A Medium’s Mantra
“Ground, Center, Shield”
These three words have become my major mantra when it comes to avoiding being overwhelmed by the spirits of the dead and people’s emotions.
From the beginning, God blessed me with people’s tidbits here and there to help me pull together a safety net around me. The idea of “centering” came from a stranger who had attended my second spirit medium group demonstration. She pulled me aside and explained a bit about the chakras which became known to me as “those little energy spots along the spine that spell out ROYGBIV.” It didn’t matter if I knew how to pronounce the names or fully understood it. Going through the colors and focusing on each spot, I quickly realized that it was helping me not want to jolt every which way when spirits were around. I still do make faces, and my hand still shoots up like a mini-antenna….but it’s nothing like it was. That stranger who introduced me to the chakras quickly became a friend of mine.
Next came the grounding part. Grounding? What’s that all about? Guess what, it was from the same stranger/friend that explained, “Lynda, you’re a lightening rod to spirits. You need to ground.” She spoke of Starhawk and something about pretending there are holes in the bottom of your feet, and letting the energy raise up from the ground, into your feet/legs, on up through your body, and out through your head and hands….and to visualize all of that recycling back into the ground.
I must have looked at her like she had two-heads at first, but at the same time, I was willing to try anything. So I grounded. No more feeling like I was walking side ways or wanting to pass out. This was a good thing.
So, the lessons were being learned. Centering and grounding were my new tools. But when I was around lots of people, especially in a church setting or lots of magical people at a conference or meet-up………I was still being overwhelmed. My head would go fuzzy, I would get agitated, and I wouldn’t be able to hear must less concentrate enough to talk.
Yeah, I know. It sounds like someone having a panic attack of some sort. Believe me, I thought twice about it and had to rule it out.
In the first year, I had different ones tell me that I just needed to shut it off. When I asked where was the “off” button, they would simply give me a smirk and shrug their shoulder.
Finally, friends at another store quickly and lovingly explained to me that I could not shut it off, but had to create a shield. A shield? Okay, so I center, ground, and shield. Alright, that makes sense.
I attended a conference where I was going to speak about what is was like being a medium. It never fails that Spirit has to teach me a lesson at these events. Walking around the vendor tables and sitting through some classes, I suddenly went into the “buzz” mode. I couldn’t understand it.
“What’s up with this? I grounded, centered, and shielded this morning before I came.”
One of the new friends saw my distress, and chuckled. “Lynda, in a group like this with so much energy going on, it has to be a constant thing.” If my thoughts could have been heard out loud, I would have been sounding like a choo-choo train throughout the rest of the time there.
“Ground, Center, Shield, Ground, Center, Shield, woooooo, woooooo!”
I am thankful to say that more lessons have been learned, and it’s become easier to pull everything together.
Praise be to God and all the friends I’ve been blessed with.