George was joined for the first half of the show by ritual magician and energy healer Nita Hickok, who discussed possession and psychic attacks. Hickok described possession as a condition in which some force other than the afflicted person is controlling his or her actions. According to Hickok, someone possessed by a ghost or demon will tend toward isolation, have a noticeable change in appearance or personality, suffer an extreme break with reality, and hear voices. She estimated that as many as 1 in 15 people may be possessed, but this spiritual condition is often confused with a mental disorder.
For those who believe in its power, Hickok recommended prayer as a way to deal with possession. Prayer fills people with divine energy from which evil cannot feed, she said. Hickok also prescribed placing salt and herbs around the house, noting that there are ways to stop any form of psychic attack. Ghost possessions are much easier to deal with since spirits will often leave if they are directed into the light, she added.
Hickok shared some of her personal experiences with psychic attacks, including one in which her hair and eyebrows where singed off when the chair she was sitting on caught fire. Hickok also spoke about curses and hexes, and how one can be protected with a spiritual shield against harm by saying:
"May archangel Raphael be in front of me. May archangel Michael be to the right hand side of me. May archangel Gabriel be to the left hand side of me. May archangel Uriel be behind me. May the surround me with their shield of light and protect me in every way."
He should have devoted a full show 3 hours to her and this topic. I've noticed a lot of times he'll have the more interesting guests on Fridays and people call in hoping they could have had the chance to ask the guest something.
My question for her (if I ever had the guts to call in) would have been: Why is this shield "prayer" (above) using Judeo-Christian language? For those who do not believe in that, what would work? Could you change the names? Is it the power of belief and intention? Or must you use these names?
I know she spoke of other rituals (more Pagan in flavor) that one could do.
I have so many stories and questions of my own on this topic of spirit possession and obsession. Do you have any experiences you'd like to share?