ‘interesting’ experiences in the past, but at least it means I have something to write about on this blog!)
In my view, it will undermine anyone’s mental and emotional health to worry about and focus on the idea of a devil, psychic attack, or negative beings coming to get you. Or even to believe in it.
The second time I came across the idea of psychic attack was when I read a book by a popular author in the new-age field who writes about psychic and negative beings a great deal, and how to avoid them. The idea in this book was that some negative beings were scary and powerful, and we have to employ ingenious ways to elude them.
Anyway, after having read this book, at first I found it liberating that the negative thoughts I was having might not belong to me. I thought, maybe they were coming from outside of me after all. I preferred to blame what might be in my environment rather than face up to the fact that I had a lot of fear and low self-esteem to heal.
(Plus I was an untrained empath and I was picking up on other peoples’ negative emotions on a daily basis, which made my emotional state worse.)
Soon after I’d sort of accepted this theory in the book I had read, I began to have bad dreams. They involved evil beings victimizing me and pinning me down. The dreams were so vivid that it felt real and I was scared. I wondered if these were the beings the book talked about.
If anything, this book caused my fear to grow. A lot.
Eventually I came to my senses, realized that I was allowing these ideas and these imaginary beings into my space. I didn’t have another ‘pinned down’ dream after that. My personal power had grown a little through that experience – I was choosing how to see the world, and I didn’t want to see the world through the eyes of fear.
So that is why I believe that it will undermine your mental health to focus on psychic attack, negative entities or demons. My experience has taught me it is the case.
If you’re afraid of psychic attack, my advice is not to focus on it.
As an aside, there is a group of entities that we do want to avoid in psychic development, but as I mentioned in my last article, they are lost souls (also called ‘astral entities). They can drain energy without meaning to, and they can amplify negative emotions if they take up residence in the aura. But they do not victimize us. Nor do they mean to cause harm. They are essentially ghosts or earthbound spirits and they can be cleared from a space or an aura. And they definitely do not send an otherwise sane person around the twist, as I already explained in this article.
But what about those people who really do believe they’re under psychic attack?
In my experience, those people who are insistent that they are under psychic attack are either mentally ill or more politely I could say they have a distorted view of reality. Sometimes people might project their own issues onto a spirit they believe is victimizing them, because they don’t know any better.
Often people who believe in psychic attack have an abuser/victim mentality, where people they meet fall under the category of either victim or abuser. Bad people and spirits are the abusers who can take away our power and violate us, and good people are the victims who need to defend themselves against the psychic attackers.
But this is buying into the idea that another person can violate another without their consent.
While it may be possible to rape another person physically in this plane, it is not possible to violate another person energetically unless that person has given their permission explicitly or implicitly.
If you have well developed personal power, there’s no way you will give your permission to have your boundaries violated by a living person or an entity of any kind. People with well developed power chakras have good energetic boundaries. People with little personal power are more likely to fall into the abuser/victim mentality and consequently believe they can be violated, and so they come across as more vulnerable. What’s the point in upholding boundaries when you believe more powerful beings can come in and violate them anyway?
What about being under psychic attack from other people?
Yes, some people can be draining to be around.
Yes, some people like to take more than they give.
Yes, some people can be abusive or manipulative or both.
There are all kinds of people in this world.
But it is up to us to have real boundaries in the physical or to make choices that keep those people at a distance or away from us altogether.
When a person lacks the personal power to stand up to a bully, stop giving, or lay down the law, the situation will drain them and they might call it psychic attack or psychic vampirism.
Let’s get real about this: there’s nothing psychic about it, apart from your own resentment or upset. And no one can drain you without your permission.
Of course, you might also be an untrained empath who unconsciously picks up on other peoples’ emotions. This can overwhelm you with emotions that aren’t yours, but it’s not psychic attack. (If you are an empath who struggles with negative emotions, then check out my recommended books on turning off empathy.)
In conclusion, I don’t work with people who vehemently believe they are under psychic attack. If a person will not entertain the idea that they might actually be projecting their own issues onto spirits they perceive in their environment, I consider it some kind of psychological disorder that I am not trained to deal with.
And I think it’s a shame that psychic attack is an accepted and popular idea in new-age literature and communities, because I think it creates a lot of fear for people.
I suspect that I am going to get some flak for my views on this topic, since it is very popular to blame one’s ‘stuff’ on an entity. But for those who might be critical of this stance, I want to know – how many of you work with clients on a daily basis? Until I actually encounter an instance of ‘psychic attack’ that isn’t rooted in poor mental health or mental illness, I won’t be changing my mind on this topic!
What are your experiences with this?
Further reading on this topic:
- Learn to communicate with your spirit guides
- Know your life purpose & soul gifts
- Learn to read auras & know who other people really are