I decided to read Dr. Edith Fiore's book "The Unquiet Dead" from 1987, which I purchased a while back. I feel compelled to say a few words about this "classic" oeuvre based on my own personal experience with earth bound spirits. I started out with the hope that she has proven that the phenomenon of earth bounds spirits really exists. I am on the lookout for back up from an authority but sadly, this book left me disappointed. I am, however, in the process of finding more literature on the subject. My research has shown that a lot of sources about earthbound spirits rely on Fiore's book for information. In my opinion, all she is really doing through this book is creating a fear of possession and perpetuating a number of New Age myths that people seem to take at face value because she has a Ph.D in clinical psychology.
I simply don't believe it to be true that a great number of people carry several entities around for a huge number of years. It just doesn't sound plausible. According to Fiore, one of her patients had carried three people for over 30 years. Fiore seems to feel that most people have an attachment at some point in their life. If the entities were anything like the ones I've had to deal with, this would create an unimaginable chaos throughout society. She seems to be assuming, that people don't know themselves very well at all and are unable to tell that they are having foreign thoughts and feeling states. What kind of world would this be if people went around blaming evil spirits for all their neuroses and illnesses when people clearly have plenty enough issues of their own to deal with? Fiore touches upon this question towards the end, without going into any detail as to the real nature of the human condition. People who were possessed would most likely be unable to function in a normal day job.
Fiore makes it seem as though the spirits just anchor themselves in people's auras and don't make much of a fuss in general. It's not likely that spirits would ever go about their possession in a subtle way, because this would simply be too boring for them.
Considering Fiore has a PhD in psychology, she offers a very flat view of reality. There are no in depth psychological analyses in this book. What confounds me about the case stories is that the spirits seem to be projecting the problems they had in their previous life through their victims, rather than playing actual games with them. My own experience suggests that their issues are entirely theirs, and not issues they would unwittingly project. If they do wish to affect a person, they have to project "issues" in a conscious manner, and are more likely to play on people's own fears than their own. My experience is that their uncanny abilities to manipulate others through the use of their minds make it very tempting to control people rather than just live in their shadow. They use telepathy and have the ability to pick up thought forms of various kinds. This includes pieces of music and some pieces of information in the form of well processed knowledge that they have to be actively looking for in order to retrieve from the ether. They are able to project thoughts, images and energies onto others. Fiore assumes they travel at the same speed as us, but that is questionable. What spirits are able to know about other people is the result of studying their thoughts. They are however not psychic in the sense of being able to read the future or know about somebody's past lives. They are definitely not omniscient. They don't understand the after world and how it all hangs together. They are nonetheless quick thinking and a lot smarter than they were in body.
Fiore is neither psychic, nor has she done any research into the world of spirit. It is surprising, that she would not have any interest in anything but the symptoms displayed by her patients. She is not able to hear the spirits and communicates only through yes and no answers. She only briefly mentions that they can give you the sense of hearing voices and music, though this is a widely accepted phenomenon. She also believes they only speak one language, which is totally erroneous. I have been able to check this out as I speak several languages myself.
Apart from controlling their host's thoughts and feelings, they would most definitely make their hosts feel extremely ill if they stayed on for longer. In Fiore's cases, this doesn't seem to be occurring that much. The entities she's dealing with don't sound very cunning at all, and this is simply not believable. In reality, they are incredibly fast thinking and manipulative. In the book, they come across as unbelievably naive and ready to comply. You get a kind of "Oh look, the spirit talks!" kind of feeling from the examples of communications with possessing spirits. In reality, they would very easily see through Dr. Fiore's quasi-authoritarian acts, as they would be able to read her mind and would most definitely use the information to take the piss. Her dialoging is fraught with cliches and sentimentalism, and would not make much of an impression on me if I was a malicious spirit.
Of course I can't be absolutely certain, that entities that have resided with a physical person for a long time wouldn't be lost and confused. Perhaps it's possible that they would appear quite ignorant of their own abilities and general predicament. It just doesn't seem likely, as they are, after all, human beings, and should be perfectly capable of reflecting on their own situation.
You wouldn't easily snap out of a possession that started when you were very young, as Fiore attempts to demonstrate. You would not have developed any sense of self and would not be able to find yourself afterwards without a huge amount of work. It would be no different than being kidnapped and used in some way or another. She also proposes that the reason you attract them is because your aura is weak, but presents no real evidence that this would be the case.
Fiore always ends the depossessions by telling the spirits their deceased relatives are coming for them. How does she know this if she's not psychic? I'm not even sure an earthbound spirit is able to see the higher frequencies and wonder how this would work in practice. Fiore also adds past life regressions to the mix with the result that the life stories become really convoluted. For instance, one entity claims to have found a reincarnated soul mate and possessed her after one incarnation had passed between their mutual life. How would he know where to find her when he has no access to that kind of information while he's in limbo? In the real spirit world, it might be possible, but earthbound spirits are really earthbound and clearly not quite that psychic. Unless, of course, there is some kind of karmic drive and attraction that occurs on a subconscious level. I am assuming that things do happen for a reason.
There are also frequent accounts of spirits enjoying food and drink through their hosts, which is frankly a bit ridiculous, as they no longer feel anything much in relation to such things. I can tell that my perpetrator did like these things in her previous existence, but she's not making me indulge in anything at all. In fact, she doesn't care one bit that I eat very healthily and don't indulge in any vices at all. On the other hand, it's possible that some people are in it for a slight buzz and the memory of their previous addictions.
They might get a slight buzz from other people's sex, but Fiore is frequently making the point that the spirits are trying to prevent this from happening. My experience is that sex through people in the physical is on the whole, not really that compelling. It is not very likely that people could form any kinds of intimate relationships while possessed by earthbound spirits. Generally, their presence is a menace as they really are in it for the fun of it.
Fiore is only going by the testimonies that come to her through hypnosis, and they are all in fact very similar types of stories. I seriously question whether you can hypnotise that many people that efficiently, and get them to channel their entities that easily. She then gets the entities to leave by proposing that they will be loved and cared for and be able to lead a happy life in general in the after world. This is not something that would entice the malicious ones very much. I have found that my harasser thinks harassing the living is a lot more entertaining than harassing somebody on an equal footing in the more hellish corners of Heaven. Nothing much that I say about her ability to choose her own experiences after her transition to the spirit world is completed appears to make any impression. She keeps demonstrating that her boring existence while attached to my aura is a more enticing option, which is clearly just a matter of stubbornness and malice. Fiore has made the point that we should believe that earthbound spirits exist and can harass people, but it all falls upon a lack of credibility.
A more promising book that I have come across is another classic called The Siren's call of Hungry Ghosts by Joe Fisher, in which he examines the whole field of medium ship with critical eyes and personal experience of earthbound spirits. For those who don't want to go as far as finding out about his story, there is a review on this website.