Have you ever wondered, “Do I see spirits?”
Do you or someone you know see things that no one else sees? Things that hover over or follow others?
Things that look like little animals scurrying about or shadows or multi-colored lights, and no one else sees them?
Perhaps you see images that look like a TV screen or a window with lights behind it in a wall or in the air.
Do you notice when you see things that you have particularly bad nightmares?
Or maybe it’s your child or a friend who is seeing or someone in your church.
Or maybe you saw any or all of these true when you were younger, but over the years, this “sight” has diminished… and then maybe returned…
You are not crazy.
You don’t need to see a psychiatrist and you don’t need drugs. Well, maybe you do, but if so, that’s unrelated to your ability to see in the spirit realm.
You or the person you are concerned about may be a seer: You may be able to see into the Spirit World.
(For simplicity’s sake, I’ll assume you are the one seeing, although perhaps you’re here for a son or daughter or friend).
Much confusion exists around the terms people use when describing the Spirit World, so I’ll take care to define my terms. The conclusions drawn from this site should not be used to diagnose actual psychological trauma.
What is it I’m actually seeing?
It’s possible you are seeing spirit beings. They could be spirits, or angels, or demons.
There are many different kinds of spirit entities. Some are friendly. Many are not. In fact, many are terrifying.
They are essentially different from human beings, although some people see the disembodied spirits of humans. essence is different from our essence as human beings or the essence of animals.
Different kinds of spirits have different levels of power and intelligence. They have motives, personality, and are aligned with different spiritual forces: some are good, some are evil to varying degrees.
Different cultures have labelled these spirits according to their cultural expectations and historical contexts, how the spirits have revealed themselves, through experiences and through special revelation.
Throughout history and in various cultures, the kinds of spirits have been (and are) called angels, demons, archons (rulers), gods, aliens, UFOs, fairies, and so on.
Some are meant to live someplace else (termed by various cultures as ‘heaven’, ‘the other side’, etc.) but somehow interact with our physical world.
Other spirits, like demons, are apparently earth-bound. Some have the ability to manifest physically and interact physically with the world. Others either cannot be visible to the rest of us or choose to remain hidden.
It is unclear what enables Seers to peer into the spirit world, although I speculate here.
Seeing spirits is a gift. It’s a spiritual gift or possibly a physical ability, related to the gift of prophecy. Yes, it is a gift or ability from the God of the universe. It’s up to the seer if the gift is ignored, suppressed, used correctly, appropriately, or abusively.
Often, seers don’t realize the rest of us cannot see what they see. This can be very frightening to both the non-seer and seer alike.
Most seers cannot control this sight: it comes and goes.
Most seers also recognize that if they tell other people what they are seeing, they’ll be considered insane.
For thoughts on how it is rational to accept a universe in which disembodied spirits interact with our own, see this blog post. Some link the ability to see into the spirit world with the pineal gland. More can be discovered here.
Example of Seers in the Bible
The Bible is full of examples of seers. Here is one example:
The Hebrew Prophet Elisha in circa 850 B.C. was in a town that was surrounded by an enemy army in a time period when armies typically slaughtered all the men in the city they conquered, but he was relaxed and unafraid.
His servant inquired as to why, and he replied there was an army of spirit beings that was on their side surrounding the enemy army.
His servant asked to be able to see this too, so Elisha asked Yahweh, the God of Israel whom Hebrew scriptures claim is the Most High God, to reveal this army to him.
Yahweh did, and the servant saw the army.
The next day, the human army had been devastated by sudden blindness, and Elisha escorted them out of the country.
Are the spirits I see evil?
Some are. Some are not. It’s likely that most of the dark spirit entities you see have an assignment given to them by a more powerful spirit being. This is why some seers see spirits following people around or watching people.
Good spirits also have assignments, which is why some seers see certain types of angels around some churches.
“If what I was seeing was the spirit world, the idea of a demon behind every bush suddenly seemed ridiculous. There aren’t nearly enough bushes.” – A Seer’s Testimony
You may be able to detect if they’re evil or not simply by their color. Dark ones tend to be evil, and lighter ones tend to be good. Yes it’s a cliche, but sometimes you’ll clearly detect angels of light. However, please understand that some evil spirits can impersonate good spirits and will take on their appearance. Their messages and motives should always be tested and never trusted.
Did you catch that? The messages of spirits should always be tested. Most humans cannot detect when a spirit is lying.
Are they ghosts?
Possibly, some spirits that seers see may be ghostly remnants of a dead human.
By definition, ghosts are the spirits of dead human beings, and there is some evidence that spirits of dead human beings linger in some circumstance. However, it may be impossible to tell if a spirit is a remnant of a disembodied human or a demon masquerading as one.
Humans cannot tell the difference, although humans may believe they can.
Psychics who claim to call up the spirit of a dead human being to ask him or her some questions may or may not be contacting the spirits of the dead. Often, wicked spirits impersonate the dead person. Humans lack the ability to tell the difference.
The Old Testament tells the story of a king who asked a witch to consult a dead prophet for advice. The witch had a history of consulting spirits for advice, and she claimed to be able to contact the dead, but that was most likely a lie. We can infer this is a lie by her reaction when the spirit of the dead prophet manifested itself to her. She was shocked he actually came; apparently she expected a familiar spirit to guide her. Incidentally, the dead prophet was also a bit shocked and his words brought terror to the king and the witch.
Lesson: don’t try to contact the spirits of human dead. You don’t know what will be conjured up and you won’t be able to tell if the entity that responds is telling the truth or not. Remember, spirits have their own agendas.
See this page for more on ghosts.
Are they angels?
Some of the spirits you see are probably angels. An angel is a certain kind of spirit being with a certain kind of rank and with a message, whose natural plane of existence is another dimension. Angels were designed to communicate a message. The word “angel” actually means “messenger.”
These beings are powerful, very intelligent, and can manifest in human flesh or in bodies of light. Their words are not to be trusted at face value, and should be tested. Many are loyal to God. Many are loyal to other powerful spirit beings. Some may be loyal only to themselves.
Are they demons?
Many type of spirit beings (including some that are or were considered gods) are demons or demonic (generally speaking), but literally, demons are earth-bound spirits. If you are a seer, it is likely you have seen demons.
Where did they come from? Generally speaking, demons are not “fallen angels.”
Typically, they are less powerful than angels and occupy a much lower rank in the spirit world, but many are very intelligent and they crave bodies to inhabit or to attach to.
Jesus said that a demon existing without a body is like a human walking through a hot, dry desert in the day with no water and no shelter. They crave a place to dwell in. They feed off certain negative energies from humans and will drive humans to emit those negative energies.
Demons actively rebel against God and are loyal to other spirit beings or to themselves. They have power. In fact, many are very powerful and they have agendas. Many have assignments. Some are worshiped. There are many, many demons. For a description of the possible origin of demons, go here.
Some spirits are extremely powerful and have been assigned territories to govern. These territories may be cities or larger regions. Some have smaller territories to rule over, like universities. If you see one of these entities, do not engage it. Leave it alone. Those entities are best dealt with by much higher levels of power and authority than even Christians have been given. Jesus will deal with them at some appointed time.
One college student saw a powerful wicked spirit assigned to her university. She began praying against it. Like a soldier who attacks an enemy without orders or support, she was revealed to the spirit entity, which attacked her. She became very ill.
If you feel you must engage these type of entities, then you should ask Jesus to deal with them. Do not personally engage them.
The Prophet Daniel prayed, requesting some information from God. An angel was dispatched with that information. However, a powerful spirit entity, a territorial spirit over the entire empire of Persia (called the Prince of Persia) stopped the angel. A battle ensued, and the angel could not overcome the Prince.
The angel then requested reinforcements, and another Prince, called Michael, engaged the Prince of Persia, defeating it, allowing the angel to deliver the message.
The battle in the unseen world raged for 3 weeks. Daniel, meanwhile, did not know this was going on, and continued to request the information through prayer. Interesting stuff, but the lesson remains: don’t engage territorial spirits!
Should I talk to them?
Generally speaking, no. Spirit entities are often highly intelligent and may have agendas that you may not understand or comprehend Sometimes they’re just messenger spirits (i.e., angels). When messenger spirits come and deliver a message, you must not automatically believe it to be true. You must test the message and measure it against unalterable Truth, the kind that Jesus, the Son of God who shed his blood on the Cross, gives.
If you are a Follower of Jesus (a Christian), you do have power and authority to engage certain spirits in spiritual warfare. However, unless the spirit has been assigned to you or someone in your family, or to someone who is asking you for help, it’s best to not engage them until you have been trained.