The paranormal in movies

Paranormal Activity Paramont Films

Paranormal Activity Paramont Films

The supernatural has long been a staple of movies.  Yet movies that treat the paranormal as reality are not common.  There is a distinction between using the magical as grist for special effects and considering them thing as real.  As an example, The Exorcist was a film about the spiritual/supernatural while a film like Poltergeist or Ghostbusters were great entertainment that had nothing to do with the genuinely paranormal.  Poltergeists might be real, but they don’t open gateways to other dimensions or make houses vanish.

A couple of movies that tackle the topic of the paranormal are Paranormal Activity and The Men Who Stare at Goats.
Paranormal Activity is famous for having been made with a budget of $15,000 and making over a hundred million dollars at the box office.  Its limited budget is part of the movie’s appeal since it had to portray the paranormal in a realistic manner without over-the-top special effects.  Scares come from little things…lights turning on spontaneously in the hallway or the sound of unseen footsteps by the bed while the couple sleeps.  Paranormal Activity does bring up a question.
Can ghosts be dangerous?

It is said true ghosts are harmless, and so they are.  There really is nothing to fear from a ghost.  But this movie is not dealing with a ghost but demonic activity.  Inhuman, infernal entities can be quite dangerous.

The movie portrays what is called demonic obsession.  Demonic obsession is different then demonic possession -exorcist style.  Spiritualists believe negative entities can sometimes latch onto an individual like a parasite and try to inject the entity’s thoughts into the mind of their host.  The obsessed individual will feel these are his or her own ideas when they are actually the entity’s. These thoughts will be irrational, self-destructive, and harmful to others.  Spiritual obsession is a danger involved with opening one’s self to contact with the spirit world. It may occur more often then anybody imagines.  If someone is passive in the face of obsession and allow these thoughts to persist, they could become entrenched.

men-who-stare-at-goatsAnother paranormal film is The Men Who Stare at Goats.  This film is loosely based on actual government programs to develop psychic abilities like remote viewing as tools for spying or as weapons.  The film views such activities as a farce.  The movie also brings up a question.

Can anyone harm another by simply willing it?

This may seem impossible but it could happen in real life.  In the past I wrote about something like this.  I know someone who was cheated in a business deal.  This person was so upset, everyday for months she visualized the person who wronged her would trip and fall backwards on their back outside the office.  This was not done with the intention of actually causing anything to happen; it was just her response to deep-seated anger.

Three months later this happened almost exactly as she visualized.  The person tripped by their office and broke their back, ending up in a body cast for months. The power of intense, persistent visualization can cause harm.  However, this is not instantaneous like staring at a goat and having it drop dead.  The lesson here is beware whom we wrong because not every misfortune we suffer might be just an accident.

Anyone can try this as an experiment on somebody we don’t like, but there is a danger involved.   There is a long-standing tradition that if a curse fails, the effect will return onto the curser.  Blowback.  In addition, dwelling in negative energy is not good for our soul or body.  Negativity can cause all types of physical illnesses. 

Some aspects of the paranormal are best left alone.

6 Responses to “The paranormal in movies”

  1. Arlene deWinter Says:

    Good one David.
    I am writing a free report on psychic attack and have some hair raising stories included. Case studies if you will.

    People think that a psychic attack can’t effect you if you don’t believe in it. But that isn’t true, as I have seen. Did you see the film “Skeleton Key”? She didn’t believe, but wasn’t hard to convince her. That is a great film.

    As for “Paranormal Activity” — is at lame as Blair Witch Project? I mean totally unscary? Or is scary? The old horror films used to suggest things — the pre-special effects era — and were far scarier than the re-makes — “The Haunting of Hill House” for example.


  2. Stephanie Says:

    I tend to be skeptical of demonic obsession. Too often, people want to blame an outside agency for their own actions. Not saying it doesn’t happen, but I wonder if it’s not less common rather than more common.

    If it is, do we know that all demons are evil or malevolent. Is it also possible that similar entities, motivated by benevolence or creativity, could inspire acts of greatness or brilliance, like Leonardo da Vinci or Mozart? Could it be that people, who are by nature good or intelligent could attract such creatures and, if so, could the same be said of those that attract the malevolent kind?

    As for psychic attack, I’m not sure there are hard and fast rules. I think some people are more disposed than others to accomplishing things (good and bad) through will, but I’m not sure it always happens slowly any more than happening instantaneously.

    I am very reluctant to decide what is and isn’t plausible. The universe has a lot of mysteries still for us to discover.

  3. David Says:

    Hi Arlene,
    I’d guess skepticism could make someone venerable to psychic attack since no precautions or counter measures would be used. This person who fell and broke their back still has no clue somebody willed this to happen (unless they read my blog!). Perhaps we are lucky most people are skeptical; the practice of cursing is rare. As for the movie, “Paranormal Activity” was more creepy then scary. But it had its moments. The movie audience would be waiting for something to happen. When a sound or light appeared outside the sleeping characters doorway, it elicited a gasp from some of the audience.

  4. David Says:

    Hi Stephanie,
    Mental illness and demonic obsession seem very similar. In the past before anybody knew better people assumed mental illness was possession by demons. Now we know better. However! That does not mean demonic obsession cannot happen as well. There are perfectly sane people who allow evil thoughts to fester and grown into the most awful action…murder, suicide, abuse. Demonic obsession is said to be essentially a voluntary state. An entity cannot force its way into a human’s mind…it has to be invited in, one way or another. We also have the power, on our own (no exorcist necessary) to purge it. Just refuse to allow negative thoughts and they will go away. However, if we are passive and accept the condition of obsession, then an intervention/exorcism may be necessary.

    As for inspirational obsession of the good kind, maybe that is what the angels are for! That is the point of theurgy, the magical art of contacting angels and higher intelligences.

  5. Shaman Hawk Says:

    I love these movies. It’s the only humorous stimuli I get from the all too serious people who see me for Shamanic work.

  6. Linda Says:

    I remember seeing a movie many years ago about a Doppelganger (A Doppelganger is said to be the ghostly double of a living person)

    It sent shivers down my spine. I can’t remember the whole of the movie but one scene really sticks in my mind.

    A man was returning home to his apartment when he heard music playing from inside (he owned a piano).

    As he went inside he was shocked to discover his exact double sat there in broad daylight playing his piano. The apparition grinned at him in a ghoulish way before disappearing.

    His life then became a nightmare as it began to steal his identity and cause problems with everyone he knew.

    I suppose a bit like identity fraud these days!

    To glimpse one’s own Doppelganger is thought to be a sinister omen of illness or death. Scary!!

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