Possession has been around for thousands of years and the understanding behind it has changed of the course of those years. Hundreds of years ago when someone had an ailment of the mind of body, that person was considered "possessed" by something evil and malicious and the goal was to rid the person of the infliction. In a general sense, they are in fact 'possessed' by the illness and until the body rids it from their physical sense, they will remain so.
It would seem the lack of understanding in body and health led many to believe all sorts of things. What could cause such a physical disruption? Did something get into the body to cause this fever, or sores? If something entered the body and is causing harm, then it must be flushed out and removed, water intake, leeches to suck the tainted blood, thus perhaps removing the foreign matter that possesses the individual.
With religion, comes a different arena of belief in possession. Bringing to the table fear of damnation, fear of God, a sinner who has been inflicted with demons due to lack of faith and beliefs. On top of the pre-existing "possession of health and ailment" we now add "possession of evil, demons and the Devil." These angles of possession intertwined and co-existing, could create all kinds of new forms of possession.
When one hears voices, faith believers then come to the conclusion that it must be demons or the Devil, what else could it be? These demons are wooing the person they inhabit, they are coaxing them to do the opposite of the Lord, to spread evil, mischief or inflict harm in others. As they are demons, they then must only be removed by someone close to the church; this is the only solution.
Let us look at this from a different perspective, what if these voices and inflictions are not caused by demons or The Devil? What if these were caused by someone from somewhere else, who has full access to the world around us, undetected by sight or sound (for the most part), and can manipulate, or antagonize us, knowing full well our fears, beliefs, anxieties or upmost secrets and then use them against us in a multitude of different ways.
How can such a people use them against us, we don't hear or see them? Or do we? Maybe those thoughts you get into your head that are not so good, startle you and make you ask yourself "Why did I just think THAT!?" Maybe you unconsciously do something that you never ordinarily would and you later pay the price and say "Why did I do that, I never would even think of doing that!?"
Maybe those people who are "possessed" are simply conduits or sensitives and have an open channel, thus even deeper manipulation. When these "possessed sensitives" are inflicted and preyed upon, people then jump to all past conclusions on why this must be happening. They were not "of faith" so a demon has latched itself to them. They were a Paranormal Investigator, and must have taken a demon or evil soul as an attachment.
All of this is here say of course, including my own theory. How do we know the dead can really "attach" to us at all? How do we really know that the dead are around us? In short, we don't know who or what is really around us. Anyone who claims to know, has either been told by someone else, or convinced themselves they have all the answers. If they do have all these answers, I would ask of a money-back guarantee if I was possessed and they were exorcising me.
Let's keep looking at the idea that a sensitive might be a victim of something that nobody else can remedy realistically, but they have to endure all the ritual and promises of others that it will be resolved and the "entity" be cast out for good and then arrive that it has or has not worked out that way. It becomes almost insult to injury after the fact.
Humans are cruel to each other and find ways to manipulate and try to control one another, who is to say that someone else just like us, or even further, IS us in another form or place, has the advantage to due unspeakable things to their fellow species, simply because they have the means to do so.
How are they able to do the things they do? How can they move objects, replicate voices, knock, appear to us, lift us up, scratch us, touch us, breathe on us, and physically harm us? There is no proof that they are not physical beings where they are, maybe a thin, onion skin between us is enough to soften the physicality of action.
What if someone else existed that is allowing them to do these things to us? What if this someone does not fully understand us and let's these people manipulate us to try and understand us better? What if the ones being allowed to do things to us, are taking advantage of this opportunity and using it as a means of amusement and torture? What I am describing is we move on somewhere else and co-exist with someone else who has the technology but maybe not the human understanding on why we do the things we do. Our people could easily lie or make things up so that they are allowed to continue to prey on someone they selected, or relay that they are "helping them become a better person", etc.
This would explain why some people have problems for a while and others for years at a time. How long can a person or group of people continue to do cruel and unspeakable things to one person? Do they allow it as a free for all and invite others to take a shot at them? Upset those around them? Continually manipulate their lives and environment, taking a sick sadistic pleasure at this? This could be a form of mental illness somewhere else, maybe these opportunities have intensified, thus explaining the rampant increase in hauntings and possessions in general.
Which leads me back to the topic at hand, possession. Maybe what we look at as something evil and foreign entering the body is not, its manipulation all around us (by this I mean under us, beside us, etc.) and interaction with our minds and thoughts (or direct communication and verbal abuse for sensitives).
How do you explain speaking in tongues? Who is to say they are not hearing someone else speaking another language and they are repeating it due to wearing them down and exhaustion? Who is to say when super strength is applied, that there are not many around during the "exorcism" and combined can push or lift someone? Under the stress and belief that this person is possessed by The Devil they can do unspeakable things, this is the perfect scenario to ramp up the drama and situation would it not?
My personal theory is possession is an age old belief in the unknown, and has crossed over to religion and is nothing more than an explanation for a form of control. With the church, control taking control over another controlled scenario for their own means, to convert and gain followers. If you are the expert, all who are “possessed” will come to you with their problems.
Who is the puppet in this scenario? The person who is "possessed"? The Church who claims expertise in the reasons for the cause of the "possession"? I think both are the puppets. What we need to learn is how to cut the strings that manipulate us and those around us. To eliminate the manipulation, we first need to discover who, where, how and why they are able to do these things in the first place, then take action.
-Anthony Anderson 7/26/16