Do ghosts discriminate?Oct 31 03:45
They say Halloween is the one time of year when the “wall” if you will, separating the living from the dead, is so thin, that spirits can roam freely; meaning they’re no longer trapped in a building or wherever else their soul is pinging around. Maybe you don’t believe in ghosts, and that’s ok, but if there were such a thing as ghosts, do you think ghosts hold on to the same stereotypes they believed in from when they were alive?
Ghosts, spirits, trapped souls…whatever you want to call them have been on my mind lately. From Ghost Hunters to Ghost Encounters to the Long Island Medium, TV is to blame for putting the thoughts of the possibility of ghosts existing, ghosts lingering around me or the spirits of deceased relatives and friends all up in my space, directly square in my head. While I wish I could say I’ve seen or heard a ghost in my life, but I haven‘t (yet). But that doesn‘t make me disbelieve. There was this one time I may have seen my spirit guide, but they could’ve just been the booze talking at 3am.
What I really want to do actually when it comes to my fascination with ghosts, despite tour haunted homes, especially creepy plantation houses in the South, is to have a one-on-one session with a medium from the likes of James Van Praag, Sylvia Browne or Terese Caputo of the Long Island Medium. These people have some kind of gift, whether you want to deny it or not, and their main skill is communicating with the dead. According to them, these lucky people who have the gift of talking to the dead, spirits retain the same memories and personality of their previous human form, meaning we don’t change when we die.
I liked to think upon death that we had some kind of revelation about of the prejudices we had held in our lives, whether we were a racist or homophobic, and would realize, “Golly gee. I’m dead! I don’t have any skin! Should skin color really matter to me anymore. Moving on.” That’s how I’d like to think it went down at least, but sadly, even death can’t make a person get over their stereotypes.
I'm not sure why I care about this really. Its not like I'm going to see a ghost leave the room because I make them uncomfortable. It just makes a girl think.
Ever had a ghostly encounter and where do your ghost beliefs lie?
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Tiffiny Carlson is freelance writer and writes the “SCI Life” column for New Mobility. She's also a C6 quad from a diving accident that occurred when she was 14 years old. A lifelong resident of Minneapolis, Tiffiny has been a writer in the disability community for over 10 years and writes for several publications and blogs, as well as her personal blog BeautyAbility. Her work has also appeared in mainstream publications such as Nerve.com and Playgirl.