A lady just lately relayed to me her dream, which she thought was demonic. People typically inform me that they’re affected by demonic desires. I’m all the time a bit skeptical. But this one caught my eye:
Last night time, as ordinary, I sprinkled holy water round my mattress and room. As I used to be sleeping, I felt two heat creatures wrap as much as me, one close to my shoulder, and one beneath, close to my waist. I reached to really feel them. They had heat, smooth fur, and my thought was, “How sweet” however I went to take away them they usually sunk their sharp eye enamel in my arms and wouldn’t let go. I attempted yelling, however was so weak, so I attempted to scream louder, and once I did, I awoke they usually had been gone. It was terrifying! I’ve by no means had a dream like that and don’t need one other one.
As a psychologist, I do know that many intense photos and feelings can floor throughout our desires. Many clinicians consider dreaming is a approach for our minds to course of the occasions and feelings of our lives. The thoughts tries to work via our interior conflicts and traumas to carry decision and peace. As such, desires may be stuffed with sturdy feelings and horrifying photos, particularly when our lives comprise concern, ache, powerlessness, and/or abuse.
But this lady’s dream had indicators of a real demonic encounter. First, it was a transparent dream with a plot to it, slightly than being a melange of photos. Second, it was an intense encounter that she vividly remembered. Normal desires are typically forgotten shortly except written down instantly upon waking. Third, the actions of the demonic character had been typical of what demons do. In this case, they tried to seduce her into considering they had been “warm, soft fur” and thus pleasant. But when she rejected them, they turned vicious, having sharp eye enamel and refused to depart. Fourth, her emotional response was one in all intense concern; she stated, “It was terrifying.” This can be a typical emotional response to a demonic assault.
What is very fascinating is that she someway knew that she ought to reject them, regardless of feeling they had been heat and smooth. Likely, seeing via the demonic deception was a grace from Holy Spirit maybe with a nudge from her Guardian Angel. It took a little bit of effort for her to do away with the demons, however when she “screamed louder”, they left. So, her rejection of the demonic seduction was sturdy and chronic, which is essential. Her use of holy water earlier than sleeping most likely helped to spiritually defend herself in opposition to this demonic assault.
I don’t shortly ascribe a demonic trigger to any dream that is perhaps ugly and terrifying. But this dream match the standards of a real encounter with the Evil One. In reality, they don’t seem to be actually “dreams” in any respect, however slightly religious encounters whereas we’re asleep. But, even in such a weak state, the Lord protects us. As the psalmist says: “I will lie down in peace and sleep comes at once for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety” (Ps 4:9).
“I will lie down in peace and sleep comes at once for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety” (Ps 4:9)
This submit was initially printed on CatholicExorcism.org and is reprinted right here with permission.
Image: Angel on the San Angelo bridge, Rome; Photo taken by the Author