A comprehensive examination of the many ways the spirit world affects our minds and the material plane
• Provides a detailed guide to the Afterlife and its inhabitants
• Reveals the spirit influence behind many mental disorders as well as psi abilities and creative genius
• Includes checklists of symptoms of spirit “overshadowing,” methods from the world’s top exorcists, and instructions on how to free unwanted spirits from the material plane
We are spirits housed in a body, and just as houses can be haunted, so can people. When the living succumb to dissociative states of consciousness, they become a magnet for lost but clinging spirits. Known as jinn, dybbuk, daemon, wuqabi, or simply the undead, they hover unseen on the earth plane, ready to inhabit the most suitable body available.
Documenting the life of wandering spirits and their impact on vulnerable human targets, Susan Martinez offers a radical departure from the standard psychological explanations for a host of pathological behaviors--including multiple personality, autism, epilepsy, migraines, obsessive compulsive disorder, depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, PTSD, self-destructive urges, and strange outbursts--and reveals that hallucinations are often true impressions of spirit input. Martinez explains how mental health comes down to the delicate balance between self-control and spirit-control. When trauma triggers an escape response, the soul takes flight, leaving the mind susceptible to possession by discarnate entities. However, the spirit world can also bestow gifts upon those whose psyches are open, such as in the case of mediums, shamans, people who communicate with angels, and many of the world’s creative geniuses.
Martinez presents “overshadowing” by spirits as a universal, cross-cultural phenomenon, documenting modern and traditional accounts as well as corroborating indigenous beliefs. She examines soul decay, soul travel both before and after death, as well as how knowledge of the spirit world can offer positive treatments for disorders like schizophrenia and autism. Providing a detailed guide to the spirit world and its inhabitants, the author offers checklists of symptoms of “overshadowing,” methods from the world’s top exorcists, and instructions on how to free spirits so they can continue their journey into the beyond--all the tools necessary to forearm us against soul snatchers and other enemies of the Light.
About the Author
Susan B. Martinez, Ph.D., is a writer, linguist, teacher, paranormal researcher, and recognized authority on the Oahspe Bible with a doctorate in anthropology from Columbia University. The author of Delusions in Science and Spirituality, Time of the Quickening, The Lost History of the Little People and The Mysterious Origins of Hybrid Man, she lives in Clayton, Georgia.
“The depth and quality of research exemplified by Susan B. Martinez, Ph.D., in her previous books are evident again in Field Guide to the Spirit World. The spirit world is all around us all the time, and this very helpful book provides a key to the spiritual world and a guide to working with it for the treatment of mental disorders caused by ‘overshadowing.’ As Whitley Strieber says in his foreword, ‘Step out of the prison of materialism in order to see such experiences in ways that might deepen our understanding of ourselves and the amazing universe’--as Strieber demonstrates when he talks about the loss of his wife, Anne, and how that opened his spiritual vision.”
— Robert R. Hieronimus, Ph.D., coauthor of The Secret Life of Lady Liberty
“From all accounts, the world beyond the veil is a labyrinth chock-full of entities both good and ill. With her new book Field Guide to the Spirit World: The Science of Angel Power, Discarnate Entities, and Demonic Possession, Susan B. Martinez has contributed an important work that helps to demystify the other side. It warrants an important place on your Fortean bookshelf and, more importantly, in your hands as you read and learn.”
— Jim Harold, host of the Paranormal Podcast
"When I was initiated into the world of spiritualism, I was taught that protection was the most important thing when contacting disembodied spirits. I was also told that a majority of people in mental institutions might be there because they are “oppressed by negative entities." Now Susan Martinez, who has a doctorate in anthropology from Columbia University, has written this book about encounters in the spirit world that run the whole gamut from selfless helpers to those trapped by their attachment to the material world I am grateful to Susan Martinez for beginning the dialogue in such a knowledgeable and caring way."
— Anna Jedrziewski, Retailing Insight
"Martinez does not simply take a surface tour of so-called supernatural, but instead she delves deeply into each topic, offering support for the facts with numerous real-life examples, all of which are supported by experts she quotes. This is a text book of the supernatural, overflowing with a daunting amount of information. The most notable aspect of Field Guide to the Spirit Word is its extensive documentation. This book deserves serious consideration to those interested in baffling phenomenon."
— Rougeski Reads