Zara searched for healing throughout her life. So she engaged in spiritual practices like shamanic breathwork, but it ended up tormenting her even more.
Zara’s Early Life
She described her family’s faith as “more religious than spiritual.”
“As I was kind of growing up, there was a lot of hatred towards people that didn’t live a godly life, and I struggled with that. I learned my tradition early, and I was scared of going outside that box,” she said.
But Zara was a troubled teenager. She became very curious and interested in men and alcohol when she was fourteen years old. It led to being drunk and sexually abused. This became a cycle that went on for years.
Zara also started doing drugs at the raves. She was seventeen when she started having a sex that relied heavily on porn. One time, when she asked her then-boyfriend what he would choose between her and porn, he answered porn.
Little Love for Self
“I have so little love for myself. I just ended up sticking out in that relationship, which kind of distorted what felt right for me,” Zara said.
They were together for three years. When they finally broke up it was around the same time that her best friend died.
Trying to cope, Zara attended a self-development seminar.
“I left with this idea that I wasn’t actually a victim of the circumstances that I found myself in. That I could create from my willpower, which is still true, but it’s not what God asks of us. And not what ultimately led me to a happy life. Because I created what I wanted for myself over and over again from that point on. And I still couldn’t get what I genuinely wanted, which was not to be addicted to drugs. I did start to get into psychedelics,” she said.
Looking for a Safe Place
“My family was God-loving. But when I tried to talk to them about some of the things that I was experiencing or encountering, they didn’t know how to meet me. And actually did at times say that “you’re just demon-possessed,” she added.
“Who can I go to?”
Zara ended up connecting with people with different spiritual beliefs.
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At first, she thought they were just connecting to the source of energy.
“But now, looking back, I can see that they’re, you know, connecting to demonic spirits,” Zara said.
“The first time I was doing shamanic breathwork, I remember screaming and my whole body going limp. It felt like I couldn’t move inside my body. And then the lady who was facilitating came over and started to massage me. I felt like I experienced God. It was this massive amount of love, amount of light and love. Like coming out of the breathwork experience, I was like, “Wow, this is what you need to do to experience God.” Because it felt like I had.”
Shamanic Breathwork, a Temporary Aid
Little did Zara know, it would tormented her even more.
“It didn’t last. It was a temporary feeling of something getting better.”
Zara then got into a relationship with a man whose stepfather was a pastor. He had a good influence on her. So, when they broke up, it devastated her even more.
But the next day, she went to church. She didn’t remember being blown away by the message, but she got something better. When the pastor asked if anyone wanted to know Jesus, Zara thought, “I’ve opened up to all sorts of things spiritually. Why would I not open up to Jesus?”
After Shamanic Breathwork Comes Jesus
As they were praying, she started shaking and she started to fall over.
“Josh [the pastor] was just praying that Satan and his group let go of my life. That any demonic spirits that have entered me leave.”
Zara was set free during that service. She remembered feeling lighter after having cast out the demonic spirits that had entered her life.
“I confessed that Jesus was Lord, and I gave my life to Jesus at that moment.”
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Header image: Zara [Deliverance Down Under]. YouTube, 28 April 2023, https://youtu.be/QnzL-ed6ShQ