Spirit specialist and painter Bent Egil Albrechtsen at home in Agder. Photo: Facebook/Bent Egil Albrechtsen
A municipal care home in Norway has been slammed for “poor judgement” after managers hired a clairvoyant to drive out evil spirits because staff were spooked by random flickering lights.
Lasse Svenstrup Andersen, an official from the local Agder County governor's office, ruled in a report this week that the care home's management should not have arranged the exorcism and should anyway have informed the home's staff, residents and their families beforehand.
"This is a practice which was abandoned long ago," he told NRK. “It was poor judgement. The management on site and the municipality should not have let this happen.”
Staff at Madshaven residential care home, a home for the mentally disabled in Agder county, southern Norway, brought in Bent Egil Albrechtsen, a self-professed clairvoyant, in November last year.
“When the employees worked there at night, they saw things and they were very scared,” Albrechtsen, an artist who trained in California, told The Local. “There were cosmic radiation lines there which were very bad because one of the lines went through a graveyard.”
A group of Christian staff opposed to such occult practices then complained to the local municipality. According to Albrechtsen, the unusual spirit activity endured by workers at the facility has only worsened since he was forced to end his exorcism prematurely.
“When they asked me to stop, that's when the problems really started,” he said. “They didn't understand that this was not a normal place. This building was so heavy in bad energies and spirits that I had to handle it in a special way. I had too many to send home to the other side, so when they asked me to stop I had to send the spirits back into the building.”
Many staff at the facility, he added, had become ill after their bodies were invaded by the spirits.
“A lot of the employees who had worked there for a very long time had got spirits into their bodies so they felt really bad. About 50 percent of the workers in the building had that problem. I know it's controversial, but it's a fact.”
Clairvoyants have seen booming business in Norway ever since “The Power of Spirits”, a reality show on TV Norge became a huge success in 2011.
Princess Märtha Louise, who claims to communicate with angels are a continuing embarrassment for Norwegian royals, has even started a school called Soulspring, where others can learn to contact the spirit world. More recently, she has collaborated with an American clairvoyant who contacts the dead.