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Do ghosts listen to your thoughts? Do other entities read your mind, too? Fiona Broome discusses the possibilities in this short, six-minute podcast.
Can a ghost read your mind? That’s what Maddy from Santa Monica asked me, today.
That’s not a simple question to answer. It depends on the context.
First, we’re not sure what ghostly phenomena are. Are they all spirits of the dead… really? I’m not convinced of that. The more I work in this field (over 30 years), the more certain I am that some (not all) of what we’re encountering aren’t “dead people.”
That includes such a wide range of possibilities, it all depends on what’s real for you: Pranks by humans (people who are alive), angels, demons, aliens, faeries, the person’s imagination, or… well, I’m sure there are another dozen or more explanations that could work equally well, depending on your beliefs.
My personal view: I believe that at least 50% of what I encounter in the field is actually someone alive and well and living in his or her own time stream. In some cases, that time stream is our past. And, I think that moments of intense emotion convey across the barrier between our worlds – that is, the veil, or the membrane that separates us – more clearly than when someone is having a ho-hum normal day.
I also believe that some ghostly phenomena are caused by other paranormal entities… things outside our current definition of “normal,” but they may turn out to be not-so-weird, after all.
However, I don’t expect most people to agree with me.
For many ghost hunters, 100% of what they encounter will be spirits of the dead.
But, let’s consider the possibility that ghostly phenomena aren’t always caused by people who’ve died. And yes, some of them may be dangerous.
Demons and malicious entities
If it’s a demon or something malicious, I think it’s been well documented that demonic entities may have the ability to read the victim’s mind. They may also read the minds of almost everyone who attempts to remove, banish, or exorcise the demon.
Also, I wouldn’t rule out deliberate, mind control techniques by malicious entities, or by those who don’t fully understand how unguarded we can be, working in this field. Though reports of that kind of problem are extremely rare, each ghost hunter should be aware of this, even before you leave for an investigation.
To be blunt, if you feel like something malicious is trying to connect with you, and you’re uncomfortable with that – as you should be – it might be wise to stay at home and alert others who are going ahead with the investigation.
By contrast, many people who communicate with angels (and other benevolent entities) will assure you that angels are given many spiritual gifts. They may know your own thoughts and wishes better than you do. Of course, that’s more empathic than mind-reading.
Some other entities, including faeries and aliens… well, it’s anyone’s guess if they can use their ability to use telepathy as a one-way or two-way communication stream.
For many ghosts, “It’s all about me”
If we assume that they’re stuck here for some reason, those reasons become important to them… and to us.
- Maybe the person refuses to believe he or she has died.
- Perhaps the person recognizes the death, but has unrealistic expectations about what’s supposed to happen next.
- The ghost may have unfinished business or a story to tell, before letting go of this existence.
In almost every possible scenario like that, the ghost’s attention is on him- or herself. From the ghost’s perspective, why would the ghost want to read your mind… even if that were possible?
So, if a spirit that’s haunting for the usual reasons, mind reading is unlikely.
Guardian spirits and rapport
The second most likely situation is where a family member, friend, or other benevolent and caring spirit is visiting from the other side. That’s a lot like an angel.
He or she is interested in you. That’s the opposite of a ghost with a personal agenda.
It seems reasonable that a guardian spirit would have empathic gifts, at the very least. So, if the spirit is someone who cares deeply about you – and wants to know how you’re doing, and perhaps how he or she can help you – yes, I think mind reading is a possibility.
So, the answer is mixed.
Remember, this is all speculation. If you start with the idea that ghosts are real and most spirits you encounter will be from “the other side,” you can use logic to decide whether or not a ghost might want to read your mind.
If it’s a ghost with a very personal agenda – something he or she needs help with, urgently – the ghost is less likely to care what you’re thinking. He or she is focused on getting help. Mind reading is unlikely in that situation.
So, to answer Maddy’s question: Yes, a ghost probably can read your mind, but most won’t. They’re focused on their own interests.
On the other hand, if it’s a spirit visiting from the other side, checking to be sure you’re okay, an empathic connection (aka, mind reading) is not only possible but likely.