posted on Jul, 26 2006 @ 12:53 PM
There was a brief article in the newspapers several years ago, concerning a monk in Laos who had predicted the winning lottery numbers eleven times in
a row. From the sound of it, he didn't seek to benefit himself: he told the winning numbers to peasant villagers. People flocked to him from miles
around. The article went on to say that the government of the country involved finally refused to pay out on the winning numbers. And the monk was
said to have been 'forbidden' from taking part in anything involving the national lottery. Whether or not he ended up dead, it didn't say.
So, if the news articles are to be believed, it's possible to accurately predict numbers that will provide enormous wealth, in the same other things
can be predicted. I tried a few times, several years ago, but didn't even come close. When I make no effort at all, I at least get three or four out
of six. So I think my ingrained guilt (instilled by religion) about 'getting rich' totally sabotaged my conscious attempts.
As far as precognition is concerned, my own experiences have been largely spontaneous. They came to me, out of the blue, and proved to be extremely
accurate. The information was delivered via dreams quite often. The dreams 'feel' different to others when you awake. At other times the
information has just landed in my mind with a thump. And at other times it's arrived in bits and pieces and built into 'the whole picture'.
On at least one occasion, I consciously determined the outcome of a situation. I didn't know I could do it. At the time, I was in an anxious frame
of mind. It took only about ten minutes. It was completely improvised -- in other words, I 'invented' the little ceremony. It was by no means
elaborate. Basically, I engaged raw will, I suppose -- combined it with a bit of mild mumbo-jumbo -- and aligned it with a certain external energy I
seemed to realise was there for the taking. I got what I thought I wanted so much. Three weeks later I realised I didn't want it at all. It
didn't turn out badly. Nothing 'bad' happened to anyone. No-one was hurt. But after that little experiment, I realised that by bending things to
my will, I'd robbed someone else of opportunity that may well have been right for, or intended for, them. So I haven't done that again. But --- I
was astonished at how easy it was. Scared me a bit, to tell the truth.
I've seen a couple of ghosts. I don't think I played any role at all. It was spontaneous. From that, I've reached the conclusion (correctly or
not) that ghosts ARE there. Possibly it's quite natural that they should be there, and under certain conditions (relating to the ghosts or the
witnesses I'm unable to say) people are able to see them. As well as seeing other 'things'.
Possibly, some people are able to see ghosts deliberately. I've never tried, but some do, and claim success. And I've read that certain drugs (for
example) have the ability to strip away the barriers that usually contain us within what we ordinarily regard as 'reality'. It seems there are some
strange things out there.
Some people see and/or communicate with what we term 'spirits' often and quite casually -- without drugs, meditation or any form of preparation. I
had at least one family member on both sides of the family (both gone now) who were able to do it. They were perfectly ordinary people, otherwise.
I think it began in childhood and they got used to doing it before they realised it was considered unusual. So it was just part of their everyday
Personal experience over many years has caused me to suspect that the 'dead' can influence the living. No doubt some spirits may choose not to do
so. I've been fortunate: the spiritual influence has, for the large part, been of protective nature. Others are not so fortunate. Someone I knew
for many years appeared to be under the influence of something malign. It has 'protected' her, but she's become a loathsome individual who would
have been far better off without her spiritual mentor. What are we to make of that, other than to think: 'There but for the grace of God, go I. '
Malachi Martin advised that certain spirits 'choose' the one they'll influence even before that person is born. Martin said this in relation to a
particularly cursed individual who went on to commit a series of horrendous crimes against others. Martin claimed the foul spirit involved actually
made this claim; claimed it 'owned' the murderer; dictated the murderer's thoughts and actions. And someone distinguished and famous (can't
remember who) wrote that one night, whilst in a tavern, he witnessed a foul spirit climb onto the back of a young man who was drunk, and compelled the
man to continue to drink. All the while, the spirit gorged itself on the alcohol it craved, via the unfortunate man it had taken possession of.
There are quite a few warnings about indulging in alcohol and drugs. It's said that when we basically surrender control of our minds (and spirit?)
to alcohol or drugs, we leave ourselves 'open' to spirits. Sex and occult practices too, are said to make us vulnerable to spirit 'takeover'.
All of which makes easy to see why people developed religion; why they paid homage and tribute to their chosen god, in return for its protection.
Religions and spirits have been around as long as mankind. Every generation discovers the occult anew. Every generation is fascinated. Some skim
the surface non the worse for wear. Some lose their minds and worse. Others are given a good fright.
I've sort of reached the conclusion that it (the whole 'paranormal' issue) is similar to a multi-lane highway. It can take you to some fantastic
places, show you a lot along the way, teach you a lot ... or leave you burning in a ditch. When travelling-blind, it makes sense to have a friend by
your side, or to at least possess a map. But how reliable is the map? And who is that by your side?