When the lay-volunteers of the Archdiocese of Manila Office of Exorcism went to Rome in 2013 together with six of its exorcists -- Fr. Jocis Syquia, Msgr. Jay Bandojo, Fr. Bobby Dela Cruz, Fr. Jojo Zerrudo, Fr. Daniel Estaquio, and Fr. Remo Bati, SDB for the VIII Annual Course in Prayer of Liberation and Exorcism at the Regina Apostolorum University, they were joined there by two Filipino Dominican priests -- Fr. Dexter Austria, and myself. At that time, Fr. Dexter and I were not yet part of the AMOE Team.
During the Conference from the various renowned exorcists, it was very clear to us both theologically and dogmatically the principles involved in the Ministry. Questions about voodoo, macumba and other types of black magic as practiced in Africa and Mexico/Latin/South America were brought to the floor for discussion and analysis and how to combat them. This was not surprising because there were many participants coming from those places. European witchcraft and satanism were also discussed because there were plenty of European exorcists in the Conference as well.
What was lacking were questions regarding sorcery, witchcraft, magic, and satanic rituals coming from Asia. I was surprised later that we did not ask it, we from Asia. Surprisingly there were priests from India there, China, Japan, Korea, and from the Philippines. But no one among us thought of asking a question related to our experience. I now wished we had. But perhaps it would not help much. From the discussions coming from the other continents, it was basically the same approach as in the Roman Ritual. If ever we would have asked questions particular to Asia they may not be able to answer it at all. I assumed this because much much later I contacted particular exorcists in the US and Spain inquiring on how they deal with the Occult Third Eye, and basically they did not know what I was talking about. It seems that when it is a question of the demonic, one refers to the Roman Ritual on how to expel them. Although we basically agree but our discoveries in AMOE brought us to certain fields that deepened our understanding of the spirit of divination. In our discovery there were other very potent prayers against these nefarious creature. We discovered the Eastern Christian Prayers Against All Magic, we found the Exorcism Prayers of the Bishop-Marytr Cyprian of Nicomedia Against Curses and Black Magic. We also made ample use of the Exorcism Prayers of St. Gregory the Theologian Against Magic, the Exorcism Prayers of St. John Chrysostom and Basil of Caesarea.
But it was the encounter with various Hindu and Buddhist influenced magic that brought us to work on how to counter-act them. The traditional use of the Roman Ritual for Exorcisms remains very powerful. But the time spent in expelling demons that come and go made us ask the question: "Are there other gateways for the entry of the unclean spirits beyond the third eye found on the forehead?" And our question was answered by an unlikely case of a 12 year old boy whose "chakra" points were all opened. Prior to this encounter our knowledge of the other entry ways were dismal. I will tell the case story of this boy in the next post.
The concept of chakra is basically Hindu in origin and it would be received in Buddhism and naturally in all places in Asia where Buddhism is the prevailing religion. It has become famous in the Western world through various hindu masters and later on in the New Age. AMOE Exorcists would encounter as a maintstay cases of open chakras making the closing of the Occult Third Eye a bit more challenging.
Looking at the table alone which is readily available in the internet, one will immediately see how complicated it is. Put that in the context of the Ministry of Spiritual Liberation and Exorcism and one gets to have an idea how deeply rooted the spirit of divination will go into the life of a person. What makes this so disconcerting is that in many Catholic spirituality centers, convents, formation houses, there are practitioners among priests and religious sisters. And the spiritual liberation of religious men and women who are practitioners of this esoteric art, are one of the most difficult to liberate because without them knowing it they practically gave the demon of divination free access to their soul. And they enjoy the power it gives them by having all their chakras opened and their so-called "spiritual experience" heightened.