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||I believe we are finding that what many call “demons” are in fact what many people have termed as
shadow ghosts (dark shadows). A shadow ghost is often seen out of one's peripheral vision. They
are earthbound, dis-embodied people, who have not moved on unto the light, their loved ones and
life-review (all of which is part of a "cleansing" process). Darkness does not necessarily mean a
ghost is "bad;" darkness (as Jesus also spoke of) is indicative of a lack of understanding, ignorance,
being lost, and of course negativity. Some "dark" spirits can be very negative and troublesome, but
so can some of the people around us that have bodies. We believe that some ghosts (people) have
learned that they can co-inhabit another person’s body. This is called, “spirit possession,” but it
would be better to term it “ghost possession.” Ghosts have been found to possess people for
several reasons: by accident; to assist the one whom they have possessed; to continue
experiencing physical life; physical addictions (see incubus succubus); attachments to earthly
possessions or loved ones; trauma – not even understanding they have died (because they are still
alive), or even to menace or harm another for seemingly “the fun of it.”
"…we must consider that the bindings between people and ghosts might be strong, and that the
exorcised ghosts may come back and possess these people again. The patient must work at not
letting the ghost back in.” Emotional bindings between people and ghosts are like rubber bands
that draw the ghost back into the patient's body. Those emotional currents must be removed by the
patient. That's why, in some cases, the patient also requires my psychotherapy. Hell exists only in
their minds -- there is no such place in the non-material world - but the mind makes it true for them.
That kind of psychotherapy takes some time, and is rarely easy, as some ghosts are completely
unaware of their situation -- especially when they died under tragic or traumatic circumstances.
During my thirty years practice, I've not encountered such entities. Instead, I've discovered that the
attributes describing demons or the devil derive from ghosts in the human body."
- Wanda Pratnicka , author of Possessed by Ghosts: Exorcisms in the 21 Century
Wanda’s experiences parallel what Jesus taught about demons (spirits) leaving a person’s body and
then later returning:
“When an unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walks through dry places, seeking rest, and finds
none. Then he says, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he comes back,
he finds it empty, swept, and garnished. Then he goes, and takes with himself seven other spirits
more bad natured than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last [state] of that man is
worse than the first...” - Matthew 12:43-45
What can we learn from all of this? Ghosts are simply people who need assistance in moving
beyond the prison that their own mind has created - assistance not unlike what a psychologist might
do to help a person who is still in their own body. We are told in 1 Peter 3:19 that Jesus “preached
to the spirits in prison.” If people were condemned to hell eternally, he would never have sought to
help them. We, too, need to help those who are trapped in the prison of their own mind, by
counseling these "unclean spirits" to:
1) not be afraid to move on with their lives - for better things await them;
2) understand that their bodies have died, though they are still alive in the present time;
3) not fear eternal punishment (in hell), for it does not exist;
4) meet loved ones who await them, by turning toward the light and experiencing peace, joy and
love (which they most definitely need).
Loved ones - spirits - await these lost people and need our help to assist them in moving beyond
being earthbound. Maybe it takes assistance from both planes to help some of the departed.
Edith Fiore, a noted psychologist and author of the book The Unquiet Dead, has worked with
patients for twenty years whom she at first thought had multiple personalities or even past lives.
She soon discovered there were more than one person or spirit within the body of some of her
patients. Edith learned to explain to the possessing spirit that they needed to move on, that loved
ones were awaiting and the promise of light, love and peace. The ghost possessing the body of
another would learn through her that their life journey could continue if they headed unto the light
and loved ones. She never encountered a demon in twenty years of work and is a highly regarded
author and authority on ghost possession.
Perhaps two accounts of Jesus in the bible give us important keys to understanding the spirit world.
Jesus stated to Nathanael, “You shall see angels ascending and descending upon the son of man,”
and we are told that James, Peter and John witnessed Jesus speaking with Moses and Elijah from
other side. Perhaps, Jesus was showing us that the angels ascending and descending
represented two-way communication between spirit and the physical worlds taking place, and that
the pulling back of the veil (so to speak) revealed Moses and Elijah or disembodied spirits in the
light speaking to us. Just maybe Jesus’ true mission was to free the earth bound spirits (just like
Peter mentioned he did with those from the time of the flood) and assist them in moving on with their
lives by heading into the light (spirit realm).
Jesus spoke of not keeping the light hid, but to let it shine unto others. Witnesses saw the physical
manifestation of the true ministry Jesus was doing in the unseen realm. He was freeing the unseen
captives, while freeing those bound by them in the physical. All of this was demonstrated in power
when he spoke with the possessing demon or demons, and had them leave the person who was
possessed. Upon removal of the ghost (or ghosts) that was co-inhabiting another’s body, the
rightful owner of the body would be instantly transformed – freed from whatever physical and mental
abnormalities were present prior to the exorcism (for lack of a better word).
I believe our understanding of possession has to come into the light of this truth. People want to
continue to chase "demons," because they are unable to wrap their minds around the truth of ghost
possession. Religion has done more damage by creating fear and falsehoods in people.
Paranormal investigators and "demonologists" need to quit chasing ghosts for fun and fame, and
begin to seek to understand how to help those bound on the other side of the grave.
For more visit:
How To Get Rid Of Ghosts
Communication From The Dead
Do I Have A Ghost? How To Tell If You Have A Ghost?
Ghost Possession Video
Spiritual Possession Video Spirit Rescue
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