I am privileged to hear wonderful and personal ghost stories, especially at this time of year. They range far and wide in tone — from mild to bone-chilling. Most often during the holidays, they are downright sentimental.
It seems that when our need for human contact and kindness is most keenly felt, our loved ones sometimes find a way through. They may be just a breath to let you know that you are still loved and that there’s a connection that will never die. Sometimes, there’s more — much more.
These stories delightfully cross all bounds of age and experience. I have a sentimental love of nursing home stories where a long gone (from this realm, anyway) wife or husband will make a comforting nighttime visit. Or where a person will swear that they felt the familiar fur of a loved and lost pet brushing against their leg just when they needed them most.
In some stories, it’s not always necessary to have known the person. There are connections from ghosts who find a corporeal being who has an attractive spiritual energy. There may be unfinished business or a simply a desire to connect which finds you giving of yourself versus receiving. In the stories I hear and my own personal experience, the best always seems to happen when you release fear and are open to this moment of peace.
Your connection may arrive gift-wrapped as a memory. Try letting it linger. It may transform into a connection that you both will cherish. Once you’ve each offered your gifts of solace or love, you say goodbye. Seems to be all the karma that’s required.
When a sparkle of otherworldly joy may be just the right gift this year, it could be waiting for you. Say hello to your Christmas spirits and share some quiet meaning. And keep telling your stories.
Wishing you peace, love and happy haunts,
Susan Scot Fry