That demonic possession could result from entering an altered state of consciousness is being increasingly acknowledged by scientists and psychologists and other researchers into parapsychology. Jon Klimo, author of one of the most definitive books on channeling, explains: “If your own mind can affect your own brain, then the similar nonphysical nature of another mind might also be able to affect your brain [if it is in a state of receptivity], giving rise to your hearing a voice, seeing a vision, or having the other mind speak or write [through you] by controlling your body the same way you normally control your own body.”
Charles Tart admits reluctantly, “There’s enough evidence that comes in to make me take the idea of disembodied intelligence seriously.” William James, one of the most highly regarded psychologists of this century, wrote:
“The refusal of modern “enlightenment” to treat [demonic] ‘possession’ as a hypothesis … in spite of the massive human tradition based on concrete human experience in its favor, has always seemed to me a curious example of the power of fashion in things ‘scientific.’
“That the demon-theory … will have its innings again is to my mind absolutely certain. One has to be ‘scientific’ indeed to be blind and ignorant enough to suspect no such possibility.”
Psychiatrist Stanislav Grof, pioneer researcher into LSD and altered states, reports that some of the LSD subjects he has studied have had encounters with “astral bodies,” and in some cases this has led to “the characteristics of spirit possession.” Friedrich Nietzsche indicated that the inspiration for Thus Spake Zarathustra came as a form of possession. “It invaded me. One can hardly reject completely the idea that one is the mere incarnation, or mouthpiece, or medium of some almighty power.” It takes little thought to realize which “almighty power” inspired this great inspirer of Hitler.
Famed architect Buckminster Fuller, after staying up half the night reading Marilyn Ferguson’s groundbreaking book The Aquarian Conspiracy (the New Age Bible), suggested that “the spirits of the dead” had helped her to write it. Ferguson laughed and said, “Well, I sometimes thought so, but I wasn’t about to tell anybody.”