blue102 wrote: I have begun seeing what I think are "spirits". Not clearly, but they appear as movement in the room, kind of blurry mist. It may actually be my imagination.
Hi, blue! Based on my understanding, that’s what happens in the beginning when you start practicing crystal gazing. When people succeed with this practice, the blurry mist eventually turns into distinct images and scenes, resembling those you could see on a mini TV screen. If one is really serious about this practice, and properly trained, it is possible to plunge into hypagogic-like imagery while in a relaxed waking state, and based on my experience this imagery can well include interaction with spirits.
I quite understand how you can feel if you have no control over these phenomena, but I also feel they are not designed to scare us, and that we can guide them into interacting with us according to our own sensitivity. Twilight states, such as when we are falling asleep or waking up, make these visions much more natural and vivid, but I have always felt that training to have the same while awake must be very exciting.
I quite agree that for children all this is absolutely natural: it is only when we grow up and are taught that it is not supposed to happen that we disconnect from the finer energies that make all this natural, and start thinking about haunting and earth-bound spirits, a spirit-phobic point of view which in my experience comes from a materialistic culture that fears death and the spiritual side of things.
I am very interested in hearing if any further events take place.
apwerner wrote: I've had some amazing experiences with spirits. Personally, I've never seen a spirit in human form, but when my brother died (back in 1991 at 25 years old) I saw him as an "energy." Think about how it would look to see a cloud in your living room crossing in front of the TV. That's what it was like. It frightened me. Also, after he died, I started "feeling" him in our apartment (as a single mom, it was just me and my son). One night, an inanimate object that was sitting on one of my coffee tables took flight - for no reason. My son was actually in the room when it happened. He was 11 at the time. I remember him yelling to me, "MOM, did you see that!" As I turned, I saw this object (it was actually a light bulb) landing in the middle of the living room floor. I was terrified and packed up myself and my son and ran to my parents house to escape the haunting in my own home. Ha! That didn't work. The spirit of my brother Sam was at their house, too. No escape...but we learned to live with it and were happy to have the acknowledgment that he was still with us, even in death.
My son, who is now 36, has indeed seen my brother several times since his death. Amazing, truly amazing.
Hi, apwerner, and welcome to the forum. Thanks for sharing your experiences with us.
How nice that you brother Sam has kept in touch with you and your family. I feel that, if I were to die, the first thing I would do would be trying to let my loved ones know that I am still alive and OK. Finding out that, not only my family is grieving, but they are actually frightened by my attempts to connect with them would possibly cause my death to be a source of grief for me too. I am glad you feel comfortable with this. Based on your account, these experiences are not only visual, but also kinaesthetic, in that you “feel” Sam with you.
Once again, I feel the whole notion of “haunting” comes from our spirit- and death-phobic culture, which finds it unhealthy to dwell on the spiritual side of life. As the years go by, I am more and more convinced that we (physically incarnated humans) are fully part of what some call the Afterlife or the Spirit World or Heaven, and that, as we gradually open up to this, we may realise that, far from being the end, death is just a reawakening to who and what we really are.
Your post about
absolutely confirms what I was trying to say. Isn't it exciting that we have several lines of communication open at the same time?
Looking forward to hearing more about you, and thanks once again for joining and sharing.