The Unquiet Dead are Everywhere
By M.P. Pellicer | Stranger Than Fiction Stories
A book that gives a new perspective on the spirit world is Carl Wickland’s Thirty Years Among the Dead, written in 1924. He believed the dead are deeply enmeshed with living humans.
Dr. Wickland (1861-1945), a Swedish psychiatrist practiced at the turn of the century in Chicago. During his lifetime he was a member of the Chicago Medical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and chief psychiatrist at the State Psychopathic Institute of Chicago.
In 1918, he moved to Los Angeles and founded the National Psychological Institute; however long before then he had turned away from conventional psychology of the day, to the belief that obsessing spirits of the dead were at the root of many psychiatric illnesses.
He used low-voltage electric shock to dislodge them. Then his wife Anna (1859-1937) acting as a trance medium would guide the spirit over into the light, and convince them to release their hold on their human host. He worked with a group of enlightened spirits he called the “Mercy Band” who assisted from the other side in guiding these lost spirits.
In an age when spiritualism was rampant, Dr. Wickland warned against the use of Ouija boards, and dabbling with automatic writing by persons who were not knowledgeable about what they were doing. He described several persons who after having tried to engage in automatic writing had started to display totally different personality traits to their own, and many had ended up being institutionalized. Prior to their attempt to connect to the spirit world, they had been normal. It was through these cases that he started to research psychic phenomena.
Dr. Wickland observed, “Humanity is surrounded by the thought influence of millions of discarnate being. A recognition of this fact accounts for a great portion of unbidden thoughts, emotions, strange forebodings, gloomy moods, irritabilities, unreasonable impulses, and irrational outbursts of temper, uncontrollable
infatuations and countless other mental vagaries….”
Contrary to modern views that possession is only by demonic or non-human entities, he found many of the spirits were of human origin.
He found that many spirits are not tied to a location or home, but might be attracted to a certain person, due to their personality or physical similarities to themselves or someone they liked.
How and why do these spirits start to follow you?
Source - The Inter Ocean
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Stranger Than Fiction Stories by M.P. Pellicer