One of the first books I read which gave me a new perspective on the spirit world is Carl Wickland’s Thirty Years Among the Dead. which he wrote in 1924. Initially it was a little overwhelming to realize how enmeshed living humans as incarnated beings are with discarnates. I spent a couple of days mulling it over, and then plunged into Dr. Wickland’s book, discarding my disbelief, and truth be told, my fear over what he was describing.
Dr. Wickland (1861-1945) was a Swedish psychiatrist who practiced at the turn of the century in Chicago. During his lifetime he was a member of the Chicago Medical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and chief psychiatrist at the State Psychopathic Institute of Chicago. In 1918 he moved to Los Angeles
and founded the National Psychological Institute; however long before then he had turned away from conventional psychology of the day to the belief that obsessing spirits of the dead were at the root of many psychiatric illnesses.
He used low-voltage electric shock to dislodge them and then his wife Anna (d.1937) acting as a trance medium would guide the spirit over into the light and convince them to release their hold on their human host. He worked with a group of enlightened spirits he called the “Mercy Band” who assisted from the other side in guiding these lost spirits.
In an age when spiritualism was rampant, Dr. Wickland warned
against the use of Ouija boards and dabbling with automatic writing by persons who were not knowledgeable about what they were doing. He described several persons who after having tried to engage in automatic writing had started to display totally different personality traits to their own, and many had ended up being institutionalized. Prior to their attempt to connect to the spirit world they had been normal. It was through these cases that he started to research psychic phenomena.
Dr. Wickland observed, “Humanity is surrounded by the thought influence of millions of discarnate beings…. A recognition of this fact accounts for a great portion of unbidden thoughts, emotions, strange forebodings, gloomy moods, irritabilities, unreasonable impulses, and irrational outbursts of temper, uncontrollable
infatuations and countless other mental vagaries….”
Contrary to modern views that possession is only by demonic or non-human entities, in truth this is very rare. Most of the time the spirit is of human origin, but I guess it’s not as scary as something that can be tied into horror flicks like The Exorcist.
Once you acknowledge that there are many spirits who are not tied to a location or home, but might be attracted to you due to your personality or physical similarities to themselves or someone they liked, or that you might be sensitive, you learn how to take precautions, especially in keeping your aura intact.
Barring a psychological or psychiatric source for these experiences, the following is a list of experiences that indicate you might have a spirit(s) trying to influence you and insinuate themselves into your aura.
How and why do these spirits start to follow you?
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Marlene at Miami Ghost Chronicles is a freelance paranormal investigator and writer.
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