How do I join an occultism?

Occultism in contemporary Germany - youth trend or search for deeper truths?

Table of Contents

1. Influencing the youth and the reasons for practicing
1.1 The media as a source of access for young people to occultism
1.2 The circle of acquaintances and other influences as an introduction to the occult
1.3 The back of glasses as a fascination for young people

2. The Church as the greatest opponent of occultism
2.1 Attitudes and views of the Church on the occult
2.1.1 Means of the Church to Combat the Occult
2.2 Exorcism as the Church's strongest means against the occult
2.2.1 Exorcising the devil between church, media and secular view
2.2.2 Performing a ritual exorcism
2.2.3 Possible effects of the ritual

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Theses:

1. The interest in occult-magical practices results mainly from the media and the circle of acquaintances.
2. The Church is the most important adversary of occultism.

1. Influencing the youth and the reasons for practicing

1.1 The media as a source of access for young people to occultism

The media has become a big part of our daily life. Everyone likes to sit in front of the television in the evening, listen to the radio while driving or use the Internet or newspapers to look for information. It is therefore essential that the media can influence us and our lives. According to Father Jonas Monk (name changed), young people in particular are particularly susceptible to influence, as they are still particularly enthusiastic and less stable at their young age. Furthermore, all topics that promise tension, manipulation or gain in power are very attractive to them.[1] Media have the power to unite people Access to grant occultism. In a survey conducted by this seminar specialist group, it was found that 50% of the pupils surveyed in grade 12 believe in supernatural and occult phenomena, including tarot, pendulums, horoscopes, divination, ghosts, demons, curses, telepathy and fate. In addition, the survey also showed that around 88% of those questioned prefer the psychohorror films based on psychic phenomena to the killer horror films, which expresses the great interest of the younger generation in the psychic.[2]

TV shows, films, literature and especially youth magazines have a tendency to build tension in order to attract consumers. This tension is often best achieved with stories about dark magic, inexplicable phenomena, and occult practices. While the media groups are mostly only concerned with high Audience or readership ratings that are supposed to make a lot of profit, young people are usually encouraged to do “research” and try out one or the other ritual themselves. Everything that is dark, evil or forbidden sounds attractive to many representatives of the younger generation, because it creates a great thrill, which is often a decisive point for turning to the occult. Broadcasting media in particular put a particularly high level of drama in their reports and programs, fluff up many topics and present facts in an exaggerated way. That is what the average consumer wants to see, hear or read, what brings variety to the rigid everyday life and at the same time unites the media groups makes a big profit. It is often irrelevant to these corporations whether people are drawn into the spell and, among other things, feel the negative consequences of media influence. That is why, for example, thousands of people call astro hotlines on television every day, firmly believing that tarot cards, fortune telling, shaman magic and other supernatural phenomena will help them out of their problems. The viewers believe the media representatives of such astro shows, let themselves be influenced by them and often dial the numbers of these television hotlines several times a day. Unfortunately, many are not aware that such programs are more about making money through the excessive telephone behavior of those seeking help, and not about really helping people. This clearly shows the high power of the big media. But not only the broadcast media, but also the internet in particular, is a big one Source of influence for people, especially young people. It is often difficult to follow on the World Wide Web which sources of information are well-founded and which are rather dubious. There are numerous websites on the Internet with questionable content that is easily found to be correct, especially by adolescents. It is a quality of many people to simply believe whatever the media puts in front of them. Everything that is broadcast on television or written on various websites is immediately taken for granted without even thinking about it. That is why many people can be particularly influenced by the media landscape. The formation of opinions of many Internet users is also manipulatively controlled through chat rooms or various forums. Young people in particular often visit such websites. There they can make new contacts nationally and internationally and get to know new perspectives. In such forums or chats, these are often "drawn" into the occult area by other users through a clever choice of words, manipulative skills and their own curiosity.

1.2 The circle of acquaintances and other influences as an introduction to the occult

Not only the media, but also the circle of acquaintances and the social situation can influence both adults and young people towards occult ideas. Here, a bad social position is often a decisive point for turning to occultism. People with many Problems such as isolation, general dissatisfaction with social norms, illnesses, depression and above all fears often seek the solution of their worries in secret. This can even lead to downright occult fanaticism, in which a loss of identity and reality often occurs. By believing in the supernatural, many people hope for a carefree and, above all, carefree life. The hope of such a life can in some cases even lead to states of confusion or total psychological dependence on occult phenomena. Especially people who live alone and in isolation often join groups that deal with the paranormal, believe in it or even perform rituals. Thus can social motivations how isolation and anxiety are classified as particularly influencing.

Young people in particular often come to occultism through friends and acquaintances. Some deal with it out of a simple interest in the mysterious, some out of curiosity, and still others simply out of a youthful lust for rebellion. Whatever the reason for the individual to deal with it: it is usually easier to access it in a group. Many young people join occult groups in order to belong, to have a say and to have things in common with their friends. In some cases you can use the Peer pressure speak as an extremely influencing agent. Teenagers who are “forced” to believe in the supernatural by peer pressure are often more at risk for the negative long-term effects of occultism than those who deal with it out of pure interest, as they often have impaired self-confidence. Another possibility for the younger generation to get to the occult within groups is often in the circle of friends through the popular party game "back of glasses", which is at the same time an occult ritual. However, such party games are more likely to be classified as less dangerous, as they are usually only tried out in phases and become uninteresting after a while or good research. But how does the back of the glasses work?

1.3 The back of glasses as a fascination for young people

The back of glasses popular among teenagers, also known as "glasses", is a ritual with which contact with the souls of the deceased in the Realm of the dead should be included. The materials required for this are easy to get, which makes it very easy for young people to carry out. A glass, 26 cards with the letters of the alphabet, 10 cards with the numbers from 0 to 9 and 2 cards with the words “yes” or “no” are required for jarring. During the ritual, the participants sit in a circle, each with his index finger on the glass, which is upside down in their center. All the cards are arranged in a circle around the glass. At the beginning of the ritual, the glass has to settle, which takes a while. This state is ended when the glass begins to move as if by magic in response to the question “Great spirit, are you there?”. Usually this incident alone creates a lot of tension among the participants. Now further questions can be asked of the “spirit”. After each question you can watch how the glass moves by itself on individual letters, numbers or the words “yes” or “no”. Often times, diabolical messages arise that many practitioners say can be dangerous. If such a danger arises, the fingers must remain on the glass and a silver rosary thrown on the table, which is supposed to drive away the evil spirits. People who practice the back of the glasses for the first time are usually very frightened by the eerie and mysterious results of the ritual. However, based on scientific findings, one can now clearly say that the glass is not moved by a ghost, but by the participants in the ritual themselves Carpenter effect. This states that the glass movements can be traced back to the microcontractions of the finger and arm muscles of the participants, which are intensified by sensations. It's a proven fact that Emotions Trigger muscle contractions. Because glasses create an uncanny emotional tension among the practitioners, reactions of the muscles also occur in those concerned. In addition, the arms become quite heavy after being held on the glass for a long time, which explains the movement of the glass in addition to the unconscious contractions. In the phase of the “glass swing in”, the group is brought into line on a psychological basis, that is, all participants expect the glass to move in the same way. This is cited and reinforced by the question “Great Spirit, are you there?”. The answers to the questions asked of the alleged mind come from the subconscious of the practitioner. The simpler the question, the clearer the answers. So it is not uncommon that to the question: “Great spirit, how did you die?” The word “murder” appears as an answer. So the back of the glasses is nothing supernatural, but simply expresses the common opinion of the group, albeit unconsciously. Similar phenomena also occur when commuting.

2. The Church as the greatest opponent of occultism

2.1 Attitudes and views of the Church on the occult

The magical and supernatural, which is directly related to the occult, has fascinated people since the beginning of time. But what is called magical is not what the Church wants. This defines the occult as "the vague collective term for practices or phenomena that are often used synonymously for esoteric, paranormal or supernatural."[3] What is meant here are processes whose causes are hidden. If these are of a magical or spiritistic nature, the Church rejects them.

Monotheistic Religions like Judaism, Christianity and Islam are generally hostile to magic. This aversion does not result, as assumed, from scientific findings that were supposed to prove that magicians are only swindlers and illusionaries, but from the eternal fear of the diverse knowledge of the sorcerers. Priests and other clergymen believe that magic God would snatch the helm and deal with things that are none of their business. This criticism is also directed at science. In ancient Israel, for example, people mistrusted developing medicine, because according to religion, God alone judges illness, recovery, life or death. But if you consider the Church's aversions to magic, several questions arise: Didn't Jesus also perform miracles? Doesn't the Bible speak in many places of Christ healing people, even bringing the dead back to life? In an interview, Pastor Matthias Pöhlmann explained that there is an important difference between the miracles of Jesus Christ and magic. The difference is that Christ's miracles are not an end in themselves. Means magic Makes and this would always be used for one's own benefit. Christ, on the other hand, wanted neither power nor profit for himself from the miracles he performed. In addition, according to Pöhlmann, the mysteries of Jesus are a sign of the beginning of the kingdom of God. So the miracles are only a symbol that the beginning kingdom of God should be good and perfect in its creation.[4] So the mission behind the stories about the miracles of Christ does not refute the pure function of magic, but says that it consists of self-interest and therefore cannot be good. That is why the Bible also contains the story of the evil sorcerer Simon Magus, who wants to buy magical power from the apostles. From the perspective of the church, people should understand that their power is small compared to God's greatness. In essence, this is still the modern Christian attitude today. Only if man can suppress his striving for power, he is also able to lead a fulfilled and happy life, because God alone with his all-encompassing power can direct human existence in a positive direction. One only has to fit oneself into God's plan of creation. Since Christianity in particular makes a difference between miracles, which can only be caused by God's hand, and magic, which is a human ability and thus also represents a source of power, the Church has become anti-magic over the years. Since magic is now directly a part of occultism, it can be explained why the church is considered to be its greatest opponent. In addition to magic and power, occultism also deals with God's worst enemy, namely Satan. Satanism, with all its rituals and magical beings, is a branch of the occult. According to Father Jonas Monk, it is the task of the church to fight against the paranormal, because it “cares for the salvation of people, knows about the confusion and confusion in these areas, and mature faith or trust in God knows the power games of magic Father Müller sees the main reasons for turning to the occult in curiosity, security tendencies, general fears and people's thirst for power.[5] Therefore, with God's help, the church tries to take away people's fears and to make it clear to them that God has sole power. In the eyes of Christianity, even curiosity is in most cases a sinful behavior. The Church speaks of the fact that her job is to protect people. In this way, it should also protect against the possible consequences of turning to the occult, which Father Müller sees primarily in the loss of identity and further, stronger fears. But what means does Christianity have to combat occultism?

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[1] Father Doctor Jonas Monk (name changed); specially conducted interview; See attachement

[2] Data come from a specially conducted survey by this seminar specialist group, see appendix

[3] Father Doctor Jonas Monk; Specially conducted interview, see appendix

[4] Pastor Matthias Pohlmann, http://www.antjeschrupp.de/magie.htm; “From Muggels and

Sorcerers - Magic in Religion and Everyday Life ”, 04.07.2008

[5] Father Doctor Jonas Monk; Specially conducted interview, see appendix