Last night we watched the movie "Ghost Town" starring Greg Kinnear, Tea Leoni, and Ricky Gervais. This comedy was about a dentist, Bertram Pincus, who has a Near Death Experience during a medical procedure. After he is revived, he discovers that he has the ability to see and hear ghosts. The ghosts all want something from him and pester him incessantly. The story is summed up with the premise that we, the living, are the ones that hold them here. That they can't leave until they take care of whatever it is we need.
That has not always been my experience with ghosts. I consider them more spirits or souls than ghosts and I have encountered a number of them through out my life. I know many healers, like Reya, who work with vast numbers of spirits at a time. By this I mean, they work in areas where many people have died, like battle grounds or cataclysmic event locations. Most of the time, my work is on a one-to-one basis.I have practiced, what most people call, hypnosis since I was 12 years old. I think of it more as relaxed focus because, well, that is an apt description. When we relax, our brain waves slow from Beta, our normal waking state, to Alpha or Theta and our state of consciousness alters. An example of an Alpha wave state would be how you feel right before you go to sleep or upon waking. Although we look asleep, we are hyper-aware. We are able to bypass our logical, or conscious, mind and tap into vast amounts of information stored in our subconscious mind.
During Past Life Regression sessions, I have encountered beings that have died but not yet crossed over. I dialogue with these souls through the person with whom I am working. It is pretty easy to tell who is who. I'll be talking to my client when all of a sudden, a different tone of voice and pattern of speech will appear. The first time I encountered this, I was quite unsure of how to proceed. Finally, I asked who I was talking to and discovered that I was dialoguing with a different being. This is not just a different personality of the same person. This is an energetic being of its own.
They are, usually, quite willing to give information as in most cases, they haven't had a voice or anyone to communicate with for a long time. Most are not malevolent in nature. The person, with whom they have the relationship, is rarely aware of their presence. Doing the work of allowing the spirits to leave this plane is relatively simple. It is generally a kind of negotiation between the two parties. Sometimes the person isn't ready to let go of the deceased. Sometimes the soul needs to be assured that the person will be alright after they go. Sometimes they just died in a position or a place where they didn't see the Light.
Being involved in solving the problem of what these souls need in order to return home is very rewarding and interesting work. It is work I don't speak about often...for the obvious reasons. But I am not a loony and my friends would probably say that I am a very intelligent, solid and grounded individual, albeit with esoteric curiosities. This movie wasn't a Movie of the Year, but it was light, interesting and had a ring of truth to it that I don't often see. And although I thought the premise that ALL spirits are held here by the living a bit too pat, I really want to know who the author is and what incident sparked this story.