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The Demon God

I have been in contact with several demons and other parasitic energies. I have seen firsthand what kind of havoc they can wreck on someone’s life, but I have also seen how cleverly they disguise themselves. The cleverest among them won’t let you see them. They will simply manipulate people and make them believe that it is all their own idea.

Other demons will let you see them but will trick you into thinking they are something else. It isn’t unusual that such demons will present themselves in a bombastic manner and promise great gifts in return for something performed by you. In the beginning the gift might look huge and the price small, but with time you will pay much more than the gifts are worth; the greatest price being that you will be ensnared and make yourself dependent on the demons help. Your existences will be entangled. To help you swallow the bait the first contributions asked of you will often be such that you will want to give them for purely egoistic reasons, such as indulging in pleasure or slaying your enemies.

Of late I have been directed to look at a specific character and as I do so I realize that there is plenty of evidence to suggest that it is not what it presents itself as, but that it is rather mixed up with one or several demons playing with people’s minds. I am speaking about God as portrayed by the Bible.

Before going deeper into this let me say that I know God. I am not an atheist. Of the descriptions of God that I have read the one given by Neale Donald Walsch in the book Conversations with God seems to be the most accurate to me. That is the God that I know.

But the God of the Bible then? Is that the genuine God? Well, first of all the Bible was written by many people and has undergone many changes before it arrived in the version that you are familiar with. Even descriptions of the true God can be twisted beyond recognition when edited by people who are under the influence of lesser energies.

What I want to point out is that many of the biblical descriptions of God seem to be way off. They are simply not depicting God as I know him. In many cases I believe they are simply reflections of the insecurities, vengefulness and obsessive control behaviours of the people behind the pens. But all these religious accounts of God are most likely not made up to disguise the interests of the human author. Some are likely descriptions of real contacts with real entities, but many of these entities are not God. From what I know of demons and God they seem to be demons masquerading as God in order to snare people’s minds.

The result is demonic. At worst religion turns people away from God and makes them intolerant, hateful, vengeful and jealous. Religion is used to oppress, slaughter and destroy. To me this seems like the work of demons and people who follow demons. Believe it or not, but God isn’t interested in mutilating little boys penises. He isn’t jealous. She doesn’t care what you had for supper and it isn’t in the slightest worried about you being disrespectful towards it. These are all petty human concerns and are as such easily fuelled by demons.

God is far greater than so. If you believe in the biblical God it is a very small God you believe in. If you are truly worried of worshipping false Gods, begin by getting rid of these religious misbeliefs. Toss the Bible and stop listening to preachers. You will immediately be very much closer to God.

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Give me spiritual freedom

People have always searched for the higher meaning of existence. In their search they have had sensations of the highest divine and tried to name that which cannot be named. They have sacrificed to Zeus, thanked Freya, asked Shiva for focus and God for mercy. They have searched inward and outward with dance, prayer, singing, yoga and meditation.

One of the oldest traditions in order to get in touch with the highest divine, and with the other realities that surround us, has been by using plants. In the beginning humans were very close to nature and talked with the sun and the plants, the wind and stones. Nature was a teacher who shared its wisdom, but who also helped humans to be able to get in contact to other realities.

department of truth by new 1lluminati on Flickr
department of truth by new 1lluminati on Flickr

Over time some people have however made the experience more academic than spiritual. While the original spirituality was based on every persons own experience and their own contact with the highest divine, nowadays many people are content to believe in a constructed religion. They do of course overlap, but I’m guessing that most religious people today do not have a personal experience of contact with the highest divine, but are satisfied with believing others’ descriptions of it.

To me there is big group of illegal substances that is intimately connected with spiritual exploration – mostly those we would call natural psychedelics. I’m talking about plants and preparations such as Ayahuasca, San Pedro, Peyote, Cannabis (semi-psychedelic), psychedelic mushrooms and Iboga.

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Ayahuasca is a preparation made from a jungle vine and another plant. Shamans have probably used it for more than 6,000 years to have contact with other realities and heal people. It is used almost exclusively in ceremonial contexts, but is banned in Sweden because it contains the natural substance DMT, which is also found in the human brain and appears to be heightened and released by prolonged meditation, sleep, and at the moment of death.

San Pedro and Peyote cacti are used in similar ways and in similar contexts, for deep transformative and spiritual experiences. As far as we know the knowledge to work with them is probably more than 4,000 years old, but as with all these substances it might very well have been used for much longer than that. Today the knowledge is kept alive by South American shamans and North American Indians. While the cacti itself is legal in Sweden, it is illegal to consume it because it contains the natural substance mescaline.

Cannabis is regarded in Hinduism as a gift from the god Shiva to mankind, created from his body. It has been used for more than 4,000 years, both spiritually as medically in Hinduism and Buddhism, but more recently also in religions such as Islam and Rastafarianism. It is celebrated for its spiritual, mystical properties, but also because it allows people to see through illusions and lies. In the drug context cannabis is among the least dangerous substances, much less dangerous than alcohol or tobacco, but it is being fought with tremendous zeal. The active ingredient THC is easily spotted with a quick urine test.

Liberty cap
Liberty cap

Psychedelic mushrooms are available in hundreds of varieties and on every continent. The most famous Swedish psychedelic mushrooms are the Liberty caps, used by witches and shamans. In Europe, however, the Christian mass murder of dissidents makes it difficult to track past use. The mushrooms produce similar deep spiritual experiences including contact with other realities, past lives, a connectedness with nature and with the universe. Liberty caps are commonly picked in cow meadows after the first frost, but if you do so you are a criminal. All mushrooms containing the natural ingredient psilocybin are forbidden to handle.

Iboga is a West African shrub that contains the illegal natural substance ibogaine. It is documented to have been used in Africa in a spiritual context since the 19th century, but before that it is difficult to say. It gives deep transformative experiences and having taken Iboga one will often lie down for an entire day. Nowadays Iboga is most famous for its medicinal properties, as it has been proved to be able to break even deep rooted addiction with only one or two trips. But to do so is illegal.

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These are just a few of the illegal substances that have been used in spiritual practice for thousands of years before such recent phenomena as Christianity came along. Natural psychedelics are found on all continents, and maybe even in all countries. The tradition of using them in order to get in contact with other realities and with the highest divine has been preserved in many places in the world – by shamans in South America, witches in Europe, yogis and shamans in Asia and medicine men/women in North America, Africa and possibly Australia. However, they have for long periods been forced to go into hiding, because above all Christianity has violently persecuted them. Today this continues with the help of the disrespectful and discriminatory drug laws.

Drug laws thus not only violate minority rights, but also each person’s inherent right to their own spiritual experience and journey.

There are those who argue that these plants should only be used in their original cultural contexts, that is only the shamans of the Amazon should be working with Ayahuasca, and only the medicine men/women of North America with Peyote. With that logic the Liberty caps should of course be legal in Sweden. But besides that these people seem to overlook that we live in a globalized world and that the spiritual search has never let itself be confined to places or cultural context. Just as religions spread across the world and have borrowed freely from each other’s cultural contexts, shamanism is also worldwide and practitioners are inspired by each other. There have also been new substances used in similar ways, with similar spiritual effects and with similar healing properties – LSD, MDMA and Ketamine, to name a few.

Lady Girl open hands by Beshef on Flickr
Lady Girl open hands by Beshef on Flickr

Some people speak of religious freedom. I guess that would be the freedom to settle for believing in other people’s descriptions of the highest divine. I’m not interested in religious freedom. I require spiritual freedom – the freedom to have my own spiritual experience and my own contact with the highest divine. If my spiritual path happens to involve working with plants and in a tradition that is older than any religion, that is my business as long as I do not harm anyone else. A law that tries to stop me from doing so is nothing more than oppression and discrimination institutionalized.

Main photo: Headlong by Brad Hammonds on Flickr

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A box filled with stuff I don’t understand

I suspect that many atheists have a box labeled ”Shit I don’t understand and refuse to investigate”. I had one myself and looking back I can see it was very important to me as an atheist. Without it my world would be filled with conflicting experiences, but instead of having to deal with these conflicting experiences I could just stuff anything I couldn’t wrap my head around into the box.

There was quite a lot of stuff in that box. Experiences of spirits at an early age. An out of body experience. The time I saw a genuine UFO. Life kept throwing strange things my way and I kept stuffing them into the box. Once in a while I would tell someone one of those strange tales, but it was always with a smile and a laugh. Never too serious or with the intention of actually examining the experience.

It took me a couple of years after I stopped drinking before I could really get to terms with that box. Drinking itself was a lid on all such experiences and I came to understand that I had been drinking to sedate myself from spiritual experiences. Once I stopped drinking they were soon so numerous that I could no longer ignore them. That’s when I invented my new box “Shit I don’t understand, but hope to understand some day”. That box is absolutely huge and I love stuffing things into it and I often look at what’s in it, to see if there’s anything I can get closer to understanding.

Nowadays I find it interesting to see how atheists will quickly try to pack things away and refuse to talk about them. And quite often they pat themselves on the back for their refusal to discuss such things, as if it was in any sense a rational behavior. Rational and logical to me would be to empty the box and try to sort it all out. But that of course would require an open mind, and one thing I have noticed is that atheists are often as closed as many religious people are. Thinking of it many religious people must have the same box.

Atheists and religious people have much more in common than they would like to believe.

Photo: Thinking Inside The Box by David Goehring on Flickr

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Spiritual, but not religious

The day that I understood that religious people could also be spiritual, I was baffled. Being a spiritual person, but not at all religious, I see the two as contradictory in many ways.

Yeah, Happy Easter To You Too, Lady! by Jackie on Flickr
Yeah, Happy Easter To You Too, Lady! by Jackie on Flickr

When I look at religion I see institutionalized faith, made up of manmade rules, hierarchies, traditions, ceremonial spectacles and books that need to be interpreted. I see administration, systems of control, systems of oppression, buildings, power, indoctrination, opium for the people, and a system that to a great extent is run on fear. I see movements that enjoy tax exemptions, freedom of religion and that tell people what to think.

Spirituality on the other hand is my own connection to all that is and the realization that I am an aspect of the divine. Once I have that connection I don’t need books, rules or preachers, because I simply have to tune in to know what is right and blessed in any given moment. Spirituality is love, compassion and being truthful in life. It is listening. Spirituality is often persecuted (yes, even in the west) and enjoys no tax breaks. True spirituality, as far as I can see, is what is most threatening to religion, which is apparent when one looks back at the atrocities committed towards spiritual people by organized religious movements.

As I said, I was baffled when I learnt that there were people who considered themselves to be religious AND spiritual. In my contact with the divine I find nothing that compels me to build or support religion. On the contrary, it is telling me that religion is an expression of the greed and hunger for power that totally perverts people.

The God that I am in contact with couldn’t care less what hat you wear, how long your beard or hair is, what meat you eat or don’t eat or what plates you serve things on. The highest divine that speaks to and through me does not tell me to mutilate children’s genitals, shame sex or segregate people.

So for me it is quite bizarre to mix the two. It’s like mixing petrol and water, and expecting something nice to drink. I’m still having a hard time wrapping my head around that one.

Photo: The feeling of sun on fingertips by Keoni Cabral on Flickr

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