Oppression ups the ante of infestation and is the first level of inhabitation or attachment to a human being. Although the classical interpretation of oppression is to human beings only, I see oppression more as occurring with any living being. Oppression implies the first level of affliction or violation of the personal boundary of the mind or body of a living being. It might well be that demons too have their “apprenticeships” and that once they pass the “class” in infestation, they can move on to oppression. Perhaps they start with animals first, before moving on to human beings, but this is speculation on my part. Oppression is the area of operation in which “psychic attacks” happen.
With manifestations at a personal level, the afflicted experiences feelings of unease that can escalate to anxiety, or a weight on the soul that can escalate to depression. Sleep disturbances are common and can escalate to recurring, persistent, increasingly nightmares and night terrors. Health problems can occur and can become frequent, severe or even life-threatening illnesses – mental, emotional, physical either originating in, or exacerbated by, spiritual illness. I would also argue that many substance abuse and addictions have their origin in some form of demonic oppression.
At an interpersonal level, relationships can experience disturbances and, in the more serious cases, recurring patterns of dysfunction, abuse, exploitation and failure.
Inexplicable problems with employment or financial difficulties are also common although, sometimes, paradoxically, The Afflicted might be doing very well at a material level, if only so that The Afflicted has sufficient material means to continue to be demonically exploited at other levels.
After all, if you eventually want someone to fall far and hard, it’s a good strategy to ensure that they rise far and hard too. You need to get behind someone before you stab them in the back.
The important thing to note about oppression, is that since there are no demonically related thoughts or feelings at this stage, it’s very easy to simply shrug the signs and symptoms of oppression as manifestations of “conventional”, low-level, mental or emotional illness, or even just the failures of a “weak” personality.
PLEASE NOTE: Although it is not commonly acknowledged as such, addictions, whether they are chemical or drug addictions, or behavioral, like gambling and sex addictions, can also be the result of oppression. This is especially true if the addictions have resisted persistent, even aggressive, conventional intervention. In such cases the possibility that such addictions need to be treated as manifestations of Spiritual Affliction, should at least be considered and dealt with accordingly.