So when we moved here from Maine to Okc, six years ago this coming April, my daughter was 7. The military moved us so it brings a big moving truck to your house and unloads all of your stuff etc. We had been settling in for a few months and my daughter starting telling me that she was hearing things in her room. Small things at first, just enough to prick up her ears. Then she started to say really disturbing things like, "I want to have sex with Satan", and dark things like that. Now I know what some might be thinking, but this was NOT may daughter she was saying things that at her age she had never even heard before. I'm not saying she was possessed but something evil seemed to be disturbing her thoughts. At first I didn't even think along the lines of Satan or evil, I just thought because of the move we are all a little stressed and in fact I used to get very angry at her for saying things like that. As very active jw's that was a complete no no. But it was sad because she didn't WANT to say those things, she just had those thoughts and she was trying to get help from me.
Well things progress through the months and she was starting to get more freaked out. She said someone was calling her name in her room and I just dismissed it (why? I don't know, but it pains me to this day) and would tell her to go back to bed. Well then I noticed that all of us were on edge and fighting and stuff. Fast forward.......it gets to the point where it clicks with me that my daughter is somehow being harassed by demons so I go to one of the elders in the hall for help. He told us to see if there was anything in the house that was new or different that we didn't have before. Well because of the strict jw that I was I knew already that I didn't have books or movies of that sort of obvious thing so I start thinking. Then I remembered when the movers unloaded our stuff, they unloaded a twin mattress that wasn't ours. That happens a lot in the military moves. I didn't really questioned it, in fact I needed an extra twin mattress for my daughters bunk bed so that's where it ended up and it's the one she was sleeping on every night. (To this day I don't know why I would have even thought of keeping something that wasn't mine) The day we were trying to figure out what might have been causing the problem, my husband and I at the same time concluded this mattress. So the elder comes over loads the thing up and throws it out. Then all of that stuff stopped. My daughter went back to her normal self and it's like that whole thing never happened.
Here's the thing: I'm a huge skeptic! Even as a jw I wasn't freaked out about Satan or demons or anything although I did follow the wt rules on that kind of thing. But when I look back on it now, all I can say in all seriousness is our experience was real and it was devastating at the time. Other things happened to all of us that just was not in our character either. So my question now is, What was that? Now that I've been away from the org I have books and movies that would have been considered demonic in the org, my daughter reads a ton of vampire books and she loves movies that creep her out and nothing! No "demon" activity, every thing is fine. Are there demons? Is there really evil? I'm leaning toward statements like "bad energy" instead. This has bothered me for a long time and would like some serious help and answers with it. All I know for sure is that it happened but I can't explain it.
So if it's now Satan then what was it? Any ideas?.............wf