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Practical Psychic Self-Defence...perhaps the Confessions of a Regularly Possessed Exorcist would be a more accurate title. More than half of the book is an autobiography of the author's extraordinary, at times life-threatening, experiences with 'negs'. There is a lot of unusual information casually given. The author's world view seems to be monotheistic, patriarchal, and karmic - a sort of unspecified Christianity with some Buddhism thrown in. Church and a 'wholesome' lifestyle are repeatedly given as the best means to avoid possession. While he believes that 'negs' are constantly harassing humanity, angels, apparently have better things to do than step in and help for fear of interfering with, it seems, karmic issues. He places occultism, witches, voodoo, in the unwholesome 'neg' pile of things in life in opposition to his unspecified Church lifestyle. In the latter part of the book when the information comes to the 'what you can do' part, when referring to blemishes on the body as physical connections between the 'negs' and humans, he cites witchhunter techniques: "The discovery of blemishes... [through a barbaric means of sticking what can only be described as skewers into the flesh of people]...was considered definitive proof, at the time, of being a witch, and justified torture and sentence of death, regardless of other evidence." It's not clear that he considers this procedure evil, which of course, it was, and makes no further comment except to say he tried to consult with Vatican demonologists to, it seems, discern if any such techniques are still in use [it is unclear why - does he want to learn?]. These remarks are made so casually that, coupled with the negative comments about witches and occultists etc. throughout the entire book, it is not unreasonable for a reader to reach the opinion that the author might find a great deal admirable in the Malleus Maleficarum.
If you have a tendency to paranoia or are easily frightened, perhaps avoid this book. It is a sincere text but utterly humourless - it is my understanding that good natured humour and laughter is a very effective means of dissolving unwelcome and sometimes frightening astral influences. Also if you have a liberal view of sexuality and sexual orientation the author's seeming Catholic Catechism type opinion's of sex might offend. If your world view is a bible based Christian (possibly charismatic) one that holds a dim view on other cultural approaches to the unseen world, then this 'defence' book may suit you, if you can handle his karmic and reincarnational beliefs. While there probably is much within the pages of this book that bears further investigation with regards to how one can prevent damaging astral entities from undermining an individual's wellbeing, the tight cultural bias of the author weakens, for this reader, the validity of what he presents. Houn'gans, occultists, witches, Hindus, shamans and a plethora of other non-Christian spiritual explorers must have a wealth of valuable information and insight into how one can keep one's body, soul and mind integrity when confronted with unseen influences. The author tells of his discovery of the efficacy of running water as a means to cuts ties with 'negs'. In an ancient Manichean text (the Book of Elchasai cited in Hippolytus, Refutation IX) amongst others seeking healing, 'those possessed by demons' are advised to go down to the river and baptise themselves five times a day in the cold water, seven days in a row, whilst calling "to witness the heaven and water and the holy spirits, and the angels of prayer and the oil and the salt and the earth." Manicheans were also tortured and executed by the Church as well as by Pagan religious authorities. Perhaps if there are future printings of this book, the author, who is clearly a willing investigator, will have explored some of the riches to be found outside of a monotheistic Judeo-Christian approach to include a wider readership.