Are shielding techniques counter productive?
Well in my experience it can be both beneficial and counter productive. On the one hand if you don't use it you leave yourself wide open and if not really prepared can really be over run with problems mentally and emotionally. This can even be harmful to your well being or at least has been so for me. Also, using them too much allows us to stay closed off and we don't learn much and foster our ability to discern and learn from differences in outside energies and discerning them from our own. This has at least been in my experience. I think like anything in life a healthy balance of using and not using it and discerning when it is appropriate is key in my opinion. Have a nice day!!!
I feel that it's effective for me because it helps me from becoming over stimulated to the point that I experience mental disorder issues (like panic and anxiety). I still feel everything, but not to the point that it's debilitating. I just do a daily protection visualization.