It never ceases to amaze me how excited people get about this season. They look forward to it with great anticipation. It is growing more and more popular every year. In fact, it is fast approaching the point where it will surpass CHRISTMAS!! Which historically has been the most anticipated time of year. (I don’t celebrate Christmas or any of the other scheduled “holidays”.)
A season to worship the Dead. To CELEBRATE FEAR AND DEATH!!
If I could remove this whole Month of OCTOBER from the Calendar, I would in a Heartbeat! The word for this season should actually be spelled MAGICK with a K. Because this season is ALL about The MAGICK arts of the dark side.
It’s here, in fact. we are smack in the middle of it. The most evil days of the year are only a few short days away.
You have probably already seen a lot of articles or videos about Halloween lately. I am so blessed to see that more and more people are waking up to the horrible truths about that holiday. But, that is not enough. It is not just about Halloween, or Día de los Muertos or All Saints Day or SAMHAIN.
It is about the ENTIRE SEASON and ALL THAT IS CONNECTED WITH IT!
Society seems in general to be drawn to all things scary. Many folks find it fun and entertaining. They enjoy the rush their body experiences in response to being scared to death! Scared to Death is an interesting phrase. You hear people often say man “I was scared to death”. Interesting confession. Without realizing it they have spoken a truth that will affect them in powerful ways.
Certainly, they were not Scared to DEATH, because they are alive to tell you about it. However, just as death entered Adam when he disobeyed God in the garden, DEATH enters into anyone who participates in the evil activities connected to the dark side.
Fear is a natural emotion. It is a guidepost placed in our spirit by GOD. It is there to let you know when there is something wrong, something happening, something that should be avoided. It is a call to action. To make a right choice and stand your ground. It is there for YOUR PROTECTION.
FEAR is also a tool in the devil’s hands. He KNOWS how the human psyche functions. He knows how to manipulate us through our emotions. ESPECIALLY FEAR. FEAR us a strong motivator.
There are folks who find scaring people extremely amusing. They love to watch the reactions and expressions they get in response. They laugh at the expense of others. Once their victims discover they were fooled, they fall into the trap of thinking it was fun. All is ok.. Right. No harm No Foul? WRONG…damage was done and seeds were sown.
When we scare ourselves or our children as entertainment we are opening up to demonic forces far more dangerous than we can possibly appreciate.
FEAR NOT! Is a DIRECT COMMANMENT from GOD! Now, God knows that moments of fear come to everyone. What He is saying is to NOT ALLOW FEAR to overcome us. How we respond to Fear is the key.
PERFECT LOVE CASTETH OUT ALL FEAR! A promise from GOD that when we walk in relationship with HIM no matter what comes upon us or against us, we will be able to deal with it.
We do not want our children or even our selves to learn to see FEAR as entertainment. When we feed on FEAR to obtain the rush it gives us, it is just like sexual lust, or drug addiction or any thing else that provides a temporary physical pleasure There is a price that will be paid.
When we teach our children to see FEAR or the instilling of FEAR as a form of entertainment, we are planting the seeds that can eventually create a monster. The type of people who love to feed off the FEAR of others are the type of people who rape, torture and murder for pleasure. Why? Well, for two reasons. 1) They get a physical rush that constantly needs to increase to bring the same pleasure 2) The demon that entered through this behavior is now in control and lusts for blood.
Back to the SEASON OF DARKNESS. The entire month of October and part of November is dedicated to FEAR and DEATH.
Dear Abby: I just read the letter from “Concerned in Phoenix,” about the friend whose husband scares the 2-year-old. Tell “Concerned” to lighten up! This kid isn’t getting traumatized. I have been scaring my three kids since they were 6, 3 and 1. The 3-year-old was looking for me and I decided to hide and scare him. Yes, he did turn white and jump a mile — but the laughter and hugs and kisses that followed more than made up for it. All three kids and my husband joined in the game and have spent the last 10 years scaring me back.
Everyone is happy and healthy, and we share a great sense of humor. It’s all in fun. My only rules are never to do it to be evil, and don’t scare anyone over 50. I don’t want anyone dying of a heart attack. (This joker does not know what is in the hearts and minds of his children. Things are not always what they appear. Children are tormented with dreams and fears and so are many adults who have been terrorized by their own parents.)
Scared And Happy In California
Dear S And H: Scaring a young child is an act of sadism, and I couldn’t disagree with you more emphatically. Read on:
Dear Abby: My father was sadistic and did the same things to my brother, my mom and me. He also thought it was funny. When we were toddlers, he would put on masks and chase us around the house. He once held my brother out the window of a two-story apartment just to see Mom’s reaction. My entire life I’ve had nightmares of being chased, caught and killed.
Finally, after intensive therapy, the dreams have stopped. But to this day, if my husband impulsively comes up behind me to give me a hug, I cringe and get sick to my stomach. Not only does that father need counseling, but the mother does too.
N.L.O. in L.A.
Dear Abby: My dad thought it was “fun time” when he caught mice in a trap. They would still be alive, and he’d put them on our feet while we were in bed, either sleeping or awake. To this day, I become very upset and shake like a leaf when I see a mouse.
I agree with you, Abby. That dad is sadistic. Even after all these years, my father’s scare tactics have left me damaged.
Still Trembling In Florida
Dear Abby: My grandmother took joy in repeatedly scaring me half to death. She’d put on a scary mask and jump from behind doors or from dark corners. She thought it was funny when I shook and cried so hard I couldn’t catch my breath.
Because of the emotional scars I received, I grew up afraid of my own shadow. I have a terribly strong fear of the unknown. I’m still battling those childhood demons. Abby, please print this. That child will become like me if his father doesn’t stop.
Fearful In Virginia
Dear Abby: Because my father delighted in scaring me when I was only 2 — I am 57 now — I am afraid of deep water, heights and also nighttime. I will not walk down an unlighted country road, let alone go into the basement of a house at night. If anyone comes unannounced to my home at night, I will not answer the door.
When I was in the service, one of my roommates thought I was joking when I told him about my fear of the dark. One night he put his arm on my shoulder. I was so badly frightened, I flipped him over my head. They tell me I was using his head for a football. He was hospitalized for more than two months.
I wish my dad had gotten counseling when I was 2. I wonder why he didn’t — and why he refused to grow up.
Afraid Of The Dark
Dear Afraid: At this point, so do millions of other people — including me.
My own husband was over 6ft tall, solid muscle. He was a sheetrocker and could lift a an 8ft section of sheetrock above his head with one hand as he was hammering in the nails to hold it in place with the other. But he would shake in his shoes and run and hide when he heard the tune from the Friday the 13th series. He was petrified. All the scary movies and stories from his childhood haunted him. YET, he was merciless with our children. After our divorce, he would terrorize them in so many frightful ways.
It’s that time of year again, when themes of death, evil and horror briefly seep into mainstream culture to play upon our excited imaginations. Yes, Halloween is upon us. Ghosts and zombies are everywhere as people are out buying costumes and decorating their homes and workplaces in preparation for the annual haunting event.
The fact that many people love to scare others and be scared is not new. For ages, people have been trying to find ways to frighten others by jumping out from behind doors, using surprise stunts and gimmicks, wearing creepy make-up, and writing haunting messages on mirrors in order to stir up fright. The popularity of horror movies, video games, books and television shows is a testament to just how much people enjoying toying with the idea of mortality.
So have you ever asked yourself what it is about this morbid, creepy and spooky time of year that we enjoy so much? In examining why people enjoy the Halloween time of the year, let’s start by asking why people like to be frightened.
People like to be scared for biological reasons. Fear is the body’s emotional response to a perceived threat or dangerous situation. When we are afraid, our body releases adrenaline and other hormonesso that we are able to cope by fighting or fleeing the situation. By watching horror movies, playing scary games, going on ghost walks, or treading through haunted houses, we can experience this fight or flight response while appreciating that we are not in actual danger.
Throughout history it is well established that evil spirits/demons/ghosts whatever you want to call them are territorial. THEY inhabit certain places. When you visit a cemetery, a haunted house, or any ground where there has been death or strange sightings you are putting yourself at risk. You have opened yourself up to the influence of the spirits. If you communicate with them or connect with them in any way, they may attach themselves to you and follow you where ever you go.
If you play games like Bloody Mary, or OUIJA BOARD or you participate in a seance or aGhost Hunt you have opened a door.
When you watch scary movies, beware, there are people who who put curses on the movies, and attach spirits to them. They put symbols and sounds in the movies that you might not even be aware of which are meant to open you up to demonic forces.
I understand that most people don’t even believe in demons or even the Devil for that matter. You may convince yourself that they are not real. But, you are only fooling yourself. They don’t care if you believe in them or not. In fact they prefer that you don’t. It makes you easier prey!
In addition, we can experience the excitement and rush of those hormones from the comfort of our own homes or in safe social environments.
(In truth, these things people experience are not only physical but spiritual in nature. The spiritual repercussions of the moment are not recognized. They physical experience is fleeting and can be comforted by the presence of friends and the safety of your home. The spiritual effects are not so easily overcome or averted. There are many adults today who are still dealing with the emotional fears and anxieties they experienced by watching scary movies, or visiting haunted places. Many others are still battling demonic activity from the very same activities. I personally, lived for many years with the affect of being exposed to just a few short seconds of scary movie. PHYCHO, I was very young, happened to walk through a room where adults were watching it. I saw the shower scene, well a portion of it. I was afraid to take a shower well into my adult years! The memory of the film remained and I was not free from it until I was BORN AGAIN and FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT. The spiritual impact of these “fun” times associated with the this time of year will be felt for years after the fun and games are over.)
According to research, many people enjoy seeking out fearful situations for novelty and excitement, particularly individuals who are high in what Zuckerman coined as ‘sensation seeking’. This is described as “ the seeking of varied, novel, complex and intense situations and experiences, and the willingness to take physical, social, legal and financial risks for the sake of such experiences(1994, p. 27)”.
(Did you catch that? People who seek this kind of entertainment are willing to break the law, commit anti-social actions, risk their finances, and even go to jail just for the opportunity to enjoy the pleasures of the moment.)
High sensation seekers may interpret the experience of fear positively, whereas low sensation seekers view these emotions as unpleasant (Edwards, 1991; Zuckerman, 1996). This might help explain why, when watching a chilling movie, some of us have our eyes glued to the screen and some of us are shielding our eyes behind pillows and popcorn bowls.
Halloween provides us with opportunities to safely explore our fears through social bonding. Many of us participate by watching a scary movie or by going to a costume party at this time of year.
Personally, bonding around activities and events designed to instilled fear and horror does not sound appealing to me.
Researchers have shown that people interested in horror movies may have higher than average needs for social and emotional stimulation(Lawrence & Palmgreen, 1991). The reactions of other people can help enhance one’s own enjoyment of horror movies and scary activities.
Do you understand what you just read? People who are into horror are in it because they have an abnormal need for emotional stimulation, especially of this kind. Their enjoyment is enhanced by the reactions of others. Like I stated above. They move into the type of people that find pleasure in watching others responses to pain torture and death. Are you familiar with the series of movies named “SAW”? These people are the kinds of people who enjoy watching others suffer through that kind of experience.
Additionally, when we are scared, our bodies release a hormone known as oxytocin that has been found to intensify (the experience) memories and facilitate social bonding. Thus when people share a spooky or spine-chilling experience, they may feel closer to each other.
So, people who love FEAR from both sides get off on it sexually! This brings a whole other set of demons into play.
Halloween also allows us to safely explore our fears and violate social norms for one night of the year. We get to put on a mask and inhabit a character (or allow an entity to inhabit us, which is more accurately what happens when you don a mask. Research it for yourself.), let go of our inhibitions and celebrate what scares us. (so CELEBRATE Fear) The act of dressing up as what we are afraid of allows us to grapple with our fears, to bring them closer and embrace them.
(I don’t know who ever came up with that explanation but they are a genius! What a way to sell it! In truth, when you don a costume, just like a mask, the spirit/demon/entity enters. Because they have been invited. Witches throw a Ball on Halloween and to that Ball they go dressed as what they want manifested in their life through the coming year.)
In addition to our desire for social connectedness, personality factors may also impact our reactions to fearful situations. A review of research into how empathy influences people’s reactions to graphic horror films, has discovered that individuals with high levels of empathy, who share the distressing emotional responses of others are less interested in frightening violent movies, regardless of the film’s outcome (Hoffner & Levine, 2005).
In a study of adolescents’ incentives for watching graphic horror, Johnston (1995) identified different types of horror movie watchers. Thrill-watchers, with high levels of empathy and adventure seeking, enjoyed being scared and startled due to their empathy for film protagonists. Gore watchers, on the other hand, were also adventure seeking but with low levels of empathy and fearfulness; their motivations for enjoying these types of movies included having a curiosity in the macabre and grotesque.
The Uncanny, Fear, and Death
When we consider our favorite Halloween costumes and the horror movie characters that scare us – zombies, clowns, werewolves, dolls, vampires and the like – we notice that they are both similar and dissimilar to us. The popularity of these characters may lie in their uncanny characteristics. They are human-like, yet possessing some striking difference: they blur the lines between the living and the dead, between the animate and inanimate.
The uncanny (German “unheimliche”) has been described by Sigmund Freud (1919) as an object or entity that arouses dread due to it being both homely (“heimliche” meaning ‘native’ and ‘belonging to home’) and perceptually unfamiliar. What is it about this incongruencethat scares us?
BOTTOM LINE IS participating in these activities that instill FEAR, Blurr the lines between life and death, good and evil, right and wrong, SEARS OUR CONSCIOUS!! It makes it harder and harder to discern all those opposites. It causes us to loose our sense of reality. Which is why the world today is in total CONFUSION and CHAOS! We have strayed so far from the TRUTH OF GOD’s WORD that we have no moral standard anymore. WITHOUT GOD in our hearts, there is no LOVE, no EMPATHY, no TRUTH! THERE IS NO LIFE. Those who hate GOD, LOVE DEATH!
In his exploration of people’s fascination with horror, Carroll (1990, pp. 43-46) notes that the classic ‘horrific being’ is a composite or ‘fusion figure’ that combines attributes at odds with each other. These beings may elicit our fears because of our ingrained sense of self and identity. They violate human norms, leading to feelings of distress (cognitive dissonance theory) and ‘strangeness’.
Fear is rooted in our own mortality. Just as language has allowed us to articulate our identities, differentiate between self and other, and anticipate the future, it has allowed us to understand death as the eventual and inevitable outcome (Langs, 1997).
On Halloween night, we are able to rise above our fear of death by bringing closer those things that mystify and scare us. HOGWASH!!
As parents, we are given a great responsibility to protect our children and to teach them the ways of GOD. We will be answerable for what we do and what we fail to do as parents. When you encourage playing with Fear you are opening them up to demonic forces that you don’t even understand.
We have seen above that there are a lot of physical forces connected with this behavior that we don’t even understand. Sexuality is a topic that most adults struggle with all their lives. NO ONE really can explain all the powers and drives and interaction of our sexuality. When we are exposed to sexuality at an age when we cannot comprehend it, we end up with confused and compromising views on it later in life. If sexual activity is imposed upon children, demonic entities enter in to the door that has been opened. Sexuality is the LUST GATEWAY. One of the many Gateways the fallen and their progeny use to pollute us and rob us of our relationship with GOD.
The lust of the FLESH, the LUST of the EYE and the PRIDE of LIFE. Forces that can overwhelm anyone. Why would you open up any possible opportunity for them?
THIS SEASON of the CELEBRATION OF FEAR AND DEATH is more DARK and EVIL than any of us really knows. There are many Satanic groups carrying on all manner of evil and horrifying acts at this time. While you are dressing up like them and celebrating in what you think is the safety of your home or in the comfort of your companions, their victims are suffering atrocious, unspeakable horrors. YOU have aligned yourself with the perpetrators of these monstrous deeds and their magick is enhanced by the power derived from your spiritual agreement.