My father always told me he would come to the foot of my bed after he passed away. He’s been gone for nearly 40 years and he has never returned, yet I have seen apparitions of people I have never known. I’ve always wondered why. I’ve heard a lot of explanations for why the spirits of some people remain on earth. I’m sure you have too.
Last night, as I was pondering this, it suddenly occurred to me that maybe ghosts and spirits don’t actually return. Oh, I’m not trying to argue that ghosts don’t exist. I think they do – I’m just not sure saying they remain or linger on earth is the right way to describe it.
What if heaven, earth and the great hereafter all occupy the same space? What if going to heaven or passing on doesn’t mean the spirit goes to another place? What if the essence of the person simply slips into another dimension that occupies the same space?
What if whether we observe a spirit (or ghost – if you will) has nothing to do with the wishes of the dearly departed but rather depends on some other variable, such as blip in the space-time continuum? What if ghosts aren’t visitors at all, but are merely carrying on with their lives and somehow become visible in our reality?
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Shadow People: My personal experience | This is the best part of my day!.
This wasn’t so much a dream as it felt like a real experience.. trying to type this out on my phone right now from memory, as I’m laying here in the dark, shivering… I was laying on my left side.. woke up with a feeling of fear.. soaking in sweat.. I couldn’t move.. I was fully awake when I saw it from the corner of my eye.. Read Steve’s Experience
Steve stopped by and left a link to his personal experience with a shadow person, but I wasn’t sure you folks would follow the link, so I decided to share a short excerpt with you to whet your appetite.
His experience is a little different from others I’ve read. It actually sounds a little like stories I’ve read about elementals (if you believe in that sort of thing). Stop by and read his account and let us know what you think.
Belief in ghosts may be more common than polls suggest
Americans, it seems, are opening their minds and becoming more likely to believe in ghosts and the supernatural. According to a Haunted Housing report released by Realtor.com on October 18, over one third of Americans surveyed claim to have lived in a haunted house sometime in their lifetime, with more than 50 percent of them claiming to have heard the experiences of others who have lived in a haunted home. Read the whole story
Maine ghost stories: The mysterious disappearing woman
Back in the good old days, when I was a kid, we learned to entertain ourselves during cold winter nights. But, when a winter storm raged and the power lines went down – which happened quite frequently in those days – my mother quite often took on the role of entertainer. It was then that I learned the stories of my ancestors, which never failed to captivate me. Invariably, those stories turned to tales of the paranormal as my mother relayed ghostly encounters experienced by family and friends. Read the whole story.
As Ghost Hunters’s winds down the year with their Bethlehem investigation, I find myself wondering exactly why we are all so fascinated with the thought of ghosts and spirits living among us.
As you know, it has always been difficult for me to reconcile my belief in some unknown beings inhabiting our living space with my Christian beliefs. I find myself at odds – knowing full well there is more than meets the eye in this world, but not knowing – or wanting to believe – it is really the spirit of those who have passed on.
I am always a bit uneasy when Jay and Grant so casually tell clients that they have nothing to fear and that any entities present are harmless. I don’t know how they can say that. I don’t know how they can conclude that the spirits are friendly with a few hours of investigating.
It bothers me because common sense tell me that if a ghost or spirit were dangerous, it just might pretend otherwise. Perhaps it is my Christian upbringing that makes me believe that ghosts and spirits are better left alone – perhaps it is my ignorance that fuels the uneasy feeling that they may not be so benign – perhaps it is my own past experiences that color my perceptions of the paranormal.
It’s not that I don’t believe there are harmless spirits – its just that it seems reasonable to me that those who intend to cause harm probably wouldn’t be upfront and honest about it. It seems likely that they would be deceptive. So, I am left with the nagging feeling that maybe – just maybe – we shouldn’t be so quick to accept that all is fine.