Three women in Florida are charged with taking advantage of troubled souls.
Three women are accused in Florida with scamming people out of thousands of dollars by promising to cleanse them of evil spirits.
Federal prosecutors in Fort Lauderdale say 36-year-old Polly Evans, 32-year-old Bridgette Evans, and 22-year-old Olivia Evans are facing federal fraud charges.
Having experienced exorcism myself, as a Catholic Charismatic, and a Pentecostal, I’m not unsympathetic to their victims.
Our mental health system is not adequate to meet the needs of even the middle class and well-insured. The writer, David Foster Wallace took his own life, despite having a loving family, success and access to the best psychiatric care money can buy. How much more difficult life is for the poor and unprotected. That’s something I see often in dealing with suffering clients and harassed case managers.
It’s not only pills, docs and clinics either. There’s much in modern life that works against mental health for everyone. There’s no golden age in the past, perhaps in the future we will be more merciful.
I wish the scammers could be made to repay every penny they extorted from vulnerable people. It would be more satisfying than having the taxpayers house and feed them– I hope for such a Judgment Day.
Spiritual healing doesn’t have to cost anything and is easy enough to be a do-it-yourself project. There’s some effective home remedies that can be mixed up in your kitchen.
For removing curses– First of all, why is someone cursing you? If you have wronged them, consider how to make amends. Without making things worse. Twelve Step Programs have some experiential wisdom to offer on that.
If you don’t know where the curse if coming from, don’t worry– the answer is the same. ‘Bless them that curse you.’ It works great. It’s from the New Testament, words of Jesus.
If lots of people are cursing you all the time, follow the above link to Step 8, and maybe have a heart to heart with whichever friend or family member is still speaking to you.
For banishing ghosts– Make some noise– bells, banging on pans, Bob Marley- whatever you like, and sprinkle all the corners of all the rooms with salt water. Make sure to leave the windows open so the ghosts can fly out. Soon you’ll be dealing with irate neighbors which will put the ghost problem in perspective. Fortunately you only have to do this once, it works.
For things that haunt you in the night– One woman (cited in Z.Budapest, I think– don’t have time to look that up) got good results from squirting them with ant spray. I imagine that the humiliation caused the spirits to retreat back into the underworld. Since insecticide is hazardous in the material world, I’d recommend salt water in a spray bottle, mixed with a little citrus or vanilla.
There’s also the fact that the material world is full of dangers– many of us live in close proximity to countless hazards– violent neighbors, biting dogs, rabid raccoons, deer ticks. I’d rather face a ghost than find a deer tick on my neck, wouldn’t you? It’s all relative.
Meditate on how brave you are to make it through the day alive, and sleep well.
A final word. Experts agree that the true practice of magic forbids charging money. You can weed out the scammers pretty fast with this test. And banishing bad spirits is such a D.I.Y. there’s no need to consult an expert most of the time. If you do need to see someone, make non-greediness your standard. This applies to psychiatry as well as religion.
Thanks to Starhawk, whose books are an invaluable resource in these matters, and whose events are always offered on a sliding-fee scale.
HAUNTED: Regent University, founded by Pat Robertson and alma mater of Monica Goodling (hatchet woman of the Bush Justice Department) has possessed my computer. I dabbled in visits to the Regent site, just to get some source material for a post, and now Regent ads are popping up every five minutes. Is it possible to banish pop-up ads? Anyone know the formula for that?