It’s now become typical that shielding is one of the first things taught to new practitioners. Shields can be used to defend against attacks, to keep harmful energy away from the practitioner, and to keep harmful entities from getting to the practitioner. It seems as if there’s nothing shields can’t do.
Shielding is also one of the easiest forms of psionic magick to learn. In fact, humans tend to shield themselves naturally, and it’s very rare to find a person who naturally has no shields. We use shields to stop people from attaching to us emotionally, and to stop ourselves from attaching to people emotionally. We use shields to protect ourselves from the negative emotions being cast out by others. And we use shields to hide our true thoughts and emotions from those around us.
As great as shields are, they cause to problems. First off, the protection granted by the shield is only an illusion. There is no such thing as animpenatrable shield. Any shield can be penatrated , as can any barrier or ward. The practitioner who has not developed adequate offensive skills because they believed their shield would be enough to protect them will be at a major disadvantage when their shield goes down, or when it ends up being used against them.
The second problem with a shield is that it limits the practitioner. Sometimes a practitioner needs to feel out the energy around them, attach into the things around them,ect. A shield can make it impossible for a practitioner to perform very basic psionic magick . And the better the shield is, the more difficult it will be for the practitioner. The shield is the illusion of the barricade. What seems to be a protect the practitioner from everything outside is actually a prison from it.
Power lies within versatility. A practitioner who can put up and take down their shield at will is far more powerful than one who cannot take down their shield. Learning how to take down one’s shield is actually the difficult part. Once that is figured out, a person can usually figure out how to put the shield back up without much effort, and take it down again whenever it pleases them to do so.
Moreso, putting up and taking down a shield is such a basic act that any competent practitioner should know how to do both. How to take down one’s shield should be one of the very first things that is learned.