How to know if someone is possessed? Does possession really exist or is it a myth?
When we mention possession, most people express skepticism or fear. Thanks to scary movies and novels, demon and spirit possession seems like science fiction or something you have no control over.
We have found in over 20 years of empirical research that demonic and spirit possession are neither of these things once you understand the concepts, and it is much more common than most people realize.
Father Cipriano de Meo, who runs an exorcism school in Italy, says there is an important clue that someone is possessed rather than mentally ill.
Father de Meo says that it is important to differentiate between the two, and that prayer can help shed light on the problem. He uses a “prolonged sentence to the point where if the adversary (demon) is present, there is a reaction.”
“A possessed person has several general attitudes towards an exorcist, who is seen by the Adversary as an enemy ready to fight him,” he said. The reactions include “facial expressions, threatening words or gestures and other things, but especially blasphemies against God and Our Lady.”
We have noticed the same; a violent reaction to the idea of God, prayer, or religion in general is a sign that demons may be present. A disinterest or distaste for organized religion, however, is usually not.
Freedom of religion or being an atheist or agnostic is a right in the United States. However, we believe that some atheists go too far.
We understand that many people have had bad experiences with religion, but when they use it as an excuse to be rude or even violent, they may have demons on board fueling their hate. At the same time, we have discovered that religious extremists can also be possessed.
We believe that someone can have mental illness without being possessed, but that possession can cause mental illness, and mental illness, or whatever caused it in the first place, can open the door to possession.
Other signs that someone is possessed include a negative reaction to the idea of a spiritual detox (which could be the reaction of a lost soul or dark energy; it’s easy to confuse their thoughts with yours), feeling blocked, using drugs or alcohol. abuse, sex addiction, depression, thoughts of suicide, reckless behavior (especially under the influence), feeling exhausted, and nightmares (especially of being followed or watched).
Father de Meo says that one must be trained by the Catholic Church to carry out dispossession, but his procedure is only one way. Those who are not trained by the Church cleanse lost souls and demons from people and places with equal success with different methods, but most of them usually involve calling in powerful helpers of the Light to aid in the process. You don’t have to be religious to ask for and receive help from God, archangels, spirit guides, or other helpers of the Light, which existed long before organized religion.
He also blames the rise in possession cases on the rise in popularity of the occult. We agree that the use of black magic and negative spells, or any dealings with dark energy, should be avoided at all costs. However, we strongly believe that astrology, numerology, palmistry, energy healing, spiritual detoxification, meditation, tarot cards, mediumship (as long as you stay in the Light and protect yourself during the process) and other metaphysical tools are harmless and can be very valuable.
Possession is a serious problem that is often overlooked, but once you accept that it is real, it is much easier to identify and eliminate spiritual troublemakers.