Was talking to [Joicy] about the nature of yoga and fortune-telling. She was relating how she received an email from a friend who did yoga, opened up her “third eye” in the process and thus saw and became possessed by demons. She did not give me the full email, but part of it over MSN, the reason being she wanted to know if what she said was true.
Humans, I believe, have a very strong filter. We see what we want to see and we ignore all other realities. That’s the reason, I think, why some people can see “demons” and others can’t. I always found it funny though; why are people so eager to see demons that they cannot see the angels that walk with us? I mean, when you read things about history and witchcraft and the saints, it’s always so much easier to see the demons than it is to see the angels.
I can only remember one Saint who was said to be able to see her Guardian Angel. I cannot remember her name right now, but that particular entry left me very hopeful. I’ve always been interested in Angels; why do we give such prominence to those purported to be the spawns of the Evil One (to use the analogy of staunch Christians) than to see the beauty of God?
Back to viewing the demon.
I’m a believer of free choice. At the end of the day, when God gave us free will, he also gave us the tools needed to use such free will; choice and thinking. At the end of the day, what comes into our lives is determined by our choices.
In the Discworld saga, Pratchett puts across an idea that might terrify people; that the hell and heaven you get sent to is completely determined by your belief of what you did. So the good person that thinks they’ve to atone for a guilt they cannot assauge will be sent to their version of hell, while the evil person who thinks they deserve rewards will go to their own version of heaven.
Unfair, unrealistic but I think perfectly true.
While this may be an oversimplification (and anyone will tell you I love to simplfy things) but I believe that was what happened to the girl who wrote about yoga leading up to the opening of her third eye and thus subsequently being possessed. I’d ask her not to question WHAT she did to deserve it, but to look within herself and reexamine her beliefs.
I know that when I undertook yoga, there was such a thing possible, but I view yoga in the strictest sense possible; that of an exercise. The meditation exercises I use to center myself, to understanding the world around me. I don’t see meditation as an exercise to coming close to God; I listen to the sounds of the Universe and work my own way there. Perhaps it’s just her, but I believe if you open yourself to the possibility of demon possession when doing such exercises, then the door’s open for them to come in.
[Minishorts] had an excellent post about God, life and highways yesterday. Until that post, I didn’t realise just how much I used meditation and prayers in this manner.
At the end of the day, when any activity is undertaken, I believe that everything needs to be in sync; body, mind and soul. Is the course of action right? Does it sit with my whole being? Is there anything that tells me NO, do not do this?
There is no room for doubts, but doubts are usually good indicators. Examine, understand, and address them. They are lessons.