Compassionate Depossession, Compassionate Spirit Release, Spirit Clearing

What is Possession?

You are made of energy; most of your 'matter' is empty space.
Because of this, another being's energies can become entangled and enmeshed in your energy field.

This is called possession; the state of having another being's energies in or attached to your energy field.

Spirit Possession is a common, natural un-desirable phenomenon that happens to ordinary people like you and me all over the world, all the time.

A being who becomes entangled in your energy field can overshadow your behavior and cause actions, thoughts, and memories that don't feel like they belong to us. This is called "possession sickness".


The possessing spirit is usually a human spirit who did not cross into the Divine Light when the time was right -- and is now trapped here, likely without knowing who or where they are or what has happened to them.

A possessing spirit may have attached to you or to someone you know for merely the comfort and benefits that a living body provides, and most commonly for the life force that you are providing.

Both you and the possessing spirit are suffering because of this.

Possession by such a suffering being can cause you physical, emotional and spiritual damage as the possessing spirit uses your energy. The possessing being doesn't belong in your energy field, and you as the possessed person suffer from the overshadowing and energy drain that the being brings to you.

Who are the possessing beings?

In Judaic thought, possession by a wandering human soul is called a 'Dybbuk' which is a lost, wandering soul.

Christianity confines itself to thinking of possession as by 'evil spirit', which implies that there then must be an exorcism, a casting-out. I do not subscribe to this philosophy of non-compassionate use of force to 'heal' one party in favor of another; when there is possession, there are two suffering parties.

Reading about the dybbuk phenomenon has taught me that this kind of possession can be 'no fault', that is, it can just happen if time and place coincide; there is no 'evil' involved at all.

Possessing spirits can be the spirits of animals, land spirits, guardians of places, deities, and mythical beings. Possession can be simple, or it can be complex. Mostly, these spirits are lost, confused and curiously unaware of their present situation. In most instances they are trapped and can't manage to find a way out of our energy fields. They need help just like you do.

Here is a link to a totally fascinating article about possession by human and non-human spirits after the 2011 tsunamis in Japan.

Here's a more extensive survey about what other cultures and religions believe about possession and about who the possessing beings are.

On her website, my teacher,  Betsy Bergstrom says
These suffering beings may live off of a personís energy and influence them in a variety of ways. Illness, depression, phobias, emotional problems, substance abuse, suicidal tendencies and other issues may be in part due to the influence or overshadowing of beings that have attached to the client. These possessing beings are often people whose own death experience has become compromised in such a way that they did not successfully make their own journey to the Light. Compassionate Depossession is a humane therapy that benefits both the client and the attached suffering being, even if that suffering being is reluctant to cross into the Light. The compassionate healing embedded in this practice insures that a possessing spirit becomes unable to return to the host or to anyone else.

Some Signs and Symptoms of Possession Sickness

If you have an attached possessing being, you might notice any or all of the following signs of possession and possession sickness: 
  • You have low energy levels for no reason
  • You have character shifts or mood swings, especially when you are tired or caught off-guard
  • You have inner voice(s) speaking to you
  • You find yourself abusing drugs and/or alcohol
  • You have impulsive behavior that is out of character
  • You have memory problems or memories that aren't yours
  • You have poor concentration and fogginess
  • You have a definite sense of there being a 'before' and 'after', of things having changed at some point for you, maybe suddenly
  • You have had sudden anxiety or depression which has not responded well to traditional treatment
  • You experience sudden onset of physical problems with no obvious cause; i.e. changes in your vision or hearing
  • You are experiencing physical discomfort that has no discoverable cause and/or for which no traditional treatment can shift
  • You are experiencing paranormal and/or poltergeist phenomena: moving objects, unexplainable noises, you have electrical phenomena in your home (things turning on and off without you present). 
  • You may be having an emotional and/or physical reaction to reading this list

One example of possession sickness I have seen in my own practice is a client who came to me saying that he thought he had acquired someone else's memories: he would see a movie or go to a place that he *knew* he'd never seen or been to, and yet he had memories of. We were able to clear this being in a beautiful and loving way, simultaneously clearing the effects this being had been exerting in his life. 


Read further about spiritual illness and when to seek shamanic spiritual healing.

What is Compassionate Depossession?

It is an effective and loving method of clearing possessing beings from your home or from your personal energy field.

Compassionate Depossession makes sure that the possessing spirit can not come back; it's a one-way trip.

It is gentle and non-coercive for all beings involved; it is entirely accomplished by very powerful heart-centered, Divine Beings of Transition who have been doing this work lovingly for countless millennia. My job is to create the right and beautiful circumstances in which the transition can occur. I do this in such a way that everyone is healthier at the end of the day.

Every being is made of Light, and to the Light we all must return. This completely natural transition is inevitable and it is our destiny; Light calls to Light.


What Compassionate Depossession Is Not


Compassionate Depossession is not exorcism. In exorcism, a spirit is "cast out" but not dealt with beyond that point. Pause a moment and ask yourself, "Where do these spirits go after an exorcism?"

Historical accounts tell us that exorcised spirits who have not been given a good transition hang around and are then free to possess others. Or are free to possess you again. A very important component of Compassionate Depossession is the assurance that the spirit has crossed into the Light and is not free to come back and possess anyone else. Compassionate Depossession is not violent, nor is it frightening; in my experience it is one of the most beautiful forms of shamanic healing that I do.

Self-Help in the Meantime

If you think you might have a possessing spirit and you can't get to me right away for a session of compassionate depossession, do the following two things right away:

  • Use the following guided imagery meditation to fill yourself with the energies of your True Self. You will be strengthened from the inside and there will be no voids in your energy system for other spirits or energies to take up residence in.

  • Invite Sacredness wherever you are right now. Opening sacred space can be a very powerful way for you to begin to protect yourself and reclaim your own power. Use this beautiful invocation and invitation of sacredness by my teacher, Betsy Bergstrom. I use something very similar in my sessions.

The True Self Guided Meditation is easy and relatively quick, deep and powerful. It is remarkably refreshing. To experience the True Self guided meditation (varying styles and lengths to choose from below), you are invited to use one of these gadgets or click on a link for a playable audio file.



The True Self meditation is the work of shamanic teacher and practitioner Betsy Bergstrom, given to her by her helping spirits. These audio versions are merely my voiced understanding of that work. I recommend using one of the long versions linked to above both at the beginning and the end of your day.


Possession can be perplexing for you and can bring unwanted experiences into your daily life. Possession sickness is a very natural phenomenon - though not desirable - that shamans all over the world deal with on a regular basis. With the loving assistance of the Middle World healing spirits, possessing beings are guided to receive their birthright, to move on into the Divine Light which is the ultimate heritage and resting place of us all.

My firm belief is that all beings come from God ("by whom all things were made"), the Creator, the Great Spirit, and to this Source all things return. This means that the Light of the Creator is in all things; Light calls to Light, and that is the principle on which I work. My goals are that the separation of suffering being from your energy field be gentle, trauma-free, compassionate, and filled with love. I and my Helping Spirits work for a "win-win-win" situation for all beings involved.

If you have peculiar symptoms that have not resolved, come and go, or that you suspect might be the result of a possession suffering being, please contact me for a consultation. It is my utter joy and privilege to do this work.