So, Anderson Cooper has jumped on the exorcism bandwagon and hosted Bob Larson and his teen exorcists . . . the same ones we’ve discussed before in regard to a teen exorcist reality television series.
Cooper is a bit out of hid depth here but he gives it a go.
How the Teens Got Involved in Exorcism
Pitching a Teenage Exorcist Reality Show?
How Much Does an Exorcism Cost?
That’s like VooDoo Magic
Backstage: We’re Helping People
Backstage: Bob Larson
Backstage: Anderson Cooper
Backstage: Rev. Motal
Now, regardless of what model one believes in – hint, I use a very different model for this sort of thing, metaphor comes to mind – there are a lot of folks out there who accept Larson’s model. The methods are cross-cultural and have been adapted for thousands of years in different cultures, the particular window dressing of the ritual may be different but the core has been with us for eons.
I’m familiar enough with the cross-cultural cross-religious nature of the material that I wouldn’t subscribe to this particular approach . . . but . . . I do admit a fascination with the workings of how these folks approach what they do. Granted, some folks who do the work are completely sincere in their beliefs (justified in reality or otherwise) but there are also quite a few less-than-scrupulous folks who encourage others in rather circular thinking in order to separate the mark from their coin.
Hint . . . hypnotists who understand the expectancy effect and how to intensify imaginative involvement would not be unfamiliar with the basic underlying principles, regardless of the ritual or ceremonial dressing.
In any case, here’s part of an interview with Bob Larson as part of his work as an “exorcism consultant” for a film:
The Devil Inside
Here’s a bit of Bob Larson in full form . . . he particularly enjoys hitting folks with generational curses and the demon Jezebel possessions:
Note that the patter during trance is very hypnotic, a therapist might use a very different process and metaphor for positive results.
Allison’s Jezebel Exorcism
Heather’s Jezebel Exorcism
Just so folks know, sexual desire and independent thought are not symptoms of demonic possession. They are often the very positive side effects of becoming free persons. Sure, there may be demons out there . . . but . . . they aren’t always what folks think they are and sometimes free-thinking or bad luck get labeled as demonic influences to control those who question inappropriate authority and to assign blame . . . it’s not just the charlatan’s game.
All the best,