Saturday, January 10, 2015
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
2nd Edition, © December 1, 2014
Hardcover, 375 pages
In The Science of Spirit Possession: A 21st Century Approach to Mental Health, author Terence James Palmer proposed that Spirit Release Therapy (SRT) is the most effective way to treat people who are possessed by “earthbound spirits of the deceased.”
In a follow-up thesis at http://www.examiner.com/review/book-review-the-science-of-spirit-possession-part-1-of-2 which I wrote about in January 2013, Palmer reviewed the Catholic practice of exorcism during which a priest or other person of the cloth demands in the name of God or Jesus that the offending entity leave the person who appears to be possessed based on the Rituale Romanum of 1614. He noted that SRT - “a soul-centered therapy” - offers a “more gentle approach” which is also more effective without the need to impose a particular religious belief or other philosophy on the patient.
Now in The Science of Spirit Possession (2nd Edition), Palmer offers a more in depth look at the beliefs of various cultures around the world and how those beliefs affect the way in which those who are deemed to be possessed are dealt with. He still stresses the beliefs and methods of Myers but adds much more information from a variety of other sources.
When it comes to understanding spirit possession, Palmer stresses the importance of “personal subjective experience.” For instance, psychologist and medical anthropologist Alberto Villoldo personally experienced the healing practices of Amazon and Inca shamans for some 25 years. Through shamanic journeying, Villoldo realized that those who are possessed experience a “temporary absence of the victim’s soul,” which is known in anthropology as ‘soul-loss.’”
There are many aspects to be considered when attempting to come to some conclusions about the possibility of spirit possession beginning with the issue of discernment as to whether he or she is dealing with a true case of possession, schizophrenia or other such malady, or simply a case of an overactive imagination.
This includes taking into account the cultural influences, personal beliefs and even the expectations of the patient. It is also important to note the same things in relation to the practitioner. As well, there is the matter of eyewitness testimony, Palmer notes. Just like conflicting views of an accident scene, the same thing can occur during an exorcism.
He also addresses the topic of telepathy and the part it can play in possession cases. As well, he writes about a spirit’s role in channeling in automatic writing and psychography. As well, he notes the importance of the pineal gland and the possible use of neuro-imagingto actually view the lit up impulses of the brain during such events.
Palmer addresses vital aspects of spirit possession; part 2
In The Science of Spirit Possession (2nd Edition), www.cambridgescholars.com/download/sample/62013 Terence Palmer cites a few true cases of possession that involved dramatic physical changes in the patient, which were indicative of a bona fide demonic possession.
One is the case of Anna Ecklund from Earling, Iowa (1928) with exorcist the Reverend Carl Vogel. Anna’s face became so “twisted and distorted that no one would recognize its features. Her whole body became so horribly disfigured that the appearance of her human shape vanished.” Her body contorted in various ways and she vomited often.
Another is the case of Karen Kingston (1974) a mentally challenged 13-year old from North Carolina, who appeared to suffer from multiple personality disorder. Her father was “an alcoholic and at the age of seven, she saw her mother murder her father with a butcher knife. After witnessing this violent act, the child went into shock and never recovered.”
During the exorcism, Kingston levitated about five feet off the floor. Father John Tyson and Baptist Minister Reverend Richard Sutter had been holding her down at the time to keep from anyone getting hurt so when she levitated, they went with her. According to Robert Pelton, who related the incident in his report of 1985, “Tyson just sat there gasping. He looked rather ridiculous with his long legs dangling. Sutter looked like a captive who had been shot and draped over a horse.”
“They made the demon in Karen write a paragraph, which he did to the staff’s astonishment, for they knew that Karen could not write.”
When Reverend Richard Rogers demanded that the demon say its name, it replied, “Williams.” Then as he was expelled from Karen he said, “Leave us alone. I’ll come but I will kill this b*tch first…” When the demon left, there was a “bluish green cloud” that “enveloped her completely…”
Palmer then reviews the “First Law of Thermodynamics” discovered by physicist James Prescott Joule (1818-1889). This law states that “energy cannot be created or destroyed; rather the amount of energy lost in a steady state process cannot be greater than the amount of energy gained.” In layman’s terms, he states that when applied to “living systems” (people), it means that the energy contained within them is “transformed” into another form of energy when their bodies die. It is energies such as these that can be instrumental in causing spirit possession, particularly if the spirit of the deceased has its own issues that need to be dealt with. Thus the need to treat the intruding spirit as well as the patient.
In his previous works, Palmer noted the need for a “revised epistemology” when dealing with cases of possession. This time around, he goes further into this concept. As in the past, he notes the conflict faced by mainstream scientific thinkers who do not want to accept the use of a treatment based on the belief that spirit (consciousness) survives physical death and is able to interact with the living – physically, mentally (via telepathy) and emotionally based on that spirit’s own beliefs.
“It has been my own experience that the greatest difficulty in researching answers to questions of a spiritual nature lies in the determination of modern science to treat the concept of Spirit as taboo.”
In Chapter 15, Palmer presents a “Draft Project Proposal: Auditory Hallucinations or Hearing Voices. “The first part of this proposal,” he writes, “is to test the hypothesis that Spiritual mediums are able to tell the difference between autogenic (self-created) hallucinations and voices that are veridical (emanating from an external source) in patients diagnosed with schizophrenia.” The objective, he adds, is to test the “efficacy of Remote Spirit Release Therapy (RSRT), otherwise known as dis-obsession by Spiritist healers.” While some practitioners already do this with varying degrees of success, Palmer says there has never been “rigorous scientific testing.”
This book contains so much valuable information for anyone who wishes to delve deeper into all aspects of the possession phenomenon, how it has been and is now being treated and all that this entails in various parts of the world. This is not a book that can be read through quickly. One must take time to ensure that he or she understands all of the various aspects that Palmer presents.
There is just so much information between this book’s pages that it could not possibly be fully covered here. However, anyone who deals with the issue of possession and wishes to effectively treat his or her patients should definitely read it.
Terence Palmer has a degree in Psychology from Canterbury Christ Church University and a Master’s degree in the study of Mysticism and Religious Experience from Kent University. He has been a hypnotherapist for 20 years and a spirit release practitioner for 12. The University of Wales at Bangor awarded him a doctorate for his thesis on the scientific conceptual framework and research methods of 19th century researcher F.W.H. Myers. He is the first practitioner to be awarded a PhD on the topic of Spirit Release Therapy in the UK. He is also a member of The Society for Psychical Research and The Scientific and Medical Network. As well, he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.
His newest book can now be pre-ordered at Amazon.com
The Exorcism of Anna Ecklund
Karen Kingston Exorcism
Exorcism by Lee E. Warren
Terence Palmer’s Web Site: http://www.tjpalmer.org/
Terence Palmer on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dr-T-Palmer/336668526386740?fref=photo
Note: The Fifth British Congress on Medicine and Spirituality www.medspiritcongress.org/ will be held in London, England in October 2015
Sunday, September 7, 2014
How to Sell Art to Interior Designers
By Barney Davey & Dick Harrison
Published by Bold Star Media
© Copyright 2014
Barney Davey and Dick Harrison, who are both dedicated the business of selling art, share their many years of experience and expertise to help both up-and-coming artists and seasoned veteran to venture into the field.
Many artists do not have the business acumen to know how to sell their art. In fact often their creative passions override the fact that they might actually make a living from it. However, doing so takes knowledge that only these art industry pros can provide.
“To make a living from your art… your plan must go well beyond passion and involve generating a profit as well,” the authors note.
This book provides “insider information” and advice on such topics as the various types of interior designers, how to sell your art to them, the importance of tailoring your own artistic ability to meet the needs of particular clients and how to keep them coming back.
“When you demonstrate that you and your art can regularly fill a need or solve a problem for an interior designer, you’re well on your way to developing a long-term, mutually beneficial relationship.”
You will also learn how to present your work in the best possible light and the various alternative options for selling more of your artwork. Although the title of the book implies that interior designers are an artist’s only choice, the authors present other options as well.
Rather than putting your eggs all in one or even a few individual baskets, the authors show you how to diversify into other fields such as design centers. Find out how these centers operate, how to locate and connect with them, and how they could become another valuable source of income.
“Individual vendors in these design centers are in the business of selling art, primarily to interior designers, so the potential for multiple sales of primarily reproductions to one vendor is very promising.”
They also write about corporate art consultants and corporate art buyers. Find out what they do, how to locate them, how to determine their needs and how you could work with them.
You will also learn how to harness the power of networking both on and off the Internet including the importance of establishing relationships, good communication skills and why you should maintaining a blog or web site. Like many artists, you might panic at the thought of promoting your art. You will learn how to lose the fear of selling, and the seven ways you might sabotage your chances.
No matter what route you take to sell your art the authors warn, “There are companies that prey on artists…Due diligence is always required.”
Monday, August 18, 2014
By Jim Davidson
Mystik Africa Publications
© Copyright 2012
This book on ancient Africa relates the country's long history of civilizations stretching back over thousands of years.
The Atlanteans – a race of giants who according to legend were as technologically advanced as we are today - were once scattered in many places, including South Africa where they were drawn by stories of rich mining operations in iron, gold, silver, diamonds and other precious gems.
This history the author says, has been “hidden behind a veil of secrecy, misunderstanding and blatant contradictions ordained by a race of people within our midst that we refer to – ‘The Learned Ones.’”
Even before the Atlanteans there were the Lemurians, depictions of whom are displayed on many cave walls as ‘Birdmen’ – half animal, half human. When the human Atlanteans arose, some stayed in South Africa, interbred with the Lemurians and used many as slave labor in mining operations. Others moved to mainland Atlantis.
“The last remnants of the old Lemurian civilization finally went extinct during the reign of the Ancient Egyptians who revered them as Gods from a previous civilization.”
This book covers countless years of South Africa’s history – far too much to be included here. There are also hundreds of photos taken by the author of everything from cave drawings and paintings of human and non-human figures, huge standing stones, balancing rocks, circular buildings, great walls of stone bricks, remnants of a fortress (the Great Ruins of Zimbabwe), and out-of-place objects such as a huge jaw bones that must have belonged to someone three meters tall.
Most interesting and mysterious of all is the final chapter entitled Teachers from the Stars. In this chapter, the author notes the Drakensberg Mountain range where many Bushman paintings can be found. In the Game Pass Shelter there is a painting depicting not only humans and animals but also strange, cloaked figures with bulbous heads and what appears to be an antennae on top that move by floating just above the ground.
Now this could easily be dismissed as a figment of someone’s imagination. However, strikingly similar beings were seen on September 12, 1952 at Flatwoods, West Virginia. The beings were described as “between 10 and 15 feet tall and had a blood red face and glowing, greenish-orange eyes.” They also wore black cloaks, had bulbous heads, claws for hands and floated above the ground.
Another painting in the Chamavara Caves depicts a giant man, whom the author refers to as “a teacher from the stars.” There are many depictions of UFOs as well, which the ancient Africans called Shems. The author writes of the Anunnaki, first noted by Zecharia Sitchin as being from a planet called Nibiru. These aliens sought gold from the mines of Africa, which they needed to disperse in the air above their planet in order to survive.
Davidson writes: “The mere mention of ‘unidentified flying objects’ sounds a death knell to most ‘academics and learned ones,’ sending them scuttling uncontrollably for the safe havens of hallowed institutions and resolute theories of evolution.”
He certainly tells it like it is and with a dose of humor at that!
It is obvious that Davidson has traveled far and wide in South Africa, and conducted much research for the writing of his book. It does take some time to read, as one needs to digest each part in the extremely long history of this region. Once you reach the end, however, you will realize that it is still shrouded in countless great mysteries, many of which we might never know the truth.
To pick up your copy of Mysteries & Civilisations of Ancient Afrika, go HERE.
Saturday, July 5, 2014
Book Review: The Future Church – Revelations Revised
By Dick Harrison
© Copyright February 2013
The new Conglomerate Church in the year 2027 takes the appeal of the Internet to a brand new level. This church captures believers of various stripes by offering them a ‘quick fix’ for their prayers, not to mention the easiest way possible to unload their confessions.
Since people already know how to pray, all they have to do is fill out their request, drop it into a prayer box at their local church,temple, synagogue, etc. and a speedy answer can come by email, Twitter message, Facebook post or even Linked-In message – whatever a person prefers!
“If they have a computer, they can go straight in – email boldly before the throne,” Harrison writes.
He shows the influence of Marshall McLuhan, a Canadian philosopher and writer that most everyone, including myself, became familiar with in high school. McLuhan wrote such books as The Global Village,in which he predicted that individual newspapers would eventually be replaced by an electronic media that would bring the world closer together, Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man (1964), about the influence of the communications media of the time and The Gutenberg Galaxy: The Making of Typographic Man (1961), which took a serious look at ‘communications technology’ and what its effects might be in the future.
To further fill the coffers, The Conglomerate Church sells a variety of items to its happy parishioners around the world such as it’s popular Three Speed Electric Rosary (to cut penance time in half!) and Confessional Saunas where those health-minded folks can go to cleanse their bodies and their souls!
You will find yourself laughing at every turn of the page in this lighthearted look at what church life could be in the future. You will be in stitches reading about the church’s new appeal to young people with Spray-On-Condoms, their choices for sainthood and the hilarious Augmented Commandments.
Obviously, Harrison put a great deal of thought into developing this book. Add a huge doses of humor throughout and this book becomes an easy read that you’ll want to enjoy more than once!
Harrison is an award winning author, cartoonist and podcaster who has published a variety of works – always maintaining his witty and charming sense of humor.
For more information on The Future Church – Revelations Revised, go HERE and to pick up your own copy at just $2.99, go to HERE.
Thursday, July 3, 2014
By Richard Harrison
© Copyright March 2014
Published by BookBaby
Published by BookBaby
In LIM-R-IDDLES REVISITED, Richard Harrison offers readers an opportunity to solve entertaining limericks in riddles that provide hours of fun and stretch the mind at the same time.
In his opening Dedication, Harrison notes that he stems from “a generation that revered words – their power and their meaning.” It was a time when dictionaries became well-worn tools with teachers often saying, “Go look it up!” This is vastly in contrast to today where people around the world write “140-character Tweets” that contain “no grammar, punctuation or capitals.”
Being a student of old-school learning, Harrison learned to use words to their fullest, which has led him to creating word games such as those found in LIM-R-IDDLES. From humorous quips about marriage and children to the arts, animals, crime, pet peeves, imbibing, health, sports and more, his collection of 157 limericks will leave even the most intelligent folks scratching their heads as they attempt to solve the mixed up words that form them.
Add to this most amusing drawings that accompany each puzzle and LIM-R-IDDLES offers countless hours of enjoyment. Unlike crosswords, word finds and other such games, this one will keep you guessing with every page.
They say that as one gets older, it is more important than ever to keep one’s mind active to stave off the ills of old age. By the time you reach the end of this book, you will know that your mind has certainly had a good workout without you even realizing it. Also at the end, Harrison invites his readers to try their own hand at creating LIM-R-IDDLES, suggesting that if chosen, they just might appear in an upcoming issue.
So settle into your easy chair, put your thinking cap on and pick up a copy of this most entertaining and challenging work for just $2.99 by going HERE.
Also Available at Barnes & Noble HERE.
For more information on LIM-R-IDDLES REVISITED, go HERE.
For those who might wonder why this is a ‘revisited’ edition, Harrison and Albert Adler Harrison created an earlier version called Fun with Lim-R-Iddles published in 1968 so be sure to check that one out as well by going HERE.
Sunday, June 29, 2014
Experience the highest highs and lowest lows of a mother’s life
And The Whippoorwill Sang
By Micki Peluso
LSP Digital, LLC
© Copyright 2011
The worst nightmare any mother could endure is the loss of a child. In And The Whippoorwill Sang, author and mother Micki Peluso relates her own agonizing story of loss and grief after a drunk driver cut short the vibrant life of her beloved 14-year-old daughter Noelle.
But this horrible incident does not consume the entirety of Peluso’s tale. The majority of her book relates countless recollections of raising a brood of half a dozen children from their earliest years when half the battle was helping them survive cuts, bruises and broken bones, to the turbulent pubescent years and their eventual entry into adulthood. From a daughter who amused the family with her many comedic antics to a son who took delight in nailing a frog to a cross and yet other who tied the family cat to an umbrella and launched it out an upper window to see if it would parachute down, one cannot help but laugh out loud.
And The Whippoorwill Sang is a truly heartfelt tale scanning many years of memories. Just as the author has the reader howling at her children’s behavior, she slips in another short chapter recalling those agonizing 10 days that she sat with family and friends in a waiting room next to the intensive care unit where her daughter’s spirit hung precariously between the world of the living and the afterlife. Thankfully, the author chose to present her story this way so the reader does not become lost in the utter hopelessness that she felt during that terrible time.
For those such as I who love to hear true tales of the paranormal, I could not help sympathizing with her youngsters when they insisted that one of the much older but beautiful homes where they lived was actually haunted. Despite their pleas about all manner of paranormal activity, including ghostly apparitions, Peluso was not convinced until she saw otherworldly spirits for herself. After this happened she wrote, “I owed my kids an apology.”
When Noelle finally succumbed to her injuries, many wonderful supernatural events made Peluso increasingly aware that the soul lives on. Two of her young grandsons, one just 2 years old, were well aware of Noelle’s presence in their lives. And she even made an unexpected appearance to her father when her mother was in hospital.
This is one of those rare books that take the reader along for both the highest highs and lowest lows of a mother’s life. Her children were certainly a mixed bag of memorable characters, not to mention dogs, cats and a loving but workaholic husband. Peluso’s story presents us with not only a mother’s memories of both joyful and sorrowful times but also leaves the reader with a feeling of great hope.
This is one book that will linger in your own memory long after its covers are closed.
To pick up your copy, go HERE
Monday, March 31, 2014
The Kidney Sellers: A Journey of Discovery in Iran
By Sigrid Fry-Revere, J.D., Ph.D.
Published by Carolina Academic Press
Published by Carolina Academic Press
Copyright March 10, 2014
Genre: Creative non-fiction, non-fiction adventure (adult and young adult)
According to Sigrid Fry-Revere, ethics consultant for the Washington Regional Transplant Community’s Organ and Tissue Advisory Committee, there were more than 100,000 people on the waiting list for a kidney transplant in the United States at the end of 2013 and about 400,000 people on dialysis.
The sad truth, she says, is that many of them will die because there are not enough cadaver kidneys to meet their needs and those on dialysis usually only survive for approximately four years.
“Every year only about 15% of those on the active waiting list get transplants,” she writes. “Most will die waiting. Another 7–8% die or drop off the list (because they are too sick for an operation) without getting a kidney. This translates to approximately 20-25 American dialysis patients dying needlessly every day.”
Why is this happening in such a progressive country? Fry-Revere says it is because Congress passed the National Organ Transplant Act (NOTA) in 1984 that prohibited anyone from paying for organs. On top of that, doing so could result in a fine of $50,000 and up to five years in jail.
Based on the ethics that body organs should not be up for sale, this system is why those wealthy enough sometimes turn to purchasing a kidney on the black market. Fry-Revere notes “ a thousand or more Americans purchase illegal organs (mostly abroad) every year.” However, the black market is totally unregulated leaving patients open to contracting such diseases as “HIV, hepatitis and even cancer from improperly screened donors.” And she adds, “Donors are lied to, cheated, and left without sufficient post-operative care.”
The wealthy can also afford to get an operation as well as take the needed time off work. Thus the poorer folks are the ones more likely to die. Fry-Revere, who is also project director of the Center for Ethical Solution’s SOS (Solving the Organ Shortage) project, views this situation as unacceptable, especially when she learns that a much smaller country - Iran – has solved the problem of kidney shortages.
“The United States should be ashamed to be outdone by a country like Iran,” she notes.
“The United States should be ashamed to be outdone by a country like Iran,” she notes.
Fry-Revere spent two months in Iran interviewing physicians, nurses, kidney sellers and patients, as well as administrators of non-governmental, non- profits called Anjomans that arrange kidney sales in that country. She became the first person ever to document interviews on film and what she learned about the Iranian’s legal compensation system has proved invaluable.
One cannot read this book without feeling deep sympathy for not just the kidney patients who die each year in the U.S. but also for the families who are forced to watch them slowly dwindle away on dialysis. For Fry-Revere it also strikes close to home because her own son was diagnosed with kidney cancer when he was just 10 months old.
For this writer living in Canada brings the same restrictions as the U.S. I could only helplessly watch as a good friend and former co-worker on dialysis slide toward death’s door. According to Organ Donation and Transplantation in Canada, kidney donations have not increased over the past 10 years and ironically it is believed that copying the U.S. would provide the solution.
This book is a work of creative non-fiction. As such Fry-Revere, who is also president of Stop Organ Trafficking Now, uses not just her own knowledge of the situation but also relates the stories of others both in the U.S. and Iran in a way that is informative, interesting, easily readable and most importantly, heartfelt. Travel along with this courageous woman, who took her chances filming interviews without government permission. Find out why the 25-year-old Iranian system works and what problems still exist. Learn how donors are compensated and kidney patients are helped. Also discover how administrators, donors and patients deal with the ethical problems that have caused the U.S. to refuse to institute a similar system. Most importantly, learn what life on dialysis is really like. It will surely break your heart.
Aside from compelling personal stories, Fry-Revere also gives us a glimpse of life in current-day Iran that is far different than what the media and the U.S. government have led us to believe. This book is definitely worth five stars and a must-read that is hard to put down.
To pick up a copy of The Kidney Sellers: A Journey of Discovery in Iran, go to http://www.cap-press.com/books/isbn/9781611635126/The-Kidney-Sellers Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/The-Kidney-Sellers-Journey-Discovery/dp/1611635128
All author royalties go to support the SOS, Solving the Organ Shortage, project (http://www.ethical-solution.org/projects/sos)
To view photos that Sigrid Fry-Revere took while in Iran, go to http://www.TheKidneySellers.com. For a discussion of the center’s Solving the Organ Shortage project and other related issues, go to: http://www.ethical-solutions.org.
Author’s site: http://www.thekidneysellers.com
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CenterForEthicalSolutions