Friday, November 28, 2014

Accidental awareness or alien abduction?

Could a patient who awakens during surgery later believe that they had been abducted by aliens ?

The idea that alien abductions might actually relate to instances of patients regaining consciousness during medical operations was put forward by Columbia University psychoanalyst David V. Forrest in his 2008 book Alien Abduction: A Medical Hypothesis.

Abductees frequently recall being examined while lying on an operating table, something that could be connected to latent memories of a prior surgical procedure.

One of the best known alien abduction cases was that of Barney and Betty Hill who believed they had been taken aboard an extraterrestrial spacecraft after being abducted in 1961.


'Bermuda Triangle' in Transylvanian forest

A notorious area of woodland in Romania has been home to countless tales of paranormal phenomena.

When it comes to stories of a supernatural persuasion the enigmatic region of Transylvania in Romania is most commonly associated with vampires, yet the Hoia Baciu forest situated outside the city of Cluj Napoca is perhaps even more notorious for its reputation as the world's most haunted forest.

For years this area of woodland has been home to so many tales of the unexplained that it has become unofficially known as the "Bermuda Triangle of Transylvania."

Thursday, November 27, 2014

3 Steps to Connect With Your Spirit Guide

We all have at least one spirit guide -- a formerly human soul assigned to be our earthly tutor to impress inspiration within us, to support us in decision making and to collaborate with us in creative endeavors. Do you know your guide(s)? If not, here is one process through which to engage, connect and communicate with this nurturing and protective spiritual presence.

1. Select a name. Our spirit guides are typically not souls known to us in this lifetime. In order to personalize the relationship with our "spiritual cheerleaders" it is helpful to think of this presence as an ally and companion. You would call any other friend by their name, so why not your spirit guide? You can select your spirit guide's name one of two ways: impulsively or contemplatively. If impulsively, go with the very first name that pops into your head -- regardless of gender (and remember that a great many names are suitable for use by both sexes). If contemplatively, you may wish to invest more time in sensing the spirit energy around you -- does it feel more masculine or feminine? Are you feeling pulled to a particular name from your past, an ancestor perhaps? Or maybe the first name of someone you'd like to honor that has passed on, such as a teacher or friend. Whatever you do, select only ONE name for your guide.


Map of ‘Haunted’ Homes Is Landlords’ Nightmare in Japan

Wherever there are houses haunted by misfortune, Teru Oshima wants to hear about it.

Mr. Oshima has built one of Japan’s most popular real-estate websites by compiling an online map showing properties with histories of ghastly events. In Japan, that is valuable information: Landlords often give a discount to renters willing to take property that has a stigma.
Take a cramped three-story apartment building in northern Tokyo that has had more than its share of unhappy news, including a drunken brawl in 2006 that took the life of a construction worker who was hit with a beer bottle.

Mr. Oshima gives that building three fire icons, one for each unnatural death that took place on its premises. “The fire icon is partly inspired by the Michelin stars,” he said. “This one would be a three-star property.”

His website meticulously maps out such properties, making it both a landlord’s nightmare and the go-to online address for bargain hunters and superstitious Japanese who prefer to stay away from past troubles. While religion doesn’t play a major role in the everyday life of most Japanese, much of the nation’s folklore is rooted in the Shinto, Buddhist and even Christian traditions.

Fears about the dead are very much alive.


America's scariest motel is haunted... by hundreds of clowns

Just off Highway 95, about halfway between Las Vegas and Reno, lies the sleepy desert town of Tonopah. For many, the town is just another oasis to fuel up in the middle of the desert, but one building at the edge of town offers more than just gasoline... it offers nightmare fuel. Tremble in fear at the most terrifying motel in the world: The Clown Motel.

Once a booming, goldmining hotspot with a population of over 50,000, Tonopah now houses just around 2,500 people, most of whom work for the local military test range. As the town numbers dwindled, Tonopah became less of a must-stop and more of a pit-stop, a place travelers would find themselves in the middle of the night, not wanting to drive another 70 miles to the nearest town. Imagine, if you will, being that weary traveler, rolling into town at midnight to discover that the only vacancy in town is within the confines of the Clown Motel. Dear God.

Not only is the lobby filled with hundreds of menacing clowns, but each and every room is clown themed as well. On each of the walls are hung portraits of famous clowns, from Bozo to Pagliacci, their soulless eyes intent on watching your every move from their faux-gold frames.


Florida Schools Allow Bibles So Satanic Temple Hands Out Coloring Books

Though the board discussed reversing the policy on Thursday, it won't vote on the matter until early next year.

The policy allows groups to hand out Bibles and some atheist pamphlets, and the Satanic Temple decided to start handing out its own materials about Satanism to make sure that students are exposed to various beliefs.


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Denmark's Only Exorcist Is Rather Busy-- an interview

Lars Messerschmidt is ​Denmark's only exorcist.

While you're busy going to school or getting drunk, he's out there fighting Satan and saving people from a life of demonic possession.

Though Denmark is ​officially a Christ​ian country, there has been a ​massive decrease in true God-fea​ring believers as of late.

This has—at least according to Lars—put Denmark on Satan's top friends list.

​Being curious, we sought him out for a chat and he invited us to his apartment in one of Copenhagen's older neighborhoods, Bredgade. The apartment's Gothic architectural style seemed very apt given our topic of conversation. Once up the winding staircase, he sat us in his living room on a low leather couch completely surrounded by religious paraphernalia. He poured us a cup of coffee and we had a little talk about his profession and how he saves folks from a life of fiddling themselves with a crucifix.

Man Says He Wrongly Confessed to Murder After Undergoing 'Exorcism'

A man claims he was under a sort of exorcism when he confessed to killing a fellow member of a religious group in Kansas City, Missouri, whose death was originally ruled a suicide.

The body of Bethany Deaton was found Oct. 30, 2012, in the back seat of her minivan with the doors locked and a note inside. 

"My name is Bethany Deaton. I chose this evil thing," the note read, according to court documents. "I did it because I wouldn't be a real person and what is the point of living if it is too late for that? I wish I had chosen differently a long time ago. I knew it all and refused to listen. Maybe Jesus will still save me." 

Deaton, 27, was a member of a religious group called the International House of Prayer, which was led by her husband, Tyler Deaton. A few weeks after her death, Micah Moore, another member of the group, confessed to her slaying. 

Exorcism Exposé: A look at the most famous twentieth century exorcism-- the inspiration for The Exorcist

The spirit of the story is always the same, but the specifics are all over the place.

You know The Exorcist? It happened at Saint Louis University.

It happened in DuBourg Hall. On the fourth floor, in a room that has been sealed off for years.

A light is kept on in the room, still. The door is only unlocked to change the light bulb. There's a bloody handprint on one of the walls. A giant cage.


No, it wasn't in DuBourg. It was Verhaegen Hall. It was the College Church basement. Jesuit Hall.

In hushed tones, upperclassmen tell the story to freshmen during their first days on campus, or maybe once the air turns cold in the fall. New employees hear about it, too, especially if they end up in one of the infamous locations.

A University legend at this point, the story includes its share of error, exaggeration and fabrication. Here is the real story.

Possession Obsession
"Without a doubt, the topic I'm asked about most frequently is the exor­cism," said John Waide. "I get more requests around Halloween, but it's a popular question year-round."

Waide (A&S '73) has worked at Pius XII Memorial Library for 40 years and was the University archivist for more than two decades. He knows SLU history forwards and backwards. So it's a little unsettling when he begins the story of the 1949 exorcism by acknowledging, "There are dozens of versions of what happened."

Don't even think about consulting William Peter Blatty's 1971 book The Exorcist or the 1973 film it became. The version Waide puts the most stock in is Thomas B. Allen's Possessed: The True Story of an Exorcism, a historical account based on two primary sources: a detailed diary kept by Raymond Bishop, S.J., who assisted during the rite, and lengthy interviews with Walter Halloran, S.J., another assistant who was one of the last living eyewitnesses to the exorcism.

On a gray, stormy afternoon last fall, Allen visited Saint Louis University to headline "The St. Louis Exorcism of 1949" discussion hosted by University libraries special collections and the office of mission and ministry. Waide, John Padberg, S.J., a Jesuit historian and scholar, and Paul Stark, S.J., vice pres­ident for mission and ministry, rounded out the panel and provided historical and ecclesial context for the events of early 1949. A crowd of more than 700 spilled into the stacks at Pius Library, and the panel members held them in thrall as they recounted the story.

Jesuits on Exorcism

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Priest performs exorcism on child caught up in portal to hell

Whether you're a believer or not, religious experts say exorcisms are happening more and more.

Pope Francis often speaks about the devil in his morning homilies, and he did so again today ahead of the All Saints Day and All Souls Day.

"This generation, and many others, have been led to believe that the devil is a myth, a figure, an idea, the idea of evil. But the devil exists and we must fight against him," the Pope told faithful gathered for Mass at St. Martha's guesthouse where he resides.

This year, the Vatican dedicated a group of 250 priests from around the world to perform the ancient rite of casting out demons. The Vatican's chief exorcist told a Vatican newspaper that he has cast out as many as 70,000 demons.

Catholics describe exorcism as the eternal battle between good and evil and a fight for souls on earth. To them, it is a spiritual war where demons possess the living, giving them dark powers.

"Demons are fallen angels, evil spirits," said Sister Madeline Grace. "The devil is using their physical powers in ways they never had before."

Exorcism is a topic that many Catholic priests will not talk about, but one in Gary, Indiana, spoke to Eyewitness News.

Priest Mike Maginot is at the center of one of the most documented cases of demon possession and exorcism in recent history.

In April 2012, Maginot got a frantic call about a 9-year-old boy. His two siblings and his mother were tormented by demon spirits coming from their basement.

"This was different. It all started when they moved into that house," Maginot said.

He says behind the stairs was a portal to Hell.

5 Things People Believe About Demons, Exorcisms and The Spirit World

The ancient Celts believed that in late October, on the night that marked the end of the summer season, the boundaries between the living and the dead blurred and ghosts returned to walk on the earth.

Two thousand years later, the spirit world is just as real and tangible to many people of faith -- and not just on Halloween.

A spirit is a supernatural being or essence, seen in some religions as existing separately from the supreme being, or God. Other religions think of spirits simply as different manifestations of God.
There’s a tendency among skeptics to discredit the belief in spirits, according to Rabbi Bradley Hirschfield, the co-founder and editor of TheWisdomDaily.com. But he cautions against this, saying that the line between the spiritual and the physical is an “artificial contrivance at best.”

“There are forces in the world unknown to us that impact what we do, and the uncovering and taming of them is sometimes done with Prozac, sometimes with talk therapy, and sometimes with prayer,” Hirschfield told The Huffington Post. “They’re all doing the same eternal human thing: Trying to cast out whatever bars us from being what we’re called to be.”

Here are some truly fascinating beliefs about spirits, across a variety of faiths: