a reply to: SyxPak
Hello all! Just dropped in to say hi, and discovered that people are discussing haunting. I have never experienced a haunting, or a ghostly
apparition, but that is not to say that this in and of itself means a great deal in the grand scheme of things.
I am told by those who allegedly have a sense for these things (which is yet another thing I cannot confirm) that spirits avoid my presence as
readily as mortal people avoid bullets, fire, and large bears. I have no idea why, but apparently they just do not want to be around when I am. There
is a small village near where I live, which contains an old church. It is in fact, very old, and rumour and legend has it that the place is haunted by
some olde worlde herbalist lady, who was accused of witchery and dark deeds, and summarily removed from the mortal plain as punishment. She was, so
legend tells, utterly unhappy with this state of affairs, and is supposed to hang out around this church due to her having died in close proximity to
The location also has some other links to occult practices down the ages, much of which is only told by word of mouth, and has very little by way of
confirmed data to back it up, save of course for the chronological context of the settlement being of the correct age for the events which have been
described, to have occurred there.
Anyway, myself and a few friends went down there on a moonlit night, and a person, who claimed that they were always there when the moon was full,
for reasons which were not explained but one assumes have to do with some necromantic flim flam, approached me with a peculiar look upon her face,
somewhere between abject terror and bewilderment (odd how these things go together so readily, is it not?). She told me that every time she had been
in that location, on a night such as this, that the place was always teeming with spirits, including the herbalist from days of yore. She also told me
that before I arrived, all the spirits she was in contact with, had their attention focused on something else, something approaching which they none
of them were pleased about.
Apparently, the closer I got, the more their numbers thinned, until finally, as I stepped onto the grounds of the old church, there were none. I knew
of none of this of course, without being told, because I do not possess senses which extend into the unmortal realms. I asked her what she thought all
this meant, and she told me "I haven't a clue, but what I do know is, that you scare me, and I am leaving!". And with that, off she buggered.
So, apparently, I am anathemic to spirits for some reason. Unfortunately, I cannot confirm any of this, because a) I cannot confirm for myself, the
existence of spiritual beings in the way that they are described in folklore and by necromancers and other dabblers in the occult, and b) I cannot
confirm that I have this affect on spiritual beings because I cannot confirm their existence either.
Now, do I believe that the spirit of a person is a thing separate from its body? Yes. I believe I have one, a spirit, a soul. I believe that it will
remain in existence after I am dead, but I have seen no evidence to suggest that it, or any other spirit, remains bound to the earth after death. I
believe that there are only three places a spirit goes after the death of its flesh component, heaven, purgatory, or hell. Purgatory being largely a
waiting room, we can say that there are only two places, which I believe ever contain the unmortal remains of a human being in any meaningful sense or
for any length of time.
I do believe that the forces of darkness conspire to create and unleash liar spirits, tendrils of The Beast if you will, and that all such entities
are not to be trusted, and not to be toyed with. I believe I have witnessed one of these things access the consciousness of a friend of mine, and I am
confident that I was able to banish the thing by asking God for deliverance on my friends behalf (when your friend begins to levitate at a sleep over,
and you have your Bible to hand, best just get on with it in my opinion).
But as for the souls of the long dead, swirling about on some other plain next to ours? I do not buy it. If I did though, I would be very concerned
about the effect that I have on that realm and its inhabitants, because apparently I am kryptonite to these things!