Many now know Scott Ostrem as the man who, police said, walked into a Walmart store in Colorado, calmly pointed a firearm, shot random customers, turned around and left.
That problem began at a drug party in 1988 when Ostrem, then in his late teens, ingested an excessive amount of LSD, a powerful psychedelic more commonly known as acid, said Michelle Willoughby. Ostrem had been hearing voices telling him that the devil was coming for him since that bad LSD trip, she said.
Willoughby had not responded to a Facebook message from The Washington Post on Tuesday. Efforts to reach her by phone also were unsuccessful. But in an interview with the Denver Post, she said the 16 doses of LSD that her stepbrother ingested that night changed him from an outgoing person who played sports and loved the outdoors to a recluse constantly haunted by demonic voices.
“My brother is not this monster. He is not cold blooded. He hears voices. Honestly, in my heart, I believe there is only so much a person can take,” Willoughby told the Denver Post.
She said Ostrem came home after the party saying that he was hearing voices.
“My brother was freaking out,” she said. “He was screaming that the devil was after him.”
The normal connection between the brain and the human spirit is loosened by such drugs, allowing demonic spirits to operate the person’s brain.
Brad Green is only one of the multitudes who stepped into the occult through the psychedelic door. Here are his own words:
When I first took acid [LSD], I took weak enough doses just to have fun and see colors and psychedelic patterns… but when I started taking really heavy doses… I got a spirit guide.
After that, whenever I took psychedelic drugs, I was always guided by spirit beings. I had spirit teachers showing me lessons, making diagrams right in front of me…. One of the first times I took a strong dose of LSD, I had a lesson in astrology…. I saw all the signs of the zodiac… the whole thing was laid out in living color, big charts… information being printed right in front of me by spirit beings…. I heard their voices, but I didn’t see any of them at that time.
On another LSD trip, the spirit guides taught me about Hinduism…. They taught me the highest Hindu vibration, OM [pronounced AUM]. I saw the whole universe dissolve into vibrations and started seeing vibrations of energy coming out of phone wires… and the spirits showed me that everything came down to one basic vibration, the OM. I saw “vibes” in people….
I had quit high school and devoted my life to taking drugs…. With spirits teaching me, I thought I’d entered into a higher education… more worthwhile than just dull stuff in school.
One of my friends was taught Transcendental Meditation by spirits on an LSD trip. He never had any teaching from Maharishi. By the time he was 18, just following what the spirits had taught him… he had reached Cosmic-consciousness.
Later on we were heavily influenced by the Beatles. They had a record called “Revolver” that I’d heard but didn’t understand until I heard it again… when I was stoned. The song was teaching meditation. It said, “Turn off your mind, relax and float downstream, listen to the voices, are they not speaking…!” It was about spirit beings guiding you into Cosmic-consciousness.
A lot of stuff the Beatles put into their albums… had all kinds of enticement to get kids into LSD… then later they advocated Maharishi Mahesh Yogi after they’d… gotten into TM. The Beatles, I think, were largely responsible for initiating hundreds of thousands of kids… into the Eastern way of thinking….
I accepted everything the spirits taught me because it had to be truth coming from the Universal Self. I began to believe that was what God was. I started to believe that God was the OM and that the universe was just maya, an illusion…. [Later] I began to realize that the spirits had been teaching me Hinduism. I accepted it as truth—I didn’t care what it was called.
I can attest that a large percentage of people who call me for prayer have been opened the door to demons via drugs. Many of them hear tormenting voices and worse.
If you don’t know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you can receive Him into your heart and He can deliver you from darkness and sin and have your name written in His Book of Life.
If you are sincere, you can say this simple prayer to the Father (it doesn’t have to be word for word):
“God, I recognize that I have not lived my life for You up until now. I have been living for myself and that is wrong. Please forgive me of all of my sins just as I forgive others. I need You in my life; I want You in my life. I acknowledge the completed work of Your only begotten Son Jesus Christ in giving His life for me on the cross, I believe in my heart Jesus is Lord and was raised from the dead and I long to receive the forgiveness you have made freely available to me through this sacrifice. Come into my life now, Lord. Take up residence in my heart and be my king, my Lord, and my Savior. From this day forward, I will no longer be controlled by sin, or the desire to please myself, but I will follow You all the days of my life. Those days are in Your hands. I ask this in the Lord and GOD Jesus’ precious and holy name. Amen.”