<b>Victor:</b> things can get a little intense sometimes with Yuuri. He even says random things in his native tongue when hes upset.<p/><b></b> ...<p/><b>Yuuri [possesed] [speaking in tongues] [levitating] [black aura]:</b> <p/><b>Yurio [throws bible at him]:</b> this shit ain't japanese.<p/></p>
99% of the time spirits are harmless. A disturbing presence doesn’t equate to a dangerous one. Mostly they’re just there, chilling. Let them.
However. If you’re dealing with something that’s actually dangerous (namely tried to kill you, strangled you, you’re literally seeing it advancing on you trying to stab you, has cut you or attempted it, etc.) ignore it.
Ignoring a dangerous spirit is extremely powerful. It’s a form of containment in and of itself. “I’m not letting you do anything to me, you’re powerless”. Creating barriers and protections gives you this mental image that the entity can fight it, and thus they’re necessary. Nullify it by simply refusing to acknowledge the creature’s power.
Last Samhain a mirror exploded by my mentor out of nowhere. We’ve got it on video, the shit literally ejected from the wall in shards. She wasn’t harmed, luckily, because she moved a few seconds before the explosion.
What did she do?
She calmly walked towards the mess, cleaned it up, and continued minding her own business.
Keep control of the situation. If you encounter a screamer, advance on it and scream louder. If something tries to physically attack you, just ignore it.
Our thoughts and emotions are energy, energy that often feeds the spirits. No matter what branch of exorcism you’re following, keep in mind that they all agree that you have to remain calm and that an unflinching exorcist is a safe exorcist.
The moment you feel your mental resolve is wavering and you can’t deal with the entity, contact someone with more experience and let them handle the entity.
My romantic partner, eyes black as beetle carapaces and speaking with three voices at once: Y͚o̘̹͇ͅu̞̬̺̻̙̩ ͍͎͔̲͇̮͟c̦̥a̮n͞'̗̟̫̗̙͟t ̻̩̥̖͔j̸̲u̝̘s̳̜̳t̬̲̣̻͡ ͏̠̠̬̟̯e̶̻̗̱x̜o̼̝̹̦r̸̺̼̦̥c̞͘i̢̼̞̱̮ͅs͏̲̣e͎̣̘̰͉̜͕ ̘̳̥͙͉y̮̭̘̤̪͔o͖̥̺͙̹̩̱u̡̱͇͙̝r͇͉̟̪ ̲̗̼͎̹̝̀r͘e҉̭̠͚̺l̖͇̻a͎͉͠ț͉̝̫̲̱i̮̟̜̩̻̮o̦̱n̤͟s̴̖͎ḩ̘̝̼͖̲͕̼i̩̪̥̻̱̼̠p̼͔͇̲̖ ̹͓̙͖̕p̻̙͉̬̺͡r̨̙ob̟͓̻̞͖̺ͅl̗e̯͔̯͈̮m̛̠͇͕̮̪͇s̴̘̱̭ ͏͚a͕͇̗͙̝w̸͖̺͇͈̹͖̘a̻̩̮ỵ̤̞͎,̻͍͎ ̵̟̝̮͚̞̣y̘̰̼̳̖̠͜o̠̮u̴̖̯̞ ̪̳̭͓̭͡f͈̣̺͘oo͈͍̤l̢̳͎!͓̳̠̞̙̞̻
Me, surrounded in a circle of salt and muttering in Sumerian: okay but you gotta admit that that sounds JUST like what someone who needs an exorcism would say?
Though the classic horror film ‘The Exorcist’ popularised the phenomenon known as demonic possession, individual cases are still incredibly rare, and exorcisms - the ritual of casting out demons - are rarer still. Most cases of so-called possession are now treated from a psychiatric standpoint, though occasionally a patient’s family will try any avenue of treatment once the symptoms become severe enough. This is what happened to twenty-year-old Anneliese Michel in 1975.
Anneliese (Anna) Michel was a devoutly Catholic woman who lived a quiet life alongside her parents and three siblings in Bavaria, West Germany. Though the entire family was deeply religious, Anna was almost fanatically obsessed with 'being pleasing to the Lord’, and attended Mass many times a week. Friends from school remembered her as a lovely, shy girl who frequently prayed and knelt on the floor while she did her schoolwork.
When she was sixteen Anna suffered a seizure and was diagnosed with temporal lobe epilepsy. Around this same time she became very depressed and withdrawn, and complained about seeing 'devil faces’ in the walls around her. Anna’s parents committed her to several institutions and took her to counselling, but by 1973, at the age of twenty, Anna stopped responding to treatment and became convinced there was a demon inside her head. Her parents attempted to have her healed, but their daughter apparently became incredibly violent when a priest tried to touch her head with a crucifix, and screamed when holy water was sprinkled near her. Initially the priests Michel’s family contacted refused to conduct an exorcism, but when Anna began drinking her own urine and speaking an unknown language in a voice far different from her own, the family bishop agreed to contact the Vatican and permission to perform an exorcism was granted.
On 24 September 1975, a Catholic priest named Arnold Renz began the exorcism of Anneliese Michel in her family home. Although she was twenty-two-years old, Anna was tied to her bed using yards of rope and denied food and water during the gruelling exorcisms, some of which lasted over eight hours. She was forced to genuflect for hours at a time, and Renz administered anti-psychotic medicine during the rites despite having no qualifications or medical authorisation. For over ten months Anna was systematically starved and forced to pray by Renz and both of her parents until she weighed just 30 kilograms.
On July 1, 1976, Anneliese Michel died at her home after a particularly long exorcism session. The medical team who attended her determined she died from persistent malnutrition and dehydration, and also stated that Anna hadn’t been seen by a doctor for at least three months before she died. Both of Anna’s knees were broken from endless praying, and an autopsy revealed she was suffering from pneumonia as well as kidney failure and gum disease. When the local police heard of her death while under the care of her parents and at least one priest, they built a case against them and eventually charged the Michel’s with negligent homicide. The Catholic priest who performed most of the exorcisms was also charged with negligent homicide.
During the trial in 1978 a score of doctors testified that Anneliese Michel was not possessed, but rather mentally ill. It was discovered that no medical doctor was aware of Anneliese’s previous health record for epilepsy, and no doctor was seeing her regularly during the last round of exorcisms. Both of Anneliese’s parents and the priest Arnold Renz were found guilty of manslaughter as a result of negligence and jailed for six months. The Catholic Church drew intense criticism in the aftermath of Michel’s death, and had to change its requirements for conducting exorcisms.