Demons and Possessions - Removal of Demons
This section is on Demons and Possession. This is a subject that concerns some ULC Ministers, as you may be called upon to assist in the removal of demons, it's good to understand them and how it works. We have other minister training sections listed below.The wonderful thing about Demons is that they exist in all cultures, in all times. Somewhat like the cockroach, they’ve been around long before the dinosaur. Even nuclear war will not wipe them out.
On Demons and Other Things
by R. Dominicus Petrus
One of the most interesting points, if one actually studies demons, or rather, demon lore, is that, by and large, the ‘gods’ of the people that were conquered became the ‘demons’ of the conquerors. So, it is with the Aryans that drove out the Dravidians from Northern India, as well as, all the various kingdoms of the ancient Middle East. Baal, Ishtar, Astarte, Marduk, etc., etc., ad infinitum, were all, before the advent of Priesthood in Israel, bonafide, respectable gods.
In some aboriginal cultures, the recognition of evil spirits is prevalent. The fact that a coherent science is lacking is the more to their detriment. Many times the cures to rid the afflicted of demons are far more deadly than the disease itself and, of course, (they believe) all diseases are caused by demons.
We have many in this very culture who are not unlike those aborigines. To varying degrees, they believe everything is caused by demons. Smoking, drinking, dancing, going to movies, as well as, all physical and emotional maladies. And, if the demon is not exorcized immediately, then the fault lies with the afflicted. He or she did not have enough faith.
Some of the ones that are harder to rule out, but not impossible, are speaking in a language that the person has no possible way of coming in contact with and therefore couldn’t know, especially, ancient, dead languages, like, Hebrew (not so dead, really), Aramaic, Latin, Summerian, etc. The sudden onset of Clairaudience, clairvoyance, psychokinesis, etc., with no previous history of said abilities.
Now, the funny thing about all this is, that all of the last two paragraphs come from ‘Christian’ ideas about the Devil, Hell, Soteriology, Eschatology and Teleology. I think one of the main problems comes from the fact that many in the religious community see their way as the only way and that any approach to ‘God’ outside ‘their’ way is from the Devil, be it Humanistic or Theological.
One of the main reasons we are in the midst of a religious war is because a few idiots think that their view of ‘God’ is the right and only one.
I guess here is where I really part company with many of the ‘religious’ out there.
Anyway, when, let’s say, a follower of Santeria, or Voodoo, or Candomble (all from the same West African religious tradition) becomes a caballo and is montado, that is, possessed by his or her ‘god,’ ‘loa,’ I will not call that a demon in the Christian sense of the word, as others would, but rather another manifestation of ‘GOD’ in revelation and NOT the Devil.
Good or Evil or, in many cases, Neutral, these forces do exist. They are not understood at all by man. And to pass them off with a simplistic, pat answer from Religious Answers 101 is not only a grave mistake, but can be exceedingly dangerous. It is also why the majority of exorcisms that are performed never work and can never work and why when many do seem to work, there is deception afoot.
Dear Rev. Amy;
Although a contribution was not asked for, I need to donate my 2 cents to the discussion on Demons and Possessions. (And 2 cents is about what its worth)
I get nervous when I see it being mentioned as something of a matter of “normal routine” business. It is anything but that.
I came into the craft of exorcism through the back door. Years ago I hooked up with a Shamballa teacher, who was mainly involved in energy healing to do exorcism work. So, I got a pretty good start in learning what to do and what not to do. The biggest “not to do’, was to take the matter of possession lightly. I learned that first hand by watching my teacher get taken out and I mean taken out by treating by getting cocky in an exorcism.
Nobody, no matter how experienced you think you are you should never think of “going it alone”. But, time and again I have seen people, mainly energy healing practitioners, who just dive in and end up getting themselves and the host beaten to a pulp. Most times, without even realizing what has happened.
You cannot just “remove” an entity. The simple fact is that the host and the entity form a symbiotic relationship. Because, to the host, the entity appears to be filling a need in that person. That is where it gets it influence and its power. Once removed, you have to replace its void with another; positive energy or the person will just end up calling the entity back. Once they call it back, you will never get it out again. Or worse, the entity might attach to you. (Been there, done that, you don’t want to go there and do that.)
That is just one aspect of it, there are many more, which all comes down to saying that exorcism is amult-level, multi-person task, which once started cannot be abandoned. So, any discussion should be annotated with very, very large warning signs and if you have not been specifically trained to do it, don’t even think about doing it yourself. Call for the cavalry. The cavalry, in this case, being the Catholic Church. I overcame growing up Catholic and I have no desire to get involved with the Church again, but in this case, they are the authorities who put together the “De Exorcismis et Supplicationibus Quibusdam” “exorcism manual”.
That’s just my 2 cents worth.
Another point of view below:
Many many years ago I obtained ULC ordination, somewhat as a lark, although not nearly as flippantly as a lot of folk have. I take spirituality very seriously, and I've lived it extensively, albeit in some unusual ways, over the last decade. I've been flirting with the idea of actually starting my own church off and on over the years, and it was this that led me back to the ULC website today, just to see what was offered and the like.