Wieczor Wybrzeza Magazine, September 1997
"Ghosts, like people, are very different. A person takes their character with them to the other world. If someone was evil, unhelpful to others while alive, that's how he'll remain after death," says exorcist and parapsychologist Wanda Pratnicka. "When we die it's as if we were going through a curtain which separates the world of the living from the dead. But not everyone wants to pass through to the other side, not everyone is aware that they are no longer alive. Usually this applies to people who have died a sudden death or when they were drugged - under the influence of alcohol, anesthetic, or drugs. Those who sinned greatly in their lives also have no desire to pass through to the other side because, after all, they are in no hurry to go to hell.
"Many of the dead have guides who come out to them to lead them to the side of the Light. But people retain their free will even after death - if they don't want to leave this world then no-one can force them to do so. And it's with lost souls like these who don't know what to do with themselves that exorcists have most trouble. Wandering round the world they can enter the bodies of living people causing them much suffering and trouble. Most of them are evil ghosts.
"It's hardest to free oneself from the ghost of a person close to one: a mother, father or grandparent. Ghosts like that feel 'at home', they are tied to the possessed person with emotional bonds, the home, the family, the place where they lived for many years. There has to be a great deal of work done on such ghosts for the exorcisms to be effective.
"Once a very elegant, intelligent man came to me and, quite embarrassed, asked if it was possible for the ghost of his recently deceased father to stay in the home and visit his wife, the man's mother. It transpired that it was. Every night the father's ghost would rape... his 76-year old widow, and what's more he would bring other ghosts to help him. This man told me how one night, hearing his mother's scream, he ran into her room and with his own eyes saw bloodied scratches appear on her body. This may sound incredible but I have already come across several cases like that.
"I am presently looking after a woman who has been possessed by her superior. She was a secretary, her boss died suddenly of a heart attack and several months later strange symptoms manifested themselves on her. There had been no intimate relations between them before though - she claims - he had made attempts at sexual harassment. This is a very hard case and I have been working on it for several months now. I have taught this woman how she should defend herself against the ghost. I have to use a different method every time because every ghost is different and reacts differently. There is no rule here, one simply has to rely on one's intuition. I usually do it at home, shut away in my own room, I work remotely. I don't have to see the person I'm helping, all I have to have are their details, sometimes also something belonging to them or a photograph. All people need to do is write or phone me.
"When I perform an exorcism I see the person who needs help and I make a mental connection with them. With a ghost, on the other hand, I can communicate in various ways - through automatic writing, using clairvoyance or clairaudience. To begin with I check to see if I am able to help the person asking me for it and if I can I do help. Sometimes it takes quite a long time, six months or more.
"Visitations by ghosts can manifest themselves in various ways - sometimes a sign might be alcoholism or drug addiction. The result of possession can be crimes. A ghost can also create a threat to a person's life by encouraging suicidal thoughts. Once a ghost has entered a person it cannot leave that body. If the ghost wants to free itself then the person must die, the ghost must persuade them to die, or to commit a crime punishable by death. When that person dies, the ghost is set free and can then go into another body. Many cases of schizophrenia or other illnesses are associated with possession by ghosts. It's often the case that it's not just one ghost which it is relatively easy to 'size up', but many of them. The people most susceptible to visitation by ghosts are those who are mentally or physically weakened, or weakened by alcohol or anesthetics. Fortunately, most people have within themselves a barrier guarding them against such a possibility. Children always have that and it's exceptionally rare for a ghost to enter a child. Only children beaten by their parents are deprived of this barrier.
"I looked for effective methods of exorcising for many years, to begin with by trial and error," says Wanda Pratnicka. "Using all my parapsychological experience and knowledge I looked until I found them. If I free someone from a ghost then the problems which caused their mental resistance to fall sufficiently for them to be possessed will remain. Freeing someone from a ghost is only the first step to health."
Author: Krystyna Cendrowska