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Symptoms of Psychic Attack

This article was written by Keith Randolph on May 15, 2002
posted under Psychic Protection

How do you know when you are under psychic attack?

First, a word or two of common sense: Don’t jump to conclusions. If you find yourself having problems, being plagued by bad dreams or suffering from illness without immediate apparent cause, first investigate the normal world of your five senses for the explanation. Chances are, that’s where you’ll find it.

Some people who think they are being attacked psychically are mentally ill. They may hear voices tormenting them or commanding them to commit antisocial acts. They may suffer from hallucinations of persons or entities that they think are assaulting their psyches.

A person so deeply schizophrenic should not be encouraged in his delusions, of course. And most of the time it does not take a trained psychiatrist to recognize the symptoms. Mental illness this advanced so impairs an individual’s ability to function in society that he may not even be able to conduct a rational conversation.

We are concerned here with normal, sane people who reported extraordinary experiences. Extraordinary experiences of the paranormal kind are far from rare; according to all evidence from polls and surveys on the subject, most of us will at some point in our lives experience such an event, whether it involves ESP, an encounter with an apparition, a sensation of separation from the body, a memory of what seems to be a previous life, mind over matter—or psychic attack.

Dion Fortune observes in her famous book Psychic Self-Defense, there are many kinds of psychic attacks. Generally speaking, however, we can state with some degree of certainty that one is taking place if the following symptoms are observed:

- The victim feels a crushing weight upon his chest and a sense of fear and paranoia.

- As the attack continues over days, weeks, or months, the victim is afflicted with nervous exhaustion. With that may come a physical deterioration.

- Upon awakening, the victim discovers bruises which cannot be accounted for by any conscious waking experience. The bruises may have a definite pattern, depicting a form with some symbolic significance suggestive, for example, of evil.

- Foul odors inexplicably appear. Strange footprints starting suddenly and ending just as abruptly are observed. Odd sounds and poltergeist manifestations occur.

Again, mundane causes may still be responsible, and the victim should not abandon the search for a "reasonable" explanation. But at some point even the most rational person may have to open his mind to the possibility that extraordinary forces are causing his troubles, if these kinds of strange events continue to occur.

What are these extraordinary forces?

Malevolant Psychosis

A number of different paranormal forces figure in psychic attacks. The first of these is psychokinesis (PK), known popularly as "mind over matter." PK is a mental phenomenon. It is harbored in the unconscious. Some gifted people seem to be able to use it more or less at will to perform assorted harmless stunts, from bending spoons to influencing subatomic particles. Others, most prominently healers, use it for beneficial ends such as the curing of organic illnesses.

But PK also has a destructive side. Parapsychologists believe that many poltergeist episodes, in which an invisible presence goes on a rampage through a house, harassing its occupants and smashing furniture and other valuables, are caused not by spirits, but by the unconscious unleashing of PK by a psychologically troubled individual. In a sense the individual’s inner turmoil is played out in dramatic fashion in the outside world.

If the "poltergeist agent" consciously means no harm, the same cannot be said of those who intentionally direct PK against persons they wish to hurt. They do this by focusing on a mental or physical image of the intended victim. In the former case this is usually just a vivid recollection of what the person looks like; in the latter it may be a doll, a photograph, or a drawing representing the victim, or even some item belonging to him (anything from a strand of hair to an item of property).

It should be noted that the person plotting the evil deed may never have heard of "psychokinesis," a word most likely to be known by those familiar with the technical literature of parapsychology. He may think he is calling up demons or other malevolent entities, when in fact the paranormal force being drawn upon is from his own heart of darkness.

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