Do you know that we are inherently connected to the spiritual realm and retain much of this awareness until we are around the age of four or five? Thinking only in physical terms, as we’re taught to do, we assume that when we’re born we are instantly and fully integrated into our physical life. Yet, although we are fully physically immersed, our mental, emotional and spiritual capacities remain strongly connected to the spiritual plane. It is during our first several years that we gradually begin to absorb more of earth’s energy, and detach to varying degrees, from our spiritual perceptions.

How often have you heard small children talk very calmly and endearingly about passed family members (often grandparents) who visit them? Where and/or when does a fear around this facet of our existence begin to set in? Or is this fear created in our children by our own adult apprehensions of the unknown. Do our uncertainties ripple over into our children’s mindset, as we attempt to shield them from who knows what? Would our children be more receptive and balanced overall, with a different understanding of the real connection between the two realms?

Some children remain open to and welcoming of unexpected visits from passed family members, and seek out additional knowledge. I would like to share with you a speech that was recently written by a wonderfully bright eleven year old for her public speaking competition.

GHOSTS By Charlotte

Please close your eyes and imagine this: You’re in your bed and all of a sudden you hear a faint giggle. Your eyes snap open and you see a figure in the moonlight. You close your eyes and open them up again but the figure has disappeared. You start to think about what that could have been and then you start to ponder. Your body goes cold and is covered with goosebumps. Could that have been a ghost? What are you going to do? Who you gonna call? I can tell you that it’s not The Ghostbusters, because they are not real but let me tell you about ghosts.

What is a ghost? The concept of a ghost, also known as a spectre, is based on the ancient idea that a person’s spirit exists separately from his or her body and may continue to exist after the person dies. Due to this theory, many societies began to use funeral rituals as a way of ensuring that the dead person’s spirit would not return to “haunt” the living. Many people believe that ghosts have the choice to haunt the place that they died in because of unfinished business in the living world, or to pass peacefully into the afterlife.

You can go to many places around the world to find a ghost. One of the most popular places where you can find them is in a city called Derby. Where the heck is Derby? Well glad you asked. Derby is located in England and is known as the ghost ghost capital of the country. There have been over 1,000 reports of ghost sightings. People come to Derby to see the places where people were murdered or executed. Some of the most haunted places in Derby are the former jail and many hotels.

There are many stories of ghosts in the world and there are several right here in Canada. One of the most popular stories is of the White Lady. She was a young woman in a small town close to Quebec City, whose soon to be husband was killed while fighting the British in 1759. It is said that she was so sad that she got dressed in her new white wedding dress, travelled to the top of a waterfall where they used to meet, and chose to end her life by jumping into the raging waters and down the falls. She can be found coming out of the water of this river and wandering its shores.

When Halloween came around in the 1900’s, costumes were simple, spooky, and cheap. This has led to the bed sheet ghost that has become very popular.
There is plenty of evidence and legends that ghosts are real. When you have lost someone you love, you sometimes can feel their presence with you, yet you just can’t see them. You know how sometimes you wish you could talk to the people you have lost? There are people who have that ability called Mediums. A Medium is a person who can talk to people in the spirit world much like a telephone to the world and the underworld. They talk to the ghost and then tell the person what they said.

After today, I hope that you start to wonder what happens to us after we pass away. Do we stay on earth and haunt the living or do we simply pass over into the afterlife or heaven? The big question I have for you is: do you believe in ghosts?

Thank you to Charlotte for giving me permission to share her speech! I would also like to dedicate this blog and the speech written by Charlotte, in loving memory of her Grandfather and very close friend of mine, Philip McGuinness, February 5, 1954 – May 20, 2014.

Deborah Johnson

Clairvoyant, Medium, Author, Speaker

‘Connecting and understanding spirit, both living and passed’

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