This is the first in a ten posts long series of articles that I will be doing over the course of the next few months. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact me. Short questions are great in the comments on the post in question. Longer ones should be directed to me at my e-mail address.
Self defense is important to know. It keeps us safe when we are in questionable positions and gives us a means to protect ourselves in the unfortunate event of our being attacked. Physical self defense has a wide range of skills and techniques that can be used to protect a person from assault and harm. Some of this comes from situational awareness and avoiding known places of danger. Some of it comes from knowing what equipment you have available for use, such as pepper spray or a taser. And, lastly, physical self defense includes knowing hand-to-hand defensive actions and when to use them.
Psychic self defense has a similar range of skills and techniques to be employed. Situational awareness and avoiding known places of danger is obviously one of the first and foremost ones taught. It includes things such as how to deal with internal weaknesses that makes one vulnerable to attack, learning how to recognize when an attack is under way, and learning what the signs are of an aggressor. Additionally, the practices that serve to strengthen one's innate defenses are exceptionally important.
In the way of using tools and equipment for the purpose of psychic self defense, we are not limited to things that we carry on our person. Those tools and equipment can include protection talismans, rituals to create safe spaces, and the most basic of exercises that helps the practitioner be aware of what the natural resources about them can contribute to their psychic safety. To some extent, this overlaps basic psychic hygiene. (See this post about spiritual cleaning for one's self. It is a fairly good crash course on basic psychic hygiene.)
Where physical self defense has hand-to-hand techniques that you would use to defend yourself, psychic self defense is more subtle. An enormous amount of emphasis is placed upon visualization and focused intent. It can be something done as part of a spell or something done as a regular practice that is free of the ritual confines of most spell work. In either case, there are things you can train your mind to do that will manipulate your spiritual/psychic energy in a fashion that makes you a less attractive target, a more resistant target, and capable of repelling an assault. (At a later date, I will talk about the more hush hush side of psychic ability. That would be the ability to engage in an assault upon another. It goes together with cursing, thus when I discuss that it will be coming up. Look for those posts after this series is finished.)