There seems to be an ongoing debate in the paranormal community about Demons. Some say they are real and others do not. When I started out in this field in 2006 I read testimonies by people like Dr. Dave Oester (International Ghost Hunters Society) claiming that there are no such things as Demons.
A common trait I have noticed that many of these people share, is they don`t even know anything about the topic of Demons and demonic activity. Whether it`s out of fear of the unknown or just complete ignorance, I`m not entirely sure.
In my early years of training and education, I took their word for it. I have to honestly say that in the first few years of my paranormal education I had not seen anything demonic and my official stance on the subject that I would tell others would be "I have not seen any concrete evidence to support the existence of Hell or Demons."
That all began to change however in 2010.
After suffering some health issues, I was speaking with Shaman Healer John Livingston who informed me that I had some spiritual attachments that were the cause of my ailments. He went on to say that some were demonic. It`s important to say also that around this same time my girlfriend at the time and myself were being awakened during the night to see shadow apparitions standing in the doorway to our bedroom, and we also experienced what we thought was our cat jumping on our bed, but when we would reach down to pet her, she wasn`t there. In fact she was in the other room when we would get up and check.
At the advice of John, I had him perform a cleansing on me, my girlfriend, and our apartment. Turns out that not only did I have demonic attachments, but there were 3 ghosts living in our big walk in closet of our bedroom. All the activity stopped and immediately I began to see signs of my health stabilizing.
Now although I wasn`t completely convinced of the existence of Demons even after this, I did begin to open my mind a bit and believe that perhaps there is more to this whole Demon thing than I originally thought. But it wasn`t until a few months later that I would find myself face to face with Demons.
In September of 2010 our team here at the Paranormal Research Alliance was called in to investigate a private residence that was plagued with ghostly activity. You can read this story here ` A Happy Ending Haunting `. In this investigation that lasted three weeks, we concluded that there were ghosts in this location and I began performing a cleansing to re-establish the white light and assist the ghosts to move on into the light. If you read that story you will see that the activity did not stop there. In fact it increased and became violent.
Not only was whatever was occupying this location attacking the residents of this home, but the attacks even turned on two of our team members as well.
As you read that story you will see that it was determined that it was Demons occupying this home. Not only were they occupying it, but there was a portal that was allowing new Demons in to replace the ones I would exorcize. It wasn`t until I closed the portal that the activity finally stopped.
This experience changed me. From that point on I knew that Demons DO exist, and anyone that does not believe so simply has never experienced what I have.
In the paranormal community, I run into a person here and there that do not believe in the existence of Demons and some that are very adamant about it.
Contrary to their beliefs, Demons are real and they do exist.
I don`t care who in the paranormal community chooses not to believe this, they are wrong.
I know this first hand. If they didn`t exist, do you think we would have so many Demonologists out there that show evidence of the contrary?
Now when I`m talking about Demons, I`m not talking about the traditional Devil that orthodox churches talk about. Even though I do now accept that Demons exist, I have yet to find any place called Hell or a Satan type character either. In fact wipe that vision completely out of your head. There is no such thing.
Demons are nothing more than cowardly little leeches that attach themselves to our energy body and drain us of our life force over time.
For more information please see Demons & Possession .
Now from what many will say is that Demons are not of human origin and have existed since the very beginning of time. Theoretically this is true. They are not deceased human spirits, but it is because of humanity that they have their origin. According to John Livingston, through his Shamanic journeys the first Demons were created as a product of negative human thought. Just like our thoughtforms can be crystallized into realistic forms, so can the production of Demons. Since the beginning of time with the first negative thought that came from the human psyche, that energy was transformed into what are known as Demons. They are a dark energy created within our minds.
You don`t believe me?
Then how do you explain the experiment conducted in the early 70`s by the Toronto Society For Psychical Research?
Here, let me tell you the story for those that have never heard it. This was featured on TV shows such as `That`s Incredible` and is talked about on many levels of paranormal research.
Here is the write up about it on the website www.about.com
Many researchers of the paranormal suspect that some ghostly
manifestations and poltergeist phenomena (objects flying through the
air, unexplained footsteps and door slammings) are products of the human
mind. To test that idea, a fascinating experiment was conducted in the
early 1970s by the Toronto Society for Psychical Research (TSPR) to see
if they could create a ghost. The idea was to assemble a group of people
who would make up a completely fictional character and then, through
séances, see if they could contact him and receive messages and other
physical phenomena - perhaps even an apparition.
THE BIRTH OF PHILIP
The TSPR, under the guidance of Dr. A.R.G. Owen, assembled a group of
eight people culled from its membership, none of whom claimed to have
any psychic gifts. The group, which became known as the Owen group,
consisted of Dr. Owen's wife, a woman who was the former chairperson of
MENSA (an organization for high-IQ people), an industrial designer, an
accountant, a housewife, a bookkeeper and a sociology student. A
psychologist named Dr. Joel Whitton also attended many of the group's
sessions as an observer.
The group's first task was to create their fictional historical
character. Together they wrote a short biography of the person they
named Philip Aylesford. Here, in part, is that biography:
Philip was an aristocratic Englishman, living in the middle 1600s
at the time of Oliver Cromwell. He had been a supporter of the King, and
was a Catholic. He was married to a beautiful but cold and frigid wife,
Dorothea, the daughter of a neighboring nobleman.
One day when out riding on the boundaries of his estates Philip
came across a gypsy encampment and saw there a beautiful dark-eyed girl
raven-haired gypsy girl, Margo, and fell instantly in love with her. He
brought her back secretly to live in the gatehouse, near the stables of
Diddington Manor - his family home.
For some time he kept his love-nest secret, but eventually
Dorothea, realizing he was keeping someone else there, found Margo, and
accused her of witchcraft and stealing her husband. Philip was too
scared of losing his reputation and his possessions to protest at the
trial of Margo, and she was convicted of witchcraft and burned at the
Philip was subsequently stricken with remorse that he had not tried
to defend Margo and used to pace the battlements of Diddington in
despair. Finally, one morning his body was found at the bottom of the
battlements, whence he had cast himself in a fit of agony and remorse.
The Owen group even enlisted the artistic talents of one of its
members to sketch a portrait of Philip. With their
creation's life and appearance now firmly established in their minds,
the group began the second phase of the experiment: contact.
THE SÉANCES BEGIN
In September 1972, the group began their "sittings" - informal
gatherings in which they would discuss Philip and his life, meditate on
him and try to visualize their "collective hallucination" in more
detail. These sittings, conducted in a fully lit room, went on for about
a year with no results. Some members of the group occasionally claimed
they felt a presence in the room, but there was no result they could
consider any kind of communication from Philip.
So they changed their tactics. The group decided they might have
better luck if they attempted to duplicate the atmosphere of a classic
spiritualist séance. They dimmed the room's lights, sat around a table,
sang songs and surrounded themselves with pictures of the type of castle
they imagined Philip would have lived in, as well as objects from that
It worked. During one evening's séance, the group received its first
communication from Philip in the form of a distinct rap on the table.
Soon Philip was answering questions asked by the group - one rap for
yes, two for no. They knew it was Philip because, well, they asked him.
The sessions took off from there, producing a range of phenomena that
could not be explained scientifically. Through the table-rapping
communication, the group was able to learn finer details about Philip's
life. He even seemed to exhibit a personality, conveying his likes and
dislikes, and his strong views on various subjects, made plain by the
enthusiasm or hesitancy of his knockings. His "spirit" was also able to
move the table, sliding it from side to side despite the fact that the
floor was covered with thick carpeting. At times it would even "dance"
on one leg.
PHILIP'S LIMITATIONS AND POWER
That Philip was a creation of the group's collective imagination was
evident in his limitations. Although he could accurately answer
questions about events and people of his time period, it did not appear
to be information that the group was unaware of. In other words,
Philip's responses were coming from their subconscious - their own
minds. Some members thought they heard whispers in response to
questions, but no voice was ever captured on tape.
Philip's psychokinetic powers, however, were amazing and completely
unexplained. If the group asked Philip to dim the lights, they would dim
instantly. When asked to restore the lights, he would oblige. The table
around which the group sat was almost always the focal point of
peculiar phenomena. After feeling a cool breeze blow across the table,
they asked Philip if he could cause it to start and stop at will. He
could and he did. The group noticed that the table itself felt different
to the touch whenever Philip was present, having a subtle electric or
"alive" quality. On a few occasions, a fine mist formed over the center
of the table. Most astonishing, the group reported that the table would
sometimes be so animated that it would rush over to meet latecomers to
the session, or even trap members in the corner of the room.
The climax of the experiment was a séance conducted before a live
audience of 50 people. The session was also filmed as part of a
television documentary. Fortunately, Philip was not stage shy and
performed above expectations. Besides table rappings, other noises
around the room and making lights blink off and on, the group actually
attained a full levitation of the table. It rose only a half inch above
the floor, but this incredible feat was witnessed by the group and the
film crew. Unfortunately, the dim lighting prevented the levitation from
being captured on the film.
Although the Philip experiment gave the Owen group far more than they
ever imagined possible, it was never able to attain one of their
original goals - to have the spirit of Philip actually materialize.
The Philip experiment was so successful that the Toronto organization
decided to try it again with a completely different group of people and
a new fictional character. After just five weeks, the new group
established "contact" with their new "ghost," Lilith, a French Canadian
spy. Other similar experiments conjured up such entities as Sebastian, a
medieval alchemist and even Axel, a man from the future. All of them
were completely fictional, yet all produced unexplained communication
through their unique raps.
Recently, a Sydney, Australia group attempted a similar test with
"the Skippy Experiment." The six participants created the story of
Skippy Cartman, a 14-year-old Australian girl. The group reports that
Skippy communicated with them through raps and scratching sounds.
What are we to make of these incredible experiments? While some would
conclude that they prove that ghosts don't exist, that such things are
in our minds only, others say that our unconscious could be responsible
for this kind of the phenomena some of the time. They do not (in fact,
cannot) prove that there are no ghosts.
Another point of view is that even though Philip was completely
fictional, the Owen group really did contact the spirit world. A playful
(or perhaps demonic, some would argue) spirit took the opportunity of
these séances to "act" as Philip and produce the extraordinary
psychokinetic phenomena recorded.
In any case, the experiments proved that paranormal phenomena are
quite real. And like most such investigations, they leave us with more
questions than answers about the world in which we live. The only
certain conclusion is that there is much to our existence that is still
In this experiment paranormal activity occurred by a non existent being. There was no Philip. This was created in the human mind and believed to be conducted through Telekinetic energy. The same type of energy that is believed to be employed in Poltergeist activity.
For years it was believed that poltergeist activity was that of a `noisy spirit`, but research in previous decades suggests that poltergeist activity may not be a ghost at all, but the product of an individual present that is troubled, traumatized, or even going through puberty.
So with this in mind, would it also seem feasible that someone could create a Demon in their mind and have it manifest? After all, it`s already been proven that negative thoughts and behavior can attract negative energy.
To all the nay sayers out there, this is something you need to consider!
For those paranormal investigators out there that are so convinced that there is no such thing as Demons, this is clear evidence that perhaps you are not looking at the big picture and it`s possibilities. Maybe you haven`t had the experience yet of dealing with one.
It`s perfectly ok for a Paranormal Investigator to personally express that they have never witnessed Demons or demonic activity. But I would avoid any Ghost Hunter/Paranormal Investigator that makes the statement that there is no such thing. This field of work is still in it`s infancy and it would be reckless for anyone in this field to feel they know all the answers.
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