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Astral Entities & Spirits: Can They Make You Go Insane?

Why Would Someone Go Mad, Seemingly for No Reason?

Not simply because of an astral entity/earthbound spirit, that’s for sure.

No earthbound spirit has the power to transform you, as a healthy person (in mind and body), into an insane one.  Remember that astral entities (or ghosts) amplify and echo negative emotions that are already in you.  They do not cause them. An astral entity can’t tip you over the edge if you’re not already teetering over the edge, ready to fall off.

What Are Astral Entities Capable of?

Astral entities are like us, except they’re dead, and stuck.  They’re often vulnerable, unstable, scared and in pain for some reason.

In my opinion, people attribute a lot of things to astral entities and the spirit world, that they really shouldn’t. I used to do this myself.

About four years ago, I was living in Spain, and working at a language school. I was intensely lonely there, and isolated (I was the only teacher who was working there, as many students were away for the summer and only one teacher was needed.)

One weekend, I decided to have a change of scene and went to visit Pau, which is in South-West France. I stayed overnight in a hotel. The moment I walked into my hotel room that day, I felt a dark presence. I didn’t like my room and should have requested another one, but didn’t. That night, I was very, very frightened and I didn’t know why. I also felt dark, almost unstable, like I was scared of what I might do, even though I was definitely not suicidal. I remember speaking to my mother on the phone and not wanting her to go because I was scared. That night, I was woken up every half hour, feeling like I’d been knocked on the head.  In the morning I was exhausted, still scared and glad to be leaving.

At the time, I thought I had been disturbed by an astral entity/earthbound spirit and that it had made me feel bad, because in that room I felt terrible – very scared and almost out of control.

It’s easy to attribute a dark temporary feeling to an entity, but in retrospect I can see that it was much more complicated than that.

There may have been an astral entity in that hotel room, but the truth was – I was already feeling pretty bad.  I had just let it out on my weekend away, by speaking to my mum.  I was feeling lonely, in an unfamiliar place, and felt lost.  I hadn’t seen a single friend or family member for months.  I already was in a dark place and any astral entity that was present would have been amplifying that state somewhat.

If my mental state had taken a downward turn a couple of months later, it wouldn’t have been the astral entity’s fault, it would have been something within me that caused that mental state.

I believe our mental health suffers when there is a physiological and/or psychological/emotional problem, and that it’s not necessarily about astral entities or spiritual issues.

I have been reading a lot about nutrition in the last few months. In particular, I have read Donna Gates’ The Body Ecology Diet: Recovering Your Health and Rebuilding Your Immunity and I’ve also read The Clear Skin Diet – both excellent books on lifestyle and nutrition.

The author of the first book (Gates) is a nutritional consultant and the second was written by a dermatologist.  I was fascinated to read in both books about the connection between the health of the gut and the health of the brain.  Both books mention that studies have proved this connection. And both books touched on this issue of the food we eat affecting our brains – healthy foods and friendly bacteria (probiotics) improving brain health, and unhealthy foods helping brain function to deteriorate. It’s important not to forget the physical aspect.

I believe that being isolated socially can also affect our mental health, as can being under intense pressure on a consistent basis or experiencing some kind of trauma that has not been healed.

My point is that an astral entity (even a not so nice one) cannot turn a healthy person into an unhealthy one. Nor can any other spiritual issue come out of the blue and debilitate an otherwise healthy person. If you believe this, then you are giving the spirit realm way too much credit.

However, the spiritual always reflects the physical, so if you have poor mental health, and a lot of negative emotions, astral entities/earthbound spirits may amplify that state for you.

If you focus on having emotional support in your life, being at peace, managing your stress levels, and taking care of your body (the usual stuff) then you are more likely to stay strong, spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically.

Even if you have an astral entity in your energy field, it won’t tip you over the edge because you won’t be teetering on the edge.

By: Anna Sayce

Escaping Consumerism

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I am trying to live a minimalist life. But that doesn’t mean I still don’t own stuff.

My family of four still owns three beds, three dressers, two couches, one table with chairs, one desk, eight plates, eight bowls, eight glasses… My kids own toys and books. My wife sews. I read, play sports, and care for the house. We may be seeking to live a minimalist life, but we are still consumers. After all, to live is to consume.

But we have worked hard to escape excessive consumerism. Consumerism becomes excessive when it extends beyond what is needed. When we begin consuming more than is needed, boundaries are removed. Personal credit allows us to make purchases beyond our income-level. Advertisements subtly reshape our desires around material possessions. And the consumption culture that surrounds us begins to make excessive consumption appear natural and normal.

Excessive consumption leads to bigger houses, faster cars, trendier clothes, fancier technology, and overfilled drawers. It promises happiness, but never delivers. Instead, it results in a desire for more… a desire which is promoted by the world around us. And it slowly begins robbing us of life. It redirects our God-given passions to things that can never fulfill. It consumes our limited resources.

And it is time that we escape the vicious cycle.

It is time to take a step back and realize that excessive consumption is not delivering on its promise to provide happiness and fulfillment. Consumption is necessary, but excessive consumption is not. And life can be better lived (and more enjoyed) by intentionally rejecting it.

Consider this list of ten practical benefits of escaping excessive consumerism in your life:

1) Less debt. The average American owns 3.5 credit cards and $15,799 in credit card debt… totaling consumer debt of $2.43 trillion in the USA alone. This debt causes stress in our lives and forces us to work jobs that we don’t enjoy. We have sought life in department stores and gambled our future on the empty promises of their advertisements. We have lost.

2) Less life caring for possessions. The never-ending need to care for the things we own is draining our time and energy. Whether we are maintaining property, fixing vehicles, replacing goods, or cleaning things made of plastic, metal, or glass, our life is being emotionally and physically drained by the care of things that we don’t need—and in most cases, don’t enjoy either. We are far better off owning less.

3) Less desire to upscale lifestyle norms. The television and the Internet has brought lifestyle envy into our lives at a level never before experienced in human history. Prior to the advent of the digital age, we were left envying the Jones’ family living next to us—but at least we had a few things in common (such as living in the same neighborhood). But today’s media age has caused us to envy (and expect) lifestyle norms well beyond our incomes by promoting the lifestyles of the rich and famous as

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superior and enviable. Only an intentional rejection of excessive consumerism can quietly silence the desire to constantly upscale lifestyle norms.

4) Less environmental impact. Our earth produces enough resources to meet all of our needs, but it does not produce enough resources to meet all of our wants. And whether you consider yourself an environmentalist or not, it is tough to argue with the fact that consuming more resources than the earth can replenish is not a healthy trend—especially when it is completely unnecessary.

5) Less need to keep up with evolving trends. Henry David Thoreau once said, “Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but religiously follows the new.” Recently, I have been struck by

the wisdom and practical applicability of that thought whether relating to fashion, decoration, or design. A culture built on consumption must produce an ever-changing target to keep its participants spending money. And our culture has nearly perfected that practice. As a result, nearly every year, a new line of fashion is released as the newest trend. And the only way to keep up is to purchase the latest fashions and trends when they are released… or remove yourself from the pursuit altogether.

6) Less pressure to impress with material possessions. Social scientist Thorstein Veblen coined the phrase “conspicuous consumption” to describe the lavish spending on goods and services acquired mainly for the purpose of displaying income or wealth. In his 1899 book, The Theory of the Leisure Class, this term was used to describe the behavior of a limited social class. And although the behavior has been around since the beginning of time, today’s credit has allowed it to permeate nearly every social class in today’s society. As a result, no human being (in consumption cultures) is exempt from its temptation.

7) More generosity. Rejecting excessive consumerism always frees up energy, time, and finances. Those resources can then be brought back into alignment with our deepest heart values. When we begin rejecting the temptation to spend all of our limited resources on ourselves, our hearts are opened to the joy and fulfillment found in giving our personal resources to others. Generosity finds space in our life (and in our checkbooks) to emerge.

8) More contentment. Many people believe if they find (or achieve) contentment in their lives, their desire for excessive consumption will wane. But we have found the opposite to be true. We have found that the intentional rejection of excessive consumption opens the door for contentment to take root in our lives. We began pursuing minimalism as a means to realign our life around our greatest passions, not as a means to find contentment. But somehow, minimalism resulted in a far-greater contentment with life than we ever enjoyed prior.

9) Greater ability to see through empty claims. Fulfillment is not on sale at your local department store—neither is happiness. It never has been. And never will be. We all know this to be true. We all know that more things won’t make us happier. It’s just that we’ve bought into the subtle message of millions upon millions of advertisements that have told us otherwise. Intentionally stepping back for an extended period of time helps us get a broader view of their empty claims.

10) Greater realization that this world is not just material. True life is found in the invisible things of life: love, hope, and spirituality. Again, we all know there are things in this world that are far more important than what we own. But if one were to research our actions, intentions, and receipts, would they reach the same conclusion? Or have we been too busy seeking happiness in all the wrong places?

Escaping excessive consumption is not an easy battle. If it were, it would be done more often… myself included. But it is a battle worth fighting because it robs us of life far more than we realize.

Excessive consumption promises happiness, but never delivers. True life must be found somewhere else. (tweet that)