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THE PHENOMENA OF SPIRIT POSSESSION

In this chapter I am trying to analyse the phenomena of the effect of the Spirit (Holy, Unholy or Human) on man as expressed in the visible experience of these three waves. I again quote some interesting studies which will help us to understand these These are extracts from various internet sites of different religions and scientists which gives us the general idea that these phenomena are universal part of all religious cultures and is a reality.

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http://www.etsjets.org/
 

In bulletin of Evangelical Society

The use of the term “ecstasy” to describe the state of revelation in the Old Testament is not altogether modern. The “deep sleep” (tardema) of Abraham in Genesis 15:12 is rendered by  the in Septuagint. The Greek translators also chose that term to describe Daniel’s trembling at the great vision (10:17).  Rab, the celebrated Babylonian Amora and founder of the academy in Sura (d. 247 B.C.), in reference to Genesis 15:12, called Abraham’s deep sleep the “deep sleep of prophecy.” Tertullian used the word in his discourse “On the Soul." This power we call “ecstasy,” a deprivation of the activity of the senses which is an image of insanity. . .[Citing Gen. 2:21, the tardema falling on Adam] Sleep brought rest to the body, but ecstasy came over the soul and prevented it from resting, and from that time this combination constitutes the natural and normal form of the dream." Elsewhere he said: When a man is rapt in the Spirit, especially when he beholds the glory of God, or when God s eaks through him, he necessarily loses his sensation because he is overshadowed with the power of God.‘

Origen denied this and similar views of ecstasy.

Here is what the Psychologists say:

 “From the viewpoint of psychology, ecstasy is a “withdrawal of consciousness from circumference to center;” a state in which the absorption of the mind in one idea, in one desire, is so pro- found that everything else is blotted out.“
Psychologist Abraham Heschel

 “When inspiration strongly intensified it turned to ecstasy.”
Johanncs Lindblom

 ”The appropriate term to apply when an overmastering emotion of whatsoever kind produces a state of exaltation or stupefaction in which the mind is obsessed by a single idea or group of ideas to the exclusion of all other ideas, or one or more senses is abnormally stimulated, with accompanying suspension of the other bodily functions.“
N. W. Porteous

Three types of Biblical Ectasy

 R. B. Taylor saw three types of ecstasy in the Old Testament represented respeciively by Samuel (concerned with domestic matters), Balaam (concerned with the future), and Saul (concemed with rousing nationalism in a time of crisis and oppression)?’

Ezekiel, however, more frequently serves as an example of ecstasy. Pfeifler said: “Ezekiel was the first fanatic of the Bible” and “Like most fanatics, Ezekiel was dogmatic...In ecstatic trance he saw visions and heard voices."

Beryl Cohon bunches all the early prophets together, the false along with Elisha and calls them “mad enthusiasts.”“ One of the most radical analyses of Ezekiel appeared a decade ago in the Iournal of Biblical Literature where he was termed a “paranoid schizophrenic,” and “true psychotic (unrecognized in his day and looked upon as an ecstatic),"

1 Sam. 19:24 implies that it was the regular procedure for the prophets under Samuel to strip off their clothes and lie naked day and night

1 Corinthians 14:32: “And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.”

 

 

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 The following are some examples of trance states:

Enchantment: a psychological state induced by (or as if induced by) a magical incantation

A state of mind in which consciousness is fragile and voluntary action is poor or missing

A state resembling deep sleep

Capture: attract; cause to be enamored;  

A condition of apparent sleep or unconsciousness,

An out-of-body experience in which one feels they have passed out of the body into another state of being, a rapture, an ecstasy.  

A state of hyper or enhanced suggestibility.

An induced or spontaneous sleep-like condition of an altered state of consciousness, which is thought by certain people to permit the subject's physical body to be utilized by disembodied spirits or entities as a means of expression

 An altered state of awareness induced via hypnosis in which unconscious or dissociated responses to suggestion are enhanced in quality and increased in degree

A state induced by the use of hypnosis; the person accepts the suggestions of the hypnotist

A state of consciousness characterized by extreme dissociation often to the point of appearing unconscious.

Trance may be understood as a way for the mind to change the way it filters information in order to provide more efficient use of the mind's resources.

Many traditions and rituals employ trance. Trance also has a function in religion and mystical experience.

Castillo (1995) states that: "Trance phenomena result from the behavior of intense focusing of attention, which is the key psychological mechanism of trance induction. Adaptive responses, including institutionalized forms of trance, are 'tuned' into neural networks in the brain and depend to a large extent on the characteristics of culture. Culture-specific organizations exist in the structure of individual neurons and in the organizational formation of neural networks."

 

 

The following are some of the means of inducing ecstasy:

Benevolent, neutral and malevolent trances may be induced (intentionally, spontaneously and/or accidentally) by different methods:

Auditory: driving through the sense of hearing by chanting, auditory story telling, mantra, overtone singing, drumming, music, etc.;,

Kinesthetic: driving through the sense of feeling and movement through the kinesphere by dance, story telling by movement, mudra, embodying rituals, yoga, breathwork, oxygen deprivation, sexual stimulation etc.;

Visual: driving through the sense of sight by yantra, visual story telling, mandala, cinema, theater, art, architecture, beauty, strobe lights, form constants, symmetry;

Olfactory: driving via scent through the sense of smell by perfume, pheromones, incense, flowers, pollen, indeed any scent for which we have an association or memory, etc.;

Gustatory: driving through the sense of taste and indigestion; including: starvation, herbs, hallucinogens and drugs. As the intake of food and beverage entails intra-bodily chemical reactions through digestion, some infer that all food may be considered medicine or drugs and therefore contribute to the induction of discernible psycho-physical states (see Ancient Medicine). Trance states can be attained through the ingestion of psychoactive drugs, particularly psychedelics, such as marijuana, LSD, Peyote, psilocybin mushrooms, and MDMA.

Disciplines: Yoga, Sufism, Surat Shabd Yoga; meditation;

Miscellaneously: traumatic accident, sleep deprivation, nitrogen narcosis (deep diving), fever, by the use of a sensory deprivation tank or mind-control techniques, hypnosis, meditation, prayer;

Naturally occurring: dreams, lucid dreams, euphoria, ecstasy, psychosis as well as purported premonitions, out-of-body experiences, and channeling. 

 Trance-like states which are often interpreted as religious ecstasy have been deliberately induced with techniques or ecstatic practices;

including, prayer, religious rituals,

meditation, breathing exercises,

physical exercise,

sex, music, dancing,

sweating, fasting, thirsting,

and psychotropic drugs.

 

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Vibration and Resonance
with Christ

 

 
 
In fact our Christian services with rituals of the Orthodox and Catholic Churches are developed with the intent of focusing on Jesus and to experience the presence of the Holy Spirit directly. 

Music and Praise and Worship do the job in worship.

The whole purpose behind all religious worship is intended for this purpose

We see these concentration on the deiti or some arbitrary central object do indeed produce such ecstatic experiences.

 

 

 

 
 
  


Another typical such experience is induced in the Sufi whirling dance and also in the sufi prayer groups by repeated intonations of the name Allah.

 In Sufism, the term is referred to as wajd and the experience is referred to as either jazbah or majzoobiyat.


Shamanic trance dance.
The dream time is a multidimensional world that can be perceived from within, It’s a place you can answer questions, receive revelations, insight and guidance.

And a place you can connect to the higher power of Great Spirit Or ‘God’

'Monkey Chant' practiced in Bali, which is a modern adaptation of the older sanghyang ritual, in which participates induce trance through dance, inviting entities to temporarily possess their bodies in hopes of warding off evil.

Hindu Navrathry trance dance

Thumpi Thullal during the Onam Festival of Kerala, India
Here no deity nor demon is involved or assumed.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKZUY1aArug
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bFO0O5x0Yk

In Kerala where I was born and grew up during the celebration of Onam which was celebrated both by Christians and Hindus there was this ceremony of Thumpi Thullal (butterfly Dance) where trance and dance was induced on one person sitting in the middle by the repeated noice and shouting or singing.  The person starts jerking and vibrating until finally gets up and falters around.  When they are exhausted water is poured on them and the spirit was quenched.

Transformation into the Divine Reality

http://www.mindmotivations.com/articles/kundalini-awakening-information-reasoning-potential-dangers

Kundalini is the energetic or functional aspect of Hindu and Buddhist tantric teachings. References date as far back as the 11th century. Said to be a powerful cosmic energy that lays dormant at the base of one's spine it is symbolised as a coil or curled up snake (hence the association with being the 'sleeping serpent'). This energy is extremely powerful and is often described as the pure essence of self and the universal creative impulse.

When activated (a 'Kundalini Awakening') the energy is said to travel from the base of the spine (root chakra), all the way up top of the head (crown chakra), activating all the different chakra points along the way. Facilitating spiritual awakening, the prolonged practice of kundalini meditation over time is said to expedite spiritual advancement, increase connectedness with self and others, deepen meditative, and have many other transformational effects.

 

 
 
  

 

http://www.kundaliniawakeningsystems1.com/

As the Kundalini activation permeates the body a chain reaction is building. This can happen very quickly or slow depending on the quality of a person's practice, acceptance and surrender.

 

The spine will feel as if it wants to be straight. A feeling of powerful energies begins to build at the base of the spine and as they increase a pressure forms at this base until it gives way like a dam bursting. Exquisite energies then sweep up the spinal column causing the back to arch backward and the head is immediately wrapped in a swirling mass of energy. Lights and sounds and smells are experienced. Sensations of tiny electric currents are felt just below the scalp zipping and fizzing their way around the head and often spreading through out the body. An inner HUM begins to be percieved.

 

Extreme feelings of love and joy are felt as this energy convulses the body with the intensity of an internal hurricane of joy and movement. Some people have reported seeing streamers of light fountaining out the top of their head around them. The top of the head at the fontanel can become an organ of vision.

 

Beauty, Joy, love and a feeling of completion pervade the body as the energy begins to fill the cranial spaces with a golden white light that is viewed with eyes closed but looking up. The sensation of a bowl on the top of the head extending down to the temples is perceived (the new halo). Some minor spastic movements and jerking of the body is felt as the Kundalini completes its initial foray in and around the body.

 

This can last for minutes or seconds and it is what the energy of that person decides is needed. No pain, unless you resist, and even then, in the beginning, it will wait until you resist consistently before helping you understand.

 

This is the time to call upon your personal divinity. The one you have been communicating with (praying to). Or your own inner divinity. Don't be surprised to actually see them appear in the physical reality as you are in a blending of realities as this first appears. To a degree the veil that separates us from the Divine Reality (the true reality) has been lifted, but not completely, as it is understood that you still have to function in a body and in the physical world.

 

You may begin to experience the skills and attributes of the awakened individual i.e. telepathic skills, seeing peoples thoughts or emotions, astral projection, remote viewing or sensing. These are only "lesser experiences" when encountering the Divine but need to be stated.

 

Now you have a whole new set of rules to live and flourish by and guidance is there to help you understand what those rules are. The Kundalini will guide you through the process by way of intuition, visions, and feelings.

 

At this time it is EXTREMELY important not to see, hear, or experience any of the negative forms of entertainment our western society has to offer. No books or movies or music that isn't loving or conducive to positive loving feelings. This is necessary for your pattern to develop and strengthen. As much as you are able to be, be at peace and prayerful. Remember the (Inner Joy) and smile and know that you're indeed blessed for now and ever...

 

Brain Wave States

The principle of inducing and entering into the state of union with the cosmos by a person can be understood as a resonance phenomena.   According to the Quantum theory of string, everything in the universe including physical matter in all its varying forms from quarks, mesons to atoms an molecules to the vast universe are compendium of vibrating strings consisting varying vibrational modes. Thus matter can be considered as waves within the plasma of strings. In this model everyman is a vibrating mode of matter.

Everything in the universe is created and sustained by vibrations — energy enlivening matter produces vibrations. Thoughts and feelings are vibrations, the wind rustling in the leaves is vibration, light reaching us from the sun and the stars is vibration. The whole of our life is vibration, everything that we perceive through our senses and everything we think feel and do.

 

 
 
Music is vibration – the emotional vibrations of a violinist’s inspiration, transmitted through the bow that enlivens the strings to vibrate and move an audience to tears, all this is vibration at every step.  

 

Understanding vibration is one way to grasp the essential unity that gives meaning to life.

Resonance is phenomena whereby one vibrating media can induce vibration energy and bring its amplitude to the greatest extent if both are having the same vibrational frequency. Since each string can vibrate with multiples of fundamental frequencies, these can happen at several frequencies each a multiple of the first. If two objects are in resonance, they can support each other without dampening to infinity.  Thus a slight suggestion which has resonant frequency in another person can start the whole process of exchange of energy which will give infinite vibrational amplittude. This is what is happening in all religious rituals, music and dancing.  Not only music, chanting, movement and dancing but also visual, olfactory and all sensory stimulation adds to the vibrational resonance.  All the five senses are thus included in an effective worship service to bring the community into resonance- as one body.  Ultimately this becomes the body of God.

 Scientists have learned our brains operate at five levels of frequency; gamma, beta, alpha, theta and delta. Each level of frequency is measured in cycles per second, or hertz.


Gamma has the highest frequency 40 Hz and above. Advanced meditation and yoga practices associate the Gamma brainwave frequency with a state of pure compassion. Researchers have also discovered that the Gamma brainwave range is associated with a heightened sense of perception, mood and information processing.

Beta has the next highest frequency, between 13 and 40 Hz. This is associated with our normal, everyday waking state. Beta helps in logical thinking, analysis, and active attention. Stress can throw the frequency to the higher ranges of beta.

Alpha operates between 8 and 13 Hz. This occurs during daydreaming, fantasizing and creative visualization. This is often associated with a deeply relaxed state, and with a light trance or meditation.

Theta operates between 4 and 8 Hz. Theta is associated with intuition, and allows us to access our subconscious. It is activated during dream sleep and deep meditational states. Theta is also associated with creative thinking, and allows us to tap into our inner genius.

Delta has the lowest frequency between 0.5 and 4 Hz. Delta is produced during deep sleep.

Isochronic Tones

Isochronic tones are single tones of regular beats, used for brainwave entrainment. Isochronic tones work by pulsing sound at regular intervals, exciting the thalamus, causing the brain to resonate with the frequency of the isochronic tone, changing brainwave patterns.

 

 
 
  

As the bride of Christ,
anything that unite all mankind into unity
and
feeling of oneness
and
anything that lead us into the oneness and union with Christ is the real worship.
This is the Church, the body of Christ.

 

 

 

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