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Date Posted: 17:04:53 10/03/03 Fri
Author: Hoover, from Boston
Subject: Yes, the DSM
In reply to: Brown, from New York 's message, "entities or mind?" on 17:01:29 10/03/03 Fri

Well, the DSM is clear, I think. Clear and dark.

Although it is not well known in today’s western contemporary society, the phenomenon is as old as humanity. In all cultures and in every era, there are references to spirit possession – in 90% of societies there are records of it.

Today, extensive contemporary clinical evidence suggests that discarnate beings, the spirits (or more correctly, souls or soul fragments) of deceased humans can attach to living people on the level of the subtle energy bodies, imposing detrimental physical, emotional or mental conditions and symptoms. The spirit attachment is still widely denied by the drug oriented psychiatric establishment. Nevertheless, a reference can be found in the “DSM-IV-TR™,” the official diagnostic criteria reference of the American Psychiatric Association. Under the code # 300.15 - Dissociative Disorders Not Other Specified, paragraph 4, it is stated:

“4. Dissociative trance disorder: single or episodic disturbance in the state of consciousness, identity, or memory that are indigenous to particular location and cultures. Dissociative trance involves narrowing of awareness of immediate surroundings or stereotyped behaviors or movements that are experienced as being beyond one’s control. Possession trance involves replacement of the customary sense of personal identity by a new identity, attributed to the influence of a spirit, power, deity, or another person, and associated with stereotyped “involuntary” movements or amnesia and is perhaps the most common Dissociative Disorder in Asia. Examples include amok (Indonesia), bebainan (Indonesia), latah (Malaysia), pibloktoq (Arctic), ataque de nervos (Latin America), and possession (India). The dissociative or trance disorder is not a normal part of a broadly accepted collective cultural or religious practice.”

The message appears to be: “it exists, but not here.” Are we so different?

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  • Re: entities or mind? -- daniel ricardo (possesed), 12:08:50 01/03/08 Thu
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