Spirit Attachment & Possession: An Overview

Spirit Possession Syndrome is often confused with Multiple Personality Disorder, there are however distinct differences between the two. Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD) is the fragmenting of the personality usually as a response to extreme physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse during childhood. Different sub-personalities are formed that are more equipped to deal with these abusive episodes. An individual who suffers from this disorder may experience amnesia while one of the sub-personalities is in control, however, many who suffer from MPD will remain conscious and suffer unexplainable physical or emotional symptoms.

As an example, a petite female may have a personality of a large and angry man in order to fend off any physical threats or assaults. Another personality, a small child as an example, may present itself in order to gain sympathy and thus avoid verbal attacks. A third personality that enjoys sexual contact with older men might be used as a way to avoid the pain of a sexual assault. These examples, while hypothetical, show how the personality might divide itself in order to deal with extreme stress.

Spirit Possession Syndrome (SPS) is the actual physical or mental attachment of a consciousness to another person; the most common of which are earthbound spirits. The attachments may be benevolent, malevolent or neutral in intention. Spirits may attach themselves to a human being for many reasons including fear of the unknown after death, drug or alcohol addiction that is carried on after death, or to love and support a loved one. Spirits can enter the system during times of stress or extreme emotion, surgery, sexual ecstasy, physical, mental or emotional abuse. As this is not an inclusive list, it does give the range of possibilities of entry by earthbound spirits.

When an earthbound spirit(s) attaches itself to an individual, it can resemble MPD in that the fears and preferences of the attaching spirit can override the preferences of the individual and often can produce amnesia while the attaching spirit is in control.

While MPD and SPS resemble each other, the goal of treatment is quite different. In treating MPD, the goal is to reintegrate the sub-personalities back into the larger personality; while treating SPS, the goal is simply to remove the attaching spirit from the person suffering from SPS.

Mind Fragments

When an individual suffers a trauma, the person’s Psyche (defined as the sum total of all his experiences) fragments. In other word, a piece or the psyche (mind/soul) of that person is left behind. That mind-fragment then may attach to another person after separation. If that individual dies, the soul fragment may stay attached to that person after he’s gone, even if the fragmented person is still alive.

An example of this was a woman whom had her deceased brother attached to her. Even though both parties were agreeable to the idea of him going to the light, the brother said it was to far away and was unable to detach. In querying her brother further, they discovered that a mind-fragment of their mother was still attached to her dead brother and thus keeping him from moving into the light.

Mind-fragments appear to be able to go just about anywhere. They can remain with detached body parts, can go into the Light, or be found in past lives. Attachment of mind-fragments of people who are living to those who are deceased does not seem out of the realm of possibility when viewed from this perspective. The death of a popular leader or entertainer may bring rise to such grief that fragmentation may occur in the population in general. This may cause fragmentation and result in the attachment of mind-fragments of those who deeply mourn these individuals. It seems that in the spirit world, all things are possible and most go beyond the understanding of the ego.

Categories of Mind Fragments

Below are the categories of mind-fragmentation including Sub-Personality and Alter Personality, Fragment Sub-personality, Submerging, Shifting, Fading, Separation, Evacuation, Pre-Natal Separation and Dissipation.

Sub-personality and Alter Personality

This category of mind fragmentation can resemble paranoia. These personalities usually form for the purpose of protecting the individual or helping him meet unfulfilled needs and are often formed during childhood while experiencing or witnessing severe trauma. The treatment for this condition is to illicit cooperation from the sub-personality and eventual integration into the main personality.

Fragment Sub-personality

Fragment Sub-personality is the fragmentation of the formed sub-personality described above and can occur after the original splitting away of the main personality. When the sub-personality is exposed to a trauma, it can split just like the main personality. When treating this, the fragments of the sub-personality must be retrieved before integration back into the main personality.
Submerging often happens to a sub-personality that is considered a severely damaged inner child. Because of the severe abuse that often accompanies these personality splits, the more sensitive parts tend to submerge leaving the more aggressive aspects to take care of the problems he is facing. Since the child is the basis for adult life, bringing the child up is important for the health of the client.

Shifting is the moving of consciousness out of the body and is often a coping mechanism for people who suffer abuse or other trauma. The client may feel spacey and may often “drift away”. It is a feeling of not being in the body. The fragment stays outside but close to the body.


Fading is the feeling that one would just like to become invisible in the world and is a condition usually found among children of alcoholics. Because of the fear of past and possibility of future pain, the fragment would choose to be invisible as a way to avoid this pain.


Separation is a percentage of leaving and following at a safe distance still attached to the original soul-mind. This separation can be caused by the loss of a relationship, limbs, accidents, surgeries or severe traumas. This separation leaves the person susceptible to spirit attachment.


Evacuation is a more distant form of separation and is usually caused by terror. The physical fragmentation can occur with the separation of limbs from the body and often occur during amputations, battle wounds or other instances where body parts may have been removed both in past and present lives.

Pre-Natal Fragmentation

Pre-Natal Fragmentation occurs when the soul does not fully join the baby at birth. This is usually caused by the soul rejected the life journey before birth. Soul Theft occurs when one person attempts to gain power over another person or may be caused by black magic or hexes.


Dissipation, or an unrecoverable fragment that has dissipated or dissolved into nothingness may be caused by a loss of a love that seemed emotionally severe to the client. Shattering can also occur as the fragments are shattered into little pieces. It is necessary to call on assistance for what the author refers to as soul rescue teams.


When an individual places a spell or a curse on an individual or a group, soul fragment(s) of the witch leaves and attaches to the person(s) that are involved. The fragments are accompanied by dark entities because one who practices black magic openly enlists the help of the darkness. When discovered, sending the fragments back to the “curser” or to the light is the remedy for healing curses.


A hex is used in witchcraft or magic. To put a hex on someone is to put a spell on him. This spell is usually done for harm, but always is an attempt to control the individual and take away his free will. When one puts a hex on someone, they fragment and those fragments attach to the person who has been hexed.

Other Entity Types

Other entity types include earthbound spirit, mind fragments, thought forms or various non-human entities including demonic beings.

Therapeutic Techniques that Uncover Entities

Past-Life Therapy Techniques.

When using past-life therapy to assist a client in understanding karma and letting go of the karmic residue, it appears that attachment from a past life can be a major source of the problem. In other words, the client may be dealing with a past life of an incarnate spirit or a fragment of the client attached to another and remaining in that life. An example of the former may include an attached spirit seeking revenge on the client for a past life conflict. Discovering this, the client can undergo SRT and PLT in alleviation of the problem.


Most of us have gone through some trauma in this or another lifetime resulting in the fragmenting of the soul-mind. This can result in a greater susceptibility to attached entities. When the attached entity is released, the mind fragment can be recovered assisting the client back to wholeness.

The direct approach.

When a therapist suspects an attachment, asking if there is anybody else here often takes the entity by surprise and will elicit a response from the attached entity. Listening to the client and watching for somatic clues is important in any therapy; the direct approach requires trust and confidence within the therapist.

Connected Breathing Technique.

This technique is especially useful for those who are uncomfortable expressing emotions and communicating. Attached spirits often causes hesitancy. The increased energy makes it difficult for attached spirits to remain hidden.

The Six Phases to Spirit Releasement Therapy (SRT):

SRT is carried out in six phases including: Discovery and identification of any attached discarnate spirits or entities; Differential diagnosis; Dialogue with the spirit; Release of the spirit into the light; Sealing Light Meditation; and ongoing therapy (p. 209). Each of these phases will be described below.

Discovery and identification of any attached discarnate spirits of entities.

One can identify an attached entity by noticing the presentation of the client during therapy. If the client identifies his behavior or feelings as not being his, this usually indicates an attachment. During this stage, the client is asked to identify the incarnate by finding out its name, how he manifests in his body, emotions and reactions and how and when it was able to attach to the client. The entity will usually identify itself as separate from the client.

Differential Diagnosis.

This part of the sequence involves discovering what type of attachment(s) is involved. The attachments can be an earthbound spirit, a mind fragment, thought forms or various non-human entities including demonic beings. Combinations of these attachments can also be found which may include earthbound spirits that have demonic attachments or mind fragments of living people that attached during past lives. Almost any combination is possible and has been found by the author. Understanding the nature of the attachment determines the necessary procedure in regard to its releasement.

Dialogue with the spirit.

Ordering an attached spirit to the Light causes resistance to the process of SRT. The dialogue with the spirit is to help it meet its needs and give it incentive to move on. This dialogue is used to break through the resistance of the attached entity and give it a greater motivation to go to the Light. When dealing with human entities, this is accomplished by clearing the residue that may be keeping it attached, or showing it that its efforts are harmful and fruitless. With non-human entities or demonic spirits, a tough love approach of capturing it and showing it its spark is used to overcome the fear of the Light and other dark beings.

Release of the spirit into the Light.

Once the conflicts are resolved and the resistance to letting go is dealt with, the attached entity is requested to go to the Light. The entity is asked to notice the Light and notice any familiar or trustworthy guides (such as angels) are there to guide him to the Light. The entity often apologizes and goes to the Light with these beings. The entity is directed to the Light set it on its spiritual path. Casting out the spirit invites attachment to another person.

Sealing Light Meditation.

Once the spirit has moved into the Light, “Cleanup Teams of the Light” are summoned to clean up any residue that may have been left behind and are asked to fill up the individual with white healing light. “The Healing Teams of the Light” fix any wounds left behind because of the attachment. The meditation has the client fill himself with white light emanating from his divine spark. This light expands beyond his physical body and encases and protects him. The client is requested to perform this regularly and often as a means of self-healing and protection.

Ongoing Therapy

One session is usually not enough when considering the lifetimes of karmic debt. Also, other attachments may still be present. Ongoing therapy assists the client in continuing to let go of the burdens and debts they he has accumulated through the ages.

Remote Depossession

Remote Depossession is a technique where on individual will act as a surrogate for another individual in SRT. This is done for an individual who is unwilling or unable to release an attached spirit because of insufficient mental capacity or is under the control of the attached entity or demonic spirit.

This process is done through the induction of an altered state of consciousness. The surrogate will visualize the person and ask that individuals higher self if permission is given for the process to continue. If the answer is yes, then the surrogate looks into the eyes of that person to establish a connection with him. The surrogate may then perceive the presence of attached entities by noticing other faces, eyes or feel the presence of another. Once the fact of spirit attachment is ascertained, the client and therapist make sure that the boundaries between the therapist and the entity are established and the SRT is continued.
SRT is most effectively done in person with the full knowledge of the original subject;
healing is most effective when the person acknowledges the problem and takes full responsibility for his healing. Remote SRT should be done only when the subject cannot work in person.

Techniques for Releasing a Spirit into the Light.

Once all needs have been met, resistance bypassed and conflicts resolved, the attached spirits are usually willing to go to the Light. With all of these issues handled, the Light will appear to be closer and brighter. The following is the sequence of techniques for releasing a spirit into the Light.

The spirit is asked if there is anyone who is familiar to him in the Light. He is instructed to look for someone he trusted once earlier in his life. Once this person is found, he is asked to take his hand and is encouraged to communicate to the client one last time. This usually takes the form of an apology. He is then asked to repair any physical or emotional damage that he may have caused due to his attachment with the client. He is sent to the Light and the client is instructed to watch the spirit until it is fully in the Light.
Question the credentials of the person that appears from the Light. If that person has red eyes, an aggressive or impatient manner or is egotistical in some way, it may be a dark spirit attempting to deceive him away from the Light. Several deceiver spirits may come before a being from the Light can get to him. He notes that one should look beyond the trappings of what we believe angels to be and note how the being reacts. Asking the being a holy figure (Christ, Buddha, Mohammad, etc.) is their Lord and Master will denote whether the spirit is from the Light or a dark entity. Avoidance of the question or indirectly answering it denotes a dark entity. If these entities show up during this process, calling on the Archangel Michael and his army to gather up these spirits as well as any wayward spirits is suggested. Clean up Angels of the Light as well as Healing Angels of the Light are enlisted to assist the client’s healing.

“Sealing Light” Meditation

Focus on your heart center where your divine spark resides. Just as the beings that attached to you noticed your spark, as they attached to you like a moth to a flame, I would like you to draw the same attention to yourself and notice how truly attractive, loving and healing your core essence is. Bath yourself in the unconditionally loving and healing light that is your essence.

Allow the warmth and light that is you to begin to expand throughout your entire body. See the flame begin to lovingly expand, warming your entire body. Allow the warmth to extend from your body into your head (pause). Feel the warmth moving into your extremities now, into your arms, out into your hands and all the way through to your fingertips. Extend that healing light into your legs, into your arms and all the way down to your toes (pause)

Allow your divine Light to extend beyond your body now as it forms a protective/attractive shell around you. Trust that this divine energy will heal all that comes into its field taking away all need for entities to attach to it. Trust that your Light will allow those things that are you to radiate out into the universe while it also protects you from inappropriate attachments both carnate and incarnate.

Before we leave this space, I would like to recommend that you practice this meditation often. Whenever you feel stress or poignant emotions, whenever you wake up or go to bed, bring this healing energy into and around you. When you do this, the staying power of this space will become a permanent resident within your being. When you do this, you remind yourself of your own Love, Light and Divinity.

The Importance of Forgiveness

Anger, guilt and shame all seem to be binding emotions. During SRT, the client may become angry at the attached entity for the discomfort and harm that was caused him. If the client decides to seek retribution or even desires it, the residue that remains may cause the client to again deal with this situation again either in this life or another lifetime. Many demonic spirit attachments engage because of the need for revenge. Forgiveness is necessary for both parties as it brings to closure the difficult and uncomfortable events that began the attachments in the first place. It is important to try to forgive the perpetrator. Discovering what happened, being honest about how the client feels about it, learning to understand the perpetrator’s point of view and understanding that he did the best he could seems to me to be the way toward true forgiveness.