Yes, Stillness-Movement and the GOT sets which are part of the system are surprisingly efficient, aren't they?
So, I've been practicing GOT1, GOT2, and the sequential activation. It is a wonderful godsend. Before, I was extremely impacted by my environment. Now, though, I can actually sleep easily without all of the crazy things that would happen during the night over the past few years. It's wonderful; the first time in 5 years I have been able to sleep without disturbances.
It's so much better that I am almost feeling remiss to press forward with some questions. Even so, I do want to know about shielding. My reasoning is from the past few days. I had been at a retail job for 8 hours on a register; the only means I know to limit being impacted by my environment is to be somewhat spacey---as Spotless said, it raises the vibration. It seems to limit how others could influence or pull me. Despite that, at the end of the day I still felt somewhat depleted and my practice felt decidedly different.
Granted, it was 8 hours and that is to be expected. But, again, the next day, myself and my dad went to visit a pawn shop out of curiosity---both because it was well-known in the region and on the road toward home. Anyways, that was a very educational experience. In my mind, it was like when Swedenborg was describing strange spirits that he encountered. In particular, the spirits who "were allotted to have one vice" by the providence of God and, for some reason, it happened to be that these spirits wanted to dwell in the stuff of stale urine and feculence. That was the level of difference between my vibration and the vibration of this super-pawn shop. (Cops and security cameras everywhere, the store radio playing "Bleed the freak"---at least that's what I think the radio hosts called it). And it was a very energetically unpleasant place to be.
So, if it is possible to do shielding in a way that allows me to be a bit more presented-minded and guarded from things that I find in the environment, it would be good.
First, and for emphasis, the spirit realm isn't an amusement park. Simply avoid places which are energetically unpleasant and do not seek out ghosts, demons, aliens, monsters, vampires, zombies, Cthulhu or Beelzebub (just to name a few...) Seriously.
Second, you have it backwards -- being in a shifted state (the "spacey" forced higher-vibrational state you mention) is not natural or healthy and actually increases your interaction with your energetic environment rather than reducing it. You shouldn't try to maintain such a state -- over time and with steady & consistent practice, your vibrational energy will continue to rise and to grow naturally. Over time, you will find that you naturally are spending more time in a shifted state, and will learn to walk with one foot in the mundane and one in the energetic. There is nothing about Stillness-Movement, however, that is forced and trying to maintain an expanded and "spacey" energy-body is not what you need to be doing. Instead, spend more time on the closing movement ("Salute to Master Wang") which ends both GOT I & GOT II and practice resting in stillness with gentle awareness on dantien. This is a grounding & centering process which will help to draw in that expanded energy-body. This not only strengthens you but it has the side effect of making you less noticeable from an energetic standpoint (both to the customers you deal with at work and any spirits you accidentally come across). Again, don't seek out such places!
As we practice Stillness-Movement and the GOT qigong sets which are part of that system, we become increasingly clear and radiant. We naturally begin to attract attention to ourselves. We (all of us) are naturally equipped, though, with what an engineer might think of as a "high-pass filter" which helps to block low-frequency energies while allowing higher frequencies to pass through. We are just generally unaware of it. By gently placing awareness on that extant component of our energy-body (for lack of a better description), we can "light it up" and reinforce it. This can be helpful for reducing unwanted attention and for reducing the impingement upon us of "sick qi" -- thereby reducing the likelihood illnesses, which is especially important for the active healer. I'll send you a PM later today with a little more info regarding "shielding."
DISCLAIMER: I am not speaking for Michael here or claiming to represent the system or lineage with this post -- I am trying to share some of my own understanding. Michael or some other more experienced practitioner of this system may very well come along soon to correct what I have said here. In fact, I hope someone within the lineage does so as I always look forward to learning opportunities.
EDIT: Looks like Michael and I were typing at the same time! Funny how that works, eh?
EDIT 2: Added word "contrived" in third paragraph to emphasize distinction between resting in that state as a result of consistent practice and holding that state for protracted periods by willpower.
Edited by Brian, 01 March 2016 - 10:27 AM.