Occult Practices & Altered States

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DRUGS AND DEMONS Altered States of Consciousness and the Occult. Steve Sayles Copyright © 2003-2008 Steve Sayles (Note This paper is taken from the Appendix of the book “The Walls Come Tumbling Down”)

Premise; Altered States of Consciousness (ASC’s) have a direct relationship with Occult Practice and; certain drug usage is an occult practice (be it recreational or ritualistic). This paper presents evidence from a wide range of sources. To my knowledge all the sources are from non-Biblical worldviews; apart from Gasson (1985), Bobgan (1984) and Dr John Ankerberg and Dr. John Weldon in their work ‘The Worldview and Practices of the Occult’. Nevertheless all the sources offer evidence in support of the above premise. The phenomenon that we have come to know as the paranormal is far from modern. Many identical stories and similar strange events and practices can be found in all cultures and ages. This paper will touch upon a number of occult practices such as, hypnotism, transcendental meditation, astral projection, channeling, necromancy, alien abduction and certain drug usage. What we shall discover is startling. The examination of drug usage is of significance; evidence will be presented that support the premise; that the use of so-called psychedelic drugs is, in and of itself an occult practice. While investigating all types of occult phenomenon; a number of common factors and motifs begin to emerge. Some of these appear to be universal. These apparent universal factors will be termed trans-cultural denominators (TCDs). The first trans-cultural denominators (TCDs) are the use of ritual, symbols, and various methods of inducing Altered States of Consciousness (ASC).


Virtually all occultic methodologies contain TCD’s of some description. For example; Research into the prehistory of magick (sic) is difficult but there are indications as to the nature of early occult thought. One of these is the recurrence of various symbols and concepts in the magiculture of vastly different societies . For example, the symbol of the serpent occurs in every mythological system, even in North Eskimo culture in places uninhabited by snakes. (Summers & Vayne; 1991, p 15). Another TCD is; all such practices and phenomenon are always culturally interpreted. Often such practices are also cultural supporting; i.e., they serve to strengthen an existing worldview. Another TCD and one that is relevant to our study is the actual effect of occult subjection (occultic subjection). Occultic subjection can be defined as ; Psychological disturbance, including oppression, depression, and obsession through the involvement in Occultism. Symptoms may include, Para-psychical / physiological / physical manifestations, False Memory Syndrome, Demonisation (spirit possession) Alien Abduction, Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD), Schizophrenic behaviour and symptoms, (i.e. voices in the head, audio and visual manifestations and hallucinations). Paranoid delusion (belief in the reality of dreams and exploded imagination) Passivity of the Will, Mind or Body (or parts of, to varying degrees). Psychic ability, Poltergeist activity, Visionary experiences, Hysteria, withdrawal, isolation, insecurity, self-doubt, anxiety, panic, etc. It should be noted of course that the presence of any of the above symptoms may have other causes that have no relation to occult practice.


Shamanism is another TCD, it is found almost universally, occurring in many different regions of the world. From Siberia where the term ‘shaman’ is found. Types of shamanism occur in North and South America, among the Aborigines of Australia, in South-East Asia, Indonesia, China, Tibet, and Japan. (Drury; 1989; p 11). The TCD’s of ritual and induced ASC are important. Ritual consists of symbols, dance, dress, incantations etc. These rituals have a number of roles. The ritual is usually shrouded in mystery or secrecy giving the shaman respect and authority within his or her society. Hidden...
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