Have you ever deeply considered the idea of demonic beings, wondering, "What are they? Are demons real?"
Let's dig into the myth of demons, exploring the religious origins of the demonic as well as what we have found out in the field of paranormal investigation in order to get to the bottom of the demon question. So, if you are ready to open your mind, read on.
Unclean Spirits Versus Holy Spirit (Pure): Reinterpreting Demons in the Bible
Let's first answer the question, what are demons? To do so, we will need to jump back to some biblical references due to the predominant influence Christianity has had on our Western culture. Many in the West base their beliefs in demons upon their faith in Christian teachings.
2000 years ago, demons never existed as currently taught today by some religions. Writings about a Devil, Satan or demons was often in reference to the thinking and thought patterns of a self-created 'false self' within a person - truly a possessing entity that we unwittingly create and battle against within. (For more on this, read: The Devil: Collective Unconsciousness.) But, there is a different entity, still of human origin, that is often confused with being demons: ghosts.
Demons can also reference human, disembodied spirits (earthbound spirits, ghosts) who have not progressed beyond death of the physical body unto love, joy and peace. These people can be viewed as being the unclean spirits of which Jesus spoke of within the Bible. They are unclean because they have not yet entered the light and life-review, a transforming transition from a mental condtion to an eternal awareness of being that normally occurs when one exits the earth plane of existence (physically dies). They are considered unclean, ultimately, because they have not been freed from their false selves and remain in darkness.
Spirits which come from the light are 'holy,' as in Holy Spirit…or pure spirit. Pure spirit simply refers to those who come from the place of light, and not darkness, unlike an unclean spirit. Some call pure spirits, "angels" or "spirit guides." These spirits have a higher, enlightened perspective.
In contrast, darkness, the condition of unclean spirits or ghosts, symbolically represents a lack of understanding, the state of being lost - a state of blindness to who they are. Light is love, joy, peace and truth. We read in the Bible to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Does that mean those from the other side who are enlightened actually speak to or even through us? Read Matthew 10:20 and consider this idea:
“For it is not you that speak but the Spirit of your Father which speaks in you.”
In comparison to the above verse, Jesus told the religious leaders of his day that they were following their father, 'the devil' (the false self).
Let's explore the New Testament words translated as devil (or demon). The word demon in the New Testament comes from the Greek word daimonion. It was used in Greek literature to mean “a spiritual force” or “a wise spirit.”
We can also see within literature written before or around the same time the New Testament books were penned, a demon was considered to be similar to what many today call a 'spirit guide.' It was never a negative or bad word until religious told people daimones were evil, seeking a way to control people through religious fear. This word, daimonion, which has been translated as 'devil' in some Bible translations, is not the same Greek word translated as 'devil' in other verses of the Bible (Read, Demons & Ghosts).
What Are Demons? The Idea of Hell
Some believe hell to be a literal place, a fiery netherworld. Books, plays and movies have depicted hell as being 'down' somewhere. Have you considered that the downward, lower place just might be here on the earthly plane as one possible interpretation? Hell could be here, right now, and not far away. It could be within a person.
Let's consider that hell could be a state of mind and not a place. Not to sound religious but according to the Bible, “As a person thinks in his heart, so is he.” A heart bound by mental and emotional suffering is heavy, whether the body is alive or dead, weighted down by this world through mental traps and constructs, such as past or future, guilt, condemnation, fear, hatred, anger, torment, etc. We do not need religion to tell us this. Our life stories have taught us that states of mind can be painful.
A 'downer' state of mind could easily keep a disembodied person (a ghost) on the earthly plane, descending into an emotional and mental hell. This is in direct opposition to what should happen, which is 'ascension.' The idea of a person’s spiritual condition dictating whether he or she floats upward or downward upon death of the physical form seems related to the idea of heaven being situated, somewhere, up in the sky. And that would leave Hell existing somewhere opposite of bliss, say down underneath.
The idea of higher and lower places for the dead could actually have originated from the spiritual symbolism of the soul being higher and free (heaven) versus being bound by the mind, trapped in a lower condition of suffering (hell). This would be similar to buddhist teachings.
Let's look at the idea of a person's soul being elevated, essentially, ascension. Most near death experiences (NDEs) teach us that after a fatality, the spirit leaves the body and upward above the body. We may be greeted by loved ones before, during, or after we experience a 'tunnel of light.' This light, that some may consider to be God or Heaven, has most often been described as exuding a deep feeling of pure love, understanding, compassion, peace, joy and life: bliss.
Many who have witnessed this light and freedom never want to leave it to come back to a physical existence upon the earth again. These wonderful NDE accounts certainly define the phrase, 'a free spirit.' One who has tasted this light is said to be instantly 'enlightened,' to some degree, being lighter, thinner, and free inside from self-induced suffering. This is in stark contrast from spirits trapped in heavy, thick darkness, unaware of who they truly are, essentially, lost for a time.
Near Death Process
After the tunnel of light experience, near death experiencers typically report that a life-review ensues. It would appear that this step helps one to understand their former earthly life and its lessons.
At this point after death, we can consider that the person has just undergone a partial cleansing process, perhaps, rinsing off some of life's dirt (getting rid of emotional baggage, past pains, etc.) caused by ourselves or others. One might even need to come to grip with their own death, perhaps.
After a good reconciliation with the past, it is thought that the person will then naturally gravitate upward or downward to a spiritual plane of existence comparable to the condition (awareness) of their own spirit (some call it the 'soul'). We wonder if it is still possible, at this juncture of the recently departed person, for him or her to cascade downward and experience a hell of darkness. Could this be necessary for some troubled people to continue to work through additional, internal issues created while in physical form?
We certainly feel that complete freedom will come for everyone, eventually; but there may be a price to pay while the prison of the mind is undone of self-created falsehoods about one’s self and others. The destruction of egoic, mental contructs that bind a person is key to a spirit's release. Any perceived life-review or 'judgment' is never condemnation from an angry God, as one might imagine, but a self-imposed imprisonment we might say. If we look inside of ourselves, we can detect deep down that we are our own harshest critic and difficult to convince otherwise. And it is this critic, each individual's ego, through strong identification with the physical world and personal life story, that creates and empowers a false identity - a belief in labels and mental pictures of who we think we are based upon life experiences.
We know that enlightened spirits try to assist those of us in darkness but, sometimes, we are close-minded and have to work through struggles on our own. Spirits that are in the worst of condition are those whom we would term as ghosts - spirits that remain earthbound. The most deplorable ghosts are what many unknowingly label demons, based upon their behavior, and the most difficult to free from the darkness of their mind in which they are temporarily trapped.
The Verdict on Demons: Mis-identification
We are finding that what many call “demons” are often shadow ghosts (dark shadows). They are believed to be demonic because of their appearance (pitch black) and occasional negative behavior.
Many people report seeing shadows move in their peripheral vision - out of the corner of their eye. Some are ghosts. Some are illusion. Shadow ghosts are earthbound, disembodied people who have not moved on unto the light, their loved ones and life-review, as mentioned above.
Darkness does not necessarily mean a shadow ghost is bad or a devil; darkness (as Jesus also spoke of) is indicative of inner condition. Examples might be a lack of understanding, ignorance, being lost and, of course, negativity. If a person in spirit behaves badly, oftentimes, people will assume the worst, that the spirit is a demon.
We have found through our field research that people behave badly, and death of the body does not necessarily change behavior. Yes, some 'dark spirits' can be very negative and troublesome but so can some of the people around us that have bodies. Many times, they simply need to be told who they are, that they have died, that there is no eternal hell and head into the light to meet loved ones. When they are able to hear and listen, they will move on in their lives and become free spirits, also. (For more on this, read How to Get Rid of Ghosts.)
Some ghosts (people) have learned that they can co-inhabit another person’s body. Possession of another by a human spirit has often been confused as some demon entity from hell doing the possessing because of religion's lack of knowledge on the subject. Hollywood hasn't helped, either. Therefore, many call this demon possession; a few call it spirit possession; but it would be best to call it 'ghost possession or attachment.'