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                               Self-defense and Banes 
                                    Judy Harrow 
      I surely  agree that we have  every right to protect  ourselves and our
      "own  folk"  from  attack. But  I  do  believe that  shield  and mirror
      workings are more efficient, effective and elegant at accomplishing the
      goal  of self-protection. Consider this  - a mirror  working is perfect
      justice. If  I am mistaken, either that psychic attack is being done at
      all  or about the perpetrator, a bane will jeopardies me karmically and
      (if psychic attack truly is being done by somebody other than the one I
      suspect) fail to protect me. A mirror sits there passively, ignores any
      mistaken  paranoia that  I may  occasionally get,  does nothing  at all
      until  and unless  an  attack happens,  and then  sends the  bad energy
      directly back to  the exactly deserving person or  group in exactly the
      proper amount and kind. A mirror is perfect justice. 
          A grounding shield is perfect mercy, taking bad energy and  
      dissipating it harmlessly. I think  I already said this but I  recently
      talked one of my students into using a grounding shield where she would
      have been  perfectly entitled  to use  a  mirror. The  situation is  an
      ongoing  battle between my student's  lover and his  former wife. While
      the  ex-wife did  an  entirely unjustifiable  attack,  and would  fully
      deserve  to  have  it  returned  full  force,  all  this  would  really
      accomplish would be to perpetuate the  craziness, hostility and tension
      in the  situation -   and  both the couple's  innocent children  and my
      student are being hurt.  Better for all concerned to ignore justice and
      drain as much of the tension as  possible, to make room for the healing
      that all of them need.  A grounding shield is perfect mercy. 
              Butbanes and bindings, whilethey may giveshort term protection,
      risk your own karma, are susceptible to mistake, and may, if  
      misdirected, even fail of their well-intended purpose. Sure you're  
      entitled to self-protection. This is just a lousy way to go about it. I
      guess my kind of Warrior is Athena, the wise defender. 
                  warmly / Judy 
      From: Hugh Read 
           You have a gentle way.  For myself, I love Minerva who I feel is a
      Being unto  Herself.  The concept  of the Grounding Shield  is clear to
      me...would you care to share the  practice with me.  Justice has little
      interest for me.  That takes care of itself in the process of time.  We
      are all amply repayed for our varies deeds simply by  wearing this body
      of ours.  Healing is far more to the point.   The word Justice makes me
      cringe a bit, though  long ago I came to peace with Justice.  One of my
      more angry prayers  is May he/she have  perfect Justice, NOW!   Instant
      karma, NOW...and I always add, and so may it be with me. 
      I remember  telling this  to a  New Age teacher  a few  years ago.   He
      turned pale  and promised me auto accidents, fire, theft and robbery if
      I  did that.   Well,  I am  still bopping  along with  my share  in the
      chancier  aspects of  life affirming  perfect Justice  for my  self and
      every  now and  then in those  very rare  (!) moments  of anger instant
      Karma for me and whoever.  I love the idea of a shield that will ground
      and  disperse any nasties send grovelling in my direction.  Let Healing
      Be the Way!!!  Tender bliss and explosive ecstacy be yours as  the days
      pass softly! 
      From: Judy Harrow 
           It's visualization  either way.  For the  grounding shield,  it is
      velvety, absorptive  black (Oops, I should  say that MINE is  - you may
      alter this to whatever will convince your Younger Self). Every so often
      along it's  length, for me  every 2-3 yards,  there is a  post somewhat
      like a fence post that  extends deep into the ground and  is conductive
      like a lightening rod. Trust mother Earth to filter any  kind of energy
      back  into simple,  pure,  undifferentiated energy  and  recycle it  to
      wherever it  is most needed. So the  shield catches incoming energy and
      channels  it down through the purifying rocks. I don't know exactly how
      to describe physically how the shield can be 
      semi-permeable,  allowing in the  well-wishes of your  friends, but, as
      semi permeable membranes  exist in Nature,  helping each cell  maintain
      its  water/salt balance,  so  can this  shield. Can  you conceive  of a
      substance both velvet and mesh? That's how it is with me. 
              Onthe justice endof the spectrum, myown Younger Selfis a bit of
      a literalist. A flat mirror  will not work for  me, since the angle  of
      incidence is complementary to the angle of reflection, which means that
      bad  energy is  actually  diverted from  the  sender and  bounced  onto
      innocent  parties.  My mirror  looks like  a  waffle, and  is optically
      designed to  send stuff  back exactly  where it  came  from. It's  also
      semi-permeable, and that  is even  harder to explain.  I guess  Younger
      Self is not altogether consistent. 
              On the issue of  choosing between the  two modes. Justice is  a
      tautology. It will do no better -  and no worse - than getting you back
      to  where you began. It protects and  maintains, but does not allow for
      growth. Perhaps  you've read  Diana Paxon's  wonderful book  "Red Mare,
      White Stallion." At the beginning, the women of the tribe have a ritual
      opportunity to  make a wish for  the coming year. But  the heroine does
      something  even  better. When  her turn  comes,  she tells  the Goddess
      "Mother,  You  choose." Had  she chosen,  she  could not  possibly have
      received  anything more than she  was capable of  imagining. Taking the
      risk   of  not   choosing   was  opening   herself   to  surprise   and
              Reading that was a mind-blow forme. Since then, I have tried to
      take Diana's  dare  as  much  as  possible, and  not  limit  myself  to
      tautology. I don't do  it all the  time, but I  stretch toward it.  The
      mirror/shield question resonates with that for me. 
              Minerva/Athena wears a shieldand helmet, and carries aspear. My
      Sister is a Warrior, but always  in defense of the community and always
      for justice.  Never for greed  or domination.  It is worthy  to protect
      what you have, and worthy to reach beyond.
          warmly / Judy 

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