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10/17/22: DEMON SCREENING W/ ERIC FREEMAN SIMS

Ron Patton | October 17, 2022

An electronic form of Tulpamancy appears to manifest exponentially through our digital highway. The internet and social media take on a paranormal persona—a dead entity that lives vicariously through your thoughts and actions. We use it to conjure our various beasts – our monster from the ID (Inner-Demon). Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, and Instagram take just a bit of your soul and sells it back to you as a product –all it asks of you is your estrangement. We give it willingly and no one throws out a warning that conjuring can happen at the push of the enter key. Tonight on Ground Zero, Clyde Lewis talks with host of The Unseen Paranormal Podcast, Eric Freeman Sims about DEMON SCREENING.

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I know that reality is becoming a hell of a lot scarier than anything Halloween can conjure but when your days and nights are reminding you of Halloween, it is time to pay attention and set aside some time to figure out how things become terrifying in the first place.

Nightmares are explainable but nightmares that become realities begin as tulpas and sometimes they manifest in our reality.

Many people can fondly recall the creation of an imaginary friend when they were younger. Imaginary friends are a global phenomenon, used as a source to combat loneliness, and as a means to encourage creative enterprises in children. 

But what would you do if your imaginary friend suddenly became real? Would you try to destroy it? Or would you accept its unusual companionship? 

I sometimes speak of something called Tulpamancy — or forming ideas and theories that end up manifesting . I have been told that at times my crew and I have been accurate in making predictions. We also are always asked about Dr. Heldore.  He is a tulpa from a Ouija experience that made some accurate predictions… and now he has been made into a personality that we have been asked to speak with again. 

In essence, tulpamancy is the ability to manifest an imaginary friend or conjure a character by intense mental concentration. A tulpa is a mental construct that takes physical shape – and once it does, the tulpa is capable of being fully autonomous from its creator. 

I have to say that I am always reticent about these types of Tulpas — because while some believe that contacts on the Ouija are necromancy — I would say that in the case of Heldore it is a matter of Tulpamancy. 

In September 1972, the Toronto Society for Psychical Research, along with poltergeist expert Dr. A.R.G. Owen, set out to accomplish one singular objective: To create a ghost.

Not conjure, or contact. They wanted to explore the concept of tulpas, or thoughtforms; the practice of “willing” tangible forms into existence using our own innate mental energies.

The group was composed of eight individuals, men and women of a variety of occupations and interests. Although Dr. Owen himself was an expert on poltergeists, none of the other members claimed to have any “psychic” abilities or other paranormal affluence.

They began their experiment, in September 1972, by creating a fictional character. They named him Philip Aylesford. As though he were an actual person, they gave him a history, likes and dislikes, and a tragic end leading to his own suicide. They even drew a picture of Philip’s appearance.

His original biography, which the group wrote out to better envision Philip’s identity in their minds, contained some interesting details.

After creating a tragic history for their tulpa they decided to try and contact it during a Seance.

It was thought that, perhaps, some of the members were having difficulty focusing on Philip because they knew he wasn’t real. Holding something like a séance with dimmed lights, a table surrounded by chairs and Philip’s “personal artifacts,” would hopefully create a mood more conducive to conjuring a tulpa.

It worked.

Strange things occurred as soon as the group began their “séance.” As they sat around the table, focusing their will on conjuring Philip, an unseen force began to tap on the table.

Was it Philip? A single thud told them that yes, it was.

They asked him questions about his past, and he would answer — one knock for true, two knocks for false — communicating with them through raps on the table’s wooden surface.

Of course, the group already knew the answers to their questions. They’d created him, after all, and everything about his life. But the answers were consistent, and eventually, he began to reveal new details from his “past,” which contained oddly accurate information regarding actual historical events.

He even developed his own personality and, occasionally, the lights in the room would flicker, and the table would levitate. Unexplainable noises were often heard throughout the room. He was becoming something more. Something independent.

Something real.

Eventually, the group opened its doors to the public, inviting others to bear witness to their strange séance.

The experiment was conducted to prove that humans can will something into reality. 

They say that ideas are bulletproof — and if they are tulpas they can also become reality-proof as they challenge reality. 

There are times when I worry that when I speak of something on the radio — I send a tulpa out into the ether. Once it is out there, I cannot control its behavior because I don’t have the necessary tools to parallel process by mind control and train my tulpas. I take for granted that my ideas only last for a short time — but when I predict or think about something, and it manifests — I become nervous because of some of the many other speculations that I have made over the years.

The other night I produced a show about how ITC barriers have been crashed with the advent of people receiving messages from dead loved ones on the internet. They are either being texted or e-mailed or are being sent messages from Facebook pages of dead friends.

I know that the whole thing sounds like creepy pasta or absurd but as I have said timing is everything and when I tell a story about demonic activity manifesting on the net — I worry that people do not understand how this is not only possible but probable.

Recently, a 14-year-old British girl died from an act of self-harm while suffering from the “negative effects of online content”, a coroner said in a case that shone a spotlight on social media companies.

Molly Russell was “exposed to material that may have influenced her in a negative way and, in addition, what had started as a depression had become a more serious depressive illness,” Andrew Walker ruled at North London Coroner’s Court. The teenager “died from an act of self-harm while suffering depression”, he said, but added it would not be “safe” to conclude it was suicide.

Then what was it? Self harm? and not suicide? This is not too clear, the mystery makes it all sound like some paranormal event that happened where the girl was triggered.

In the 16,300 posts Russell saved, shared or liked on Instagram in the six-month period before her death, 2,100 related to depression, self-harm or suicide, the inquest heard.

Some of the content she viewed was “particularly graphic” and “normalized her condition,” and it was also revealed that a lot of the material was sent to the victim which contributed to her death.

It is a case of phantom murder by the internet. 

Many of those who sent graphic content of violent death, suicide, and murder sent spoof sites that could not be traced.  Some were taken from the dark web.

Did those images of death and harm manifest a tulpa that wound up killing the young girl? Was it death by algorithm or are we seeing the algorithms declaring war on the fragile? Or are people just cruel and anonymously send terrifying images to a distressed young girl? 

Meanwhile, a Swedish musician who goes by the name  Supercomposite experimented with some A.I. Programs and suddenly an image of what he calls a living corpse appeared on the screen — he named her Loab.

 The AI-generated demon of the dead emerged from their experiments with a series of “negative prompt weights,” which encourage artificial intelligence to put together the furthest opposite of a given starting point. 

Supercomposite traces the first appearance of Loab in April of this year, responding to reverse of a reverse prompt about Marlon Brando. The birth of Loab was, according to Supercomposite, a fairly banal logo produced by the negatively weighted prompt “Brando::-1.”

He wondered if the opposite of that logo, in turn, would be a picture of Marlon Brando. The computer produced a picture of a woman who looked like a rotting corpse. He described the image as a devastated-looking older woman with defined triangles of rosacea on her cheeks.

In what Supercomposite characterizes as “a true horror story,” Loab emerged as a kind of latent space haint, continually cropping up in more and more images, as her creator — or perhaps the better term is “summoner” — continues to collaborate with the AI to explore Loab’s world.

The next turn seemed to come when Supercomposite combined one of the first Loab images with a friend’s image prompt that created a “hyper-compressed glass tunnel surrounded by angels” in the style of Wes Anderson. This seems to have sparked a visual canon that looks like mood boards for Anderson’s imaginary turn as guest director of American Horror Story.

Supercomposite attributes this to “some kind of emergent statistical accident,” which makes Loab “adjacent to extremely gory and macabre imagery in the distribution of the AI’s world knowledge.”

Many images of Loab suggest that she is a murderer of children.

Again this is all reminiscent of an internet meme that allegedly triggered kids to cut themselves.  This meme was called Momo — the image of a long-haired demonic hag was a tulpa that created mass hysteria among parents and PTA organizations that warned That Momo had some sort of control over your teenagers that are contemplating suicide.

There is a popular Horror film showing on Hulu right now called “Grimcutty” that is loosely based on the whole Momo hysteria.

No matter what you might think of the hysteria — it appears that the meme of a demonic hag or witch has become a tulpa that is now appearing from time to time for a demonic screening.

Behind the success of many great works of fiction is making a convincing appeal to “fact,” or at least to somehow have a story transform into an everyday experience. Stories that are loosely based on factual events become some of the more successful movie scripts. There are also films and books that are inspired by events or other urban legends that take on a life of their own and somehow become part of the public story.

Whenever I see a horror film that is based on a true story I later get online and try to determine what are facts and what is exaggerated by Hollywood.  Now I would say that more times than not, we can pretty much figure out that much of what is presented is exaggerated for the screen – but believe it or not, some stories that are really unbelievable are closer to the truth than we realize.

One hundred and thirty-two years ago, Nietzsche added that “something extraordinarily nasty and evil is about to make its debut.”  We know it did, the twentieth century was the bloody butcher of war, poverty, disease and rebellion.

Nihilism stepped onto center stage and has been the star of the show ever since, straight through to 2020.

Obviously, we haven’t gotten our bearings. We are far more adrift today on a stormy electronic sea where the analogical circle of life has been replaced by the digital, and “truths” like numbers click into place continuously to lead us in wrong, algorithm-controlled directions.

The trap is almost closed.

Of course, Nietzsche did not have the Internet, but he lived at the dawn of the electric era, when space-time transformations were occurring at a rapid pace. Inventions such as photography, the phonograph, the telephone, electricity, etc. were contracting space and time and a disembodied “reality” was being born.

With today’s Internet and digital screen life, the baby is full-grown and completely disembodied. It does nothing but look at its image that is looking back into a lifeless void, whose lost gaze can’t figure out what it’s seeing.

It is the image through a glass darkly and it is gathering up the history of consciousness that is certainly analyzed at the speed of light. Then the ghost in the machine is there to haunt you with memories of the horrible things you have published and the horrible things people have said about you.

It certainly mocks you like a demon – and can haunt you like a ghostly voice in the void.

The internet and Facebook’s take on this paranormal persona: a dead entity that lives vicariously through your thoughts and actions. We use it to conjure our various beasts – our monster from the ID if we wish to call it that.

Lurking behind our thin, rational façade is an impulsive demon. A demon that takes control of us, acts without thinking and serves its own purposes regardless of the impact to our ultimate well-being.

That demon is your ID.

Your ID, your lizard brain, your ‘animal’ impulses, that piece of you evolved in a context wildly different from the one in which you now live.

Our vast technological network, now held and ever-accessible in the palm of your hand, push-notifying for your attention wherever you go – that tech is the make-shift key that not only unlocks your inner-demon, but amplifies him & allows him to run your life unchecked & afoul.

Almost every night of the year, I am on the air all over the country and what I talk about sometimes pushes the limits of reality. The reason I know this is because whatever I talk about, no matter how sound the information is, no matter how much work I put into studying and reviewing notes on the subject matter, I always get an e-mail or a Tweet or even a post on Facebook saying that maybe I should not talk about a certain subject, that maybe I should talk about something they think is more important.

My reply is always that everything I talk about, even the most outrageous stuff is relevant and important because each show is a puzzle piece that eventually will link with another to give you an important view of the bigger picture.

I know that sometimes what I present is not something you wish to entertain in your reality but that doesn’t mean it is not there. Sometimes it stares you right in the face and even then, some people try to push it away with denial.

So, I have to ask some very important questions.

Just how important is reality to you? How important is truth to you? If it makes you uncomfortable or if it steps all over your normalcy bias, should you just ignore it? Should you attack the messenger?

I am learning everyday that what was once fiction is now in our reality and with future shock added into the already chaotic mix – the critical mass seems to be having a nervous breakdown.

The national media has decided to turn its cameras on reactionaries. Everything seems to be a crisis, everything is reported to be devastating, deadly, nightmarish, apocalyptic, biblical in proportions, demoralizing, disastrous, racist, fascist, insensitive, and the list can go on and on as we continue to take in all of the information.

I have noticed reactionary people on Facebook who decide that everything is a distraction or a false flag that is meant to distract us from what really is happening.

When you ask what the real news is, they are at a loss as to what is the real problem in the world.

The real story, if you choose to accept it, is that we are being programmed with a deluge of psychological bombardment which triggers a condition known as the “crisis of the now” which apparently does not give the brain enough breathing room to apply logic, reason or historical context to anything that is reported. This is why when I report things that mainstream resources avoid, the negative reaction comes from a person who hasn’t had the time to research and takes for granted the idea that his sources for information are trustworthy and valid.

When we’re being bombarded with hyper-reality and 24 hour news coverage it’s difficult to stay focused on any given topic. The unfortunate thing is that people rely too heavily on party affiliation, religious peer pressure and political correctness to make decisions on what reality is.

Meanwhile evil is not just running amok in places you would expect, but in places you can suspect.

The world of online occultism is hardly esoteric.

 Whether it’s social justice witches hexing the patriarchy or bored teenagers “reality shifting” into other dimensions, millennials and Gen-Zs have popularized alternative spiritual practices on platforms like TikTok. Look up #WitchTok and you’ll find hundreds of thousands of tutorials — mostly by young women — teaching you how to cast spells or summon pagan deities, interspersed with healing crystal hauls and vlogs about their latest otherworldly encounters.

Of course, the appeal of alternative spirituality is decades old. But whereas young adults might have once been lured into it by plumes of patchouli incense, today they are lured in by algorithms. 

Beyond aesthetics, even the practices of WitchTok themselves might appear shallow and inconsequential.

Aside from these more remarkable occasions when e-witches put their wands together to cast spells en masse, the most popular practices on WitchTok tend to be individualistic and adopted like hobbies. To experiment with magic online, you do not have to be ritually initiated into a group as those in the countercultural crevices of 1960s England once did. In fact, you don’t actually have to commit to a particular worldview or belief system.

Aside from tagging it with #WitchTok, there is no criteria for what makes a “valid” alternative spiritual practice. With the melting of the metanarratives that defined the 20th century — the shift from modernity to postmodernity — subcultures are no longer bound by texts, organizational structures or physical spaces. Especially in the digital realm, there can be no clear-cut categories and certainly no authorities to regulate spirituality. Instead, individuals can freely fluctuate from Wicca to Shamanism and even Satanic worship.

This raises the question of what happens when they start summoning demons. 

Have they already summoned demons? And what about the power of the meme and meme magic?

Well of course they have a little something called #demonolatry. But of course it is claimed that these demonic summoning were by accident and that a containment spell would have to be cast to keep it from harming anyone online.

Do you think that this is enough?

In one video, a young woman reports her “first interaction with Satan” who she claims to have engaged in dialogue with thanks to her “extensively practiced clairaudience”. She claims that the encounter began with her unexpectedly sensing “a very intense spooky energy” which, after performing some kind of divination method, she identified to be the devil. Satan — who apparently goes by the pronouns “they/them” — then told her that “despite being from Hell, a very intense place”, “we are not inherently bad”. The encounter culminates in the devil asking the woman if “they” can try some of her cookies, followed by about 350 thousand likes and six thousand comments. One reads, “tell Satan I would like to be his friend, he seems nice”. 

In another clip, a pink-haired practitioner of “magick” reports how since beginning her rituals, she has experienced bouts of “constant ringing” in her ears. Though she seems convinced that tinnitus is a perfectly normal symptom of her “spiritual awakening”, she is not the only one to have incurred negative side effects. In perhaps the most disturbing video within the genre, one young woman films herself with the caption “you were so into spirituality, what happened?” followed by a series of images depicting humanoid shadow entities lurking in various rooms. Now haunted by uninvited paranormal guests, the young woman — who stares into her camera with menacing facial expressions to the growl of distorted electronic music — has subsequently given up on being “into spirituality”. 

Anyone who believes in the supernatural is bound to be at least slightly concerned by these incidents of young women who, after experimenting with occult practices, claim to have felt, heard or seen uncanny phenomena. 

Much of this has been downplayed to avoid a repeat of Satanic panic.

Even if WitchTok is a product of American cultural tensions, its influence is global. The appeal of online occultism goes well beyond midwestern teenagers rebelling against their parents — and so do its dangers.

One particular religious community is very concerned and that is the Muslim community. Many Muslim Clerics say that online occult practices have left young Muslim girls depressed and upset. 

Evidently, the idea that fears of demonic forces corrupting the young are exclusive to white, conservative Christians is simply false. In multicultural contexts, there will be numerous communities that follow traditional religions and take the risks of dabbling with the supernatural seriously.

One struggles to imagine a WitchTokker, afflicted by hauntings, magick-induced tinnitus or literally Satan they/themself, approaching a priest or an Imam for help. For most Gen-Zs, these figures are not integrated enough in their lives to be seen as “relevant”. 

They see it as an experience on their road to full enlightenment.

Whilst supposed encounters with demons on TikTok can seem performative or even outright fabricated, we should still take them seriously as examples of what can happen when spirituality, bitterly divorced from religion, becomes trivialized and effectively profaned. 

Tulpamancy is yet to be tested on the internet (well as far as we know) — and many fear what the results could be if the tulpa was not contained.

Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram take just a bit of your soul and sell it back to you as a product. All it asks of you is your estrangement. We give it willingly and no one throws out a warning that conjuring can happen at the push of the enter key.

SHOW GUEST: ERIC FREEMAN SIMS

Eric Freeman Sims has over 20 years of experience as a paranormal researcher and investigator. He had his first paranormal experience at the age of 8 when he saw a full body apparition and has continued to experience the unexplained throughout his life and 20 years in the medical field. Eric continues his journey of high strangeness through extensive research, investigations, and as the host and producer of The Unseen Paranormal Podcast.

 

Written by Ron Patton

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  1. Greg

    October 18, 2022 at 5:42 am

    This young generation is going through an online initiation of the occult practices. When I was a kid I started reading occult books and now when I watch movies I judge them by what I know and have either read or experienced. Some movies are very accurate in occult knowledge and when I see them I say to myself whoa they are teaching people real stuff. Alot of movies still mix together the real and cartoony unreal. This younger generation is getting their knowledge from everywhere, they are being trained like young mutants from X-men to develop their powers. A consequence of this is the rise in mental illness. There is a big push by federal, state and local governments to fund and provide mental health treatment. Untrained people are dealing with powers that are beyond them and teaching kids to do the same. I feel like it may take starting schools and having experienced teachers to educate on occult matters. This is beyond most parents. Perhaps this a prelude to a new organized religion that openly embraces the occult. A replacement for christianity.

  2. Greg

    October 18, 2022 at 5:49 am

    One more thing is, I have been a listener for many years and Clyde Lewis is one of the most knowledgeable people on these subjects and has the most well known experts on his show. I have not found a better show or website.

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