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Storm Clouds (c) Lynda Bernhardt

As somebody who suffered from ritual abuse, I am appalled at the ways that I see the occult being used as entertainment. My son recently attended a birthday party with a “laser tag” theme. I thought the laser tag game would take place in a well-lit room with various barriers to hide behind. Instead, the game was in a dark and cloudy room, through a maze with a big bonfire in it. I could not even watch from the observation area because the layout was too triggering for me – and I have been healing from the ritual abuse for a long time now.

Even religious activities are not immune from the occult influence. Seriously, wouldn’t church be the last place you would expect to see occult references show up? When I played the video for the end of our yearlong Bible study, I was shocked to see the narrator standing in a dark wooded area, complete with the sounds of crickets and stone artifacts that appeared to be hidden deep in the woods. I am baffled by why anyone would think that setting was a good idea for a Bible study video of all things.

And then there are the numerous movies that focus on the occult, which I won’t go into here. I kind of understand how the hooded robes made their way into Halloween stores for boys, but I don’t want to be anywhere near them. Suffice it to say that there are plenty of ways that the occult is used as a basis for entertainment.

Why is that? Are people active in the occult also in public relations and the entertainment industry? I am perplexed as to why anyone would want to go there for entertainment. Believe me, when you have been tormented and tortured at midnight deep in the woods where nobody can hear your screams, the last thing you want to do is watch anything remotely related to the occult.

I do not want to be anywhere near anything that reminds me of the ritual abuse, and I do not want my child anywhere near it, either. It seems like I have to work harder and harder to manage this.

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