A Naturopathic physician in the Boise area sent me several installments of his experiences when integrating exorcism into his practice.
If you want to contact him let me know.
Spirit Possession and Exorcism 1
What about Cindy?
A difficult subject to broach
It is with some reluctance that I write about this topic of spirit possession and exorcism.
First, I know people who lack understanding or background on the subject might reject it, and second, well, it’s just plain unbelievable!
At least it was with me – for a very long time.
Only sheer desperation forced me to look into this area – and what I found was almost too much for me to consider. However, when you understand this phenomenon and its relationship to ongoing chronic illness, you can often end a cycle of chronic illness that may have continued for decades.
Help for the “untreatable”
In practice, I’ve helped many clients experience excellent success with a variety of very difficult conditions. As a result, I’ve begun to attract many whom others have written off as untreatable by their functional medicine practitioner or traditional medical doctor.
Many of these patients have spent tremendous amounts of money and have seen countless doctors with no measurable improvement.
Their symptoms often included insomnia, depression, anxiety, hormone imbalances, brain fog and ungodly amounts of chronic fatigue.
Some came with a previous incalcitrant diagnosis of Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, cancer, or multiple sclerosis that had continued for years.
Or even worse, NOTHING. They would relate that, despite the thousands of dollars in blood work, all their tests were confirmed negative. Indeed, their previous medical practitioners would often say, “We can’t find anything wrong with you.”
When they came to me, these patients would often describe their lives to be in a state of shambles – all a result of their illness.
But they didn’t leave that way.
Hope and healing
Through my treatments, many would often report significant progress – returning to work, their hobbies and productive, happy lives.
All practitioners knowingly deal with a balance of wanting to help every one of their patients and realizing that they may not be able to help some. Some patients did report significant side effects, or they felt that their progress was too slow. Some just plain resisted treatment.
For me, though some days involved struggles, most brought successes.
The path that forever altered my life
Toward the end of a fairly normal day, into my office walked a new patient – with her mother and grandmother. The patient, let’s call her “Cindy,” was about 7 years old, and all three were very pleasant.
We chatted for some time, and the child was full of life. From what I could see, quiet healthy.
Finally, I asked her mother, “Well, what can I help you with today? She seems to be quite healthy already!”
Her mother began to then explain that Cindy was experiencing a significant amount of anxiety. I was expecting a bit of social shyness or something of that nature, but what the mother then spoke was even a bit shocking for me.
A shocking revelation
“Well…she says she keeps having these bad thoughts that she is going to kill someone.” I took a double take at this happy little girl sitting on the table in front of me and thought “No,…that can’t be.”
The mother continued, “She says things like, “Mommy, what if I grow up one day to be a killer?” and “Mommy, for some reason I really feel like someday I am going to hurt someone.” or “Mommy, I really don’t like these thoughts. I can’t get rid of them, and I don’t want to kill someone.””
I asked a bit of history regarding Cindy’s father. Her mother related that they were not together for very long and he had left town when she was a baby and had never returned. I asked about any known physical, emotional or sexual abuse. “No,” the mother answered. Choices of entertainment? “We are very careful about what she watches,” replied Mom.
After several minutes of questioning, with the intent of finding something I could go on as to why this sweet little girl was experiencing such terrible anxiety, I came up with absolutely nothing. I prescribed some specific homeopathic remedies for anxiety and told the family I expected her to make some improvements – but I had to say I had identified no solid reason as to where these thoughts were coming from or why they were affecting her.
I couldn’t get her out of my head
Cindy’s case bothered me. Greatly as a matter of fact. Why would a child, of all people, be experiencing such invasive and evil thoughts and at no fault of her own? How about mother (Dad was no longer around) or Grandmother? Nothing seemed abnormal with their behavior toward her.
Over the years, I’ve dealt with many severe cases of sexual and emotional abuse, physical trauma, and other very heinous crimes, so I felt pretty adept at seeing the fingerprints of such.
But, for some reason, I just couldn’t shake this patient.
For several days, I rolled this case around in my mind – trying to make any sense of anything I could.
So, I turned to something else.
Finally, I did what I probably should have done sooner.
I spent a couple days in fasting and prayer asking God for answers to this case.
Sometime briefly afterward, something prompted me to think about the New Testament and the healings that Jesus often performed.
So, I began doing a keyword search in the scriptures for the word “heal.”
I then proceeded to look at every incidence in which the term appeared in scripture. Who did the healing? Why did it happen? Who was healed? Why did they have the disease? I then did the same for several words like, “miracle,” “disease,” “sickness,” etc.
What I discovered opened up a whole new facet of treatment for me.
Spirit Possession and Exorcism 2
A Whole New Dimension for Treatment
Sometime in this process of studying the scripture, I had an “Aha!” moment.
I think I knew it was there all along.
I’d just never made the connection. It was associated with the word, “devils.” In MANY of the previous words searches the word “devil” appeared close by. Sometimes, the exact same verse! Here are some examples:
“And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatic, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them.”
“When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick:”
“As they went out, behold, they brought to him a dumb man possessed with a devil.
And when the devil was cast out, the dumb spake: and the multitudes marvelled, saying, It was never so seen in Israel.”
“And at even, when the sun did set, they brought unto him all that were diseased, and them that were possessed with devils.
And all the city was gathered together at the door.
And he healed many that were sick of divers diseases, and cast out many devils; and suffered not the devils to speak, because they knew him.
And these are only a few of the examples.
A striking similarity
After several days of studying each of these examples, I noticed that nearly EVERY TIME healing took place – various diseases, sicknesses, mental or physical handicaps, emotional disturbances – CASTING OUT DEVILS OR POSSESSED WITH DEVILS ALSO OCCURRED.
You might think I was slow to get this, but for me it was a significant new thought.
Sure, I’d read about the link between schizophrenic or psychopathic behavior and the supernatural phenomenon of devil, AKA demon possession, but those were only in extreme cases excluded to patients in mental hospitals.
Could this really be true?
Could these very incalcitrant and mysterious physical symptoms some of my patients were experiencing be associated with an Influence of partial or full demonic possession?
I want to make sure you understand that last sentence clearly:
One does not need to be in a full demonic trance to be under the influence, or in some cases, in bondage to, demonic influences. (We’ll discuss at length in the future.)
Could demonic beings be responsible for all the chronic fatigue? How about the migraines and strange neurological symptoms my patients were experiencing? What about depression or anxiety?
Can a demonic spirit affect the immune system and thus have the potential to abet immune conditions like fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, lupus, Lyme disease and others?
Not for your average illnesses
By no means am I suggesting that all these physical and emotional conditions have root in demonic forces. There are clearly many plain old physical symptoms with causes on a physical level only.
However, my patients had already seen a dozen medical specialists much smarter than I, and they’d walked away being told there was nothing wrong with them.
Often, my patients would tell me, “All my doctors think I am just crazy and tell me there is nothing they can do because they can’t find anything wrong.” That is usually after they have taken $5000 to $25,000 from the patient to treat their strictly “physical” disease, I might add.
But what about Cindy?
If demonic forces were at play in causing her intrusive thoughts, how in the world did Cindy come under this influence – and why would God allow such a thing to happen?
The uncovering of this idea of Satan’s demonic forces’ being a significant risk factor to my patients’ maladies led me down a road with many, many questions. I had no idea the answers to my prayers would require me to begin thinking about how to cast out devils and demons.
In the beginning, this was quite a frightening thought!
I almost closed the book and walked away saying, “These patients must be for someone else to treat!”
But then again, “Who was I going to send them to?”
Let’s just be frank, shall we?
This famous idiom gives the idea to just, “tell it like it is.” Give me the unvarnished truth, stop tip toeing around, and just give me the cold hard facts of reality.
So, here it is.
Satan is real. He has an army of demons to assist him, and his sole purpose is to destroy you.
Some of you may say, “I don’t believe in Satan or that he could actually have influence over me.” You’re entitled to believe that. But truth is as things are, as they were, and as they ever will be.
Truth doesn’t care if you believe it or not. It waits to be discovered.
And those who don’t pursue it remain prisoners of the illusion – all the while thinking they are the intelligent ones.
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
(1 Peter 5:8)
And so, the question remains.
When you realize the truth, what are you going to do about it?
To be continued..