by Ross Bishop
In an ancient Gnostic text discovered in 1945, an unnamed teacher declares to his student:
Behold, I shall reveal to you the path of deliverance. Whenever you are seized [in the soul] and undergo mortal fear, a multitude of archons* may turn on you, thinking they can capture you. . . . they take away souls by theft.
Imagine yourself in an emotionally threatening situation. If you were integrated into your soul, there would be nothing to worry about (you probably wouldn’t have the need to create in that sort of situation in the first place). Your soul would be grounded in Universal Truth and there would be nothing sticky for the issue attach to. Therefore the “threat” could be readily resolved.
If however, your work is not completed and you do not feel whole, you will be “sticky” to certain situations. In that case, the first thing we all do is to call on our egos. Aurobindo described the ego as “the organizing structure” of the person. The ego responds to where we are and marshals the resources we have to meet it.
In a defensive state, the ego can be a ferocious opponent, protecting the underlying belief structure of the person. If however, the person feels safe, then the ego will assume a supportive posture. It could be argued that the ego is a blend of the child and the adult, because it exhibits many qualities of each, depending on what is needed by the situation at hand.
There is also what I will refer to as an unfortunate additional wrinkle to this situation. If she feels generally insecure, and is not getting the support that she needs from you, she will have already made an agreement for protection with an entity.
An entity is an independent being, who’s task is to keep the person safe by avoiding potentially difficult situations. Entities have no power of their own (this is important!). They operate strictly though influence. The entities I am going to speak of do not operate on the positive side. (We have other names for the more positive beings – light beings, angels, etc.) The entity’s only function is to create “protection” from perceived threats.
The entity takes advantage of things you were already anxious about, and convinces you to avoid them. It will exaggerate a threat to get you to avoid what you already fear. Or, it will take advantage of your lack of self-confidence to convince you that you are not capable of handling certain other situations.
You are already biased in the direction that entities urge, so it’s not like entities create behavior out of whole cloth, but by reinforcing your fears in this way, they dig you deeper into the rut of shame and lack of self worth that you are already invested in. This also creates a dependency on the entity (or entities) that can be very difficult to dislodge.
In the extreme, like the ego, an entity can urge a person to become aggressive and explode in a fit of defensive rage in order to obfuscate a potential difficulty. Taken to an even further extreme, it can drive a person to commit evil or criminal acts, if the person’s inner turmoil had already predisposed them in that direction.
Many conditions that Western psychologists call “mental illness” or “developmental disabilities” can be directly attributed to possession of the person by entities. That is a large discussion in its own that I will not undertake here, but when the individual surrenders themselves to the entities in this way, it makes healing very challenging.
But in the short term, entities are effective. And for an inner child who already feels overwhelmed, entities do allow her to “get through” difficult moments. The unfortunate thing about this is the destruction to her sense of self that dependence on the entities create.
Conventional psychology dismisses the existence of entities because they don’t fit within the traditional scientific framework. And one can argue that it is only another way to interpret human behavior. We are, after all, powerful beings that possess remarkable powers that we do not yet understand. But my experience in working with entities over the years is that they are individual beings, conscious, single minded in purpose and possessing a certain level of independent intelligence.
Although one can dialogue with entities, they are tricksters and so manipulative that doing so ends up accomplishing little. The key to dealing with entities is to provide the inner child the support she needs, so that she will feel safe enough with you to simply let the entity go.
If you are unsure about whether or not you have an entity, you can speak with it. Insist that it manifest, that you want to see it – and be firm and insistent! It must respond to your command, although it may try and talk you out of it. Remember, you are dealing with a trickster! Telling it to leave will have little effect because the basic agreement is between the entity and the inner child, and remember, she has all your power!
Many years ago when I was first introduced to shamanic work, I encountered one of my entities on an inner journey. I asked it why it did all this stuff to me – making me afraid, undercutting my self-confidence, urging me to hold back – that sort of thing. I found it’s response both startling and eye opening when it said, “Well, you believe all this stuff, don’t you?”
* In Gnostic belief the archons prevent souls from leaving the material realm (which Gnostics viewed as inherently corrupt) by keeping them ignorant of their divine origins. copyright©Blue Lotus Press 2019