What does religious Demonolatry have to do with paranormal investigation?
Well, quite simply the answer is nothing at all. It merely lends a different point of view.
There is often a great deal of confusion regarding how my religious veneration of Demons marries with my role as a paranormal investigator and Demonologist. I should first begin by establishing a few facts as they pertain to the topic at hand.
There are essentially two definitions of the term demonology within modern usage:
1. Demonology: (n.) The study and classification of Demons.
2. Demonology: (n.) The practice of identifying and exorcising Demons.
In the vast majority of instances in which the layperson is exposed to the term, demonologist, he or she is operating under the assumption that a demonologist is a person, usually within the context of a paranormal investigative undertaking and most often of a Christian religious inclination, with a specific skill-set which enables that person to locate and exorcise Demons from a home, area or person.
“Demon”, in this context, refers to the common depiction of a negative entity. As you know, to a Demonolator (one who venerates Demons), a true Demon is a Divine Being. Negative entities, on the other hand, come in many shapes and sizes and answer to many different names.
If true Demons are Divine Beings and not equatable with the negative and destructive entities associated with possession and poltergeist-variety activities, you may be curious to understand what Demonolatry has to do with the actual identification of and subsequent expulsion of negative entities.
The relationship between true Demons and negative entities is certainly not inherent. When I mentioned earlier that religious Demonolatry lends a different perspective to paranormal investigation, I should clarify that a relationship with any spiritual being has the potential to aid paranormal investigation. You may be familiar with the concept of a spirit guide. Within modern usage, a spirit guide is typically regarded as a either a benevolent external entity whose function it is to aid and to guide a person or an aspect of a person’s subconscious which accesses both the internal and external psychic and energetic currents. Those with relationships to their spirit guides may refer to them as Angels or Totems, depending upon the individual and the tradition.
Many paranormal investigators use their connections with their spirit guides as one would use one’s connection to external informants or messengers. As beings of spirit, these entities often assist investigations and even exorcisms of negative entities. Similarly, some practitioners access the spirits of their ancestors in a similar fashion for similar purposes as do they the spirits of the dead in general. More accurately known as true Necromancy, the communication with the spirits of the dead in order to glean information about a past, present or future event can be a relevant and useful tool for those undertaking paranormal investigation.
Necromancy and divination by spirits are practices which have flourished for thousands of years. Even within modern times, these traditions are alive and well. Occult practitioners of Ceremonial Magic often draw inspiration from Renaissance-Era Grimoires in their pursuits of evocation magic or the ceremonial “summoning” of Demons and Spirits. This practice was often associated with the magician ritually evoking a spiritual entity and subsequently asking it a series of questions, depending upon the desired outcome. According to this tradition, the Spirit or Spirits would then assist the magician in any number of ways – from the revelation of future events or the locations of hidden treasures to the granting of special talents or skills – the entity or entities would then be given license to depart (sometimes not before being bound and practically abused).
The concept of Demons and Spirits assisting human beings in the pursuit and attainment of a specific goal is thus not at all unfamiliar. As a Demonolator, one’s spiritual allies, though different from the “traditional spirit guide” of an Angel or an ancestor, are well-equipped to assist him or her in whatever task he or she may undertake. The Demonolator who is also a paranormal investigator, rare as this may be perhaps, is no different than the psychic or the medium who is also a paranormal investigator. The only difference is, of course, the nature of the spiritual allies.
Having a Demonic ally is no more or less beneficial than having an Angelic or ancestral spiritual ally or guide. The question then moves away from the relationship between Demonolatry and paranormal investigation (there is none) to what role our spiritual allies play in a paranormal investigation.
Demons, like other forms of spiritual allies, can serve a number of purposes within the framework of a paranormal investigation:
- Insight into the nature of a haunting or spiritual presence.
- Assistance in an exorcism
- Spiritual, physical, emotional and energetic protection
Additionally, knowing and recognising the true nature of true Demons can mean that one intimately familiar with these beings can then debunk any case of alleged “Demonic” possession or presence. For example, if one has a working relationship with the Demon, Belial, and that individual later encounters an alleged case of an entity calling itself “Belial” whilst behaving completely out of character for the true Belial, one can theoretically establish that the entity is either masquerading as Belial or is actually a manifestation of some form of religious psychotic episode.
It must be said that true Demons, while capable of doing so, will rarely attack or possess a human being. It must certainly be established that true Demons, in the rare instance of actual spiritual possession, will only perform such an act if either invited to do so or if the need is great and They see no other alternative.
Negative entities, on the other hand, are far more numerous than may be assumed and will wantonly afflict, harass and possess human beings at random. Having a powerful spiritual ally such as a Demon, Angel or ancestor can be a priceless advantage for a paranormal investigator. One possible negative to the presence of such entities is the potential for such a presence to interfere with the investigation at hand – namely, interference with electrical equipment. True Demons, when manifesting or manifested, emanate an extremely powerful energetic vibration which can sometimes be described as “corrosive” due to the fact that prolonged exposure to it within an unprepared physical space can negatively affect one’s mental and physical health. This is why true Demons are asked to manifest Themselves very rarely by Demonolators and, if They are asked to manifest, They are invited into a ritually-prepared circle which serves as a “decompression chamber” of sorts.
To conclude, it must be said that paranormal investigation is a science in its infancy. We are only beginning to understand the subtleties of the Unseen. More and more investigators are seeking answers which science remains unable to provide from psychics, mediums and spiritual allies. Opening our minds is truly the only way forward – and to do that, we must open our minds to a different point of view.