Lately I’ve been dealing with some customers who in my opinion are clearly mentally ill and not the subject of magical or demonic attack, as they claim. Over the years, when someone has told me they are under demonic or magical attack, probably at least half the time I feel that they in fact are. But recently it seems that many people are not apparently under any external attack but instead are experiencing mental illness of some kind. I’ve been ruminating over the differences between magical attack and mental illness in terms of how they are presented to the magical practitioner quite a bit and would like some help from those of you out there who have any experience along these lines. I would like to come up with a more systematic way of defining the differences between actual magical attack and mental illness, something more in the field of reason than intuition. Because it seems that many of the people I speak to who are in fact mentally ill IMO have things in common with each other, as if aspects of a culture produce a particular sort of craziness. Even the way they speak seems to have something in common rather than differing a good deal by individual, as is usually the case with any random person. This got me thinking. So here are some questions.
If you or anyone you know has practiced attack magic, what typically were the results intended and did they include insanity? Or was it more along the lines of physical injury, loss of job or status, breakup of relationship, and other stuff? IME, little attack magic if any involves driving another person crazy, but maybe that’s just what I’ve run into. Maybe just the torment involved of sending a spirit after someone is enough to drive the target mad, whether that was the intention or not? Because every one of the people whom I have deemed mentally ill claim that they are under attack from human individuals (witches, warlocks, covens, Voodoo priests, etc.) rather than simply being glommed onto by passing evil spirits, as a Christian might believe. Yet I have not run across many magic practitioners who tell me “I am trying to send a demon after someone to drive them nuts or to harass them mightily.”
When you have encountered people who you are certain are under magical attack, especially through spirits that some person has sent to harass the person, what have been the effects you notice immediately, if any? I have noticed for instance that when talking to the person, I feel an unpleasant buzzing sensation in my head and get a headache. Sometimes I have felt extremely tired after talking on the phone to someone who is strongly targeted. I am interested in any kinds of sensations or reactions that practitioners out there have had when dealing with someone who they are pretty certain is under some kind of magical attack. Do you get any physical sensations? Or is your determination of the actuality of the attack based on the individual’s description of what they are experiencing (nightmares, weird physical effects that have no medical cause, a series of physical injuries or monetary disasters that seems more than coincidental, etc.).
When you encounter someone you believe is mentally ill although they claim demonic or magical attack, what is it that says to you that it’s mental illness they are dealing with and not magical attack? Someone mentioned to me one of the differences is that mentally ill people seem to demand immediate and repeated action and attention. From my own experience, I thought this was true. People under demonic attack seem not to call repeatedly on a daily basis, demanding I do something about their situation. Instead, they call, hesitantly describe their situation (hesitantly because sane people are aware that in our society, demons are not generally considered to be real), and ask for ways to combat the attack. In every case that I recall, the individual was under attack because of some ordinary thing–someone was mad at them for having an affair with someone else they wanted for themselves, or someone was trying to keep the individual from winning a court case against them–pretty mundane concerns, in other words. In contrast, in my experience the people I have considered to be mentally ill generally could not give any reason for the attack or claimed that their attackers just wanted their soul, fitting in with Christian ideas and/or with the concepts of the Satanic panic of the eighties. Likewise, sex seems to be involved much more with the mentally ill people. For instance, people have told me that demonic forces sent to harass them by witches were making them have sexual thoughts, or that people around them were actually demonic and causing their sexual organs to be stimulated from afar. And of course there are the people who are certain they are being attacked because they are very extraordinary (descended from great priests, etc.). Those are easy to spot, IME.
I would like to hear if others have noticed any commonalities with the folks they have run into in terms of who is targeting them and why. It would be helpful to all of us, I think, if we could come up with any commonalities that might help us recognize the difference. Also, I have wondered just how often it is the case that someone who is mentally ill becomes a sort of magnet for random spirits screwing around. Along the lines of the concept that the mentally ill are touched by the divine (which I am not putting forward as a helpful idea), are mentally ill people more able to perceive the spirit world? Finally, if you have determined that someone is mentally ill rather than under magical attack, do you ever consider giving them magical means to deal with it?