Demonic possession and belief in demons might stem more from psychological conditions than from actual reality, says LITZ BUTCHER
The concept of demons has been a part of human mythology and religious beliefs for millennia. Major world religions like Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and Hinduism have references to demons in their sacred texts and teachings.
Demonic possession is a belief found in various cultures and religious traditions where it is thought that malevolent supernatural entities, known as demons or evil spirits, can take control of a person’s body and mind.
In this state, the individual is said to be “possessed” by the demon, and their actions and behaviour may be influenced or controlled by the entity.
Common signs of alleged demonic possession often include drastic personality changes, speaking in tongues or languages unknown to the person, aversion to sacred objects or prayers, and exhibiting extraordinary physical strength. The possessed individual may display a range of symptoms, which can vary depending on cultural and religious beliefs.
Exorcism is a common practice performed in some religious traditions to attempt to expel the demon and free the possessed individual from its influence. Exorcisms are rituals or prayers conducted by religious authorities or trained practitioners aimed at driving out the malevolent entity and restoring the person to their normal state.
There have been countless stories, myths, and personal accounts about demons, but no concrete scientific evidence supports their existence. Evidence presented in paranormal investigations is often anecdotal and lacks rigorous scientific scrutiny.
Could reports of demons just be hoaxes?
Reports of demonic hauntings and possessions are common, but sceptics argue that such accounts can be attributed to hoaxes, psychological conditions, or simple misunderstandings of natural phenomena.
Despite this, some investigators continue to search for empirical evidence of demonic activity.
It is essential to note that beliefs in demonic possession and exorcism vary widely across cultures and religious denominations.
In contemporary times, scepticism and scientific explanations often attribute cases of supposed possession to psychological and medical conditions such as dissociative disorders, epilepsy, or schizophrenia. These conditions can lead to behaviours that may resemble the traditional signs associated with demonic possession.
Psychologists propose that experiences attributed to demonic encounters may result from psychological phenomena such as hallucinations, sleep paralysis, or dissociative disorders. These experiences can be vivid and terrifying, leading individuals to interpret them as demonic encounters.
Another psychological perspective suggests the idea of possession is a metaphorical struggle with personal demons and that the subsequent ability to identify one’s inner personal demons can be the road to recovery from depression and other mental health issues.
Personal demons inhabit the dark corners of the mind; they are a manifestation of disturbing issues from one’s own past experiences arising from issues such as emotional, physical, and sexual abuse, alcohol and substance misuse.
These “dark” states of the mind are ones that are difficult to face. The required “shadow” work can be a long and challenging road but often leads to great stories of victory over personal demons.
As we navigate the realms of the unknown, it is crucial to respect the diversity of beliefs and perspectives that shape our understanding of this enduring enigma and treat each reported incident seriously but with a healthy scepticism.
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LITZ BUTCHER says: “I am a Seer rather than a Psychic or Clairvoyant; that sums up what I do: I see things that normally cannot be seen. Coming from a psychic, witchy family, it’s no surprise that, from my earliest memories, I’ve had an obsession with witches, ghosts, and everything paranormal. My home library is filled with books, articles, and magazines on everything from meditation to curses, how to make a hoodoo cleansing bath, and the best way to summon a Crossroads demon! In my downtime, I watch real-life crime shows and write fiction.” Follow Litz:
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