real? That is likely one of the most common questions asked when I'm
doing a talk or hosting a workshop or gathering research for my
writing. Are ghosts real?
I think it
would be prudent to define "real" for the sake of this discussion
and the subsequent mumblings of the skeptics. As close to the definition
as we can get, considering the topic.
If someone sees
a ghost and tells another person they saw something, regardless of how much
one might want to believe someone, it still comes down to hear-say and the
listener is left to decide if it's to be believed.
If two people
see the same apparition or entity, then we have some corroboration and can
move forward with more of a solid belief in what they tell us.
People want to
believe. Not only would proof positive give them a confirmation of life
after death, but would cement those who have a deep faith in the power of the
soul. None of us want to believe that this is all there is. That life
ends with our last breath. That we are nothing more than memories from that
point on. Proof of the existence of ghosts lets our human nature be at ease,
knowing that we have more to come.
concept of what is real is generally based on their own experiences.
Some of us have a regular interaction with those who have died. My gift
(sometimes-curse) is clairaudience. I hear the dead. I hear their
sometimes near-constant talking. I have a habit now of covering my ears
when I get ready to sleep, the chatter can be so loud.
Those who have
had first hand experience with ghosts and the breezes, chills, touches,
whispers, movement, rearranging and clattering they can cause, are sure of our
experience. It's undeniable once you've had interaction with that kind
of energy, although many choose to deny it until their next encounter.
to cling to the "science" of disbelief. They love to denounce
the existence of spirits and entities, because it makes their narrow view of
life acceptable to them. God forbid someone should actually believe what
they see with their own eyes, hear with their own ears and experience
first-hand. Suspending disbelief is a practice that comes into play when we
open ourselves to new and fresh experiences.
real? Yes, at least in my reality.
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