Oct 292011

AskAWitch 300x168 Communicating From Beyond The Veil

Question: Do you believe spirits can communicate with the living and if so, have you talked with a ghost?

I was asked this question a long time ago, with Hallowmas right around the corner I thought it would be appropriate to answer it here on the blog.

I do not communicate with the dead on a regualar basis, but I have had a few experiences over the years where I do believe that I have received messages.  One of the most vivid messages I received was from my father-in-law.

My father-in-law was in the hospital.  My husband and I got woken early one morning by a phone call from a member of his family telling him to get to the hospital as soon as possible.  I asked him if he wanted me to come with him, but he said no he would call me once he got there.  We were only about 10 minutes away from the hospital so he felt if I needed to be there it wouldn’t take me that long to get there but if I didn’t he wanted me get a bit more sleep.  I didn’t expect to be able to fall back asleep but decided to rest and got back under covers, making sure the phone was close by.  After few minutes, as I left myself relax and tried to get a bit more rest, I “knew” my father-in-law had passed.  A few minutes passed and I “sensed” a message in my mind, “tell him I’m sorry, I was just so tired, I had leave, tell him I’m sorry” and with the message was also a strong feeling of love.  A few minutes later my husband called to tell me his father had passed away before he gotten to hospital.  I waited a week or so to relay the message that his dad loved him very much and knew that he loved him too, and there was no reason to feel bad about not getting to hospital before he passed.  He had already “felt” in a way it but it was a comfort to hear it and have it confirmed.

I believe any thing is possible, but there are few things that I believe 100% in. I tend to be a “prove it” type of person, and prefer to experience something for myself and\or have a bit of scientific proof too. I do believe that the human spirit continues to exist after death. I have had to many personal experiences as well as seen too much evidence, that I do believe that the human spirit continues to exist even after the physical vessel is no longer functional.

In what form a spirit continues to exist on the other side, I don’t know. I tend to agree with most of the other theories out there, (most of what people call “ghosts” or hauntings are just memory\energy imprints and when seen or heard is like a rerun of a film clip; very rarely there might a spirit or entity that can communicate and interact with the physical world and seem to have retained their “personality” from their physical life. Can spirits communicate with the living? I don’t know absolutely for sure, but I am  99.9% sure that they can communicate with the living, but it depends on the spirit and the living person, and often the connection the two may have had in life – if there was a close relationship and the living person is open to it then yes I think messages can be communicated.  I think our loved ones who have passed over sometimes stay to watch over us or at least pop in from time to time, and can communicate through dreams and other subtle ways

From the various experiences I’ve had throughout my life, as well as my interest in various other spiritual and psychic subjects, I have always wanted to go ghost hunting. Not seances, or channeling, or psychics — but real ghost hunting with equipment and like-minded skeptical people. I do believe that there are some people who can communicate with spirits, some who are psychic and can channel — I can respect their work and their messages from beyond, however, no matter how convincing, sincere, or even truly gifted a person is in this matter — it still can not be taken as “evidence.” I have had many experiences with dreams, meditations, and other psychic work that has been very accurate and rewarding. However, even though I may have experienced something myself or seen someone else experiencing it, it is still subjective, and can not be duplicated or shared with someone else other then to relay the information, but the experience itself is still a personal one.

The Ghost Hunters tv show and TAPS website satisfy my urge to investigate the paranormal in a scientific manner, from the comfort of my living room, without spending long hours up all night recording, followed by even longer hours of reviewing hours of footage on audio and visual tape. Perhaps some day when I retire I’ll be able to find a group of professional ghost hunters near me and finally have the time to experience a ghost hunt first hand and learn more about it.

Until then, I’ll watch Ghost Hunters and continue to keep an eye out for the ghost(s) or entity, fairy, or prankster that moves the statue of Isis I have in the curio cabinet and who keeps taking things from time to time – though when I put my foot down and ask for something back it usually returns it within a day or two (more about that another time).

Related posts:
My First Ghost Encounter.
Ghostly Encounters.

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Oct 272011

Ghost Story 300x166 Ghostly Encounters

My first encounter with a ghost was in 1968 when I was a teenager.  Years later, another haunting experience I had was a in house I lived in about 25 years ago. It was located in a medium size city, and was in a neighborhood the city was considering making historic, so it was pretty old. I had rented two spare bedrooms to college students and they were always hearing footsteps above in the attic. I’m a very sound sleeper so I didn’t hear the footsteps that often – but occassionally I did too. No one was bothered too much by it, unless the footsteps started coming down the attic stairs. Usually who ever heard the footsteps on the steps would immeidately run downstairs (myself included) and some times out to the front porch until the footsteps stopped.

My sister stayed with me for awhile in one of the bedrooms in this house.  One night she started yelling for me. As I said I am a sound sleeper – so it took awhile for me to get semi-conscious. I yelled back, “what? go to sleep!” She yelled louder, “NO WAY GET IN HERE NOW!” So I stumbled down the hallway and she was sitting up in bed with the lights on — and the clothes in the closet were swinging back and forth as if there was a strong breeze in room (but no window was open and there was no breeze). I wasn’t half asleep any more that is for sure. I told her to get out of bed and come with me; we sorta backed out of the bedroom and closed the door behind us and crawled under the covers in my room and sat there huddled together watching my bedroom door hoping what ever it was in the closet wasn’t going to come down the hall into my room too. (We were all such chickens back then hehehe)

Another night I was sound asleep, my bedroom door was open and small night light was on in the hallway. I rolled over, shifted a bit, and opened my eyes the tinest bit — and there was large shadow next to my bed, at first I just said “go away,” and almost fell back to sleep (I really hate being woken up) — but as I layed there it slowly dawned on me — there shouldn’t be a large human figured shaped shadow standing next to my bed. I peeked just the tiniest bit and sure enough it was still there. I closed my eyes really tight and ducked under the covers (after all covers are magical and can protect us from anything right ???? hehehe). I laid very very still figuring if it thought I was asleep it would just go away.

I’ve had a few other ghostly experiences but nothing in the last years.  Another time I’ll post about some of those other personal experiences with ghosts and entities.  Please feel free to share your ghost stories in comments (or if you have a blog post up about a ghost story, leave the link) – I’d love to hear about your ghostly encounters.

Happy Hauntings, Lady Rose

A special welcome to all those who are visiting via Witch Blog’s  Real Witches of Halloween Tour Day 27 (2011).  Thank you for dropping by and have a safe and happy Halloween.

Oct 202011

Ghost Story 300x166 My First Ghost Encounter

It’s that time of year to share ghost stories, this is the tale of my first encounter with a ghostly entity.  (Feel free to share your stories in the comments, or if you prefer leave a link to a blog post about your ghostly encounter(s).)

My first encounter with a ghost was when I was 13 years old (1968). I was living at a catholic boarding school. A bunch of us were in the recreation room watching tv (not a horror movie). Something caught my attention out of the corner of my eye, and I turned to see the image of a nun (transparent and floating) slowly coming out of the closet (through the door that was closed) and starting to cross the room. As I was staring at it, the rest of the girls started screaming and running downstairs. A few moments later I realized I was alone, and got my wits together and ran downstairs too. Everyone was telling the same details of what they had seen – that out of the closet came a transparant, floating nun, middle age, slowly crossing the room.  This type of haunting was most likely the “imprinted energy” kind, a “spirit” that will continue to do the same thing over and over, unaware of the living or the surroundings.

There were other various “sightings” of different odd things from others over the next three years I was at the school, like a ghostly hand coming up from behind a headboard and leaving an imprint on the pillow when it slammed down. However, there was only two other “sighting” that I had first hand experience with.

A small group of us were walking at night down the long, winding road that led down the hill that school was on top of. About half way, we all noticed a man on a horse up in the trees. However, there was no path there, there was no sound, and he and the horse were completely transparent and whitish. We ran really fast back to the dormitories. Afterwards, we did a little investigating about the history of the school and found out that the man who had owned the property (and left it to the church) had kept horses and eventually we did find a run down old stable back in the woods.

The other experience was odd, but not sure I can say it was a “ghost.” It was during another walk down the same hill, only this time it was on the back road. It was a very foggy night, and the mist hung in branches of the trees but the road itself was clear.  As we walked, there appeared a patch of fog in the middle of the road. We continued to walk, but the fog seemed to move closer towards us. We stopped, turned and started walking back up the road. The cloud of fog got a bit larger and seemed to sway from side to side along with us as we zig zagged up the road to see what the fog would do. As we walked faster, it seemed to get faster and closer, until we were definitely sure it was thicker and larger then it was when we first saw it and was definitely showing signs of “following” us. We decided running was the best thing to do.

I always wanted to go back to the school and do some real ghost hunting.  Next week I’ll share another ghost story that happened in a house I lived in about 30 years ago.

Do you believe in ghosts?  Have you ever seen or communicated with one or more?  Please feel free to share your stories of ghostly encounters in comments, I’d love to hear about them.

Bright blessings, Lady Rose

Update:  This I have to get this for my Ipod!  Ghost Radar® (by Spud Pickles) is a portable application designed to detect paranormal activity for the iPhone, iPod touch, iPads.  There is also Ghost Hunter (EMF, EVP, SCAN) – ‘All in One Ghost Hunter’  detects EMFs, has a scanner, spirit board, and captures EVPs

I enjoy the show Ghost Hunters (TAPS) on the Sy Fy channel, they have a book out about some of their experiences: Ghost Hunting: True Stories of Unexplained Phenomena from The Atlantic Paranormal Society My First Ghost Encounter.

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