And Talking To The Dead
By James Donahue
There appear to be
varied schools of thought among people, even in esoteric circles, about the existence of ghosts and the ability of mediums
and channelers that say they communicate with the dead.
An acquaintance who once
died following surgery and returned to tell about it, strangely believes spirits are not sending conscious messages after
they “cross over” into the other realm. Since we are part of a universal information system, however, he theorized
that we create a record of our thoughts and actions during our lives and that this is leave behind. This is the information
people like Sylvia Browne pick up on when they say they are talking with the dead.
After years of living
in various haunted houses, and having various encounters with entities both while in and out of the body, we are not sure
we agree with this assessment. We once owned an old Masonic Hall in Cass City, Michigan, that was so haunted, anybody that
spent any time in the building either saw, heard or sensed ghostly visitations. Floors even shook from loud clangs and bangs,
as if things were being dropped or torn asunder. Yet investigation revealed nothing damaged, nothing out of place.
My wife and I once lived
in a small cottage in Sedona, Arizona, that was haunted by the spirit of a young and very mischievous boy who they say was
killed many years earlier in a farm accident. The cottage served as quarters for farm workers at the time of the mishap. I
use the word “mischievous” because this boy played practical jokes. He liked to move things we were using, when
our back was turned, and make us search for them. They sometimes were found in unusual places, but eventually they were located.
The question then is how
can a recording of human existence create physical manifestations? In the case of the Sedona ghost, there appeared to be an
interaction between ourselves and the spiritual world when objects were moved and we were forced to search for them.
Also there is the issue
of communication. My wife, Doris, discovered in midlife that she has an ability to mentally communicate with the dead. She
has been in touch with her dead brother Wayne, whom she was especially attached to during his life. Wayne claims to be waiting
on “the other side” to help carry her through to the light when her time comes.
Doris also communicated
with my mother in the weeks following her death. Mom expressed a joy at being relieved of the suffering she experienced from
a failing heart during the weeks prior to her death. She also worried about my father who she said was “not taking his
pills.” She wanted us to urge him to carry on and take his medicine. When I contacted Dad he confessed that he had stopped
taking his medicine. I think he was shocked to get her message from “beyond.”
A story not long ago in
an Atlanta newspaper told about Martha Copeland, who was communicating with her dead daughter, Cathy, through electronic voice
tape recorders. Cathy died in an automobile accident in 2001. Her mother received the first message, apparently by accident.
Cathy’s voice said simply: “Mom, I’m right here.” Copeland now has a costly computer system with noise
filtering capabilities that catch the girl’s messages. Mother and daughter appear to be keeping in constant touch with
one another, although the story made it unclear how, or if the mother has found a way to talk to the daughter.
Most older homes we have
either rented or owned over the years have been haunted. When I worked as a news reporter in Michigan, I once wrote a story
about all of the haunted houses in the quaint 200-year-old village of Lexington, Michigan, located on Lake Huron just north
of Detroit. And there were a lot of them. Some of the homeowners admitted they had ghosts but didn’t want any publicity.
Others were proud of having spirits in their restored historic homes and opened their doors to me.
The existence of
ghosts is a phenomenon that many people believe is real. That they appear to be spiritual manifestations of humans who once
lived in the area, but are now dead, is well established.
I once had a well-known
psychic tell me that the spirit of our favorite dog, that had died only months earlier, was following me.
The question still remains:
Are ghosts merely recordings of past lives, or are they real spirits of the individuals still “hanging around”
as some would say?
My mother didn’t
stay around very long. She was available for two or three channeling sessions through Doris, and I managed to leave my
body and visit her visually twice. I found her changing, from a beautiful woman in the prime of life on the first visit, to
a being of light on the second trip. When out of the body and meeting spiritual beings, there is no sound, thus communication
has to be by mental imaging. This is why we also needed the channeling provided by Doris to “talk” to Mom.
The last time we channeled,
she announced that she was going on into the light. We said good-by and then she was no more.
Because of that experience,
I have always thought of the ghosts among us as wayward spirits that either lose their way, are waiting for others, or
they are people who died so unexpectedly, they don’t realize they are dead.
But that is just
my thought. Whatever is real will be known to us all in time.