I think sometimes we forget about the meaning of words and simply use them because they're in our vocabulary and part of the vernacular.
I often see people throughout the spiritual world worried about protection, either thinking that they need more or better protection from any number of external energies (people, entities, etc.). And nearly every single time, fear is the catalyst behind the concern.
I don't like the word protection in this context because if you think you need protection, you're already operating from a state of lack and not from a place of love.
What does protection really mean though?
Merriam Webster defines protection as "supervision or support of one that is smaller and weaker" or "a contraceptive device (such as a condom)" among other things.
If you think that you need protection, then yes, you're absolutely going to need protection. If you think that you need protection, it's because you're considering yourself as smaller or weaker than whatever you are facing.
What's the story you're telling yourself? The words we use reinforce the energy and meaning they carry.
Are you saying protection when you actually mean something else?
Maybe there's been a time (or three) when you've felt someone's energy in your space that was uncomfortable to you. That doesn't automatically make you weaker; thinking that you're weaker makes you weaker.
It shows you that there's room for growth and improvement, room for opportunity in learning about your own energy and how it reacts to other's around it. It shows you where there may be areas that you'd like to strengthen, but it does not make you weak, small or less than.
That being said, I still think it's a good idea to be proactive when it comes to your energy. I prefer to think of this as maintaining energy.
If you're looking to learn how to maintain your energy, this video may be a helpful resource:
How do you feel about the word protection? I'd love to hear more about what you think in the comments below!
Love and Light,
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Arielle is a best-selling author, holistic life coach and intuitive energy healer.