I received an email today from a distraught woman and it encouraged me to speak out on something I've seen happen online as well as something being taught by even good teachers. This is a form of bad teaching that needs to be stopped. That bad teaching I'm referring to is to allow a spirit to control you.
The email I got was from a woman who was working with some tough spirits and was taught by certain people to allow them to control their entire lives. It got so bad that the woman began to actually fear negativity and evil energy from her saints and spirits when she didn't immediately do what they wanted. She had made the mistake that so many good workers make, allowing the spirits and saints to dominate them and control them. Below is some of my personal advice I would give to workers out there. I believe this advice is a must for people who are being improperly taught about working with the spirits.
1.) Only some spirits are potential trouble-makers. Usually the spirits who can pose problems are going to be "tough-natured" or even dark-natured. Spirits like St. Martha, St. Barbara, St. Expedite, St. Simon, Santa Muerte, etc., are notorious for controlling people and doing so in a way that the worker never realizes it. Because if the worker realizes the relationship is not right then they will do something to fix it or put them in their place. Cooler spirits, such as the Virgin Mary, St. Anthony, St. Jude, etc., rarely if ever cause these types of problems.
2.) Please note that you don't need any spirit in your life. All you really need is God. So don't fall into the trap of thinking that you must work with a given spirit.
3.) Fat Saints are lazy saints. If you are feeding your saints without them doing any work for you then they already have control over you. So for example if every week you are making food offerings, offerings of tobacco, rum, fruit, whatever, and you are not calling upon that spirit for any help then you just may find that the spirit has become fat and lazy and no longer works for you when you need them. You need to put them on a diet. Do not feed them unless you are actually working with them. Instead, only offer them glasses of water.
4.) The saints who demand their own altars and expensive items. Some saints are notorious for demanding their own altars. For some, this is traditional. However, other saints with no tradition of this behavior will also demand their own spaces. You do not have to give in to them. For example, St. Martha will often demand her own altar. St. Martha does not need her own altar. This is how you handle this type of situation. It's happened to me so I am sharing this from personal experience. Go to St. Martha and tell her that you will be delighted to give her her own altar when she grants you a larger home or win the lottery. Then tell her that if this is beyond her power then she needs to make her peace with the other saints and be happy where she is. It works. After I did this I have never had a problem with St. Martha ever again. I didn't get a new home and St. Martha doesn't have her own altar!
5.) When a spirit doesn't deliver you need to punish it. First you should talk to your spirit and find out if there is something the spirit is trying to communicate to you. However, in some cases the spirit won't deliver because it is mad at you for something it should not be. This is where punishment comes in hand. The first form of punishment you should try is scolding in the name of Christ. The second form of punishment is to withhold feedings and make sure the saint sees that you are feeding the other saints so that it knows it is going without. If even this fails then the next form of punishment is to turn the statue of the saint facing the wall or else hang the saint's picture upside down and tell them they won't be turned right until they start to behave and deliver. Usually by this point the saint will shape up and begin to act right. From my own personal experience I can say that 90% of the time scolding the saint in the name of Christ usually is all that is needed.
6.) Dismissing the saint. If you have tried putting the saint on a diet and punishing the saint then you may need to dismiss the saint. When you dismiss a saint this sends a signal to your other saints that you mean business and that they too can be done away with if they don't behave. To dismiss a saint you sprinkle holy water on it and you state in your own words that you are severing your ties to the saint and that your are dismissing the saint in peace. Make sure to close with, "..by the power of the blood of Jesus Christ and in the name of God the father, God the son, and the God the holy spirit, Amen.". You then must get rid of the saint's image. You can give it away, give it to your local thrift store, or even place it on some one's porch as a surprise gift, but you cannot keep it as you have dismissed the saint. Note: Please think long and hard before dismissing a saint.
7.) Dark Spirits - Spirits like Santa Muerte and St. Simon are dark-natured spirits and it is their nature to control and have power. If you are working with Santa Muerte try to only use her white form as this is her cool aspect. The red and the black forms are hotter, more demanding, and will attempt to control the worker if they aren't careful. It is traditional for Santa Muerte to have her own altar or space. She does not like to share space with any other saint or spirit. She should not be placed with other saints. The same goes with St. Simon. St. Simon is far darker than people realize or are being taught online. St. Simon is believed to be Judas Iscariot, the betrayer of Christ. In actuality he is a pagan god that is still served with blood sacrifice to this very day by the inner circle of his cult. Guess what? -SO IS SANTA MUERTE!!!!! Santa Muerte is indeed offered blood sacrifice by the inner circle of her cultists. So please keep in mind that Santa Muerte and St. Simon have a taste for blood. You have to know this before you start to work with them.
8.) Spirits who have abandoned you. Spirits can and do abandon people for whatever reason. Sometimes it may take a while before the worker realizes this is the case. If you know the spirit has abandoned you then it's best to not to try to bring the spirit back. I would advise putting the statues or images away for a set period of time and if the spirit hasn't returned by the end of that time to dispose of the items and never ask anything of the saint or seek contact with that spirit again.
9.) ****IMPOSTER SPIRITS******
This is the number one problem I know is happening. People online are not being taught this. Just because you buy a statue of a saint doesn't mean that you are working with that saint. Sometimes a dark or negative spirit will pretend to be that saint and if you aren't in tune spiritually-wise, then you may be deceived. I've personally seen this happen a lot with Santa Muerte. For example, I've talked to a woman who claimed that she has this feeling that her Santa Muerte is male. She even described it dressing a sort of way. She had no clue that it's a negative spirit. If you are dealing with an imposter spirit you must banish the spirit in the name of Jesus Christ, get rid of any images, and do a strong cleansing. Imposter spirits can happen for any saint but tend to focus on the tough-natured or dark-natured spirits like St. Martha, St. Barbara, Santa Muerte, St. Simon, etc. I can tell you from personal experience it has happened to me. I once had an imposter spirit pose as St. Barbara. It turned out to be a lesbian woman who had committed suicide. I picked up on that she was a lesbian but later found out that she had committed suicide by a neighbor. I had to perform an exorcism, banish her, and I burnt the picture of Saint Barbara. Remember, negative spirits lie and they will deceive you. Negative spirits will use people's own ignorance against them. You can combat this by actually researching and learning about a saint before trying to work with them. Please be careful because there is so much nonsense online and negative spirits will thrive on people who are ignorant and fall for the nonsense.
10.) If you feel negativity, evil energy, or that a saint or spirit is angry then you need to take control of the situation. First try to calm the spirit down by sprinkling cold water on it or offering it a glass of cold water. Then try to communicate with it. If it's anger is not calmed by this then you use some of my advice listed above. If the saint or spirit is angry about something it should not be angry about then try to use a creative approach. If worse comes to worse then punish the saint by turning it around. Don't be afraid to dismiss a saint. I've done it before and I'm about to do it again if a particular saint doesn't deliver. There's no use in wasting time and energy on a spirit who won't deliver. Remember, we don't worship the saints or spirits, we work with them. If they aren't "working", then we can and will get rid of them.
I hope this information is helpful and helps to serve to allow people to take back their personal power instead of living in fear and allowing spirits or saints to control or dominate them.