Okay. Spend a bit of time in a supermax prison, a drug detox, or working on a mental health team and get back to me about the amazing powers of 'love' as a block to negative and disturbing energy! And isn't that 'love' your form of a shield, in any case?
Why you have bought into the false dichotomy of 'love' v 'fear' - which was 'channeled' by a woman who later disavowed the work and rued the publication of it, and died depressed and some say insane - beats me. But that's another question; it has infiltrated the social psyche pretty thoroughly by now, at any rate.
It also bothers me that you have to put down others' beliefs and practices, and yet remain so steadfastly ignorant of what those practices may be, or why they were instigated in the first place.
Jesus Christ, who was no slouch himself when it came to emanating and understanding the power of love, used the form of protection we call prayer.
If you want to not shield, not pray for protection, not visualise the light of the Holy Spirit surrounding you, etc- that's fine. If that works foryou, that's good.But please afford others the same respect and courtesy of allowing them their beliefs.
I know many people I respect who no longer shield. Good for them. I am ancient, long aware of my empath thing, and reasonably well-versed in various suggested practices, and haveheard both sides of the shield/not shield discussion many a time. And yet I have still not 'moved on from it' - after an experimental yearwhere I was shamed into not using my light protection, and really learnt why it is better for me to protect. And if you went into some of the environments I visit, you (unshielded) would most likely keel over and die on the spot, with stark white hair!
To each their own, Bruce. Perhaps be grateful you are less...er...sensitive, than some.