Rachael is living a restless life and her marriage is on the verge of collapsing. She says after falling asleep, an evil spirit attacks and sexually abuses her.
She and her husband are not on good terms because of the hallucinations as a result of the nightmares she experiences, writes Juliet Kasirye
Rachael’s marriage is on the verge of collapsing because of the frightening nightmares she usually gets at night. She says whenever she is sleeping, she hears someone entering her bedroom.
Unwrapping her mosquito net and out of blue, she feels the heavy weight of a man squeezing her chest so hard that she can hardly breathe properly.
Rachael discloses that the first time she had that terrible nightmare, she almost chocked to death when she opened her eyes and saw an image of a tall man standing beside their bed. Still in shock, this man started walking towards her. When the evil spirit touched her, she shouted on top of her voice in order to wake her husband up.
“Unfortunately my husband could not hear me, so he did not wake up. The spirit overpowered me and had sex with me that night. After a fortnight, the same incident happened to me again, but this time, my husband heard me whispering “bedroom words” and he woke me up,” adds Rachael.
Rachael reveals that these days the incident which she attributes to rape by demons is becoming a routine as soon as she falls asleep. Since she does not get enough sleep, she says this has not only affected her marital duties, but also her work. She says recently, her boss threatened to fire her since she arrives late for work.
“For the whole of last month, I have been having sleepless nights. My husband was worried about my condition, and he took me to a psychologist in order to see whether my condition would change, but nothing changed,” she said.
Rachael adds that when she confided in her friend Ruth, she advised her to visit a witchdoctor in Masaka, but when she went there, the situation instead worsened.
Her biggest challenge now is how to explain the cause of this to her husband. She says they no longer communicate well as they used to and her children also fear her because she scares them when she starts screaming at night.
Psychologists say demonic dreams bring fear and can make someone sick
Do demons really exist?
“Nightmares are real, and so far, I have prayed for many people with such experiences. Basically, there are three sources of dreams — psychological, spiritual and demonic dreams,” says Michael Kyazze, a senior pastor at Omega Healing Centre, Zzana.
Kyazze explains that with psychological dreams, the things you encounter during the day are recorded in the mind. Besides that, these dreams also emanate from the soul and fatigue.
Kyazze adds that some spiritual dreams come from God, and the rest come from the devil. He says demonic dreams also exist, and in most cases if a person gets demonic dreams, he or she changes his or her lifestyle.
“It is through demonic dreams that the purpose of the devil is fulfilled. It makes the person hurt, brings fear and also makes them sick. Besides that, demonic dreams also manifest in the person’s life through dreams.
Actually, it is like a dream, but in reality an experience,” explains Kyazze. He describes demonic dreams as a spirit manifesting in form of a person. It abuses the person sexually and its objectives are to defile her, and also injure the relationship between her and the husband.
Kyazze recommends people who are attacked by demons to seek counselling from religious leaders.
According to him, in James 4:7, the Bible says that resist the devil and it will flee from you. This verse implies that you must do things which resist the power of darkness. For example, fasting and also engaging in prayer with others.
“If it is a psychological dream such as dreaming watching horror movies or an abusive behaviour, it is best you get out of it as soon as possible. However, if it is a demonic influence, it needs a prayer of deliverance in order to chase away the person who appears in the dreams,” advises Kyazze.
Mark Kigozi, a pastor at Real Life Church, Namboole says demons do exist. “I believe there are dreams, and spiritual realities. Personally, I have received cases of people who are disturbed by evil spirits, but sometimes, a person may get dreams which are terrifying because of the thought patterns,” he says.
Kigozi says some people are disturbed by demons depending on the activities they engage in. For example, if someone watches a horrifying movie, chances are high that they might get nightmares because of fear. Also, if a person had dramatic experiences in the past, they might get scary dreams.
Kigozi advises people who are affected by demons to always first identify their spiritual life, and then seek counselling and prayer sessions from a spiritual mentor, who will guide them through the prayer process of deliverance such that all the bondage of Satan lets go of them.
Livingstone Nkoyoyo, the retired Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, says he has heard about so many people who have been attacked by demons in dreams.
“There is no witchdoctor who can deal with such a situation because they are spiritual attacks. The only way to get rigid of demons is through prayer,” he says.
Stephen Langa, a counsellor at Family Network discloses that demons that rape women really exist and so far he has counselled two women with such experiences. Besides that, he has also known of men who have gone through the experience.
He says some demons come in form of recurring dreams where one is experiencing sexual relationships with some unknown person, and others are like physical encounters with something which is invisible, yet the encounter is sexual.
Langa narrates another ordeal of a woman who used to be mentally ill and would walk naked. He says this woman was later delivered through prayer and she is now a productive member of society.
He says the lady told her that the source of the spirits that drove her into insanity came through sexual encounter with someone who was infested with sexually transmitted demons.
Apart from that, Langa also gives an experience of a former witchdoctor he watched being interviewed on TV.
“The woman said her assignment was to bring down high-ranking men, and her main weapon was sex. She said she would do whatever she could in order to lure the man she was targeting into sex. She added that once the man had sex with her, he was finished,” Langa said.
“This is because from that point onwards, she would control him and dictate whatever she wanted to do with him. This control over someone is made possible through sexually transmitted demons,” he added.
“If you are attacked by demons, it is always important to have close contact with God in order to be delivered. Besides that, it is also vital to stay sexually pure since some people have spirits which follow them from generation to generation.
For example, some people are possessed by demons, and in most cases, if you sleep with many men or women, chances are high that you will also get the demons they have since it is hard to tell who is possessed by a demon or not,” concludes Langa.