A Commonsense Guide to Exorcism
Bloodshot eyes stared at the crucifix six
inches from his nose. Leather restraints lined with lamb’s wool fastened his
arms and legs to the chair. The demon-possessed man lunged at the hand holding
the holy symbol. Gnashing teeth struggled to bite the outstretched wrist.
Crimson scratches and cryptic markings appeared
across his belly. Blood and sweat spattered the floor around the brute, while
a puddle of urine under his chair slowly spread out until the priest could no
longer avoid standing in it. The satanic beast chewed his tongue and the
tender flesh inside his cheek. His tortured mouth spit blood and tissue and
obscenities at those attending the exorcism.
What we have here is a Hollywood-embellished,
grotesque superstition at work.
What happened to cause rational people to
accept this archaic remnant of religious authority’s attempt to control the
masses with fear? Frightened followers submit under scare tactics of hellfire
and damnation. This is doubly effective because the authorities believe in
what they are telling the people. They too fear the evil entities brought to
life by their imagination.
Why are we so vulnerable to this
indoctrination? Because all souls are encoded to seek God. We begin our life
on earth with a "god-shaped hole" in our soul. God puts it there so
we will want to find our way back to Him.
We spend our lives trying to fill the “empty
spot.” We pack it with lovers, religion, money, drugs, work, excitement,
gambling, etc. None of these fits, so we’re soon on the search again looking
for love, for attachment, for distraction, and for fulfillment.
In the older religions from Abraham through
Jesus Christ and Mohammed, the lower nature of humans was referred to as
demons, devils, and Satan. These are allegorical names for turning away from
God and goodness.
The pure teachings of the Messengers of God
never suggested that demons, devils, Satanic powers, or fallen angels are
anything other than allegory. The Church and Hollywood borrowed their concepts
and descriptions of these entities and their work from Dante’s “Inferno”
written over 700 years ago during the European Dark Ages.
Family traditions, religious teachings,
television, movies, and books instill the belief in demons, devils, and
possession. When someone in authority tells a person that they are possessed
by a demon, most believe it. Traditions, television, movies, and books show
people how a demon-possessed person is supposed to act. Psychogenic purpuras
is the medical term for stress related bruising and bleeding from the skin and
mucosa. It’s common in cases of great emotional stress. It’s “super
hives.” Exorcisms are created for these man-made demons.
As cultures progress, they recognize the
absurdity surrounding religious superstition and dogma. Today we understand
that the Greek and Roman mythological gods were a phenomenon of that age, and
our enlightenment invests less and less fear in imaginary devils and demons.
Education shines its light in the dark corners of the mind. A culture’s fear
of demons is in direct ratio to the education of its people.
Fear of an overwhelming power of evil is a
learned fear. It is taught in order to control the behavior of people.
Religious belief and spiritual authority without the influence of science is
superstition. In the same way that Galileo was excommunicated from the church
for saying that the earth was not the center of the universe, people are
controlled by a belief in demons and demonic possession.
Some religions have become the stronghold of
superstition. I have attended both a voodoo service and a holy roller church
service. The physical actions appeared the same. The guttural gibberish
sounded the same. They both had people rolling on the floor in a state of
spiritual “ecstasy,” and they both teach demonic possession.
We live in a world of great scientific
discovery, a world of brain science and neurotransmitters. Why to you think
the chemical lithium can exorcise a demon? Why can PCP unleash a demon? If you
look at demon possession clinically, you will find schizophrenia, psychoses,
Tourettes Syndrome, alcoholism, drug addiction, etc.
Where a belief in demons is strongest,
incidents of possession are strongest. This is commonsense, folks. People, who
fear demons, find demons to fear. People, who worry about demon possession,
find demons to possess them. People, who imagine demons are lurking and
waiting for a chance to pounce upon them, get pounced upon.
People, who understand the psychological impact
of superstition and fear, know that they are fully in charge of themselves,
and they are never possessed by mythical demons. People, who know that old
houses creak, squirrels make nests in the attic, and underground caverns cause
infrasound vibrations are not haunted by demons. Why is that? I think you know
An evil spirit is nothing more than a bad
attitude ... a spirit of hate, a spirit of greed, a spirit of cruelty, etc.
And you can choose to replace these with a spirit of joy, a spirit of love, a
spirit of giving. These are conscious choices made by a human’s free will.
We choose how we think, what we do, and what we say. “The devil made me do
it” is a powerful alternative to accepting responsibility for our free will
choices and behaviors.
So, how do you exorcise
demons? By seeing them
for what they are, unhealthy childhood experiences of mental, emotional, or
physical abuse. Sick families raise sick children. Sick children raise more
sick children. Loving, nurturing environments exorcise demons. Knowledge
1. Know that demons are imaginary creations of
fears common to man’s lower nature.
2. Understand that there are no demons with the
power to possess you.
3. In cases of mental illness, seek
4. In cases of addiction, seek professional
Copyright 2005 Robbin Renee Bridges
About the Author:
Robbin Renee Bridges, a chaplain and grief counselor for more than
thirty years, is the author of numerous published articles and the landmark
book, “A Bridge of Love between Heaven and Earth: Self-Induced Contact in
the Afterlife.” For more articles about death, ghosts, the nature of the
soul and the afterlife visit http://www.spirit-sanctuary.org