How To Train As A Demonologist
Do you want to become a demonologist and use demonology to investigate demonic presences as part of paranormal investigations? Then this article is for you, it will guide you through the study of demons, which is rooted in the history of pretty much every culture and religion to ever exist, it's a very rare profession.
Demonology is not a supernatural ability or a gift that you are born with. It is the study of demons or demonic beliefs and in order to get started, you need to learn about the history of the topic. It is this background knowledge that will allow you assess places or people who are said to be possessed or haunted by demonic entities. The knowledge will help you decide the best way to help those suffering from demonic activity.
Demonology isn't a subject that can be studied at university, it's not a recognised profession and the title has little or no credibility outside of the church. However, if you take the time to study and reach a high level of understanding of demons and demonic beliefs, then this would qualify you as an expert in demonology. By studying demonology, you will, by the very nature of the title, become a demonologist.
The only field of the paranormal that can be studied academically is parapsychology, the study of a number of ostensible paranormal phenomena, including telepathy, precognition, clairvoyance, psychokinesis, near-death experiences, reincarnation and apparitional experiences, more commonly known as ghosts.
Even parapsychology is a very small research topic, with only a handful of universities involved in the subject. Although there are universities who specialise in parapsychology, it's not actually possible to get a outright degree in the subject. Most professionals who identify as a parapsychologist do so as it is their area of expertise as a brand of psychology.
However, several universities do offer parapsychology as part of their Bachelor of Science in psychology degree. It is slightly removed from the field of demonology, but it could help you in your quest to become a demonologist as parapsychology is will help you focus on critical thinking and validating claims of demonic occurrences.
The key to becoming a demonologist is to become passionate about demonology and to never stop learning. There are plenty of books on the topic, many of which are perfect for those just starting to learn about demonology. Then, even after you've reached your desired level of skill and knowledge, keep reading books on the subject, keep asking people about their experiences with demons, and take the time to investigate the effects of demons on people and places yourself in order to hone your abilities.
Once you feel you know enough about the topic, there's a few ways you can put your new knowledge and abilities to use.
Firstly, you may simply want to diagnose, understand or put an end to strange goings on in your own home. Secondly, you might plan to help others with their demonic issues. As well as a working knowledge of demons, you'll also need a level of respect, understanding and the patience to listen to the victims' issues. You'll need some analytical and critical thinking skills in order to validate, verify and diagnose your clients' claims.
The third, and more controversial use of demonology skills is to practice them as part of a ghost hunt or paranormal investigation. This option often involves summoning or provoking demons in order to understand them and observe their abilities and powers. Even when not summoned, demons are often said to come through via Ouija boards or be responsible for hauntings. So, a knowledge of demonology will help in these cases.
Using demonology to summon demons backs up the importance of constant ongoing research and practice, as it often involves reciting passages and incantations from the 'Satanic Bible', These are much more effective if you can say them allowed with meaning, without stumbling or pauses as you read from the book. If you can commit these verses to memory you will be able to deliver them much more confidently. It is confidence and belief that is said to give these passages their power.
Taking this a step further, some demonologist may use their skills for personal gain, in order to perform rituals. This is verging on the theology of Satanism and many, especially in religion, take a very dim view of contacting demons in this way, but how dangerous is it to meddle with demons?
Despite demonology's longstanding tradition, the very nature of demonology has changed a lot over the centuries. Traditionally, the only way to become an accredited demonologists was by being sanctioned by a church. Today, modern demonology is very different, as outdated superstitions have fallen aside through the generations.
Demons were once considered to be an exceedingly life-threatening topic, but the truth is, there have been no recorded deaths that have been attributed to demonic possessions or hauntings ever. Of course, there are many reports of people being pushed, scratched or hit by a malevolent spirit, but claims of demons becoming physical or even violent are very rare.
Those living in haunted houses often describe a negative atmosphere, an increase in accidents and illness, this can lead to violent behaviour, depression and even suicide, but these stories are anecdotal, it's unlikely a coroner would list "death by demon" as the cause of death of a suicide victim, paranoid delusions is more likely.
Having said that, many report bad experience as a result of dabbling with demons because they believe they will. If you are weak, in mind and in heart, the you may feel as if you have been possessed or feel discomfort after dealing with a demon, this is all in the mind, but the fact that it is all in the mind doesn't make it any less scary.
So, if you have any serious doubts about demonology, then this topic isn't for you. Similarly, if it is against your religious beliefs then stay clear as it may cause feelings of guilt and conflict. If you are nervous or unsure about demonology, there are a few things you can do to protect yourself.
Protection and eradication is a major part of a demonologist's role. Once you've established that a demon is present at a location you'll need to perform some kind of ritual to move them on. Traditionally this would have been exorcism, which is still a very valid option today, but if you or those being affected by the demon aren't religious then the ritual will be meaningless.
You should perform the kind of exorcism that means something to you and draws on your spiritual strengths or beliefs. This could involve praying, placing protective items around the property or it could be as simple as calling out to the demon and asking or politely demanding that the entity leaves the environment. Avoid provoking or angering demons, be polite when asking them to leave and thank them for their cooperation.
You could try burning sage before and, more importantly, after your investigation. This is believed to drive away evil spirits and offer protection. If you are religious you could prey for protection. Some paranormal investigators carry a form of spiritual protection with them, such as Evil Eye jewellery, a religious symbol, or something else which makes them feel safe and secure. It doesn't really matter what the object is, if you feel strongly about it then the belief is that it is charged with your positive energy.
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