Demons and Disease
I was involved in special latihans for a Subud brother who suffered from a terminal illness. The sessions turned out to be short and very intense; only around ten minutes each time before they naturally stopped. The clearing latihans afterwards have never felt more necessary!
During the latihan I was surrounded by a rushing force that I likened to millions of aggressive bees. I was surprised to feel around me the contours of a spiritual being. It was strong with a thick, powerful, barrel-like body that seemed substantially larger than my physical body.
Had it had a physical form I would not be surprised to see it walk on all fours and be excessively muscular; its forelimbs felt much wider than my arms!
I was moved to my hands and knees and swarms and swarms of the ‘bees’ were vomited out from my mouth in wave after wave. The creature was incensed. It was frantic, unable to comprehend what was happening to it and incredulous that it was being thwarted in its plans.
My hands were made into fists, pressing hard against the floor while my whole body flexed till my knees lifted off the floor. It was as if my body were contracting till all the ‘bees’ were squeezed out from deep inside and no space for them remained. They flooded out.
The demon was very aggressive. I felt its face was big, flat and blunt-featured with bulging eyes. It grimaced in rage and the strong flow of ‘bees’ kept its mouth wide open. It swung its head and flexed its body in frustration, unable to fight back.
It was unaware of me as I was merely a conduit through which it was fought; so I was protected but could still observe. Its attachment to the brother was severed. Over the following sessions there was gradually less of its force and influence remaining, and less and less ‘bees’.
During the latihans I had the intuition that the swarm of ‘bees’ released by the demon were the physical illness it had caused. This was not demonic possession: I believe the creature’s work is to infect people’s bodies with disease, and having thus established a link to the person, to grow the disease by using its power at a distance.
I suppose it must benefit from its actions. Maybe it increases in influence and strength as infected people ail and die.
I am reminded of accounts by two early Subud pioneers: Prio Hartono recounted in his book ‘The Mystical World of Java’ how he returned home late one night and as he drew back the curtain to see his sleeping family he saw a spiritual being jump from his daughter into his wife. It must have already infected his son as all three of them came down with chickenpox.
He also wrote of seeing a giant spiritual being rise out of a river while he was visiting Sumatra. He received understanding internally that it had come to spread cholera. A few days later he was present at the home of a local doctor when people from the area alongside the river arrived to inform the doctor of cholera spreading in their community.
Sunarto Brodjolukito wrote in his brochure ‘My Journey in Subud’ of a relevant superstition: As a young child he once had cotton thread tied around his feet and ankles during a cholera epidemic. He was told that if the evil spirit that causes cholera came to remove his soul only the thinnest, easily broken thread was able to prevent it happening!
Another time he became ill with a swollen neck. Off school and asleep that morning he saw a vision of two satanic beings that weirdly appeared to him as teapots with long arms! They slapped his neck on the front, then the right, and then the left side. During the course of his illness his neck swelled in that same sequence of areas before he eventually regained his health.
I think there is a correlation between the swarm of millions of ‘bees’ released by the demon I encountered and the nature of the disease it caused. The illness was Acute Myeloid Leukemia, a blood cancer characterised by a flooding of the blood with countless mutated white blood cells.
I am sharing this experience as anecdotal evidence of a cause of disease that is unknown to current science. Maybe a demon is just one possible cause among many. I do not know. It is also possible that I was entirely mistaken, though I do not believe it: As a species we understand little of reality, and by spiritual experiences we can know a little more.
We are largely unaware, I believe, of what is going on around us or that happens through us. This I think is probably true of higher as well as of lower influences on us. Likewise the demon, unwittingly and at cost of pain to itself, became by its work a factor in the Subud brother taking the next step in his journey towards God.
After a few months the brother died. He was relaxed and happy on his last day of life, at peace and at ease about dying. His doctors had been surprised at how long and how well he lived, given that he was assessed as being only a couple of days away from death when they first diagnosed his condition.
Perhaps the special latihans he requested helped him to live his remaining days as fully as possible. According to my latihan experience the cause of his disease was entirely removed. However, a fundamental change in how his body produced its white blood cells had already been made, and the latihans did not reverse it.
The demon was tormented and banished, so it got no satisfaction. Leukemia was, though, the means by which this brother’s earthly life ended and his new life began. He is in a very good place now - I have been privileged to know this for certain.
Interestingly the cancer specialists who treated him in hospital readily admit to having no idea what causes this kind of cancer. Maybe they won’t ever find out.