“I approached her and noticed she felt my presence… I touched her and she shivered… I grabbed her arms and they became my arms. I got a little dizzy and she swayed. I thought and she responded. I lifted her and we walked together… Then, through her I slapped his face, crazy with hatred, overjoyed to find her insane with me, the two of us acting as one. And we are still one, and we’re going to remain so.”

This is, in his own words, how a discarnate spirit took possession of a high-society girl exactly on her fifteenth birthday party.

The party breaks up, naturally, and the girl is committed to a mental hospital. Had she become insane of mad, according to the usual standards of behavior? Or was she possessed by an evil spirit? Should she be submitted to the orthodox medical routine for such cases, or else should she be exorcised?

This book tells her story. Why she had become involved in the process, exposing herself to her plight and what a dedicated group of both incarnate and discarnate people did to release not only her, but also those who became entangled with her in an ugly story way back in a previous incarnation.

About the Author(s)

[Refer to link below for Divaldo Franco.]

Manoel Philomeno de Miranda was born on November 14, 1876 in the city of Conde, Bahia, Brazil and died on July 14, 1942 in Salvador, capital of the same state. He graduated from medical school and worked as a physician. He was introduced to Spiritism in 1914 by the medium Saturnino Fávila and later became a member of União Espírita Baiana (Spiritist Union of Bahia), now Federação Espírita do Estado da Bahia (UEB) (“Spiritist Federation of the State of Bahia”), which was founded in 1915. He worked as a coordinator at mediumistic meetings and was an active member on the board of directors of UEB from 1921 until his death in 1942. Under a pseudonym, he published many works in defense of the Spiritist Doctrine. In 1950, eight years after his death, the Brazilian medium Francisco Xavier psychographed a message signed by Manoel Philomeno de Miranda to another Brazilian medium, Divaldo Franco. However, it was not until 1970 that the spirit of Manoel Philomeno de Miranda would start dictating public works by the hand of the medium Divaldo Franco, particularly in the area of disobsession, on which he had worked during his physical life. This partnership brought several works to the public, especially on the theme of obsession, which focused on broadening our understanding of the topic and provided support for other mediumistic works developed at many other spiritist centers in Brazil.

Bibliographic Information
Title: Obsession
Author(s): Divaldo Franco and Manoel Philomeno de Miranda (spirit)
Language: English
Source: Translated material from the original Brazilian Portuguese edition
Translation: Ely J. Donato and Hermínio C. Miranda
Publisher: Livraria Espírita Alvorada Editora (LEAL)
Location: Salvador – BA, Brazil
Publication Date: 2004 (1st edition)
Number of pages: 240
ISBN(10): 85-73471-62-X
ISBN(13): 978-85-73471-62-5
Book size (W×H×T): 5½” × 8¼” × ½” (14.0cm × 21.0cm × 1.3cm)
Print type: Black font on white background
Book format(s): Paperback
Original Material
Title: Obsessão
Publisher: Livraria Espírita Alvorada Editora (LEAL)
Location: Salvador – BA, Brazil
Publication Date: 1974
Language: Brazilian Portuguese