Over the years, books and the mainstream media have discussed how powerful our thoughts are and how they actually create our reality. We are told to focus on what you want, not on what you don’t want. Change your thoughts, change your world. Too often these things are way too simplified, ignoring the vast amount of gray area in a Universe that isn’t really black and white. But one thing few people discuss is how our thoughts affect the people around us.

For many people, psychic warfare is the stuff of science fiction and comic books. Superheroes do it, but real people do not. Unfortunately, this is not true.

Our thoughts are powerful enough to create our reality. Our mind in combination with our emotions is our most creative tool, given to us by whatever you think of as the Divine, and we are free to use both of these however we wish. But most people use these tools unconsciously. Are you aware of the reality you create every second? Even knowing logically that your thoughts are this powerful, you probably don’t go about your daily life thinking consciously about the reality you are creating in every moment. It would be hard to do. More likely, you think about it occasionally — during meditation, in the shower, or just before bed.

Likewise, we engage in psychic battles with one another without even being aware that we are doing so. We don’t see it that way; we don’t define it that way; we do it unconsciously. However, ignorance is never a good excuse, so consider how we use our thoughts, and how they affect others.

We tend to think of ourselves as isolated in our bodies, thinking secret thoughts and feelings that never go any further than our own heads and hearts. We forget that we live in a universe in which everything, everywhere, is really just one great being, and everyone impacts everything else. When we think and feel loving, compassionate, kind thoughts, it impacts the whole in a positive way. Likewise, when we have angry, unkind, or bitter thoughts and feelings, these have an impact, too.

Let’s say you get really angry at someone. You may think all kinds of things about the person while you are angry, which you may regret at a later time when you’ve cooled off. Emotion is the intensifier of our thoughts. It is an incredibly important part of creation, whether positive or negative. You know the power of surging love and joy, both for yourself and the people around you. Anger, jealousy, and bitterness also intensify our thoughts and sharpen our creative powers, just in a negative way. So while you are in the heat of anger, you may think vindictive or judgmental thoughts, which are aimed at the person you are angry at. In moments like these, you are sending energy to that person.

When our negative emotions and thoughts are aimed at a person, they can embed themselves in the person’s energy field like daggers and swords. Once there, they can be removed, but this generally only happens if the affected person visits a healer who finds them, or if they become aware of being attacked and ask the angels or other spirit guides for help on their own behalf. Daggers can affect a person’s mood, well-being, and can also cause physical illness if they are not removed.

We are human beings, and so we have all thrown our share of daggers, but we can do something about it. The answer is not to stop feeling your negative emotions. This is not possible, and if you try, you will only stuff them, which will hurt you. Feel your emotions, but learn to monitor your thoughts. You are going to be angry at someone from time to time. When you get to that place, own your anger — it’s YOUR feeling and YOUR responsibility. If you feel you have thrown some daggers, see them and transmute them to flowers. Send loving thoughts to the person. You have the power to create and send daggers, but you also have the power to recall them or change them into something positive. Use it.

You will also find yourself the target of a few daggers and swords yourself. If you suspect that you have some daggers — and you can probably sense easily enough who threw them — ask Archangel Michael to help you. Help him by visualizing where it is and see it being removed. If you know who your power animal is, ask them to help as well. Or you can get an energy healer to help you with this process. Remember, though, when we remove daggers, we don’t want to send them back to the thrower. We want the daggers to be taken away to a place where they won’t harm anyone. Archangel Michael will do this for you. All you have to do is ask.

Another aspect of psychic warfare is called cording. When we are involved in relationships, we energetically loop with others. Sometimes we do this in healthy ways; sometimes we do this in unhealthy ways. For example, you probably have cords of love between you and your family members. These can never be broken. But there are likely some unhealthy cords as well. There may be cords of control — you want someone to act or be a certain way, or they expect that of you. Or there could be cords of mistrust or jealousy. Think of all the ways that human beings can interact and feel, and you can think of a cord that could exist between people.

While daggers are generally a one-way show — someone is throwing them at you, or you are throwing them at another person — cords require a bit of cooperation on both sides. Growing up, we get used to the way certain energy cords feel, even if they are negative. So we unconsciously seek out people who will cord with us in that way. It’s a give and take. However, once you begin to recognize the cords and to heal them, you will change the entire dynamic in your relationships.

Let’s say that you are in a controlling relationship. The pattern goes like this: you want to do something, and your partner doesn’t want you to. The partner digs into their bag of energetic tricks and employs the techniques with which they have successfully manipulated you in the past. Perhaps this means a guilt trip, or putting you down. Instead of responding to these attempts the way you have in the past, you decide to stop engaging in the argument. You stand up for yourself, and that is that. You decide to no longer feel guilty or unworthy, and you take your power back and do whatever it is that you need to do to make yourself happy. You have then changed the dynamic between you, and you can energetically step back from the situation and view it from another place. You can even envision that unhealthy cord between you being cut, or you can ask Archangel Michael to do this.

When you cut cords or stop looping negatively with another person, expect that person to put up a fight. They don’t want the dynamic to change. It will feel uncomfortable to them. By changing the energy on your end, you suddenly feel unfamiliar to them, and they will do whatever it takes to get that “old feeling” back again. Resist the urge to re-engage, and energetically move on.

Even when you cut negative cords, however, they can regrow. They may regrow on your end, on the other person’s end, or both. Make a practice of asking Archangel Michael to cut cords and remove daggers for you. Over time, it will get easier to detach from negative people and situations and to have compassion for them. This process is most challenging for the people we are closest to, but view all such challenges as the healing opportunities they are. Eliminating psychic warfare in your closest relationships will only strengthen them. However, if you find that some people cannot let go of the need for psychic battles, then the relationship will change for the highest good of everyone involved.

You can give yourself some protection from the energetic slings and arrows of others. Envelop yourself in all dimensions with protective violet light, and request that the angels protect you. You can come up with a short, simple request that you make you daily or as needed, and the angels will respond immediately. Most importantly, however, don’t beat yourself up if you find that you’ve been throwing a few daggers around. What’s important is that you become aware of it and turn that dagger into something loving instead. By being conscious, you can make loving contributions to yourself and the world every day.

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