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Laura Maxwell; rescued from the demonic

A Glasgow woman who was involved with and through her Mum in the New Age, Spiritualism and the demonic found that Jesus freed her and healed her from fears, phobias and physical conditions. She has now published a book on her experiences.

Laura MaxwellThe following is a transcript of the testimony of Laura Maxwell. Having given her testimony on radio and television, Laura has now printed a book entitled 'A Spiritual Quest'. Through the book, which is part-fictional but based on her experiences, she hopes to reach out to those who have become involved in the dark spiritual practices which enslaved herself and her Mum.

Tina Storey, a former Tarot Card Reader comments on the book: “I am absolutely honoured to write an endorsement for your book. This is a very powerful story of the reality of the existence of the Devil. If anyone has any doubts about the dangers of involvement in Occult practices, you must read this. Having my own involvement with demonic influences before my conversion, I can testify to the truth in what is being said. The author bears witness to our Lord Jesus Christ being our only hope and Saviour from the snares of Satan. A fantastic read.”


A Spiritual Quest

by Laura Maxwell (BA Hons).

SUPERNATURAL phenomena interested me since childhood. A few psychic episodes as a child added to the intrigue I felt. My mother had also experienced psychic happenings since her childhood, but didn’t pursue it seriously until later. By the time I began Secondary School, she felt ready to experiment further. When walking her dogs in the park one day, a Medium approached, telling Mum he saw her potential as a Medium and invited her to a Spiritualist Church in Glasgow.

Very quickly, Mum became totally engrossed by the supernatural. As a new member of the Spiritualist Church, she attended Sunday services, mid week psychic development groups and Yoga classes. She shared everything she learned with me and I also became fascinated. Her heart’s desire was to train in Mediumship and the other Mediums encouraged this, asking her to join an Open Circle to learn to meditate and channel spirits of the deceased. Mum was keen to develop her abilities of Clairvoyance, Clairaudience and Clairsentience and to learn from other Mediums.

Communicating with the spirits
Every time Mum booked a Private Sitting for a Life Reading with a resident or visiting Medium, she would buy a tape of the session and we’d listen to it later that day. It amazed me that a half hour tape could contain so much communication from spirits. Minute details were relayed about our lives. Precise names, places and dates were often given. It was obvious the Mediums weren’t charlatans, falling upon names by sheer chance. They accurately described the physical appearance, personalities and even repeated common phrases of our dead relatives as they conversed with them.

When old enough to attend, I also joined the Spiritualist Church. We devoured mystical books on opening the chakras, Crystal Healing, Reincarnation, Alternative Therapies, etc. Attending New Age Centres and Psychic Fairs, we absorbed as much information as we could to help in our spiritual enlightenment. With our passion for environmental and conservation concerns, social justice and international peace, we gladly participated in healing people and animals, through either contact or distant psychic healing.

Going deeper
Eventually, we also attended Transfiguration Sessions. Mum developed in the area of Automatic Writing and Mediums predicted I would become a Psychic Artist, drawing portraits of dead relatives and Spirit Guides for clients. I experimented with Kirlian Photography; using infra red film I captured images of ectoplasm as it formed.

Over the next ten years, we’d often hear of Mediums who could no longer control when spirits spoke to or through them. Many Mediums had nervous breakdowns, or attacked people claiming their Spirit Guides had forced them to, or were admitted to psychiatric wards. We heard reports of poltergeist activity in Medium’s homes. At first, we accepted explanations that mischievous or obnoxious spirits could sometimes come through and it was a potential hazard of the job. But when it happened to us, it became difficult to tolerate and almost impossible to function properly.
Our friends, the other Psychics and Mediums, failed to free our home from spirits.

The spirits spoke to Mum constantly, depriving her of sleep, attacking her physically, chapping loudly from within wardrobes, slamming all the doors, etc.

Deadly encounters
On one of the occasions when they forced her into a trance against her will, she was frying food.
From Thistle Channel TV
On one of the occasions when they forced her into a trance against her will, she was frying food. When she came out of trance, the kitchen was consumed by fire. I arrived home after the Fire Brigade had extinguished it, just before it spread to other rooms. We all realised Mum, our dogs and cats could have been killed. One afternoon, Mum’s elderly Aunt who had also visited Spiritualist Churches, felt invisible hands grab her and throw her down our stairs. Her wrist was broken. Another day, while approaching shops, I watched in horror as Mum was lifted from the ground and catapulted from the pavement, landing on the bonnet of a passing car.

We decided to withdraw from Spiritualism and told our Spirit Guides to leave. To our shock, they laughed and insulted us. They began to physically attack us. This was perplexing as they had provided guidance and kindness for many years. It became obvious they’d deceived us, pretending to be benevolent, when in reality they were wicked all along.
The biggest shock however came when even our dead relatives turned against us. They also mocked and hit us. The spirits warned we couldn’t leave the occult, as we had unknowingly given them control from the first day we invited them into our lives.

Tragic outcome
During my second year at university, Mum’s health deteriorated and her Spirit Guides threatened to use her to kill people. Mum’s doctor couldn’t accept her accounts of poltergeist activity and diagnosed as Schizophrenic, she was detained in a Psychiatric Hospital. After months of heavy sedation, so they would discharge her, Mum deliberately told the psychiatrists she no longer heard voices. They did discharge her, but when she returned home, she endured further harassment from spirits and committed suicide.

A Christian encounter
A Christian I’d met in a Psychology Tutorial, invited me to her Pentecostal Church, explaining other Psychics who had experienced similar tragedies were set free from spiritual attacks when they accepted Jesus Christ as their Saviour. I renounced Spiritism and became a Christian. Later, a Pastor and her friend visited my mum’s home and successfully cleansed it the first time they prayed. At the Name of Jesus, all the spirits left and never returned. About a year later, I sold Mum’s home without worrying the new tenants would be harassed.

The Pentecostal Church did not portray dead religious traditions, instead it was lively, loving and fun. Members are trained by the Holy Spirit to prophecy about people’s future, bodies are healed and other miracles, signs and wonders occur. Actually, in a couple of years I saw more peopled healed in Pentecostal Churches than I ever saw in over ten years at Spiritualist Churches.
When I became a Christian, even before I had read the Biblical warnings of the occult in Deuteronomy chapter 18, I instinctively realised what had happened.

Deception exposed
The missing piece of the jigsaw fit into place. When our dead relatives and Spirit Guides began to attack Mum and I, it indicated they had deceived us, merely impersonating our loved ones. It made complete sense when Christians explained that it’s impossible for dead souls to return to talk with us, as they remain in heaven or hell for eternity. Also that, evil spirits are fallen angels, and they have existed for centuries possessing psychic knowledge of our families and historical figures down the generations. They can easily disguise their evil form to pose as our deceased family or any famous celebrity that ever lived. This was confirmed as I read in 2 Corinthians: 11-14;
“And no wonder! For Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.”
The evil spirits working through Spiritualism, serve Satan in deceiving people into believing they are their dead relatives and Spirit Guides.

Before I left the occult, I was unaware the Bible advises in 1 John 4: 1-3;
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God … every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus has come in the flesh is not of God…And this is the spirit of the Antichrist…”

Others set free
As a Spiritualist, I had believed Jesus was just a cosmic force; part of the universal consciousness, or a great Psychic Healer. Since my conversion I’ve met and read of many Psychics, Gypsies, Mediums, Witches and even Satanists who also discovered the entities of their Spirit Guides or dead relatives were not who they claimed to be. These people were also set free from demonic attack after receiving Christ into their lives.

Two successful Glasgow Mediums, Sadie Bryce and Geordie Aitken also became Christians. Sadie went to the same Spiritualist Church I did. She spoke of her occult past in BBC programs and Geordie wrote a book detailing his. As Christians, Sadie and I wrote to each other and I met Geordie several times, discovering we all had been misled by spirits in the same ways.
Jesus healed me of fears, phobias and physical conditions. He has given me joy and peace I simply never knew existed. His very tangible Presence of pure love, is more real than any powerful encounter I experienced within Spiritualism.

After sharing my life story on TV and radio, I continue to hear of more people who are turning away from Spiritualist Meetings, Tarot Card Parties, etc. Recently, I completed a novella containing some detail of events Mum and I experienced within the occult. It also contains some wonderful encounters with Jesus and angels, very different from what I experienced in Spiritualism.

Laura is selling her book on-line and copies can be ordered directly from her by e-mail.

Further information and content can be found on Laura's YouTube Channel and her website.

Note: If you have been or are affected by any of the issues outlined in this story, please be in touch. Confidentiality assured. E-mail the Editor.

Laura Maxwell/Christians Together, 24/07/2010

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Editor 11/10/2010 08:51
Laura's degree is in Psychology which has given her added insights into her experiences. It is hoped that an interview done over the last weekend will be available on this web site very soon.

An e-mail from an American reader has been sent to the Editor:
I read the article on Laura Maxwell and have had the honor and privilege to meet and speak personally with her and pray with her.
She is a blessing to so many who have been plagued by not knowing what they were entering into. I have met others like her whom we have been able to pray for; and God is the God of deliverance. So many can learn from her testimony!
Brian Ross 31/10/2010 23:20
Albert - there is certainly value in displaying one's academic, and professional, qualifications insofar as they indicate that one is capable of producing work that, while not necessarily 'academic' per se, is the output of one who is aware of the academic disciplines involved in such an undertaking.

If I were to correct your own comment on the basis of punctuation and syntax, I would not be producing an academic work. However, I would hope that knowing my academic qualifications (with which I shall not bore you!) would encourage you to take my 'criticism' seriously!

AD (Guest) 01/11/2010 19:16
Oh dear me!I agree it needs 'tidying up' e.g. it's rather than its,then delete the word 'work' after the word academic, then there is life not live. The brackets around BA Hons are probably unnjustified as well. Then there is the general grinding style; perhaps I have read too many Guardian articles lately!
ps yes there is more. I know.
Kind regards,
Laura Maxwell (Guest) 05/11/2010 17:54
Hi folks, thanx for posting. Can I help clear up any confusion plz? My tract extract as shown above has ythe wrong title, apologies to the editor of this site but I didn't notice! Actually, my tract title is My Life As A Spiritualist.
Whats happened here is, that actuakly the title of my book has been put above my tract by mistake, lol ;)
You are right that my book isnt an academic work, it has no researcgh stats or charts, etc. Its a fictional piece,a novella, but with many true facts from my testimony and testimonies of folks I knew or heard about.
I wasnt goin to put ba hons after my name til folk advised me too, I was feeling a bit awkward doin it as it seemed a wee bit pretensious!
In the foreward and on back cover, it emphasis the book is fictional and based on true evets, so folks will realise its not academic.
Thanx or makin me aware I hav to be more careful about things, its so easy to get things wrong in the media, lol ;)
Excuse typos i can hardly see on this tiny laptop in the dark!
Shalom, Laura
Penny Lee 05/11/2010 19:05
Hi Laura,

Thanks for the explanations. It would be a sad day indeed if the only people who were permitted to write books were those with impeccable academic qualifications. We need to hear how it is from those like yourself who have been there and, thank God, have come out the other end and are able to warn of the immense dangers involved in occultist activity.

God bless you, Laura. You will always meet opposition and it is all the more disappointing when it comes from 'religious' sources, however, even Jesus got His main opposition from them too so consider yourself in good company!

How do other mediums/clairvoyants behave to you now?
RF (Guest) 05/11/2010 21:22
This just will not do. There is no problem about non academic people writing books; it is just that when big claims are being made, whether wrapped up in an overall cover of fiction or not, academic standards are required if you wish to be taken seriously by discerning readers. Certificates and degrees are not essential if in the school of life someone has a story to tell, but it better be well researched.Let me give you an example: so called testimonies of folk I heard about, as LM puts it.Is that second or twentieth hand information?
Martin Lisemore 05/11/2010 22:37
Ah! Roland, after so long of posting on this website, I think you still miss the point. Your posts make it seem to me as if you're damned if you do, and damned if you don't.

No intellectual point will satisfy, because you either resort to, or come back with, one you've learned from someone else. Some of your posts have the flavour of Freud, whilst others Nietzsche. I told you, I've read them, and they have no eternal value. The authors are dead and not responsible for their words or the destruction they've caused.

If you're so angry with God, or angry with Christians, and let's here make a distinction between the Church and the Body of Christ, post up what you're so angry about. Do it! Now! I'll wait for you.

Perhaps you don't want to. Perhaps you are comfortable in your turmoil. OK! click my name above this post and you'll get my email address. Mail me and I'll send you my phone number. There's no risk, I'll even pay for the call! I don't know who you are, or where you are. The internet is international.

Be brave, have the courage to give voice to your pain and anger. Rage at me. I won't give you satisfying intellectual arguments - just my experience of this God and his Son Jesus which is in line with the Bible you say you've read. The truth as I live it.

I did a similar thing and it set me free!

Come on Roland, take up the gauntlet.

Chose now what you are going to do. This post will display the time it was sent. I'll wait until midnight, and if you haven't the will to respond this evening, I'll be around over the weekend and the days following.

Make it public on this forum, or private to me. But do something tonight!

Martin Lisemore 05/11/2010 23:31
Come on.
Penny Lee 06/11/2010 00:01

This was not a personal criticism of you, it was a general remark about literary snobbery which has always existed and always will. I don't care if a writer has or hasn't any particular qualification - all that matters to me is that their book makes sense and is accurate and factual. Just because you got a comment second or third hand doesn't necessarily devalue it but, yes, it is better if you know the source and can verify its authenticity.

you know, I've listened to a lot of preachers in my time. Some were extremely well qualified but were so polished that I switched off within minutes of them starting to speak. My best memories are from those who had no qualifications, other than knowing God for themselves (and what better qualification do you need to tell others of His love?) and with a few scribbled notes and faltering grammar, they are ones whose words I still remember years later because they said it as it was - as real people experience it - and I'd rather sit under that kind of preaching any day.

I do accept that the written word does have to generally adhere to certain standards but I'm sure in the cases where the writer lacks these, someone else can tidy it up and make it presentable to the reader. In the case of Laura, I am in no position to call into question anything which is in her book, firstly because I haven't yet read it, and secondly because I haven't lived her life so have to make up your own mind whether or not you believe what she wrote to be true. I guess that what we personally want to believe will influence that decision. You are really left with no choice but to reject it because, if you did believe it, then that would leave you with a dilemma - if it is true, then where does that leave me?
Martin Lisemore 06/11/2010 00:04
It's getting late Roland.

Let me say here, I admire your fortitude, your courage in repeatedly posting on these forums. I like the challenges you've laid down, time after time.

Now, this is personal. One to one. You and I.

Meet me on the public forum or on the phone. I'm waiting for you.

Show the same courage, but man to man.

But be well prepared to be different afterwards.

I believe it's now Roland.

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