Hey, everyone! Heather here. The following post has been written by PGI friend, Craig Gauss. A little bit about Craig from his self-written bio: “I’ve been interested in spooks and spectres pretty much all my life. I used to be scared to death of the unknown, now I find it fascinating. I founded SpookyDudes Paranormal Investigations after catching the investigation bug. I absolutely love to work with others and to learn different ideas and techniques. Thanks to my interest in the paranormal, I have met some amazing people, been to some amazing places, and it sparked my love of photography. All in all I’m just another paranormal enthusiast, everything from ghosts, UFOs, cryptozoology, and the variety of people and places that come along with it all. I find all the facets of the paranormal world very interesting.”
Enjoy Craig’s post!
This seems to be a common theme nowadays and personally, myself and MANY others, don’t think it is a good one!
** <insert Name> our Demonlogist **
SWEET! So you have someone that has self-proclaimed themselves as an expert in Demonology and is ready to deal with Demons (Defined in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as, a) an evil spirit; b) a source or agent of evil, harm, distress, or ruin.)
First off, the words demon and demonic seem to be thrown around all the time. When did everything bad become demonic? There are a couple million people that are just plain a-holes, pissed off or negative. Isn’t it completely possible that if you are an a-hole, pissed off, or overly negative in life, you would also be that in death? Someone who throws tantrums or throws stuff around when they are upset would most likely take that behavior/energy with them.
BUT WAIT! Something growled at me. Something talked to me in a negative tone. Something scratched me. Something threw something at me. So how does any of this prove there is something evil in the air? We have ZERO knowledge of what we are indeed dealing with. Could it be a whole truckload of demons looking up from Hell? Sure…. but don’t you think if that were the case that there are hundreds of thousands of people they could easily possess? There is already so much evil in the world. Could it be someone in death that just wants to mess with the living? Could it be aliens and that is the only way they can communicate? Could it be some self-inflicted issue that is conjured by your own mind? Could it be the war cry of Bigfoot riding the Loch Ness Monster?
So how does one become an expert in this? Did you read a bunch of books? Did you watch a bunch of movies? Did you “train” with someone? Did you watch one of the TV shows and thought it would be neat to get into this?
I know in the Roman Catholic Church, one can be ordained as an Exorcist, but beyond that maybe I am unaware, there is no other way for someone to become truly recognized as someone ready to deal with evil.
The very first paranormal conference that I attended, I listened to a presentation done by someone who has dealt with the Church and evil. Much of the presentation scared the ever living sh!t out of all attendees. Was this just for the shock factor? No, it was information that needed to be passed on so people knew what in the heck they might be getting into.
At another event I was lucky enough to see a video of a real exorcism. Sure it was interesting to see some things that looked like modern day special effects but there was no way they could have been done in the time of the video and it is nothing that was pleasant to see.
After both of those presentations here are some key questions:
- Do you really have any idea what you may be messing with?
- Do you really want to take on the risk of the things that might come with messing with this stuff?
- Are you ready to deal with this stuff for life?
Obviously it takes a special person for the Church to ordain someone as an Exorcist and from what I hear they don’t openly talk about the whole thing nor do they hand out the “title” like candy. This isn’t something you can start dabbling in and then just walk away.
So why do teams think they need to have a “demonologist” on staff? There are people out there who have made the decision in life to deal with this sort of stuff. If you talk to them they will tell you, with conviction, they know what they are sacrificing. I don’t think a lot of the people who have given themselves this title have really looked at everything besides the “cool” title. Speaking to someone that has been ordained as an Exorcist, this is also something they have never been called in for. The cases…. that evil… luckily are few and far between.
There are people that have been dealing with this for YEARS, people who have fully accepted the responsibilities and results of dealing with the demonic, people who should be contacted regarding these sorts of cases. If legions of demons are trying to claw their way out of hell and get into this world, do we really need to lend a hand by having a bunch of uninformed and uneducated people dabbling in this stuff? I don’t think so.
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