In this post I’m going to explain a phenomenon that happens to every human on the planet. By the time you are old enough to read a post like this, you can be sure that demons have used this con on you many times and you completely fell for it. Demons are very good at what they do, and it is only through a bunch of practice and education that we can get better at recognizing when they are messing with us.
Now when you’re new to the whole demon thing, or when you’ve been taught to scoff at the idea of supernatural entities, it can be hard to understand why you should bother with a post like this. So why is this material relevant to you and why should you care? Well, the specific demon con I’m going to explain in this post is typically used to rapidly drive humans into a state of immense depression, shame, and self-loathing. Just as you can put your physical body in a very serious crisis within a matter of seconds if you ingest certain poisonous substances, this particular demon con can drive your soul into an equally serious crisis just as quickly. Soul despair is a very serious threat to your overall well-being. Severe spiritual distress can be just as life-threatening as severe psychological distress, which is why your soul should never be dismissed as some irrelevant part of you.
While your soul’s abilities differ drastically from the abilities of your subconscious, in many ways your soul is the more important element of the two, primarily because it is the “true you.” By that I mean that when you die, your soul will continue to exist. You will not lose your sense of awareness when you die; instead, you’ll be quite shocked to find that you continue to feel very “awake” and entirely aware of your own reality, despite the fact that your body and subconscious will no longer be with you. Death is a process by which your Creator disconnects your three elements from each other. You cannot disconnect your elements on your own; that is a link which only He can sever. When He does, you will find that you identify as being your soul; you will entirely lose your awareness of your body and subconscious. God will then transfer your soul on to a whole new kind of situation, where it will once again be linked to a body and subconscious, and from there you’ll start the second chapter of your existence.
Now rather than wait until you die to have the aha moment that your soul is the “true you,” it’s far better if you have this aha moment now. Demons understand the significance of your soul. They know that it is the “true you”: the part of you that will continue on and on, while your body and subconscious are more like temporary companions that you will be forced to ditch at some point. When demons attack you, their ultimate goal is always to harm your soul. Any harm they do to your body or subconscious is just a means to that end. Understanding the underlying motivation of demons is critical to learning how to respond to them wisely. Because this is a soul issue, it needs to be handled using spiritual methods.
Aligning the Methods with the Elements
Here’s a critical principle to understand when you’re trying to treat any kind of distress within your personal community of elements:
- Psychological problems need to be addressed using psychological methods.
- Spiritual problems need to be addressed using spiritual methods.
- Physical problems need to be addressed using physical methods.
What this means is that if you try to address a psychological problem by using a spiritual method, it won’t work. Among counsellors who focus only on the soul and discount the existence of the subconscious, you will often find them making this mistake. For example, a spiritual counsellor who is trying to explain pedophilia will often default to saying that pedophilia is a result of terrible sin, a Divine curse, or some kind of evil that can be genetically passed from parent to child (aka “generational curses”). Of course this is absolute rubbish. Pedophilia is 100% psychological in origin, it has nothing to do with your soul. Certainly developing pedophilia affects your soul and typically causes it a great deal of distress. But you don’t get pedophilia by being an evil little sinner, or by being the offspring of some evil person. Pedophilia is not an indication that God has cursed or rejected you, nor is it any kind of biological issue (meaning you weren’t born with it). Once we misdiagnose the true origin of a problem, we start trying to use corrective methods that range from useless to harmful.
Homosexuality is another classic example of a misdiagnosed issue. Homosexuality is a psychological response to psychological stress. It is not biological (meaning no one is born gay), nor is it a spiritual issue. Yet what do we find the field of psychology doing in its attempts to “cure” homosexuals in the past? We find a whole range of horrific physical methods being used which of course did absolutely nothing to alleviate the problem. Attacking your body or ingesting a slew of physical medications cannot fix a psychological issue. Trying to use spiritual repentance as a means of “purifying” yourself is another utterly useless approach to resolving psychological distress. If we’re going to get anywhere useful–and if we’re going to avoid making things a whole lot worse–we must correctly identify which element is struggling (mind, body or soul) and choose treatment methods that are appropriate for that element. Appropriate treatment methods will always benefit the suffering element, they won’t make that element feel ten times worse. And of course we can’t even begin to identify useful treatment methods until we listen to what the suffering element has to say. All of your elements–even your body–will give you a lot of useful feedback that you can use to hone your treatment methods if you are willing to listen to them.
So far I’ve been talking about the mess that happens when humans get confused about which of their three elements are causing a certain symptom. But the reality is that not every problem has internal root causes. There are many problems that get inflicted on you by external, supernatural entities, and here is where we come to the issue of demonic harassment. If you mistake demon antics as something you’re doing yourself, you will respond to their attack in a negative way. Not recognising when demons are involved in a situation typically enables them to do a lot more damage, so early detection is an important issue when it comes to building good spiritual defences.
You need to be extremely cautious about who you listen to regarding demons. Sadly, the vast majority of so-called demon “experts” don’t have a clue what they are talking about. This is one of those topics that humans get enticed by for all the wrong reasons, and then they latch onto all kinds of utter baloney which they go around promoting as absolute truth. Here’s a vital principle to understand about demons:
God is the only Authority on demons.
This means that if you want to learn how to respond to demons correctly, you had better be asking God directly to help you sort out the truth from the guff. By God I mean the Supernatural Entity who created you, demons, and everything else that exists. You don’t need to have an established relationship with God before you can ask Him for guidance. You just need to be very clear about Who it is you’re praying to: the Creator of all things, not some lesser wannabe. Don’t waste your time talking to supernatural beings who you think are God’s assistants. God doesn’t have assistants. God doesn’t need help to do His God thing, and God is never going to tell you to talk to some middleman (human or otherwise), instead of talking to Him directly. You should always go direct, because if you’re not talking to your actual Creator, you’re talking to a mere creature, and no creature has anything close to a complete grasp of truth.
Now in this post I’m going to explain some of the technical mechanics of a specific demon con. This information is relevant to all humans, but it’s especially important for anyone who feels they are hearing scary voices, or who keeps getting bombarded with long internal speeches about what despicable losers they are. In both cases, you will find your soul responding with great distress. Depending on how long the barrage lasts, you can easily find yourself driven into a state of physical exhaustion, severe emotional depression, and even suicidal thinking.
Now before I start getting technical, there’s an important caution here regarding things like hearing voices and depression. These experiences can have very different root causes. Among spiritual counsellors, there is a very bad habit of labelling every incident of voices or depression as a sign of demonic harassment or even possession. Spiritual counsellors are also notorious for blaming such problems on the fact that you’ve “sinned.” So we need to tread cautiously here and not leap to generalisations that aren’t true. Due to the fascinating way that your elements communicate with each other, it’s quite possible for your subconscious to behave in a way that sounds like someone who is not you is talking to you inside your own head. It’s also possible for your subconscious to create some very alarming hallucinations which are so intense that they completely interfere with your ability to separate what is real from what isn’t. If you mistake your own mind’s activity for the activity of demons, you’ll end up using ineffective problem solving methods. Good discernment is what is needed in these cases, and we can’t possibly hope to correctly sort out what is really going on unless we first acknowledge the existence of your body, mind, soul and demons. We also need to be asking God for guidance, because as the Creator of all things, He is obviously the most equipped to make correct diagnoses.
Your Thought Voice
Now that we understand that you are a very complicated little thing who can exhibit the same symptoms for a variety of reasons, let’s get into the specific demon con that I want to explain in this post. Interestingly, this con involves demons directly manipulating your thought voice, so before we can go any further, we need to understand just what that bizarre little voice is and why it exists.
No one had to teach you how to communicate in life. You were born already fluent in your own little language. The ear piercing screams you used as an infant to draw attention to yourself and get your needs met was a form of communicating that was highly effective. As your body developed and you gained more options for how you could physically express yourself, you expanded your language all on your own. Soon you had many ways of communicating “I don’t like that” and “I don’t like you.” Biting, hitting, shrieking, pouting, rolling about on the ground kicking–it all got the job done, and soon you had worked out a complex little language for yourself that you felt was super obvious. But annoyingly, other humans kept acting like they didn’t understand what you were trying to say, even though you felt that you were making yourself extremely clear. This is when the concept of verbal language entered your life. You quickly learned that other humans expected you to somehow translate all of your complex desires, and emotions into pronounceable words. They would then do the same: speaking words at you to communicate their intentions and desires. Well, phooey on that. Words are fine as far as they go but they don’t go nearly far enough. There is an extremely complex swirl of conflicting desires, needs, and opinions inside of you and these words everyone is insisting on you using constantly fail to properly express the things you want to express. You would refuse to use them at all if it weren’t for the undeniable evidence that humans do seem to understand you a whole lot better through verbal communication. Plus, if you’re honest, you understand them a lot better too, because other people’s gestures and vocalizations often leave you feeling mystified. It is only your own non-verbal communication that makes perfect sense to you…but other people’s is downright confusing.
It is for this reason that verbal language has become such a vital issue for you as a human being: it’s your way of communicating with other humans–and often your only way of gaining certain kinds of understanding from them. By now you’re so immersed in the process of translating your non-verbal feelings into verbal thoughts that you automatically do it in your own head all of the time, even when there’s no one around for you to talk to. Here is where we come to your thought voice. Your thought voice is created by you for the purpose of translating you to yourself. You don’t come anywhere close to translating every thought you have into words, but you do it often enough to have an almost constant stream of words happening in your head. When you read, you pronounce the words to yourself even though you don’t need to. You’re even pronouncing the words you’re reading right now–can you hear it? Bizarre little habit, isn’t it? But by now it’s so entrenched that it feels as natural as breathing.
Now whenever you start using a verbal language to communicate things, you run into the issue of grammar. Grammar refers to the many complex rules that you must follow in order to make sense to others using a specific language. English speakers have some very different grammar rules than Italian speakers, but every language has loads and loads of rules. One of the most basic rules of grammar has to do with pronouns. In English, we use different pronouns to identify who is talking and who or what they are talking about. In English, if you are referring to yourself, you use pronouns like I and me. If you’re referring to something or someone else, you use words like he, she, you, and it. Every language has a concept of pronouns and rules for how to clearly identify who or what you’re talking about.
Now many of us never receive a formal education on grammar, so we’re never taught words like pronoun. But even when you don’t know the fancy jargon, you still use pronouns the way you ought to both in talking to others and when you’re talking to yourself. When your stomach is rumbling, you don’t think to yourself He’s hungry. Instead, you think I’m hungry. It’s the use of the word I that tells you you’re talking to yourself about yourself. When your co-worker is being annoying, you think to yourself She’s so annoying. You don’t think I’m so annoying, because that wouldn’t be a correct translation. No one has to tell you how to use pronouns correctly in your private thoughts: you simply apply the same rules that you learned to use when you’re talking to other people.
Three Sources of Thoughts
So if your thought voice is the result of you translating your own non-verbal thoughts into a verbal language, where do those original thoughts come from? They come from three different sources (my, you’re complicated!). Some come from your body, some come from your mind and some come from your soul. Let’s do a fun little exercise right now so you can experience how this works. I’m going to ask you three different questions. You will hear yourself translate your answer into words using your thought voice, but these three answers will come from three different places. Ready? Here’s the first question: Right now do you feel hot, cold, or somewhere in between?
Hear your answer? That verbal answer was actually a translation of something your body said. Your body is the only part of you capable of monitoring your body temperature, and your body does not use words to communicate to your mind and soul. It uses an entirely different kind of language, yet notice how easily you were able to translate what your body said into words. You’re very good at this whole translation thing.
Next question: What was the last thing you ate yesterday? You will probably have to pause and think for a moment before you can answer this, and you might not be able to answer it at all, in which case you’ll likely hear yourself think something like I don’t know or I can’t remember. This question requires your subconscious to rifle through its memory banks to find the answer. Your body and soul do not have access to those files, so only your subconscious can answer this question. But your subconscious might feel that it has more important things to do than play this silly game, in which case it will refuse to cooperate, and you’ll get that “mental blank” feeling or you might even find yourself thinking an impatient “Who cares?” The point is that you just used the same thought voice to translate messages from two different elements.
Now let’s hear from your soul. Are you a morally good person? Some of you will answer this question immediately, while some of you will begin an intense internal deliberation. Regardless of what your answer is, you’ll probably hear yourself backing up your answer with some supporting evidence. Yes, I am. I care about other people. I try to help when I can. For those of you who are dealing with upsetting symptoms of psychological trauma, this is a tough question, because your soul feels repulsed by some of things your mind is doing, and it counts your mind’s behaviour as very important when it comes to assessing your overall moral character. The key point I want you to notice is how you used that same thought voice in all three cases. I also want you to notice how some answers felt easier to translate than others. That last soul question could easily trigger some very conflicting feelings, and such feelings often feel impossible to accurately translate into words, yet you still tried to translate in all three cases. It’s automatic, isn’t it? So much so that it’s actually very difficult not to try to translate whatever you’re feeling into a bunch of pronounceable words.
It’s rather ironic how difficult it is to become fluent in a new verbal language as an adult when you are already such an ace at doing a much harder thing: translating a wide variety of non-verbal communications into words. Each of your elements has its own preferred language that it communicates in, and you know how to translate them all into words as need be. It’s estimated that only 13% of the human population can speak three languages. You can already speak four: your body’s language, your soul’s language, your mind’s language, plus the verbal language that you translate all of their thoughts into. There’s no such thing as an unintelligent human being.
The Translating Element
So now that we’re dialled into this thought voice that is actively reading this post to you right inside your head, let’s talk about who is doing all of this translating. The translating element is your conscious. I don’t focus on the conscious very much in my material because it is a very responsive element, and that means it doesn’t tend to be the source of most of the problems people grapple with in life. But your conscious is still an extremely fascinating element and it is the part of you that feels a need to translate the musings of your other elements into verbal thoughts.
Like your body, your conscious views your soul and subconscious as the two powerful alphas in your system. Also like your body, your conscious feels far more dependent on your subconscious than your soul when it comes to its ability to function. Your conscious functions like a flash drive with very limited space. When you are awake, information about your daily experiences floods into your conscious until its little memory drive feels like its at its bursting point. When you sleep, your subconscious deletes all of that data from your conscious’ hard drive and stores it in its own massive memory banks. This routine file wipe is essential to your conscious because it frees up space for it to store new incoming data when you wake up. This routine file wipe is also what causes your memory of yesterday to be very hazy and filled with blanks. At the time that you lie down to go to sleep, you can easily recall many details about your day that you can no longer remember when you wake up. The data hasn’t been lost; it’s simply been transferred to a different archive. Pretty amazing stuff.
Now while you are awake, your conscious functions like a kind of interface between your other elements. Imagine that your soul, subconscious, and body all watching the same big monitor and on that monitor, text keeps appearing which represent your verbal thoughts.
I’m hungry. I need to remember to put tomatoes on the shopping list. Rats, it’s Mom’s birthday on Tuesday and I haven’t gotten her anything yet. Is that a hornet outside my window? I’m still feeling depressed from that news article yesterday. I wish the world wasn’t so full of misery. That is a hornet–yuck! My feet are cold–where are my socks? I could get a pizza but my budget is pretty tight this month.
Your conscious is the one posting all of these statements onto the monitor, and as you can see, it’s a bit of a mess. Unlike the text messaging apps you use which assign each texter a unique name and bubble colour, your conscious doesn’t put any identifiers on the verbal thoughts it creates. It just focuses on translating things as fast as it can, and the result is a jumble of comments from multiple elements. Notice how in the example above, there are abrupt subject changes as your conscious keeps changing which element’s feedback it is translating. Let’s now break this down so we can see which element said what.
- BODY: I’m hungry.
- SUBCONSCIOUS: I need to remember to put tomatoes on the shopping list.
- SOUL: Rats, it’s Mom’s birthday on Tuesday and I haven’t gotten her anything yet.
- SUBCONSCIOUS: Is that a hornet outside my window?
- SOUL: I’m still feeling depressed from that news article yesterday. I wish the world wasn’t so full of misery.
- SUBCONSCIOUS: That is a hornet–yuck!
- BODY: My feet are cold–where are my socks?
- SUBCONSCIOUS: I could get a pizza but my budget is pretty tight this month.
When we add nametags, it’s easy to see how your elements are all talking about different things at the same time. This is normal behaviour for every human on the planet: we are all internally multitasking 24/7, and we’re always thinking about several things at once. This is due to our individual elements each having their own set of priorities and interests.
In the above dialogue, notice how your body is focused on it’s own comfort. It wants food and warmth. Meanwhile your soul is focused on moral issues (doing right by Mom on her birthday) and philosophical concerns (the general state of the world). Your subconscious is focused on your safety by monitoring the hornet situation. Your subconscious is also strategizing about how to get you the resources you need (tomatoes for the future and something for dinner tonight). This is how complicated you are on a daily basis.
Now let’s go back to the metaphorical image of your three elements watching the endless stream of text that your conscious posts onto its communication monitor. Because none of your elements are doing the posting, they just assume that every statement that appears is a translation of something that one of them said. But here is where things get tricky, because sometimes a third party will suddenly post something onto that screen that none of your elements said. When that happens, each individual element makes it’s own wrong assumption about who was the source of that thought.
Let’s look at another example. Here is a stream of thoughts that form in John’s conscious as he drives home from his job teaching at the local school.
I need to finish grading all of these papers by Thursday so I can enjoy watching the football game on Friday. Can this guy possibly drive any slower? Why does the light always turn red right when I drive up? I need to call Dave about borrowing his lawn mower. Today was exhausting. I need a better lunch. Oh well, at least that new student is some serious eye candy. I could feast on her all day. What the hell, John?! Stop thinking like a perv! That girl is young enough to be my daughter. Still though. Wouldn’t mind putting my hands down that skirt. STOP IT! That is disgusting! You’re sick in the head!
So what just happened here? First, notice the usual jumble of unrelated topics as John’s elements muse to themselves about different topics. That’s typical. Nothing strange there. But then we come to these sudden lewd comments about a new female student in one of John’s classes. Notice the horrified response. Who is talking and who is responding? It is John’s soul that is reacting with horror because it considers the thoughts about the girl to be morally repulsive. But where did those thoughts actually come from?
Because John doesn’t know anything about demons, and because he doesn’t understand his own design, he is naturally going to assume that he is the origin of those inappropriate thoughts. Once your soul thinks that you are the one producing immoral thoughts, it immediately becomes distressed. Notice how upset John’s soul sounds as it responds to the comments about the girl. Notice the strong, condemning language that it uses. Disgusting. Perv. Sick. Souls naturally default to bullying techniques when they are trying to shutdown negative behaviour.
Now let’s say that John is a bit more educated about his own internal workings than most, so he understands that there is a difference between his body, soul, and subconscious. In this situation, John’s soul is likely to assume that his own subconscious was the source of the immoral thoughts. This will trigger the same negative soul response, because your soul feels morally accountable for what your subconscious does.
Now what’s actually happening here is that none of John’s elements produced those disturbing thoughts. Instead, a demon inserted those thoughts into the stream of verbal chatter that John’s conscious was producing. When demons do this sort of thing, there is an immediate response from your alpha elements. Once the response happens, everyone gets focused on what that response is and the issue of origin is ignored. It’s rather like what happens once your friend gets her finger pinched in a doorjamb and starts yelping in pain. Once your friend reacts with distress, you focus on responding to her reaction, you don’t ignore her while you analyse the door frame so you can understand exactly how the accident happened. In the same way, once either of your alpha elements (soul or subconscious) becomes upset by something, your entire system becomes tense and all of your elements start stressing over the fact that one of your alphas is upset.
Playing with Pronouns
Let’s now take a closer look at the pronouns a demon used when dropping its thoughts into John’s conscious:
- Oh well, at least that new student is some serious eye candy. I could feast on her all day.
- Wouldn’t mind putting my hands down that skirt.
This thought originated from a demon, but notice how it structured the thought to sound as if John is talking to himself. It’s all about the pronouns. Playing with pronouns are a very effective manipulation tool which demons use on humans all the time. By simply choosing the right wording for a thought, they can get your soul and subconscious to immediately assume that you are the origin of it. Once you take personal responsibility for producing a certain thought, the effect on your alpha elements is severe.
When demons drop thoughts into your mind like this, they have already decided how they want you to interpret them. If they want you to assume that the thought came from yourself, they will use first person pronouns like I, me, mine and my. If they want you to recognise that the thought originated from outside of yourself, they will typically use second person pronouns (you, your) as well as plural forms of first person pronouns (we, us).
As Theresa lies in her bed at night, the following thoughts suddenly form in her mind:
We are watching you everywhere you go. We can read your thoughts. We know all of your secrets. There is nowhere you can hide from us.
The types of pronouns being used here cause Theresa to immediately recognise these thoughts as originating from outside of herself. There is nothing more invasive than feeling like some other entity is speaking in your head, and Theresa’s subconscious and soul immediately go on red alert. But who exactly is talking to Theresa? She relies on the pronouns to lead her to the right conclusions. Since whoever it is calls themselves “we” there must be more than one of them. As Theresa imagines a group of hostile supernatural entities surrounding her in her dark bedroom, she is more than a little scared. But what kind of beings are these? How Theresa answers this question will depend on what her personal background is and what her current soul beliefs are. Theresa doesn’t believe in God or demons, but she does believe in the existence of hostile aliens. She now decides that there are hostile aliens who are targeting her for some reason, and this greatly distresses her.
So are aliens a real thing? No, but alien encounters certainly are. What people don’t understand is that alien encounters are the same as ghost sightings: they are deceptive performances put on by demons for the purpose of stressing humans and encouraging them to draw false conclusions about who they are interacting with.
Is it really such a big deal if you mistake a demon for an alien from outer space or the ghost of your dead Aunt Sally? Yes, it’s a very big deal. What you believe has a profound effect on you. Demons understand this, which is why they put a lot of effort into trying to prevent humans from correctly identifying them. Playing with pronouns is just one of many strategies demons use to get you to either mistake yourself as the origin of one of their thoughts or to mistake them for some other kind of supernatural entity, such as aliens, angels, or even God.
Speaking of God, nothing will drive your soul into despair faster than thinking God finds you despicable. Of course this particular strategy works best on souls who sincerely care about pleasing God or who are sincerely trying to connect with Him. Since demons want to block your soul from progressing with God, they aren’t keen to make you aware of His existence. If you don’t think God is real yet, demons will try to keep you in the dark on that matter. But once you do start trying to pursue a relationship with your Creator, demons will change tactics and try to find some way to discourage your soul away from that pursuit. One common way that they try to do this is by arranging their pronouns to make it sound as if a third party is addressing you.
Fifteen years ago, Tom molested his neighbour’s daughter. Today Tom’s soul is trying to pursue a relationship with a God that he only just met. The idea that God could genuinely be interested in him is very difficult for Tom’s soul to accept because Tom is so full of self-loathing over his ongoing struggle with pedophilia. Tom is sitting at home trying to meditate when these thoughts suddenly intrude in his mind:
I would never accept a scumbag like you. When you die, you’ll find out exactly what I think of your kind.
The tone that accompanies these thoughts is angry and forceful. Due to the pronouns used, Tom immediately assumes these thoughts are coming from someone other than him. Due to his current soul beliefs, he assumes that this is God talking to him, confirming his fears that his own Creator finds him despicable. Once he makes this set of assumptions, Tom’s soul crashes down into bitter despair and he suddenly feels there is no purpose to his life.
Tom’s situation demonstrates how powerful this demon con can be. Spiritual devastation can be caused by misinterpreting a few pronouns and by not understanding that there are malicious supernatural entities who will go to great lengths to try to deceive you about the origins of your own thoughts. The good news is that we can learn to get better at correctly identifying where troubling thoughts actually come from. Demons are very clever, but they are no match for God. When we rely on God to guide us and help us develop good spiritual discernment skills, we end up being a lot harder for demons to con.
To learn more about demons see A No-Nonsense Guide to Demons.