[Originally published July 5, 2011]: We spent a lovely Fourth-of-July weekend enjoying our own uncrowded fairy garden, Joseph’s gourmet cooking, and seven consecutive episodes of the BBC series, Downton Abbey, Season 1, courtesy of Netflix streaming into our TV. We love that series, those characters, both “good” and “evil.” But as Joseph pointed out this morning, the last episode contained a brilliant illustration of a vital energy principle of consciousness: that of astral obsession, or some might call it entity attachment or spirit possession, or even demonic possession. That last term is a bit too melodramatic. The association of our minds with those of disembodied spirits happens naturally and often. The trouble arises when the spirits are of a destructive nature.