The PBS Blog Podcast Ep 13 – Be Mindful of Negative Feelings

Be mindful of how you make people feel because that is what they remember most. Whenever sharing negative experiences be sure there is a lesson to be learned or something to be taught from it. Make sure there is something that you can give back as a result of having shared it. Remember that energy you feed gets stronger. If you feed vengeance, complaints, hatred, and strife, these emotions will get stronger and you will unknowingly begin to project these feelings on others and the feelings you don’t feed like love, compassion, forgiveness, and encouragement get choked out.

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Say No to Charlie

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In 1988, a demonic entity named Charles Lee Ray, nicknamed Chucky, possessed a doll. It was the first time many of us saw a real example of spirits using children to their advantage. The mother gave her son the popular sought after toy and Chucky worked through him to commit his crimes. The spirit of murder that was on the man Charles had come to inhabit the doll. We became obsessed with the “cute devil” and still we cannot get enough of Chucky. I believe there are like five parts out now, one released just recently. However, truth is stranger than fiction. Is it any coincidence that this spirit has come back to us? Only this time, it is more than animation and make-up.

They say it’s like the Ouija board but the truth is its worse. The “Charlie Charlie Game” is a game that is being played by children, not just in classrooms, but in general. It is considered a combination of the Ouija board and bloody Mary, but this game is physically injuring its participants.

“Brian White, from Biloxi Mississippi, reports he was attacked by Charlie the demon after he taunted the spirit saying, “You’re not real, you’re a fake, come get me if you are who you say you are! Show me you’re here!”
That’s when White said he was thrown facedown and violently attacked. He said it felt like somebody was slicing him with razor blades.
When the attack stopped, his friends saw that his back was covered in scratch marks…”

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Jon Santa Cruz / Rex Features (582062k) Ouija board with pointer VARIOUS - 2006
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Jon Santa Cruz / Rex Features (582062k)
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VARIOUS – 2006

The reason it’s physically injuring its participants is this: you give more energy to demonic entities, fallen angels etc. when you call them by name. According to history and the experience of those who’ve played it, the Ouija Board conjures up demonic spirits by those who participate. It is a flat board marked with the letters of the alphabet, the numbers 0–9, the words “yes”, “no”, etc. along with various symbols and graphics. It uses a small heart-shaped piece of wood or plastic as a movable indicator to indicate a spirit’s message by spelling it out on the board during a séance, so forth and so on. As a result, this game creates a portal for demonic entities that are given permission to enter. Which demon accepts the invitation varies but we do know something happens to alert the players to its presence. However, while this is bad enough, the Charlie game is worse than the Ouija Board because it is conjuring a specific spirit; creating a portal for this demon named Charlie.

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Contrary to popular belief this is not a game, this is a séance, and this is the part where parents are supposed to wield their authority and take away this stumbling block from the minds of their children. We sit back and we laugh at horror movies and pretend they have no bearing on reality. We sit back and laugh at violent movies and yet make children cover their eyes when a man and woman embrace in a warm kiss. I am not promoting soft porn, but what I mean is a simple engagement of husband and wife is shielded from them, but the slicing off of a man’s head is not. We have taken away what is natural and subjected our children instead to the unnatural. If your child does not know not to participate in this game, if he or she does not understand the dangers involved, if he or she does not understand why this is not a good idea, then it is your fault as parent. You see it is time for parents to start taking responsibility for the mental, spiritual, and physical upbringing of their children. It’s not just about bad kids running around, it is about raising up a child in the way they should go. And if we are not doing this, then Charlie will become a permanent fixture in your child’s life and you will wonder how he or she became so wayward. It is because you allowed them to conjure up demons and wicked spirits and they have followed them around from childhood to adulthood. Yes, it’s this serious.

I’m not going to give the details of this portal opening experience because you really can just Google it. But whatever you do, please teach your children to just say no to Charlie.They do this by not giving energy to it. Do not mock it, and do not play around with it. Just stay away from it.

Halloween: An Obvious Evil

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October is here. Parents are stocking the closets with the best goodies. Others are hanging skeleton bones in bushes, hiding pretend mice behind counters, and preparing pumpkin pie recipes. On the other side of the coin, children are deciding which of their favorite hero to honor this year, how long should the witches nose be, how much paint are clowns supposed to wear, and if their tooth fairy costume will really make them fly. Sounds innocent enough, after all, it’s just about candy, kids, and costumes…right?

Solstice

solstice-topSamhain (pronounced Sow-en), dates back to the ancient Celts who lived 2,000 years ago. It is a Celtic word meaning “summer’s end.” The Celts believed that summer came to an end on October 31st and the New Year began on November 1st with the start of winter. They based this on the Solstice. A solstice is an astronomical event that occurs twice each year as the Sun reaches its highest or lowest point. The word solstice is derived from the Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still), because at the solstices, the Sun stands still coming to a complete stop before reversing direction. The solstices, together with the equinoxes, are connected with the seasons. In many cultures the solstices mark either the beginning or the midpoint of winter and summer. The summer solstice occurs when the tilt of a planet’s semi-axis, in either the northern or the southern hemisphere, is most inclined toward the sun. The Celts believed the end of the summer solstice was the end of the year, which they believed began on November 1st. But the Celts celebrations began at sunset the night before (10/31).

Gateways, Doorways, and Portals

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But the Origin of Halloween is deeper than a Celtic celebration of a new year. It wasn’t that November 1st marked a New Year; it was that it marked the opening of the door for the open worship of the Gods, Goddess, and sacrifices (Suicide rates during the Holiday season is no coincidence). At sunset on October 31, clans or local villages began the ceremonies of Samhain (Halloween’s government name) by lighting a giant bonfire. The people would gather around the fire to burn crops and animals as sacrifices to the Celtic Gods. It was a method of giving the Gods and Goddesses their share of the previous year’s herd or crops.

Costumes

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The Celts wore costumes first to honor the dead who were allowed to rise from the spirit world. The Celts believed that souls were set free from the land of the dead during the eve of Samhain. Those that had been trapped in the bodies of animals were released by the Lord of the Dead and sent to their new incarnations. The wearing of these costumes signified the release of these souls into the physical world. Scripturally, when someone dies their breath goes back to the creator and their body back to the dirt. A person’s soul is just their physical self, their body, and their spirit is the breath of life which animates or makes alive that soul, or body. But many consider a person’s soul to be some tiny piece of them that is set free to go to heaven after they die. This comes from the time when Giants walked the Earth; the  offspring of human and angelic relations, they were a combination of flesh and spirit. When they died, their flesh returned to the Earth, but their spirit lived on. Mankind does not have a spirit living inside of him. The only spirit mankind has is his breath of life, but there is no tiny you inside of you. Though this is a belief of many, it is not a biblical fact, thus, when the Celts mention the souls of the dead rising, they are not speaking of actual people rising from the dead. They are speaking of an increase in demonic activity. It was believed for example, that a thin veil between the physical world and the spiritual world provided extra energy for communications between the living and the dead. Again, they’re not talking about dead people because dead people do not speak. Dead people’s bodies have been returned to the earth and their spirit, which composes all of their intellect and consciousness, has returned to the father until a later time. So when this communication takes place it is actually extra energy for communications with demons.

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Moving on, the Celts believed not all of these souls were honored and respected. Some they said were also feared as they would return to the physical world and destroy crops, hide livestock or ‘haunt‘ the living that may have done them wrong. Again, what is being described here is the activity of demons, invoked by the massive energy bestowed upon them by those participating in this celebration. The second reason for these traditional costumes has to do with the first reason, to hide from these demonic spirits, and to escape their trickery.

Samhain to Halloween

With the coming of Christianity, the early Church in England tried to Christianize the old Celtic festivals. In other words, since Christianity was filled with Paganism itself, they had to hide the true meaning behind Halloween if they were going to appease the pagan priesthood and continue to include it in their doctrine. So Pope Boniface IV designated the 1st of November as “All Saints Day,” and October 31st as “All Hallows Eve“, that eventually became Hallow’een. Scholars today widely accept that the Pope was attempting to replace the earlier Celtic pagan festival with a church-sanctioned holiday. As this Christian holiday spread, the name evolved as well; also called All-hallows Eve or All-hallowmas (from Middle English Alholowmesse meaning All Saints’ Day). Later, the church made November 2nd  All Souls’ Day, a day to honor the dead. It is celebrated similarly to Samhain, with big bonfires, parades, and dressing up in costumes as saints, angels, and devils. Together, the three celebrations, The eve of All Saints’, All Saints’, and All Souls Day, are called Hallowmas. Halloween was also given another title, “Harvest Festival”, (this is supposed to make it sound less evil though it’s the same celebration).

The Evolution Of Halloween

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Trick-or-treating” is a modern tradition that probably finds its roots in the early All Souls’ Day parades in England. During the festivities, poor citizens would beg for food and families would give them pastries called “soul cakes” in return for their promise to pray for the family’s dead relatives. The distribution of soul cakes was encouraged by the church as a way to replace the ancient practice of leaving food and wine for roaming spirits. The practice, which was referred to as “going a-souling” was eventually taken up by children who would visit the houses in their neighborhood and be given ale, food, and money.

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“Dressing up” for Halloween gets it roots from dressing up around the sacred bonfire during the original Celtic festival. Some suggest this practice originates from England, when it was believed that ghosts came back to the earthly world on Halloween. People thought that they would encounter ghosts (FYI: what people call ghost are actually demonic spirits) if they left their homes, so to avoid being recognized people would wear masks after dark so that the ghosts would mistake them for fellow spirits. In addition, people would place bowls of food outside their homes to appease the ghosts and prevent them from attempting to enter or cause harm to their homes; a tradition obviously taken from the ancient Celtic pagans.

Despite its name change and a few switches around of the celebrations, it is still the same celebration. Participants are still giving their energy over to the Gods and are still communicating with demons. Remember, you can choose not to agree, but it won’t make it any less true.