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The Stages of Demonic Possession

Updated on September 28, 2016
Standing on the Shoulders of Demons
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Demonic Cases Increasing

Since seeing The Exorcist back in the 80s, I have been fascinated by all aspects of the occult. None more so than Demonic Possession, but what is it, why are the number of cases increasing, and can it be avoided?

First things first. This is written from a spiritual point of view, not a psychological one. This is not a scientific reasoning. I fully accept that some suspected cases of possession are nothing more than mental illness.

That being said, there are some cases that stand out, such as those with professional witnesses that cannot be so easily discounted.

Be Warned: This is a dark and dangerous subject, and the pictures and videos are scary if not outright horrifying. Continue at your own risk.

If you are affected in any way by what you believe to be demonic influence, consult a psychologist and your local church.


The First Stages of Demonic Possession

There are there generally accepted stages to Demonic possession. This is the first.

Manifestation and Infestation: This can affect houses, forests, cars, even a doll. Don't dismiss it, an upcoming article will deal with Annabel, a chilling true story about a possessed doll. You name it, infestation can take place within it.

Think of it as a form of haunting with the express idea of the demon introducing itself to the intended target through surreptitious means. That could mean pretending to be the ghost of a lost little girl or a dead relative, or even coming through a Ouija board session or seance with the express purpose of breaking down your resistance.

The demon is seeking approval at this stage, approval to stay. It almost needs permission to begin to reveal it's true self. It will slowly increase in tempo as the demon gains strength as the chosen individual looses his or hers.

The Devil is often portrayed as a goat's head
The Devil is often portrayed as a goat's head

Stage Two: Oppression

Now we move onto stage two: Oppression.

This is where the entity makes its true identity known and moves into full attack mode. This can be physical, mental, and psychical in nature and is designed to break the affected person's will to live. Sleep deprivation, increased paranormal activity, bites, scratches, and even sexual assaults may take place.

At this point the victim may call in a psychic or paranormal investigation group. This can be dangerous if they do not know what they are dealing with and will often make things worse.

Depression is often a symptom at this stage, and as the will and faith of the individual is reaching breaking point, the demonic entity will move onto the third and final stage. Possession.

Full Possession

In this final and most dangerous stage, the Demon now has sufficient power and hold over the individual to "close the deal" so to speak. Typically the person affected will have little to no self worth, will or faith left.

The evil entity will be in control more often than not, and the influenced may well be hearing voices telling them to do harm to others or themselves. Manipulation is at an all time high, and the very soul of the individual it at stake.

In the worst of cases the demon may even have control of the host body like a parasite, which is really at the base level what a demon is.

The demon's goal at this point is to drive the affected to suicide, and to take as many people with them on the way, thus condemning their soul to eternity in hell.

Why are Cases of Exorcism Increasing ?

Worldwide, the Catholic Church seems to be increasing the number of Exorcists in its army of holy warriors. The real question in all of this is why?

Reading several sources, including and the Telegraph (a UK based newspaper), it appears that in May of 2013 Father Gabriele Amorth, a priest from Italy, said that he had helped perform over 160,000 exorcisms. He even asked Pope Francis to give all priests the right to perform exorcisms to deal with the increase in demonic possession. In Father Amorth's view, the escalation of possessions could be due to the proliferation of paranormal shows on the internet and TV, and the rise of occult practices. The sheer volume of information available on this topic is astonishing, and makes it easier for people to dabble with things they simply don't understand.

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I Would Love to Hear Your Stories

If you or anyone else you know have been affected by the paranormal, I would love to hear from you down in the comments section below.

Stay safe and God Bless


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      Michaela 17 months ago from USA

      As a practitioner of what some might call the "occult" (paganism and eclectic witchcraft) I have had lots of conversations with fellow witches on the nature of demonic possession and who seems to be most at risk for such activity. Astonishingly enough, none of us who dabble in so called "dark arts" have ever had any such dealings that we weren't able to banish on our own, and those most susceptible tend to be slightly religious in a Christian sense or have religious artifacts on display in their homes.

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      Kris 17 months ago

      In my 23 years of living I have seen a total of 8 demons. Most of them were hooded figures that stood at the edge of my bed. All of them disappeared when I thought the name of Jesus. (I would try to speak, but my jaws were locked up, I was also unable to move.) I have also been plagued by nightmares since I was very young, many of which involved fighting demons or other dark creatures.

      I believe we are seeing an increase in demonic activity, because many people are returning to pagan practices. They are tired of the rigid rules of the church and are seeking a way to make their religion more personal. Instead some of the rituals they perform as part of their new belief could be opening "spiritual doors" giving the demonic access to their lives.

      I highly recommend the book "I am not afraid" by Robert H. Bennett. He writes from a Lutheran standpoint, detailing the time he spent with the Malagsy tribes in Madagascar, but I think you will find his work insightful.

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      Claire 10 months ago

      I was in bed asleep on my left side and woke up suddenly with a sharp pain in my back near my spine that felt like a pin being shoved in2 my skin really hard,i jumped and wen i rolled over on2 my back i froze as there was a dark shadow man with white glowing eyes kneeling on bed over the top of me looking at me.i only saw him wen the light from my partners phone that was chargeing flashed.i saw it twice n on the 3 flash he was gone but then my daughter woke up in her bedroom screaming that there was a shadow man in her room.shes sed be4 that he comes at nite and he has tried dragging her under her duvet.

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      Kris 10 months ago

      Claire, I would recommend speaking to a priest, pastor or religious deomonolgist (make sure the demonolgist is connected to a Catholic church, do not choose someone who only uses the title)

      They will perform and exorcism or house cleansing to remove the entity

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      Yvette 5 months ago

      my boyfriend said he saw a spirit that look like me while i was in the living room praying

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      Marina Pilson 5 months ago

      My boyfriend is being oppressed at the moment,things move and disappear. I don't know what to do or how to help

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      Michael Murchie 5 months ago from Parts Unknown

      Speak to your lokal Church or priest for help and advice. Good luck and please keep us posted on developments.

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      Kerry Craft 4 months ago

      I'm desperately trying to find expert advice regarding my 16 year old daughter and to be honest this is the last resort although all of her issues began a few years ago with an experience she began to have after experimenting with a quigi board. I'm not sure about the correct spelling here. Although I grew up in a very religious and spiritual family, I honestly believed this was strictly a mental issue. I would like to talk to someone if at all possible as soon as I can.

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      Michael Murchie 4 months ago from Parts Unknown

      Kerry, there is very little we can do here apart from lend a listening ear and give some general advice. As I said to a previous poster, contacting your local church is a great first step. In this case I assume you have already tried talking to a counsellor as you mentioned thinking it might have been a mental issue?

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      Willingtolive 3 months ago

      Hello. Spirit possession is a very serious, but deeply misunderstood taboo subject matter. I am under such an attack and have read many accounts of similar cases. As a scholar, I have taken a scientific approach to the investigation of the phenomenon that has seized hold of my being.

      The entities that take possession of the living are not demons, they are disembodied humans who have lost their minds. These are people who have died but not transitioned all the way into the other dimension, i.e. The heavenly spheres. They have remained amongst the living in a world they no longer belong to. In Jungian terms, they have been seized by an autonomous psychological complex that makes them behave like demonic entities. One might be forgiven for mistaking them for metaphysical entities of the dark, for their psyche has become inundated with subconscious urges that are deeply destructive. In spirit, people are a great deal more powerful than in body, and as they have no bodies, there is no way of containing them. They will be ruled by singularly simplistic ideas that can target a person's mind, body, or both. In my case, the interference with my mind sizzled out, but my body is being played with in ways that are truly horrendous. Carrying on with normal life demands huge efforts and it is no wonder that many people succumb to the threats and kill themselves.

      While I am still live, I will do my utmost to raise awareness of a problem that is human in nature, and should be dealt with accordingly. It is very upsetting that people think dabbling with the spirit world is just a bit of good fun and that there is something glamorous about paranormal events. These deluded humans should go and settle in a closed ward for a while and see how it feels to be surrounded by maniacs. THAT is what they are dabbling with. If they are unfortunate enough to be getting responses to their attempts at spirit communications and EVP, they will attract a lost soul who no longer knows who they are and who will not be responsible for their destructive actions. It should also be known, that many of these wandering ghosts aka earthbound spirits start off alluring the victims of their choice into spirit communications. The best protection is not to give in to such urges, but that being said, once you're stuck with an invisible crazy person, you could be stuck for life and have your entire life ruined. It's a horrendous prospect.

      I'm writing a book with the hope that it will help people deal with this kind of situation once it occurs. Having dealt with six psychotic spirits initially, I know some of them can be persuaded to leave and go where they are supposed to go after death. However, I am stuck with the worst of them all. She has settled inside my body and refuses to leave. As weird and crazy as it sounds, I am not the one who is insane. Unfortunately, many people are being written off as insane when they are in effect stuck with an insane spirit. And no - exorcism doesn't work. We are dealing with real people, many of whom are not even religiously inclined at all.

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      Somone 3 months ago

      When I was sleeping in my basement I kept on heating tapping noises on a pipe somewhere where there was no metal pipe well kept on ignoring it well suddenly every week I would have dreams where I was a priest doing exorcists well it all ways end with u are the most sinner of all priest then it got me and all wake up well 3 weeks later I woke up about 230 maybe 3 am and I turned over and saw a black figure with white eyes staring at me and it was crouched down well we have a while in wall and a lot of pipes do in there well it stared at me four five seconds making I contact with me I was petrified I was sitting up in bed I couldn't move like I was stuck in that position then the thing leaped six feet towards that hole never saw it well after that I got the courage to go up stairs an sleep so I grabbed blanket and slept upstairs well dad yelled at me to sleep down stairs so I went back down there never saw it again well I always felt something staring at me from that hole it was weird well I kept Ignoring it and every time I searched up signs of dominos I would feel this total dreed over me so I could do it out of house well two weeks went by and one night I woke up with a strange feeling to look at my leg when I did it looked like I had a scar of the omega symbol well I never knew what it was until I looked it up nothing about it well then I started freaking out I wouldn't go to sleep anymore I would stay awake I only could sleep in day time till one night I was laying in bed looking at my phone and all of a sudden I heard a whisper call my name and it touched my leg I literally felt something touch my leg where that omega symbol was so I grabbed my covers ran upstairs and looked to see where the scar was and it was gone I've been sleeping on couch ever since never went down there unless have to every so often I can feel something stare at my from a crack in door to basement and my cats avoid the door and stare at it all the time then the dreams stoped but I still feel stare

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      Markeia 7 weeks ago

      I'm having these weird episodes were i go off on every body and i cant control myself....and the morning after...i'll wonder where the bruises came from....i don't remember nothing afterwards...i have to ask people....i'm scared....i've been through a lot...and i don't know whats going on...i mean..i did have alot of trauma happen to me as a mom overdosed when i was aunt comited suicide in front of grandma's ex husband tried to rape me....but ofcoarse my grandma didnt believe me...she beat me half to death.....and had dcs called on her...and they sent me with my dad...whom went to prison for 12 years.....he abused me sexually....and physically....i'm just keep having the same night keep moaninng in my sleep (people say)...and im just out of control and i dont know why...can you please help me...

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      Mommyof4girls 11 days ago

      My daughter just told me tonight about a ghost with an upside down face that tried to hold her hand and now she has a mark on her.... I'm not sure what to do.

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