How to heal from spiritual attacks.

Spiritual attacks are often associated with that of the Christian faith. However, if you’re spiritual at all, no matter which Gods or deities you believe in, you can succumb to spiritual warfare.

Spiritual attacks are often associated with that of the Christian faith. However, if you’re spiritual at all, no matter which Gods or deities you believe in, you can succumb to spiritual warfare.

As a young child, I was brought up in a Christian household but abandoned the faith early in my teenage years. Religion had left a sour taste in my mouth for a variety of reasons, the conflict surrounding it being just one. For a while, I proclaimed Athisim, then Agnostic and finally I attempted to explore other religions. It wasn’t until my early twenties that I finally found my place. I bought Tarot decks, books about paganism and Wicca, crystals, herbs, etc. There was no doubt that my place was meant to be within a spiritual void. No particular label, no badge to wear; Just being.

“You can be spiritual without believing in a higher power or praying to one God. Something as simple as believing in positive and negative energies can be spiritual.”
*I’m going to speak from my own point of view. I’ll be using my own belief system as a basis throughout, however, please feel free to take this and fit it to your own belief. There are no wrong answers, nor am I here to belittle anyone else’s faith. Please be respectful of other religions, belief systems, etc within the comment section. I’d also like to note that I fully believe that mental illness isn’t solely related to our spiritual life. There is no doubt that our brain chemistry, environment, etc can impact our mental health. However, so can our spiritual beliefs.

What do we mean by spiritual attacks and what are the symptoms?

Spiritual attacks refer to an attack on our spiritual belief system, no matter what that may be. They can come in the form of negative energies, demonic forces, Satan, etc. It depends wholly on your own belief system. If you’re a practicing Christian, for example, you may believe in Satan and demonic forces. If you’re within the spiritual void, like me, then you might believe in negative energies. Although seeming different, they’re the same in principle.

Symptoms of such attacks are similar to mental illness and some even consider mental illness an outcome of spiritual attacks. I’m of the belief that mental illness can be both scientific (i.e brain chemistry, environmental, genetics etc) and spiritual. If you’re suddenly suffering from depression or anxiety, it may be due in part to spiritual warfare.

Symptoms are thought to include:
  • Feeling overwhelmed and helpless.
  • The resurfacing of old, unhealthy/damaging habits.
  • Frustration with your life.
  • Lack of inner peace.
  • Fatigue and general sluggishness.

How you experience a spiritual attack can be different from how someone else. It’s important that we don’t invalidate someone else’s experience just because it’s different from ours.

Spiritual attack or mental illness? Why not both!

There’s no doubt in my mind that mental illness can be both medical and a sign of spiritual attack. I fully believe that my environment, brain chemistry, and experience as a child encouraged the onset of a dangerous eating disorder and co-morbid conditions.

Do I also believe these conditions could be exacerbated by a spiritual attack? Yes.

In my early twenties, I found my way into what I call the spiritual void. I was in my own home, could collect and display crystals and deities. There was room for a small alter and my parents weren’t there to control or reprimand my religious beliefs. Most of all I was able to find people in my social circle with similar beliefs and who would ultimately encourage me in those beliefs. At this time I was in a ‘quasi-recovered’ and stable place in my mental illness. I was a healthy weight, I was only mildly aware of my anxiety and the depression only reared it’s head a few times a year. Even the urge to self-harm was largely under control.

Then I graduated from university and started to look for a job more suited to my field. 2017 was the year I let my faith lapse. I packed up my alter, rarely looked at my crystals and cards, and was thrust into a high-pressure environment predominately ruled by male energy. My self-care lapsed, my self-doubt rose and just 12 months later I was at the lowest weight I’d ever been as an adult.

“Had I had the grounding and support offered by spirituality, I may have felt better able to cope with external stressors.” 

In times of trouble I’ve witnessed many people in my life flee to religion or spirituality. When someone passes on it offers a light within the grief. If feeling overwhelmed or struggling, spirituality can offer grounding and even mutual support within a like minded community. After the passing of my grandparents in 2019, I hesitantly approached my old practices in the hope of finding some sort of relief for the pain I felt. I started working with the cards again, joined various groups and returned to celebrating the sabbaths. Although I’m not the perfect spiritualist, nor am I the poster child for Paganism or Wiccan, I often reach out to the Gods for their guidance and protection. To some it might seem silly but to me it brings a welcome light into my otherwise chaotic life. 


Top ways to fend off and recover from spiritual attacks.

Crystals.

Crystals all have a vibrational energy determined by the type of crystal. They have a variety of uses including protection, healing, grounding, spiritual awakening, psychic abilities, alignment of chakras etc. I personally keep a large quality of stones in my office at all times and often wear a Malachite around my neck. I’ve also been known to wear Tigers Eye, Rose Quartz and Jet, all charged under the full moon. 

Common protection crystals: 

  • Black Tourmaline.
  • Quartz.
  • Jet.
  • Amethyst.
  • Malachite. 

Smudging.

This has been pacticed throughout many religions for centuries. Smudging is normally performed through the act of burning herbs such as dried sage or bay leaves. Although usually associated with Wicca and Paganism, it’s been practiced by the Greeks, Romans, Hindus, Celts and Native Americans as a way to ward off spiritual attacks and negative energy.

If you would like to try a smudging ritual all you have to do is get your hands of some dried sage or bay. You can buy these already made up from any spiritual store, or you can make your own. Light the bundle (carefully) and wave around each room of your home. Make sure to go right to the corners to ensure the nasty energy is unable to hide. The act of the smoke swirling in the air will ward off any negativity or spirits lingering in the area.

While smudging be careful of overburning the dried leaves. It’s not only ineffective but a significant fire hazard. Smudging should only be performed by a capable adult.


I’d love to hear your own opinions and experiences in the comment box below. Have you had an experience with spiritual attacks? How have you recovered or warded off such attacks?

This has been a very enjoyable article to both research and write. It’s allowed me to explore and discuss more about my own spiritual beliefs, and I would love to incorporate them more into my blog going forward.

87 comments

  1. Very interesting. I’d never heard of the band before today. I’m just curious though, how much of it could be a placebo effect. ie, This is supposed to make me feel better when I put it on, so I naturally feel better after putting it on.

    It’s a very famous concept in medicine!

  2. Thank you for reading, pet. I’ve always felt like it could be both mental health and spiritual for me. Either way, I protect myself as best I can.

  3. I consider myself Eclectic Pagan too! Although I use different terms interchangeably as I’m not fussy. People call me a Wiccan, Wicca, Pagan, Witch etc and I just accept them all!
    Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment pet! It’s always appreciated.

  4. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment. I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who ‘strayed’ away but ended up finding something more suited to them.

  5. Thank you for reading and commenting. I was an atheist for a long time and my partner still is. But I find comfort in the older religions rather than the modern religion we’re all indoctrinated into today.

  6. I had never heard of spiritual attacks until now! I’m an atheist so there’s a lot I don’t know about religion but it’s something that’s very interesting

  7. Never heard of this term ‘Spiritual Attack’ as such and thankfully never experienced it too, but after reading your post, I can surely relate to it and am sure many people would be suffering it without even knowing about it.

  8. Very informative article! I really believe in the power of positive energy and spiritual attacks usually unbalance our life. Thank you for this post.

  9. I love how interesting this post is! Feel like everyone could read this, will definitely be sharing

  10. very interesting post! I can clearly see you put a lot of effort into it. I am not really into spiritual world but definitely enjoyed it

  11. I was brought up in the Christian faith too, but, like you, I can’t say that I found my place in it. When someone asks me of what faith I am, I answer that I have my own faith, a faith that makes sense to me.

  12. This is a very interesting post, I never heard of spiritual attacks, but by reading I do know I have felt them. I do have crystals, but I’ve never heard of the band and I have heard of smudging but don’t know much about it. I hope to learn more.

  13. Very interesting and insightful post. This is something anyone can go through at any point in their life. I had never heard about the BAND, this was very helpful.

  14. I’ve never heard of the band before this but I do love what it stands for. I am an Eclectic Pagan and regularly do smudging sessions around my home to limit the negative energy that my husband and I are exposed to in our ‘safe space’. I truly do feel the difference if I start to slack off or skip smudging sessions for any length of time. That alone is reason enough for me to continue incorporating it into our regular routine.

  15. Very interesting! I think it’s important to note how spirituality is different for so many people.

  16. Based on the symptoms, that might be what’s I’m experiencing! I will have to look more into this. I’m not religious and would probably consider myself an atheist if I didn’t hate the labels. But I do believe in forces outside our control.

  17. I would definitely consider myself spiritual over religious. These are good points. The band seems interesting.

  18. I love crystals. I find them so calming when used right. They are something I’d love to talk more about as time goes on with my blog.

  19. Thank you for reading and commenting! It’s a very interesting subject and I loved researching more into it for this post. I was concerned I would offend people because I try to stay away from religion on my blog.

  20. Thank you so much for your comment. If you could share this post with anyone you think might benefit from it, I’d be most grateful. Sending much love and light to you. x

  21. I am so into this. I have gone through all of this. I have lots of crystals. I have sage and palo santo for clear negative energy around me. I do reiki as well. This article was very informative. Appreciate it!!!????

  22. I can imagine that we have things which come after us all the time. I think those things which put us in a better frame of mind. If these things do it for you, then by all means use them. Prayer does it for me.

  23. I think that everyone should believe in whatever they want, nobody is born the same and nobody should force religion – one or another – on anyone else.

  24. I feel as though people have every right to believe whatever they’d like. We are all entitled to our own beliefs and opinions and I don’t feel like anyone is right or wrong.

  25. I used to be a religious little girl, but things had changed when I reached high school. I am only a Catholic by the papers, but not in practice.
    If you think and strong believe that a good spirit protects you, then it will. Positive thoughts attracts positive results.

  26. I never really considered that spiritual attacks could be happening before reading this. I do believe mental illness can be both scientific and spiritual. Sometimes we need to just ground ourselves and find some sort of peace, before we can begin to address the the scientific reasons.

  27. wow..this is much interesting blog..i haven’t ever any idea about spiritual attack until i read it..it is much informative..but am glad i haven’t ever suffer from this kinda situation..

  28. Such an interesting post! I’ve done smudging before and I’ve recently started purchasing crystals. They do really seem to help

  29. I appreciate so much my inner peace… I’m not a religious person. I prefer to see myself as an spiritual one, continuously growing, in search of being a better person… thanks for sharing…

  30. I feel a lot of these symptoms often, I wonder if I’m under a spiritual attack!!! Never heard of this before to be honest!!! I am super interested in knowing more about this.

  31. Mental illness vs. Spiritual attacks. Well whatever state I am, I’m taking solitude. It’s for me to calm, have time for myself and meditate.

  32. I hope this post goes viral because this is something people need to know. I’m a Christian and a scientist and I hate how there’s judegement and stubborness from both communities. The spiritual and physical work together, so it’s important to consider both, especially when something happens out of the blue.

  33. I have been feeling so mentally drained with all that is happening right now. I really relate to what you wrote. I have heard great things about crystals. Gonna try them out for sure!

  34. I’m an empath and I know 100% how hard it can be. Sending so much love to you at the moment. It can’t be easy over there. x

  35. Thank you so much for reading and commenting. I believe heavily in ‘charmed’ items helping us through a spiritual backlash. I always wear crystals and bands to help fend off attacks. Since I got back into that side of things I’ve been feeling so much better.
    xx

  36. What a great read. Such an important things that we should know. Thanks for keep sharing!

  37. I have blogged about this too and been wanting to have this band. I am going to order soon.

  38. I’ve been having this kind of problems for years. I mean it’s not always the same strong, and good days mix with the bad ones, but I can totally relate to this text. Great read! πŸ™‚

  39. i never saw spiritual attack as being linked to mental illness, that is an interesting concept

  40. I loved this. I too feel lost sometimes with fitting into one spiritual “box” but why? We can just be. I love my crystals and this bracelet is beautiful too.

  41. How interesting. I didn’t know about this. I guess maybe because I’m agnostic. But I have heard great things about crystals.

  42. This is such an interesting subject! I never thought of the link between mental health and spirituality before, but it makes so much sense!

  43. This is so fascinating! I’ve never thought of depression, anxiety, etc. coming from an imbalance or spiritual attack. I too was raised in the Christian tradition, but turned away from it in adulthood (too much judgement and hate in the community). I’ve been feeling a little adrift since, and have been looking for something spiritual to hold on to. I love the suggestions you give here about defending and keeping your spirituality in tact. Great post!

  44. I didn’t realise burning sage etc was called Smudging! I wonder how many times I’ve had a spiritual attack in the past and not realised what it was? A lot, I reckon! I use crystals OCCASIONALLY but I really want to get into using them more. I collabed with I Am Band recently too – I really like the sound of them x

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