Updated on July 25, 2022
Who is running the show at your house? That is, are you living according to truth or fear, according to love or lies, according to light or darkness? Doug Mendenhall found in his many encounters with all kinds of people that there are many ways to sin. And such sin (going against the truth one has from God) can open the door for negativity and darkness to enter in. He talks about a few common welcome mats for dark entities in Conquering Spiritual Evil, Volume Two (2020), pages 72-74:
Can those of us who are really trying to live the gospel of Jesus Christ end up with entities and possession? Many Christians believe that a “true” Christian can’t become possessed. And what happens if a “true” Christian becomes possessed? They will tell you that that person wasn’t a true Christian. How convenient.
Why is all of this important?
In the Joseph Smith translation of 1 Corinthians, chapter 5, Paul is talking about someone that committed fornication with “his father’s wife.” Apparently the man is not repentant and Paul tells them: “In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and have the Spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.” (vs. 4–5)
Paul later lumps in all kinds of sinners into this mix, not just fornicators. Sin allows bonds of attachment between us and those entities that want us destroyed. The longer and more often the sin is committed, the stronger the bond becomes. In other words, the bonds strengthen a little more each time the sin is committed until they are impossible to break.
What are “sins” that can cause such integration? The biggie is pride; things like pride in our work. Making statements that we are the best or better than anyone else doing such and such. Pride that my religion is better than yours or the best in the world. Pride that you have all the truth, and therefore are more knowledgeable than anyone else. Pride in your current religious affiliation to the point you disparage your former religious affiliation, making constant negative comments about them. In my neck of the woods, many that leave the LDS faith can’t quite quit making nasty comments about it. This kind of pride will bring attachments. The greater the pride, the greater the attachments.
There is pride of family. This can be bloodline or financial. It can be pride of where you live. In most cities, the rich seem to like to live “higher up.” A good example is Salt Lake City where you have the east side and the west side. The perception is the rich live up east and the higher up the mountain the more prestige or pride there is. I have met many that would never live west of State Street in Salt Lake City. This is incredible pride which brings entities. What ever happened to living where the Savior tells you to live? Is it the pride of family, of knowing better than Him?
One of my favorites is religious pride. This can be maintaining the “bloodline.” What does this mean? In D. Michael Quinn’s book, Mormon Hierarchy: Extensions of Power, he showed the close interrelationships of all 101 general authorities and their wives in 1996. (pp. 731–745) It seems to be about keeping the bloodline within the group.
Religious pride can also be about callings. I know of families where you aren’t anything in the LDS Church if you don’t have a Stake President in the family. At the minimum you need to have several bishops. Of course the best is a General Authority. This kind of pride brings entities into your life and body. Some with this kind of pride enjoy calling others on their sins of lying, judgmentalism, and feeling their way is better than your way, all the while not seeing the beam in their own eye.
Another kind of pride is the “direct line to the Pope.” We become prideful over who we know. Wow, really? This will also bring those dark evil friends.
Comparing yourself with others. This can work both ways. When you think or feel you are better than others, you open yourself to evil. When we use self-degradation we also open ourselves to evil.
There is a strange one, people with disabilities can become prideful of their impairment. I once asked my daughter if the Savior would heal her of her diabetes. She told me that He had said she can’t be healed because she gets too much mileage out of her disability. People feel sorry for her and she can get them to do things they wouldn’t do otherwise. She has also found that people can be manipulated because she sees through the veil. Not a good thing, manipulation in any form that is.
There are people going around claiming they are the reincarnation of famous people. We have met more than one person that has claimed to be Solomon, Virgin Mary, Joseph Smith and others. This causes horrible pride and brings in entities.
Some people desire to control their spouse or put them in their place. This is disgusting and not of the Lord Jesus Christ. Control, unrighteous dominion, compulsion, manipulation, and such are never to be used on others, especially with our spouses and family members.
I once had a church leader tell me that I had better obey him because he was my “priesthood leader.” Manipulation—it comes from Satan….
The reality is that we will get slime (evil) on us by just living life. Most empaths need a “cutting” or “mowing” every month or so because they take on others’ stuff. It is a good idea for them to get a clearing or mowing several times a year. We also have people that we work with who help others that have spiritual problems, need clearings, possessions and so much more. When one is assigned to help in these things, they will sometimes get “slimed” and have things attach to them. We have always maintained that people doing this work need to be “de-slimed” every couple of months.
Updated on July 18, 2022
Doug Mendenhall includes some brief observations by a sighted friend of his who attended the spoon bending seminar he talks about in I See…Arise! (2016) on pages 38-39:
“I brought a set of heavy, thick teaspoons for the lab work. With one simply sitting in my hand, the thick, steel teaspoon heated up beyond normal body heat. It was not simple body heat. As instructed, the entire spoon was gently rubbed while visualizing (actually seeing) light flow over it.
“The flow of energy was physically felt. It feels similar to a thin coat of warm oil slipping along the hand. The light changed from white to a yellow color. The metal took on a slight shimmering quality. Being so fascinated with the light show, I forgot to check for pliability. The instructor reminded everyone to check if the objects were malleable yet. Dutifully the spoon was taken between the fingers, at the thickest part of the handle, and easily bent almost in half. Interesting!
“Thinking the way it had been reshaped had rendered it rather difficult to use, I later tried to bend it back without using the lesson. It didn’t budge. It was energetically reheated and, sure enough, it easily returned, close to its original shape. Since then, if an alloy object is not quite the needed shape (after checking no one is around) it is petted then reshaped to what is needed.
“A very useful lesson. Thank you.”
Updated on July 11, 2022
Conquering spiritual evil involves focusing one’s mental, emotional and physical energy to bring the spiritual into the physical. Doug Mendenhall learned of a tool to focus one’s energy (with silverware), and sponsored a seminar in 2006 to teach others about bending knives, forks, and spoons. He writes about those experiences in I See…Arise! (2016) on pages 29-31 and 34-37:
About ten years ago the Spirit had me listen to a national late night radio show where the host had a guest who was going to teach all the listeners how to bend a spoon or fork with “energy.” This intrigued me because of my many friends who said they did energy work.
Since I was unable to get the radio station in my home I found myself outside in the driveway, in my car, listening to the show. They finally got around to discussing spoon bending at about 1:30 a.m. The guest had told everyone to get a spoon or fork ready and she would teach us how to bend it. I anxiously sat there waiting to experience spoon bending.
She then spoke of energy and how to feel it and then to “run” it between your hands. I did all she explained and actually felt a “ball” of energy between the palms of my hands. We were then told to place the fork between our thumb and index finger and then to run the energy between our hands. She had us shout at the fork, “Bend!!” which I felt foolish about, but since it was very late and I was outside in a car with the windows rolled up, I did it.
People started calling in saying they had bent their spoon or fork. After twenty minutes I still had not seen any positive results with my fork, but I kept running energy while listening to the woman on the radio. At the twenty-five minute mark I felt something different about the fork. I stopped running the energy. With my left hand I touched the fork and it easily bent in half. To say I was elated is an understatement; I was ecstatic! Nevertheless, I then went to bed with my prized fork on my nightstand.
My family was not that impressed with my late night results. “Dad, anyone can bend a fork in half, especially a cheap one like that.” I had not wanted to ruin one of my wife’s good forks so I had gone the cheap fork route. I was happy with my “energy work” experiment nonetheless.
Soon I was told by the Spirit to call this woman, who taught energy work, and have her come to our town and do a one day seminar. It took some doing to commit her to come here to our little out of the way town, but she agreed to do it.
She came the middle of July. We held the event at the Senior Center in Mount Pleasant, Utah, which held 200 people. 225 showed up and the air conditioner really couldn’t handle the outside heat combined with all of those bodies. Then when you “do energy” it creates more heat. Some people did leave at noon. But the good news is about 80% of the room bent their spoon or fork. One woman had hers in knots within five minutes of the presenter starting the explanation. Another woman soon held up her bent plastic fork. Now that is hard to do, bend a plastic fork without it breaking.
I really focused and was able to twist and bend a heavy fork I had pilfered from my wife’s good stuff. It was great fun to feel the metal somehow change and to then be able to twist it with my hands. Below is a picture of my fork that I have shown to many hundreds of people since.
Please take out any fork you have and try to squish it together with your hands like this one was!
After this workshop I began to understand the value of focused energy work. The woman also taught us meditation which is even more valuable. She told us of Robert Bruce and his book Energy Work so I bought that and devoured it. It was after these experiences and constant practice that I began to feel the energy as it came out of my hands. I would sit and meditate after prayer and even during prayer while running energy up and down my seven chakras. This was to make sure they were spinning in the right direction and there were no stoppages of energy. Chakras are the seven energy centers in our body that are most often talked about. Spiritually sighted people see them and can see if there are problems there. I developed the gift of being able to feel them with my hand and can feel the blockages….
While visiting with Kitten at her home, I would make an energy ball, fill it with whatever I wanted and send it at her. She could “see” all that I was doing and would tell me that it splattered on her shield. I would make energy balls, fill them with love, and send them to people just to see their reaction. It was amazing at times to see how people felt it. In other words, I played….
“For behold, thus saith the Lord God: I will give unto the children of men line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little; and blessed are those who hearken unto my precepts, and lend an ear unto my counsel, for they shall learn wisdom; for unto him that receiveth I will give more; and from them that shall say, We have enough, from them shall be taken away even that which they have.” (2 Nephi 28:30)
The Lord gives us line upon line. As we step forward with belief and action, He will give us more and thereby we will gain wisdom. Knowledge is not understanding, and understanding is not wisdom. A definition of knowledge is “something learned and kept in the mind” which could also be called an amassed familiarity with facts. These facts can be any number of things from scientific findings, history, mathematical principles, politics, etc. Or even energy work. All it tells us is that a person has the ability to remember a great deal of information or facts.
Understanding, or intelligence, is the knowledge and ability to judge or the ability to understand facts and their inter-dependent relationships to each other. Just knowing facts does not allow someone to make the connection between them. That takes intelligence or understanding. Unfortunately, this is where the majority of people stop with their progression. They believe that intelligence is the end of knowing, and it isn’t. That might be one reason we have so many “knowledgeable and intelligent” people that don’t know squat. You might know a lot and know how that knowledge or those facts inter-relate to each other, but that is it.
Knowledge and understanding requires wisdom for it to be harmonious and beneficial. The problem people have is wisdom can’t be learned through science, reason or logic. When all desires to achieve personal profit, prestige and power have been eliminated then true wisdom can be gained through experience. We can also gain wisdom through self-sacrifice and suffering. Wisdom is gained through action, or when we “hearken unto [His] precepts, and lend an ear unto [His] counsel.” It is when action is applied to knowledge and understanding that we then gain wisdom.
The woman who taught spoon bending gave me knowledge about energy work, how to create energy and apply it. I gained understanding by listening to the facts and how energy relates to us, our bodies and our spirits. It was great knowledge to have but did it do me any good? Not really. Then I listened to the Lord Jesus Christ and He told me to act and apply this knowledge and understanding for the benefit of my good friend. It wasn’t about me or “look what I can do” or did. It was about serving another. There was nothing about personal profit, prestige or power. It was about humbly doing what the Lord asked and having the faith to step off the proverbial cliff to do it.
By doing all of this, some wisdom was gained, though there would still be much to learn. But along with that wisdom I have found He also gives us a quiet confidence in Him. This is why the Lord stated, “For with God all things are possible.” (Mark 10:27) You know it is not you doing the “healing” on someone else, it is the true Healer, our Lord Jesus Christ.
I have met many “healers” that say “I did this” or “I did that.” I, I, I, and I again. Always about themselves or they claim they tapped into the Universe or my personal favorite, “Source.” My point being that their ego has them claiming credit when we have been told to thank God for all things; all things are possible because of HIM. We are puny creatures that came down here to learn how the Gods of Light operate and to become like they are. Of course they will allow us to take their laws, apply evil to them and do many amazing things. The magicians of Pharaoh copied what Moses did, did they not? The Adversary has much power you can tap into if you are of a dark evil nature or even a misguided mortal.
We learn to become enlightened and like our Parents line upon line. We “practice” whenever we are allowed to by our Lord, always with His permission. This is His creation. We should honor everyone’s agency and don’t give ours away except to our Lord, and Savior, Jesus Christ who will give it back. As we gain knowledge and understandings we can then convert that to wisdom by obeying the Lord Jesus Christ in all things and then we become like Him. This is the program He employed to become like His Father, is it not?
Updated on July 4, 2022
Jesus Christ taught a parable about building on a solid foundation or a sandy foundation. All that came later in the builders’ lives was the result of what they chose to build upon and how. In a similar way, Doug Mendenhall points to one’s foundation as vital to becoming competent in conquering spiritual evil in I See…Awake! (2015), pp. 36-38:
So how do we get to the Unconscious Competent level to become like our Savior?
1. Practice at the Conscious Competent level over and over. This creates energy pathways in the brain and is how you develop habits. (Neural pathways). Remember that imperfect practice can never make you perfect. If the practice is imperfect, or the pattern is not correct, then practicing it will make the outcome wrong.
2. Observe someone who has achieved the goal. This is why you associate with those that know, read their material, listen to their talks. Observe them and you learn to do it right. This also creates neural pathways in the brain. Read the Scriptures and The Second Comforter over and over. The Scriptures give you many examples of how it was done. Both are manuals.
Why don’t people achieve being able to do things in an unconsciously competent manner?
1. Not listening to the right people. Not getting the right information. Repeating and following the wrong trail.
2. Low teach-ability index—refusing to give up things, not focused on learning, low willingness to accept change, doing the same old patterns over and over again. Strong imbedded neural pathways must be overcome with new ones to change. Change your habits.
3. Spending too much time in the how—the techniques, and skills. Too many excuses, “I have no idea how to do this!” or “I’ll never receive the Second Comforter.” They associate with people of gospel “inaction” and negativity. Their vibrational frequency lowers to match those they associate with. Think about this in your past. Have there been times when you have felt an energetic joy because you learned something spiritually amazing? Then when you start sharing this new knowledge with people, they stop listening and close down, becoming afraid to listen to any more. Do you soon feel deflated? If so, they have worked the Adversary’s magic and brought you down to their level.
4. Not spending enough time on the Conscious Competent level to develop new neural pathways at the Unconscious Competent level. It requires time to reach this last level. It takes work! New habits are pathways in which new behavior becomes automatic and happens instantaneously, effortlessly, easily, thus creating the results as if by magic and as if by doing nothing.
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It is to our advantage to know these fundamental concepts. We can only go as high as the foundation is deep. We must prepare the soil first. When we “think we know it” we have stopped being teachable. “I get it” has just damned us if we think that’s all there is. So in other words it has stopped the possibility of us progressing. There is always more to “get” no matter where we are, and since we are here in this mortality we really don’t know much of anything anyway.
“To go where the Second Comforter is you have to do it the way the scriptures teach. There is a specific way to get there. It makes no sense to think the promised results are not linked to the requirements to get them. These foundational things need to be done or accepted.” (Denver Snuffer, The Second Comforter, p. 25)
Updated on June 27, 2022
The four steps in becoming competent in any skill are 1) not knowing, 2) coming to understand, 3) practicing, and then 4) finally becoming. Doug Mendenhall discusses this process of learning a skill, and applies it to the gospel principle of receiving the Second Comforter in I See…Awake! (2015), on pages 35-36:
What happens when we apply the notion of Unconscious Competence to receiving the Second Comforter or becoming like Christ? Being like Him is one of my favorites. I am anxious to get to the end point, so I work at being “one” with my Lord in order to do what He would do in all cases at all times. Sounds like what He accomplished with His Father when He declared He came here and did all things that His Father asked Him to do. He had become Unconsciously Competent in obedience to His Father—something we should emulate.
“Unless you have the right sequence and the right information, it is not possible to have the veil open. We are going to attempt to put those things into an overall pattern you can understand, then feel, then do, and finally become so you can receive what is being offered.” (Denver Snuffer, The Second Comforter, pp. 20-21)
Here is the pattern:
1. We don’t know about receiving the Second Comforter.
2. We hear about the doctrine, but know nothing about how to achieve it. We are consciously incompetent.
3. We learn the doctrine and practice becoming like Him. You know how to achieve it and you know that you know, but it takes conscious thought and work.
4. We know and are attuned to the feeling, not the thought of how. We get to the point in the gospel of Jesus Christ, in which we are unconsciously competent, and we “take no thought” but only follow the will of the Lord Jesus Christ in all things by doing what He tells us in each moment. We have become “One” with Him and with the Father. They will then “abide” with us.
The pattern can be simplified even more.
1. We didn’t know.
2. We come to understand.
3. We practice.
4. We finally become.
Denver compares this to baseball: “Good batting in baseball is reactive and instinctive. It does not involve a batter reciting to himself a dozen different batting techniques or rules as he awaits a 90-mile per hour pitch. If he does, the ball is going to pass him by every time. The Gospel is no different. You need to seek for balance in your life. It is the object of this work to get you to become balanced, nimble, and more attuned to feeling than to thought.” (Denver Snuffer, The Second Comforter, p. 22)
Updated on June 20, 2022
Conquering spiritual evil in a competent way is a skill. It is partly an intellectual concept, but even more something learned in the conscious doing. Doug Mendenhall used various analogies of learning skills in his writings. He returned to the skill of competence and awareness again and again, as summarized in I See…Awake! (2015), pp. 34-35:
How do we process new information? There are four steps:
1. Unconscious Incompetence: Don’t know you don’t know.
2. Conscious Incompetence: Know you don’t know.
3. Conscious Competence: Know that you know.
4. Unconscious Competence: You know and it happens automatically, like being on auto pilot.
Tying a shoelace demonstrates all four steps:
1. When you are one year old, you don’t know that you don’t know about shoe laces and tying them.
2. You are now two years old and see others tying shoe laces so now you know you don’t know.
3. You are four, and mom has taught you how. With effort you can do it and know that you know.
4. You are ten, and can tie your shoe laces without even thinking about it—it is automatic. You look down and see that your shoelace is untied, and you unconsciously reach down and tie it with no thought at all about the process.
Let’s take this to a gospel principle like keeping yourself free of dark entities:
1. You don’t know about them and they have free reign over you.
2. You find out about them but have not been taught what to do.
3. You get some knowledge and start casting out and shielding.
4. Unconsciously you cast out and shield; it has become automatic. You don’t even think about the process. You just do it when you feel the need; you are unconsciously competent.
Updated on June 13, 2022
Each of us as human beings is a creator, someone who creates through our thoughts, emotions, and actions. Doug Mendenhall spent a fair amount of time understanding the impact we each can have on others as we create bonds and cords. He continues in I See…Arise! (2016) on pages 26-28 to talk about people who have passed away becoming literally earth-bound by friends’ and relatives’ creative energy. Fortunately, the Gods of Light have also provided means to overcome such negative spiritual creations. What are we creating, and whose lives are we impacting through our creations?
I was driving with Kitten the other day and I asked if she ever had the opportunity to “assist” others that were earthbound. She paused for a bit, apparently deciding if she wanted to answer. Finally she said that it seems word has gotten around in the spirit world about what had been done. “As I drive down the road and pass an earthbound person, they will look at me and ask if I’m going to help them or not. I tell them that help is coming and send my guardian to take care of it.”
Seems Kitten has become quite popular amongst the former earthbound spirits. She mentioned she has seen some that look like their feet are encased in concrete and can’t move. They are very grateful for the help given. The interesting thing to me is they can tell that she is able to see them. I guess they have become used to mortals from whom they have constantly petitioned help and the mortals have been oblivious to their pleas. Then one comes along that actually sees their plight and word spreads quite rapidly.
This is one of the reasons we have talked about becoming aware of all that is around us. Even the sighted don’t see or look many times. Kitten had passed that spot on many occasions and it wasn’t until she was asked if someone was there and she put her focus or attention on the earthbound woman spirit that she was noticed by her.
It can’t be stressed enough that we need to wake up and arise, to become those Saviors on Mount Zion that is written about. Many on both sides of the veil need help and most of the time it requires the hand of a mortal to set things in motion. If our noses are in our electronic devices or elsewhere, how can we ever “hear” or “see” the needs of others? Have we not only been dumbed down with our modern devices, but also been put to sleep? Who desires that? Why are they called “devices”? The etymology of the noun “device” means “division, separation, to divide.” Isn’t that appropriate, as they can divide and separate us from that which is important—God and the Spirit. It is time to wake up and become aware of what is around us, on us, and in us.
Addendum: A while ago I passed the location where the heart and cross were placed next to the highway. [The roadside memorials are mentioned in “Doug Tales 53: Earthbound Spirits, Part Five,” posted on February 14, 2022.] I noticed that there were now three crosses instead of just one. There had been three people pass away at this spot and now the other two people also had crosses put up with their names on them.
A few weeks later I happened to have Kitten in my car while traveling to close some portals up north. I pointed out the new crosses to her and asked if she was going take care of the new person that was now “stuck” there, literally bound to the earth?
“I already am,” she declared. “She saw me and asked, so my guardian went and released her.”
“This accident happened a long time ago, why did she get earth bound there so long after her passing?” I asked.
“They had a ceremony to place the cross where there was crying and much emotion,” she replied. “That bound her there in chains.”
My, look at what we sometimes unintentionally do to our loved ones after they have transitioned in our attempt to honor and remember them; we cause them to be bound here, and therefore, they cannot move on.
Updated on June 6, 2022
Joseph Smith defined faith as a principle of power, something that takes work and uses work. Faith is not just belief, but focused action or work based on that belief in our Savior. Doug Mendenhall practiced to develop his faith in things of God, and called it imagination, spiritual creation, and visualization. He shares a few examples in I See…Awake! (2015), pp. 32-34:
Anciently man painted pictures on walls of caves. They were pictures of themselves killing or hunting animals. Anthropologists today realize that the aboriginals, the Pygmies of the Congo, and other “primitive” people still do this same thing. But they don’t do it after the hunt; they are drawing on the walls or drawing in the sand or carving animals that they are going to go out and hunt. This was their way of prophesying, of saying what they were going to do. They were not depicting what they had done, but what they were going to do. People have the ability to look around and not only see things the way they are, but also how it might be. This is called our imagination or a “spiritual creation.”
While on my LDS mission in Spain I had been out for about 20 months and had not baptized anyone. I had a new companion, and we prayed and told the Lord what we were willing to do and asked that in return we would be able to “wear white” before Christmas. This was on December 1st. We had zero prospects, and back then it was normal to baptize just two people while on an entire two-year mission to Spain. I drew a picture of Snoopy dancing a jig and exclaiming, “We are going to have a White Christmas!” I had no idea I was doing what had been done for centuries, prophesying or “spiritually” creating an event in the future by declaring it with emotion in the present. And yes, we did baptize an incredible man on Dec. 23 which then opened the flood gates to many more during the next three months and more after I went home that my companion graciously took care of.
Years ago I joined a sales company and desired to make a lot of money. I used the same principles that I had learned from a goal setting program to accomplish my desire. The course taught me to “visualize” what I wanted the outcome to be, to then see it, feel it, taste it, hear it in my mind’s eye. I was not to worry about the how; it would take care of itself. It did. Ideas came that I implemented; some of them seemed off the wall, but I did them anyway. Within a year I had accomplished my goal of having the largest sales force in the company and making the most money, driving a Lincoln, and making others successful in the process. I would make more in a month than I could, previously, make in a year. The principles work. It is about the why, not about the how.
So when this is applied to the gospel, what can be accomplished? It is all about the why. The Lord will give you the how. He’s done much of that in the scriptures already. Is our “why” large enough to make us want to put in the work necessary to accomplish it? That is up to us individually and must include what we are willing to give up.
Updated on May 30, 2022
Do we need our physical eyes to perceive things around us spiritually? What about people in history and modern times who are legally and physically blind, but can still see with their spiritual sight? Doug Mendenhall explains a few related experiences in Conquering Spiritual Evil, Volume One (2012), pp. 53-55:
Many prophets have been spiritually sighted. When Elisha and his servant were in the city, they awakened to a surprise: “And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! How shall we do? And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.” (2 Kings 6:15-17)
This view opened to a prophet who was sighted. I found out that many of these gifted people see these things. I know a man that heard something outside of his house and went out to take a look. He saw a huge army marching past his property. He called his family out, and they watched this army march past for several hours. They were all seeing in the spirit.
How is this possible? As mentioned previously, I listened to a doctor/scientist explain the measured spectrum of light or energy. He suggested we put that spectrum of light/energy equal in length to the Empire State building as a measurement of how big it is. He then asked how big the spectrum of light/energy that we humans see would be compared to it the Empire State building? Would what we see be equal to thirty floors, twenty floors or ten floors? The answer is the light/energy spectrum we see would be smaller than a grain of sand. That shows us how much we really don’t see and don’t know about. Just because the rest of us “blind” people don’t see it, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. If to God, “all things are spiritual” then would we not have that side of the veil there to help us fight our battles, especially if we have asked for that help just like Elisha did? I testify that these things are true; I have experienced it many times and seen some of it with my spiritual sight.
Do we need our physical eyes to see spiritually? This experience will answer that question. Recently I held a seminar featuring a man named Jason. He is quite a unique individual in that he became completely blind several decades ago after being sighted for over thirty years. Though he has no optic nerves, Jason can see energy, colors, a person’s intent, and much more. So much so it is hard to believe he is completely blind. It still is a little disconcerting to see him touch things and say what color it is; he sees colors with his fingertips.
He told me, “I needed to go blind in order to really see.”
Jason has the gift of seeing more of the light spectrum than most of the rest of us. He goes rock hunting and always finds the best rocks, as he sees their energy. He can tell if a person is of evil intent or of light. I don’t know how to explain that he sees or perceives intention other than to say that the Lord did the same. “But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answering said unto them, What reason ye in your hearts?” (Luke 5:22) “And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a child, and set him by him.” (Luke 9:47) (See also Matthew 22:18, Mark 2:8, John 6:15)
Jason talks about Jacques Lusseyran, a man who went blind at the age of eight and became sighted like Jason is. Jacques helped lead the French resistance during WWII. He was put into a Nazi concentration camp for fifteen months. He made the comment that if he became frustrated, his ability to “see” would go away, and he became a normal blind guy. Jason said the same thing about his negative emotions.
Jason explained further: “As a child, very soon after the accident that blinded him [Jacques], he became aware ‘of a radiance emanating from a place I knew nothing about. . . I saw light and went on seeing it though I was blind.’ And ‘from that moment on,’ he writes, blindness became for me a fascinating experience and the attempt to live in a new way.” (Jacques Lusseyran, And There Was Light, p. ii)
There are many things that we just don’t understand and aren’t familiar with. That doesn’t mean they don’t exist and aren’t true. The invisible light spectrum or the spirit world is massive, and those of us with our veils intact really have no concept how large it is or what is going on there.
Updated on May 23, 2022
Doug Mendenhall met thousands of people who could perceive metaphysically beyond the “normal” common experience of most people. He found himself explaining to many non-sighted people, especially in leadership positions in various social organizations, about the reality of the world that is really around us. He shares some observations in Conquering Spiritual Evil, Volume One (2012), pp. 50-53:
In 2001 we felt inspired to publish a book about our experiences called My Peace I Give Unto You. A year later, we were asked to give a book review which started a tour of reviews. We did nearly four hundred of them around the country. Doing the book reviews was a great experience because it allowed us to meet many dozens of spiritually gifted people like my daughter. Most of them were in hiding from family and church members as they felt misunderstood. I really didn’t understand this because as LDS people we claim all the gifts of God and surely we would embrace all the spiritually gifted people and celebrate their gifts.
It was during this time that President Gordon B. Hinckley of my church declared in the October 2001 General Conference that Joel 2:28-29 had come to pass, then he quoted it: “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: and also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.”
I shouted for joy! Now, I thought, all those with gifts will be able to come forward and not be afraid of sharing them. Priesthood leaders will now help these people as well as the other church members to accept these things, knowing they come from the Lord and will now know that these spiritually gifted people aren’t just making these things up.
Other scriptures besides Joel have a similar message. The Seventh Article of Faith declares these things: “We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth.” Moroni even declared: “And again I speak unto you who deny the revelations of God, and say that they are done away, that there are no revelations, nor prophecies, nor gifts, nor healing, nor speaking in tongues, and the interpretation of tongues; behold I say unto you, he that denieth these things knoweth not the gospel of Christ; yea, he has not read the scriptures; if so, he does not understand them.” (Mormon 9:7-8)
Also modern revelation states: “And again, it is given by the Holy Ghost to some to know the diversities of operations, whether they be of God, that the manifestations of the Spirit may be given to every man to profit withal. And again, verily I say unto you, to some is given, by the Spirit of God, the word of wisdom. To another is given the word of knowledge, that all may be taught to be wise and to have knowledge. And again, to some it is given to have faith to be healed; and to others it is given to have faith to heal. And again, to some is given the working of miracles; and to others it is given to prophesy; and to others the discerning of spirits. And again, it is given to some to speak with tongues; and to another is given the interpretation of tongues. And all these gifts come from God, for the benefit of the children of God.” (D&C 46:16-26)
After we published a second book, Possibilities: Lessons from the Spirit, we felt inspired to organize seminars for spiritually gifted people or anyone that wanted to come. We called them Ezekiel Seminars and over a two-year period held twenty of them. We met hundreds of spiritually gifted people during this time.
Once again, nearly all of them were “in the closet,” so to speak, because of their gifts and they had had several difficult experiences. Many of these people just buried their gifts, refusing to acknowledge they existed because sometimes the opposition to their gifts was so heavy. On many occasions I would see women in the audience crying. During the break I would ask them what was wrong and if I could be of any help. They would all tell me the same thing. “I feel like I have come home. I‘m not a freak; there are others like me.”
It was during this time that people started to ask for help with spiritual problems such as a spouse, son, or daughter with a possible possession problem or their house had spirits, yet their spouse or priesthood leader would say that those things didn’t exist anymore. I couldn‘t offer any advice as I didn‘t feel qualified.
I knew the gifts were real, my daughter was a vivid example of this, and what these people were experiencing was real. The validity of these requests had been manifested to me on many occasions. I also knew all gifted people had to figure out how to deal with their gifts in this world. That is a challenge to many of them. Without the support of spouses, family, ward members, and the church, it is really quite hard to live in this Telestial world and be gifted. These gifted people had expressed to me how real the dark is and difficult it is to deal with. They had been deceived many times. That is also why some of them had hidden their gifts, since they didn’t want to be deceived again.
I have been around spiritually sighted people long enough to know what a great burden they carry. These people were beside themselves, not being able to “understand” what was going on, yet having incredible experiences and problems manifest themselves in front of their eyes. I have come to realize that this scripture is true, something I will quote many times in this work: “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of this might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6:10-12)