Alright. It’s finally time for that post that everyone wonders about and speaks of in hushed tones. It’s time for the post about inhuman, or demonic, spirits.
Can I tell you a story? It’s funny and short. Trust me. About 15 years ago, before our children came along, when my husband and I were still newlyweds, I first started reading about demonology. In fact, I was cutting my teeth on a book called The Demonologist by Gerald Brittle. It’s an account of the lives of Ed and Lorraine Warren, well-known paranormal investigators and demonologists and founders of NESPR. My husband was out of town on business and while reading said book I had managed to freak myself out. Completely. I called a friend, asking if I could stay at her house for the night. She asked if I was afraid of burglars and I replied, “No, I’m afraid of demons.” She still laughs about that to this day.
But I am. Afraid of demons, that is. And you should be afraid as well.
But here’s the thing. Having a demonic oppression/possession going on in your home with you or a loved one being the focus of its inhuman energy? Is about as likely as you winning the lottery. Or being eaten by a great white shark. Or getting struck by lightning, while being eaten by said shark, all while learning you just won a million dollar jackpot. What I’m trying to say is that it’s a very rare occurrence. And not only is it rare, but you had to have invited (purposefully or inadvertently) said spirit into your home for it to wreak havoc.
A typical run-of-the-mill haunting (be it residual or intelligent) may involve one or more of the following:
- You notice movement of small items
- You smell cigar smoke or perfume or hairspray, etc.
- You hear random noises or objects being moved but when you check, the object is in the same place
- You see a full or partial apparition
- You feel as if you’re being touched (for example, you feel like someone put their hand on your shoulder)
- You feel as if you’re being watched
Sometimes, regular run-of-the-mill hauntings can be nasty. Not all people died and came back to our realm shiny, happy people. If a person was mean, nasty, and downright ornery in life, then they will be the same way in death. This means that you could have a haunting where:
- You get scratched
- You feel a heaviness in certain areas of the house
- You are pushed
Even these instances can be attributed to human spirits who just need a good spanking. Seriously.
But, if any of the following are happening:
- Violent acts against you (being thrown against a wall, being hit, punched, or slapped)
- Foul odors, as if the sewer has erupted in your home
- Defilement of holy objects (for example, all the crucifixes in your house are inexplicably found in the toilet)
- Movement of large items (for example, you come home and your refrigerator in now on its side in the basement)
- Specific paranormal activity (for example, you have a favorite painting that you find slashed or you hate your husband’s fisherman statue and you keep finding it in the middle of your bed over and over again even though you hide it)
If these types of things are happening, you may have a case for a demonic or inhuman haunting.
Hollywood has done us in the paranormal field a favor and a disservice when it comes to the paranormal. Because of great shows like Ghost Hunters and Paranormal State, the paranormal is now a front-row topic. We don’t talk in hushed tones to trusted confidantes about the shadows seen on the staircase. Talk of ghosts is no longer relegated to campfires and Halloween. We can now talk, over dinner, in a publicly, crowded restaurant, about that ring and how you know you put it in the jewelry bowl in your bathroom before bed and how the heck did it end up on the kitchen counter the next morning?
The one place where Hollywood has done the paranormal field a disservice is sensationalism. To sell tickets and ratings we want BAD and HORRIBLE and AWFUL which translates to portraying hauntings as gory, life-threatening, demonic affairs that leave us under the covers making sure nothing is poking out. This means that every time a lover of the paranormal hears a bump in their home, they may be convinced that it’s the worst that could possibly happen.
Many paranormal groups in the field today advertise a demonologist on their staff. My advice to you is BE WARY. Personally? There are only four people I trust to call themselves “demonologists” and they are:
Paranormal Georgia Investigations does not have a demonologist on staff. Several of us in our investigative group know enough about demonic hauntings to see the signs and get the proper help. And in our four years, we’ve never had to use that knowledge. And I hope we never will.
If you truly believe that you are dealing with a demonic oppression or possession, and you have no access to a Catholic priest or some other member of the clergy, then you should contact one of the people and organizations listed above. But don’t expect any regular paranormal group to be able to fix the problem. Demonic oppressions and possessions involve a lot of heavy-hitting experience that 99.9999% of the paranormal groups out there don’t have. And that includes us.
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