Tuesday, February 2, 2010
On the trail of the human soul
From time to time, I like to throw a concept out to people and let them begin a conversation about it. Oh, hell, all my posts are like that--who am I kidding? I adore giving people a topic and seeing them conceptualize and communicate their thoughts on the theme.
Today's theme? Do human souls leave a trail?
There are some things about ghost hunting, and as a psychic, that seem to strike me as unified. The concept of residual hauntings where an event or a specter is seen over and over again in the same spot over a long period of time like a recording caught in a loop; the residual I’m able to read from objects and buildings of those who have come in contact with it; and the fact that many family reports seeing the same deceased person at the time of his death but in completely different parts of the country at the time, seem to have a unifying feature: Residue.
Do we at times of perhaps great emotion (positive or negative), extreme closeness to an individual, perhaps even great hatred for an individual, over prolonged periods of time in a beloved place or perhaps in a moment of sheer pleasure on a beach in Hawaii, leave some sort of as of yet undetected bit of our soul? Perhaps that bit containing all the contents of the soul? The moment reported by NDE (near-death experience) sufferers in which their life is reviewed in only a fraction of a moment might be just one sign of the ability of the soul to be time-less, space-less, location-less, and eternally omnidirectional.
When we haunt, can we haunt everyone and everywhere? Thus making a loved one suddenly think of us out of the blue or making a person who sits in a chair we once owned suddenly feel melancholy for no reason? Are we too linear in believing that one-person-one-soul? Might it be that the soul without the limits and confines of the body can be rather engaged in many people and places all at once? Is the key to a full spiritual afterlife in the concept of coming into contact with and loving as many people as possible, going to as many locations as possible, feeling as wide a range of human emotion as possible? Does a spiritually potent life mean a spiritually potent afterlife?
Although I admit to not adhering to or belonging to any religious sect, I was raised very staunchly in the Methodist faith and later explored nearly every religion to come to the conclusion that religion is not the way for me personally to practice my spirituality. I still have, however, a respect for the naturally inborn features in the human brain that made even cave men have a spiritual life beside and with their physical life.
Man is aware of soul and perhaps even aware of its constant presence.
This might also be why hospitals (which I’ve worked inside of and spent a lot of my life visiting) actually do not feel anguished to me. There is fear and loss of life and suffering but there are also babies born, children rescued from appendicitis, the elderly happy to go home after getting their IV hydration, and cures found for debility, not to mention the enormous amount of caregivers (family members and nursing staff as well as clergy praying) who attend to the sickly. This gives it a kind of counterbalance. If you wander an abandoned prison or mental hospital, however, the feelings are quite different. Could cumulative positive and negative residue create a balance or a pleasant or even horrifying location?
Did all those who attended these places leave a spiritual trail?
That's your thought for today. Let the discussion begin.
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