by Reb Gutman Locks on Mystical Paths
A young man came up to me at the Kotel early in the morning and asked for help. He was very concerned about something that was going on in his life. He had heard about my background, and he really wanted my advice.
When I asked him what was the problem, he hesitated, and then with a slight tremble, he moved his hand slowly up and down his arm, and said, “It seems that I have an entity issue!”
I knew what his words meant, but I was not sure that he did. I asked, “What are you talking about?”
He said, “I have been bothered by certain feelings, and I met a Sephardi mekubal (mystic), and he told me that there is an ‘entity’ on me.” Now he looked scared.
“Why do you believe such a thing?” I asked.
He answered, “Sometimes it feels like I have insects crawling all over my arm, and there are other unusual things, too.”
I could see that he really believed what he was told. I said, “There is no entity on you.”
He argued, “The mekubal told me things about myself so I know that he is right.”
“Baloney!” I said, holding back what I really wanted to say. I said, “The real problem is that you have a huge worm in your nose!”
He looked at me like I was nuts.
“Why don’t you believe me when I tell you about the worm in your nose? … because it is just too outrageous, ridiculous! And neither do you have an “entity” on you. It is total nonsense, and you should not believe it for one second. You are exaggerating normal feelings, and saying that something is on you. No one can spiritually do anything to you unless you invite them to do it, and even then, it is only your imagination turned palpable.”
He would not listen. He wanted to believe that fairy tale. I told him that there was a genuine scholar of Kabbalah coming to the Kotel within an hour, and he could ask him to see who was right.
He left, still convinced that he had some spiritual entity crawling on him!
When the rabbi I referred to came I told him what the young man said.
He said, “Imagination!”
I asked, “That’s it…only imagination?”
He added, “Someone (the so-called mekubal) has a talking sickness.” (spreading foolishness)
I did not plan to send out this story, but then, that very afternoon, a young women asked me how to get the “energy off” her that some man she had dated is putting on her. When I saw that there was more than one case of this type of foolishness going around, I realized that the subject needed to be addressed.
I told her the same thing that I told that young man in the morning, “Because you are still interested in that man you dated, you are imagining that he has some control over you, and he doesn’t. When you are ready to leave him, and move on in your life, those imagined feelings will stop bothering you.”
I explained to both of them that they should be looking up to the One Who is All. They should attribute everything that happens to Him and not think for a moment that there is any spiritual reality to the feelings on their arms. This is the type of foolishness that you find in India. But a Jew is supposed to talk to G-d, and have G-d lead him or her in their lives, not “energies” and “entities”!
Hashem is everywhere, including inside your head. Talk to G-d. Do not invent problems when we already have enough.