Thursday, February 25, 2016

Long Term Effects of Investigating the Paranormal

 By Reverend Mark Hunnemann

“The first thing you will notice is that the atmosphere is "buzzing" and has a heavy, excited feel to it. Inside you may feel a bit of a pressure being exerted from an external source. Your heart may feel stressed as it may beat irregularly in your chest. Demonic entities can physically affect you and can cause considerable damage. This is a concern that is currently under investigation in regards to the harmful effects placed upon professional and novice ghost hunters. Soon you may see health hazard warnings being posted at paranormal investigation sites. I know it may sound a bit bizarre, but there really is credible evidence of investigators coming down with strange heart and internal organ problems that, for some, have led to hospitalization.

As an example, author and haunted survivor Stephen LaChance attributes his sudden heart surgery to the demonic activity he was exposed to in the Union, Missouri Screaming House.

The shocking reality is that paranormal investigators may be exposed to more than they realize - especially in a long-term sense.”

Tim Yohe, Paranormal Insights

For years now I have expressed a growing concern for the welfare of folks who are exposing themselves to the spirit realm. I have worried out loud regarding the physical dangers (other dangers as well) that long term exposure to this spirit realm is having on paranormal investigators or people living in infested homes. Recently, I have been asking investigators what kind of activity or problems that they themselves are experiencing. Honestly, it does not seem that—at least the ones I talked to—were keen on talking about it.

This concern was reinforced in two ways in the last week. First, I was contacted by a family a few days ago who moved into an infested home nine years ago. After spending a considerable amount of time on the phone with the parents (they have 4 kids), it quickly became apparent that they came under demonic oppression immediately after moving in. This oppression has included an assault on virtually every area of their lives, including their health. Prior to moving in, the mom had never been seriously sick, but since then, she has dealt with cancer and a litany of other significant ailments.

Anyone who has dealt with long term demonic oppression knows first-hand the terrible reality of this danger of deteriorating health….both the people experiencing it and those helping them. Of the dozens of cases that I have worked on, almost all of them included health problems.

The bible clearly distinguishes between natural disease/handicaps and those caused by demonic oppression/possession. That is, in the gospels we see people who have all sorts of afflictions due to demonic  activity. So, it is logical to assume that they still are doing the same today.

Second, I read an article by Timothy Yohe which the brief excerpt above is taken from. This is the first time that I recall reading an article from someone deeply involved in paranormal investigation/research who openly acknowledges this problem and addresses this issue. Numerous times before, I referred to these physical problems as the deep, dark secret of the paranormal community. Though there is ample evidence of the dangers of interacting with the spirit realm, it is rarely mentioned. So, reading this article was a breath of fresh air.

“I know it may sound a bit bizarre, but there really is credible evidence of investigators coming down with strange heart and internal organ problems that, for some, have led to hospitalization.

The shocking reality is that paranormal investigators may be exposed to more than they realize - especially in a long-term sense.” Please re-read Yohe’s entire excerpt again…

I am glad that someone/s are finally taking a serious look into the long term effects of being a paranormal investigator. My concern is not to score some debating points, but I have a deep and genuine compassion for those whom I know are suffering, or will be down the road, due their plunging into the paranormal.

The kinds of physical problems Yohe mentions are serious—affecting the major organs of the body, including the heart.

The heart. Did you know that the human heart is kept alive by electrical impulses that move from one part of the heart to another, causing the pumping action?

I have had serious heart problems for a long time…chronic atrial fibrillation, and chronic systolic heart failure. I would probably not be alive today had not a nurse say to me on a routine visit, “Did you know that you are in atrial fib…irregular heartbeat?” I was sent to an electrophysiologist who discovered that there was a potentially fatal problem with the electrical activity in my heart. These guys are the ultimate heart specialists. After going through Med school, cardiac internship, and several more years studying the electrical function of the heart. In our area there are tons of cardiologists, but only 3 electrophysiologists. Enough of me and my heart.

However, it is common knowledge that demons are very adept at wreaking havoc on all things electrical—cell phones, appliances, TV’s, radios, ect. Master manipulators of electricity. I have seen this many times, and chances are you have as well. So, why not the heart too, with its electrical activity?

Bottom line? Here is a respected paranormal researcher who says that the shocking reality is that paranormal investigators are being exposed to much more danger than they realize…especially long term.

While I deeply appreciate Yohe’s insights and clarion call for caution, I don’t think he goes far enough.

Demonic attachment is a serious reality amongst paranormal investigators, which causes a whole host of problems. It is time for paranormal enthusiasts to reflect on the very real hazards of jumping headfirst into a realm that is forbidden to us. The continual solicitation of EVP’s, which is contrary to biblical commands to not attempt communication with the dead, is bound to have serious consequences…no matter how sincere and well-intentioned you might be.

As Yohe points out, this is a widespread problem in the paranormal community—taking it further, should this fact not compel paranormal enthusiasts to re-think that you are mainly dealing with earthbound spirits? The evidence suggests otherwise, and it breaks my heart that folks are turning a blind eye to what is utterly obvious in the bible, and is now being corroborated by even more empirical evidence.

From the dawn of time and written history, virtually every society had a respect/fear of the spirit realm, which is why they had a mediator of some kind…priest, shaman, ect. Ours is the first generation that I’m aware of in which anybody and their brother is rushing headlong into interacting with the spirit realm. Just because you can do something, does not mean that you should.

When I was writing my book in 2009 there were about 950 paranormal groups listed in in the US. In the span of just a few years that number has grown to about 3,500! Our ancestors knew something that we seem to have forgotten—playing with spiritual fire will burn you. I’m grateful that Yohe realizes this and I hope his words will start a community-wide conversation.

For YOUR sake, please reflect deeply on your current involvement with spiritism (that is what almost all paranormal investigations are in a nutshell), or you may end up very sick or worse…

Looking for answers? Please read Insiders Testimony to the Dangers of Interacting with the Paranormal, Part 2 [The Cure]

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.


Anonymous said...

Read any life story of the exorcist priests and they will tell what it does to them! Malachi Martin also warned exorcism work shortens one's life. Many Jesuits who have been involved have had unusual ailments. Never been a secret. And that's on the guys trained to REMOVE the demons. These guys going in and stirring them up- will always bring something "home" with them.
I have been present at "easy" deliverances and we don't stop praying when the demon's gone...we pray for each other's protection..We pray for protection before as well.
Too many doing it for vanity- and that will get them-unfortunately. (Also, they should have a team they- go in to remove whatever was found.IMO)

Inigo Montoya said...

Anecdotal evidence written and spoken by those who are not professionals. This article is seriously lacking in critical thinking and facts. How exactly does one become a demonologist? Is there a fee paid and a reference book and certificate issued? I've "paranormal investigated" for years with absolutely no contact with spirits let alone demons. Science and fact is not something that can be made up.

ParanormalPoison said...

Thank You for sharing this Article & Information. I have to Wonder however the extent of Research that has been done on this. As you stated there are Many people in this Field now, so given the stats, could it just be normal? Coincidence? I have not heard of Tim, but I do know and I have met Steven. I can mention of another Friend in this Field who has a Book out on EVP's who has Suffered Heart issues as well. Now I would like to tell my on going saga, I have been Researching/Studying Paranormal since Early 1990's, with Primary study on EVP's. I too now suffer with MULTIPLE Ailments. As of a Year ago, I've been under going several Heart Test, with nothing pin-pointing the actual cause of my problem, only that there IS one. See, My Heart is Beating TWICE the Rate it should. And now I have a Lump on my neck & I when I see my family Dr. this week he said we will begin testing for Cancer. So you understand why I found this interesting. Although I would love to see more Research done.

Unknown said...

This is an important point for especially the novice . Those of us who have chosen this field to offer or talents in should have that awareness prior to investigations involving potential maleficent or demonic spirits present . As for "unknown" once you have felt the
kick post investigation , say when your home and unwinding , or more so while you are expel-
ling a demonic from a dwelling and the unmistakable feeling of hands around your neck choking you becomes apparent , as was in my case in Bridgeton , ME. about seven years ago , I don't believe you would present such an argument . Now how much the occurrence of permanent effects post to the paranormal experience may be debatable but it is most definitely there and very real . I keep in mind our time here is but a brief stay until we move on to that same
spiritual realm , we will have most the answers then if not all . So I do not attempt to harass benign souls but to help those calling for it and help those living to be free from
from fear or attacks . Enough said , Peace - Al

Anonymous said...

And of course there are mental side effects, as well.

Mark said...

I deeply appreciate all the replies. Regarding Malachi Martin, I remembering him mentioning this problem in "Hostage to the Devil'.
My heart goes out to you Katherine and pray that the doctor will have extraordinary insight into the cause/cure of your serious health issues.
Exactly HOW this phenomenon will be researched is not clear to me yet.
All I know is that it is a serious problem and starting this conversation--and publicly acknowledging its reality--is a necessary first step. Many have suffered in silence in the past, but I'm hoping that this disccusion will embolden affected folks to seek competent medical help.
Everybody has an ultimate criterion, conscious or unconscious,that they revert to to answer lifes most basic questions--including the nature of the spirit realm.
The bible and Jesus make it clear that the demonic can oppress people physically, emotionally/psychologically, spiritually, relationally, financially, ect.
As I mentioned, the anecdotal evidence (ie empirical evidence) supports this unfortunate fact. I have been personally attacked...still have the scar on a shoulder from being clawed 2 years ago.
A related issue is the number of paranormal investigators who have a spirit follow them home, or experience paranormal activity themselves. A friend of mine (very respected in the field) experiences indoor rain, and 'pulsating walls'...but they just write it off as a harmless. I think that kind of response is quite common...but not wise.
Whether an exorcist, a person living in an infested house, or paranormal investigators all seem to deal with serious physical problems. The common denominator? Being exposed to entities who are pure evil, and who are intent on inflicting harm--in a whole host of ways.I'm glad the mental side effects was mentioned.
Call me simplistic, but I believe all paranormal activity is demonic activity.Before you blast away, I have written about 200 blogs about various aspects of the paranormal and what the bible says about it. But I also am trying hard to understand how/why others believe differently.
It seems to me that we cannot make progress in understanding why so many folks are getting sick, unless we have a clear understanding of WHAT the spirit realm is, and WHO occupies it.
Nevertheless, as one who is on disability myself, I have deep empathy for anyone who is suffering as a result of exposure....regardless of what you believe.
I hope and pray that we come to a deeper understanding of how many are affected,and how to bring some resolution/protection. Thank you again, and may we work together to find some answers...because some of us are already very sick...and the trend seems to be worsening.

Jennifer Auld said...

Good one Mark! Nailed it. So very true.