Great post from Ananael a few weeks back, discussing a paranormal investigator named Buell who claims to have been bothered by a Goetic demon for 4 years. Buell’s solution?
Buell claims to have dealt with the problem by mocking the entity regularly, referring to it as a “bunny”.
When a problem lasts for 4 years, your home remedy didn’t work. And yet, I see lots of people with home remedies based on the idea that, by simply not acknowledging the malicious spirit, it can’t harm you.
There is exactly one thing in this world which cares what you expect to happen, and that thing is the placebo effect. If your symptoms are just hypochondria, then by all means, laugh and mock them.
But we learn healing because it’s more than placebo. We learn manifesting because it’s more than positive thinking and hard work. We learn magick because it has a real, external existence separate from our expectations.
And remember: Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away. (Philip K. Dick.) If that real, external existence turns out to be malicious, it won’t stop being malicious just because you mock it or refuse to believe in it.
You have to actually do something to the external world to protect yourself. The methods will differ: Ananael would probably use some sort of protection or banishing ritual, while I would damage the connections between the spirit’s mental muscles and its thinking mind. But neither of us would just wish it away.
I think that’s Ananael’s point at the close of his article:
paranormal investigators don’t need psychics who give vague and impossible to verify information, they need magicians who can command spiritual forces when the need to do so arises. Those of us who study occultism work with these things all the time, and while it may seem unscientific to enlist our help, it still strikes me as wise.