Ever since Shirley MacLaine went Out On a Limb in the early 1980s, and started “channeling spirits”, being possessed has been fashionable among those who are demographically white, rich, young or old… anyone from the self-styled elite women addicted to Hollywood house parties to the loner and lonely teenage boy who’s visited the Satanism section of the bookstore, wanting to practice his pentagram tracings, as if that makes him special and invincible with special visits of Satan.
The far East brought Reiki to the West, while West Africa brought Vodou (Vodun) and Santería, among others. These are all methods by which to be possessed. The method itself it neither here nor there, for they are all despised by Satan. He is not obliged by these things, but would participate and encourage such stupidities for the sake of having human beings serve him, which he hates as well (for why bother?). Satan’s mockery of human beings with such things as “channeling” is done in hatred of God, for he knows that the Lord loves us, even though we have sinned, and knows that the Lord wants us to repent and turn by His grace to all goodness and kindness.
Some practitioners of such things (with plenty of charlatans) might take offense at my saying that they are inviting Satan’s minions to possess them, as if such possessions had to involve the famous pea soup scenes of films like the original The Exorcist. The Judeo-Catholic definition of possession is much broader than all that. So, no offense meant! However, as has been covered in other posts of this series, there is no dead person available to be channeled. That’s not how it works.
Such things, if they are actually being done, are just Satan’s mockery of the gullibility and tendency to self-congratulation of human beings. Satan rarely shows himself as horrific, only doing so when he thinks he can get someone to despair because of his antics. Satan is much more likely to be nicey-nice, until one sinks further and further, unknowingly, into his mind games.
However, don’t be fooled, it is always, always about pride. People like to “channel” famous people of the distant past, usually an emperor or king or the founder of some religious-like movement of bygone days, reading their own lives and ideologies into such characters, thinking, perhaps unconciously, to gain some sort of self-styled authority in this way. Others have noticed the ridiculously anachronistic ideas of “channeled” spirits being altogether too similar to the pet ideas of the “channeler”. Sometimes people like to do up “people” who just died and are known to whomever, kind of like a seance at the local palm-reader’s shop (as silly Saul did with the witch of Endor: 1 Samual 28,7-ff ). Sometimes, people like to “channel” some insignificant “person” who is, in fact, significant, since that “person” supposedly belonged to a distant, long gone culture about which we know nothing, but about which new-agey type anthropologists and environmentalists want to learn more. Whatever is fashionable. Whatever can grab the attention of others. And, for some, whatever can make a buck. But, again, none of this has anything to do with dead people, but rather with Satan and his minions, or the mere imagination of the “channelers”.
Anyway, as I say, this kind of desire to be possessed can be found anywhere and everywhere, with the practitioners of such “methods” ready to defend themselves at whatever cost. Sad, that.
Google, if you will, “ custody ursaline reiki ” and take note of the first few entries at the top of the list. Very sad, that. And this, against an extremely well written document (truly) of the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops condemning such practices.
Now, someone not wanting to be exorcized isn’t going to be helped by any exorcism. Satan has more of a right to stay with someone who wants to be possessed than an exorcist has the prerogative to cast him out.
For older channelers, you might get a spouse wanting you to do an exorcism over the partner, while for a teenager, you might get one of the parents asking you to do something for the youngster. Even if the dynamics were such that such a one would submit to an exorcism, you would probably later be sued in court for attacking their freedom to do what they want. That’s just the way it is. Too bad, that. May the Lord bring them around to see the error of thier ways. Prayer is essential for this. Hail Mary…