The Different Levels of Spiritual Affliction

Spiritual affliction is not always about being possessed and exorcism. Many times, the effects of spiritual affliction are subtle and may be considered as something that happens in everyday life such as anxiety, thoughts of ending one’s life, and more. Thus, many people may dismiss them and suffer on their own alone with their thoughts. But it doesn’t have to be and we’re here to shed light on this topic and help you. Please note also that if you feel uncomfortable reading through or want to seek help, you may contact us at any time and we offer free deliverance services to Australia and the rest of the world.

Now, how do you know if you’re suffering from spiritual affliction? Here are some levels or effects to watch out for;

1) Infestation

Infestation happens when spirits and demons inhabit or attach themselves to a physical object. This object can be anything and can range from small things such as accessories and jewelry or bigger things such as statues, paintings and pieces of furniture. They can also infest entire buildings. That's why house or building cleansing is important. 

The manifestations of infestation are usually creepy like what is seen in the movies. These may include apparitions, hearing voices or footsteps from nowhere or objects moving without human involvement. 

2) Oppression

The initial stage of inhabitation or connection to a human being is oppression, which is a step up from infestation. Oppression is the initial level of affliction or violation of a living being's mind or body's personal limit.

When it manifests on a personal level, the afflicted may feel uneasy, which can turn into worry, or a weight on the soul, which can turn into sadness. Sleep disturbances are common, and they can progress to nightmares and night terrors that are recurring, persistent, and progressively frightening. Mental, emotional, and physical illnesses originating in, or exacerbated by, spiritual illness can emerge and become frequent, severe, or even life-threatening disorders. Substance abuse and addictions may also be a result of oppression.

Because of oppression, the afflicted’s relationships may also suffer from disruptions and, in the worst-case scenarios, repeated patterns of dysfunction, abuse, exploitation, and failure. And since there are no demonically connected ideas or sentiments at this stage, it's very easy to dismiss oppression's signs and symptoms as evidence of "traditional," low-level mental or emotional disorder, or even merely the shortcomings of a "weak" personality.

3) Physical Pain

Physical suffering is a stage that the Catholic Church recognizes. However, we at Divine Intercession believe that this is more of a symptom than a stage of incursion, because pain indicates that oppression has already occurred and is emerging as a bodily experience rather than a collection of unpleasant thoughts and sentiments.

4) Obsession

Obsession happens when the afflicted's thoughts and feelings become preoccupied with demonic activity. The affected begin to suspect that there is something more going on than just a "conventional" or "material" problem when they reach the point of obsession.

The Afflicted, who is oppressed, ruminates ceaselessly on notions about The Devil or demons. The Afflicted is also preoccupied with existential dread. Death and suicide thoughts predominate, along with the worry that if one actually commits self-murder, an eternity in hell awaits. Fear and dread are practically constant feelings.

In more severe situations, The Afflicted is tortured by urges, thoughts, or explicit visions of harming, abusing, and killing others, or of being wounded, mistreated, or killed in any way. Sleep is nearly hard for those who are afflicted, since they are continually worn down by a relentless inner battle. In the most severe situations, the afflicted person becomes so dysfunctional that they need to be admitted to a hospital. They commit suicide in the most catastrophic circumstances.

5) Subjection

Subjection occurs when The Afflicted makes, for whatever reason (and there are many) a conscious invitation to submit to Satan or to demons.

6) Possession

Although possession is the most often depicted form of spiritual affliction, true perfect possession – the total surrender of a person to a demonic entity – is extremely rare. Perfect possession is when a person has been completely taken over by the demon and is no longer in control of their body, mind, soul or spirit. It is like the body of the afflicted has become  a puppet to be used by the negative entity for its own purposes. This is what we typically see in movies and books.

Meanwhile, during a partial possession, the afflicted person still has the ability to come out of perfect possession intermittently depending on how strong or weak they are.

Final Word

Many of the "symptoms" of Spiritual Affliction described in the levels above are similar to those of mental disease, so it can't be ruled out that Spiritual Affliction and mental illness can coexist. It is recommended that a suspected afflicted consult with a mental health professional alongside deliverance services to experience full freedom. 

And if you’re experiencing mental distress or any form of spiritual affliction, know that there is hope for you. Freedom and joy is possible. 

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