7.10 Symptoms of the Presence of Evil Spirits - Column 4


Chapter 7: Ground and Symptoms of Possession

from War On the Saints
by Jesse Penn-Lewis

When evil spirits have gained entry to the believer through the ground given to them, as already described, the symptoms of their presence are recognizable according to the degree of the possession and the place wherein they are located, whether deep in the innermost structure of the person, or in the mind and faculties which are more visibly affected by them.

Many of the symptoms have already been touched upon in previous chapters, especially in Chapter 4. Passivity the Chief Basis of Possession , and Chapter 6. Counterfeits of the Divine , in spiritual experiences, and need not be recapitulated.

Here we need but sum up some of the characteristics of acute and fully developed possession in mind and body, when the passive surrender to deceiving spirits is very complete, and the whole of the outer man is open to their use in every part of his being. It must, however, be clearly understood, that

1) all the symptoms may be present in a very slight degree, so as to be almost indistinguishable from entirely natural causes;

2) they may be only manifested in the part of the human frame wherein the intruders are located; or

3) they may come into existence, and pass away through various causes, WITHOUT THE KNOWLEDGE of the victim.

[7.9] Where The Evil Spirits Enter - Column 3
[7.11] Characteristics of Acute "Possession" of Mind and Body
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