Does provoking help ghost investigators?
Are ghosts really “stuck” in this world? What holds them here? What can you do to help ghosts “cross over”?
Should you worry about being trapped here later, as a ghost?
In this 13-minute podcast from 2009, I discuss those points and more.
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Some ghosts seem trapped when they actually refuse to cross over.
Most “stuck” or “trapped” ghosts are in denial about having died. We can try to help them, but they usually need more time. They must realize what’s happened, and allow themselves to cross over. Nothing else keeps them here.
A few have very specific expectations for what should happen next. Generally, they’re theology based.
Note: In this podcast, I don’t intend to sound flippant.
If I do, it’s because I feel exasperated when a ghost insists that he has to see angels with wings, and a choir, and golden or pearly gates… or he’s not going anywhere.
Or maybe he’s waiting for a boat, and a boatman named Charon, and the River Styx.
Or, he has some other very rigid, fixed ideas of what the afterlife should look like.
Meanwhile, it seems like nobody – including his waiting family, on the other side – can change his mind.
Thankfully, the vast majority of ghosts remain here of their own free will, visiting us for a reason. Sometimes, they have unfinished business we can assist with.
A few lessons to learn from anguished spirits: The importance of resolving anger, and focusing on what’s important.
(I’m reminded of the late David Cassidy’s final words, “So much wasted time.”)
Is provoking okay? I’m opposed to it. I don’t like provoking spirits, just as I don’t like playground bullies. In fact, I consider provoking rude. So, I avoid it. (In very rare, extreme situations, it may be necessary.)
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Originally recorded on 28 Aug 2009 by Fiona Broome.
Intro & concluding music: Zombie, by Devin Anderson.