Most of us have had the experience of hearing something, either directly or indirectly, negative about ourselves and felt the anger, defensiveness or sadness well-up inside. It has taken me many years to discover that any words said by another about me paled in comparison to the words that I silently and secretly thought about myself (or others) and that the negative emotion that I felt was a sure sign that I myself had been the one with the negative, mean or unfriendly thoughts.
There is a lot of talk in the new-age community about protecting ourselves from other people’s negative energy. Some advocate surrounding ourselves with white light, other people wear amulets or burn certain herbs before and after unpleasant encounters. I am not making any commentary on these practices, because what we believe to be true, will be for us. If I think I’m unsafe going outside without a certain ring, charm, or prayer, then I had better put it on or “it will be done to me, as I believe”. But a mind full of critical, judgemental thoughts (or holding a fear that we will be criticized) is the equivalent of sending out a messenger ahead of us, telling the world who we are and what we expect.
In Truth, we only need a mind that sends out thoughts of Love and Harmony; a mind that thinks thoughts (about ourselves first) of appreciation and acceptance, to be protected. There is no enemy “out there”.
“…our subconscious mind is both a broadcasting station and a receiving set for the vibration of thought, ….The only safe plan for the advancement of one’s own welfare and the protection of others is that of keeping the mind so busy broadcasting positive thoughts that no time is left for sending out negative thoughts, for it is true that as night follows day, whatever thoughts one sends out will come back greatly multiplied, to bless or to curse. A great philosopher stated this profound truth very succinctly when he said, ‘Whatever you do to or for another, by the thoughts you send forth, you do to or for yourself.'” from, You Can Work Your Own Miracles by Napoleon HIll 1971