Signs and Stages of a Demonic Possession
Demonic Possession Cases Are 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?
This is written from a spiritual point of view, not a psychological one. This is not written from a scientific point of view. 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.
If you want to hear more about this subject I was recently a guest on the Passion for the Paranormal podcast. Check out your podcast supplier to hear more.
The Difference Between Being Possessed and Having a Mental Illness
Be careful not to confuse mental illness with demonic possession. According to the Catholic News Agency, the difference between the two is that a person who is possessed will very clearly and negatively react to the presence and prayers of an exorcist, while someone with a mental illness will not have the same reaction.
Am I Possessed?
It may be hard for you to be able to tell if you are possessed by a demon. The best option you have is to call a priest who has been trained in exorcism. If they are a trained exorcist, they will have plenty of tools at their disposal for determining if you are possessed or not. Due to the increase in demonic possession in recent times, more priests are being trained in exorcism every year, so it should not be that difficult to get into contact with one.
Signs of Possession
There are some clear signs of possession that you have to be aware of. When the demon takes control of its host, there will be certain behaviors that crop up that will distinguish the possession from something else like mental illness.
- Odd Behavior: The person in question will start doing a bunch of odd things they never normally do. Maybe they start smoking or start speaking in a different language, even when they don't speak the language. They will start to act in a totally different manner than normal.
- Night Terrors: The demon's powers grow stronger at night when the host is asleep, so they may experience horrifying dreams and night terrors. They may also wake up in the middle of the night and start acting strangely.
- Negative Reaction to Prayer: This sign is one of the most critical and important as a person possessed by a demon will become physically sick when a priest or exorcist is present and is reciting a prayer. The possessed person will try to stop the prayers and may lash out at the priest so be careful.
What Happens When You Are Possessed?
When a demon starts to take control of your body a few things happen, such as:
- Different Voice: You may begin to speak in a different voice, one that sounds completely different than your normal speaking voice. You may also suddenly start speaking in different languages even though you don't know how to speak in them normally.
- Different Personality: Your personality may abruptly change as the demon takes hold of your body. You may experience wild mood swings and start doing activities that you would normally never do.
- New Abilities: You may suddenly have new skills and abilities you never had before, such as being skillful with weapons or other technical skills.
- Supernatural Knowledge: You may somehow know things that are only known to a select few people. As the demon possesses your body, their mind will begin to merge with yours, and they have knowledge of otherworldly things.
Three Stages of Demonic Possession
There are three generally accepted stages of demonic possession. While there is some overlap between the stages, there are distinct features in each stage. As the demon works its way into its host, it slowly takes control of the vessel.
The three stages of possession are:
- Manifestation and Infestation
- Full Possession
1. Manifestation and Infestation
This can affect houses, forests, cars, even a 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 loses theirs.
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 a breaking point, the demonic entity will move onto the third and final stage, possession.
3. 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 harm others or themselves. Manipulation is at an all-time high, and the very soul of the individual is 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 an eternity in hell.
How to Get Rid of a Demon
There are a couple of ways you can go about getting rid of a demon, ranging from the simple to the complex. Like I said earlier, getting a certified exorcist is probably the best thing to do. The priest will be able to remove the demon and get it to go back to where it came from. Keep in mind that hiring a priest will be expensive but it is a necessary step if you want to rid yourself of demons.
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.
It would seem that the modern world is causing more and more of these cases to crop up; however, no one can offer a good explanation as to why that is happening. Clearly, there is something about how the modern world is organized that is causing more demonic possessions, yet no one can pinpoint the main factor in all of this.
It is a disturbing trend that more and more people seem to be actively inviting the demonic into their homes, and ultimately into themselves.
Do You Belive in Demonic Possession
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.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
Questions & Answers
What triggers demons? What can I do to avoid them?
Even if you are not religious, just try to live a good life and be kind to those around you.Helpful 181
How powerful is a demon who just smiled during exorcism?
Very. Be cautious!Helpful 89
Can we be followed by multiple forms of demons, or paranormal, attachments as a lifelong phenomenon? I feel like I'm a sort of targeted.
Believe it or not I really understand where you are coming from. In answer to your question, yes. I do believe that can happen over a long period of time. I experience phenomenon even now linked to what happened to me 35 years ago. It can feel like your life is cursed when the same repeating patterns keep occurring.Helpful 87
Have you encountered a demon?
I believe so, from the age of six, my family was devastated by paranormal activity that verged on the demonic. Now, as an adult, it is still something that affects me from time to time.Helpful 70
Is there a difference between evil spirits and aliens, or they the same?
I believe that they could be one in the same.Helpful 68
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