Religious and spiritual traditions all hold a view of the world where there is an invisible reality to the universe – that there is more going on than we can see with our eyes or touch with our hands. They present that behind the world of matter there is an unseen realm or even realms; that there is a spiritual or etheric reality, which impacts and influences our physical reality.
Part of this spiritual or etheric reality includes acknowledging the presence of entities, spirits and ghosts. An entity is defined as ‘a thing with defined existence’ and so it can be incarnate or discarnate but it is widely used as a generic term for discarnate spirits. In other words, it is the spirit of a human being that has died and which for one reason or another remains earthbound. In addition, many traditions have recognised that these entities or spirits can influence the thoughts and behaviours of human beings through spirit attachment and possession.
Across time, different traditions have used varying terminology to describe these spiritual entities including evil spirits, demons and ghosts for example. Although there are nuanced differences – they are all non-physical or etheric in nature. And herein is the crux of the matter – pun intended – for there are those who adhere to a scientific, mechanistic and materialist paradigm who dismiss the idea of such entities as mere religious superstition and belief because they cannot physically see, touch, hold or measure the presence of these entities.
A religious and spiritual understanding of the world that embraces the influence of spirit entities and their influence on human lives does not sit well with those who hold a strict secular worldview, a speculative scrutiny where the non-physical realm is forcefully negated and denied.
Religions or cultures that include the concept of the spirit world in their tradition have been either categorised as cultural anomalies (representing a less enlightened age) or a result of a primitive comprehension of the ‘real’ world. Those in the West who have suggested an existence of incorporeal spirits as part of a religious and spiritual understanding have from time to time been outright attacked and ridiculed by skeptic groups and others for decades.
Serge Benhayon, philosopher, author and founder of Universal Medicine has been presenting on the energetic fact and reality of entities and their influence on human beings since 1999 – and on a rather peculiar scale he has been vilified and attacked for doing so. This teaching forms a part of the religious understanding of The Way of The Livingness – a new religion based upon the Ageless Wisdom Teachings; teachings laid out since ancient times, as Serge Benhayon has explained,
‘It is time that we all begin to return to our inner-most and discover that there is a vastness to connect to … a Divine endless vastness that brings uniform and unifying knowledge and wisdom to all equally. From this connection, or in-truth, re-connection, mankind will again access their greater beingness, as did the architects and builders of the Great Pyramid, as did the real Imhotep, Patanjali, Pythagoras, Siddhartha Gautama, Jesus, Muhammad, Leonardo da Vinci and Alice A. Bailey along with many others, including, and in part, Albert Einstein.
From the re-connection there will emerge a new form of science and a new way of being. The new way of being will collectively be known as the ‘Way of The Livingness’. And, in time, when the word ‘religion’ is re-discovered and re-found in its true meaning, a meaning that has vastly lost its way, so too will The Way of The Livingness be naturally accepted as being the re-choosing/re-connecting (religion) of all, equally. Along with a new way of being, a way many are already living as a result of their choice to re-connect, will be the new forms of science. This form of science will be known as Divine Science.’
Serge Benhayon Esoteric Teachings and Revelations, p 48.
Esther Rockett, currently being sued for defamation by Serge Benhayon, has taken many of his presentations out of context that form part of a profound religious understanding of life, in particular Esther Rockett has attempted to use his presentations on entities to ridicule and characterise Serge Benhayon as ‘delusional’ with the inference that any religious understanding that embraces these concepts should be viewed as mad, crazy, non-sensical, dangerous, manipulative, and abusive.
Yet even a cursory glance will show that entities, spirits or ghosts have been part and parcel of the world’s religions and spiritual systems throughout time.
Rockett’s approach which seeks to use religious belief and understanding to vilify and reduce her target seeks to draw upon a secular worldview, a world where no sane, rational person could possibly believe in the presence of non-physical beings – or so the story goes. She does so to garner the support of those that might share her skepticism. But in this ignorant attempt Esther Rockett fails to consider that it is not Serge Benhayon alone that has introduced this supposedly ‘crazy’ idea to the world.
It’s not new, it’s not crazy, it’s not strange, it’s not based on deception or illusion – it’s ancient, it’s wise, founded upon a connection to the Universe that is deeper and greater than what we can physically touch or measure and ultimately it is based on the energetic truth of life that is Ageless in nature.
One could say it ‘has stood the test of time’ – the knowing of entities has persisted despite any changes to man’s evolution and progression in this world and even the materialist and scientific paradigm cannot prove or show that it is not true or does not exist – other than by belief.
Hardly scientific. Ironic.
On the other hand, those who have the developed awareness to see or feel such presences, experience the reality of entities – no belief required there. And so, the fact of their reality has been presented throughout time by those who could feel, see or know of their presence, to those who have not yet developed that awareness. For those who have the awareness, the reality of spirits or entities or light beings is a fact as clear as the nose on one’s face.
Presence of entities in world religion
Shamanism fully accepts the presence of spirits or entities and shamanic healers were known to drive spirits out of people in order to heal physical and mental illness. This practice of releasing spirits became known as exorcism and was incorporated into many religious traditions including the Catholic religion.
In the modern day world and with the rise of scientism, this work was not spoken about openly in the Catholic Church, although priests were trained in the practice of exorcism and were fully aware of the reality of spirit entities and their ability to influence people through attachment and possession.
Pope Francis has now made exorcisms official Catholic practice recognised under canon law and has called it a ‘form of charity’. The Catholic Encyclopedia defines exorcism as ‘the act of driving out, or warding off, demons or evil spirits, from persons, places, or things, which are believed to be possessed or infested by them, or are liable to become victims or instruments of their malice.’ The International Association of Exorcists, a group of 250 priests has now had its statutes approved by the Vatican’s Congregation for Clergy, giving legal recognition to the practice of exorcism.1
With an estimated 1.2 billion Catholics in the world, we can hardly say that those who accept the reality of entities/spirits are fringe, uncommon, weird or strange. For this is only one religion and there are many more to go who have similar understandings.
Even broadening out to other forms of Christianity, which adhere to the teachings of the Bible and Jesus, we see that they too accept the presence of spirits or entities.
Jesus performed healings by removing spirits from people and he conveyed the reality of the co-existence of the spiritual world and the physical world, revealing what was going on ‘behind the veil’ of the physical.2
The Bible too makes reference to the world of spirits and the fact that on earth we are surrounded by spirits: Hebrews 12:13
‘Therefore, we also having so great a cloud of witnesses set around us.’
Thus if the majority of the world’s 2.2 billion Christians accept the teachings of the Bible and the reality of spirits, that’s almost one third of the world. But there’s more.
In Judaism, (16 million worldwide) a dybbuk, which means to ‘cling’ or to ‘cleave’, is a wandering soul that can possess or attach to a living person in an attempt to either live vicariously through the person, or control their body and actions to do their will. Likewise, they accept that a person can be possessed by a ghost (spirit), the latter being drawn to people who have similar desires or weaknesses thus rendering them open to being taken over, with Old Testament references to the influence of spirits on King Saul and the prophets.4
Hinduism is one of the world’s oldest religions and presents that we are surrounded by a multitude of spirit entities that can attach to or possess a human being who has weakened themselves in some way perhaps through addiction to alcohol, drugs or trauma – allowing the spirit to enter and influence the thoughts and behaviours of the person. They therefore cremate the dead person’s body in order to assist with the journey of the spirit and prevent it from trying to re-enter the body. Hinduism has over 1 billion adherents world wide – again showing that such understandings are actually more mainstream than many perhaps consider.
Buddhism (488 million) also accepts the reality of spirits or ghosts and their ability to influence human beings. They understand the spirits to be suffering and needing compassion and are not to be feared. In addition, they describe some ghosts as being lost due to not understanding their own death and the existence of the afterlife, whilst others are earthbound due to fear, guilt and shame that need to be worked through.
Islam (1.6 billion Muslims) teaches about jinn – beings that dwell in the unseen and can be good or bad. The term Jinni is where the word ‘Genie’ comes from. They also speak of zars or spirits that can possess women and Sufism, the mystical form of Islam, also accepts that ghosts and spirits do exist and can influence people.
The religions of spiritualism and spiritism have at their core the belief that spirits can be communicated with after death. They see the afterlife or spirit world as a place where spirits can continue to evolve. They communicate with spirits and believe they can provide useful knowledge or guidance.
Ghosts and spirits are commonly found in the understandings of what are called ancient or ‘primitive’ tribes – who as a group believe in an unseen realm, co-existing with the physical, earthly realm and that people live on after death of the body. One such group is the Native American Indians, who work closely with nature and the land and have an innate sense of the oneness of life.
Chief Seattle in 1854 refers to his knowing of the reality of the spirit world when he stated:
‘And when the last red man shall have perished from the earth and his memory among white men shall have become a myth, these shores shall swarm with the invisible dead of my tribe, and when your children’s children shall think themselves alone in the field, the store, the shop, upon the highway or in the silence of the woods, they will not be alone.’
This is just a sample from the world’s main religions that describe the reality of entities or spirits and their ability to influence the thoughts and behaviours of mankind in one way or another and is by no means exhaustive. Even in this short review, we can see that such understandings are more widely accepted than perhaps many realise and are certainly not as weird, ‘out-there’, mad or crazy as some would like to portray.
Entities and Psychiatry
Esther Rockett has promulgated a huge digital history vilifying Serge Benhayon over the past four years, her seeming obsession never waning and appearing to increase since legal proceedings were commenced against her in defamation by Serge Benhayon for some of the most offensive attacks she has made upon Serge Benhayon’s person and reputation. Her recent forays have attempted to suggest that Serge Benhayon’s beliefs and attitudes about entities and mental illness are dangerous.
Serge Benhayon has made general observations about the possible impact of entities upon mental health, including schizophrenia, depression and suicide. Although Rockett has tried to use these understandings to create a sense of danger and potential risk of harm (even attempting to use these presentations to suggest that the proponent is ‘delusional’ (her assertion)), there is no harm, no danger and certainly no ‘delusion’.
When Serge Benhayon’s work is looked at in its proper context, he is a great advocate of proper psychiatric and medical care for such serious conditions, as well as appropriate pharmacotherapy. However, Serge offers a spiritual understanding of these conditions that many have found helpful. He has never suggested that he treat such conditions, but offers only a religious context to his audiences. Medical understanding and treatment is left to the experts. Interestingly, some psychiatrists include spiritual understandings in their own clinical practice.
It is not just in religion where we find the acceptance of entities. Some psychiatrists openly talk and write about spirit or entity attachment and possession and its influence on the mental wellbeing of the patient. Attachment or possession are linked with a wide variety of mental disorders including depression, addiction, schizophrenia and multiple personality syndrome. However, research in this area is curtailed by the nature of the field and the need for ethical approval in a system that does not validate this phenomenon.
Powell, a UK psychiatrist, explains that attachment and possession occur in relation to a person’s vulnerability – including fatigue, stress, addiction, anaesthesia, emotional and physical traumas, bereavements and illnesses in addition to mental disorders.5 He expands on the difficulty of having spirit release work accepted in a world that adheres to a materialistic, reductionist and mechanistic paradigm, even though there is the science and experience available to support such an approach.6
Alan Sanderson, also a UK psychiatrist and Founder of Spirit Release Foundation, gives case reports of spirit release therapy in practice and comments that spirit attachment ‘may actually be a common and eminently treatable phenomenon’ where the results speak for themselves.7
Understandings about entities and the spirit world are widely accepted in many religions
This summary isn’t about providing evidence of the reality of entities – but simply showing that such teachings or understandings are actually common, endorsed by some of the world’s largest religions and spiritual systems of belief, with many others not even mentioned here that hold similar views. In addition, it has shown it is not exclusive to religious beliefs and that there are western trained psychiatrists who also endorse the reality of spirits or entities and their impact on the human being. The International Classification of Diseases also has a category for possession disorders.
If people want to attack Serge Benhayon for presenting on entities, then why not also attack the Catholic Church, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Spiritualism and many other religions? It doesn’t make sense to single out one man and one religion for such understandings when they clearly are common to most, if not all – unless of course one is driven by an alternative agenda and personal vendetta rather than any ideological or philosophical concern.
Simple teaching on the reality of entities – no fear, no drama, no altered states
The fact is that Serge Benhayon has been presenting on the reality of entities, their effects and how to remove them in a way that makes them a normal part of life; there is no fear mongering, no emotionality and certainly no induction of any form of altered state or consciousness as may be seen in some religions. There are no people speaking in tongues, collapsing to the floor, screaming out or experiencing any form of altered state of consciousness whatsoever, just a matter-of-fact presentation that empowers people to know more about the unseen world we co-exist with.
Whilst there is a co-existence of these different realms, the understanding that physical reality is a manifestation of what is first present in the unseen has also been around for aeons.
According to the Native American Indian tradition, one of their courageous warriors ‘dreamed and went into the world where there is nothing but the spirits of all things. That is the real world that is behind this one, and everything we see here is something like a shadow from that one.’
It is accepted in many traditions that what is here on earth is first present in the unseen, etheric, spiritual or energetic realm.
The Lord’s prayer, recited by Christians across the world states:
‘On earth (physical realm) as it is (first) in heaven (unseen, spiritual or energetic realm).’
Serge Benhayon also has been presenting on the fact that before anything can be present in matter, it first exists in energy – that nothing can happen without an energy making it happen.
There might be more to life
Of course there are those who will disparage the lot by saying that there is no scientific evidence to confirm the presence of entities and those who may also say, that whilst these understandings may be present within religions, that not everybody in the religion will agree with them.
The purpose here is not to provide ‘evidence’ of the existence of spirits/entities or possession – it is simply, as previously stated, to show such understandings are common to most religions or spiritual systems and are not some fringe, radical, unusual, weird, bizarre, peculiar, strange cultish perversion – which is how Esther Rockett with her skeptic associates have falsely represented Serge Benhayon’s religious teachings on this topic.
There will always be naysayers, skeptics and those who will ridicule and attack these understandings and some of us used to be in such a camp and thus we understand that worldview – this is not to persuade them otherwise – for those that know do not need to convince those that do not.
We respect the right of others to hold whatever worldview works for them, but this does not give people the right to abusively attack, defame and make derogatory statements about those who hold different views. Esther Rockett’s attempt to take such understandings out of context in order to ridicule and defame, exposes the true nature behind her campaign – an attempt to ruin Serge Benhayon’s reputation through an empty and ignorant attack upon his philosophical and religious teachings.
Just consider the possibility that billions and billions of people and thousands upon thousands of years of experience may not be wrong. That there just might be a bit more to us and to life than the scientific and materialistic paradigm as yet allows for. Science is great and absolutely needed but there are more ways of knowing about life than through science alone. It is one pillar by which we seek to understand ourselves and the world we live in, but it is only when we use it in conjunction with philosophy and religion will we have a true picture and understanding of the whole we are a part of.
‘There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.’
– Hamlet (1.5.167-8)
Serge Benhayon presents on all three pillars (science, philosophy and religion) in a way that is all encompassing, where each is given its rightful place so that there is no fighting for domination as we see in the world, but a harmonious symphony and interconnected web of energetic truth that knows that each part is a necessary part of the whole and intertwines with the other parts to form a one unified truth that is applicable to all.
2) Holy Bible. New International Version, (Michigan: Zondervan, 2002).Matthew 9:32-33, 12:22, 17:14-18, Mark 1:23-26
3) Holy Bible. New International Version, (Michigan: Zondervan, 2002). Hebrews 12:1
4) Holy Bible. New International Version, (Michigan: Zondervan, 2002). I Samuel 18:10, I Kings 22:20-23
5) Powell A. The Contribution of Spirit Release Therapy to Mental Health. Royal College of Psychiatrists Special Interest Group in Spirituality Library.
6) Powell A. Psychiatry and Spirit Release Therapy. Royal College of Psychiatrists Special Interest Group in Spirituality Library. http://www.hoje.org.br/arq/artigos/powell_19_11_03.pdf
7) Sanderson A. The Case for Spirit Release. Royal College of Psychiatrists Special Interest Group in Spirituality Library.