b. What is the cleansing process for oneself of negative, will-based energies?
When you are in a situation where the negativity is more Will-based than Emotion-based, that is, if one or more people are not merely shooting off small negative energies, but large and extremely hostile ones and are giving you an unrelenting hard time by actively manipulating you or your circumstances, then you need to have an exorcism performed (of sorts) to invoke a positive will in a more powerful way. Another way to identify this situation is when the perpetrators are basically invoking a curse on you, that is, they want you to experience suffering and you can actually feel their hate as a palpable presence, then this is when you need to bring in the big guns-as it were. This type of negativity cannot be cleared up by using the passive or organic flame of a candle, but requires the ACTIVE WILL of a master.
Candles, sage, etc. just cannot handle a sleazy situation like this because it is a personal issue. The people who perpetuate this type of energy are of a low echelon and when they try to or succeed in squashing you, they just don't care.
You cannot battle this type of negativity on your own so you will need the help of a master, of whatever denomination that you prefer. This would be someone that is powerful enough in their spiritual development to invoke THEIR own will or their own understanding. They will take an active role in meditating on your behalf as well as using certain mantras and sutras to help cleanse you of the onslaught. Meditation can be performed with them because they will be in a state of CLEAR WILL. This has to be done in the master's own environment, a master performing at a distance my not be effective or as effective as when you are in their physical presence.
The type of person to seek out should use a minimum of specialized jargon or religious terminology; the person should be of good character but not necessarily either intellectually or emotionally sophisticated. As with most 'spiritual' people - avoid those who guarantee results and claim that they've sensed a change or given protection when you feel none yourself. Procedure should be either silent meditation, the chanting of a familiar or common prayer/mantra (Lord's Prayer, Gayatri Mantra), the use of simple geometric shapes - circle, pentacle, and a sharp, clean blade to draw the image; perhaps sacred water (Ganges, holy water) and a flame. Minimal theatrics and theatrical setting: an ordinary meditation room or chapel, not a tarted up 'sacred space'. Uniformity of image: not ecletic, half-christian, half-buddhist, half native-american - for the will to work, it's got to do just one thing - when you swim, you're not reading a book or jogging...