Sullen Falls: A new Horror by Frank Julius Palumbo.
(Actually, from the reviews, I should call it extreme horror)
The ultimate in Horror.
Demons Among Us
At nine years old, I found myself walking to the movie theater with three of my friends to watch The Exorcist. Back in the day, the movie ushers did not care about ratings, as long as we promised to behave, we were allowed entry. We had heard that the film was so scary, that one man had actually died of a heart attack. What greater appeal to a youth who grew up with a mother that would now be called a Spiritualist. Back then, it was just mom talking to her deceased relatives as we sat around the kitchen table after a holiday meal. We would place our hands on a framed picture of the deceased, creating our own Ouija board. Of course, using the Hasbro board game was off limits and very dangerous, as my mother would say. So, being primed by my upbringing, and feeling like I had a handle on things of that nature, I wanted to get a taste of the downside of spirituality and see what could happen if you weren’t careful. Of course, whatever the movies portrayed was true, so in two hours I would become educated in demon possession. The many nights, or weeks actually, of terror I felt while lying in bed is something that has stayed with me throughout my life. (To this day, I have yet to watch that movie again, and have no plans to do so in the future). That is coming from someone who grew up with a spiritualist mother and who now writes horror. However, a part of me believes that those sleepless nights thinking that a demon would possess me, and my belief that demon possession was a real phenomenon, created a desire in me to educate myself in a variety of esoteric and not so esoteric ideas. In college, I studied Eastern philosophy and earned a degree in psychology, in addition to exploring advanced studies in Neuropsychology. I then took a two-year sabbatical in which I read every occult book I could get my hands on and began to meditate profusely. I actually became the Hermit, one of the Major Arcana of the Tarot. (Because of all the occult stuff I am into, I have been performing the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram every night for decades before I go to sleep, just to be on the safe side, LOL).
The claims of demonic possession have increased over the years, despite the advancements in Psychiatry and the increase in categorizing mental illness. Western medicine sees demonic possession as a mental disorder and diagnosis range from Schizophrenia to a host of less profound personality disorders. Why the increase? In an article written by Simone Orendain for the Catholic News Service entitled, “Wanted: More Exorcist to meet demands in the Philippines,” she stated that there has been a significant increase in demonic possession that the Archdiocese of Manila has been inundated with calls. Father Jose Francisco “Jocis” Syquia, chief exorcist at the Archdiocese of Manila Office of Exorcism, told Catholic News Service that “These days we have around 80 to 100 cases at any given time.” Father Syquia believes that the increase is demonic possession is because individuals possessed by a demonic force often seek help from practitioners of esoteric faiths, (healers and occult practitioners), which only attracts demons, bypassing the Church because of lack of exorcists. Another contributing factor is a national radio program called “Light in the Darkness” which informs people about the ‘Archdiocese of Manila Office of Exorcism’ and what it does. This has led Father Syquia to ask the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines to designate at least one exorcist to be assigned in each of the country’s 86 dioceses. This, in addition to the Vatican updating its official guidelines for performing exorcisms in 1999, originally published in 1614, has convinced some people that demonic possession is responsible for everyday and common ailments.
Spiritual Science Research Foundation – Bridging the Known and Unknown Worlds, is an organization that states its goal is to educate society on the spiritual dimension and how it affects their lives. Additionally, it boasts that it conducts research into the spiritual dimension to help people grow spiritually. The SSRF has categorized entities fond of possessing people and lists the physical symptoms of being possessed. The SSRF states that although these are common ailments, it is their persistent occurrence, regardless of medical treatment, that makes them cause for concern. These include a foul taste in the mouth, eye irritation, rashes, dry lip, mouth or throat, pinprick sensations, headaches, body ache, coughing, yawning, loss of appetite, or frequent hunger, miscarriages, making weird sounds, restlessness and being accident prone, as well as tons of other stuff. (Now I understand the present state of the world).
Additionally, the SSRF states that some possessions can manifest supernatural powers and speak in tongues or in a different language. The unusual display of talent, such as music or dancing, can also be indicative of possession. And don’t forget about levitation, which is a feat that has eluded me, (except when I am out of my body, then it is quiet easy).
The below chart illustrates a hierarchy of entities that can possess and/or influence an individual. Listed also, is the probability that that particular entity would be the entity possessing a person. Interestingly enough, the SSRF states that there is a Master Guru, called the Subtle Sorcerer. This entity can be likened to a mirror image of Christ Consciousness of which (I believe) humanity is destined to evolve to. The master sorcerer commands other entities to do its bidding, thus the 0% probability of it possessing an individual. (Also the term ‘Witch’ is not to be associated with the practice of paganism or Wicca. Again, this could be interpreted to be the mirror image of an individual who has mastered the practice, wishing to bring only good into the world.)
Black Serpent 10%
Witches (evil) 2%
Master Sorcerers 0%
The above chart shows the hierarchy of entities intent on possession, and the probability of that entity possessing you if you were possessed.
SSRF also details each of the above entities. Below are the characteristics of demons, (which comprise 50% of the possessions) and the traits of a demon possession.
The SSRF states that demons prefer to live in dark solitary places like rooftops, caves, and attics. People suffering from a demon possession often have temper tantrums such as stomping feet, and throwing objects and walk with a shuffling gait. People possessed by demons are often arrogant and short tempered and are lethargic. If attacked, the person may growl. Also, they may experience being touched or pushed while sleeping.
I must give the SSRF credit for approaching this subject. They attempt to explore and categorize scientifically the seemingly uncharted area of malignant entities bent of causing a vast amount of damage to the human population. Some of the classifications of creatures come from what they call Subtle Vision, or the sixth-sense. The individuals who have developed their sixth-sense can see the entity, identify it, draw a picture of it and then offer treatment. Additionally, the SSRF takes into account the false positives, which they state can account for some of their data. However, the SSRF has a ranking system of spirituality, and those people who have a higher status as spiritual practitioners, hold more creditability when it comes to identifying the creature.
Richard Gallagher, a board-certified psychiatrist and a professor of clinical psychiatry at New York Medical College, was approached by a Catholic priest in the late 80’s. The priest asked for his professional opinion on a female associate who suffered from some alignment. The female was a practicing Satanist and self-proclaimed high priestess. Richard Gallagher, approaching her maladies from a clinical perspective stated, “She knew how individuals she’d never known had died, including my mother and her fatal case of ovarian cancer. Six people later vouched to me that, during her exorcisms, they heard her speaking multiple languages, including Latin, completely unfamiliar to her outside of her trances. This was not psychosis; it was what I can only describe as paranormal ability. I concluded that she was possessed.”
This is a Yale-educated psychiatrist who became convinced that the individual he was attempting to diagnose was possessed by a demon. This to me is incredible, being proficient in the field of Neuropsychology, I can see how this phenomenon could explain the present state of Humanity. People without a spiritual base, (and I am not talking about religion which I believe has caused more death and destruction than natural disasters), are more susceptible to the influences of demons and their brethren. Remember my past article, Meditation and Neuroplasticity, where I showed that mindfulness or the practice of being aware of the Divinity within yourself causes physical changes in the brain. Perhaps these changes prevent and aid the spiritually inclined individual to resist the influences of demons and that some of our monkey minded friends allow easy access for a demon to find comfort in. This could explain how today’s masses show no compassion, lack altruistic behavior and seek only to self-gratify, caring for themselves more so than for their family or a stranger in need.
The phenomenon of demonic possession is real. What the demons actually are is another matter. My earlier articles point to the culprit, which is plain to see.
Richard Gallagher continued, “But I believe I’ve seen the real thing. Assaults upon individuals are classified either as “demonic possessions” or as the slightly more common but less intense attacks usually called “oppressions.” A possessed person may suddenly, in a type of trance, voice statements of astonishing venom and contempt for religion, while understanding and speaking various foreign languages previously unknown to them. The subject might also exhibit enormous strength or even the extraordinarily rare phenomenon of levitation. (I have not witnessed a levitation myself, but half a dozen people I work with vow that they’ve seen it in the course of their exorcisms.) He or she might demonstrate “hidden knowledge” of all sorts of things — like how a stranger’s loved ones died, what secret sins she has committed, even where people are at a given moment. These are skills that cannot be explained except by special psychic or preternatural ability.”
Anthropologists have agreed that all cultures have depicted some form of demonic possession, with often similar traits and characteristics being displayed by the person possessed. This can only add to the credibility of the phenomenon. With the evidence at hand and even barring the secretive practice of exorcisms, we can only conclude that something mysterious is going on. Richard Gallagher added, “One cannot force these creatures to undergo lab studies or submit to scientific manipulation; they will also hardly allow themselves to be easily recorded by video equipment, as skeptics sometimes demand. (The official Catholic Catechism holds that demons are sentient and possess their own wills; as they are fallen angels, they are also craftier than humans. That’s how they sow confusion and seed doubt, after all.) Nor does the church wish to compromise a sufferer’s privacy, any more than doctors want to compromise a patient’s confidentiality.”
We can see that the demon is a sentient entity, smart, intelligent, and weary of being discovered as a real creature, capable of possessing, influencing, and causing general suffering in the human population. However, if you have read any of my past articles, you will know that I believe that these very real demons are a product of the human mind. Yes, they have to be treated as a separate entity, capable of all of the above dire manifestations, but in the end, they are destined for failure. Albeit, the end for me is Christ Consciousness, and I have no fear (anymore) of these creatures, yet those that suffer demonic possession may meet a different and undesirable finale.
Can we not see that the world is in need of spiritual uprising? Or shall we continue down this road to the destruction of millions with the possibility of a rogue nation launching a nuke or two? That action in and of itself will produce more of the evil creatures to seek refuge in the psyche of those effected by the disaster, who in turn are actually creating them. Rages, resentment, jealousy, all of the malicious traits humans have created these monsters. The breeding of evil is at its maximum. Primitive cultures stone to death the women of their culture, beheading and decimating others because of their status as non-believers of their faith. The cycle must end. Action is needed, for if we do nothing, the world will continue to spiral into hell. Each one of us has the ability and the power to cause a fundamental change in the collective unconscious of the planet. Each one, as their spiritual practice grows, adds their light to the whole, exposing the evil grows, both in the physical universe and in the realm beyond the veil.
Wanted: More exorcists to meet demands in the Philippines
By Simone Orendain Catholic News Service
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By Richard Gallagher July 1
Richard Gallagher is a board-certified psychiatrist and a professor of l psychiatry at New York Medical College. He is at work on a book about demonic possession in the United States.