The Spirit of the Place

The following stories I translated from the French book Présence des Invisibles by Robert Laffont, 1983. Very interesting text if you are interested in energies and spirits.

In the cases I have just quoted [see my previous blog], I am not entirely sure that I have dealt simply and only with a malicious Jinn; to implement a magic of this size, it was necessary, at least, the very active collaboration of the spirit of the house.
This spirit is not an entity quite like the others: it is a kind of hybrid between the elemental, which expresses a force of nature, and the ghosts of living beings swarming in the lower astral. Each place, each geographical unit is inhabited, symbolized, expressed by a particular “spirit”, by a well-personalized elementary element. There is also for every artificial real estate unit, made of human hands, a symbolic elemental “spirit,” which is the spirit of the place, which is capable of manifesting itself, and therefore it is prudent to appease it. It was an intervention of this nature that had arranged the magic mechanism causing the disappearance of the Ardèche farm.
For having neglected to appease the spirit of the house, how many new owners or tenants have experienced bitter disappointments after their move in! Most often, the spirit of the house is benevolent of nature and it accommodates itself with philosophy of these intruders; but sometimes conflicts turn sour, and the new occupant is inexplicably overwhelmed with unpredictable domestic malchances: clogged sinks, electric short-circuits, flooded bathroom, lost keys, repeated television breakdowns, blocked elevator, lost mail, broken washers, inexplicable stains on linen or carpets, etc. The repetition and accumulation at the same time of these little troubles poison life and embitter the relations with those around them. All the more so because they are sometimes aggravated by more disturbing manifestations, especially at night, such as cracking furniture, squeaking of parquet flooring, blows in the walls, falling paintings, and even – which is really the worst – smelly odors invading a room.
Almost always a modus vivendi is established between the occupant and the spirit of the place; cohabitation becomes normal, without any serious clashes. Yet it sometimes happens that the spirit of the house, vexed by the behavior of its host, whom it considers abusive, is intolerant, even hateful, and redoubles hostilities to the point of forcing the enemy to flee.

I saw the case in an Angevin house, which its inhabitants were obliged to evacuate after six months of daily brawls.
The garage was in the basement of the house; every morning the car of the inhabitant refused to start, the ignition was out of order or the batteries flat; he had to call a taxi to get to work some ten kilometers from his home. Unfortunately the phone, just at that moment, broke down, or the call could not go through. In short, the poor boy had to walk to the neighboring village to alert the mechanic. Every morning he arrived with an hour’s delay at his factory; it was not surprising that at the first staff cuts he was on the list of dismissed.
This war had even more disagreeable consequences for his young wife. She constantly slipped on a floor or on the stairs, thinking she could no longer stand; cramped coccyx, blues all over the body. She could not touch an electric appliance without receiving a handful of shocks; every time she turned a switch, a bulb exploded. At night especially she was terrified, for at the moment of falling asleep she felt a cold breath on her face.
These accidents, these repeated incidents, these strange phenomena made the young couple believe that they were dealing with a ghost and that the house was haunted. They were not superstitious or hardly inclined to believe in
invisible forces. Nevertheless, the house they had just bought was about two centuries old, and they were told that some of these “remnants” could linger, like those I mentioned in some of my books.
They sent for the village priest to bless and exorcise the house. Alas! he was one of those young priests of the new clergy who are no longer taught Latin at the seminary-Latin is the vehicular language of the sacred and without which any formula of exorcism or blessing loses its effectiveness. To please his parishioners, the priest appeared without cassock, in jeans and roll collar, helpful and smiling, came to bless the “haunted house.” But holy water, like Latin, has gone out of fashion, it is no longer done; the incense is too expensive; the money that would have been spent to buy it would be more useful to supply a relief fund to strikers. Also, the “ceremony” – exorcism or blessing? – was confined to a great sign of a cross, very sporty, accompanied by a cordial encouragement not to believe too much in the supernatural.

It was after this disappointing visit, and the manifestations redoubling with violence, that these unhappy men decided to leave their house and came to ask me for advice.
In listening to the account of their misfortunes, I at first believed that they were victims in this house of classical telluric hazards, and that it would be easy to remedy them. But a more thorough investigation, upon them and on the plans of their property, changed my mind. I also checked that it was not a question of haunting, but much more simply a violent rejection of the spirit of the house. That is what I tried to explain to this young couple.
Taking the spirit of the house for a ghost is a mistake as crude as to confuse a bakery goods with industrial amandine (a French culinary term for a garnish of almonds), or the ‘l’esprit de l’escalier‘ (‘spirit of the stairs’ is a French term used in English for the predicament of thinking of the perfect reply too late ) and a chatty concierge. We must not confuse the misdeeds of tellurism with the bullying of elementals. Neither are any of these interferences – whether micro-vibratory or occult – with the ill-tempered moods of a house spirit. I explained to these young people that a house invaded by the larvae of the lower astral can sometimes be a mortal trap for its inhabitants, while one always ends up dealing with the spirit of the place, even when it turns bad.
I convinced them to go home and, and to give them confidence, I accompanied them.
“It will be enough for you,” I said, “to show your good intentions towards the spirit of the place, and peace will soon follow.” Here is an infallible recipe to tame it: on a white plate you will place a bunch of fresh bread and a handful of coarse salt; then you will both walk processionally in all the rooms, the first holding the plate in both hands. This offering will be the sign of your benevolent dispositions; it will be understood in this way, and the cohabitation will be established without hesitation; the peace and security of your home will no longer be disturbed … If you have seriously irritated the spirit of the house by irresponsible behavior and are particularly resentful, then you will have to repeat your little offering several days after. ”
Bravely ridiculous, the young couple accomplished, under my amused eye, the prescribed procedure, three days in succession. They found themselves well and now lived without any happenings in their house at Angevin.

These house spirits are not visible under any circumstances; they can not appear or take shape, as the elementals sometimes do when their vibratory frequency agrees temporarily with that of the human spectator. It is impossible, in fact, since they are only the expression of a field of forces, the resultant of the emissions due to the forms of a construction and a decoration; they have no figure, they are not made of matter, even the most ethereal; they are only an energy before they acquired a consciousness by the use, the memory, the affectivities and the habits of the house by the occupants.
Strange form of life, in truth, than that which is produced by the refractions of energetic rays emitted by volumes; mysterious analytical geometry that establishes a surreal identity between a place and a presence …
Still, to return to the practical plane. That I can not recommend too much to all those who are faced with a new dwelling to make sure that the benevolent neutrality of the spirit which reigns in them is reconciled. I know that by giving this advice I will lose the consideration of many of my readers who will take me no more seriously. Never mind! I persist and go on.
For example, creatures created by humans, which may be of two kinds, are entities that have escaped the control of their creator and who, while awaiting death or being killed, roam the marshes of the lower astral in search of a bad blow; or entities subject to their master, performing as Senegalese the task for which they were created. The first, which I wish you never meet, are a species of brown slaves, capable of committing the worst misdeeds in order not to be taken back; the latter are implacable sentinels who guard certain places or hidden treasures by order.

These incorruptible guardians were programmed at their birth, like machines, to accomplish a certain task. As long as the mechanism is reassembled, they will execute the order received, without ever putting any nuance of personal interpretation (which is what makes them so formidable).
These entities may have been created by a single man or a group of people. In both cases, the creature depends entirely on its creator who determines its role, specifies the passwords that will mechanically regulate its behavior. When the creator dies, the creature does the same, because it can no longer feed on the source of life that has programmed it.
However, there are cases where the creature survives its creator: for example, when the entity has been programmed to be periodically “reassembled” as a watch mechanism whose key is none other than certain keywords. If the creator has transmitted the secret to a disciple, who knows “the place and the formula” (as Rimbaud says) he can “walk” his invisible robot as long as he nourishes it with correct information.
We also know of examples of exceptional survival in which the programmed entity, initially initiated by a perpetual movement, still fulfills its office centuries after the death of its creator. This is often the cause of inexplicable tragedies or accidents. Archaeologists, looters of ancient tombs are sometimes the ignorant victims of these invisible guardians. The inventors of hidden treasures also run unaware of dangerous risks, whether the discovery is fortuitous (by demolishing an old wall) or on the contrary the result of a prepared search.
The penalties foreseen and applied against those who enter racially or by chance into protected places vary from sudden death to languorous illness, from car accidents to loss of situation, from sentimental drama to financial ruin
It should be noted, however, that intruders are not always punished equally. The rate of spirituality, the vibratory frequency, the degree of immunity and vitality, and last but not least the efficacy of magical or talismanic protection, make the violator more or less vulnerable to the punishment planned against him.
The surest way of not taking risks when approaching a “sanctuary” is obvious.
You must know the key word or words that keep the guardian entity of the threshold alive and in bondage. But to discover such a secret, one must engage in magical operations that are very dangerous. I will not talk about it here. If one is a treasure-hunter, the best thing is to have recourse to the inexhaustible resources of talismanic art and to have a competent protective pentacle manufactured by a competent magistrate.
According to the master Yves Breyer, there are other guardians of treasure than those who have been programmed by a human will: this is what he calls “wandering powers” who, finding in precious metals, especially gold, the calories as it were, necessary for their own survival as entities; they become benevolent guardians and defended their goods as if it were their own against any possible robber.

About Cosmick Traveler

I am a life long spiritual seeker, exploring the mysteries of man, life, and the universe. I had many mystical experiences during my life. There is nothing spectacular about them. These experiences are often unexpected, and lie outside what we have been told is possible. They served to learn about the Greater Reality, that part of reality that is not talked about in school, government or corporation. Nevertheless it is very real, and a part of being human on this planet. I have studied many different doctrines and teachings, both esoteric and scientific. I have learned to see the common essence in all these disciplines, and the many connections between them. I have found that many people have spiritual, mystical or just unusual experiences they never talk about because of the many taboos this society has about certain subjects. However when they encounter someone they see they can trust they open up. It is time now for people to talk openly, and not to fear ridicule. I see it as my task to write about all these subjects and experiences that can enrich a person's life. Exchanging ideas, opinions, beliefs and experiences will bring us together and we will realize that we are not different from each other. It does not matter where you live on the earth, or what your cultural background is. If we pay attention to our humanness, then we can create a better world for all of us.
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