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Raped by demons

Rachael is living a restless life and her marriage is on the verge of collapsing. She says after falling asleep, an evil spirit attacks and sexually abuses her.

She and her husband are not on good terms because of the hallucinations as a result of the nightmares she experiences, writes Juliet Kasirye 
Rachael’s marriage is on the verge of collapsing because of the frightening nightmares she usually gets at night. She says whenever she is sleeping, she hears someone entering her bedroom.
Unwrapping her mosquito net and out of blue, she feels the heavy weight of a man squeezing her chest so hard that she can hardly breathe properly.
Rachael discloses that the first time she had that terrible nightmare, she almost chocked to death when she opened her eyes and saw an image of a tall man standing beside their bed. Still in shock, this man started walking towards her. When the evil spirit touched her, she shouted on top of her voice in order to wake her husband up.
“Unfortunately my husband could not hear me, so he did not wake up. The spirit overpowered me and had sex with me that night. After a fortnight, the same incident happened to me again, but this time, my husband heard me whispering “bedroom words” and he woke me up,” adds Rachael.
Rachael reveals that these days the incident which she attributes to rape by demons is becoming a routine as soon as she falls asleep. Since she does not get enough sleep, she says this has not only affected her marital duties, but also her work. She says recently, her boss threatened to fire her since she arrives late for work.
“For the whole of last month, I have been having sleepless nights. My husband was worried about my condition, and he took me to a psychologist in order to see whether my condition would change, but nothing changed,” she said.
Rachael adds that when she confided in her friend Ruth, she advised her to visit a witchdoctor in Masaka, but when she went there, the situation instead worsened.
Her biggest challenge now is how to explain the cause of this to her husband. She says they no longer communicate well as they used to and her children also fear her because she scares them when she starts screaming at night.
Psychologists say demonic dreams bring fear and can make someone sick
Do demons really exist?
“Nightmares are real, and so far, I have prayed for many people with such experiences. Basically, there are three sources of dreams — psychological, spiritual and demonic dreams,” says Michael Kyazze, a senior pastor at Omega Healing Centre, Zzana.
Kyazze explains that with psychological dreams, the things you encounter during the day are recorded in the mind. Besides that, these dreams also emanate from the soul and fatigue.
Kyazze adds that some spiritual dreams come from God, and the rest come from the devil. He says demonic dreams also exist, and in most cases if a person gets demonic dreams, he or she changes his or her lifestyle.
“It is through demonic dreams that the purpose of the devil is fulfilled. It makes the person hurt, brings fear and also makes them sick. Besides that, demonic dreams also manifest in the person’s life through dreams.
Actually, it is like a dream, but in reality an experience,” explains Kyazze. He describes demonic dreams as a spirit manifesting in form of a person. It abuses the person sexually and its objectives are to defile her, and also injure the relationship between her and the husband.
Kyazze recommends people who are attacked by demons to seek counselling from religious leaders.
According to him, in James 4:7, the Bible says that resist the devil and it will flee from you. This verse implies that you must do things which resist the power of darkness. For example, fasting and also engaging in prayer with others.
“If it is a psychological dream such as dreaming watching horror movies or an abusive behaviour, it is best you get out of it as soon as possible. However, if it is a demonic influence, it needs a prayer of deliverance in order to chase away the person who appears in the dreams,” advises Kyazze.
Mark Kigozi, a pastor at Real Life Church, Namboole says demons do exist. “I believe there are dreams, and spiritual realities. Personally, I have received cases of people who are disturbed by evil spirits, but sometimes, a person may get dreams which are terrifying because of the thought patterns,” he says.
Kigozi says some people are disturbed by demons depending on the activities they engage in. For example, if someone watches a horrifying movie, chances are high that they might get nightmares because of fear. Also, if a person had dramatic experiences in the past, they might get scary dreams.
Kigozi advises people who are affected by demons to always first identify their spiritual life, and then seek counselling and prayer sessions from a spiritual mentor, who will guide them through the prayer process of deliverance such that all the bondage of Satan lets go of them.
Livingstone Nkoyoyo, the retired Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, says he has heard about so many people who have been attacked by demons in dreams.
“There is no witchdoctor who can deal with such a situation because they are spiritual attacks. The only way to get rigid of demons is through prayer,” he says.
Stephen Langa, a counsellor at Family Network discloses that demons that rape women really exist and so far he has counselled two women with such experiences. Besides that, he has also known of men who have gone through the experience.
He says some demons come in form of recurring dreams where one is experiencing sexual relationships with some unknown person, and others are like physical encounters with something which is invisible, yet the encounter is sexual.
Langa narrates another ordeal of a woman who used to be mentally ill and would walk naked. He says this woman was later delivered through prayer and she is now a productive member of society.
He says the lady told her that the source of the spirits that drove her into insanity came through sexual encounter with someone who was infested with sexually transmitted demons.
Apart from that, Langa also gives an experience of a former witchdoctor he watched being interviewed on TV.
“The woman said her assignment was to bring down high-ranking men, and her main weapon was sex. She said she would do whatever she could in order to lure the man she was targeting into sex. She added that once the man had sex with her, he was finished,” Langa said.
“This is because from that point onwards, she would control him and dictate whatever she wanted to do with him. This control over someone is made possible through sexually transmitted demons,” he added.
“If you are attacked by demons, it is always important to have close contact with God in order to be delivered. Besides that, it is also vital to stay sexually pure since some people have spirits which follow them from generation to generation.
For example, some people are possessed by demons, and in most cases, if you sleep with many men or women, chances are high that you will also get the demons they have since it is hard to tell who is possessed by a demon or not,” concludes Langa.

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Wolves Exhibit Psychic Abilities which Have Saved People’s Lives

According to fairy tales, wolves are “bad.” Reality dictates otherwise. There are cases, including this one, where these canines have saved people’s lives.

Wolves of fiction have a bad reputation, as evidenced by Little Red Riding Hood, the Three Little Pigs and others. In reality, a study of wolf attacks indicates that these are rare. In the past fifty years, about seventeen people in Europe and Russia were killed by wolves.

There were no fatalities in the Americas. The majority of these attacks were by rabid wolves. The other attacks were either because the animals were in fear of their lives or when they regarded humans, especially children and babies, as prey.

In reality, wolves are shy and avoid humans. Shamanic people hold the wolf in high esteem. He is a teacher and pathfinder and represents loyalty, intuition and the shadow.

Trapped in the Blizzard

Carter Allen and his girlfriend, Dawn, were out late one night when it began to snow. Soon, the flurries turned into heavy snow, so they decided to go to his mother’s house in rural Minnesota. The snow became a blizzard.

The car slid into a ditch from which there was no escape. Their only chance was to walk to try to find safe haven. They were wearing sneakers, jeans, sweaters and jackets which offered no protection from the cold, wind and blinding snowflakes.

Carter led Dawn back to the car, then went to seek shelter. He found a farmhouse. The elderly farmer refused to help. Carter trudged back to the car.

The Shadow During the Snowstorm

Carter, exhausted and numb from the cold, at some level of consciousness, was aware of something following him, but was too worn to look. As he felt himself falling down and into darkness, he remembered praying for help.

He struggled to regain consciousness and felt something furry covering him like a blanket. When his mind was clearer, he realized it was a large black canine. He petted the animal and wondered if it was a wild dog.

No one would allow such a magnificent pet out in this weather. He had never seen such a splendid animal or this breed of dog. Carter looked into the animal’s eyes and saw the canine wanted to help him and the canine seemed to sense why their paths had crossed. Carter pressed his face into the animal’s fur and breathed in warmed air.

The Guardian Wolf

The man was energized and made his way back to the car, expecting his rescuer to follow him, but the animal disappeared into the darkness. Carter and Dawn huddled together in the car. He told her about the dog who saved him which made him feel warm and helped her to relax.

The couple was wakened by a snowplow driver who offered to take them to Mrs. Allen’s house. Carter told his mother about the dog who saved him.

His mother said there was no such dog in the area, but, twice, she had seen a large black wolf in the vicinity where Carter fell.

Guardian Wolf’s Psychic Abilities?

There is documentation in parapsychology labs and in the field that some animals have psychic ability. The wolf saved Carter’s life and, from his gaze, conveyed the fact that he was there to help.

Were Mrs. Allen’s sightings of the wolf the animal’s precognition, knowledge of the future, that he would be there to help when needed? Anpsi, animal psychic phenomena, is one of the mysteries that traditional science has yet to find answers to.

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What Christianity Looked Before The Birth of Jesus Christ

One of the things that always intrigues me is the historical basis for certain philosophical and metaphysical concepts. We often simply take for granted that the memes or ideas of our time have always been the basis for “truth” – and in our scientific age that can be a huge distortion.

I remember when I read A New Earth and Oprah hosted Eckhart Tolle in a webcast series, and many people calling in wondered at his references to the parables of Jesus, and whether there was a connection with Christianity.

Oprah tried to soft pedal the fact that Eckhart’s teaching is secular, which is problematic for fundamentalist Christians – but is there a connection going further back?

One of my favorite ideas from Eckhart’s work is his interpretation of the notion of the “Kingdom of Heaven” not as “someplace else” or in the sky, but rather as a state of being resulting from questioning, and ultimately not believing your thoughts.

In the 20th century a major discovery was the Dead Sea Scrolls and similar documents that revealed the Gnostic Gospels – a different set of historical interpretations of the teachings of Jesus, that looked at sin as believing your thoughts – and resisting what is with mental struggle and turmoil.

This resistance and suffering would, of course, be the opposite of the “Kingdom of Heaven”.

In The Gnostic Mystery by Randy Davila, the author weaves an interesting thriller around such a newly discovered scroll and also takes the opportunity to summarize this discovery of an ancient Christian doctrine as a psychological teaching along the same lines – the researcher in the book says that the key to Gnosticism was nonresistance to reality, and suffering was viewed in the teaching as the result of struggling with what is and hypothesizing alternate realities that “weren’t”.

This made me think of Gurdjieff, who was ever mysterious and veiled in his claims about the source of his teaching–which also included deep physical and psychological inquiry into the nature of thought. Gurdjieff posited the existence of three brains that need to work harmoniously in order to connect to higher wisdom and suggested that modern humans are asleep and oblivious to their true nature.

But in addition to mentioning a map to “pre-sand” Egypt which fueled his journey to the pyramids (where he worked as a guide) Gurdjieff would suggest that his teaching was the “true” Christianity – preceding the life of Jesus, as well as the Egypt of the pharaohs with its source in “prehistory.”

While much of Gurdjieff’s ideology can be viewed as “Eastern” and he may have traveled to India and Tibet, a deeper look at his cosmology and biological notions suggest that what he brought to light may have been the original and undistorted teaching of a superior civilization that eventually gave way to both Egyptian and Meso-American cultures that attempted to preserve its scientific wisdom.

A modern philosopher and scholar who writes in depth about Gurdjieff in relation to modern issues, Jacob Needleman probes this aspect of the teaching in his book, Lost Christianity.

In this book Needleman engages with a scholar and monk whose research has taken him deeply into the sources of Eastern Orthodoxy and more esoteric interpretations of scripture. Needleman writes:

“What has been lost everywhere in the life of man is the confrontation within oneself of the two fundamental forces of the cosmic order: the movement of creation and the movement of return, the outer and the inner. The whole of what is known as “progress” in the modern world may be broadly characterized as an imbalanced attention to the outward-directed force of life, combined with a false identification of the “inner” as the realm of thought and emotion. The thoughts and emotions that are given the name of ‘inwardness” actually serve, as has been shown, the movement outward and degradation of psychic energy. In Christian terms, this is “flesh.” Thoughts and emotions are not the soul.”  (222)

What this suggests is that the original “pre-Christian” teaching was about inner energetic knowledge and the discovery of man’s true nature through deep inquiry and concrete experience.

The quote above actually suggests the Advaita inquiry of Neti Neti – “not this, not this” – in the pursuit of reality and the resulting recognition that what “I am” as not my thoughts, not my emotions, and not my sensations; the body is experienced as yet another “external” object to one’s true being.

This is indeed a very timeless notion of truth that we now may see as “eastern” or “mystical,” but one that has been preserved in stories since the dawn of time. Joseph Campbell brought many of these stories to light in his work (which inspired the Star Wars films) and one can find more information in Bernardo Kastrup’s latest book, More Than Allegory: On Religious Myth, Truth And Belief.

Bernardo, who also wrote Why Materialism is Baloney eschews the low hanging fruit of fundamentalist religious dogma to probe more deeply the sources of wisdom in our psyche and in our historic heritage of myth that suggest connection to higher energies and influences.

Of course science itself has given us the basis for this – we know that we use wifi (wireless) transmission of energy every day and our computer software encodes active conceptual intentions and produces results without human intervention – suggesting that mental energy and truth does not need a physical foundation in order to “exist.”

In addition to these connected efforts to unearth the sources of wisdom that may have been lost, the actual historical civilizations that modern history seems to avoid even mentioning are covered books like Chariots of the Gods, by Erik von Daniken and more recently in Magicians of the Gods: The Forgotten Wisdom of Earth’s Lost Civilization by Graham Hancock.

It may well be that we are on the verge of rewriting not only our history of science and religion, but in fact the history of the origin of our species as we connect these various dots and rethink even the basis of religions we have always taken for granted: Judaism (with the Kabala and its mystical aspects) and Christianity as being sourced not in the teachings of Jesus, but in the ancient history of mankind itself.

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What Makes People With Autism ‘Ghost Magnets’?

Difficulty in social situations and rigid behaviors are two of the most common symptoms of people with autism. However, many also seem to have a heightened connection with the paranormal world.

People with autism process things differently to those with neurotypical brains, particularly when it comes to sensory processing. This can offer an explanation for why autistic people are often more in sync with the paranormal world, such as describing that they sense a presence, feeling touch, and even having visions with no somatosensory stimuli.

In fact, research shows that these experiences are prevalent in autistic people when compared to control groups, going as far as to describe them as ‘ghost magnets’.

Increased levels of anomalous perception

Anomalous experiences include a vast range of things, from lucid dreams and out-of-body experiences to sensing a presence or having an apparitional experience. While anyone can have an anomalous experience, research has found that people with autism have an increased level of anomalous perception.

Thirty participants with an autism spectrum condition (ASC) diagnosis and thirty neurotypical control participants completed the Cardiff Anomalous Perception Scale (CAPS) and Social Responsiveness Scale (SRS-2) questionnaires.

The CAPS score was significantly higher in the participants with ASC when compared to the control group. They also found that the frequency of anomalous perception, the level of distress caused, and the level of distraction caused was significantly higher in the ASC participants.

An increased need to explore

One explanation for people with autism, particularly children, having a heightened connection to the paranormal world is their need to explore and understand. Research from M.D. Rutherford and Francys Subiaul showed that children with autism biologically differ in how they explore their surroundings and are more likely to seek explanations in physical domains.

When someone without autism has a paranormal encounter, such as sighting a ghost, they’re more likely to brush it off and forget about it or explain what happened in a different way.

For someone with autism, they’ll be more likely to explore and search for an explanation for their experience, which can lead to them having more encounters as they place themselves into situations and environments where a paranormal encounter is much more likely.

Ghosts in the home

Autistic people have earned the title of ‘ghost magnet’, mainly thanks to children who seem to pick up on supernatural activities more than anyone else. There are countless stories of autistic children drawing pictures of people who they say they see or having conversations in what appears to be an empty room.

Parents often start to look into the history of their home or neighborhood to discover that someone who fits the description of the person that their child is communicating with had died nearby or in their home.

The good news is that the ghosts that are drawn to autistic people are usually friendly and want to cause no harm or fear. The reason why autistic people connect with these ghosts more than neurotypical people is unclear, but the most obvious explanation is that it all comes down to how their brains are wired differently.

Embracing all things paranormal

For some, having a paranormal experience can be scary or worrying, while others seek them out. Having autism can make it difficult to understand or communicate these experiences, which can partly explain why people with autism find them more distressing and distracting than others.

Whether you believe in all things supernatural or not, it’s important to remember that people with autism experience the world differently in many ways, so they may be seeing, hearing, feeling, sensing, or just believing in something that others aren’t able to.

Autistic people should be supported and encouraged to embrace their experiences and try to communicate them to others to help them process them. This can be done in whatever way works best for them. Ultimately, they may enable others to connect with the paranormal world, helping them to create some special experiences and memories too.

From ghost and UFO sightings to out-of-body experiences and sensing a presence that no one else can, research shows that autistic people certainly do seem to have a heightened connection to all things paranormal. The difference in how their brain is wired that causes their autistic symptoms is likely also responsible for these experiences.

By Lottie Westfield

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