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.
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.”
”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
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
Sam. 19:24 implies that it was the regular procedure for the
prophets under Samuel to strip off their clothes and lie naked day
1 Corinthians 14:32: “And the spirits of the prophets are subject to
following are some examples of trance states:
a psychological state induced by (or as if induced by) a magical
state of mind in which consciousness is fragile and voluntary action
is poor or missing
state resembling deep sleep
attract; cause to be enamored;
condition of apparent sleep or unconsciousness,
out-of-body experience in which one feels they have passed out of
the body into another state of being, a rapture, an ecstasy.
state of hyper or enhanced suggestibility.
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
altered state of awareness induced via hypnosis in which unconscious
or dissociated responses to suggestion are enhanced in quality and
increased in degree
state induced by the use of hypnosis; the person accepts the
suggestions of the hypnotist
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
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
driving through the sense of hearing by chanting, auditory story
telling, mantra, overtone singing, drumming, music, etc.;,
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
driving through the sense of sight by yantra, visual story telling,
mandala, cinema, theater, art, architecture, beauty, strobe lights,
form constants, symmetry;
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.;
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,
Yoga, Sufism, Surat Shabd Yoga; meditation;
traumatic accident, sleep deprivation, nitrogen narcosis (deep
diving), fever, by the use of a sensory deprivation tank or
mind-control techniques, hypnosis, meditation, prayer;
occurring: dreams, lucid dreams, euphoria, ecstasy, psychosis as
well as purported premonitions, out-of-body experiences, and
Trance-like states which are often interpreted as religious ecstasy
have been deliberately induced with techniques or ecstatic
including, prayer, religious rituals,
meditation, breathing exercises,
sex, music, dancing,
sweating, fasting, thirsting,
and psychotropic drugs.
Vibration and Resonance
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
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
'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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
has the lowest frequency between 0.5 and 4 Hz. Delta
is produced during deep sleep.
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
As the bride of Christ,
anything that unite all mankind into unity
feeling of oneness
anything that lead us into the oneness and union with Christ is the
This is the Church, the body of Christ.