The Stages of Demonic Possession
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.
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.
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 Examiner.com 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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Stay safe and God Bless