Taoist Lin Hun Therapy and Celestial Fox exorcism are based on the ancient theories of shamanism that espouse diseases, illnesses, and numerous medical conditions are the result of negative energies fostered by spiritual possession by malevolent entities. It is fascinating that almost every major world religion originally had a component of spiritual possession and exorcism.
According to Patrick McNamara (2011, 147) in Spirit Possession and Exorcism, “Several of the world religions we know today had their origins in the so-called axial age that occurred roughly 2,500 years ago. Islam arrived about a thousand years after the axial age and can be said to have completed it as it inherited many of the tenets and practices of the axial age religions.
What religions emerged from the axial age itself?
Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, the Hellenistic and Roman mystery religions, Christianity, the core prophetic aspects of Judaism and several other faiths as well. Core aspects of each of these religious movements can be construed as attempts to reform improper use of spirit-possession techniques and thereby return to the old shamanistic attempts to control the techniques rather than be controlled by them.”
McNamara (2011, xi–xii) also argues, Humanity cannot be understood apart from religion and religion . . . cannot be understood apart from “spirit possession.” “Spirit possession” is the taking over of an individual’s sense of agency and identity by a supernatural agent. This “taking over” of the host’s sense of agency and identity can be either a positive or a negative experience. When it is positive, the mind and personality of the possessed individual are transfigured and the individual seems to be acting more freely and effectively. A famous case involves one of the founders of Christianity, Saint Paul. He claims in his letters to the early Christian communities that “I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.”
In all cases of positive possession the new personality has left behind the old, the lower self, and now lives via a new transformed self linked to the divine consciousness and is in fact identified with this divine consciousness. The link to or bond with the divine consciousness seems to enhance perceptual capacities and intelligence and can produce some very fine character traits like gratitude, generosity, compassion for others, fearlessness, clear strategic sense, joy, and many other qualities besides. Clearly, any process that can enhance one’s perceptual and information processing capacities and give one these character traits must be transformative indeed and must be considered quite valuable—indeed priceless. That is why this form of possession, Saint Paul calls it “putting on the Mind of Christ” (Rom. 12:2), is something all serious religious believers desire and act to acquire.
The negative form of possession, however, was and is an experience of a very different kind, though once again perceptual and information-processing capacities of the possessed individual are often enhanced, though this time not permanently. Negative possession is now known in many cultures as “demonic possession.” In the ancient world negative forms of possession could occur with almost any sort of spirit entity, including many of the gods worshipped by the ancients as well as spirits of the dead, animal spirits, ancestor spirits, and all kinds of intermediate beings such as demi-gods, faeries, angels, mountain spirits, and many other types of beings as well. Although an individual undergoing demonic possession could often evidence unusual cognitive abilities like “reading the mind” of others, predicting future events, or having knowledge of foreign languages and the like, negative possession (I will call it “demonic possession”) was an experience that was feared. It has to be ranked among the most unfortunate and perilous forms of suffering a human being can undergo. It is so perilous a condition that special rituals have been evolved over the centuries by most peoples, at least all those who have been studied to date to rid the possessed of the demon or to prevent possession in the first place.
Christianity also had techniques of exorcism that called on Jesus as a sanctioning authority to command the malevolent offending spirits. It is described this way in An Encyclopedia of Religion (Ferm 1945, 268): “Exorcism has likewise had an important place in higher religions, including Christianity. In order to demonstrate the power of Jesus over Satan the Synoptic Gospels depict him as exorcising demons, but through his own supernatural authority rather than by the invocation of God’s name and help. Christians, in both early and later periods, exorcised in the name of Jesus, less frequently in the name of God, claiming that the invocation of these holy names made their exorcism religious rather than magical. The rise of a minor order of exorcists in the church testifies to the wide currency of Christian exorcism. The present Catholic practice of prebaptismal exorcism, together with the exorcism of demoniacs and [the blessing] of objects like oil, water, and salt, originated in early times. Today, however, the priest alone is permitted to exorcise. The power attributed to the ‘name’ of Jesus survives in the customary conclusion to Christian prayers in which his name is invoked.”
According to the Handbook of Culture, Therapy, and Healing (Gielen et al. 2004, 350–351),
Spirit possession and Exorcism is also known to have ancient roots in the religion and traditions of Islam where the offending spirits are known as jinn. In dealing with disorders caused by possession by the jinn, the treatment will aim at either exorcising the jinn or establishing symbiotic and working relationships with them. Exorcism (azima, literally incantation) is usually employed when the attack is by an unnamed jinn, whereas forming a symbiotic relationship is the aim of treatment when one is attacked by a named jinn. Although exorcism is a procedure practiced in almost all Arab-Muslim countries, specific treatments that aim at forming symbiotic relationships with the jinn are popular mainly in Egypt and North Africa and are usually carried out by specific cults. Exorcism also tends to be carried out in one session in contrast to the other treatments, which involve continuous sessions in which the patients become members of a cult and must go through the treatments periodically in order to placate the jinn, become their followers, and remain permanently dependent on them.
Although possession by the jinn is recognized in Islam, exorcism is not mentioned in the Qur’an. However, it seems to have been practiced in many Arab-Muslim communities. The exorcist (the mu’azzim) is not a specialist. . . .
The methods of exorcism also vary from one healer to another. In Palestine, in carrying out exorcism, the Sheik massages the body, moving his hands from the upper part of the body downwards so that the devil is to leave the important areas (heart and lungs) and is eventually thrown out of the body through the lower extremities (e.g., toes). The massage turns in most cases into violent beatings. Currently, the Dervish follows similar procedures among the Negev Bedouins of Israel. Moreover, the Dervish employs music in exorcism in the belief that the jinn are attracted to it. Drums are used to convince the reluctant jinn to open a dialogue with the healer. The Dervish may also carry out exorcism during a dhikr ceremony. . . . The belief in North Africa that the jinn detest salt has resulted in its use to expel them. However, forcing the possessed patient to drink large amounts of salty water may sometimes result in death.”
Interestingly, most major religions like the celestial Fox Creed, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam believe in a set of common fundamental religious principles involving spirit possession and exorcism.
Exorcism is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine and has always been associated with human health and well-being. Mortal physical diseases have always related to a person’s confused and frustrated mental state. Exorcism helps to purge the malevolent influences that make people mentally and physically sick. A periodic platform of exorcism helps achieve healing and wellness. For generations, the techniques of exorcism have been used to help people who had difculty functioning in the real world of society’s accepted norms and regulations. Today, the science of pharmacology and mind-altering medications is used to help the individual who has problems functioning in the world of everyday reality. The problem with drug therapy is that the powerful narcotics suppress the energies of the physical body, making the person feel mentally dull and physically tired. Conversely, as opposed to suppressing the physical body, exorcism frees the stagnation of energies in the body and helps promote healing and wellness. Exorcism helps cure mental and physical illness with the support and power of the celestial Creed of the Foxes.
What is the celestial Fox Creed?
The creed of the heavenly Foxes is possibly one of the oldest known religions, dating back to the third or fourth century b.c. Since it has historically been kept secret by its followers, it is practically unknown in Western civilization. This creed, laden with hidden symbolism, centers around spiritual deities known as Fox spirits that are part of the cultural and religious beliefs of both China and Japan. These beliefs spread throughout Southeast Asia, Mongolia, the Manchurian provinces, and what are today Buryatia and Kyrgyzstan. Currently, these geographic areas are actively involved in open worship of the holy Fox Creed. There are modern, functioning Fox temples in Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, and the United States.
In Thailand, legitimate images of nine-tail Fox deities are available and blessed by LP Nain, the master and abbot of Wat Kaset Ban Thung Setthi, a Buddhist temple in the Roi Ed province of Thailand. He is a master of heavenly Fox magic and is well known in Malaysia, Singapore, and China.
The main temple of Fushimi Inari in Kyoto, Japan, has many priests and miles of tori gates and holy Fox shrines on the main mountain retreat. In Japan, the celestial Fox Creed was naturally integrated with the Buddhist and Shinto religions, and it is one of the most prolific major Japanese religions, boasting thousands of public shrines across the country.
The beliefs of the creed of the venerable Foxes are also alive in Taipei, the political and nancial center of Taiwan. It is noteworthy that the creed spread historically through political and cultural upheaval. The holy Fox religion traveled to Taiwan with Chiang Kaishek in 1949, when the Chinese nationalists were defeated and Chiang’s government was forced to move to the island, where he ruled for thirty years. Taiwan was entrusted to keep the ancient Chinese cultural and religious traditions alive and safe from the horrors of communism. As blog writer Jonathan Seidman (2010) described it in In Mystical Taiwan, “I was surprised to discover that there was a special temple devoted to worship of a celestial fox right here in Taipei City, the Hu-Xian Tang. I found the temple on the second floor of a building in downtown Taipei. On first entering, it didn’t seem a great deal different from most Taoist temples I’d seen. There was a shrine set into the far wall decked out in red and gold and on which lay a pot of incense. It was when I took a closer look at the statue of the goddess that I discovered the differ- ence. The Goddess is shown as a beautiful woman dressed in ancient Chinese fashion, but upon looking more closely, one sees she has a tail.”
The Temple of Original Simplicity—headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts—has a modern working Hall of Celestial Foxes. The Hall and main altar are an integral part of the worship of the Celestial Foxes. Historically, most Taoist temples contained a Hall of Foxes, although shrines and altars were popular all over China. Sacred Taoist teachings state that the Celestial Fox deities can change the fate of an individual. Heavenly Fox exorcism rituals—including Taoist Lin Hun Therapy, which instantiates purifying celestial energi which can expel malevolent forces from the human soul, creating a positive aura and bringing luck and contentment by changing misfortune to fortune. Under the unceasing Taoist principle of reversion, all of life’s phenomena grow, peak, and revert to their polar opposite, repeating the same cycle. In reality, the change associated with reversion can occur posthumously. Natural changes can take years to happen, and many times our ultimate demise signals the signi cant change. With the help of the venerable Fox deities, misfortune can change to fortune in the current invocation of our lives. Personal sincerity, Celestial Fox exorcism and Taoist Lin Hun Therapy can help the pendulum swing from misfortune to fortune in the great cycle of reversion to opposites by employing the heavenly power of the Fox deities in this dimension. Not only can these powerful gods protect us and make our earthly lives content, but they can bring us spiritual immortality in the afterlife. Connection and communication with the celestial Foxes can save the soul in this dimension and subsequently protect it in another.