Practical Psychic Self-Defense by Robert Bruce

A book entitled Practical Psychic Self-Defense may seem like a laughable choice for something to read, but my motivations were quite serious. I had been doing my own personal experiments into telekinesis (mind over matter) and I was getting unquestionable results as to the reality of the phenomenon. My unwitting “mentor” in these experiments was a friend from my childhood, whom I had witnessed perform telekinesis a long time ago. Nowadays, this person steers clear of the practice and whatever other occult practices that he dabbled in, because, in his words, “There was a price to pay.” He told me his personal story of underdoing a demonic intervention and how the garden outside the house burst into flames! I have no doubt of my friend’s honesty, but I do sometimes wonder if he himself was being taken for a ride by some snail-oil salesmen. If the sofa in the room had caught fire, I would have been more convinced, but the garden outside is somehow a little too convenient for trickery involving a can of petrol and some matches. I simply do not know. In any case, since I am (in a small way at least) a dabbler in things unknown, I thought it best to tread cautiously and read what an expert has to say on the hidden realm beyond human sight.

The author, Robert Bruce, is one of the foremost authorities on the topic of astral projection, the means of obtaining an out of body experience (OBE). He is the author of the popular book Astral Dynamics (1999). However, the present volume is the only one I have read.

Within a few pages of opening the book, I was reading with my eyes open in amazement and my brow creased in confusion. I was reading about astral snakes, astral spiders, black smoky columns, demons, poltergeists. Bruce paints a picture of a hidden world that is teeming with various kinds of parasitic consciousnesses. He talks about how most of them are very simple and predictable in how they operate; how they attach to the human energy body, and marks on the body are often signs of attachment points; how they affect the mind of the host; how they can be fought using sacred symbols, garlic, and running water. He gets into even greater depth, talking about how the chief means of demonic possession is through what he calls “core images” – traumatic unresolved memories that can be used as entryways for these entities. All this data has been compiled from his own experiences, many of which he details in the book. Particularly memorable is his own experience of possession, where he invited a demon that was inside a child to enter him instead, because he thought it would be easier to deal with there than in the child; later Bruce ended up parking his car at the top of a multi-storey car-park, taking his baby son out of the car, then walking to the edge of the roof. He got control of himself before doing the unthinkable.

Another interesting story is how he discovered that these entities cannot cross running water (unless they are hitchhiking with a person). He talks about how he felt sick at a party, felt it was something to do with the presence of a particular woman who had something nasty attached to her. He excused himself, and as soon as he crossed over the garden gate the nausea left him. He decided to go back in, and no sooner had he crossed the gate again, the nausea returned. It was as if there was some invisible barrier that something couldn’t cross to get to him. That barrier was the underground water-main.

There’s a whole spiritual science in this book, but here’s the rub. For most of us, we’ve just got to take Bruce’s word for it – or not. I simply do not know what to do with the information in this book. Little or none of it is verifiable from my own experience. I don’t find it laughable as a typical sceptic might, but I do find much to be sceptical of. For instance, if these are entities are, for the most part, simple and predictable in terms of how they behave, how come they are so adept at manipulating the complexities of the human mind and emotions?

I had a scary but amusing experience while in the middle of reading this book. I woke up in the middle of the night and saw a vertical black column attached to my chest. I leapt out of bed and switched on the light. Nothing was there. I wondered, was it really gone, or just veiled from view by by now wide-awake mind? I honestly don’t think it was anything but a hallucination. Well, it’s not the first night-time hallucination I’ve had, nor will it be the last. A half-sleeping brain can project anything into your bedroom.

Bruce also talks about how there can be psychic protection in being part of a church. The hyprocrisy of this really annoyed me. On the one hand, he advises people to use various magical procedures in order to combat negative entitles, while also advising people to join the Christian Church, which forbids the use of magic.

Bottom line: I don’t know what to make of this. The jury is on hold, but swaying somewhat towards the charge of “guilty of spewing nonsense.” All I got from this book was a case of the heebie-jeebies stronger than any horror movie I’ve ever watched. I’ll read it again and change my mind if I can ever verify any of it from personal experience. Until then, I can only look upon this volume as a waste of my time and money.

If you feel like trying out one of the procedures in the book, select a large mole (or grisly skin tumour) on your body, draw (with a pen or felt-tip) an equal-limbed cross across the mole, then a circle around the cross, like a target (the cross and circle should touch). If, in several days, the mole falls off, then Practical Psychic Self-Defense might just be worth a read after all.

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3 thoughts on “Practical Psychic Self-Defense by Robert Bruce

  1. Janne Suomalainen says:

    “For instance, if these are entities are, for the most part, simple and predictable in terms of how they behave, how come they are so adept at manipulating the complexities of the human mind and emotions?”

    This is because means of manipulation are limited,there are not many methods of accessing ie. the mind
    so it is easy to predict how they must behave/proceed.many of these entities are not as complex as human for example.Some might be thought forms or residual energy shell of someone/something that has already passed to somewhere else.But there also seems to exist very complex and frightening alien intelligences and much more :I not all evil ofcourse.I have read the book and i can confirm most of it from my own experiences.

    “Bruce also talks about how there can be psychic protection in being part of a church. The hyprocrisy of this really annoyed me. On the one hand, he advises people to use various magical procedures in order to combat negative entitles, while also advising people to join the Christian Church, which forbids the use of magic.”

    this is in fact true as funny as it may seem.belief systems,even ridiculous ones are powerful constructs fueled by ones faith.They affect many levels and things.There isnt any real magic described in the book,some energy techniques mostly and things that are chemistry and physics more than magic,If i remember correctly there is some low level christian magic though 🙂 i dont have much knowledge of the bible,but i have got the picture that church/bible does forbid witchcraft ie. negative stuff hexes & curses etc. but does it also ban magic in general,for there is many kinds of it,from tricks to real deal.Also pretty much everyone in the bible utilises some questionable magic,prophets turn staffs into snakes and saints walk on water (some buddhist monks are said to be able to do this btw) and stuff.So it would make more sense not to forbid magic in general as jesus for example uses it all the time :p

    “select a large mole (or grisly skin tumour) on your body, draw (with a pen or felt-tip) an equal-limbed cross across the mole, then a circle around the cross, like a target (the cross and circle should touch). If, in several days, the mole falls off, then Practical Psychic Self-Defense might just be worth a read after all.”

    Took 12 days for mole to peel off,i was quite suprised that it actually worked,seemed kinda fishy.

    i think the book was pretty good,it does give pretty sinister picture of realms lower and higher and
    for someone who does not practice astral projection or some active psychospiritual developement,becoming aware of these things is likely to be source of anxiety because it will make spiritual evolution necessary to deal with those.I cannot recommend this book for most people,but it came/comes handy when dealing with energy level attachments and some stages of evolution.Your review of the book kinda gives the picture that its some silly hoax,that it is not.Methods in the book have been studied and tested by many and found effective and its pretty much only useful book about psychic defence there is.Many people in trouble with energy level stuff of even psychic attack would be able to benefit from this.

  2. Vickie says:

    Hi Darryl,
    I discovered your website when looking for another interpretation of the Bohemian Grove issue. I really like your material….the voice of reason, or the idea of searching until you’re satisfied you’ve got the whole picture.

    I could write an extremely long email here, but I’ll try to keep it short.

    First, I am interested in doing on my website what you have done with yours…the videos and blog. I’m not knowledgeable about these things and was wondering if you would be willing to share some knowledge with me.

    What type of hardware and software do you use? I think I know how to upload and embed them once I make them. Sould I just do youtube videos and embed them? What are your thoughts on this? I would really appreciate some advice.

    Second, I read your review of Robert Bruce’s psychic book and have some observations.

    Since everything manifests from unseen energy, and because we have finite minds in an infinite universe, it stands to reason that there are energies and “goings-on” that we would know nothing about.

    We can’t see electricity, but we know how it works. We can’t see the wind but we can see what it does.

    After a life long (35 yrs)experience of seeking meaning in my life and trying on many religions and philosophies, I have arrived at a religious perspective that works for me. My thoughts on this are that if something is “true” then it should fit in with all other “truths”. Sciences, religions, philosophies, and any other discipline that helps build our reality construct. In other words, there should be some consistency across the board.

    As an example, I was uncomfortabe with Christianity because it would have our “father” burning us, “his children” in hell and in my mind that is child abouse and we should be calling Child Protective Services (as it’s called in California). It just isn’t a good way to treat anyone, no matter who you are.

    Because of my life-long seeking for truth and because of some personal, spiritual experiences, I have been “called” ( almost dragged)into a type of paganism that makes sense to me. Within this venue, I am constantly growing and learning about these unknown energies Bruce talks about.

    Having had some intense experiences during meditations, I have become more “attuned” to some of these more ethereal concepts and energies, and have begun to have the type of experiences that, in the past, I thought were pretty “airy fairy” as I called them when they happened to someone else.

    A long story short, my life led me to interact with a man that had really bad energy. That night “it” visited me in my bed. I’ll pass, on a long desciption of that energy. Needless to say, if I hadn’t had some experience and knowledge, I would have thought this was my experience or emotions or whatever, but I knew it was him. It took me 3 days to get that incredibly dark and ugly and overwhelming energy off of me.

    Also, had I not gained some “powers” in meditation, I would not have been able to get rid of it, as I ended up using a “gift” I was given in meditation. Being new at this skill of using other- worldy gifts and knowledge, it took me a few days to figure it out, and then the approach I used worked “like magic”. That’s what magic is….simply using “not your 5 senses” to “see” reality and use it to your liking or beneift.

    Nothing magical about it really, just quantum mechanics.

    I had to start looking at the gifts I had been given and make the connection before I could use this particular gift. At first, it is all very confusing, but once you start looking at it the right way, with practice it becomes a natural way of being in the world and much more powerful than simple consciousness.

    The “other worlds” are not verifiable by our way of looking at this one, because our 5 senses are phsically in this world. The reason you experienced the black column is because, first, your mind had been opened to the possibility and second, you were sleeping–sleep being one of the doors to the astral worlds.

    Some of my most profound learning and occult type of discoveries happen when I am on the verge of sleep.

    As far as protection in being part of a church. One must not confuse religion with doctrine. Putting the “truth in a box” aside, one is then aligning with the positive energy and power that is amassed within the group.

    I could go into great depths about these three points, taking someone’s word for it, protection in church and whether your dream experiences are hallucinations or not, but I’ll not unless you wish more dialog about them.

    As a seeker, I did not have any personal contact with the divine until I was led to paganism. It was my first time and was very profound. They call it the awakening….very intense.

    Suddenly, every aspect of your exeriences… of your whole life suddenly falls into place and makes perfect sense. But you can’t explain it with words. You have to experience it. It’s not faith, it’s KNOWING. Because they are THERE. Helping you. Answering your questions, guiding you and giving you gifts.

    I can explain these weird ideas to your great satisfaction if you like.

    Thanks for all of your great work. Check out my website goddesstryarts.com.

    I was led to this, my calling, by my spiritual experiences….an assignment, if you will. It’s not a pagan site…it is more of an educational site that teaches women about themselves and their relationships, obligations and powers(i.e. men are not broken). It could, however, lead them to discover the pagan spiritual way of being in the world. There is a sort of connection.
    Check it out.
    I would also really appreciate any constructive criticism of my site.

    Thanks again,
    Vickie

  3. katie says:

    your an awsome guy robert bruce i heard you on coast to coast am and you had some very insightful things and advice like the running water and the frankensense thankyou

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