Based on a recommendation from someone at the Paratopia boards, I'm going to pick up a copy of "The Siren Call of Hungry Ghosts: A Riveting Investigation Into Channeling and Spirit Guides," by Joe Fisher. It was written by a journalist who set out to investigate, but then ultimately expose, a purported "channel." Per the descriptions that I read, Fisher was initially sucked in by the spirit, only to have his life ruined by the spirit's advice. Shortly afterward, Fisher committed suicide, feeling that his life had been ruined and that he had been cursed by the spirits who were angered in his expose'.
I guess that this is why I am universally harsh on channelers, particularly those who predict impending apocalypse: people actually believe them, and lives are ruined. Personally, I think that it's very unconscionable for anyone to be allowed to appear on "Coast To Coast," claim to communicate with spirits, then tell a million-plus audience (per George Noory) that their world is about to be destroyed. Simply wrong.
But Joe Fisher's story bothered me for another reason. It demonstrates that personalities, entities, consciousnesses, or beings of some sort exist in our world, entities that are quite malevolent--entities that have the power to destroy.
I do not quite know what "this" is. Though I came from a Christian fundamentalist background, I do not really "believe" in demons (just as I am agnostic about angels). I somewhat understand the New Age argument that "there's no such thing as evil," that our perception of evil is a distortion based on our limited perceptions in time and space--still, what do you call a thing that you cannot see, did not invite, do not welcome, but has the power to invade and wreck your life?
It is a reality that anyone who peers too closely into ghosts, UFOs, or any other paranormal subject begins to sense--there is indeed something there, and sometimes, that something isn't particularly nice. And it can follow you. This has happened--and is happening--to me. What is it? A projection of our own creation, a conglomerate of our own fears? Or perhaps a discarnate intelligence of some sort that feeds on fear? Is it some artificial, location-specific intelligence, a relic of a past civilization, that's triggered by, and then mirrors and amplifies, specific biological emotional responses? Or is it a spiritual gatekeeper put in place to scare humans who attempt to wander too far from consensus reality?
Seth (the only "channeled" personality that I think has any validity) argues that we are born here to learn the difficult lesson that we are powerful beings that create the reality we experience. We have chosen, at this stage of our development, an ego that sees itself as separate from the reality that it creates, in a world of dualities. We learn our lessons within those dualities. Intellectually, intuitively, and experientially, I know that this is most likely "true." I just wish that, occasionally, reality wasn't quite so "real."