The existence of malevolent non-human spirits permeates culture, mythology, folklore and religion world wide and throughout the ages. These entities are described as being demons.
Demonic activity is incredibly negative, often causing the individuals experiencing it deep distress. The activity can be tied to a location, an item or an individual.
The common belief is that these attachments are created through opening a doorway of communication to the spirit world, where a non-human entity takes its opportunity to form a connection to our plane.
Occult practices and Satanism are types of religions and spiritual paths, (there are many more), who interact with demons, believing that these entities are deities which can assist the individual in their lives to achieve their goals and dreams.
Often demonic hauntings are dealt with by religious figures, priests, imams, rabbi’s and shaman for example, in a process referred to as exorcism. Each religion and culture has different methods of exorcism, as well as a different view on the definition of demon and what they may call it.
These types of hauntings are dangerous to deal with because the attachment can move from the affected individual or item to the person trying to exorcise the entity and often result in physical and mental harm.
Demons are able to gain control over an individual in a process called possession. This begins in stages, starting with obsession, oppression then full possession. How these entities are able to do is this beyond understanding. There are many high-profile alleged possessions; that of Roland Doe, (said to be the inspiration for the novel The Exorcist), and of Emily Rose, (also the inspiration for a movie of the same name), are just two such cases.
Many people do not believe in angels or demons, mainly on the basis that they are not religious in any way.
Our thinking is that the name angel simply refers to a benevolent non-human spirit and demon refers to a malevolent non-human spirit. These entities are not to be confused with elementals.
Whatever the religious or cultural explanation as to how these entities exist, they share the same types of characteristics. Demons are destructive and enjoy human suffering. Angels are caring and helpful and want to prevent human suffering.
There is a hierarchy of demons, with imps being minor demons and Legion being described as Satan himself.
Other types of demon include Incubus and Succubus, entities which drain males or females of energy through sexual activity visited upon them in their sleep. Over time the individuals affected become ill because their energy fields are depleted to the point it causes physical disruptions and disease.
Dealing with a Demonic Haunting
It is ESSENTIAL to ensure that it is not a case where someone is mentally unwell. This avenue and other medical avenues should be explored before concluding it is a demonic infestation or possession.
Dealing with demonic hauntings should not be done without the guidance of an experienced demonologist, religious leader or spiritual leader. If you come across activity you feel could be demonic in nature seek advice from those experienced in the field.
Attempting to deal with a demonic haunting without the proper steps being taken could result in harm to those involved and make the activity worse.
Generally speaking, the religious or spiritual leader should be of the same religion as the individual being affected. Faith, whatever the creed, is key in expelling the entity. Sometimes it needs to be accepted that there is nothing that can be done to resolve the haunting.
Signs of Demonic Haunting
There are specific types of activity associated with demonic hauntings that don’t present in “ordinary” hauntings.
Unexplained sulfuric smells
Unexplained pools of water or other liquid.
Excessive swarming of flies without reason for it, i.e. no dead animal under a floorboard causing the swarm.
Sudden increases in temperature, hots pots rather than cold spots associated with spirit activity.
Unexplained physical pain, muscle spasms and tics.
Individuals being scratched or burned by unknown sources.
Extreme changes in mood and personality.
Sudden ability to speak a foreign language not known to the individual.
Hearing voices and seeing things.
Refusal to eat or drink.
Irrational negative response to religious text, artefacts or spoken words.