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April 29, 2014

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It frequently unsettles me when, on the more plausible "ghost hunting" type TV shows, the implication that a given building is occupied by the invisible (yet somehow visible to each other) spirits of multiple individuals involved in some tragedy/crime/overwhelming sadness is glossed over without any contemplation as to what this might mean for any one of us, or our loved ones, in death if such a state of affairs is possible. Are they trapped there forever? Who is attempting to "free" them, if you believe they're really there? And what happens to the trapped who never happen to come across a friendly medium/exorcist no matter how many decades pass? It's all rather Poe -like and morbid.

The world of such alleged spirits is also confounding , if taken at face value...invisible to us, but interacting in some way with each other, aware of their own status to the degree that they try to scare or communicate with curious visitors, yet supposedly trapped by their own lack of acceptance of being dead, and able to touch people and move objects about, but only some objects, usually when you're not looking, and yet can't use whatever energy or power that involves to simply pick up a pen and write a coherent message. And so on.

In relation to the Tsunami apparitions I'm curious to know whether there are - and if not, why not - frequent reports of ghostly presences at such places as Auschwitz. If there are, why do we never hear about them? I did look it up once and it was explained that psychics and mediums don't go testing the place because of hte obvious sensitivities and upset it would cause. But even so given the perhaps millions of annual visitors to these places surely stories would be getting out all the time of phantom inmates and startled tourists? Does anyone know?

Absolutely, Lawrence, I've often had the same thoughts myself.

Sure, you can trawl through the Spiritualist/Spiritist literature about such. But if you decide to have a go then make sure you have your cherry-picking machine well oiled (with plently of spare fuel at the ready) before you do.

I consider that some of these cases of recurrent apparitions are genuine, because they are consistently reported throughout history, by independent witnesses and involving patterns as violent or sudden deaths. So the main question in my opinion is what it appears. The fact that these apparitions do not usually interact with witnesses suggests that they are vestiges of the past, ie, strongly emotional events that are printed in the space-time and can be again perceived by some witnesses. On the other hand, there are cases that suggest interaction, for example, when the apparition speaking with the cab driver, which suggests that these apparitions are minds of the dead who died without being prepared and have been tied to this plane, repeating the actions neurotically they did before dying.

Michael, you should look at the topic "NDEs and Hell" at NHNE Pulse (a very good NDE-related website with a lot of material):

http://nhne-pulse.org/ndes-hell/

They summarize messages from the distressing NDE there, and the resulting sum is very close to what you wrote about the tormemted ghosts here... Looks like "the lost souls" we encounter here on Earth may be simultaneously in *their own* "Hell" - the twisted spiritual realm created and maintained by their own trauma and repeating cycles of suffering... What's the most important, they are not locked in there; nothing holds them there, beyond their own persistence in repeating their sorrow. As it was said on the NHNE Pulse by NDEr Mellen-Thomas Benedict:

“I had a descent into what you might call hell, and it was very surprising. I did not see Satan or evil. My descent into hell was a descent into each person’s customized human misery, ignorance, and darkness of not-knowing. It seemed like a miserable eternity. But each of the millions of souls around me had a little star of light always available. But no one seemed to pay attention to it. They were so consumed with their own grief, trauma and misery. But, after what seemed an eternity, I started calling out to that light, like a child calling to a parent for help. Then the light opened up and formed a tunnel that came right to me an insulated me from all that fear and pain. That is what hell really is.”

Michael who?

Paul asked: "Michael who?"

Oops, not "Michael", but Robert, Robert McLuhan! I entered Robert's blog just after reading Michael Prescott's one, and confused their names!

Sorry for this inconvenience!

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