A Poem For Self-Protection: Invoking Your Personal Safety When You Are Stressed

“There is no greater illusion than fear,

no greater wrong than preparing to defend yourself,
no greater misfortune than having an enemy.

Whoever can see through all fear
will always be safe.”

 ~ Lao Tzu (c.604 – 531 B.C.)

When was the last time you felt unsafe?

Was it when you were bullied in high school for being different?

Was it alone in a dark alley on the way home?

Was it in broad daylight in the midst of a crowd?

Or, is it something that is always with you, like an uncomfortable attachment, due to your skin color, age, gender, health status, religion, disability, or sexuality?

We have all felt unsafe at one point or another.

But, what about those times when you feel so overwhelmed by constant fear that it prevents you from living your best life?

On a physical level, our “stress hormone” known as cortisol gets activated when we are stressed. In addition, another hormone, called adrenaline, is our “fight or flight” hormone. They’re meant to be used on a short-term basis. But, when there’s an eternal cascade of stress hormones, due to constant stress, it drains our beautiful adrenals. This directly results in adrenal fatigue, or even a belly bulge that won’t respond to exercise and diet (especially if it’s the only thing on you that is bulging, and you’re not pregnant). You may also start to shallowly breathe, which limits the oxygen going to your brain and the rest of your body. When there’s less oxygen going to the brain and body, performance at work and in life suffers. The stress that constant fear brings can also lower the immune system, raise blood pressure, and effect your sleep patterns.

On mental and emotional levels, enduring constant stress makes you more susceptible to panic attacks, you may have less mental clarity, your short term memory is shot, and you may operate from a place of victimhood, which limits how you move through the world, since you end up taking less risks towards the things that bring you joy. Because of this, you end up not reaching for the kind of life you really want to create. This can easily lead to anxiety and depression. Your emotions may be very much on the surface, where you are susceptible to crying easily, or bursting into anger, at the drop of a hat. On the opposite extreme, you may feel apathetic towards the situation, and numb towards your own feelings. And, when you’re disconnected from your feelings and who you are, you don’t make the most sound decisions.

On an energetic and spiritual level, living in constant concern of personal safety is a warning to your spiritual body, particularly your Root Chakra. Since this is the first chakra in your body’s system, totally based on your existence in the world, and the primal needs of food, water, shelter, and tribe, survival instincts will be triggered. People in this mode live in constant fear that they will not survive, whether it be because they do not have enough food to eat, a family or tribe to depend on (remember that our ancestors back in the day equated being ostracized or abandoned from the tribe with death, since that was the case back then), or other threat to their existence. When we move through life with deep fear, our vibration becomes more dense, and since we attract those who vibrate at the same level as we do, we also attract others who vibrate with lower vibrations. Not the best company to keep! In addition, for those who can see auras, your aura may appear dark or cloudy, have holes in certain vulnerable areas that create easy access for denser energies, look like spikes in other areas, or may be very shallow and close to the body by a few inches (vs. a more radiant, healthy aura that extends outward about 4-5 feet from the body).

Acupuncture and Reiki are very effective on stress and anxiety, as are breathing exercises, crystal work, essential oil therapy, smudging your personal and living/work space, cultivating mindfulness, and eating foods that soothe the liver (since in Chinese Medicine, our Liver Qi gets stagnated when we’re stressed, and being that it’s in control of the smooth flow of Qi in the body, that could pose a problem to the physical and spiritual bodies), among some helpful methods!

When we feel unsafe, we must cultivate our inner strength and personal protection.

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There are many ways to do this physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.

Personally, when I feel the need to protect myself, I invoke it.

Sometimes it’s in the form of meditation, prayer, affirmations, Reiki, calling in my Team of Light (such as Spirit Guides, Angels, Ascended Masters, Ancestors, and others), or whatever I feel is fitting at that time.

The following is a non-denominational poem/meditation/prayer/invocation/love note that I wanted to share with you. (I used to think that Angels and Archangels were linked to specific religions, but I’ve since learned that they are non-denominational light beings.)

Read this aloud, with your hand over your heart and/or belly, and envision yourself in a radiant blue or purple light. May it help you feel more empowered, protected, and grounded in your power.


Poem of Self-Protection


I breathe in Light.

I exhale fear.

I breathe in Strength.

I exhale anxiety.

I breathe in Self-Love and resilience.

I exhale pain.

I send love to those who have felt my pain.

And, I am grateful for the love that flows towards me.


I ask the Light to surround me.

I ask the Light to flow through me.

I ask the Light to heal me.

I open my Heart to the Uni-verse.

And, I ask to be protected from those who may not wish me well.


I call forth my Ancestors,

My Spirit Guides,

My Angels,

My Elementals,

Ascended Masters,

Including Archangel Michael of the First Ray.


Surround me in your protective Light.

Guide me towards the path of ease and flow.

Direct me to high vibrational people, places, things, and opportunities.

Help me radiate my truth in the most authentic way possible.

And, may I be safe while doing so.


Archangel Michael, protect me before,

Protect me behind,

Protect me on the left,

Protect me on the right,

Protect me above,

Protect me below,

Protect me, protect me, wherever I go.


Give me the strength to stand in my power

Help me release my negative thinking and fear

Remove all energy that doesn’t belong to me from my aura

And, sever all psychic ties in the past week (month, year, lifetime).


I stand in my Light

For, I am a column of Light

Connecting the Heavens and the Earth

Surrounded by an egg of white and electric blue

Allowing all light vibrations in

And, keeping all denser vibrations out.

I am grounded in the Earth.

My strength is unmovable.


And so it is.


What is your favorite poem or invocation for personal safety and protection?
Please share it with us in the comments, below!


May you be safe,



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  1. Christina
    July 14, 2016

    I love your poem! I think I will repeat it often. I also think it could be a good one for travel, especially nervous fliers. I actually just shared this with a few friends who actually are very nervous fliers in the hope that this will calm them and get them in a more positive mindset.

    • Margarita Alcantara, M.S.Ac., L.Ac., Reiki Master/Teacher
      July 14, 2016

      So glad you loved the poem, Christina! What a great idea to invoke it when you’re nervous about flying. Speaking of which, happy and safe travels to you this week!



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