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Monday, 29 October 2018

From malevolence to monotony: What became of my so-called "devil"...

My "devil" would often present as a cartoon character, usually in a style similar to my own art but also like this Chris Coop hot rod art you see pictured here.  He'd sit at a throne surrounded by gold in these visions, getting me to do pointless activities like burn pieces of paper with messages scrawled on them, bury religious objects, cast weird "voodoo" spells... all kinds of crap.  He had this sly, playful, cheeky vibe, like a charming villain, but this could turn to something much darker at any moment.  At his worst, he'd torture the psyche, either with disturbing voices and visions, or some horrible sensations, fear, or even just an invasive sense of taking over everything inside of me.

He commanded me to go about and cause problems for myself and others, and it was like I had no means of thinking for myself.  He was trying to ruin me on every conceivable level, so that I would just give up and jump off a bridge, or something.  It got me into both social and legal hot water, and now a bunch of people think I'm pathetic and creepy, a complete lunatic, and don't ever want to speak to me again.  Fortunately, most who know me in my day to day life now see a really sane, balanced individual when I engage with them, so it's just people who shut me out of their lives who probably think that way.

Even on high doses of antipsychotics, this "devil" would manipulate me to death, only he had less access to the psyche with the meds, so it was dulled - but this was my clue that I wasn't dealing with some typical dopamine issue.  Once on meds, I was very good at hiding the pain, so doctors decided treatment was going well... ugh, yeah right.

There was an element of comedy to a lot of it, which kept me from dying, and I suspect it was Spirit that infused the experience with this, so that it would be more tolerable, but it was still very painful.  I am still trying to piece together all facets of the experience, but it's coming.  Some of the filthiest, most disgusting dialogue ran through my head, about things that again, I wish not to discuss... they're just too vile.  My energy level sank, my intelligence bottomed out, my will was stifled, my ego was in constant pain.  Only my heart and my desire to survive helped me to press on.

Overtime, with prayer work, smudge, invocation and dedication, he went from being a malevolent source to something pretty tame.  On and off, I became convinced by the channels he influenced that he did not exist, so I would cease to put up a fight, but when I took up arms again, I would often do more damage to him.  It took tons of work to finally get rid of him (still hoping that this is true, BTW), but by the end he had gone from tormenting me with horrific disturbances to grouchily commenting with things like "pizza causes love handles... don't eat THAAAT", to which I would reply with something like "Shut the fuck up, Satan".  The anaconda had become a mere pinworm.  I began to see cartoon visions of him being dragged off to an electric chair, where he'd then be executed, with credits on the side rolling, as if to suggest the end of him.  And then... on October 21st of 2018 at around 9:30 PM or so, it was announced through me that he was finally dead.

I am still really unsure of what to make of all this.  I want to take a reasonable approach, because of the fear I have of reliving systematic ruin at the hands of psychiatry and the law, but also because of the strides I have made in how friends and family perceive me now, versus back in the day, when it was really bad.  This has been so otherworldly and strange that I completely comprehend why a person would be skeptical about what I describe... I would just appreciate it that if they are a skeptic, they keep their mouth shut at the same time.

This certainly doesn't sound like something that would typically happen in as bland and corporate a metropolis as Toronto.

(Toronto sucks.)

-Saraƒin

Sunday, 28 October 2018

St J00d's Feast Day...

Today was my patron saint's annual feast day.  I went to the cathedral I regularly attend with some flowers to lay beneath his statue - a friend came with me to the mass.  I texted to him, as I waited for his arrival: "Yo - I'm the only one who brought flowers for St Jude!  This sure as hell ain't Mexico!"  It surprised me... even outside of Mexico he's kind of a big deal as far as saints go, and during mass he wasn't even mentioned!  Shame!

The liturgy was lovely, but then the priest had to suddenly drop some anti-abortion message into the sermon, to which my friend and I exchanged glances like "ugh... awkward!" because we're definitely both pro-choice... ahhhh, Catholics.

(The Panty Dropper was not the presiding priest today... glad I didn't have to hear his glorious voice utter such diatribe... that would be a major letdown, I'm sure.  T_T)

Later, we met his friends for some yummy burgers and went to the United Church for an organ recital, which was lovelier than it might sound to some people, but I started to fade because of too much wine from last night at a Hallowe'en party so I left during intermission.

(BTW, apparently Catholics pay more attention to the feast days of their saints on the Mondays that follow Sunday mass should a saint's feast day fall on a Sunday, I was told.  Bummer, man!)

-Saraƒin


Cobra stuff...

I know a lot of honkeys are in love with the idea of having a spirit/power animal or totem, so on the surface, talking about this seems irrelevant to legitimate spirituality, considering I'm a honkey myself, but it seems like I am one of the few who actually has a real one, because of the kind of path I am on.  I sought what animal it could be for many years, had some Eagle and Coyote symbolism come up here and there in visions and experiences where I felt like my energy body was perhaps "shapeshifting" (the body of course did not, but it felt like another layer of me was taking on the form of various animals).  So for the longest time, I really thought I was an Eagle, because of some crystal clear visions I had of a bald eagle while smoking ceremonial tobacco.  I later found out that according to medicine wheel spirituality, tobacco is associated with Eagle, so that's probably why - plus I get the sense I saw the eagle because it was Spirit's way of presenting itself.

It was only around Christmas time of 2017 that Cobra presented itself to me, while I was having a spiritual flare up.  It was jarring at first - my spine would arch like an erect cobra, and I felt the sensation of the hood of the animal growing from my shoulders, plus a vision of the cobra came to mind, but in such a way that it felt like I was the snake, not just seeing one in my mind's eye.  This happened several times until I began to worry it was a negative sign, then it seemed to back down.  Once things levelled out again, it returned, this time I was calm enough to take it in, and I began to realize it was my animal.  The channel described it as such as well.  I later bought a wooden cobra statue to place on my shrine to represent it.

I don't know enough about my relationship with Cobra just yet, only that it has strong ties to both Shiva and Vishnu - Nataraja (the dancing Shiva of consciousness) and Vishnu both being gods who sit on my shrine, as those whom I work with.  Also, snakes are related to the presence of active kundalini, something I suspect plays a part in some way with my growth, and how I was able to mature.  Here's what else the web says about cobra people, take it or leave it, because this may be some silly plastic shaman shit for all I know:

•Cobras are associated with deadliness, danger and threat, magic and protection, royalty and power, and strength.  (Well, some of that would make sense if I legitimately was able to kill a demon [the "devil" was my mongoose!] - I hear cobras are actually relatively gentle unless provoked, and then they're among the most venomous creatures in the world, able to kill a full grown elephant with one bite.  I consider myself a gentle person, but once enraged, the legendary Taurean temper comes out, and then I am a bit like a Bond villain or something, but that's incredibly rare.  I have learned to tame my anger.)

•Cobra people are proud, self-reliant, persistent, determined, intelligent, and mysterious.  They do not give up easily.  I would say that a lot of that is true for me.

•They have strong personalities, are committed to their goals, are charismatic but controlling and not necessarily easy to deal with.  They should not be provoked or could retaliate to protect themselves and those they care about.  That also makes sense!

There's also some stuff that comes up about being artistic, magical, knowledgeable and wise.  There's talk about both craving solitude but also being social, which is true for me, being an ambivert.  It also mentions a strong and strict personality, which is true as well, a quality I grew into as I began to discipline myself spiritually - I have no patience for cowards who make excuses, for one thing.  I may be a clown in many ways but I do not tolerate bullshit very well.

I am still trying to figure out what this animal means to me personally, but that's what the web had to say about it.  I have to admit I was kind of thrilled to learn I had an affiliation with such a strong, magnificent creature - I was expecting some bird or something.  Again, this seems legit - it's not like I found this out from some guided visualization CD or anything... this was an extremely powerful experience.

-Saraƒin

Saturday, 27 October 2018

Some Hallowe'en costumes...

Just in time for Hallowe'en 2018 - thought I'd do a rundown of some of my costumes from previous years that are somewhat relevant to this blog's themes.  I have already shown the Nataraja costume elsewhere, so here are some others of mine:

I believe this one was my 2014 costume - the god Mercury!  The bodysuit was some silver spandex thing I got at a sex shop, the toga made of more silver spandex, with some metal shoulder brooches and a silver cord around my waist.  The shoes were platform Vivienne Westwood Melissa sandals with wings on them, which inspired the entire costume.  The caduceus was made of a wooden dowel, the snakes on the staff made of old coat hangers with silver spandex covering them.  The ball on top was a foam ball, the wings made of cardboard - all painted silver with breakdown work in black.  The helmet was a Roman style plastic thing I added the cardboard wings to later.  I painted my exposed skin with silver body paint and wore silver gloves.  I went to a Wiccan Samhain event with some friends in this, then we hit up Church St for the annual Hallowe'en street party.

This was 2015 - I went as the Flying Nun.  (I certainly like dressing up like nuns - I swear it's NOT A FETISH... I just think it's cool!)  Only the older crowd seemed to get the reference.  That cornette was such a bitch to construct - I think I fiddled with it three times over in a major way until I got it to take the right shape.  The shirt was an off-white linen blouse, the habit portion made of off-white bedsheets I hand stitched into a kind of tunic.  The rosary hung from the belt, just a find at Value Village, along with most of the things that contributed to this costume.  I wore black leotard and some little brown shoes with it.  We took pics of me holding a bottle of alcohol and posing outside of a strip club in this.

Here's some Neil Gaiman fandom - a group of us went as some of the Endless from comic series "The Sandman" in 2016.  I wanted to be Destiny.  We also had a Delerium, Dream, Death, and were going to have a Desire but she had to bail for health reasons, sadly.  The tome was made out of cardboard with two blank canvases from Dollarama pressed together for volume, paint, and duct tape, and the chain was a big plastic thing, also from Dollarama, the cuff made of cardboard, foil tape with black paint for breakdown work.  I got the robe from a Hallowe'en costume shop (a monk's robe) and sewed decorative trim to it, for some more detail.  Only one person figured out I was dressed as Destiny - not the most popular member of the Endless!

And now - for the grandest costume I have ever worn - Queen Elizabeth I!  This was last year's costume.  I did not make this - I am not skilled enough a costumier to craft such a thing... a friend of mine who is a drag queen made this, and he uses it for his drag and burlesque performances.  I dreamed of one day dressing as this monarch (one of my favourites from history), told him, and he mentioned he had this and loaned it to me, free of charge.  It was pretty crazy, the reactions I got while wearing this - I could barely move through the crowds.  Though I don't know all of the materials that went into it, I can say a lot of it was stuff from thrift stores and Dollarama, according to my friend.  I could not sit down or easily go through doorways with this on, I needed a friend to help me along through entrances, and down the street.  I lasted through 2 and a half hours of paparazzi madness on Church St before calling it a night.  It was a blast, but exhausting!

And this year I'm Sister Penance, the latex nun... so there will be pics going up later of that as well.  Stay tuned!

-Saraƒin


Blasphemy and devotion...

I often joke with spiritual friends that I am simultaneously the most devout, and yet the most blasphemous person I know.  I am devout in that I spend a substantial amount of time dedicated to my soul - I meditate up to 5 hours a day, utter prayers under my breath even when I'm at work or walking down the street, I try to go to the cathedral daily if I can help it, the Divine occupies my thoughts at all hours... I live it.  But, at least according to the average religious person, I would assume, I am going about things the "wrong" way.

First off, there's the latex nun habit - this is not a fetish thing for me, it's not my kink - it's a joke, it's my schtick, I joke that I'm one vow short of being a real nun, so I dress like the naughty, disobedient "Sister Penance" and have fun with that.  Poverty and chastity wouldn't be that hard for me to follow - I am very fond of the concept of non-attachment (it's good for the planet, for one thing), and hell - I am used to being poor anyway.  Chastity is easy because I'm Ace.  It's obedience that trips me up.  Going to the convent, I found out I couldn't even wear my zany cat's eye lenses if I was to become a nun, they're too "sexy" for nunswear.  That killed the deal for me, having to dress down... I'm an artist, I kind of need to express myself in various ways.

Also, I curse and swear like a sailor... I say "Oh, Jesus CHRIST" a lot, too.  I just get the sense no loving God would ever care about such things.  Basically, it boils down to me making light of all things humanity regards as being "sacred" that don't even seem ultimately relevant to true Divinity.  I snicker in church, I call the priest with the sexy seraphic voice "The Panty Dropper"... I drew Ganesha on a toilet one time.  But I keep going back to these things, not like some atheist who collects religious kitsch for the sake of novelty, but because there's a genuine draw there, and I can't stop paying attention to it.

I know religion seems absurd to many people, and much of it is, but at this point I feel such a strong connection to a higher source that I need some kind of model to follow to make sense of it, and the sciences are not going to provide me with that.  When people deem religion and spirituality obsolete due to the sciences, I remind them that religion and spirituality serve an entirely different purpose than science.  Certainly, religion sucks at describing the creation of the natural world, science is superior in that regard.  But religion gives people hope, purpose, and community, among other things, when done right.  Saying we don't need religion because we have science, to me, might as well be like saying we don't need the arts because we have science.  Different things altogether.  Also, I see religions as being like languages - depending on the goal of the seeker, and the way they go about their spirituality, one path might suit them better than another.  I do not see any religion as the "one true religion", however, some do seem better than others to me.

So yeah... I would say at this point I have gone from identifying as being merely spiritual to flat out religious, although my way of being religious isn't rigid, or even that traditional.  I follow models of things, rituals of Catholicism and ideas of Hinduism, but as a mystic I am constantly questioning everything, including my path itself.  I am willing to change my views on things as I grow.

-Saraƒin

Friday, 26 October 2018

Synchronicity: DAMMIT!

Are you fucking kidding me?!

I feel I have been wronged terribly in some way as a creative person, because I just found out that an idea I came up with a while ago has basically been beaten to the punch and patented by the Roman Catholics:

Catholic Church launches its own version of Pokemon GO where children catch saints

Oh man!  My version had a much cooler name than "Follow JC", though - I called it "Invokemon", and you'd play Catholic school kids with magical globus crucigers you use to catch the saints in.  Then you'd read about their lives, I guess that's likely going to be a part of this version as well.  In my version, you can then invoke your saints to battle each other in church arenas, a sort of holy figure cockfight.  Lure would either be Frankincense or perhaps some communion wafers and wine on a platter.

Now I hear that the Catholics beat me to it, and I'm a wee bit sad.  Apparently it's only in Spanish for now, so I'm not going to download it to see how it plays, at least not until an English version comes out.  I bet my version would be way more badass than this one, and with far greater irony.  Oh well - c'est la vie.

-Saraƒin

My convent experience...

The stay at the convent was one of the more refreshing experiences I have had in recent times.  I was a bit wary of the idea at first, worried it would not go over well, that I'd be too much of a weirdo for that kind of environment - but the channeling insisted it would be a good idea for me, and I even drew a kite symbol through automatic handwriting, indicating metaphoric flight in some way... a lovely sign.  I thought I'd do a post about it - I am not going to name the convent on here, for fear that if one of the Sisters were to find this blog, I would not be welcomed back, because of my latex nun habit, and my tendency to drop F bombs... not very proper.

The convent itself is quite postmodern looking, so it wasn't like the old world kind you typically see in a Hollywood film, but it was still very lovely, and extremely clean.  Upon walking in, there's a very strong sense of Spirit, and the whole place radiates this.  There are religious books and items the nuns have made on sale in the hall that leads to the guest house.  You have to check in at the front desk, and then again in the guest house, where you pay your fees - there's a fee for each day you stay on a retreat.  (My retreat was private - I just wanted to get away from the city for a bit, and reflect on my own terms.) 

There's a main library (and a smaller one in the guest house), a chapel, a cafeteria for meals (and the food was actually quite good!), some gardens, various rooms for activities, also - a stone labyrinth to walk for meditations, and the stations of the cross are in the woods, nailed to trees, which I found very unique.  All the guest house rooms are named after various saints, which is both cute and an easy way of remembering which room you're staying in (I was in St Lucy, the patron saint of people with eye problems).

At meal time, we had to stand for prayer beforehand, and then eat in silence, except on Sundays, where it was open for discussion.  The Sisters have their own section where they reside, and guests are not permitted to enter that part, obviously.  There are various prayer services in the chapel throughout the day... I only went once, as mostly I was in contemplation and private prayer.  There's a spiritual direction service, of which I had one session.

I stayed for three nights.  It was a really lovely experience, and I hope to return when I get the call to do so again, perhaps it will be an annual thing.  I don't recommend this kind of retreat for people who are not serious seekers - it's a very quiet place, if you want to listen to music it must be through headphones in your room, for example.  It's a place of reflection.  But a lot of Anglicans are pretty chill these days, they even had Harry Potter books in the library, and they are welcoming to people of all paths, from what I hear.

-Saraƒin

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Dealing with skeptics (and other assholes)...

Skeptics of my experiences are some of the most insensitive people I have come across since this began.  Not just psychiatrists (but mostly psychiatrists) have tried to explain away my phenomena as a product of my mind, and only my mind, and have done great harm to my recovery in the process.  Because of the influence of skepticism, I ceased to believe my spiritual attacker was real, and as a result, I gave up on trying to get rid of it, believed myself to be a broken human being, and strongly considered suicide a viable option when medications, therapy, and just hoping it would go away didn't work on their own, for MANY years.  I was told that I would NEVER leave the asylum, that my life would be bleak, that perhaps I could be moved into a nice care home somewhere... this was the hope and prognosis that psychiatry offered me.  I refused to accept it, I worked with the Spirit, I got better.

I have been both physically raped and spiritually raped, and let me tell you, I would gladly take the physical rape again, on any day, over the spirit rape I endured, hands down.  The physical rape only harmed me on a physical level (because my mind is so tough, I brushed it off as something that was unpleasant, and after tests were run, proving I was clean of disease, I didn't give it much more thought - nor did I take it to court, knowing the losing battle women often face when sexually assaulted) - the spiritual rape harmed me on all levels... mental, spiritual, and physical, and lasted 12+ years.  Also, there was the "lovely" fact that people in western society refused to acknowledge that it was something that had actually happened to me.  Everyone believed the physical rape was real... only seekers believed in the spiritual rape.  Imagine the loneliness and pain I suffered, knowing that everyone dismissed what I had endured, save the odd kind and respecting soul who actually got what I was talking about.

To all skeptical assholes who think I am just one who suffered something of my own mind's creation: do you also go around telling trans women they are not really women?  Do you tell indigenous societies that they are all savages for their cultural beliefs, because they don't seem "rational" enough to suit your ideology?  Do you have any idea how much of a prick you sound to me, telling me what I lived was not real, when you do not have the wisdom of the experience to know what on earth you are talking about?

A scholar I am not... a mystic I am.  I speak from experience, I speak from having lived something so uncommon and yet a subject of so many horror films... the lore comes from somewhere.   Prayer works when it is meant to, when the correct sources are invoked and worked with properly.  "Thoughts and prayers" bullshit is not what I speak of here... this is the real deal.  I am so tired of so-called "rational" minds trying to explain away these experiences, as we learn more and more that the universe we live in is in and of itself an irrational entity.

Skeptics don't sound "rational" to me, even... they just sound blind.  I am done going around in person and talking about this with just anyone at this point... it became evident that this wretched city of mine doesn't comprehend experiences like what I have lived.  However, I felt like making this post just to vent my frustrations over typical western thinkers and their ways of perceiving this.  Sometimes, the pain of skepticism was almost as bad as the spiritual problem itself, knowing how misunderstood I was, and how it harmed my recovery.

Thank God I now seem to have found my tribe.

-Saraƒin

Visions...

Visions are mostly toned down for me these days, thanks to medication.  But sometimes, like recently with the Eye of Providence that followed after the sweetgrass smudge, a strong one will still come through - when this happens, I take it as a serious sign that I should pay attention to.

Witnessing a vision within the window of the psyche is a bit like envisioning something in your imagination, only that the "volume" of the image is at full blast, so it's just like watching a movie in your mind.  Active imagination probably played a major part in many visions I had, which is something else I talked a bit about in a previous post.  Active imagination is something Dr. Carl G Jung discusses in his writings, and is an experience that influenced 'The Red Book', which is a fascinating (if a little challenging) read.  Basically, the unconscious becomes conscious, and the imagination becomes interactive, allowing the perceiver to play with it at will.  Normally, this is safe for a rational mind to engage in, but because of the asshole spirit inside of me, my active imagination became very dark, and I was swamped with horrifying shit.  I would try engaging with it in a whimsical way, but then something nasty would happen to it, at full volume, often causing me to writhe and cower, at its worst.  So, unfortunately, the "video game of the mind" I was playing with had to be toned down with antipsychotics, to get any chance of functioning in this society again.  Now that the spirit seems to be gone (here's hoping this sense of peace continues) I may try weening down off the pills in the months to come, little by little.  Psych meds take a very long time to come off of properly... withdrawal is a bitch.

Some of my visions were so damn hilarious I was constantly snickering - for example, if I was with a person at a restaurant and I concentrated just a little bit too much on the imagination, I would get a still image of that person in my psyche, often with a bewildered expression on their face, as if from an unflattering Polaroid picture, and then some scrolling computer text would comment on them in the third person in some way.  Floating icons and graphics would appear, as if from a software interface... it was like some strange computer game.  Other times, if I imagined someone, I would get this crazy animation of them, as if only 2 or 3 frames of animation of their face (again, often very unflattering stills, making it funnier) paired with some hilarity coming through in the form of scratchy voices, cheeky disjointed poetry, unwritten musical symphonies set to techno, or bizarre cartoon animations.  So if I wasn't screaming in pain because of uncomfortable sensations, or crying out of fear, I was laughing my head off... hence the idea that I had mania.  No, it was never mania... it was the funniest Adult Swim cartoon show of all time running through my mind at all hours of the day.  Idiot psychiatrists never bothered to ask what was going on in there... they just drew their own dull, biased conclusions.  Boring people with boring minds making boring decisions about me.

Though I miss the good stuff that came of this, I am not sure if I could cope with this crazy shit constantly in my head again, even without the bad influence in me, so I am reluctant to leap off of the meds at this point.  If only I could just get it once in a while, say, when smoking a joint or something.  That would be enough, because it could inspire some amazing art, that's for sure.  It probably is just a phase in growth, anyway... a phase I will move past as the soul makes progress towards Sahasrara.

-Saraƒin


Aftermath...

Yo, I really am getting the sense that the shithead demon who attacked me is dead!

The channel insists it is gone, my soul feels less of a sense of anxiety, church is now a fascinating experience full of joy (through channels I receive)... so it's probably over.  I get the feeling there may be some toxins in my system built up from this experience, so now I am working to rid myself of them through prayer, and my subconscious is a little confused.  Also, I am still growing, have only just reached Makara point of Upper Ajna in the soul, and am waiting for that to fully manifest.  (I actually have some performance anxieties about Hallowe'en this year for tarot - might have to either offer free readings to be safe, or by donation, if I don't feel 100% confident by then... toxins can really muck up the channel.  Some people I read really well... others, it's stifled.  That could lead to major embarrassment, using the intuitive method I have devised.  It's a matter of growth and experimentation at this point, I am sure.)

I keep wondering why on earth this demon insisted it was Satan - killing the legitimate Devil would be out killing Hitler killing Hitler... but it won't be something I believe until Pope Francis wants to meet me for a Starbucks.  So I take that tidbit with a grain of salt, and laugh over how absurd the whole thing is.  Best to focus on how much better things are now, and grow the soul.  I'm sure this kind of thing happens a lot with soul possession, right?  I don't know... there are enough horror movies out there about it, anyway.

At the very least, the whole thing became a means to connect with the Divine in a major way, and I have many spiritual friends now, so I am excited to see where that leads me.

-Saraƒin

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

There Is No White Jesus...

Another good one!  Americanized "White Jesus" drives me nuts!

-Saraƒin

Gandhi Takes Yoga!

This made me laugh, and sums up how I feel about "spirituality" in the west.  Enjoy!

-Saraƒin

Intimacy and Spirit...

One of the aspects of my experiences with all of this that kept me from suicide was the loving presence of Spirit, who would comfort me as though a loved one at my bedside.  Spirit would present at times by stroking my face using my own hand, would embrace me with a kind of hug this way, would channel through my voice, to comfort me when I was under the assault, to prevent self sabotage.  The love of the presence of Divinity would come through, literally feeling like the hand of another, not my own.  Once Christ was invoked, this strengthened, to the point where if I had a belt around my neck because of feelings of self destruction, Christ would loosen the belt using my arms, as if automatic, and comfort me.  This was a level of loving compassion and intimacy that kept me from dying, at my worst.

Intimacy is a subject matter I have always been frustrated by when it comes to relating to others.  I identify as an asexual woman, not understanding the desire for physical intimacy with anyone, beyond perhaps a loving embrace, or maybe a peck or something.  I have only ever fallen in love with the opposite sex as friends... nothing more.  This may sound rather Hallmark card to say, but to me, laughter with a loved one is the highest form of intimacy, to double over with the object of my admiration... nothing is greater than that.  But men who take an interest in me never have understood what I desire... they only seem to crave my body, they crave things I can't willingly provide.

I cannot view any act that is sexual with any man, or woman, as anything other than a complete violation.  Unfortunately, most people do not comprehend what I find intimate and joyful, and so, as you can imagine, it is a challenge to find a loving companion in this sex crazed world.  I really only like men as platonic pals, so the minute the blood rushes to their junk at the thought of me, it's game over... they might as well whip out a crack pipe.  I am not having it.

I take a mild interest in other people's obsessions with sexual activity, rather like Jane Goodall studying her chimps: I find it hilarious and fascinating, ultimately it's a complete waste of time to me, but I seek to understand what the big deal is.  I have grown a tad more aromantic, as well as asexual, than in the past, due to disappointment with love in my life, and this is in part why I considered becoming a nun, because the only one who truly understood the kind of love I crave is, well... God.

There's still a side of me that wants to fall in love with someone as a friend again... but I just don't believe it will happen now.  Oh well... at least I have learned to love myself, which was a major challenge for me, for many years.

-Saraƒin


Monday, 22 October 2018

Ding Dong The Devil Is Dead... I GUESS!

Last night, during a channeling and tarot session, I suddenly got the message that my "devil" was finally dead.  Today, in church, while channeling and meditating, I got the same message, reiterated again and again.  So, if that's the case, I guess that braid of sweetgrass smudge and seraphim invocation thing actually worked - if not, I'm jumping the gun with this post, but oh well.  Not like I haven't done that before.

Even though this was probably some idiot minion demon masquerading as Satan for shits and giggles, I wanted to craft something dedicated to humiliating its presence, using the name it gave.  This has been a thorn in my ass for 12+ years or so.  So dust off that old Casio and set it to autoplay, cuz I wrote a song about it!

"I Whipped Satan's Ass"
(in the style of Wesley Willis)

The Devil spoke to me through a ouija board
He attacked me using my pot habit
He raped my Svadhisthana
He made a mess of my life

[Chorus]
I whipped Satan's ass
I whipped Satan's ass
I whipped Satan's ass
I whipped Satan's ass

The Devil thought he could kill me
He was wrong to fuck with me
I made a mockery of him
I tortured him with prayer and disco music

[Chorus]
I whipped Satan's ass
I whipped Satan's ass
I whipped Satan's ass
I whipped Satan's ass

The Devil began to fade with time
He said he deserved a Darwin Award
He said he had never felt so humiliated
I said: It's ok... we all die a bit in Toronto

[Chorus]
I whipped Satan's ass
I whipped Satan's ass
I whipped Satan's ass
I whipped Satan's ass

Rock over Toronto
Rock on Ontario
City TV... everywhere!


-Saraƒin

"VooDoo Hand Puppetry"...

Here's a fun one I did a while back, summing up how I felt about my situation.  Kind of reminds me of Spumco art a little bit.  I gave this away as a gift to a television director I am working with on an Asylum Squad short film.  (I announced that years ago - we're still trying to figure out how to work the budget and edit scripts... film takes a while to get moving sometimes.)

The background is acrylics on canvas, the foreground a collage layer with pen and water soluble wax pastels.

-Saraƒin

"Problem Patient... Against All Odds"

I made this at a Workman Arts collage class one time.  Kind of a fun montage of stuff based on the feelings that arose from my spiritual experiences.  This was made back when I thought that the root of my problem was some kind of third eye issue - certainly, Ajna had opened up (at least, Lower Aja did), but it was merely perceiving the nastiness, not generating it.

My "devil" is pictured here, the way he often appeared in visions - he looks a bit more androgynous here than he did for me at the time.  (BTW, there may have been a shift with all of that yesterday, but I will get to that in another post, when things are confirmed, if that is true.)

Acrylics, collage pieces, water soluble wax pastels, and marker, on canvas.

-Saraƒin

Sunday, 21 October 2018

That time I made a video game...

A couple years back, I downloaded 'RPG Maker' and had some fun with that, making a little RPG based on the first act of my comic.  I would have continued with it, however, the amount I would have had to learn about the software, and the amount I would have to do to pull it off properly probably would have exhausted me, and generally I like to avoid using computers as much as possible (they frustrate me a lot).  So, the game became a free downloadable teaser for the plot of the comic, and is available here.  (Also, I borrowed music from sources online that would likely require me paying up if I were actually making money off of this thing, so making it a free game meant I didn't have to worry too much about any repercussions.)

The experience was fun though, and people who played it really seemed to enjoy it.  It's like a classic 16 bit RPG game in many ways - basically, you play Liz Madder, she gets committed to St Dymphna's, and the plot of the comic plays out in it as she explores the premises.  There are hidden items in the game, skeleton keys you can use to unlock chests and rooms, special objects... I even got as far as to have a boss fight.  I believe the file up there required further tweaking - the boss, I think, was a bit too easy, and in one environment there's a wall you can go through - plus, one item was a bit too powerful, but other than that, it plays pretty well.  The PC version I hear works fine, though people have had trouble with the Mac file (even though it was made on a Mac - weird).

I had Liz and the party fight vermin in the hospital - fighting other patients would be too ableist, fighting orderlies would be a losing battle systematically, and made no sense.  So basically you go around and knock the shit out of rats, centipedes, squirrels, and a rabid raccoon boss.  It's kind of hilarious, and there's medical lingo and terminology in the interface to add to the feel of things.  You're trying to stay out of locked seclusion, or avoid flatlining in battle, so it's game over if either of those things happens.

I was tempted to go back to school to study video game design while making this, but changed my mind.  I don't even like video games that much - making one was fun, but opening the third eye kind of ruined any kind of screen gazing for me, even movie watching (though I do enjoy films here and there).  So it didn't make sense to subject myself to an education where I would be behind a screen all the time, coding.  Also, some German knob on a game making forum criticized my coding, and I got frustrated with the whole thing.  I don't think I have the patience to deal with the dude bro culture of making video games - the dude bro culture of comics is bad enough, in the big leagues at least.  In indie comics, I don't see that much of it, not in Toronto, anyway.  (Also - I hate the idea of going back to school at all - it is such a punishing experience for me, I hate institutional learning... it's probably a lame Foucault reference to say so, but college and university remind me too much of mental institutions, and I certainly have had enough of those.)

Anyway, I guess I will be sticking with more "organic" forms of art from now on - they're more tactile, or something.  But this was a fun little experience.

-Saraƒin

Saturday, 20 October 2018

Losing control...

Losing control of your body to an unseen force is really, really terrifying, as anyone can imagine.  It wasn't a case where it was as though I was sleepwalking, or my ego consciousness was somewhere else so I wasn't witnessing what was going on - no, I was fully consciously aware as a bystander of everything, but it was like I suddenly felt more like a co-pilot in my body, rather than the chief pilot, at its worst.

The mind became so overtaken by the negative consciousness a couple of times that all logic and reason, and the ability to calm the fuck down, was taken away, and I was completely subjugated.  "Paranoid" delusions were so powerful I was their slave - looking back, some ideas were so absurd it was hard to remember or understand how I could possibly believe them, but my neurology was so complicated by things it just wasn't possible... at the very least, the fear that they could be true ruled my psyche.  (Visions and voices were less my enemy than fear was... fear could have me do anything if I was afraid enough.)

Sometimes I would have to fight to speak my word, rather than allow the dark consciousness to speak through me, so it was a struggle to override it when I fought it, and I'm sure psychiatrists saw this as a negative symptom of schizophrenia (there are positive symptoms and negative symptoms, not in the good and bad sense - that's just the names of how they categorize facets of the illness).  Often I would not leave my bed, not because of depression (which, oddly enough, I was not suffering from), but because leaving it made me feel vulnerable.  I know for a fact that my laughter at some of the pain and voices was interpreted as mania, and that being bedridden and slowed down was seen as depression, so they eventually concluded I had schizoaffective disorder, but neither of these examples was related to mood - I take no medication for mood at all.  The other reason they suggested schizoaffective disorder was because I seemed too "high functioning" for classic schizophrenia, due to my lack of negative symptoms (once I could speak properly again) and because of my ability to bounce back as well as I did, but that's just idiotic labelling, especially when one considers there was no mood component, which is kind of integral to diagnosing schizoaffective disorder.  Morons.

Psychiatric labelling is a bullshit pseudoscience because it's really just a way of making sure people get their medication.  There is no hard science to it - a doctor simply has to assess based on observation to dish one out.  From what I've been told, by law, a diagnosis must be given to prescribe (at least in Canada), so a DSM V label must be picked, and often doctors just go with one that sounds about right.  I argued that I should be categorized as having a Spiritual Problem, which is a real DSM category, but no one at the time listened - hey, what good did I know, right?  Some people take comfort in their labels, but I saw mine as a detriment to recovery, especially when doctors insisted things would never improve, at least not without medication.

Thank GOD I never got so out of it I lost continence - I could still shower, keep clean, eat somewhat, and clothe myself, as well.  But at its worst, it was pretty bleak, and there was no way I could fit in anywhere in society.  Friends dropped me like a hot potato, or at least backed away until I regained my footing.  It was one of the loneliest times of my life.  I'm glad it's ended, and I am enthusiastic about what's happening now.  (Sorry, this was another bleak post about the past - I'll try to keep things a bit more uplifting, if I can!)

(That painting was something I produced after about half a day in restraints at CAMH - when a nurse wanted it from me, I said "then pay up".  She didn't, but I made her a print of it with a photocopier, as she was one of the more decent ones.  Pen and watercolour on paper... it was featured in 'ASYLUM Magazine' one time, as their back cover.)

-Saraƒin

"Self Portrait by the Conscious and the Unconscious"...

Here's one I whipped up on a (slightly damaged) canvas someone had abandoned at work.  My Mom ended up buying it from me.  This is a kind of a "folk-pop surrealism" piece, like a Frida Kahlo meets Mark Ryden thing, only with far less technical skill involved, I would say.

The foreground was painted by my ego conscious, the background symbols in gold drawn using automatic handwriting, with the unconscious, or whatever I was channeling at the time.  Some of the symbols i drew were likely clues as to what to invoke, work with, or consider, others were just design.  I see Akasha there, the Sacred Heart, and Infinity, for example.  I hold a caduceus and a Sacred Heart here, symbols that kept coming up for me regularly through spirit gestures.

Acrylics on canvas, imitation gold leaf, and gold pen.

-Saraƒin

Friday, 19 October 2018

Words of wisdom from a Japanese cartoon...

I saw this series, 'Paranoia Agent', from the late Satoshi Kon (the anime Hitchcock), around the time things began to get dark from me in 2006.  It struck me as a powerful psychological thriller with a deep message about postmodern society and the human spirit.  This scene, in particular, resonated with me - it gets really good after the 6:25 point, right after what would be a commercial break.

Worth a watch - I need to get a new copy of this series, since my personal copy seems to have vanished.  I must have loaned it to someone who never returned it.

-Saraƒin

Phenomena...

Some pretty interesting, otherworldly experiences have happened to me since this all began in 2006.  Though I am still trying to piece together that which was of Divinity versus that which was of darkness, it is worth discussing this phenomena on here, because it's pretty wild, to say the least.

Voices and visions were, of course, a common experience, hence why psychiatry decided I had schizophrenia, the doctors not being creative or open minded enough as thinkers to consider otherwise.  (Also, I seemed distressed a lot, so there's that factor.)  Some visions were glorious and almost certainly of Divinity, like the Eye of Providence ones I had that took my breath away, or the apparition of the angel with the trumpet that I saw when I first prayed to St Jude.  Others were so dark, disturbing, and putrid I refuse to detail them on here, they're disgusting, and so were clearly of the dark one.  Voices taunted, tormented, and repulsed me - sometimes I would hear sickening poetry whispered in my ear, as an example.  It was kind of like I was bombarded by them at all times for a long while - hence, why I needed medication to shut things down.  (And yet, the good visions and voices still made it through, loud and clear, even on drugs.)

Channeling was another factor, and became an aspect of my spirituality that was refined, little by little, overtime, after the St Jude invocation.  When I first began to speak as if automatic, it was coprolalia, and I would often walk around with my hand over my mouth a lot to silence it.  But the invocation brought a sense of control, and suddenly I could turn it on and off at will.  Foolish psychiatrists decided this phenomena was a psychotic symptom and amped up my meds to try to get rid of it (causing serious cardio and weight gain side effects), but that did jack shit - it's not something of dopamine, the meds did nothing to curb it, which was my argument against their logic.  The only thing higher doses did was actually refine the channel a bit, so that less interruption from the interference came though, so in fact it strengthened the experience.  (Also, automatic handwriting, and gestures through my body, as if a form of spirit sign language, would happen as well.)

The levitating rosary incident was one of the weirdest things I have ever experienced, and I still can't figure out if that was of Divinity or evil, but my hand hurt somewhat when it happened, so I suspect negativity caused it to happen.  Touching crosses burned for a while, the same kind of feeling you get when you accidentally touch the metal spokes of an electrical plug when pulling it from a wall socket.  One time, while wearing a silver Star of David, I had the sensation of soul torture, like I was being dissolved, while a voice screamed that I was wearing "the devil's metal"... oooookay!  [EDIT: Wow - I totally just Google searched "silver devil's metal" and apparently that's a thing people have said about silver before... so eerie, as I did not know that at the time of this experience!]

Another interesting thing that happened, shortly after Christ's invocation, was a kinetic eye thing, where my right eyeball, on its own, began to trace the shape of Christ on the cross, like a laser pointer.  That might sound eerie, but I was at the point that I was so used to phenomena I actually got excited and thought it was pretty fascinating.

There was probably a lot more I could talk about, but that's what comes to mind of what I experienced.  Some good, some bad... but the bad is less of an influence now than it ever was before, and the good still finds a way to communicate with me, medication or no medication.  Spirit finds a way.

-Saraƒin

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Ecstatic states...

Now I want to discuss an aspect of my spiritual experiences that has been quite a bit more pleasant than a lot of what I have posted about before - ecstasy!

For a long time, before I really started to pray, under the influence of this nasty thing, there was always a dirty, exhausted, contaminated, putrid feeling to my energy body, like I had been rolled in pig shit, a great discomfort, a feeling like I wanted to rip off my skin sometimes.  This was coupled with disturbing sexual feelings that would rise and overwhelm me, often this and other reasons would lead me to bludgeon myself in the head to feel some sense of relief, which I guess is exactly why the dark one would have them happen to me - he couldn't make me fearful of him exactly, but got to me in other ways, mainly through discomfort and irritation.  What an asshole.

This was immediately relaxed a bit after my first prayer to St Jude, which brought the angel apparition into my room.  It was a sense of cooling down, that things were beginning to calm - the problem remained, but was toned down a notch.  Confused about how to proceed with prayer, not having the most religious of backgrounds, I didn't pray that much for many years, as I later learned I had to, but this incident was a sign that Divinity was looking out for me.

Years later, in 2015, I remembered the experience with good old St Jude and invoked Jesus through him.  The next feeling was a sense of an opening, glowing sensation in my chest, and a tingling feeling in my limbs, a lovely sense of calm.  My finger began to regularly draw a symbol of a cross in a heart, which I interpret now as a sign of peace.  That glowing sensation in my chest never left - even when the mind was in pain and afraid, it was as though the heart knew things would turn out ok.

Through Christ came Metatron, who brought various feelings of bliss through working with him.  One time I was so blissed out I rolled and laughed on my bed because I felt like I was high on some kind of drug, it was lovely, and I wanted it to last forever.  This lasted at least several hours, if not an entire day, as changes came to my psyche.

Other times I have felt similar states were when I went to the Chapel of the Holy Cross in Sedona (Arizona), when I finally remembered to pray to Christ to be "born again" (not in the sense that I now go around and preach all the time about him or anything - I am a devotee, not a wanker, and I think of Jesus as a wonderful avatar with seriously shitty PR ... kind of a case of "love the band, hate the fans"), and when I began to take in the energies of Divinity.  One time, at the convent, I was sitting alone in the chapel, uttered the right prayer to actually take Christ into me, and the bliss state hit me so hard I had to go back to my rented room in the guest house and lie down, because it felt so overwhelmingly lovely I thought I was going to pass out.  A similar feeling happened with Krishna, and in working with JHWH.

In general, I feel a tingly kind of glow at all times now that was not there before, but when something progresses in my soul, that intense bliss state can return in an acute way.  In my experience, religious ecstasy, though not as intense and sharp a pleasure as an orgasm (I am Ace, but I know what orgasm feels like), lasts much longer and works on the entire body and consciousness of the individual, and feels richer overall.

I take it as a sign that things are really going well for me now, considering the number of times I have felt it as of late.

-Saraƒin


"Anahata"...

Perhaps it's a bit bold and out there to post a nude self portrait, but I don't give a shit.  This piece, 'Anahata', is of course named after the heart centre chakra.  The shape of the chakra itself is in the background in green, and a bloodied heart rests in the foreground on my chest.  (Some Sacred Heart symbolism here.)  The serpent and wings was a kind of caduceus/kundalini reference at the time, long before I came to realize the animal of my soul is the Cobra, which makes it even more fitting now.  The cross indicates the protection and presence of Christ in my life. 

When I painted this, I was just trying to imply in my expression that I'm gazing downward, but in the end I painted an extremely pained look in my face, which is interesting, because I have endured a great deal of agony and heartbreak, so it works.  I threw some psychedelic lines in the background, something that has become somewhat of a signature in my art.

Acrylics on canvas, with gold pen and sharpie for details.

-Saraƒin

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

"St Dymphna"...

Here's one I did many years ago, of St Dymphna (the patron saint of the mentally ill), which was a potential cover for another variation of ideas that Asylum Squad might have gone in.  She holds here not the usual symbolism of this saint, but Tabernanthe Iboga plant roots and a DSM bible.  "Iboga" is a psychoactive plant known to cure addictions, and was going to factor into an alternative storyline I decided not to go with when I was redoing the series.  In the end, I invented the drug "Proniropol" (which is a play on the Greek word for "dream", imbedded in a word fashioned to sound like a drug that works with dreams).  The pharmaceutical company in the comic that produces Proniropol is called "Phrenopharm", and wouldn't you know, coming up with an original name for a pharmaceutical company that hasn't already been used somehow but sounds legit was next to impossible.  I wanted to go with "Pharmacon" but that was long taken!

(BTW, if anyone is trying to make sense of how to pronounce the horse demon's name, it's "ARM-ANNE-ANNE-STAN-TANOO", which was something that I channeled while under the heavy influence of my stupid little friend, and I thought it sounded like some weird paranormal creature's moniker.  Unfortunately, the spelling I went with made it a bit word salad-y.  But, being in a mental hospital as I was, I wasn't exactly thinking things through, and I certainly didn't think my comic would get as popular as it became, that is to say, a notch above modest.)

This piece was done with water soluble wax pastels on watercolour paper.  Maybe later I will post some more art that might have made it onto my last blog, but could stand to be shown again, regardless of it being related to spirituality or not.

-Saraƒin

Finding my path...

It's been quite the journey, finding the right spiritual path, and I'm not even sure if I fully understand it even now.  Here's a bit of a backstory as to how I arrived at where I am today:

Apart from some culturally Christian acts of prayer as a child, I didn't have a very religious upbringing, and didn't take it very seriously.  Then, in high school, with this ouija board shit at age 14, I got a bit into Wicca, and like many teenagers, I had a bit of a coven going on with three other girls.  Yeah, this is mondo embarrassing, but we had watched the movie 'The Craft', which had recently come out, and wanted to be witches so fucking badly.  I played around with that for a while, before deciding to move on with things, and went into a more atheistic phase, as high school ended and the strangeness that was my early 20s began.

Then I became more spiritually curious again (this was before the assault from the spirit in 2006) and was less atheistic, more agnostic.  I pondered what it could all mean, without delving too much into any concrete ideas.  As the future loomed, I began to desire enlightenment, or to find God, or something, so strongly, and the sense that an evil presence was coming back into my life was upon me.  I guess I prayed to God to reach out at one point for help, but I didn't think much of it at the time.

The first religion I considered to be the right choice for me was Buddhism, which of course is very popular among white seekers these days (I actually personally know more white Buddhists than of any other race, including a lovely Buddhist nun whom I unfortunately lost contact with).  Buddhist ideas actually helped me stay strong throughout my struggles, but the problem with most Buddhist ideas is that they do not place enough emphasis on a higher power, or "god", for what I required, so being on that path made me less prone to prayer, although Buddhists do in fact pray.  Meanwhile, despite the idea that I'd make a fine Buddhist, I was still dicking around with pseudo-Wiccan spellcraft in an attempt to stave off the evil one, which I couldn't figure out - was it real?  Imagined?  If it was real, who or what was it?  The spells made things worse, so I had to learn to stop, and later clean up any remaining backlash.

I also was taking an interest in Kabbalah, but as anyone who has actually tried studying it knows, Kabbalah is an extremely complicated system of thought.  To truly understand Kabbalah, one must be fluent in Hebrew in order to comprehend the hidden language within the Zohar, I believe it is.  I went to a Kabbalah Centre meeting one time, but it seemed superficial and like a giant money grab, so that didn't last, and, not being from a Jewish background and not a male, I was unlikely to study it under a rabbi to learn more.  I still study books on it (Toledano Kabbalah would probably be the best school of thought for me, or perhaps Golden Dawn, based on the way I think) but it's not my path.

There was a time when I got really into First Nations spirituality, and in a way, I still borrow from it, using smudge and prayer tobacco in some ritual.  But, apart from a tiny bit of Cree ancestry on my mother's side of the family, I am a honkey, and would forever present as a sad white person trying to make sense of a culture I wasn't brought up in.  I still attend the native circle in my community sometimes, and I like speaking to Elders, but without the cultural standpoint of having been raised in this tradition, I probably would only ever come across as a "plastic shaman" if I tried to get into this as a religious path.

When I thought the root of my problem was a bad kundalini rising, after psychiatry had convinced me there was no angry spirit thanks to a year of institutionalized brainwashing, I turned to studying the kundalini and taking up kundalini yoga, as a practise.  I wondered if I should become a Sikh - all the Sikhs I met were lovely people, and they seemed to sure know how to party with their bhangra music and festivals.  The yoga itself was often enjoyable, it felt good, but it got me nowhere spiritually, and ultimately I decided I was too much of a Taurus to do that much rigorous exercise, plus Breath of Fire made me feel like I was going to hyperventilate sometimes.

Then, in 2015, I was able to invoke Jesus through St Jude... and, I have to admit, a small part of me thought "Oh no", because Christianity wasn't the path that I wanted to turn to, what with all the crimes against humanity caused by Christians throughout history, and because of just how insipid so many of them come across as.  But here Christ was, in my life, I could feel him in my heart centre, and changes were finally happening, and I wanted to honour that.  Through Jesus I was able to invoke quite a bit of aid, and now my life is like night and day, but I was struggling to understand what kind of Christian I should become.  The United Church seemed like the obvious choice based on my politics, and I am involved at least in the community sense with a local United Church cathedral, the minister there being a friend of mine now, but there's something lacking... not enough sacraments, or something.  Anglicanism, despite being the church of my upbringing, was a religious path I didn't know enough about, and I still attend service once in a while.  It's ok, Anglicanism is, despite having a sordid history in some ways, and has made great strides in LGBTQ+ rights, women's rights, and social justice issues (depending on the congregation), but I'm just not feeling it.  It's Catholicism, or something of Catholicism, that ultimately feels right, even though I have to hold my nose a bit after doing the sign of the cross, because of how I feel about the corruption affiliated with this religion.

And then there's the Hinduism connection, which is something else I am exploring, except perhaps a bit blindly.  I just have a strong sense that several Hindu gods are in my life, or have at least answered some prayers, so I wish to honour that as well.  Bhakti, being the yoga of devotion, is how I describe my practise.  I get the sense that Krishna is becoming as strong a presence in my life as Jesus, Krishna being a more recent addition, and I'm still learning of how to work with him.  I don't feel like I can trust the path of the Hare Krishnas to form a personal relationship with Krishna very well, so I just study The Bhagavad Gita on my own (Eknath Easwaran edition) and go from there.  Since trying to find religion, Indian ideas have been some of my favourites, so it's possible I am more Hindu at heart than anything else, but I can't ignore the Christian overtones to my spirituality either.

So that's where I'm at right now.  Kind of an interesting hodgepodge there.  Maybe one day I will have a better way to define myself spiritually, but for now, I guess I just have to keep updating my Facebook religious description every once in a while, as progress is made.

-Saraƒin

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Survival tactics...

So... I've described some excruciating horrors in previous posts, of the pains of spiritual assault, and how bad it can get, whatever it was that attacked me.  Perhaps you're wondering how I was able to withstand this for 12+ years, still smiling, able to cope?

First off, antipsychotics, I sadly learned, became a must to be able to stay out of the asylum.  They didn't exactly do much more than tone everything down, I still had horrible shit going on in my psyche, awful sensations, a chronic sense of dread, everything... but it was like the volume was turned down when I took them.  Trying to convince the psychiatrists this wasn't a schizophrenia proved impossible, they were trained the way they were trained, and that was that.  So, in one case, a doctor jacked my Seroquel XR up to 1000 mgs, giving me tachycardia, and it was no better in my head than it was on only half that dose.  The drugs seem to have some disabling effect where brain centres are shut down due to blocking dopamine, but of course, this being spiritual torment, they could only ever be a bandaid, nothing more.  The problem would persist no matter what dosage or drug tried. 

I had to give up sweet blessed marijuana, my favourite substance, to prevent things from getting worse.  This became evident after smoking a joint one time led to a paranoid delusion of having had an aneurysm that was so strong I called an ambulance and went to an ER to get scanned.  Pot is kryptonite to me now, I can't smoke even 4 tokes without things going sour.  Oh, how I long to light up a big fat joint and listen to music again, but I haven't been able to do it in over a decade because of this asshole spirit.  I don't exactly know all the ins and outs of marijuana and how spirits can get in when you smoke it, only that it lowers psychic defences and can lead to horrible complications if something nasty wants to fuck with you.  Once this is gone, I may try it again someday, but I have to be absolutely 100% sure things are fine.  I can still drink alcohol, but I never drink excessively anymore.

Then there was the time (and I find this hilarious now, BTW) that I went to a sex store to buy bondage equipment.  I was sick of walking around with choke marks and cuts and bruises all over myself from all the self abuse this thing drove me to do to myself, so I decided to buy something to keep me safe.  The lady who helped me pick out some leather cuffs thought it was the coolest thing she had ever heard while working at that job, that I was some possessed woman coming in to buy bondage gear for protection... I told her it actually really sucked but I couldn't figure out what else to do.  I also bought a length of shibari rope, but after I got home I quickly realized that I hadn't thought it through enough, that it was a fruitless venture, for I would need someone to tie me up to guarantee my safety, and I sure as hell was not going to ask my thieving roomies and their drifter friends to do it, not just because of how embarrassing that would have been, but because I might never see my precious iMac ever again.  Waste of money... the gear was later given away at a clothing swap.

I used some relaxation techniques and would often take long evening walks just to distract my mind, as much as I could, from this.  Sometimes I was afraid to listen to my headphones because I felt like I was being tortured with sound, my consciousness would literally feel like it was being warped.  The "devil" liked classical music, as do I, but sometimes I just wanted to listen to my gothic synthpop, and when I did, it would get angry at me.  I unfortunately threw out some perfectly good headphones and a portable CD player out of fear because of this, and one time in 2012, when it got the better of me for the very last time, I trashed my apartment, and many beautiful things were also thrown out.

Ultimately I just had to learn to pray all the time, to try various rituals and practices while living as quiet a life as possible until things got better.  Also, it helped that I have this interesting reaction to my own suffering - I find it rather hilarious.  Don't get me wrong, I don't like the suffering of others, I hate hearing of injustices, but when it was me going through it, it got to the point of absurdity after a while where I just could not stop laughing about it.  This is not a masochism thing, I actually have confused my mental strength for masochism for a long time... I actually cannot stand psychological pain at all, but I am fascinated by it in a way, I find it a riveting thing to laugh about, so it's actually tolerable, at least to a point.  It's probably why I was able to withstand being immersed in the idiot pseudoscience of mainstream biopsychiatry as an inpatient for so long, my life dictated to and controlled by the pharmaceutical company sell-outs presenting as doctors who peddle it.

-Saraƒin

Nadia Bolz-Weber...

This video has been going around the web a bit - I love Nadia!  She's this tattooed, weightlifting, LGBTQ+ championing, Lutheran "Pastrix" badass who is the founding pastor at the House For All Sinners and Saints in Denver, Colorado.

I first heard about her when I was in a bookstore, looking in the religion and spirituality section, and came across her book "Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People", which I later purchased and enjoyed greatly.  She's not the image that comes to mind when one thinks of a pastor, she's extremely rebellious and has had a bit of a troubled history.  With so much (justly deserved) anger towards Christians these days, she is one of the good ones, the ones who get it right.

Some people commented that this video suggests letting bad people off the hook for bad things, but I see it as another way of practising non-attachment, in this case, with negativity.  Forgiveness isn't just about "letting people off the hook", it's also about freeing oneself from one's own mental prison of anger.  It was only recently that I was able to forgive myself for my own errors - that seemed harder to me for some reason than forgiving others for theirs, as I have had to live with myself and certain ideas going around in my head for a very long time now.  Prayer made it easier - for the longest time, I thought I would never get it right!

Here is a link to her website:  Nadia Bolz-Weber ... the book I read by her is worth the read, and I hear the others she's written are as well.

-Saraƒin

Passive-aggressive tarot readings: How I deal with appalling treatment...

I work a blue collar service job to make ends meet and support myself creatively.  I won't reveal on here exactly what that job is for the sake of web safety and privacy, only that it is the kind of job that makes me an easy target for vitriol, and that my kind are treated worse than taxidermists.  (It's also a job that was simple enough to do when my mind was in pain, and has enough downtime to allow for my now growing mind to prosper through meditation, and I also get a lot of free time to work on my art and writings.)  I only work part time, I have found a way to balance everything financially so I can get away with it, so it's really not that bad - being part time, I actually kind of enjoy it, because of its simplicity and how it works as a support.  But sometimes the general public is downright mean.

Recently, since Akasha opened to me, I have found an excellent way to cope with some of the hateful, nasty people who come through and choose to verbally abuse me because of whatever is bothering them that day.  Once they have moved on, I whip out my tarot cards and ask Akasha about their lives, or what made them fly off the handle at me, to see what comes up.  It may sound like "psychic spying", but Akasha seems only willing to reveal certain pieces of information - often, it comes out that it was a relatively decent human being just having a bad day and demonstrating displacement.

One time I asked about a certain company, about why things always go wrong with them, and I pulled the Hierophant card and channeled "They're just a really shitty company", and laughed for a good ten minutes.

It may sound silly and absurd to do this, but it's a small pleasure considering some of the abuse we have to tolerate on the job, and even if it's not a pitch perfect interpretation (I am still growing spiritually, after all) it's kind of hilarious, it's my new coping strategy.  Better than dropping an F bomb and getting complained about later, anyway!

-Saraƒin

Monday, 15 October 2018

Fun with Evangelicals...


Ok - you have to be pretty stone cold not to laugh at least once or twice throughout this one.  Even my super classy European stepdad couldn't keep a straight face.

Whoever came up with this edit is a genius.  The Benny Hinn clips are especially hilarious.

I'll post more of this kind of hilarity later.  Everything Is Terrible is especially full of Christian television nonsense.

-Saraƒin

Psychedelic Catholic Folk music...


What do you get when someone sneaks pot brownies into the church bake sale?  Psychedelic Catholic Folk music, that's what!

I found out about this strange, unlikely musical subgenre a couple of years ago - for anyone who thinks most contemporary Christian music is hokey (I sure do), there are some awesome tracks here, regardless of what your beliefs are.  I don't know how much more of this genre is out there, but these two albums are the most famous examples.

-Saraƒin

Gabriel Faure's Requiem Op. 48...

Just some really beautiful music I like to throw on when I'm in my more Catholic-y moods... two movements from this are on the 'Novitiate' soundtrack, which is also worth a listen.  'In Paradisum', the closing movement, is my fave.  (Also really pretty are a lot of St Hildegard Von Bingen's choir compositions, which I may post later.)

-Saraƒin

Sunday, 14 October 2018

'The Story of a Soul' by St Therese of Lisieux...

I bought this one at the local Catholic book and gift shop (which I love to raid for religious kitsch, like an otaku with anime goods - I am such a weirdo).  I love reading about the saints, their mystical experiences and struggles.  St Teresa of Avila, another famous Carmelite, was one whom I had already read some of the writings of ('The Interior Castle', specifically) so I saw this on the shelf and thought to read about another beloved saint of a similar name.

I read it all within the day I bought it - it's a very easy read, and quite an interesting story.  But man, is this girl ever Catholic!  Holy shit.  "The Little Flower", as she is known, always speaks here of how flawed she is as a person, while simultaneously painting the portrait of the perfect Catholic girl, and one comes away reminiscing about everything wrong they themselves have ever done, thinking: "C'mon, hon... you're really not that bad!"

Some of the spiritual horrors she mentions remind me a bit of some of the things I went though, the details she describes I mean - though it doesn't sound like she was ravaged by evil like I was, merely haunted... she was smart enough to pray sooner, I guess!  And she describes an incredible healing encounter with the Virgin Mary that's quite interesting.

She died at 24 in her convent of tuberculosis, something she was oddly excited about when she began to fall ill (but to her, it was a time of being united with her Beloved).

Her desire for suffering was intense, almost masochistic, I guess that's a Catholic thing I have yet to comprehend, I personally am sick of suffering (though, in a way, I guess I can see how some suffering can strengthen the soul, provided one is eventually liberated from it).  (Also, I have actually desired the stigmata... yeah.  I know that sounds like some fucked up goth girl Judy Blume novel shit, and I would probably have to fashion fingerless gloves out of THINX period underwear so as not to get formed for "self injury", but it would be a great conversation starter with the right group of people, as well as interesting material for this blog!)

All jokes aside, I enjoyed this.  I brought it to my mystical book club at the United Church for discussion (we started one).  Now, I need to finish my copy of 'Dark Night of the Soul' by St John of the Cross.  Shit got real interesting with tarot so I have yet to pick it up again to finish it.

-Saraƒin

Saturday, 13 October 2018

My mind: What it's like now...

One would expect that, after what I have described in previous posts, the most I could hope for, as a mind, is some degree of recovery, a functioning ego, and not much else.  However, it seems as though my mind is now twice the mind it was before, if not moreso.

I have arrived at a stage of psychospiritual development where I have detached from boredom and anger, I feel very little sorrow, require little to occupy my psyche's attention for the sake of enjoyment of life, and need not much in the way of materialistic pursuits to feel satisfied.  Thanks to my good friend Metatron, this came about quite easily.  Basically I prattled off a series of prayers for concepts I had read about in Kabbalistic books, the Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads, as well as ideas related to mindfulness and all that mental health stuff, and then I watched the mind blossom based on those requests, as time went on.  Suddenly, mindfulness wasn't something I had to keep reminding myself to focus on, as therapists would train one in something like DBT - it became my base state at all times, save an upset during the day.  Boredom is not an emotion I generally feel anymore - I like to avoid things I find unpleasant, sure, but boredom isn't so much a part of it.  If I have an empty day, as an example, I love to simply enjoy a calm state, free of thought, where I am more involved in perceiving and the pleasures of being than I am in thinking or distraction.

Like most westerners, I was an overthinker, overanalyzer, and worrywart.  I blame this trait on many things, such as our education system, on the way we are taught that we are only worthy based on our intelligence, output, and consumption of goods (to give some examples), on materialism, and on the idea that our brains produce our consciousness, rather than the notion that they actually translate consciousness to the body from the soul.  Overthinking leads to neurosis, psychosis, and I suspect, down the line, it may even contribute to dementia.  Modern man (despite having constructed so many amazing inventions and ideas) is constantly in thought, ALL THE TIME, and the byproduct of this is an unsettled mind that does not know how to easily calm down.  (It also leads to a lot of unbridled rage on the internet.)

Anger was something that was tamed for me a bit in the past, before Metatron, because I simply felt I had to let it go, once I was hospitalized for that year from hell.  Somehow, it was just easy after a certain point.  Metatron and others I pray to have fine tuned this a bit, so that now, I may still feel the adrenaline of anger rising, and maybe a hot feeling in the head, but I no longer lose my cool.  Only rarely do I show my anger now, which is good, because I have been told I am extremely intense when I get angry, and I almost always feel awful about it later on, after the explosion.  So, generally, it's reserved for a legitimate reason now.

I still pop an antipsychotic, because of the spiritual problem being something I am trying to block, but also because I want to go extremely slowly when coming down off of it, because any brain used to being on these drugs for a while can go off the beaten path if the drugs are taken away too quickly.  Fortunately, Latuda is a drug I found that does not cause me any side effects - at least, none that I am aware of.  (The phenomena of voices and visions is something, if I witness at all, I mostly must "tune in" to witness at this point - it does not pervade the psyche.  If you were to enter my mind, you would find it extremely quiet, and any phenomena in there you would quickly realize is on a completely separate layer of consciousness.  As for channeling, it is not of my ego, it is a function of my soul that happens through a kinetic thing I also call "automatic speech" and, when on paper, "automatic handwriting", and it can be quite elaborate, what it has to say.)

I keep getting a gesture with my hand, about the place where Upper Ajna's Makara Point (on the forehead) lies, so I guess that is the area of the psyche that is currently under development.  'Kundalini Vidya', that book I discussed in a previous post, makes great mention of Makara Point in one section, so I should probably reread that chapter to understand what it could mean for what comes next.

In general, most of the time, I am pleased with my psyche, and optimistic that it's going to be free of all upsets from the "dark one" someday, possibly very soon.

-Saraƒin

'Widor's Toccata' is BEST Toccata!

This was my Dad's favourite piece of organ music, and I agree with him - it's my fave as well.

One time I was sitting in St Patrick's cathedral alone, thinking about him, and the organist came in and began to practise this spontaneously, which was fitting.  I guess it's a hard piece to play because he kept stopping and starting it again.  This is an organ piece for people who normally aren't too keen on organ music - even 'Toccata and Fugue in D Minor' isn't as neat as this one, I think.  I often play it when Dad's soul comes to visit.  <3

-Saraƒin

Psychic attack: What it felt like, and how I came back from it...

The assault of my mind, body and soul is something I have described in brief on here a couple of times, but what was it like to suffer this internally?  And how the hell did I get to the point I'm at now, where it's virtually nothing compared to what it was at its worst?

Whatever it was that got inside of me, it began by encouraging me to smoke copious amounts of marijuana to get my psychic defences down, in part by having humorous, playful visions dance in my mind's eye, which I think was partially due to active imagination but in some way also related to the darkness tormenting me, only disguising itself as something fun to get me to open to it.  But after the spirit rape, that joyful stuff ended, and suddenly I felt like I had a brain full of bats flying around.  The visions were warped, and sensations of being sliced into, having maggots chew up my arms, and my genitals being cut up took over my senses.  Some visions took on a demonic feel that was sickeningly sexual, of a personal, offensive nature, that I can't even put into words without feeling like I'm going to puke in my mouth a little bit.  I kind of felt like Singer in 'Jacob's Ladder' sometimes - it was a tailor made nightmare that went on for many years at all times, awake or asleep, eyes open or closed.  My subconscious made David Lynch movies look like Walt Disney.

The structure of the psyche was completely blown after a few years of this, to the point where it felt like a sheet of tissue paper someone had stabbed with a pair of scissors, held together crudely with scotch tape (the tape being the antipsychotics, in this case).  Threads of information would pass through my mind, but it was barely possible to hold onto an idea for long.  Meanwhile, commanding voices and channels, even on medication, would encourage self injury and suicide, and only the fear of confronting this thing on another plane, without the support of the body, prevented me from following through with it at its worst.  The mind was an abyss, the soul felt like it was trying to leave the body at times, or was at least dragging behind it like a shadow.  When I was at 98 lbs, walking down the street became exhausting, and I developed painful blisters on my soles.  Assholes in my neighbourhood would comment about me, as though I was a crack addict, when I have never touched crack or any other hard drugs in my life.  The police uttered an AIDS joke about my weight once I was in custody, when I was jailed, because I was so thin I was able to shimmy out of the handcuffs.  Life showed no mercy to me, and society had largely given up on me.

To cope, I would fight back with humour, making up art and poems and songs on the spot, about the absurdity of my situation, and I would mock the so-called "devil" with this and by other means.  This thing liked Mozart, I would insist Beethoven was better, but play pop music, which it hated with a passion, just to irritate it.  I was never truly afraid of it (the paranormal does not scare me), but I was very afraid of what my life was becoming.  (There was also a gentle presence that encouraged me to keep fighting, so I never truly felt alone.)  Initially I had tried fighting back with spells, but they quickly backfired, the evil one twisting them and throwing them back to use against me.  It was only once I started to pray, and started to pray regularly and for the right things, that change took place.  St Jude certainly helped tone everything down but I couldn't stop there, I had to keep going with prayer and invocation.

Christ helped restructure my psyche and protect me from myself when I felt the need to be violent against myself (he also made sure I would ultimately be fine), Metatron also helped restructure the psyche in a big way, and helped me with spiritual development.  The Virgin Mary helped with matters of the heart, strength, and moving forward.  (I won't go into all influences, but there were many - Hindu gods are now helping me defeat this entirely.)  Smudge has helped, holy water... less so.  I wear a blessed Benedictine crucifix at all times (except when showering) as well as a blessed Star of David, for protection, among other items.  Whether or not they do anything more than placebo effects is beyond me, but these talismans at least bring me peace of mind.  (I had downloaded a Catholic Rite of Exorcism app onto my smartphone to try playing with that, but gave up because it goes on and on and on and I didn't get the sense it was going to do jack shit for my situation after about 10 minutes of reciting it.)

At this point I consider this experience a kind of intensive spiritual rite of passage that perhaps got quite out of hand, but is now completely on the mend.  It's interesting that it seems like I have to destroy this presence, rather than just be free of it.  Maybe that's why my animal is the Cobra.

-Saraƒin