From Darkness Into Light


TheSunFlaringI received a call from Mel Fish the other day. He thanked me for the favorable post I wrote last month about his excommunication. It’s funny. I had been thinking about him all day. I just finished re-reading Healing the Inner Self, The Power of Unconditional Love, Become a Being of Light and The Search for Light and Truth.

I’m honored that Mel would do that. It just reaffirmed for me what a thoughtful man he is. His call relieved a great burden I have been carrying ever since I posted that entry. I was concerned he might not like the fact that I decided to tell the story of his excommunication before I actually wrote about any of his published works.

I did not tell him but his call was an answer to prayer. My Facebook friends know that almost immediately after I published that post, I began to suffer from the worst migraine headaches of my life. They were accompanied with sleeplessness, anxiety and panic attacks. The migraines were so bad they required visits to the hospital.

Blessings and Curses

It’s as if someone was not happy with what I had written and decided to curse me. Now, I know that sounds crazy, but before you dismiss the idea, let me share a few details. I promise to get to the book review in a few paragraphs. I ask the Lord to bless people all the time when I learn of something they said or did that helps me.

I have read about people who do the opposite. When they read something with which they disagree or that bothers them, they curse the writer. Worse, because there are people out there who prefer darkness to light, they invoke the power of Satan to enforce their curse, asking him to send devils or demons to make it stick.

Some readers asked, so I shared the details of my encounters with those devils in private emails. They were not pleasant and not something I want to go through again anytime in my life. I did not ask for such knowledge, but I now know things about certain classes of devils and the power they have to inflict real spiritual pain.

Generic Priesthood Blessings

At the end of my conversation with Mel, I asked him to check to see if I had been under attack. He checked and confirmed that someone who knew how these things work had sent a curse with teeth. He reminded me how to properly identify and clear the curse, which I did immediately. I felt gratifying relief within minutes.

I’m 56 years old and have been a member of this church all my life. I’ve given and received priesthood blessings for about as long as I can remember. They have been a part of my life since childhood. I asked for and received blessings while suffering through the migraines but I did not say anything about the attacks from the devils.

I was blessed that I would “get through this OK” or words to that effect. I have used similar words many times. I felt the power and comfort of the blessings for the few minutes they were pronounced and a few moments afterwards. But the attack continued unabated until I properly identified and cleared the curse today.

Darkness and Light

That brings me to the book review: Healing the Inner Self: From Darkness Into Light. As I noted in a previous post, Mel first published this in 1999, a few years after receiving his PhD in Counseling. In 2005 he published the accompanying clinical examples. This is not some theoretical book. It has real-world application.

The first nine chapters of the book contain what for me is basic doctrine. Mel sets a groundwork of common understanding that seems so familiar, having heard most of it growing up in the Church. He focuses on the idea that healing is a matter of getting rid of the darkness within us and filling ourselves with the Light of Christ.

After telling us how he got started in his search for spiritual healing he discusses the greatest power in the Universe – the Light of Christ – as well as the opposite force of darkness – The Darkness of Satan – or the Dark Force. Mel teaches early in the book how everything – including thought and emotion – is made of energy.

The Power to Create

I like how he gives us twenty pages of discussion on the Light Force and a short four pages on the Dark Force. In chapter six Mel teaches us about the Atonement and shares some marvelous insights about how it relates to light and darkness. In the next short chapter we learn how victims who also have darkness can be freed.

There is a marvelous chapter on the law of attraction filled with examples from life that explains in great detail how we either attract darkness or light unto ourselves. The secret is that on which we choose to focus. Faith only exists where there is an absence of doubt. Faith and doubt cannot exist in the same mind at the same time.

I have read a lot of self-help and self-healing books in my life. Mel’s teachings on the power of visualization are the best I have ever read. I have watched Mel work using this technique. The images we create in our mind are more powerful than we will ever realize. Be sure to read his instructions on the power to create (pp 79-80).

Is Life Really a Test?

I want to spend a minute on chapter nine – The Purpose of Life. You would think this would be a no-brainer, but Mel throws a curve ball in there with his thoughts addressing the question: Is Life a Test? I’m sure you’ve heard or read that this life is meant to be hard because otherwise it wouldn’t be a real test, now would it?

Well, guess what? There is no scripture that uses the word “test” in it. There are many scriptures, however, which use the words “try” and “prove.” Testing has an implication of being compared against other people. Acceptance is not determined by qualification but rather by relative position, as compared to other test takers.

Salvation does not work that way. We really cannot earn salvation by our own works. Secondly, there is no limit to the number who can be exalted. All those who qualify will be exalted. To say the purpose of life is to be tested implies we have the power to pass the test on our own efforts, thus denying the need for a Savior.

Tools to Determine Truth

Up through chapter nine, there really is nothing that a typical Latter-day Saint should find weird or unusual. It is great gospel-centered teaching about how to come unto Christ to increase our light and ultimately our happiness. The rest of the book focuses on specific tools and techniques for identifying and healing darkness.

One of those tools is applied kinesiology or muscle testing. It’s been around a long time and is used by thousands of people each day. Go read the Wikipedia article on the subject. You’ll come away convinced that it’s quackery. Now go read my blog on how I was introduced to muscle testing to get a supporting alternate viewpoint.

In seventeen short little posts, I take you from someone who had never had any exposure to the technique to one who uses it all the time to discover truth for myself. Those who are experienced with the process know that finding answers is all in the questions that are asked. Sounds somewhat similar to prayer, doesn’t it?

Christ-Centered Healing

Mel’s work is centered in Jesus Christ. He teaches of Christ. He has those seeking his help command in the name of Christ. He does not use priesthood. So how in the world he was excommunicated for priestcraft is beyond me. The key to healing is the Atonement of Jesus Christ and the real power of casting our burdens on Him.

Sin is only part of the burdens we bear. Christ took upon himself all the burdens of those who are willing to let Him do so. Mel also teaches that casting off burdens is more effective when the right arm is raised to the square. I know others who teach several different ways to draw off the negative or dark energy from our bodies.

The healing process does not need to be complicated and does not need to be a long drawn-out process. I did not receive my initial training from Mel, but it has been my experience that great relief can be achieved through one-hour sessions using tools described in his book to question the spirit about what is needed.

Devils and Unclean Spirits

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you know I have written often about this subject. I continue to learn about them every day. Often we hear people say we should not think about these things because they’ll just bring us down. Joseph taught that we should study all we can about the spirit world and the inhabitants.

Mel spends about ten chapters on how to rid oneself of these little beasties, and provides many examples of how it is done. I recommend you get his companion book of clinical examples if you are serious about learning how to do this yourself so you can help others. It is good reading even if you do not plan to help others.

He addresses: Releasing Darkness and Stress, Good and Evil Gifts, Bonding, Soul Retrieval, Multiple Personalities, Same Sex Preference, Contracts, Satanic Abuse, Ego, Sensitives, Overcoming Fears and Phobias, Subduing the Flesh and more. He ends the book on a positive chapter discussing The Law of Deliberate Creation.

The Definitive Textbook

I had been looking for a book like this when I was first introduced to the idea that we can ask questions of and receive answers from our own intelligence or spirit about our past, especially for our healing. I planned to write one based on hours of recorded interviews with other practitioners. I’m glad we scrapped the project.

Mel is much more qualified to write this book than I ever would have been. My views would have been those of an outside observer. His are those of someone with every-day, clinical experiences in helping people heal their inner self. Mel is more than qualified to present what he has documented about spiritual healing.

In case it’s not obvious, I highly recommend this book for those who are serious about learning how to find and heal hidden spiritual / emotional distress in your life. This book is not for everyone. Some will not know what to do with it if you do not intend to learn the basic tool of discovery – muscle testing – on yourself.

A Prolific Writer

Mel has quite a selection of books to choose from at his website. I have seven of his items. The three most popular can also be found on Amazon. But I recommend you also pick up his autobiography back at his site – The Search for Light and Truth – as well as his amazing little booklet – The Power of Unconditional Love.

If you’ve read Mel’s autobiography, you know he served his Mission in Taiwan and has studied much of the oriental culture, using the good that he found in his healing practice. There are some sacred stories in his autobiography that you will not want to miss, especially the one entitled “validation” on pages 231-232.

Finally, I want to mention Mel’s latest book, Become a Being of Light. This one is not for everyone. Mel even asked me on the phone the other day that if I bring the book up to be sure to let people know that this addressees “possibilities” and “what ifs.” He wanted to be sure we know he is not teaching reincarnation / past lives.

Last of the Great Healers

I don’t know how much longer Mel will be with us. He is 80 years old now. I want you to know he is a very approachable and humble man. He is delightful to talk to. He was gracious in allowing us to interview him, open, warm and caring. I am now friends with some of his family and have found them to be just as nice and kind.

If I lived in Southern Utah, I would want to be in his ward and assigned as his home teacher. Sadly, I wonder who from the Church visits him now that he has been excommunicated. I still can’t get over that. I don’t think I have ever met a man more unassuming, humble, Christ-like and loving in all my years in the church.

If you get a chance, read some of his books. Get to know him. Email or call him. He still holds seminars and loves to teach. You can get a sample of his style from his DVD. If you suffer from unwanted and unresolved hidden stress, let Mel help you as a facilitator in bringing about the deep healing your soul wants and needs.

Dr. Melvin C. Fish, Ph.D.
Cedar City, Utah
435-865-0993
melvinfish@infowest.com
http://www.drmfish.com

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16 Responses

  1. Thanks for this post, Tim..

    You might be interested in a similar book, Conquering Spiritual Evil by Doug Mendenhall. It also talks about how the other can affect us and how to deal with them.

    Steve

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    • Hi Steve, I am indeed very interested in writing more about Doug’s book on Conquering Spiritual Evil. I wrote my introductory review last year: http://latterdaycommentary.com/2012/09/10/conquering-spiritual-evil/ There is so much in there I want to write about in additional detail. Doug and I talked the other day about his current projects. It’s unfortunate I don’t live in Utah so I could attend his Jedi seminars. I know I would be delighted.

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      • Jedi seminars? Are these similar to the Ezekiel seminars that were held a few years back? Is there any info about them on the web?

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      • Hi Visitor. As far as I know, there is no information about the Jedi Workshops on the Internet. They are very local to Doug up in the Salt Lake area. Contact him directly: halmendenhall@yahoo.com. Last week they had Phil McLemore, a former LDS Institute director and Military chaplain who is an expert on meditation, something I wish I knew how to do better. Google him.

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  2. Hi Tim,
    I’m happy to hear you’re feeling better!

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  3. I’m very concerned for you (I hope that comes across as sincere, which is how it is intended). I believe it is possible to inadvertently invite evil spirits into our lives through some of these practices. Perhaps I am projecting, but I do hope you’ll be careful.

    Once again, I don’t have any experience with Melvin Fish, or any specific knowledge of his excommunication, but I wonder – is he working towards baptism? If not, why not? (I mean those more rhetorically – it’s none of my business).

    I also have great concern when you write of priesthood blessings not being effective, but some other treatment working. I’ve seen others go down this path, and although at first it seems relatively harmless, it lead them far away from the gospel.

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    • Response to Nonrandom Set

      Hi again NRS: You are very kind to visit my blog and read my essay. I’m humbled. I know I’m nobody in the blogging world – just somebody who learns best by writing and sharing. Your feedback means so much to me. Thanks for leaving your thoughtful comment.

      I agree with you. It is possible to inadvertently invite evil spirits into our lives through some of these practices. I have enough experience with evil spirits to recognize when they are around. I am aware of particular practices where evil spirits will gather specifically because they can deceive. I refer of course to spiritualists, palm readers, fortune tellers, and those who offer to give you a spiritual reading, or tell you what the angels want you to hear, in exchange for money.

      The practice of questioning our own intelligence or subconscious mind through muscle testing (often called applied kinesiology) is one of those practices that you will have to determine for yourself if it is good or evil. I happen to think it is good – to a point. It can tell you things about your own self, especially from your past, and specifically regarding your spiritual health. It can be misread, it can be over-used, it can be misused and in fact, it can give invalid responses.

      But after twenty years of studying it and using it for my own health, I am fairly confident that muscle testing is a valid means of communicating with our own subconscious mind or spirit or intelligence or whatever you want to call it. I have had some amazing experiences over the years of finding and then eliminating things that “bugged” me, but I could not have found them without using muscle-testing on myself. I use a finger-test method I learned from Dr. Brad May.

      In regards to Mel Fish working towards baptism: Oh, yes, he most certainly is. He had no desire to lose his membership in the church. He tells me he did everything he was asked to do after the first disciplinary council. He has been working closely with a member of his area presidency to be considered for baptism again. He tells me of several family members who are working with their General Authority contacts in Salt Lake to get the opportunity to come back into the church. It is something he desires with all his heart. He and Gwena love this church.

      In regards to the priesthood blessing: It was not ineffective. It was very effective. It served the purpose for which it was given. I specifically did not share with my High Priest Group Leader, who served as voice in the blessing that I was under attack by evil spirits, because frankly, unless you know and trust someone very well, you don’t share that kind of information. That puts a tremendous burden on the Priesthood holder. Besides, I was still not sure myself. I only knew I was suffering severe migraines, panic and anxiety. As I wrote in the post, I felt the warmth and comfort of the spirit through their hands upon my head linger for many moments after I left.

      I’ll tell you why it didn’t work, at least not right away: It didn’t work because there needed to be changes made in my home to remove the influence of the adversary. If you want a private email, I would be happy to share. Now that those changes have been made, or mostly made, as of this writing I no longer suffer the migraines and associated anxiety / panic attacks. In retrospect I realize I should have been more forthcoming with my HPGL about the cause of the attacks and why they were so hard to remove. It was more than just that someone had cursed me. There was a conduit in my own home that allowed that curse to have power. I am still closing that conduit.

      I hope this isn’t all too cryptic. Seriously, if anyone wants a detailed reason as to why the priesthood blessing didn’t work right away, I will be happy to share the details in an email. Let me assure you I am a firm believer in the power and efficacy of priesthood blessings, especially when the one pronouncing the blessing listens closely to the spirit and says what may take real courage to say. I’ll say again, the priesthood blessing did work. I was blessed that I “would come through this OK.” That has happened. I am almost through this difficult time and I am OK. But until another individual in our home made some changes, the visits by the evil spirits continued.

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  4. Tim, what order would you recommend with Mel’s books? Thanks!

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    • Probably the best introduction would be his DVD. You will know within 30 minutes if you will be interested in pursuing any additional knowledge Mel has to offer. Next read The Power of Unconditional Love. It is very short (93 pages), very small (5 1/2 high x 4 1/2 wide) and is a great summary of everything he has been teaching over the years. Next, depending on how you like to learn about an author, read his autobiography, The Search for Light and Truth, (my preferred choice) or the book that started it all, Healing the Inner Self: From Darkness Into Light. If you are really serious, you can add the Clinical Examples or perhaps the short, Two Weeks to Health and Well-Being. Finally, I would reserve for last, Becoming a Being of Light. I only say that because of some of the material in part II is based on Buddhist teachings which some might find offensive, in particular, a belief in reincarnation and past lives. Mel recognizes this difficulty and asked us to treat this section of his latest book in the realm of “possibilities” or “what-if” conjecture, not as doctrine. He has other books on his web available for sale but I do not have them, have not read them and can’t comment.

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      • Watched the DVD and enjoyed it. Some powerful stuff, it seems. I haven’t applied the techniques yet, although I wrote them down and will try it when I’m in a more private situation. There were some parts that were new and strange to me, but I could feel myself opening up to it bit by bit. At the same time, a lot of questions are going through my mind. For example, how could it be so simple to dismiss spirits? In each case *all* the spirits left the room (according to his kinesiology test … which brings up other questions). It seems at least one of the dozens would be more stubborn and if it was so simple to persuade sprits why hadn’t an angel already taught them and dismissed them?

        In any event, I’ll probably order the books now and explore further.

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      • I am currently reading The Power of Unconditional Love, and echo Tim’s recommendation. It’s simple on the surface, but anyone who applies its principles will become profoundly empowered with godlike abilities to do miraculous things.

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  5. [...] Update 3-28-13: As I first intended to do, I’ve finally added a review of Mel’s book, Healing the Inner Self in this essay. [...]

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  6. [...] Update 3-28-13: I reviewed Mel’s book in this post. [...]

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  7. [...] How can you argue with recorded clinical case studies? Some of the individuals who participated with Dr. Fiore in these past-life regressions said they didn’t believe in reincarnation but could not deny what had happened to them. I have an explanation I’ll offer in a minute but it’s unorthodox. It combines what I have read in The Unquiet Dead with Mel Fish’s From Darkness Into Light. [...]

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  8. [...] friend Mel Fish in his book, Healing the Inner Self addresses this subject on pages 191 to 194. He provides specific examples of individuals who came [...]

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  9. I want to thank you Latter-Day Blogger for your defense of Dr. Mel Fish. I read his books at least a decade ago and found them very enlightening and that the spirit in which they are written is very Christ-like. You have stood by this man and offered him your love and support. Yesterday I read the comments of many others who also stood up for him. I wish to add my name to that group and to offer my prayers that he will be allowed back in the church. Thank you Dr. Fish for the light and knowledge you blessed me with.

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