reply to post by downunder666
I haven't watched the show
Like others, I used to believe that exorcisms were something from the 16th century and movie & tv
Then I was asked to assist at one. For six weeks prior, I felt I was living in a prolonged bad dream. I was going about my normal life, with the
forthcoming exorcism pulling me down
Finally the day came. I was terrified but calm. Made it to Brisbane, still hoping I'd wake up and find it wasn't happening. Tried to get out of
it, but couldn't
It wasn't as I'd expected. Nothing like movies or tv. Very low-key, no drama
I knew it was going wrong almost from the start. So decided that no matter what anyone else did, I was going to pray -- for everyone concerned.
Whilst doing so, I had experiences which will stay with me until the day I die
Later that night, I was visited by an entity which informed me thus: ' You've got rid of the rest of them. Now you have me to deal with '
I don't know if I'll be 'dealt with' during my lifetime, or after death
The exorcist almost immediately contracted cancer of the kidneys, which is usually swift and fatal, according to newspaper articles written about his
battle with the cancer. As a noted alternate-therapist (mentioned in several books) he utilized all the skill and knowledge at his disposal and was
so successful, according the the Courier Mail, that a Brisbane hospital made a section of the hospital available to him in order he could teach other
cancer sufferers how to combat their conditions
Once he'd recovered, the exorcist closed his highly successful alternate-therapies business and ended his until then deep involvement in the
metaphysical sphere. He'd previously 'cleansed/exorcised' numerous sites in Brisbane where old buildings were being demolished to make way for new
development, for example. After the failed exorcism which I attended, and after healing himself of the cancer which resulted, he withdrew from
dealing direct with the public. He now runs a music business and writes and co-authoris books about alternate therapies and healing
The exorcist and his assistant chose not to follow the standard Roman Catholic rite of exorcism, despite that the senior exorcist was deeply
affiliated with a major Christian church in the city, apparently. Instead, they chose a 'new age' version of exorcism to be conducted for people of
all or no faiths. It shouldn't have mattered which ritual they'd followed, as far as I'm aware. For instance, charismatic healers quite
frequently conduct exorcisms before tv cameras and claim to be effective
Malachi Martin is described as 'official Vatican exorcist'. He wrote a book, 'Hostage to the Devil'. In it, he explains that when a priest
undertakes to conduct an exorcism (after gaining permission from Rome) he in effect 'does a deal' with the Debil. The terms of the deal, as far as
I understand, is that the priest will undertake to 'exchange' himself for the possessed victim. The priest trusts that at the moment of his death,
God will save his soul and deal direct with the Debil. Hence: ' Hostage to the Devil'. It means (AFAIK) that while alive, the priest is being held
hostage in return for the release of the formerly possessed individual.
Malachi Martin has been accused of being considerably less than his official title and claims of devoutness would suggest. For example, Henry Makow
and others assert that throughout his reportedly shady career as Vatican exorcist, Martin was on the payroll of jews, etc. I don't know what they
paid him for and don't really care. Whatever the case, Martin's book 'Hostage to the Devil' is an informative read in more ways than one.
Disturbing .... particularly with regard to claims that certain individuals are possessed and/or chosen to carry out horrifying acts (of murder,
etc.) --- before birth
Movies, books and tv imply that after exorcism, people become 'brand new' and that's that (after the reader/viewer has been satisfyingly
terrified). There's usually a lot of drama, pea-soup flying around, heads swivelling, and throaty growls included. And some people are very
attracted to all that and decide they wouldn't mind getting involved
No amount of warnings can counter the love of drama and darkness, I realise, but I'll offer the warning in any case --- leave it alone. If it's
thrills people are seeking --- go bungy-jumping or white water rafting or free-basing -- whatever. Because despite the belief we 'know it all'
about virtually everything, and despite some people might have watched all the best exorcism horror movies and might have cut their teeth on Stephen
King --- trust me, it doesn't even come close to the real thing. And the real thing is not a book which can be closed or a DVD that can be switched
off. We do not know it all, or even a quarter. We have no idea what we're dealing with. I've seen it once or twice. It would scare the majority
of people spitless. Life is much nicer before that door opens even a crack. Once it's been cracked open, it's impossible to fully close again.
Because the door is in your mind. And you can't escape your own mind, maybe not even after death