Obsession to many is often associated with the serious religious activity within Spiritism. Though it often happens to those that are involved in ghost hunting, paranormal studies or investigation of supernatural occurrences. There are those that many believe have had this occur to them by attending real séances or just by watching paranormal studies on television. Today we often see weak wiled individuals being taken over by forces that are unseen. Be it vampires, demons, devil's or gods or simply a ghost or elemental spirit the process is still under great skeptical and paranormal investigators personal scrutiny.
And as many paranormal investigators have stated of late in may books and DVD documentaries. They often express that they believe that there or those certain individuals today that believe the phenomena includes possession by Serial Killers, Vampires, Demons, Angels and Dimensional Shadow people and alien space beings. And that each case they come across no matter how bazaar the haunting is should be deeply investigated and documented no matter how strange the circumstances and actions of the individuals that are obsessed seem to be.
Obsession as many believe was first defined by the writings of Allan Kardec as the interference of a subjugating spirit on a weaker one and, although usually taken for granted as meaning the negative influence of the spirit of an evil deceased person on the mind of another one that is alive, can occur either way.
Allan Kardec is the pen name of the French teacher and educator Hippolyte Léon Denizard Rivail (Lyon, October 3, 1804 – Paris, March 31, 1869). He is known today as the systematizer of Spiritism for which he laid the foundation with the five books of the Spiritist Codification.
He was already in his early 50s when he became interested in the wildly popular phenomenon of spirit-tapping. At the time, strange phenomena attributed to the action of spirits were reported in many different places, most notably in the U.S. and France, attracting the attention of high society. The first such phenomena were at best frivolous and entertaining, featuring objects that moved or "tapped" under what was said to be spirit control. In some cases, this was alleged to be a type of communication: the supposed spirits answered questions by controlling the movements of objects so as to pick out letters to form words, or simply indicate "yes" or "no."
At the time, Franz Mesmer's theory of animal magnetism was popular in the upper reaches of society. When confronted with the phenomena described, some researchers, including Rivail, pointed out that animal magnetism might explain them. Rivail, however, after personally seeing a demonstration, quickly dismissed the animal-magnetism hypothesis as being insufficient to completely explain all the facts observed (see Chapters VIII and XIV in The Book on Mediums). Rivail was determined to understand exactly what was causing the physical effects popularly attributed to spirits.
The Spirits' Book (Le Livre des Esprits in original French) is part of the Spiritist Codification, and is regarded as one of the five fundamental works of Spiritism. It was published by the French educator Allan Kardec on April 18, 1857. It was the first and remains the most important spiritist book, because it addresses in first hand all questions developed subsequently by Allan Kardec.
The book is structured as a collection of questions regarding the origin of the spirits, the purpose of the life, the order of the universe, evil and good and the afterlife. Its answers, according to Kardec, were given to him by a group of spirits who identified themselves as "The Spirit of Truth", whom with he communicated with in several Spiritist sessions during the 1850s.
Kardec, who considered himself an "organizer" rather than an author, grouped the questions and their answers by theme, occasionally including lengthier digressions the spirits had dictated to him on specific subjects, some signed by philosophers such as Augustine of Hippo and Thomas of Aquino and writers including Voltaire.
The Book on Mediums or Mediums and Evokers' Handbook (a.k.a. The Mediums' Book —Le Livre des Médiums, in French), is a book by Allan Kardec published in 1861, second of the five Fundamental Works of Spiritism — the spiritualist philosophy Kardec had been publishing — being the tome in which the experimental and investigative features of the doctrine were presented, explained and taught.
Spirit obsession today is discussed by Spiritists, ghost hunters, paranormal investigators and the Catholic Church's exorcist as the major danger that the unprepared individual or budding medium or paranormal enthuses will have to face and is believed to be one of the most frequent causes of serious mental diseases and criminal behavior associated with paranormal research. Many use the excuse the devil or the ghost and spirits made me do these horrible things.
The dangers of ghost obsession are not new by any means and some seek out help through set organizations that are adept in the field so many it is "treated" at Spiritist Centres by means of praying and teaching.
Technically, "obsession" is any unwanted influence of a spirit ghost or demonic force, when it alters or suppresses the normal manifestation of the personality of the subject. It can occur when:
- a spirit, ghost, vampire or demon influences a living person,
- a living person influences someone else,
- a living person influences a spirit, ghost or demon,
- a spirit influences another spirit, ghost or demon.
In the first case the victim suffers but does not know whence his suffering comes. The obsessed may be lead to behave abnormally without apparent reason and will not be able to explain his deeds/crimes.
In the second case the victim knows he is being influenced and usually reacts, but is unable to resist the will of the obsessor. The victim may resort to violence.
The third case mostly occurs when the spirit of a deceased person is not able to break his bonds with the living and hangs around, suffering as they suffer.
The fourth case is mostly like the second.
Obsession as some believe my be openly caused or also brought about by angelic forces as well as aliens from outer space or beings from other dimensions.
Kardec proposed a classification of obsessions into three levels (of severity):
- Simple : the spirit(s) influencing the medium cannot disguise his presence: the medium knows that he is being obsessed and, therefore, can resist it easier. This type of obsession disturbs greatly, especially because the medium may let slip random sentences due to influence of the obsessor(s), much to the surprise of those present. Uncontrolled, may cause the medium to be seen as mental and will at least ridicule him and destroy his self-esteem.
- Fascination : the spirit influencing the medium do not bother to disguise (or intentionally reveals himself), but subjugates the medium by cunning and ardilous means, so that the victim will see whatever the spirit dictates as the purest expression of truth. The obsessing spirit will stop communications from any other sources, so that the medium depends solely on him and will produce a large output of communication, mostly worthless.
- Subjugation : the spirit overcomes the medium's will to the extent of controlling his body as his own. During the obsession crisis, the victim will not act as himself and will pursue whatever agenda the obsessor has in mind. After the crisis the victim may not remember anything, or remember everything with great regret.
Obsession has the same kinds of motivation argued by criminals in any terrene crime (envy, revenge, prejudice, sadism) plus some new ones, specific to each type.
- The lust for pleasures that the spirit, without a body of its own, cannot experience will lead him to obsess a living person to share her emotions, eventually leading her to do things so that the spirit can partake on her feelings.
- The unconscious desire to punish or cause suffering to someone one hates or envies may lead the spirit of a living person to use its relative freedom during sleep to attempt to obsess.
- The prolonged grief for the deceased loved ones may keep strong bonds between the living and the dead, preventing the later from leaving the world and going on with their missions.
Simple Obsession is usually the result of the action of low spirits devoted to evil that take pleasure from the suffering imposed on the medium. This type of obsession is usually linked to revenge (the spirit wants the victim to know who he is and why he is doing so).
Fascination maybe plotted to destroy someone's life or as an instrument to spread worthless theories that will hinder the progress of mankind. Some spirits also take pleasure from seeing the nonsensical things the mediums will do and preach following their advice.
Subjugation, however, is of utmost danger because it reveals murderous designs on the part of the obsessor. The victim is often used as instrument to inflict pain on others or commit crimes. Sometimes the obsessor wants do destroy the victim's life, but it maybe the case that the victim is merely the instrument of revenge against the real target of the obsessor.
Although obsession is usually understood as an undesirable "side effect" of practicing spiritism, some proponents accept that some cases are intended to be "show cases" to attract the public interest towards spiritism. The victims in such cases may be either people who chose to suffer obsession to purge their guilt for being obsessors in previous incarnations or people who accepted to suffer for altruism, so that more people could find evidence of the existence of spirits.
As many believe that the soul does not die there or those that think evil incarnate moves from body to body. Such as the souls of serial killers, vampires and those individuals through out history that have committed atrocities and great evil deeds. some propionates believe that by keeping a serial killer locked up it postpones the immediate transference of the individual evil soul from taking over an new body or person. Though their or those paranormal investigators that will state that once a possessed individual commits their horrendous crimes the vampire entity or serial killers ghosts releases them only to seek out another unsuspecting host.Often the spirit many believe will vause it's victim to commit suicde to set them free from the host body. Surely a cowards way out many will state but certainly a immediate release sets them and the host spirit free to enter others.
One school of thought put forth is that once a persons is possessed by such ghosts their soul too becomes tainted and becomes a fledgling of sorts. So tells Lisa Lee Harp Waugh in her findings through her necromantic acts. She has related to me in the past that such serial Killers as Richard Trenton Chase, Jeffrey Dahmer and Jack Ripper, and also a long list of several others dating back over the centuries might just be the same evil ghost demon or vampire stepping in and out of people. This idea often reflects the fact that the Devil in Hell does not punish evil doers of great crimes and that he re-uses them to perpetuate their actions in new bodies of innocent individuals driving them mad in the process as well as ruing their lives and those of their families and the victims involved. This Waugh also tells might be linked to not only vampirism but lycanthrope and dark satanic serial killers practitioners that so many are fascinated with today.