Monday, July 25, 2016

Dalai Lama on Religious Harmony

A Biased Mind Cannot Grasp Reality

I am extremely delighted to attend this inter faith seminar on the Preservation of Religious Harmony, Co­existence and Universal Peace organised by the International Association for Religious Freedom (IARF), Ladakh group. Thank you very much for the detailed explanation of the association's history, activities, objectives and their relevance in the present century. I have nothing to add on what the speakers said earlier. But I would like to say a few things.

We are now in the twenty ­first century. The quality of research on both the inner and physical world has reached quite high levels, thanks to the tremendous stride in technological advancement and human intelligence. However, as some of the speakers said before, the world is also facing a lot of new problems, most of which are man­-made. The root cause of these man­-made problems is the inability of human beings to control their agitated minds. How to control such a state of mind is taught by the various religions of this world.

I am a religious practitioner, who follows Buddhism. More than a thousand years have passed since the great religions of the world flourished, including Buddhism. During those years, the world had witnessed a lot of conflicts, in which followers of different religions were also involved. As a religious practitioner, I acknowledge the fact that different religions of the world have provided many solutions about how to control an agitated mind. In spite of this, I still feel we have not been able to realise our full potential.

I always say that every person on this earth has the freedom to practice or not practice religion. It is all right to do either. But once you accept religion, it is extremely important to be able to focus your mind on it and sincerely practice the teachings in your daily life. All of us can see that we tend to indulge in religious favouritism by saying, "I belong to this or that religion", rather than making effort to control our agitated minds. This misuse of religion, due to our disturbed minds, also sometimes creates problems.

I know a physicist from Chile who told me that it is not appropriate for a scientist to be biased towards science because of his love and passion for it. I am a Buddhist practitioner and have a lot of faith and respect in the teachings of the Buddha. However, if I mix up my love for and attachment to Buddhism, then my mind shall be biased towards it. A biased mind, which never sees the complete picture, cannot grasp the reality. And any action that results from such a state of mind will not be in tune with reality. As such it causes a lot of problems.

According to Buddhist philosophy, happiness is the result of an enlightened mind whereas suffering is caused by a distorted mind. This is very important. A distorted mind, in contrast to an enlightened mind, is one that is not in tune with reality.

Any issue, including political, economic and religious activities human beings pursue in this world, should be fully understood before we pass our judgement. Therefore, it is very important to know the causes. Whatever the issue, we should be able to see the complete picture. This will enable us to comprehend the whole story. The teachings offered in Buddhism are based on rationality, and I think are very fruitful.

Today, a lot of people from different religious backgrounds are present here. In every religion, there are transcendent things that are beyond the grasp of our mind and speech. For example, the concept of God in Christianity and Islam and that of wisdom truth body in Buddhism are metaphysical, which is not possible for an ordinary person like us to realise. This is a common difficulty faced by every religion. It is taught in every ­religion, including Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam, that the ultimate truth is driven by faith.

I want to emphasise that it is extremely important for practitioners to sincerely believe in their respective religions. Usually, I say that it is very important to distinguish between "belief in one religion" and "belief in many religions". The former directly contradicts the latter. Therefore, we should resolutely resolve these contradictions. This is possible only by thinking in contextual terms. A contradiction in one context might not be the same in the other. In the context of one person, a single truth is closely associated with a single source of refuge. This is of extreme necessity. However, in the context of society or more than one person it is necessary to have different sources of refuge, religions and truths.

In the past it was not a major problem because nations remained aloof from each other with their own distinct religion. However, in today's close and inter-connected world there are so many differences amongst various religions. We must obviously resolve these problems. For example, there have been a lot of religions in India for the past thousand years. Some of them were imported from outside whereas some have grown in India itself. Despite this, the fact is that these religions have been able to coexist with each other, and the principle of Ahimsa has really flourished in this country. Even today, this principle has a strong bearing on every religion. This is very precious and India should really take pride in it.

Ladakh has been a predominantly Buddhist area 'for so many centuries. But other religions such as Islam, Christianity, Hinduism and Sikhism have also flourished here. Although it is natural for the people of Ladakh to have attachment to and love for their own religions, yet this place has a very peaceful environment with no major problems of religious intolerance. During my maiden visit to Ladakh, I heard elderly Muslims using the phrase "community of sangha" in their speeches. Although such phrases are not found in Islam, yet a reference of this kind invokes a lot of trust amongst the Buddhists. Therefore, people from different religious background in Ladakh are very close to each other and live in harmony.

As far as the Muslims are concerned it is appropriate for them to have complete devotion to Allah while praying in the mosques. This is also the same with Buddhists who are completely devoted to the Buddha when they pray in Buddhist temples. A society, which has many religions should also have many prophets and sources of refuge. In such a society it is very important to have harmony and respect amongst the different religions and their practitioners. We must distinguish between belief and respect. Belief refers to total faith, which you must have in your own religion. At the same time you should have respect for all other religions. This tradition of believing in one's own religion and having respect for others is in existence in Ladakh since your forefathers. Therefore you do not have to invent it. The most important thing at the moment is to preserve and promote this tradition. I would like to thank all of you for working hard regarding this and request you to continue to do so in the future.

If a harmonious relationship is established amongst societies and religious beliefs in today's multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-cultural world, then it will surely set a very good example for others. However, if all the sides become careless, then there is a danger of imminent problems. In a multi­ethnic  society  the biggest problem is that of between the majority and the minority. For instance, in the capital Leh, Buddhists constitute the majority of the population whereas Muslims belong to the minority community. The majority must consider the minority as their invited guests. The minority, on the other hand, should be able to sensitise with the majority. In other words, both sides should live in harmony. In order to sustain this harmony, both sides should not take lightly the sensitive issues between themselves. Indeed, the majority should pay attention to and appreciate the views and opinion of the minority. Both sides should discuss and clearly express what they think about the other's view and opinion. The minority, on the other hand, should be careful about where the sensitive issues of the majority lies and express whatever doubts they have in their minds. If problems are resolved in such a friendly manner; then both sides will gain. Suspicion of each other will only harm both communities. Therefore, it is very important to live in harmony and analyse where the opinion of the other lies. The best way to do this is to engage in dialogue, dialogue and dialogue.

Excerpts from His Holiness the Dalai Lama's address to the inter-faith seminar organised by the International Association for Religious Freedom, Ladakh Group, in Leh on 25 August.

original link: http://www.dalailama.com/messages/religious-harmony

Essential Oils & Raindrop Therapy, Demonic Doorways, Part 1

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This two-part post is designed to help bring awareness to many people regarding falseness that many professed Christians are practicing. Many Christians are engaged in many forms NEW AGE PAGAN and Witchcraft practices. Sadly, along the way with the Demonic forces pulling those strings to get these people deeper into trouble with God!

So let's examine this false forms of ‘healing’ which is called Essential Oils. What many of you don't know about this subject is that it has roots which go way back into ancient ways - ancient Chinese, Egyptian, Greek, Indian and Roman Civilizations.  Have you done the research as to where this stems from or did you just once again follow the doctrines of man which make this not fine with God?

Now I know this might upset many but I am here to tell you the truth. So let's examine this Essential Oil aspect. Now medicines were prepared in temples and there was a Greek temple of aromatherapy. Aromatic substances were burnt to ‘appease the gods’ and to channel ‘divine knowledge’.
  
The Greeks ascribed divine origins to aromatic plants.  Did you know the word perfume is derived from the Latin ‘per’ (through) and ‘fumus’ (smoke)?  Breathing in wood and resin aromas was believed to drive out demons!  Hippocrates (460-370 BC) recommended aromatic baths to prolong life and Pliny recorded therapeutic aromatic oil massages. In the Middle Ages, incense and aromas were used during differing rituals, as perfumes and disinfectants, especially during plagues.
In relating to the biblical times, frankincense, spikenard and myrrh were used for anointing, incense and other religious rituals. However, this is far from the current ‘holistic aromatherapy’ which is taking place with Christian people. The Good Samaritan's oil was more likely to have been olive oil than an aromatic preparation.

Essential oils are highly concentrated substances (such as clove and bergamot) extracted by expression, absorption or distillation from plants and trees. They are labelled essential as they are considered to have a particular, essential relationship with their parent plant. Implications that they are essential for good health which are unjustified. Prominent aroma therapists, however, believe that they contain an essential vital force, life energy or universal cosmic energy, which have New Age, Eastern religious and cultural associations all over this. Does this sound ANYTHING that Christians professed in Christ Jesus are to even go near?

Remember this people - “You must not do as they do in Egypt, where you used to live, and you must not do as they do in the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you. Do not follow their practices.” Leviticus 18:22

In Practical Aromatherapy, 'Essential oils are so complex and magical that no one knows what they are - sound proper for a Christian to do? Romantics and enthusiasts say they are the life force of the plants similar to the human spirit - sounds very improper to me and is PAGAN. Researchers say they are mixtures of organic compounds such as ketones, terpenes, esters, alcohols, aldehydes and other molecules too small and complex to classify under a ‘microscope'.

Claims are that these benefits depend upon balancing the bodies' vital energy, cosmic energy or life force.  That is a HINDU and Eastern Medicine practice. It is stated: 'Essential oils can be used to balance the energy flows of the body in a similar way to acupuncture'.  Aromatherapy was based on the same principles as acupuncture (which is an Eastern Medicine and opens you up to Demonic forces), herbal medicine and homeopathy - the balancing of life force or ch'i (yin and yang).  So Christians are to blend this ch'i with Christ Jesus and that doesn't sound proper. Aromatic oils were yin or yang in effect with astrological associations influenced by their ruling planets. Still think this is something professed Christians should touch and get involved with?

Here is what you probably did not know - The Essential Oil was created with D. Gary Young, a naturopath physician in the 1980's who worked with a LAKOTAH MEDICINE MAN named Wallace Black Elk. The technique called Raindrop Therapy which incorporates certain Native American concepts including a 'special form' of massage called 'feather stroking'.  People this act conjures demons along with a procedure called Vitaflex. This was adapted from ancient oriental which addresses the 'energy flows' within the body. Once again does this sound anything proper that a professed Christian should be doing?

Raindrop Therapy is 'based upon' a theory that the spinal problems as well as many chronic illnesses and discomforts are caused by various viruses and bacteria which lie dormant upon the spine. Now this therapy uses 'specific techniques', 'energy work’ - code for REIKI which is DEMONIC and 'aromatherapy'. In addition, the therapy uses a 'sequence' of these oils - designed by a Medicine Man - a Native American Witch Doctor. These oils are dropped onto the spine from 6 inches above one at a time and worked in with hot towels to help penetrate and relax. People understand this sickness and infirmities come from SIN within one’s LIFE that is why this occurs!! In other words if you get right with God and you probably won't be sick anymore!

So my question is this - Should a Christian use oils designed by a Native American Medicine Man upon their bodies? Does this sound even remotely proper? One is going to put oils formulated by a MEDICINE MAN of Native American culture whose own roots go back to cursing this land and bloodshed? People there are lots and lots of Demons which are behind this!!!

People I cannot even tell you how many cases I have had to work which people had Demonic curses from Native American aspects in which many Demons were engaged and cast out to set these people free!

D. Gary Young of Essential Living oils and some of these other ‘oil’ companies market their oils under Christina banners, but this is plain old witchcraft. It is deceiving too, because Young Living has a DVD that they sell called, “Twelve Oils of Ancient Scripture” in which you can purchase along with a kit of those twelve oils (for about three hundred dollars). They are acting like the fact that Christ Jesus was given Frankincense and Myrrh means that all of their practices are fully Biblical, however these practices aren’t biblical.

Here's why.  I will prove it. D. Gary Young is the founder of Young Living oils and he is a “professing” Christian. You can find him discussing the twelve oils of Ancient Scripture if you search hard enough.  In this article, D. Gary Young talks about the ‘Third Eye’ being opened by the use of essential oils. This is not a Christian belief. It isn’t even a scientific belief. It is only a pagan belief under Witchcraft and Hindu aspects with CHAKRA's!

People I have had to deal with many demonic cases of closing the ‘Third Eye’ with people who have done YOGA and other spiritual healing avenues instead of going to the Lord God Almighty in repentance and prayer. This is just another way for Satan to deceive you.

In part two we shall cover even more!

Rev. Bradley Luoma

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Crystal Meth And Satan

Hello everyone. I hope you had a great weekend and everyone you love is healthy. Here in Florida it's been nothing but bad storms knocking out power!! Lol. No internet or lights and we pray all the new groceries don't go bad. Blah. But I'm thankful for no hurricanes so far. I'll take thunderstorms over a hurricane any day of the week. I hope everyone else didn't have to much trouble and no one was hurt.

Well, there's no easy way to say it so here it goes.....This is a warning due to very disturbing events I'm about to describe of an ex Crystal Meth addict I interviewed. She told me in detail and has allowed me to share it. Names obviously are kept private. This is going to be so disturbing. So unimaginable but I must share. My first blog Demons and Meth? A Door to Darkness... about this topic is still getting comments and testimonies. Meth and Demons Part Two was written earlier this year. Feel free to read over the testimonies in the first blog. It only verified what I thought for years but was not taken seriously. "Any drug makes people see things." That's exactly what the enemy would LOVE. Use a drug to drag souls to hell.

"The greatest lie the devil could ever do is convince the world he doesn't exist ".

One of the first things she said to me was that these images don't disappear when the drug does. Even if it's been two weeks later, things will pop up and it's not because it was somebody who used for so many years. This was a person who just made the poor decision to do it when it was around so it doesn't matter how long or how little time somebody has been using crystal meth. Everybody claims the same thing. Dark shadows chasing her, imps everywhere laughing and harassing her. Let me explain what "imps" are. They're thought to be evil. Small little demons. Explaining what they are will help readers understand better. It has been said they are associated with hell and fire, being a real threat for humanity because it's really a small demon in many people's opinions. But we all know it's subjective. They came from Mythology. It is said these little guys find lots of fun in terrorizing people. It's been said they are just mischievous--not evil. It's also been said Imps feed off our energies and fear. So I'm not surprised my friend described them sitting on the lamp shade, or on the windowsill and they were always around.

Shadow Man

Now this is when it gets pretty bad. A lot of people could call it sleep paralysis and I would agree with that as a possibility but it's also a possibility she was experiencing demonic visitation as I call it. She was attacked and raped by some unseen forces and the shadow man. It was pleasant for her. This is how they held that grip on her. She thought maybe it was a friendly spirit attempting to make her feel better. The mind is the devil's playground. If you keep allowing something to do that it's received legal rights to you and that's not a good thing. She claimed everywhere she went it was somewhere close by. She was having insomnia and was scared to go to sleep because she felt the most vulnerable sleeping. I went to high school with her and she's not into the paranormal at all. Even she unknowingly verified what I've always said, that we are vulnerable at that time. I feel a stronghold took place and they can be dealt with but it takes the right person. Not armchair Exorcists or Demonologists. Or the phonies claiming they have been at this "for many years," but can't provide any proof. Another subject for another time. This went on for months. Her health went downhill fast.

What is a stronghold?

A stronghold is thought to be a few different things depending on your belief system. One that is common is a thinking pattern based on lies and deception. Lies put into our mind, like planting a seed. The mind is one of the primary weapons of the enemy, because it then allows strongholds to take place. A demonic stronghold is anything powerful enough to keep you in constant bondage so you don't receive God’s grace and peace. They cause us to think in ways which block us from receiving God's favor and love for us. When your view of God has been tainted with a sudden lack in faith can be the work of a stronghold taking place. God wants us to be be happy and have peace. The enemy wants us miserable and tormented. It's why fallen angels are assigned to attack us and attempt to ruin our lives in any manner possible. They want your soul.

She was kept in bondage to the drug, so of course that's a sign to the enemy she is weakening and sooner or later he can run her down easily out of her belief in Christ. What scared her the most was her trip to hell as she called it. While being fully awake and sober, it had been a couple of days since using as it was more of a weekend thing. She got up to go to the bathroom and as she walked down the hallway, she said "it just wasn't my house." A dark presence walked her down the dark hallway into a place that had to be hell. She said as she was being guided through these different mazes. All around her, people were literally being dragged to hell. People screaming and dying the worst deaths possible by a group of creatures with huge claws and long sharp teeth...People were begging for help but she couldn't do anything for them. They were being tortured burned to death JUST TO WAKE UP and die all over again in different gut wrenching ways. Skin melting off them so they were nothing but bones. Once they were living human beings just like us, now they were ghastly remnants of bones. They begged for her help as they knew they would relive that terrible death over and over without end. I'm sorry this is so violent but it must be shared. Even this victim said that. What is it about this drug? What don't the others do this to this degree? Is it really The Devil's Drug?

Demonic manipulation is something you don't hear much about. It is enticement to do things you would not ordinarily do. Things that are not indicative of said person's usual behavior. Demonic manipulation can also be defined as: the capture of one’s reasoning ability, forcing it to conform to the wishes of the manipulator.In other words, if somebody wanted you to reason in a particular way, he could put a spell on you, thereby manipulating your reasoning ability in order to achieve his goal. The problem with demonic manipulation is that when the enemy makes you want something, you will want it so desperately that all other considerations become secondary.

I just had to share one of the testimonies I was able to hear in person with someone who went through this. She said only God could save her and He did. She wasn't even sure what she believed in until now. They flee when Priests use the WORD OF GOD against them. But they will know if you have any fear or lack of faith to stand firm and cast them out so you seek professional help. Do not try anything on your own. Pray protection prayers every morning and before bed. Ask for God's favor and protection.

I hope by sharing this I have helped at least someone realize this is more than a drug. Below is my contact information if anyone should ever be in need. Or just have general questions. God Bless us all.

Written By Jennifer L Auld
biblicaldemonologist@gmail.com

Friday, July 22, 2016

Ghosts of Shepherdstown--New Paranormal TV Series

Shepherdstown is the oldest town in West Virginia, and is best known for the local arts scene, the historic attractions, and the university. Now, this community of 1,750 people will become known for something else entirely different. According to Real Screen, a recent surge in supernatural activity has forced the town’s chief of police, Michael King, to turn to a team of paranormal investigators for answers.

Shepherdstown’s five-man police department has been busy responding to several 911 calls where residents are claiming that their emergency is not criminal in nature, but paranormal. King decides to bring in paranormal experts Nick Groff (Ghost Adventures, Paranormal Lockdown), billed as America’s leading paranormal investigator; Elizabeth Saint (A Man Possessed, Reaper), a paranormal sensitive; and Bill Hartley (Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal, The R.I.P. Files), the team’s technical guru. Together, this Ghosts of Shepherdstown team will work to uncover the truth behind the disturbances and investigate the reports of disembodied voices, shadowy figures, physical attacks, and objects that seem to disappear right into thin air.

Let me address an issue from the outset—paranormal snobbery. It goes in both directions. Some so-called ‘para-celebs’ act as if they are better than others. They have listened to all the positive hype about themselves. As far as I’m concerned, nobody is an expert regarding the spirit realm, but some sure seem to come across as they are. However, snobbery can run in the opposite direction. Those of us who have little recognition can become embittered toward those who have attained some measure of fame.The result is that, in their minds, ALL paranormal TV shows are lumped together as worthless and ‘scripted nonsense’. And so, along comes this show about Shepherdstown replete with para-celebs, and the tendency is to reject all of it as nonsense. We need to see that both attitudes are snobbery, and be discerning of what is real and what is not. Don’t throw out the baby with the bath water. There are varying degrees of ‘form and freedom’, or scripted and spontaneity, in these shows, but even the most scripted show can be derailed by the intrusion of the demonic. One sarcastic criticism I kept reading was that Elizabeth was a lousy actor. Did the thought ever occur that she might be a lousy actor because she was not acting? We need to avoid extremes in both directions—whether they are the best thing since sliced bread or that they are nothing but worthless playacting.

Without being gullible, we must realize that Satan has a deeply vested interest in the success of these shows because they are deceiving millions of people. The reality is that more people watch TV than read substantive books…I know this from experience! Consequently, the astute observer can learn much about demonic collusion and the schemes of the devil in making these shows work and bring some kind of non-Christian ‘resolution’ to these paranormal trials. Which results in deceiving many, many people who are not discerning of supernatural evil. We’ll see this shortly as the “resolution” unfolds in this tiny town in West Virginia.

What is collusion? “A secret agreement or cooperation for an illegal or dishonest purpose.” (Webster's). Collusion can explain much demonic activity.

Agreement amongst fellow demons to bring about the success of a diabolical purpose is the essence of spiritual warfare, helps explain Satan’s schemes, and collusion has much explanatory power when trying to understand the demonic purpose behind a TV show or an infestation. Demonic collusion almost always includes humans (witting or unwitting) in some form or fashion—working with human psychics and mediums is a classic example. Since Satan and his minions control the psychic airwaves, they can make the medium experience whatever they wish—anything that will paint a very convincing deceptive picture of what is going on in the spirit realm.They are masters of collusion that deceives humans. Another way to put it, is that demons engage in intelligent, coordinated attacks in spiritual warfare. Again, demonic collusion helps to explain so much demonic strategy in so many varied circumstances.

Since they are finite creatures they can only be in one place, but collusion greatly enhances their reach as well the convincing nature of their varied deceptions…including Shepherdstown.

The only reason I watched, and am writing, on this six-part series is because it garnered a lot of attention and is affecting many people—Christians and non-Christians alike. Anybody called by God to pull down strongholds of erroneous belief/behavior (2 Corinthians 10) have to PRAYERFULLY watch these paranormal shows in order to understand Satan’s schemes. And I prayed that the Lord would help me to see why this phenomenon happened in Shepherdstown.

What has caused all the exploding activity in this town? For hundreds of years this sleepy little town, though it had its share of tragedies, was asleep paranormally speaking.

It has been my conviction that overt demonic activity has been on the increase since the 1960’s, with the mass introduction of the Eastern/pagan worldview. That this entire city was overrun with a demonic infestation seems to be consistent with the ever-increasing paganization of our country and the resultant flinging open of doors to the demonic. What if this is the beginning of large-scale spiritual terrorist attacks? Have we reached a critical mass of evil in God’s eyes that the floodgates are being opened before the end? In the span of just a few decades, activity that was once considered vices is now viewed as virtues. There has also been a sweeping change in belief—Nature or the Universe is now seen as ultimate reality instead of the infinite/personal God of the bible. The Creator and creation has been merged, with horrible consequences. (see Romans 1).

I’m not going to summarize each episode, for the sake of time. Each show begins with a frantic call to the police department which is not criminal in nature but paranormal. Recently, out of the blue, the police department started being deluged with calls of people being freaked out by paranormal activity. This was not a few isolated incidences. The WHOLE town seemed to be under siege and the residents were becoming hysterical.

I was intensely curious as to WHY a whole town would suddenly come under demonic attack. To summarize biblical teaching: all paranormal activity is demonic activity…contrary to some vocal Christians who claim that this view is simplistic and it allegedly does not do justice to the biblical data. I will fight to my dying day, by God’s grace, to deal honestly with the biblical view of God and the afterlife.

All paranormal activity is demonic activity. Hence, all paranormal activity must be seen as very serious, no matter how seemingly innocuous.

At the end of each episode the team seemed to bring resolution to individuals, but the overall activity kept growing. They tried to find a common denominator, like the town run, which is the water source…and they theorized that a ‘negative’ entity was using the town run (since it was water) as a means of moving about and affecting both humans and other spirits.

In every investigation they used the standard equipment and method…chief of which is always some form of EVP or communicating with the dead. The bible is very clear that contacting the dead is an abomination to Him (Deuteronomy 18). By the way, one person has stated that God would not forbid us to do something unless we were able to do it. In other words, why would God tell us to not attempt communication with the dead unless we were able to? Following this strange logic consistently, God forbidding us from worshipping or communicating with other gods, must imply that there are other gods! And we know from the bible that there is no God but the Living God! (Isaiah 40-48) So, the logic of our friend is flawed and unpersuasive.

The point is that attempting to communicate with the dead in an investigation, only opens doors wider to the demonic. Short of outright Satanism or blood sacrifice, I don’t know of a quicker way to open doors to the demonic than attempting to communicate with the dead. Inadvertently, most paranormal investigators make their clients' home much worse since they use methods which are detestable to God. And so, every investigation which happened in Shepherdstown (since they attempted to speak to dead) only worsened the situation, even though Satan was happy to oblige a ‘resolution’ (for a brief while) in order to validate his deception, not only in this city, but in the eyes of the millions watching. Satan knows that the notion of ghosts is one of his most successful and effective deceptive schemes. Hence, that is why he will do all he can to make sure these TV shows WORK. That is why I cannot agree with my friends who are dismissive of all paranormal TV shows. I am convinced that the devil is involved in all of them to some extent, and is spreading a fog of deception over our land through them. Again, if I were the devil, I would do all I could to make these shows work sensationally. We are losing our ability to be spiritually discerning due to a pragmatic view of truth (does it seem to work) and addiction to the sensational.

Some interesting video evidence was captured. In the last episode, unless one is willing to say that everyone was lying, we were shown a horrible display of what some call poltergeist activity. The point is that, while in the basement, demons destroyed their kitchen. The young pregnant mom heard infant cries coming from pipes, as well as what seemed to be the baby’s mother. They contacted the medium which they had used in several episodes, and it seems apparent that she has a familiar spirit because she psychically observed all that they had unearthed via their investigations. This is demonic collusion…feeding her relevant information which seemingly validates HER abilities as well as the ghost scenarios she was painting.

There were numerous instances in which the medium displayed an uncanny accuracy regarding historical events that the town historian had uncovered. This is where collusion is so helpful in explaining the data or the phenomena.

According to this team, as well as the medium, a colonial age woman, who lived at this last location, was falsely accused of being a witch and poisoning the town water and killing numerous infants. The team historian asserted that there was a physical explanation for the deadly water. They drowned the ‘witch’ and left her baby in the woods to starve to death. Both were said to be heard at the last location…looking for each other. That was the medium's explanation.

Consider this scenario for a moment…...

An infant is earthbound for about 300 years. The mother, who is getting increasingly angry, has cast a spell in her spirit state on city. This is where the demonic collusion becomes increasingly evident. The team just happens to find a medium who explains how the whole town had become ‘paranormal’ overnight. The young pregnant mom allegedly reminded the witch of her situation and she blew a gasket, and this caused the massive haunting. She started becoming in the spirit realm what they had falsely accused her of…a witch. She cast a spell on the city and all its inhabitants.

However, the medium to the rescue! She discerns all this. Not demons, but rather a 300 year old baby and spirit witch. By the way, after watching all 6 episodes I don’t recall them ever mentioning demons as a possible explanation for the negative entity they kept encountering. That is called demonic influence. When the situation clearly was revealing an evil entity, the demons quietly persuaded them that it was not demons! The demons all worked together to make sure that neither the investigative team nor the medium mentioned the D word. Which is pretty astonishing in light of the evil things they came across, like upside down crosses in the woods.

I can’t continue without commenting on how preposterous the notion is of an infant being left here for about 300 years. The classic biblical teaching regarding infants is that ALL infants immediately go to heaven after death. Not only that, but the spirit mom and baby are searching for each other for about 300 years! Why didn’t they find each other…..its a small town?! Hebrews 9:27 says that all people appear before God for judgment immediately after death. What kind of God is going to leave AN INFANT in the same spirit realm in which demons reside, and allegedly mass murders according to many in paranormal community. The baby was crying…how infant-ish was this spirit infant? Simply going on observation and sound, this infant was an infant for 300 years. How horrific!

Again, the medium to the rescue! She perceives why the whole city was under siege, and why so abruptly. How? The 300-year-old earthbound woman told her. The solution was to hold a ceremony at the spot where she was drowned. After a few words declaring the woman and child free, she encouraged those present to toss a memento into the river with an encouraging word. It was a thoroughly non-Christian ceremony. No mention of Jesus or the Holy Trinity. It was a pagan ritual.

The team and medium release mother and the baby (reunite them) by a pagan ritual. The series ends with the police chief saying that virtually all paranormal activity stopped overnight. Wow! Demonic collusion. Learn it…it is what makes The Dead Files work too. But what is the result in people’s minds unless they are very discerning? That mediums work. That EVP’s work. That pagan rituals work. That an entire city was saved apart from the God of the Bible. The pagan worldview is being entrenched deeper in the psyche of Americans. We must weep, pray, educate, and work to be God’s agents of change in this dark and broken world.

Mark Hunnemann is the author of Seeing Ghosts Through God's Eyes: A Worldview Analysis of Earthbound Spirits. It's also available in eBook format.  

Monday, July 18, 2016

Dalai Lama on Seeing Science Through A Spiritual Lens

New Delhi, India, 18 December 2010 (By Amy Yee, Special to The Washington Post) - The northern Indian town of Bir was greeted with an unusual sight when Scott Schmidt carried six-foot-long plywood sheets on his head through the streets. Schmidt, who develops exhibits for the Smithsonian, had retrieved the wood from the village carpenter and toted it on his head to the Buddhist institute he was visiting. "I got impatient," said Schmidt. "I probably broke every rule of how a Westerner is supposed to act in a village in India."

Schmidt was helping a group of 30 Tibetan monks plan "The World of Your Senses," a bilingual science exhibition displayed last month in New Delhi at the India Habitat Center, an arts and culture venue in India's capital.

The wood was used to build a prototype of the display panels. Schmidt's effort - and sore head - were worth it. The exhibit showcasing Western and Buddhist perspectives of the five senses was inaugurated by the Dalai Lama and viewed by hundreds of visitors over five days. Plans are underway for the exhibit to tour in India next year and possibly at a Smithsonian museum in the United States.

The exhibit was the latest effort in a 10-year-old initiative to teach science to Tibetan monastics, started at the behest of the Dalai Lama. In 2001, the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives in Dharamsala, the Dalai Lama's exile home in India, and the U.S.-based Sager Family Foundation began bringing Western scientists and educators to India to teach science to Tibetan monks. India is home to about 120,000 Tibetans - the largest population outside of Tibet.

After a decade of instruction and workshops in the Science for Monks program, an exhibit was the next step in the monks' dialogue with science, says Lhakdor, director of the LTWA. (Like many Tibetans, he goes by one name.)

While the Smithsonian works with various communities to tell their stories, "The World of Your Senses" was a more hands-on project that immersed Smithsonian staff in a culture far from the museums of Washington. The exhibit's cross-cultural, interdisciplinary combination of science, philosophy and art - the panels were painted by a Tibetan thangka painter - also made it unique.

Tibet's spiritual leader, known for tinkering with watches and engines as a boy, has long been fond of science. The Dalai Lama considers science and Buddhism as complementary "investigative approaches with the same greater goal, of seeking the truth." Modern education is critical to the survival of Tibetan culture and identity for the Dalai Lama.

Tibetan children in India learn science in school, but Tibetan monks and nuns have followed a traditional curriculum largely unchanged for centuries. Until a decade ago, Tibetan monks had learned no science at all. Since then it's been a crash course in science for some monks, with classes on topics ranging from cosmology to neuroscience.

As part of the Science for Monks program, a select group of geshes (monks who are the equivalent of PhDs) from monasteries across India attend biannual workshops taught by scientists and educators from the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Arizona, the Exploratorium in San Francisco and, most recently, the Smithsonian. The program is funded by Boston philanthropist Bobby Sager.

At the exhibit in New Delhi, Indians, Tibetans and overseas visitors perused seven-foot-tall panels depicting colorful images of anatomy alongside dancing Buddhist deities, all painted by a master Tibetan thangka painter. Red-robed monks explained to visitors in English and Tibetan the nuances of how sound waves vibrate in the inner ear, as well as abstract Buddhist concepts for how sensation is perceived.

Ultimately, the exhibit looked polished, but it was a frantic rush to put together in six months what would normally take a year by professional standards. A team from the Smithsonian traveled from Washington to India for two-week stints from December 2009 through last month to help the monks conceive, develop, execute and stage the exhibit.

Stephanie Norby, director of the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies, helped the monks launch a science fair in June 2009 that was a precursor to last month's formal exhibit. "We gave a broad overview of what might be done but were sensitive that the monks do it on their own. We wanted it to be their exhibit," said Norby.

The interdisciplinary nature of the exhibit was amplified when the monks decided that the panels should be painted like thangkas. Thangkas are a traditional Tibetan style of religious paintings that typically depict ornate Buddhas and deities, not human anatomy. Visitors to the exhibit saw the striking sight of a gigantic brain painted with fluid brush strokes resembling water, and blood vessels behind an eyeball reminiscent of delicate tree roots.

"I've been working on bringing science to monks for the last 10 years, and this is the first thing I've worked on that had such an aesthetic quality," said Bryce Johnson, director of the Science for Monks program. "To see the beauty at the intersection of science and Buddhism - that was a really unique experience."

Schmidt, an exhibits fabricator at the Smithsonian's Office of Exhibits Central, took two trips to India this year, in May and November. After his visit in May, the monks' sketches and draft text were sent to Tracie Spinale, program manager at the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies, and media designer Darren Milligan in Washington. They were charged with creating a Smithsonian-quality visual framework to explain the Buddhist and Western perspectives of the senses.

It is no easy task to distill explanations about photons, bony ossicles and microvilli into a few paragraphs of English and Tibetan text. But articulating complex metaphysical Buddhist concepts was even more difficult. The Buddhist explanation for sight, for instance, relies on the "objective condition, dominant condition and immediately preceding condition." According to Tibetan Buddhist texts, there are six categories of tastes "due to the dominance of two of the four elements: earth, water, fire and wind."

While the Western images were based largely on pictures from standard science textbooks, the Buddhist senses had never been explained in a mainstream, pictorial way. "We had to design visual representations for concepts that did not currently exist," said Spinale.

The Smithsonian team researched thangkas and visited Buddhist art collections at the Sackler Gallery and the Rubin Museum of Art in New York. Yet they were still looking for ways to convey the Buddhist perspectives in an accessible way. They eventually came across pictures in Buddhist medical texts that inspired the look of the panels.

"We tested the graphic concepts on a range of people, from a neuroscientist, to science educators, to exhibit designers, to my first-grade daughter," said Spinale. "If she didn't understand what one of the graphics represented, then it wasn't used."

The final graphics were adapted to the subject matter in innovative ways. For instance, a typical Buddhist image of a hand mirror morphed into a five-armed mirror to depict the "five concomitant factors" that are part of the Buddhist perspective on sight.

Thangka painter Jampa Choedak took a reassignment from his regular duties at the LTWA to paint the panels. Choedak, 36, has been painting thangkas for 23 years, and had never studied science. Painting large images of the inner ear, cells and other anatomy surprised him with "how delicate the human body is."

The Smithsonian team worked on the science exhibit on top of their regular work and during off-hours. Yet all of them waxed enthusiastically about the experience of working with the monks and science program staff to create the exhibit.

"Helping people to learn and then to share what they have learned is exactly what the Smithsonian is about," said Milligan.

Original link and photo: http://www.dalailama.com/news/post/632-seeing-science-through-a-spiritual-lens-with-the-smithsonians-help

Sunday, July 17, 2016

The Dangers Of Automatic Writing Alone Or At All?

These activities are very dangerous even if you have people with you so please don't misunderstand me. They are outright dangerous whether you have five or one hundred thousand people participating in these types of activities with you. I'm just simply writing about the hidden dangers of partaking in these activities on your own/alone. It is highly dangerous and almost guaranteed to gain you unwelcome friends and attachments.  Automatic writing seems to be a activity people are becoming more and more interested in. I say this due to the amount of emails I'm receiving on this subject by people seeking guidance and advice.

In my opinion these things are controlled by demons. The source doesn't come from God. The symbols on ouija boards are symbols straight from the occult. All this stuff has Satanic origins, and Satan fools people into thinking it's not coming from him. He is the father of lies. You simply can't believe one word these evil spirits have to say. It is very dangerous to be communicating with them to begin with. It now knows you. And God only knows how many other demons have picked up on your frequency as well.

I found the following information as a explanation of Automatic Writing. " it is the ability (which can be easily learned) to let entities from other planes of existence, send messages by possessing people and making there hands write/or type whatever they choose in order to get there message across to the living. Usually a skilled medium is recommended to be automatic writers rather than amateurs. The automatic writer may or may not know what spirit is using there body, and the spirit may or may not write in a language that the medium can understand. They are not known to draw things, only write. The handwriting from the spirit is completely different from the person been possessed by the spirit, and usually there are no punctuation marks or capitalization of letters."

I found another post/information doing online research on a random website. I don't agree with it but that is neither here nor there. I thought I'd add this so you have an idea of what people are being taught about this....."It has been known that some people who are automatic writers might not even know it, if these people sleep with a pen an paper at a desk etc. They may wake up with messages on there papers that they didn't even write. Some say that Jesus was a automatic writer but there are no texts found to claim this. Even though some may think automatic writing is good, it can be scary and dangerous because some entities are not always good. But on the other hand it could be cool, if you use these ability to help others make contact with loves ones. I am not a automatic writer but I have found some text from other sites about how you could learn to do it."

I found another post by somebody on a random websites seeking guidance from others who might understand her unique gift. I don't know if I would call it a gift but this is what the person posted:

Mirror
by Forrest » Sun May 18, 2014 10:23 am

"It's not something that happens all the time. But if I'm alone too long, or have too much time to think to myself, I tend to have full conversations with myself in the mirror, but only when people aren't watching. I've always kept in on the down low. Since I figured it was really abnormal. When I was younger, I gave the person talking a name, since she was different than me.

I also babble to myself like when I was a kid and spoke in tongues when I get thoughts in my head I want to have gone... when I'm on a bad tangent.

I also practice automatic writing, something that's completely separate from my logical self, I can go for hours, writing about nothing in particular, and it all comes naturally as if its from another person. When I was younger I would write in symbols, in an entire code I designed myself. When I read over it later, it really doesn't feel like me.

So I'm just wondering what people here have to say about that. I tend to come off as very normal to people on the outside, it's something I just do on once and awhile... I also depersonalize and disassociate when faced with stressful situations or topics I'd rather not discuss.

Just curious. It doesn't effect my overall life too badly, I'm just looking for opinions, whether right or wrong from people who have some experience with mental stuff . "

The following is an answer one of the other posters gave to her:
by Graveyard76 » Sun May 18, 2014 11:37 am

"I know people who experiment with this sort of thing regularly in the belief that they're in contact with spirits. It seems to be fairly harmless, and these people aren't obviously insane, but I can't help thinking they're getting towards dangerous territory.

What happens if you get 'orders' to do something harmful, and you take this stuff seriously?"

This activity is just like using a ouija board.  The following article I found very interesting.....     “The Ouija board is a vehicle which makes it easy for negative spirits and demonic forces to enter this plane of existence.” The Merrillville, Indiana clairvoyant cautioned that evil spirits or demonic forces often gain the trust of people experimenting with Ouija boards by answering several questions truthfully and providing predictions. “Once they have gained the trust of their victims, it is easy for the entity to move in and take over either by strongly influencing that person, or by outright possession,” she said. People who are untrained and unsophisticated in the field of the paranormal and supernatural should never play with devices such as the Ouija board, according to the clairvoyant.>>> http://www.ghostresearch.org/articles/ouija.html


Written By Jennjfer L Auld

Monday, July 11, 2016

Dalai Lama in Conversation with Indian Yogic Master BKS Iyengar

New Delhi, India, 20 November 2010 - His Holiness the Dalai Lama today engaged in a conversation with renowned Indian  master Dr. Yogacharya BKS Iyengar on mind training and compassion in a discussion titled Yogic and Buddhist Techniques of Mind Training and Cultivating Compassion at the Convention Center of India Hbabitat Center in New Delhi.

His Holiness said happiness is generally understood as deep satisfaction; however, it is important to make a distinction between satisfaction achieved through sensorial level and mental level. The mental level of happiness, he said, can be achieved through spontaneous willingness from within as well as mind training leading to ultimate compassion. For a Buddhist practitioner, His Holiness said the ultimate goal is achieving Buddhahood by cultivating a compassionate mind and the by-product of thus practice is the ability is to achieve a calm and positive mind in one’s day-to-day life.

Dr. Iyengar known for deciphering the code of Patanjali Yoga Sutra in a scientific way and who has practiced Yoga for the last 60 years explained the seven stages in achieving happiness through yoga. He said the moment the intellect of the heart and mind meets through complete understanding of body and mind cleansing, that is when the consciousness of the egoistic self or the “I” is nullified and a practitioner experiences boundless uncolored joy. The aim of yoga, said the sprightly 93-yr-old is to achieve non-colorisation of happiness where remnants of the self is eliminated. He said a yoga practitioner treats negative emotions such as anger as separate entities and thereby brings the mind under control.

His Holiness referred to the various stages of mind as are described in Buddhist texts saying daily meditation coupled with investigation on shunyata or emptiness helps a Buddhist practitioner in achieving happiness. He said the Yoga Mandala practice in Tibetan Buddhism involves the understanding of the concept of emptiness or shunyata. Unless a practitioner has a deep understanding of shunyata, it perpetuates grasping of false realities or perceptions.

Asked by moderator Mr. Rajiv Mehrotra, secretary/trustee of the New Delhi-based Foundation for Universal Responsibility (FUR) if yoga aims at loosening such grasping to avoid maya or false realities, Dr. Iyengar said yoga considers ignorance or mental deficiencies as the cause of all sufferings or dukha in the world. He said living moment to moment without getting caught up in the wheel of past or memories is the path to future. In Patanjali Yoga, he explained, shunyata is known as manolaya or dissolution of the state of mind.

Speaking on the mind and body connection, His Holiness said like yoga practice that stresses on the connection between emotions and physical postures to achieve a state of equilibrium of equanimity, Tibetan Buddhist practice also stresses on the importance of mind and body connection whereby a practitioner when meditating has to focus on the correct body posture such as keeping the spine straight in order to allow the correct flow of energy to provide relaxation during meditation. He then referred to the Vajrayana school of Tibetan Buddhism where connection between right body posture and state of mind are described in detail such as dream state or deep sleep state.

Dr. Iyengar said there are some similarities or closeness between Indian yogic tradition and Tibetan Buddhist approach and suggested both traditions should work together to find a common avenue to benefit the humanity.

The discussion was attended by Indian and western scientists among them physicists and neuroscientists, scholars, spiritual practitioners and the general public.

original link & photos http://www.dalailama.com/news/post/625-dalai-lama-in-conversation-with-indian-yogic-master-bks-iyengar

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