A practising exorcist has claimed the “frustration and anger” sparked during the coronavirus pandemic could lead to an increase in demonic possession.
Buddhist priest Paul Devlin, who described his first possessed victim as having “pointed teeth” and “black eyes”, sensationally believes demons could take advantage of the current fear and uncertainty.
In an exclusive interview with Daily Star Online, he said: “It is a very difficult time for everybody, the coronavirus has created a lot of fear and a lot of negativity.
“There is not a lot of positive stuff around at the moment – that’s the kind of thing that dark forces use to their advantage.”
Paul warned that people in self-isolation specifically may have negative emotions which could entice malevolent forces in.
He added: “A vast majority of demonic possessions come from human emotions.
“Although there have been a lot of acts of kindness and messages of support throughout this pandemic there has also been a lot of frustration and anger and these can be breeding grounds for demons and negative energies.
“This can lead to demonic energy that builds and feeds on the human emotions which over time can incubate into a demonic consciousness once that happens things can get worse very quickly.”
The coronavirus lockdown has grounded much of the economy to a halt with businesses forced to reinvent themselves to work from home.
But Paul said he would be reluctant to carry out virtual exorcisms over Skype because of the violent nature of exorcisms.
“This pandemic has many challenges and one of the challenges I face is doing exorcisms without face2face contact,” he said.
“It is possible however very complicated you have to be so careful.
“Some exorcisms can be very aggressive you never know what the reaction can be.”
The exorcist went on to explain that “demonic energies” will “go down fighting” if they are being evicted from their host.
“They can lash out at the hosts family and cause much damage,” he continued.
“I feel it would be unfair for the family to be left to deal with that.
“If it was a life or death situation then obviously I would have to make that call.
“There is a fear around at the moment but the best way to fight fear is with positivity.”
Paul, who is also a trained therapist, gave some tips to stay positive during the tough period.
“Find something you are grateful for every day,” he said.
“Nothing is forever.
“This is a good way to look at things when you feel there is no way out.
“Fear is just information change the information to a positive and you will change fear itself.”