I read with great interest in my newspaper of choice – the lovely “i”, little sister of the Independent – that the Vatican has formally recognised a group of 250 priests in 30 countries who “liberate the faithful from demons”. The Congregation for Clergy approved the International Association of Exorcists.
There are several important points I’d like to make about this short snippet of news:
First, when I work with my clients, religion does not enter into it. I don’t ask what, if any, religion my clients follow, it’s irrelevant. I freely admit that my work has distinct spiritual overtones, and I do work “intuitively”, with more than a little guidance from my unseen helpers.
But given the rigid dogma of the Catholic church and their denial of the existence of exorcists in the past, this announcement is a major shift, and means that all those priests who have been helping their parishoners can now do so openly instead of covertly.
Secondly, the phraseology of the announcement is very dramatic, isn’t it. The priests “liberate the faithful from demons” and there is an International Association of Exorcists. I don’t know if this Association has just been created for the priests or if it has been going for a long time and is only now being recognised. In any event, it acknowledges first of all the presence of “demons” (I’ll come back to that) and the fact that they can be “exorcised” – exactly as that great healer Jesus did many times, according to the Bible.
Sadly the term “Exorcist” now conjures up images from the horror movie and puts people off the whole idea even more when actually it is all perfectly natural and can be dealt with very gently and easily.
When I was learning spirit release techniques, I clearly remember my mentor telling me that some 95% of people shopping in any given supermarket at any given time would have a couple of spirit “passengers”. I was amazed, as I had not realised how commonplace they were. But my own experience bears it out – at least 95% of clients that I work with have got at least a couple of “passengers”, and last year, within one month, I dealt with two clients who each had more than a dozen.
They are not all “demons” if by demons we mean evil beasties with pointy ears and a long tail. Spirit passengers are merely lost souls, spirits who for various reasons have not made the crossing from this physical world into the next realm of energy. Most commonly this is when there has not been a period when the person in the physical body has been preparing for his / her passing. When the person dies suddenly – in a car crash, perhaps or a bomb explosion or a shooting – the soul hasn’t packed its suitcase, it’s not sure where to go, it’s lost, and it will look around for another place to go. That place will be the energy field (or aura) of someone with similar or welcoming energy. Most of the time, the spirit will curl up and sleep peacefully, but sometimes it can make its presence felt – and this is when it is time to move it on.
It does not need elaborate ceremonies or hours of ritual, just a conversation, an understanding, a bit of negotiation and a smooth passage.
Would I call that “exorcising a demon”? No, not at all. I would call it getting to the root cause of an issue, dealing with it and allowing my client to move on with his / her life. All in a day’s work.
I have had some interesting cases recently, you can read them in individual posts and see for yourself the wide variety of issues that can be traced back to spirit “passengers”. If you’d like to know more; if you “haven’t been feeling quite yourself recently” or if you feel that you don’t like the person you’ve become – give me a call on 07597 020 512.