One of my areas of specialization in my spiritual healing practice is working with attached energies of all sorts. In my previous blog, I discussed why energies attach to us, and the number one symptom of having something attached.

In Part Two (this blog), I am going to discuss common symptoms of having an energy attached to you. In Part Three (upcoming) I will discuss an overview of the varying energies I work with and why I specialize in this work.

As discussed in the prior blog, many people look at an energy attachment or spirit attachment as something frightening, unnatural, and think that an energetic attachment will cause severe symptoms that are readily noticeable.

This is rarely the case. In fact, the number one symptom of an energy attached to you is fatigue without cause. This is fatigue without any sort of medical or social reasons. This can be a hard symptom to parse out, because we live in a society where we are all (well most of us) are chronically fatigued and reliant on stimulants to get us through our days.

Before I get into symptoms, I will also say that having other energies, even other beings of an entirely different vibration or physiology than us attach to us is more common than we might think. We like to think of ourselves as concrete physical creatures– our physical presence ending at the skin level. We are actually energetic creatures– our bodies are composed of varying energies of denseness and light and everything in between. 

Basically, everything in this world is made out of energy, including us. There is no “physical” versus “energetic”. We are all composed of energies– some of them more dense (our physical structure, organs, etc) than others (our thoughts, our “aura”, etc).

We are all interfacing with different energies that are not “us” all of the time in actuality. It is only natural that we are affected by the emotions, experiences, thoughts, and even other energies that we come across. Most of us have barriers to this (energetic structures that allow these energies to pass through us or not get past a certain point in our field) or a healthy mind-body so that we do not take these energies in. Most of us in this world are not sensitive– we cannot see, touch, sense or feel these energies in any way. Most of us focus only on the physical, “concrete” reality around us and are blind to anything else. Sensitivity, trauma history, and lack of boundaries are the three (main) reasons why energies attach to us. 

The more sensitive we are, the more open we are, the more traumatized we are, the more spiritually aware we are, the more likely it is that a wider and wilder variety of energies that are not resonant with our field will be attracted to us. Most people have former humans attached to them (spirits of deceased people, just for clarity) because their energies are not so different than our own. Other people who are more sensitive, open, traumatized, or spiritually aware may be more likely to have a wide variety of beings, spirits, animals, and energies attached to them. Generally the bigger the energy, the more vibrationally different than our own energy, the more severe the symptoms. 

Many people may not even notice that a former human is attached to them. Many people may not believe in it even if they do have one attached to them. That is certainly their choice. But there are a wide variety of spirits, energies, beings, and former humans that are attached to many, many people (it is incredibly common) creating a lot of symptoms that could be lessened or even completely eradicated if they were to go to someone with the ability to release these beings/energies from their physical body and/or energy field.

Common Symptoms of Spirit Attachments and Possession

The most common symptoms (beyond fatigue that cannot be explained) are memory issues, general fogginess/lack of clarity, and physical or emotional symptoms that started at a very specific point in time. 

I also suspect spirit attachment if someone has been in a place with a lot of spirits– a hospital or nursing home, for example– with symptoms that started right after their visit that they did not have prior. This could really be anything, as when a former human attaches to us we pick up their symptoms. This means that if we were in a hospital where there was a former human who died with pancreas issues we might suddenly start having pain in our side. 

No medical tests show anything. This is another big symptom that makes me suspect spirit involvement. If you have physical symptoms that are causing you considerable distress and have gone to doctors, had medical tests, and blood tests, and nothing shows up and nobody can tell you what is wrong you either have a bad doctor or may want to check for spirit attachment. 

You had surgery, anesthesia, or were knocked out. Any time we have surgery we partially or fully leave our bodies energetically. It is a basic trauma response, and the anesthesia in fact has the effect of kicking us out of our bodies. This means that other energies that are present can see an opening and take advantage of it. Our boundaries are down and our energy is scattered while knocked out, especially under anesthesia. Of course, not everyone who has surgery gets a spirit attachment– but this paired with symptoms starting that cannot be explained and other symptoms listed here might suggest that you get a reading at the very least.

Change of behaviors, personality, addictions, and hobbies. This is another huge symptom that causes me to suspect spirit attachment. If you were a quiet, shy and plainly dressed and chaste woman who suddenly starts wearing tube tops and picking up men in bars (this is an extreme example, of course) that would suggest that there is an energy present that is not you. Similarly, a sudden interest in other hobbies, changes in wardrobe, personality that is unlike you is cause to question, especially if the interest showed up suddenly.

Addiction is a huge symptom of spirit attachment. First, because the addiction and substance use makes you have less boundaries overall (kind of like anesthesia) which makes it easier for energies to attach, but also because there are a lot of former humans who were addicts in life hanging out in bars and other places. They sense that you are a vibrational match for them and attach. Spirits have a hard time getting drunk or high though since they do not have physical bodies… so whatever drink or drug you are utilizing is never enough. They always want more.

Sensitivity paired with odd dreams. Although this can be a wide variety of things (including past lives, astral travel, etc) if you are a sensitive and have odd dreams that are not your own, you may want to get checked for attached energies, or at the very least learn some protection measures for your bedroom so that energies are not interfering with your sleep and general privacy.

A relative, family member, friend, or pet that you are in constant grief over. The grieving process for anyone is extraordinarily difficult. There are specific stages to grief, and it can take us a long time to work with grief when someone has left our lives physically. But if you sense that the person is still with you, you are constantly dreaming and thinking about them, and you have physical or emotional imbalances that they did they may still be present. Although people sometimes are happy that their loved one is still around they are not in their right place and are causing you harm by being attached to you. 

War and other intense events, visiting places as a sensitive that have had a lot of violence or spirit activity. I have now worked with countless people from the military who had PTSD and high levels of stress who also had another layer of spirit attachment on top of that. This is sometimes hard to differentiate, but any extreme levels of trauma make us more open for spirit attachments, especially if there already is a lot of death and spirit activity present.

Similarly, if we are sensitive (which means that we notice things around us more, like spirit presences), and we visit a place that has had a huge amount of trauma, war, or violence we may have something attach to us.

Hearing voices, sensing a presence, or feeling something within you or around you that is not “you”. This can mean a spirit attachment, or it can mean significant trauma has happened that has caused you to disassociate. Or it can mean both.

Lack of interest in sex. Again, we are getting into something that could be hormonal or based in other reasons (meaning look at if your partner is being a jerk, or if there are “mundane” reasons for your sex life to be not present, first). But the presence of a male former human in a female body, for example, can cause the female to not be attracted to her male partner.

Memory lapses, time loss, and fogginess/lack of clarity in thinking. This can again point to severe trauma, endocrine conditions, and other issues… but when a spirit attaches to us their thought patterns, emotions, and physical issues overlay our energy systems, in time becoming more and more physically entrenched. You may experience thoughts that are not yours, or just have a general sort of fogginess to your thinking due to a presence. In severe cases this energy overlaying can become more dominant with people reporting memory lapses and time loss from the time that they are in the background and the attached energy became more dominant.

Symptoms that started suddenly. If you are aware of that all of your symptoms started on a specific day, week, or month, this is a common symptom of spirit attachment.

Emotions that are like a roller-coaster. Lots and lots of fear. Anxiety attacks. Feeling emotions that are not based in your experiences or a roller coaster of emotions. Interestingly, many people cancel on me because they make an appointment and the night before they start feeling a lot of fear and anxiety. Many of them then cancel the appointment. They do not realize that it is the attached spirit that is afraid, not them. That the attached spirit realizes, anticipates, and fears moving on.

This is a fairly comprehensive list of the most common symptoms. Again, most people who have attachments are of moderately benign energies– emotions, thoughts, and former humans. These symptoms cause fatigue as well as many of the other issues above. As we can see, they do not typically cause really severe symptoms. The further away we get from more common energies or benign energies, the more severe the symptoms are, and the more difficulty they will create in your life. Many non-human energies cause similar symptoms as listed above, but due to their unique presence and vibrational difference from our own energetic field their presence is noted more readily.

It is really important to know that only having one of these symptoms does not mean you have something attached to you. If this blog resonates with you, and you have a few of the symptoms, I would suggest checking in with a spiritual worker.

It is of vital importance to find a spiritual worker that has trained in and specializes in this type of work! I rarely use exclamation points, but many spiritual workers do not specialize in spirit release work, especially any type of work dealing with non-human origin spirits, beings, and energies. They may claim that they know how to work with this, but it takes many years of specialized training to work with attached energies, even former humans, and especially the more complex ones. 

Although this may seem rough to other spiritual workers, I do a wide variety of “correctional” work– meaning I receive emails from many people who have been to all sorts of “shamans” and “spiritual workers” of all sorts who have further traumatized the person by saying that it is all in their head (and there is no such thing as spirits) and if they wanted to they could just pray them away or use “white light” or sage and they would go away… to making situations much worse…to not doing anything at all and charging a lot of money… to taking on cases and then when spirits present that are frightening to them or the client dropping the case, making the situation much much worse.

When you contact me suspecting an attachment, I will do divination work to see if I am the appropriate person for this work. Sometimes distance work is not the best option , or I am not the right practitioner for whatever reason. If I can help you, I will let you know, and we will set up an appointment via Phone/Skype. I will do work prior to the appointment and after to ensure that things will go well. In some cases, one appointment is all that is needed. In complex cases, or in cases of multiple spirit attachments, more appointments are necessary. You can read about my ethical pledge for my spiritual work here and contact me with any questions or for an appointment here. Additionally, you can read more information about my spiritual work, including cost, here.