I used to think possession was complete BS but a few years ago I stumbled upon this article and because it seemed to have more credible sources (police reports, child services workers) than the average case, it kind of opened my mind to the possibility of it being a real phenomenon: http://www.indystar.com/story/news/2014/01/25/the-disposession-of-latoya-ammons/4892553/
once upon a time the Tourette syndrome was as well regarded possession
For those looking to protect themselves, there’s SN 20.5:
Staying at Savatthi. “Monks, suppose there were a sharp-bladed spear, and a man were to come along saying, ‘With my hand or fist I will bend back this sharp-bladed spear, fold it in two, and roll it up.’ What do you think? Would that man be able with his hand or fist to bend back that sharp-bladed spear, fold it in two, and roll it up?”
“No, lord. Why is that? Because a sharp-bladed spear isn’t easy to bend back, fold in two, or roll up. The man would simply reap his share of trouble & vexation.”
"In the same way, monks, when a monk’s awareness-release through good-will is cultivated, developed, pursued, handed the reins and taken as a basis, given a grounding, steadied, consolidated, & well-undertaken, any non-human being who would think of possessing that monk’s mind would simply reap his share of trouble & vexation.
“Thus you should train yourselves: 'Our awareness-release through good-will will be cultivated, developed, pursued, handed the reins and taken as a basis, given a grounding, steadied, consolidated, & well-undertaken. That’s how you should train yourselves.”
Just out of curiosity, has anyone encountered this sort of phenomenon?
Or otherwise, does anyone have stories they would like to tell?