I had a major involve in buddism prior to get into magick, and tho it was something extremely helpful for staying in great mood and feeling extremely happy (yes, like if you were on mushrooms) I drifted towards magick for the need of manifesting other things in life beyond peace and stuff (like shelter, food, job, stuffs).
The thing is that while I was in that, the aura of peace was really powerful, even people with rage and stuff calmed down and I remember I was robed just once, two guys with knifes, I had my laptop and an old cellphone, the guys tooked the cellphone and runned away, I remember one saying “stay calm and give me all your shit” and I was like “well, I’m calm” and the guys were in an obvious rush of adrenaline, was more nervous than me, was funny… it was funny too when two days later a cop threated me with his gun thiking I had just robbed a dude, but thats another tale.
the thing is, when we talk about protecton, how things usually work is what uncle chuckie call “indirect psychokinesis” in which for example, instead of you blasting your attacker on fire at your will, some external explotion in some near kitchen gets to the guy leaving you free of danger.
Another way is that, when people are usally looking to do something dangerous either consiously or incounsiously, there is an astral command looking for an astral answer, if your aura has not the slightest response towards their “intention call” then you’ll slip away the danger.
so, magickal protection works that way, even tho I think what can seem as a miracle is also posible, and actually happens a lot if you dig around asking weird shit in parties.
anyway I say, depending in where you live (Canada or the rest of the world), a gun in our hands is always a friend, unless you have crippling depression.