Well, without trying to be, like, too airheaded about it, it's like a sentient presence; we all have a latent ability to sense the preternatural as well as the supernatural. If you have any memories of your life before you could talk, you might remember what I am talking about.
The lightning things are the mind rapists; they have a direct way of attacking your mind. If you use the name of Jesus with faith in God to protect you, the things will have to go away.
A direct way of attacking your mind, raping your mind!
Good thing my mind is like a fortress, unpenetrable.