27 Dec 1996
Happy New Year!

Dear Trudy

I hope you and your family had a merry Christmas. My immediate family were all here, and we had a wonderful time.

>I have numerous questions about soul-mind fragmentation.

This is a subject I also need to learn more about. Before I heard of it, I worked some cases that might have turned out better if I had taken that approach. Since then I've used that approach several times, successfully, but I still don't understand enough about the theory behind it.

>I found the case histories concerning extra terrestrials to be totally unbelievable.

I've encountered a few spirits who claimed to have lived on some other planet, and some that seemed to be telepathic UFO-drivers doing "scientific research" on the human species. (That didn't surprise me, because I was a friend to Betty and Barney Hill -- if you know of that case -- and the aliens who abducted them were telepathic.)

I was not able to prove to my own satisfaction whether these spirits were what they seemed to be, or human ghosts pretending to be something else. However, just as age and gender and race and species don't matter to me, neither does planet of origin -- all I need to know is roughly where they fit in the spiritual spectrum.

>Are there other circumstances under which angels will not remove evil ones?

I'm not sure -- there may be -- but part of it is in the definition of "evil." The angels do not evaluate "good" and "evil" precisely as we do. Even though I sometimes find their non-actions frustrating, I try to see their decisions from their point of view.

>Are there circumstances under which they *cannot* remove an entity? In other words, where they are not powerful enough?

I'm not sure it is a matter of power. Even among humans, it is sometimes difficult to distinguish between self-restraint and weakness. I do know angels can bring awesome amounts of power to bear -- because they cooperate so beautifully.

>Have you ever had a case where God did not respond to your request to send a team of rescue angels?

There have been cases when I prayed and nothing happened -- but usually I was so uptight I wouldn't have known it if I was surrounded by angels, so I simply cannot tell whether God has ever refused to send a team of rescue angels.

>I guess my problem is, I can't get a handle on what God can do, and what God *can't* do.

Yes, this is worth discussion and further exploration. As of now, I am looking more at what members of God's Kingdom actually can and cannot do, individually and collectively as teams, and less at theories of what God Himself can and cannot do.

>[As a teenager, do you recall specifically what you did to fight it off?] I remember coming out of the trance, resisting its flow into my body and mind. I pushed back at it very hard, feeling its progress slow, and then reverse, until I could no longer feel it inside of me. I was not willing to give up control of any part of me, or to allow it to stay inside. I have no way of knowing if I got rid of it completely. (Probably didn't.) But I know beyond a doubt, if I had not resisted, it would have taken complete control.

This is what I meant by "resist immediately" and "keep enough pressure in the line so its stuff can't flow to you." It is assertive spiritual self-defense -- and not receptive or passive permissiveness.

>From all that I had read about Spiritualism, I expected communication, and a request or query from spirits interested in communicating through me. I did not expect invasion.

A lot of the new age theosophy, earth-centered religions, and extra-terrestrial religions ("our space brothers and sisters"), are doing the same thing now -- deceiving people into opening themselves to discarnate invasion, obsession, possession.

>Goodness, Ben! Sympathy, empathy, and curiosity are my middle names! ... I understand that these characteristics can make me vulnerable to opportunistic spirits. I learned the lesson about curiosity as a teenager (see above.)

Yes, that is the specific type of curiosity I was referring to as dangerous, and not your general curiosity and delight in seeking and discovering the truth.

>But I do not think it is possible for me to not be sympathetic or empathetic.

Hmm. Yes, it is. You *did* forcefully push that invasive spirit back, in defending your self, so you were not completely empathetic or sympathetic to that spirit at that time.

>Case in point: I continue to work on clearing out any spirits or dark entities that may be hanging around/in me. I think I found one that's been around since childhood. I have prayed for a team of rescue angels so many times that at this point I was frustrated. (Which generated the questions I asked you earlier.)

The fact that praying for rescue angels had not worked was why I said that maybe rescue angels are not what you need to pray for.

>So I think I panicked, and I attempted to expel it and felt it come up to the surface, and met immediate, angry resistance. I experienced multiple physical symptoms: dizziness, racing pulse, severe headache, ears popping like a change in air pressure. And then a threat that came to me as a feeling that I could become seriously ill or even die.

But panic is not like the forceful resistance you did when you were a teenager. The rest of this sounds like someone trying to defend his or her turf -- including the threat.

>So at that point I calmed down and prayed for rescue angels and started talking to the entity about the Light. And talking "to" was all I did, because I got no sense of the entity talking back. I was up until midnight with this incident, then asked God to protect me and finish removing this entity, and tried to sleep. Had a very rough night, startled awake constantly, feeling continued resistance.

Somehow, I get the feeling that the source of these symptoms thinks it has a right to be there. Does it seem to be male or female?

>The next morning I woke up with a bad headache and a low-grade fever. But felt lighter and very joyful, and didn't wake up with my usual allergy reaction (to mold or pollen or who knows what.) So I thought maybe this spirit was finally gone, but I suspected that perhaps it was just lying low.

The low grade fever may indicate that the spirits of the cells of your physical body are also fighting on your behalf. And the allergy may belong to the interloper. Dr. Baldwin reports that allergies sometimes vanish when attachees are removed.

>So I called Fran, who wanted to assemble a prayer team and pray over me. I wanted to be sure no one in the group would attempt to send this entity back to hell. She does not believe that demonic forces are given an opportunity for salvation. But she insisted that all entities are sent to Jesus for Him to decide what to do with them. Still, it was a long talk.

The phrase "back to hell" implies the semi-conscious assumption that it came from hell. Perhaps so, but if that assumption is mistaken, it can block discernment.

>This is the second day of low-grade fever and headache, and I feel an oppressive pressure in my head. So I have reluctantly agreed to the prayer session. Perhaps it will take place later this week.

Of course, I will be interested in your report of the prayer session.

>Empathetic? Obviously this spirit (or something) is causing real problems for me, and I'm concerned that they don't "hurt" it.

Yes, not just generalized empathy ... there seems to be some other more personal connection here. Perhaps if you can look *into and through* the symptoms, you may be able to see a face, or recall an event or events, relevant to those symptoms.

>But in this case my prayers aren't working. And I don't know why. If I am somehow holding on to one or more entities I don't know how I am doing it. I certainly don't want them around. I've prayed for everything I can think of: Angel rescue teams, and help with locating soul-mind fragments (those my father may have left inside me). I do not know what I can do by myself except continue to pray.

Yes, continue to pray ... and I will pray with you, from the information you provide. At least I/we can point to possibilities.

>I am determined to be rid of it, and in some peculiar way it feels as if I am in a state of siege.

The word "obsess" comes from the Latin *obsessus*, "to haunt or trouble in mind" which comes from *obsidere*, "to besiege". That's what this is: a state of siege.

>I will try again tonight to connect with God in two-way prayer and ask for warrior angels. Perhaps God will help me better discern how to get this spirit to leave.

Perhaps you might ask for this sequence: warrior angels to encapsulate that spirit and immobilize it without removing it immediately; inspectors to help identify what it is; and counselors to speak to it better than you can.

Why should we have to ask for a specific sequence? I was told that such details were for our education: our conviction that these things are real, and our understanding of how they work. In many, many cases, I have been stuck until I asked -- and until I got calm enough to receive -- so don't feel like the Lone Ranger about that!

Your friend,


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