Have 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.
- Greed (avarice)
- Laziness (sloth)
Below is hot they relate to the seven chakras filled with negative information and energy.
- The Root chakra: represents lust, and the fear of not having.
- The Sacral chakra: represents gluttony, and the guilt as a result of selfishness.
- Solar Plexus chakra: represents greed, and the shame that results.
- The Heart chakra: represents sloth, a spiritual laziness which rejects the grace of God.
- The Throat chakra: represents wrath, lies, and hate
- Third Eye chakra: represents envy, and the illusion of lack that others might have, ultimately resulting in sorrow.
- 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:
Remember, the seven virtues come from thoughts and emotions that vibrate on a much higher frequency. May we all strive to birth them within.