Just as there are physical pathogens like bacteria, viruses, and parasites, so are there nonphysical pathogens in the form of etheric parasites, discarnate humans, aliens and demonic beings that can attach themselves to a living person, drain their energy and influence their thoughts, feelings, and personality. The present situation is analogous to how several centuries ago society knew nothing of physical pathogens and the bacterial and viral origins of disease. They fell ill and knew neither the cause nor medical remedy. Likewise, today people get attachments and know neither the cause nor remedy.
Etheric parasites are negative thoughtforms, which are temporary beings generated in the etheric plane. The etheric plane is a nonphysical substructure underlying our material reality. Etheric energies and constructs are invisible “metadata” that can influence physical events at the quantum level. In occultism they are also called tulpas, egregores, or larvae.
Etheric parasites are generated by human thoughts infused with emotion and intent. This creates an energetic construct in the ether akin to an eddy in a river but imbued with artificial intelligence and purpose. Its most common purpose is to continue its own survival by feeding off the same kinds of energy that gave rise to it. If it was generated through hate, it will induce hateful thoughts in its host to suckle more emotional energy of that type.
These thoughtforms float around in the ether, which interpenetrates and underlies physical space, and can influence the thoughts and emotions of people onto whom they latch. Thus the negative thoughtforms generated by one person can induce negativity in another, proving they are not just internal subconscious subroutines. Occultists know how to create these intentionally, or to produce other effects in the ether, in order to consciously influence the mind of another person. But most thoughtforms are created unwittingly by our everyday sparks of emotion, fantasies, and moments of ill intent.
To people with clairvoyant vision, they can see these parasitic energies budding off the person generating them and turning into grotesque forms. The color of the energy is always black, red, orange, olive green, muddy brown, and other dull colors. When these turn into thoughtforms, they appear symbolically to the clairvoyant mind as amoebas, insects, crabs, spiders, black globules, etc… Again, the fact that clairvoyants can see these indicates they are objective constructs in the ether and not just internal psychological processes.
Discarnate humans are those who have died in the recent past, but have not fully faded out from the physical, etheric, and astral planes. Sometimes it is just their etheric and/or astral bodies that turn into nonphysical parasites once their conscious spiritual core has left them behind. According to Rudolf Steiner, it is also possible for demonic entities to pick up the discarded etheric shells of deceased persons and put them on, thereby more easily masquerading as dead relatives to mediums, ouija board users, and societies that perform ancestor worship.
These discarnate humans or their autonomous etheric/astral shells can latch onto a living individual in order to sustain themselves off that person’s energy and live vicariously through them. Some of this was portrayed in the movie Ghost. Without a physical body, satisfying remnant physical addictions is impossible, and so discarnate humans can gratify their addictions by splicing themselves into the neural and etheric circuitry of the living in order to get a taste of physical sensations once again. Supposedly they can also possess the bodies of animals even more easily than humans. Attachment to humans is easiest when parasite and host share some emotional point of resonance, say someone who committed suicide latching onto someone who already has suicidal tendencies.
Human entity attachments creates a personality overlay upon the living host, creating cravings and biases that are out of character for the person. Someone who never smokes may suddenly get the urge to pick up the habit. A discarnate female with sexual cravings can induce homosexual tendencies in straight males. A young woman who was always friendly may pick up the attachment of an old angry war veteran, and thus acquire a more masculine, gruff and angry demeanor. Discarnate human entity attachments tend to be acquired by being etherically vulnerable while in proximity to such entities. Examples include graveyards, bars, war zones, and sites of fatal accidents.
Some attachments are worse than others. Alien entity attachments are worse than human ones because they are placed into a person intentionally for purposes of monitoring, energy feeding, and manipulation, whereas human entity attachments merely create human personality overlays and common vices.
Alien entity attachments function as energy parasites and may be used to torment or butter up an individual to play into an alien agenda, like believing themselves to “have the soul of a Grey” when really it’s the etheric Grey attachment that produces in them those behaviors and tendencies. It’s mostly abductees or people in some way engaged or interacting with the alien phenomenon who receive these, or perhaps people in positions of power and influence who are useful to the alien agenda.
The worst attachment of all are demonic ones. I am not sure of the true origins of demons. Maybe they are thoughtforms created by the collective negativity of humanity throughout the ages. Maybe they were effluvia left over from the creation of the universe. Maybe they were physical beings who advanced so far along the negative path that they transcended their physical bodies and took up residence in the darkest recesses of the lower astral planes.
Whatever the case, fully possessed humans become sharp instruments of demonic manipulation and can carry a composed exterior and high social status, but underneath be dark, manipulative, cunning predators endowed with paranormal powers. Those who are not fully possessed and are struggling against the attachment process are worn down through depression, suicidal tendencies, and self-destructive psychopathic behavior. Extreme sadism and perversion are also possible, as in the case of serial killers and murderers who typically admit a voice told them to do it, or that they couldn’t help themselves, that something evil compelled them.
Clairvoyants, young children, animals, and anyone with an iota of intuition can sense the presence of demonically possessed individuals and will feel threatened, repulsed, and creeped out by them.
Demonic attachments can be picked up in several ways. One is through willful invitation, say through practice of black magick, left-hand-path occult systems, or undergoing initiations into questionable secret societies. These all give a person increased power and knowledge in exchange for soul energy and debt to the demonic beings conferring those, which in the long run is a bad deal. But just as people get themselves into a hole through credit cards, some do likewise spiritually through the “credit card” of black magick.
Another path toward demonic possession is starting with a minor attachment and being too weak or willing to resist its pull toward ever greater forms of depravity. It tends to start with a severe weakness in a person, such as being extremely traumatized as a child, being a heavy alcoholic or drug abuser, and/or nurturing feelings of morbidity, suicide, depression into a total lifestyle.
Generally, demonic possessions require a greater degree of permission than other types of attachments. That is because demons target the astral body and spirit, meaning they are hooked in very deeply. Permission can be given consciously through rituals or inadvertently through cultivation of anti-human, anti-life, anti-spiritual attitudes and feelings.
Entity attachments can be removed by starving them out and/or dislodging them directly.
Starving them out means identifying what thoughts, emotions, and behaviors they persistently aim to induce, and cutting these off, transmuting or replacing them with their positive opposites. Sooner or later the entity learns that an attempt to induce this action creates the opposite effect and they have no choice but to cease and hopefully leave. This is the standard approach for dealing with astral attachments, for the astral body has to do with passions, emotions, feelings, and impressions.
Dislodging them directly is more difficult. Traditionally this involves getting an exorcism, visiting someone practiced in shamanic journeying and de-possession techniques, or getting a Spirit Releasement Therapy hypnosis session. If you have access to these and can afford the service, look into a reputable practitioner. Beware of remote healers or those with icky vibes; some are charlatans and others are disease vectors for even worse entity attachments.
It can be done yourself provided you can enter a lucid state of consciousness other than waking, particularly that twilight state in between waking and sleeping. While awake, the astral and etheric bodies are stuffed into the physical and somewhat enchained by it. In this state, which Robert Monroe calls “mind awake, body asleep” you are etherically empowered compared to your waking state. Not only can you see/feel an entity attachment, but you can take various actions to get it off you. This state is characterized by complete sleep paralysis, the sensation of disembodiment, hovering, vibration, and so on. It’s when your etheric body is naturally decoupled from the physical, which science would call the hypnagogic or hypnopompic state. See my article on Active Dreaming for more information.
If it’s a simple etheric attachment, it should be localized to a part of your body. You can employ Robert Bruce’s New Energy Ways technique to shuttle energy back and forth in that area, which can uproot the entity and make it drop off. Bruce also recommends taking an hour-long bath in water that has a cup of epsom salts dissolved in it, though a swim in the ocean works too. Saltwater has the effect of discharging such attachments. But keep in mind that physical tricks like these only address the most rudimentary of attachments.
For astral and more powerful etheric attachments, you have to resort to internal / psychic methods. All such actions ultimately come down to intent, and it’s the vehicle of intent that varies from system to system used. In occultism there is the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram which can be traced with one’s etheric arms. Catholics have their pectoral crossing gesture. Robert Bruce talks about removing Core Images (traumatic memories) by visualizing them as photographs being pulled away from your inner field of vision, held at arms length, flipped over, and then visualizing the critters attached to the back of the photo being burned.
These techniques serve as a graphical user interface that tells your subconscious or higher self / higher mind to address the problem. In the case of Core Image Removal, it sends the command to remove the crack in your psyche through which an attachment has sunk its roots. Robert Bruce’s technique and other simple positive rituals may be effective while awake (but focused), although for extra punch I believe one does have to be in an etherically empowered state (mind awake, body asleep). That’s because the gap between the conscious and subconscious minds is smaller in the hypnagogic, hypnopompic, and dreaming states. Note, however, that a talented psychic or shaman will not require such states if they etheric/astral bodies have well-developed nonphysical organs that create a 24/7 two-directional uplink with the higher mind. But for the rest of us, a “mind awake, body asleep” state is a temporary means of achieving similar.
For dealing with astral entities I prefer charging myself up with divine power, honing in on the feeling of the negative overlay, encompassing my being around it from all sides, then gripping on tightly while accelerating my vibes and confidence in order to completely overwhelm and “electrocute” the thing. It’s my instinctual response and has been used with success several times. I have called upon the power of Christ and whatever else fills me with righteous power. All this is done in that “mind awake, body asleep” state where it’s most effective and the results more noticeable. This works best on demonic or negative entities who carry an anti-divine signature.
You may feel the entity resisting the process, which can manifest as an uncomfortable electrical tingling or pulsation (like gripping onto an electric fence) and perhaps the feeling of writhing and sounds of shrieking and growling, or perhaps the projection of ghoulish faces at you to terrify you. It’s important to feel neither fear, weakness, or malice while doing this. In fact, the more positive and empowered you make yourself feel, the better and more effective the process. You are aiming for the intent of separation and the changing of vibrational rate through an elevation in your emotional state / level of confidence.
This technique given in the previous paragraph is for non-human entity attachments of a malicious kind and works also against psychic attackers. I would not use it against human entity attachments and haven’t yet needed to. The latter I’m assuming could be spoken to, reasoned with, and peaceably guided into the afterlife. But for negative entities of the astral parasite, Grey alien attachments, demonic and sub-demonic types, I don’t play softball.
Now, I am no expert on etheric/occult practical methods, nor am I clairvoyant, so this research note is just a quick overview. I’ll now point you to several other sources that may be of help to you if this issue presses on your mind:
Spirit Releasement Therapy: A Technique Manual – by Dr William Baldwin – a classic manual on using hypnosis to perform entity releases. This is more a practitioners manual.
Remarkable Healings by Dr. Shakuntala Modi. Very interesting and comprehensive book on demonic attacks, entity attachments, discarnates, soul fragments, and healing. Recommended.
CEVI: Close Encounters of the Sixth Kind – by Dr William Baldwin – excerpts from the previous book focusing strictly on alien entity attachments. A fascinating and overlooked book in alien research.
Practical Psychic Self-Defense – by Robert Bruce. Techniques for removing negative entity attachments based on real life experience by Bruce himself. Fun ideas for experimentation on clearing living spaces of ghosts and oneself of dark entities.
Psychic Self-Defense – by Dion Fortune – this book is more a collection of anecdotes from Fortune’s experiences in occult circles and how she dealt with negative thoughtforms, entities, and psychic attackers.
Active Dreaming – excerpt from Cry of the Eagle by Theun Mares – one method of achieving the “mind awake, body asleep” state mentioned earlier. In this link the method is referred to as “active dreaming.”
Saltcube – by Matt Jones – If you need a video tutorial and don’t mind paying for the instruction, this one is really good for getting into the “mind awake, body asleep” state.
Dream Views Forum – community focused on lucid dreaming. Look up the term WILD or “Wake Induced Lucid Dreaming” and you will find many techniques and experiential accounts useful for attaining that state mentioned above.