by Ayn Carrillo-Gailey, Harvard University
Many cultures around the world believe in ghosts, aka the spirits of people who have died, but have not moved on to the other side of death. Polls by distinguished organizations, like the Pew Center and news sources like the Huffington Post, reveal that up to 45% of people believe ghosts exist, yet most people do not know the physical toll that ghosts take on the living. Very few people in the world have a better understanding on this issue than Dr. Wanda Pratnicka, a world-renowned healer who marries a formal education and philosophy (she earned her PhD in Philosophy, an M.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in Parapsychology) and has a natural ability to communicate with ghosts.
In this conversation with Pratnicka, we explore what anyone seeking optimal health might want to know about the effects of spirit attachment.
Let’s start with how you believe ghosts influence the living. When ghosts decide to remain among the living, they must use the energy of a living human by attaching to that person. Attachments can cause severe anxiety, depression, mood swings, inexplicable bursts of negative emotions, mental and physical illnesses. Ghosts are a threat to a person’s physical and mental well-being and must be removed for a person to feel truly alive and happy.
Do you call yourself an exorcist? I call myself a therapist for people and for ghosts, aka spirit entities. They both need the same care, understanding and love. Essentially, I am a therapist of the soul. I help people free themselves from ghosts, but I also help ghosts free themselves from people. Many ghosts who are not ready to leave this realm at the moment of death, just need a little counseling to pass through to the other side of death’s curtain later. And, for those ghosts who don’t know what to do with themselves or are more persistent about staying, I help them accept leaving behind the living, which will lead healing and happiness for the person who is living.
What are the top complaints or symptoms of people possessed? The most common physical reactions to a new or attempted possession are a strong headache and stomachache, often coupled with vomiting and diarrhea which wears off as soon as the person’s body becomes accustomed to being possessed. People who are possessed may report feeling a presence, as if someone unseen is watching them, touching them, or talking to them. Others can suddenly feel cold, experience chills, or awaken every so often. After the possession takes place, however, symptoms are more diverse. Most often, these are: racing thoughts, a feeling of discouragement, irritability, aggression, mood swings, unceasing fear, panic, sight disorders, temporary or permanent loss of memory, allergies (especially to metals), unresolved addictions. It is sometimes one of these symptoms but can also be a combination of them. Possession also causes physical or nervous exhaustion that doesn’t subside even after a long rest.
Are there other physical signs that help one identify if a loved one has been possessed? In extreme cases, facial features or the actual build of a possessed person can drastically change. A possessed person may also suddenly give off a very foul, unpleasant odor.
Do you have to be in the presence of the possessed to remove an attached ghost? It’s quite dangerous for anyone to be in the same physical space as a ghost because their first reaction is to attack someone trying to displace them. It also makes the person performing the removal susceptible to being possessed themselves. Remote spirit removal is possible because everything that exists is energy and it is possible to communicate with ghosts on the astral plane.
Ayn Carrillo-Gailey, Ed.M. Harvard University, has written for PBS, Elle, and Documentary. Follow her on social media @ayngailey