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Jesus and the Teaching of the Seven Unclean Spirits

by Joshua Tilghman on November 21, 2013

3229068282 e1ce36fbcf o 191x300 Jesus and the Teaching of the Seven Unclean SpiritsHave you ever wondered what Jesus meant when he states that the unclean spirit who leaves a man comes back with seven others more wicked than the first? The early church and Hollywood have given us wrong impressions about unclean spirits. Also known as demons, these entities aren’t the intelligent, self-conscious beings that go around looking for people to possess. Let’s review verses 24-26 in the eleventh chapter of Luke’s gospel and then we’ll dig into the nature of unclean spirits and find out what Jesus was really talking about.

“When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out. And, when he cometh, he find it swept and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of the man is worse than the first” (Luke 11:24-26).

The Nature of Unclean Spirits and Demons

You have probably heard the expression, “Everyone has their own demons.” There’s more truth in this saying than the beings often depicted in movies, at least from the Biblical perspective. Demons, or unclean spirits, make up the evil urges of our lower natures. They are automatic forces of the ego on the astral (emotion and desire) plane. They are the instinctual, habitual impulses that are in opposition to spirit and our spiritual attempts to raise consciousness. They can gain strength, especially the longer certain habits are repeated.

I recently had a conversation with someone who was adamant that demons were intelligent, spiritual beings totally separate from us that went around trying to possess people. But this doesn’t make sense in the grander scheme of things. Imagine an intelligent being that knew its ultimate fate was to be defeated by God and thrown in the Lake of Fire in eternal torment. Would it really continue a battle it knew it couldn’t win? When discussing this point, the other person stated that a demon’s hatred of God was so great that they couldn’t help but to continue their destructive ways. But isn’t this the exact definition of an unintelligent force? A habit that is so instinctual it has no other choice but to continue on its current behavior? That doesn’t sound like an intelligent being that has any will of its own to me. It sounds a lot like an instinctual, blind and stubborn habit!

When I brought this to their attention, the other person brought up the example of Jesus casting out a demon into a herd of swine. As the story goes, the swine then jump off a cliff and all of them are killed. But again, this backs up the fact that Biblical demons are the instinctual, habitual impulses in opposition to spirit. Pigs represent the desire nature within us. It’s symbolic of the desire for nothing but the carnal nature, which is why the demons begged Jesus to go into the swine. And why would a demon, who asked to inhabit a pig, throw the body it possessed off a cliff and destroy it anyway? I think the answer is obvious, don’t you?

The Christ within us is the higher spiritual force that drives out the lower desire nature within us. The demons within simply can’t remain when the Christ within is in the process of being born.

The Unclean Spirit Walking in Dry Places

So what about Jesus’ teaching in our first quote? Notice how Jesus says that when an unclean spirit leaves a man, it walks through dry (waterless) places seeking rest. The dry place Jesus speaks of is a symbol of error and falsity as compared to the truth (moist) places. Our habitual desire nature on the astral-mental level manifest in certain mental conditions that remain absent of truth (water). When a man gains the right knowledge, he can begin learning how to crucify the desire-nature. Jesus wants us to realize that when an unclean spirit leaves (part of the habitual desire nature being conquered), we have to continue bearing the cross until we have fully crucified the lower nature or else we will suffer another round of birth and death.

The Seven More Wicked Spirits, Chakras and Reincarnation

Jesus states that the unclean spirit who leaves and doesn’t find rest returns to the same house (man’s bodies) and finds it swept and garnished. Why does the unclean spirit return with seven others? Jesus’ use of the number seven is not arbitrary. This is a reference to the seven main chakras along the spinal column, or tree of life. It’s also another subtle yet profound Biblical teaching revealing reincarnation. Man’s seven chakras serve the purpose of receiving, storing, processing and disseminating information / energy between our spiritual and physical bodies. The physical life is in the blood, but man could not be a conscious being without chakras with which to connect his etheric, astral, mental, and causal bodies.

The seven unclean spirits represent the habitation and blockages of negative energy in the seven main chakras. The unclean spirit finds the body of man swept and garnished because, in the next round of birth and death, the physical vessel starts anew and the new house (body) is another opportunity for life on the physical plane (swept clean and garnished). At first the house is clean, but as the man or women did not conqueror the lower nature of his ego in the previous life, he or she will contain some of the same energetic conscious imprints that still have to be conquered. In other words, although new opportunity and physical life is given, old habits still remain.

The seven unclean spirits represent blockages that can also be compared to the seven deadly sins, and it is karma which gives rise to the seven deadly sins.

7 deadly sins by subhraj1t d4eaws6 300x240 Jesus and the Teaching of the Seven Unclean SpiritsThe seven deadly sins are:

  1. Lust
  2. Gluttony
  3. Greed (avarice)
  4. Laziness (sloth)
  5. Wrath
  6. Envy
  7. Pride

Below is hot they relate to the seven chakras filled with negative information and energy.

  1. The Root chakra: represents lust, and the fear of not having.
  2. The Sacral chakra: represents gluttony, and the guilt as a result of selfishness.
  3. Solar Plexus chakra: represents greed, and the shame that results.
  4. The Heart chakra: represents sloth, a spiritual laziness which rejects the grace of God.
  5. The Throat chakra: represents wrath, lies, and hate
  6. Third Eye chakra: represents envy, and the illusion of lack that others might have, ultimately resulting in sorrow.
  7. The Crown chakra: represents pride, and ultimately the attachment of self, perhaps the deadliest of all.

King Solomon provides parallels to the seven deadly sins in Proverbs 6:16-19:

“These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that deviseth wicked imiginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discard among brethren.”

In Galatians 5:19-21, St. Paul also lists the deadly sins. Although they constitute more than seven as a list, they fall under the seven categories already listed. The scripture states:

“Now the works of the flesh (ego) are manifest, which are these: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idoltry, withcraft, hatred, variance, emulation, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, revellings, and such like…”

Of course this post wouldn’t be complete without listing the seven virtues. You can compare and contrast them to the seven deadly sins and see how they may relate to each chakra. When a man or women replaces the seven deadly sins with the seven virtues of life they are well on their way to crucifying the lower man and gaining higher consciousness. The seven virtues are as follows:

  1. Chasity
  2. Temperance
  3. Clarity
  4. Diligence
  5. Patience
  6. Kindness
  7. Humility

Remember, the seven virtues come from thoughts and emotions that vibrate on a much higher frequency. May we all strive to birth them within.


{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kevin November 22, 2013 at 12:37 am

I admit it, I’m dumb… please answer this:

And why would a demon, who asked to inhabit a pig, throw the body it possessed off a cliff and destroy it anyway? I think the answer is obvious, don’t you?


2 Joshua Tilghman November 22, 2013 at 8:06 am


Sorry, I was probably a little confusing there. I simply meant that the traditional understanding of a demon contradicts its actions in those scriptures. It wouldn’t have happened.



3 sparks November 22, 2013 at 1:13 am

I agree, embracing/birthing the “Virtues” and in addition “The Fruits of the Spirit” will resonate a very high frequency…
Adding to this would be Paul’s Corinthians 1:13, which resonates the highest frequency!!

after all, that’s why we’re all here (man-kind), because we Believe!

Hold the light/frequency,


4 Joshua Tilghman November 22, 2013 at 8:04 am

Thanks Sparks!


5 Kevin November 26, 2013 at 7:13 am

So, if we all have our inner demons to deal with? Is it safe to say that no demon can be in the Nirvana state that is heaven? That any demon undealt with requires another go round of this reality to attempt again the reign it under control?


6 Joshua Tilghman November 27, 2013 at 10:25 am

Kevin, one who has reached the Nirvana state would have no more demons to conqueror, and yes, demons have to be dealt with in this life.


7 David November 26, 2013 at 8:17 am

U said these demons can Gain Strength when certain habits are repeated…hw can they be dealt with or controlled after being Strength as a result of Ones Ignorance…


8 Joshua Tilghman November 27, 2013 at 10:23 am


By simply breaking the bad habits. The best way is replacing the bad habits with good ones. Sometimes it’s hard to confront a habit head on by just resisting it. That’s why I recommend finding something positive to replace it with. Changing the way you think about something is immensely important. Meditation also helps. Even exercising and eating right helps. But remember the main battle is in the mind. Once a bad habit is replaced by a good one, it’s hold over you will begin to diminish.


9 sparks November 27, 2013 at 3:06 pm

Josh, Kevin and David,
Unfortunately, we are not just confronting with any demons we have created but also those of our ancestors/DNA, if it is not cleared before our lifetime, part of our mission is to help clear it for them…keeping in mind just how far your family has survived on this plane of our existence, WOW!
On the definition of Sin, essentially it is “missing the mark” or “marker”, if missed for whatever reason’s, emotional conflict, karmic manifestation, etc. etc., it will definitely present itself again, as the helix spirals…for God’s Love for us never ends and the “Hero” within oneself will eventually be Victorious!
Meditating, Contemplating, as Josh has suggested will bring forth a greater understanding making one’s JOB here somewhat smoother with less angst. Silence, Patience, Prayer and being in nature also can aid us in the question, what is this all about?. Know your better Angels!
Love and Light,


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