Bill's Spiritual Protocol By William Stillman
Oftentimes autistic sensory sensitivities predispose those most sensitive to perceive all things seen and unseen; that is, information filtered out or disregarded by others. This may manifest in correlation to heightened “frequency” stimuli as related to all the senses in a manner some would call spiritual. For those most sensitive, this is natural not supernatural.
It is characteristic of those on the autism spectrum to be very literal in their interpretation of what they perceive; deliberate deception (i.e. blatant lies) occurs infrequently, and imaginative play (though deemed clinically absent in autism) usually occurs in tandem with those activities for which the individual is most passionate. Therefore, it is advised that caregivers receive unconventional information observed or shared with them as the individual’s truth regardless of personal perceptions. Given such, caregivers are further advised to:
- Honor and acknowledge the individual’s experiences as their truth
- Maintain ethics of disclosure
- Refrain from sensationalizing the individual’s experiences
- Take respectful measures to support the individual to feel safe
Distinguishing Common Experiences
It is important for caregivers to maintain a healthy skepticism as well as bear an open mind in investigating the information observed or shared by the individual. Remember: not everything is something, and some experiences may have logical explanations such as the individual who is verbally or physically replaying an authentic or fictional event (i.e. the child who appears to be talking to someone unseen, but is role-playing a favorite cartoon scene). However, this is the exception to the rule.
Among the most common experiences for individuals on the autism spectrum, especially infants and toddlers, is a perceived interaction with the essence or presence of a deceased grandparent. These events should be considered harmless, loving and positive; and may transpire through:
- A playful interaction with someone unseen (though a presence may be sensed) in which the individual laughs, chortles, or giggles; plays peek-a-boo-type activities; appears to be tickled; or points or gazes to a specific area of the room.
- Similar activity occurring during the night but the individual is well-rested the following day, with no symptoms of sleeplessness.
- Verbal reports of seeing grandma or grandpa.
- The ability to identify grandma or grandpa from family photographs, to know details of their lives, and to know their first names—despite no one having ever shared this information—regardless of whether grandparent and grandchild ever met.
Another common experience shares similarities with the preceding events, and should also be considered harmless, loving and positive are those in which an individual appears to hold a two-way interaction or conversation with an unseen presence that some have defined as angelic. This has been interpreted as a counseling or mentoring time, and should not be extinguished as “behavioral.” This experience may transpire through:
- An interaction that usually occurs in solitude at the same place and time with regularity (often daily).
- An apparent two-way interaction, in which the individual attends in rapt attention, and nods or verbally responds to an unseen presence, as if answering questions or communicating an understanding.
- Any interruptions by a caregiver are respectfully ignored or excluded by the individual from the process, after which the interaction resumes until complete.
- A jubilant emergence from the completed interaction in which the individual is replenished and refreshed, and joyfully seeks to share this sensation with others—even if it is uncharacteristic to do so—through physical touch and intimate interaction.
These experiences may be sensed by other family members, and tangible evidence may manifest through digital photography in which unexplainable star bursts or streaks of white light appear, or spheres of energy (orbs) are evident.
So long as these experiences are not creating anxiety and fear, there is no further intervention required.
Discerning Experiences of Ill-Intent
Being so exquisitely sensitive may predispose an individual to greater aptitude for experiences often interpreted as spiritual; but this very sensitivity may also create a vulnerability to those presences of ill-intent. These so-called low-vibration presences thrive upon fear and chaos, and oftentimes there is friction, tension, and acute stress within the family (not directly involving the individual) such as marital discord. Such experiences may transpire through:
- The individual experiencing night terrors or grotesque nightmares.
- The individual habitually awakening between midnight and 3:00 A.M. feeling terrified.
- The individual becoming increasingly anxious or procrastinating as bedtime approaches, with complaints about sleeping in their own bedroom.
- The individual being unwilling to sleep alone, and only be comforted by falling asleep elsewhere (prior to caregiver transference to their own bed), or sleeping with family members.
- The individual reporting black figure-shaped shadows, hooded figures, ghostly figures or “demonic” entities that threaten harm, or give harmful instructions (such as inciting self-injury or injury against others).
- Acute hyperactivity and anxiety during the daytime, or an intense increase in reckless or self-injurious behavior, which, if allowed to become chronic, may result in a legitimate mental health diagnosis. Parents experiencing such episodes are often recommended Risperdal for their children.
- The perpetuation of negative emotions and events in the individuals’ environment(s) such as depression, hopelessness, fear, revenge, rage, avarice, addiction, and abuse.
- Unseen physical manipulation or interference of electricity in the household, such as devices scrambling, malfunctioning, or operating independently.
- Family pets, particularly dogs, may seem increasingly anxious, “clingy,” and in need of attention/reassurances.
Sleep disturbances are commonplace in persons with autism, and preventative measures should be taken to assess if an individual’s sleep quality is affected by medication side-effects, allergic reactions (including food), or anxiety over not having enough control or independence. The difference here pertains to an individual’s abject fear if not terror.
The sole antidote to counteract presences of ill-intent is LOVE. Love is a high-vibration emotion; the preceding list of negative emotions are all low-vibration. Supporters are encouraged to identify family stressors while discreetly, respectfully ascertaining family faith and spirituality. By building upon family values, supporters may encourage or reinforce the importance of family faith. During this time, families may recommit to attending religious service or having their home blessed. While this should not be discouraged, it is not enough and oftentimes a blessing of the home has little effect. It is not the antidote, which is love within a family united.
Supporters are encouraged to recommend that families consistently implement the following protocol:
- Establish a clear, consistent and predictable schedule for bringing closure to the day’s activities as a family.
- Use bath time as an opportunity to de-stress and calm (soft lighting, favored music, and scented bath water).
- Gather together as a family to discuss the day’s events and reinforce the unity of the family bonded in love and support of one another.
- Validate each other’s place and role in the family, and what each contributes to the unity of the family unit.
- Join in prayer or meditation.
- Bless the house and, particularly, the individual’s bedroom.
- Pray for protection of the individual.
- Pray for the unwanted presences, which will confuse and disarm them.
- Empower the individual with the authority to draw strength from his/her faith, and command the unwanted presences to leave.
- Make this tangible by providing the individual with a flashlight, squirt-gun, religious object, etc. to ward off nighttime interruptions.
- Make the individual’s bedroom as pleasing an environment as possible with attention to bedding fabrics, lighting and nite-lites, and soothing music.
- Know that love within a family united will create more and more positive emotion that will benefit the entire family, also creating less and less negative emotion which feeds the spiritual assault or “attachment.”