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4 Categories of Demons

 

Spectra (Spectre)/Lemures:

Ghosts or personates family members. (1) Thought to impersonate deceased or ghosts that trouble houses or solitary places(hauntings). Familiar spirits. cursed objects or poltergeist activity. It is my belief, many of these are seen on the ghost chaser shows on TV. These could also be those assisting the mediums during family seances, where they have insight on family history and knowledge.

Umbrae Mortuorum (Dead Shadow or Shadow People):

Shades of the dead. One of the earliest encounters with the shadow people was reported by the editor of the Paranormal magazine, Richard Holland. (2) Normally there is a dark countenance and malevolent feelings that are often reported in association with these creatures. Per Jason Offutt, author of ‘The Darkness Walks’, the most common [type of] shadow person encounters: a blacker-than-night, human-shaped shadow that people see walking through their bedroom, hallway, living room, etc. (3)

Obsession:

Follow certain people to trouble them from outward during the day. (incubus/succubus). Also could be mental illness being oppressed by spirits. We see an example found in 2 Corinthians 12:7-8, where Paul has a ‘thorn in the flesh’.

7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. 8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.

Obsession is an advanced form of oppression to the believer.

Possession:

The spirit enters inwardly in the person to trouble them. Illusionary deception to make them believe they are travelling, via astral projection, prophesy, ECT. Spirits and entities do not walk to up to a person and ask them if they want to be possessed. Instead, they find a weakness or a door through traditional family behavior or reckless behavior of the individual. The person’s active free will must be breached. They usually seduce a person with something simple and almost innocent unless they have done something that they have tremendous shame or guilt over. (4)

References:

(1). King James. King James Demonology: Modern Translation. Retrieved from https://books.google.com/books?id=_4PfDQAAQBAJ&pg=PT47&lpg=PT47&dq=king+james+identified+4+categories+of+spirits&source=bl&ots=6nvKmTyVuT&sig=FlF893jLF01BON76Jx-_sHgD2qg&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjSgL2u1ObVAhUP92MKHQ_vCOEQ6AEINzAC#v=onepage&q=king%20james%20identified%204%20categories%20of%20spirits&f=false

(2). Leo Ruickbie. A Brief Guide to the Supernatural: Ghosts, Vampires and the Paranormal. Retrieved from https://books.google.com/books?id=G7_ABAAAQBAJ&pg=PT21&lpg=PT21&dq=Umbrae+Mortuorum++shadow+people&source=bl&ots=gJvvSJ9IHr&sig=0p5P1NnrTzQM09Zc4moHnSCIXnw&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiXrMfD2ObVAhUOyWMKHYgbBqcQ6AEIPDAH#v=onepage&q=Umbrae%20Mortuorum%20%20shadow%20people&f=false

(3). Stephen Wagner. An interview with author Jason Offutt about these eerie entities. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/shadow-people-what-are-they-2594067

(4). Spirit Attachment and Possession Symptoms. Retrieved from http://www.texasghostandspirit.com/parasitic-entities/entity-and-spirit-attachment-and-possession-and-symptoms/

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Cursed Objects

Movies and stories have been created revolving the cursed object(s). The object is generally believed to be cursed by someone or possessed by an evil entity or deceased soul. Curse can be defined as a prayer or invocation for harm or injury to come upon one : imprecation People believe that there is a curse on the house. (1)

Interesting stories of missionaries in the foriegn land have been provided objects or trinkets (said to be prayed over) and found the objects to be cursed. These same missionaries must remove the object in order to be rid of the curse.

7 known cursed objects existing today are:

Thomas Busby’s Chair
Annabelle the Doll
The Crying Boy Paintings
The Basano Vase
James Dean Car
The Dybbuk Box
The Myrtles Plantation’s Mirror

Biblically we are told there are cursed things and unclean things that should not be touched.

“Neither shalt thou bring an abomination into thine house, lest thou be a cursed thing like it: but thou shalt utterly detest it, and thou shalt utterly abhor it; for it is a cursed thing.” (Deu 7:26)

“Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing and I will receive you.” (2 Cor 6:17)

There are a number of the occult and cursed objects within Ed and Lorraine’s Occult Museum. The moving ‘The Conjuring’ was based off the demonic possessed doll Annabell which is stored there. The real doll is a Raggedy Ann doll. (2)

It is said demonic entities can smell, feed, and gain energy from occult items, cursed or otherwise. Interestingly, these cursed objects can also provide a link between the two dimensions, allowing entrance and acceptance of said demonic entity. The demon attaches them to the object.

To rid yourself of these cursed objects, three steps are provided.

  1. Go before God and confess this out as a sin before Him, telling Him that you are sorry and that you did not know that this particular object was cursed with the presence of demons on it.
  2. Burn or throw away this cursed object so it is fully removed from their house.
  3. Then do a full house cleansing.(3)

References:

(1). Meriam-Webster. Curse. Retrieved from https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/curse

(2). Amanda Tullos. The real life CONJURING! A look at Ed and Lorraine Warren’s occult museum. Retrieved from http://www.blumhouse.com/2016/06/13/the-real-life-conjuring-a-look-at-ed-and-lorraine-warrens-occult-museum/

(3). Dealing with the legal rights of demons. Retrieved from http://www.bible-knowledge.com/dealing-with-the-legal-rights-of-demons/

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What I learned from Published Illustrators and Authors

I had the opportunity to hear some illustrators and authors. On Wednesday, July 26th, Ellen Oh, E.B. Lewis, Joe Cepeda, and Kent Nerburn provided insights on being published illustrators and authors. The panel was geared toward children’s books at the Fort Smith, Arkansas main library.

I was able to glean a couple of interesting things.

1) The editor is no longer in charge of choosing the author/story to be published.
2) The gatekeepers are not holding onto what is being accepted, rather what is being distributed.

In the past, to be published it was the editor that decided what was chosen. He or she would comb through the submissions in the attempt to find that diamond. That is no longer the case. Today it’s all about the bottom dollar and companies are choosing what is to be published. Not by the good storyline or character, rather how well that story can be marketed, promoted, and consumed by the readers. IE: can we sell it.

A quick Google search will reveal five trade book publishers as the major players. Those are Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, Macmillan Publishers, Penguin Random House, and Simon & Schuster. These are the primary U.S. divisions of publishers based in foreign countries.
Outside the big 5 publishers, one can trickle down to the self-published authors or the guy running a shop out of his/her basement. The number of actual ‘publishing’ companies is hard to define.

Thus, getting published is easy, per say. The real power is the channels of distribution. Quantity of sales equals more money for the author, and those authors that have been chosen for their books to be allowed in the main bookstores are very fortunate. When you walk into any well-known book store and see that nice end cap display, it’s not done by the book store, rather the marketing department of the book publisher.

Each submission is filtered down to the group within the publishing company and weighed for its marketing capability, what is currently being consumed by the populace, and how much of a return will it be in revenue. As I said, it’s a business and the dollar weighs heavy on the choice.

Interestingly, all in the panel agreed in today’s book world it’s very difficult and ugly. Very few can actually be successful, much less live off of that work type alone. The very idea of self-publishing made more than one squirm.

The business side was ugly, and I personally do not believe any author or artist really enjoys it. The author and artist have a story to convey and wish that story is given to as many in the world as possible.

Regarding the discussion of self-publishing, many of the panels found it undesirable. After listening to them, I get it. In the author world, once you see that acceptance and the Library of Congress ISBN for your work, it is a mark of ‘making it’.

In every industry, there is a ladder and each dedicated rung of that ladder marks progression. Having that ISBN in the Library of Congress, and seeing your book accepted by distribution to the major arteries of the book stores is the epitome of success.

Having some Joe Blow push his content into a print on demand (POD) and calling himself an author is viewed as an insult for those hustling in the industry. What those stuck in the traditional model do not understand is many of us are simply using the provided new business model for our content. Both require work.

However, as someone working the angle of self-published, I also realize merely having the ability to print your content and seeing it online is not necessarily the end game. There are many of us, simply desiring to see their stories being available to the public. The measure of success differs for each of us.

As the landscape changes, so do the opportunity for that to happen.

 

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