February 2017 By Shivi Verma Many a physical ailment can be healed faster if we released the person of attached spirits that may have taken accommodation in his body because of a weak aura or an untoward incident, says Shivi Verma I was visiting a friend’s house in Bengaluru last year. Both she and her husband are left-brained, IIT graduates given to rational thinking. So when I started a discussion on spiritual subjects they asked, “Do spirits exist?” Keeping in mind their logical bent of mind, I replied, “The spirit form is our actual form. It is the body which is temporary. Therefore, we are more unreal than the spirits.” Once this understanding set in, the remaining conversation became a song. Interestingly, around then a healer friend of mine was also coming across cases of spirit possession while healing her clients. If spirits exist, it follows logically that spirit possession can also exist. Certainly, I cannot deny their existence because of my personal experiences in this zone. Fuelled by a single-minded obsession to find God, and without a legitimate guide to help me navigate this unchartered territory, I would experiment with anything and everything that came my way. As a result I landed in quite a few pitfalls and trenches. I realised that something was amiss, only when I began hearing strange noises which only I could hear, and which definitely weren’t encouraging, to say the least. Sometimes they could get deafening, and no matter where I ran, they would follow me. My troubles ended in 2009, when I resolutely visited the shrine of Shirdi Sai Baba against tremendous odds and surrendered my problems to Him. Ever since the strange happenings that surrounded me, stopped. I was no longer possessed. But I thank God for that experience. Without it I would never have considered the possibility of spirit possession. Like many others I would have dismissed it as a psychological disorder, and compelled a victim to stay in misery instead of considering an alternative way of treatment. Not every sickness or crime can be attributed to spirit possession, but when looking to resolve a complicated issue there is no harm in checking out for this angle too, so that the patient can recover more quickly and completely. What is spirit possession? Says Anshoo Srivastava, a past-life regression therapist from Benguluru, and founder of Reborn, a holistic healing centre, “Souls reincarnate to learn certain karmic lessons on earth, and at a predetermined time leave the body and go back to the spirit world. But unfulfilled desires, the family’s attachment to them, a brutal or sudden death which they are unable to reconcile with, may stop the soul from moving on to the spirit world. Such marooned souls may possess another living human being who is at the same emotional/mental/physical frequency as theirs.” Research in this field has become so advanced that there are now gadgets to detect the presence of spirits or tramp souls in an environment. Says Anu Mehta, master trainer of Meta Health in India, “The spirit has an electric and magnetic field just like humans and animals, which can be measured by a ghost-o-meter, lecher antenna, or a dowsing rod.” Jyotika Chhibbar, a Mumbai-based psychic-intuitive medium, therapist and founder of The Light of Life institute, underwent a unique experience vis-a vis spirit possession. A lady, Suparna Dey, called Jyotika from Kolkata on September 28, 2015. She wanted to communicate with her recently deceased young daughter called Srishti and find out if she had any message to convey to her family, and if she had any unfulfilled desires. Jyotika connected with Srishti’s soul the next day. The reading was completed and Suparna’s son Tathagat ended the call with a request to pass on Srishti’s message as and when she conveyed one. Srishti continued to stay with Jyotika a little longer because in her she found a deeply empathetic soul who was moved by the passing away of a girl so young. Jyotika also felt bad for Srishti’s surviving family members consisting of a paralysed father, a struggling mother and her son. Srishti told Jyotika that she liked her pink toe nails and also confided in her about her boyfriend. Strangely, Jyotika’s life began changing from the next morning. Her left foot swelled up and she developed a nasty headache. By 11 am she was vomiting profusely and by evening was collapsing. The doctor discovered that her BP had shot up beyond imagination. He called for an ambulance, since she could get paralysed or slip into a coma. Jyotika began screaming, “I will die in the ambulance itself, doctor. I will die on the way.” The ambulance reached the hospital carrying her with an oxygen mask, but was directed to a more advanced one at the gate itself, as the hospital lacked an ICCU, which the patient was in urgent need of. By then, the BP had skyrocketed even higher. Within minutes she was surrounded by a network of choking cables making it difficult for her to breathe. The doctors checked the BP once more. To their utter disbelief, it was normal this time. Astonishingly, the treatment had yet to begin. The entire night and the next day, Jyotika went through a series of investigation and medical tests but nothing could be diagnosed. Consequently, she was discharged late that evening. On her way home, Jyotika saw Srishti’s soul stand before her again and smile. The fact that she had felt sorry for Srishti and her family members had made her pick Srishti’s energy that was yet to be released from the earthly realm. On returning home she had a conversation with Suparna who told her the following things. Srishti’s favourite colour was pink and she was fond of nail polish She too was shifted from one hospital to another Her soul had left her body while in the ambulance, which explained Jyotika’s fear of dying in the ambulance She also had gone through a series of investigations and tests which did not reveal any ailment. Jyotika later set up an appointment to release Srishti’s soul and help her attain bliss finally. Says she, “I believe that even though I was capable of avoiding this possession, this happened so Srishti could convey to her parents her need for release from the earthly realm, which otherwise would not have happened because of their deep attachment to her soul.” Who is vulnerable? Some healers feel that all of us are prone to possession since we are pervious energetic beings, always busy exchanging energy from our surroundings. Says Jyotika, “So commonplace is this phenomenon that more than 95 per cent of us absorb alien energies at any given point, but we aren’t even aware since most may not cause any violent symptoms. Headaches, stomach aches, mood swings, infections, fevers, fatigue, can be caused by such energies.” Others beg to differ. Meta healer, Anu Mehta, says, “Everything has a reason. Entities are exactly like viruses and bacteria in the environment. If your immunity is strong you will not catch them. You will get affected only if your immune system is weak. You will attract possession only if you are weak and susceptible mentally or emotionally.” She adds, “If you can effectively handle your life situations, even if you are in a room full of spirits you will not get possessed, and on the other hand you can be in the most positive environment and still get possessed if your aura is weak.” Empaths are also vulnerable because their natural empathy creates porous and poor boundaries. According to Anu, possession does not give us the right to write off responsibility for our actions: “An entity will enter your body and make you do harmful things only if you already have such thoughts in your mind. So instead of blaming the spirit, introspect to detect what kind of thoughts you harboured to attract such a spirit.” Symptoms of possession Therapists outline a few symptoms which include feeling extremely exhausted or fatigued most of the time, sudden onset of irritability without any reason, chronic illness, alcohol or drug dependence, mood swings for no reason, sudden behavioural or personality change, speaking or doing things which do not match the person’s real personality, getting angry for no reason, bizarre dreams, feeling heavy all the time, having a negative approach towards life, feeling futile and disappointed most of the time, horrible dreams, increased appetite, weight gain, sleeping more, moving pain in the body, a sudden onset of anxiety or bouts of depression, a lot of uneasiness near full moon or no moon. Difference from mental illness Though most symptoms of possession match those of mental illness, healers point out certain telltale signs that are indicative of spirit possession. Says Anshoo Srivastava, “In mental diseases like schizophrenia, psychosis mood disorders, psychosis depression, psychosis mania, patients have delusions and hallucinations. They start hearing, seeing or sensing things without a stimulus to cause them.” She says, “This happens in cases of spirit possession also; however, there is a thin line of difference. In spirit possession physical changes such as weight gain, weight loss, and change in eating habits are also observed.” Says Anjana Barot, occupational therapist and clinical hypnotherapist from Mumbai, “Mental illness can be treated most of the times with counselling and medications. The symptoms are trait specific, while a possessed person would behave the same even after being treated medically. In fact, entity possession can push someone into a mental illness.” Therefore, it is advisable to take a patient to a psychiatrist or counsellor first in order to be sure. Only if you find no change in the symptoms after treatments and medica
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