Friday, August 15, 2008
Do You Believe In Ghosts?
Every now and then these things happen to me. Call me crazy or well, call me crazy. Just wondering if these things happen to you, too.
I don't know if these odd instances can even remotely be tied to paranormal phenomena but when they do occur, if I'm paying attention, they tend to make me wonder if there is something beyond just the obvious.
Do you ever have a random thought, totally out of the blue, say... of an image out of your past? For example, I may be engaged in a conversation (totally unrelated) when an image pops into my mind of the road near my house where I grew up.
Do you ever walk past something and think you see something, and look again and realize it was nothing. I've walked past my living room when the house is full of family and noticed, out of the corner of my eye, one of the cousins sitting on the couch. Turns out all the cousins were in another room. Who did I see on the couch?
Did you ever have a dream where you have a conversation with someone who has died? Maybe even someone who died, and you never even knew them (perhaps a great grandparent)?
I've often (very often) woken up in the middle of the night still talking to "someone," and it could take a few minutes for me to realize I was sleeping. (My husband loves this by the way... especially when he has to get up early the next morning!)
According to this Gallup Poll from 2005, nearly 32% of Americans believe in ghosts with nearly 75% percent believing in the paranormal. On Twitter today, I asked my friends if they believe in ghosts. I got lots of replies and only one said she doesn't believe. (One said she doesn't believe but she's afraid, so I think that means she believes :)
The idea of ghosts conjures images of Casper and Scrooge, but the idea of an "AfterLife" and loved ones and communication from the "other side," suddenly sounds so comforting. This book was a gift from a friend 16 years ago, when my husband and I had a daughter who was tragically stillborn at 40 wks. As her brief life still sits in a special place in my heart, the message from the book tells me that we'll not only be together again, but she is truly with me now. I'm such a "concrete" person, so its really tough for me to believe in something I can't replicate or touch. I sure want to believe it. The book was hugely comforting, even though I had trouble reconciling the fact that everyone mentioned in the book was able to communicate with their loved ones.
So, are those random thoughts really random? Or are they actually connected to something we're thinking about at the time, but not realizing it? Sort of like a pinball machine, that goes so fast that we can really only see where the ball launches and where it ends up, but all the ways it bounces around are too intricate and fast for us to follow?
I'd like to hear from you. Have you had unexplainable thoughts, visions or occurrences? How do you explain them? What do you believe?