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False Guides: A Cautionary Tale

This is a guest post by Steven Rumbelow.

Both controversial authors Carlos Castaneda and British journalist/author Joe Fisher wrote extensively about not trusting spirit guides. They especially cautioned against “guides” that start out with dramatically beneficial advice. It is believed by some to be nothing more than a hook to ensnare the targeted soul. Joe Fisher may have paid the ultimate price.

When I was young, a friend of the family became ill and nearly died. He reported a tale from his experience that compelled me as a ten-year-old living in a haunted house and therefore open to suggestion. Upon his near-death bed, he was coming back and forth from consciousness and one afternoon, aware that he was close to death, he awoke to what he referred to as a handsome angel at the foot of his bed. The angel reassured him that all would be well and to go with him. The family friend was ready to go until the angel smiled. This smile so filled the friend with fear, he knew he had to resist that angel with every fiber of his being. He felt that the angel was in fact the devil.

Instinctively and irrationally, he forced himself from the bed, picked up a drum and started banging it. The “angel” evidently hated the sound of the drum and left. The friend played the drum for hours every day driven by fear to keep the “angel” at bay. Eventually, the drumming became a source for both strength and healing and over several weeks he regained his health completely.

Three decades later, I was introduced to the powerful work of the drum by a wonderful Mexican Shaman. I’m sure the family friend from my youth had no such knowledge of the drum, yet he was obviously possessed of good instincts because the drum has been used for centuries as a vehicle of influence between humanity and the spirit world.

Similarly, in most shaman beliefs as well as in Tibetan Buddhism, there are cautionary tales that advise giving a very wide berth to certain entities that offer themselves as guides or supporters. The advice often includes verifying the identity of the “guide” because sometimes they appear as friends or relatives. Usually when challenged, their identity slips. Shamans also say to avoid guides who appear as bugs, lizards or reptiles. This is especially true for “guides” who laugh, smile a lot or try too hard. The Tibetan Book of the Dead cautions you to accept that these creatures exist but not to fear them and not to listen to them. Simply move on without them. They will not be able to follow you into higher realms after death.

I read a famous report of one man who was ruined when he was visited by an “angel” who gave him advice which proved to be very accurate and helpful. As he became more reliant on this “angel” the information became more and more unreliable. Eventually, the angel told him to give up his work and spend his money unwisely. Within a very short time, the man was bankrupt and living on the street. He realized the advice was destroying him and he stopped listening as he slowly put his life back together again.

In my travels I have become aware of what I used to call welfare psychics who often presented as obsessed with news from the other side. They were always full of fear and drama, which seemed to drain them of their ability to live life of any real quality.

Perhaps the most cautionary tale related to this kind of deception is the story of Joe Fisher. Joe was a journalist and reporter from England who settled in Toronto and became a writer for The Toronto Star. He had a deep interest in the paranormal and penned various books on the subject.

He started listening to guides that gave him reliable information for a time and he started writing books based on these findings. Then he found himself being misled and the information becoming less reliable and eventually damaging. He realized what was happening and began writing about the deceit. He equated these false guides to “Pretas,” what the Buddhists call “hungry ghosts.”

The situation worsened and eventually he became convinced that because he was exposing these “Pretas” in his writing, he had become the victim of a vicious psychic attack that was destroying his life. Eventually, they even started to come in via channelers in psychic circles connected with Joe who started an attempt to discredit Joe’s warnings.

He predicted that within two years he would be financially ruined and perhaps even found dead from violent causes. One has no way of telling whether he was intensely disturbed and on a terrible psychological downward spiral, or if he was being driven to it. However, within two years he was financially ruined and found dead at the bottom of a cliff.

His story can be found in Google searches but here are a few links for those who may be interested.

An interesting thing to consider with this subject is that we did record orbs entering human subjects on the Beyond series and each time they displayed negative emotional responses.

Steven Rumbelow
Steven Rumbelow was born in Bristol, England, and has been a director in the entertainment industry for decades. He began in theatre in London and then started on films. His career has been a melange between media productions and theatre ever since. Rumbelow runs his own production company in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Renegade Motion Pictures, which produced "Beyond," a paranormal series that Steven directed.

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