Physical Symptoms of Discernment

Sometimes you can experience physical sensations in your body that tell you something is going on in the unseen realm. Has this ever happened to you?

A reader of the blog sent me this question:
“I sometime will feel the sensation of worms or ants crawling under my skin. Sometimes it will be all over my body, other times just on my head or back of shoulders. I know Iโ€™m sensing something demonic and it partly has to do with the enemy speaking lies and trying to manipulate. Why do I feel it in different places and what is the Lord trying to tell me?”

Good question! I had never experienced this before so I sent this question to a few friends who are gifted with discernment and have been walking with the Lord for a long time. Three people told me they had experienced it before. Two people said it was related to witchcraft. Witchcraft is a form of manipulation.

Regarding why it is felt in different places – one person replied that the location on the body didn’t make any difference to him. It was just God’s way of getting his attention that something wasn’t right and he needed to pay attention. Another person responded that theย different locations are likely tied into the type of witchcraft – perhaps one is atmospheric witchcraft (on the head) whereas the one on the back is a specific person manipulating you.

Very interesting responses – I like that each person had their own experience of this and was able to provide some insight. We see in part and know in part (I Cor 13:9-12). This is why I started this blog – to open the conversation regarding this topic because none of us has it all together!

This question made me start thinking of other physical symptoms of discernment – what I mean is you have a physical sensation in your body and this tells you something spiritual or unseen may be happening. Often you also get a certain kind of “knowing” that it’s not just a physical sensation, especially if it happens suddenly. There are no “rules” that say, “This symptom always correlates to this particular spirit”. I know that makes it hard for those who are just starting out. The key is to never assume. Just ask the Holy Spirit – He will tell you what you need to know. If you don’t get an answer, maybe you don’t need to know. Or sometimes you might be asking the wrong question.

Why aren’t there “rules”? Because spiritual gifts are meant to draw you closer to Jesus. You become more dependent on Him as you seek Him for understanding. If there was a simple chart or book that explained it all, then why would you need to depend on Him? You could just lean on your own understanding – not a good idea, when it comes to spiritual warfare and discerning what it happening in the unseen realm.

That being said, here are some symptoms that people have experienced in relation to specific spiritual influences. This might help you as you ask the Lord what is happening – if nothing else, it might make you feel better that you’re not crazy and you’re not alone. (One of the main reasons this blog exists, by the way!)

Witchcraft:
Sudden sharp headache – might feel like an ice pick in one side of the head
Ringing in the ears, also means something is shifting in the spirit realm (usually not good)
Sudden Nausea
Painful pressure on the chest

Fear:

Butterflies or knots in the stomach
Tension on the back of the neck, tingling up the spine

Eyes twitching/burning – May be blocked from seeing in the spirit

Ears irritated/plugged – May be blocked from hearing from the Lord

Feeling of being squeezed – Python/Divination

Pain in the lungs when breathing – Needs filling with the Holy Spirit, related to Python perhaps?
Sharp pain in lower left stomach – Rejection

Heaviness on the shoulders – Carrying a heavy burden that was not meant for them
Sudden drowsiness – Leviathan, a spirit that comes against leaders & their followers

Sometimes when you experience one of these symptoms, the discernment is for YOU. To warn you to pay attention and pray for more clarity. Sometimes you are discerning something for another person. It’s very important that when physical symptoms suddenly come that you ask the Lord to help you figure out whether it is for you or for someone else. Also use some common sense and determine whether your body is responding to something in the natural realm. Don’t ignore physical symptoms. But also be careful not to over-spiritualize them. If they are part of the gift of discernment, then the Lord will give you clarity as to what to do with them. Once you take the action He tells you (pray, decree, bind, loose or whatever), the symptom will disappear. If it doesn’t, it might just be a headache. Rest, drink water and it will go away. ๐Ÿ™‚

Was this post helpful? Please leave a comment below. If you’ve experienced a physical sensation related to discernment, please let us know.

About Kingdom Walker

A woman seeking to understand the world around her - with grace and acceptance toward all. Discernment of the Supernatural Realm - Insight and experiences of the Unseen Realm from a Christian perspective. This blog: https://supernaturaldiscernment.com/

Posted on November 26, 2018, in Educational, Sensing, Spiritual realm and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. Great post! =)

    Before I knew what discernment was, I thought there was something wrong with me. My ex husband had a lot of evil spirits with him (which God revealed to me at one point aftera few years) and I would have a constant headache and feel unable to think clearly when he was around. It was significant when he was away and would come back. I hadn’t realized that it was the spirits with him that caused it and thought it was something physically wrong with me. They also affected my son and made him very irritable, hyperactive and angry.

    • Mary, I think a lot of people can relate to your comment! Discernment is so odd sometimes that it’s very easy to mistake your symptoms for something being wrong with YOU. In fact, I think a lot of people suffer with symptoms that are not sickness – they are just in toxic environments and their body is trying to tell them about it. I’m glad you realized it – I hope it helped you deal with the symptoms. Children and young pets are especially sensitive to it – their symptoms are a good indication that something is not right.

  2. Hi.Thanks so much for your blog.Much needed.๐Ÿ˜
    I operate in the gift of discernment ( still growing in it)-recently I’ve experienced a sensation of crawling( like insects) on my face and head…it Happened twice during worship at our church and also at my work place.
    We prayed against witchcraft and any demon causing the crawling sensation rebuking it!It lessened but left a very slight crawling feel on my head….could it be something else that I need to pray against?

    • Hi Tania, thanks for your question. I am not sure why you still have a slight crawling feeling on your head. Perhaps there is something more the Lord wants to show you. I’ve noticed that when things don’t go away after praying that often the Lord wants me to seek Him for more depth of understanding. He draws us to Himself by giving us little mysteries to discover. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope this helps! Thank you so much for stopping by – I hope you keep in touch. We need to all learn from each other’s experiences.

  3. Yes, This site was very helpful! I have been having pains in my right shoulder area down into my chest. When I have those I know that there is an evil presence around! I will pray and then the atmosphere changes and becomes peaceful!!

  4. Tania Gabriel

    Thanks so much.Very helpful post.
    I experienced the crawling sensation on my head and face recently…We prayed against witchcraft and it definitely lessened but was not completely gone. My husband and I then prayed in tongues for 2 good sessions and it is now gone.
    Thanks so much guys, so helpful to hear everyone’s experiences as we grow to be sharper and more effective in the Kingdom.
    Blessings!

    • Tania, I’m glad this blog post was helpful – that’s so encouraging to me! I’m glad that crawling sensation is now gone – whew, what a relief! And it was awesome that you and your husband prayed together – that’s so POWERFUL! I am so happy you have someone who loves you and cares about you like that. What a huge blessing that is! Thank you for sharing your experience and what worked for you – we all learn more that way. Please keep in touch and stop by anytime! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Tania Gabriel

        Thanks so much

      • Tania Gabriel

        Hi. Hope you are well.๐Ÿ˜ Do you perhaps know what spirit is operating for the following: I’ve noticed that initially the person will give advice -same advice for many times to a person but the person they are advising doesn’t change or follow their advice. The advisor then gets frustrated and irritated and starts belittling the person regarding the area where the advice was given. Noticed this pattern in a family. Do you know what spirit is manifesting? Blessings Tania

        • Tania, thank you for your question. That is Control and Manipulation and possibly Intimidation. When someone’s advice is not followed (especially someone who cares a lot or has a vested interest in you or your future), they begin to be afraid of what you might do (I’m using the word “you” in general, it applies to everyone). They cannot control your actions and they either fear for you or they fear for themselves if you do not follow their advice. Sometimes it is well meaning (as most mothers will say) but sometimes it is selfish – if you do something on your own, it leaves them out and they may feel ignored, overlooked or devalued in some way. This is especially true of insecure people – they may take it personally that you are not listening to them. Control means they want to control your action – this is usually motivated by Fear. Manipulation means they want to make you feel a certain way – that you are somehow “less than” them if you don’t take their advice (i.e. you’re “stupid” or “you don’t know what you’re doing” or “you don’t have what it takes to do that”). Intimidation means they actually try to instill fear in you to bully you into doing what they want. It usually comes with a threat, either implied or spoken – for instance, “if you leave this house, I’ll cut you out of my will” or “if you marry that man, I’ll never speak to you again”.

          What can you do? If it’s someone you respect (i.e. a parent or a spouse), you can validate their advice but still stick to your decision. “Mom, I appreciate what you are saying, but I really think this is the best decision for me right now.” Then smile and walk away before an argument starts. ๐Ÿ™‚ If it’s someone who is just pushy about giving advice and you don’t want to hear it anymore, then you can simply stop the conversation as soon as they bring it up. “Stop! I do not want to discuss my future with you any longer. I’ve made up my mind. Please don’t bring this up again.”

          Pray for the person who is giving the advice that they would be at Peace and not be afraid. If you have a strong enough relationship, you can gently ask, “What are you afraid might happen if I don’t take your advice?” Maybe there are some consequences you have not thought of – or maybe they need to be reminded that God can be trusted and they need to let go.

          I hope this helps! Feel free to keep asking these kinds of questions – this is how we all learn and grow. I got some more clarity even as I wrote this reply! So, thank you! (and thank you, Holy Spirit, for the clarity!) ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Hi there

    Any good books that you can suggest regarding this topic?

    • Welsh, that is an excellent question! And no, I don’t know any books that talk about this topic, specifically physical symptoms of discernment. There are so FEW books on discernment – that’s one of the reasons I started this blog several years ago. What I know, the Lord has taught me because there’s so little teaching or information available in print. I’m hoping as the Lord highlights the importance of discernment that more people will write good books about it. I’ve got notebooks full of experiences and revelation … so I share what I can from time to time. Sorry I couldn’t offer something more! Thank you for your question. I appreciate your interest in this topic. ๐Ÿ™‚
      PS If you find a good book on this topic, please remember to come back and tell us about it, okay?

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