Monday, April 23, 2012

Does Possession Exist? The Vatican Thinks So.

Did you know that the Vatican put out a plea for exorcists last year? It was all over the news. Pretty alarming, eh? Makes one wonder. What do they know that we don’t?
I’ll admit it. I’ve always been intrigued with the idea that a spirit or demon might actually be able to possess a human being. Though a far-fetched idea, it’s one that deeply penetrates societies all around the world. As a true-blue control freak, the concept makes me want to run in the opposite direction. However, based on ample research and a steadfast belief in the paranormal, I feel... no matter where you go there you are. If it wants you, it'll have you. Or at least try.
Yep, I watched the movie Exorcist as a kid. Freaked me the heck out! But I knew it was fake. Had to be. Right? But there was always that nagging voice in my head asking, “What if it wasn’t? What if that sort of thing actually happens?”
I know what you’re thinking. Or at least what crossed my mind initially. The Vatican might have done what they did to keep up the belief in demons which essentially makes the church super essential. But that’s a hard pill to swallow. After all, it attacks their integrity. Another genuine possibility? They did it because they’re being inundated by things outside of our comprehension. Good ol’ paranormal activity! And not necessarily demons.
Either way, I truly believe in two things. The first, that the Vatican and Catholic faith is truthful. They would NOT lie. Second, the paranormal does indeed exist.
The list of documented possessions is long. Amongst the most famous, Amityville and Maria Rossi. These are extreme cases and always open to interpretation. Kinda sorta. Scary stuff!
Regardless, it was because of my interest in this topic that I implemented it into my latest novel, The Tudor Revival (follows The Georgian Embrace). What a slippery slope I’ve gone down writing this book though. It’s a tough thing building characters when they’re being possessed. I’m dealing with not only multiple characters but a whole lot of voices in my mind! I know, I know, we writers should have that concept nailed. Nonetheless, we usually don’t have to do it with our hero and heroine.
So why did I post about this? Because I'm curious and my questions are not those that are typically asked of readers and writers alike. What do YOU think about the concept of possession? COULD it exist? DOES it exist? Or is it just a nutty concept that holds no grain of truth in this reality. Say it how you see it... or don't. *winks*


  1. My daughter who is a clinical psychologist disagrees with me on this. I believe in possession and she says it's trauma resulting disassociative disorder. I say it's it's possession. My sister was a clairvoyant counselor and dealt with victims of possession.

  2. I had a friend who had an exorcism.
    Very serious stuff.
    I wrote about it here--great post by the way--thanks :)
    I like your blog.

  3. (Sorry for the delayed response. I was out of town!) Caroline, my mother-in-law is a therapist and disagrees with me as well. I suppose it will always be a debate between science and...well, the supernatural. I however, agree with you. I've seen to much to think otherwise.

  4. Thanks for the kind comment about this blog, Penelope. I can't even imagine what it would be like to actually know someone who had experienced an exorcism. I'm heading to you blog now!