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Thoughts about Ghosts

I don’t know if ghosts exist or not. I’ve had some weird encounters (for instance, the Shilo Inn and Harry’s), but I didn’t have any kind of recording devices on me to capture any evidence. (And at that time I didn’t know about EVPs and such so even if I had had something, I wouldn’t have thought to use it.) But, as I’ve stated before, those kind of encounters sparked my interest in haunt jaunting.

However, yesterday as I watched stories emerge about James von Brunn’s shooting at the U.S. Holocaust Museum, I thought about the guard who died. Stephen Tyrone Johns, age 39.

I’m 38. This year I was confronted with my own mortality. (Though it was cancer, not a gunman, whose barrel I stared down.) In fact, Haunt Jaunts the blog and HauntJaunts.net were born out of my will to live. (I explain about all that in the About section of the website.)

I once wrote about attachments and how I believe if I did end up as a ghost I’d probably haunt the house I grew up in. But most importantly I theorized that one becomes a ghost and ends up haunting wherever or whatever they were most attached to in life.

I thought about this again listening to all the hate that fills James von Brunn’s heart. (Though he probably doesn’t view it that way. He’d probably argue he just feels extremely strongly about his beliefs.) I couldn’t help but think, “Wow. With that much animosity, that’s the kind of guy who would end up as a ghost…and maybe the not too pleasant variety.”

See, the way I view it is he has unresolved issues. Ones that made it necessary for him to feel he needed to take action. Since he’s most likely going to leave this world before his vision of perfection comes to pass, he’s not going to be a happily departed soul.

Where will he end up haunting? Or what?

And what about that guard who had no way of knowing when he went to work that day that it would be his last? That the old man he thought he was helping by opening the door would shoot and kill him? In years to come will we hear ghost stories from the U.S. Holocaust Museum?

It gives me a new perspective to keep in mind if I do come across ghosts or spirits on my next haunt jaunts. It’s something Jay and Grant from Ghost Hunters say all the time, but that I didn’t fully appreciate until now.

Ghosts (if there are such things) were once people too.

They had dreams, desires, emotions, and maybe destinies they felt they’d left unfulfilled. When we encounter them it may be normal to feel alarmed, but we shouldn’t be frightened. We should extend them respect (most ghost hunters are pretty good about this) and remember to be as compassionate as possible. In fact, we should treat ghosts as unseen people who deserve the same level of respect that we’d like to receive.

Courtney Mroch

Courtney Mroch, otherwise known as HJ’s Ambassador of Dark and Paranormal Tourism, is an author, traveler, and ghost enthusiast. When she’s not writing, jaunting, or planning her next trip, it’s a safe bet you’ll find her in one of three places: on a tennis court somewhere, on a yoga mat somewhere, or watching a horror movie somewhere. She currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.

http://www.courtneymroch.com

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2 thoughts on “Thoughts about Ghosts

  1. I'm comforted that the guard at the museum was extremely well loved by everyone who knew him. I suspect his destination will be clear for him and he'll arrive whereever that is. I think as far as the shooter goes, he has a great deal of hate but hate is one of those things that comes from one of two places; hurt or fear. Throw in some mental illness and you have a person whose soul wouldn't haunt any place. I suspect living inside of his own head must be hell enough for him (I hope). The moment of attachment to a place is an interesting thing and one I hope to investigate more. Some folks say a person will haunt a home waiting for their loved ones, but if 100 years have passed, their loves ones are dead too. Some of the logistics of hauntings make no logical sense to me, so I continue what I'm doing, experiencing it, making correlations, researching, and hopefully coming to answers that make sense to me. If you have a life that leaves you feeling loved and important to others, then your journey will be linear and not circular if the afterlife.

  2. I believe in ghosts enough to have said so in my author bio over on lisalogan.net! And why people choose the haunt jaunts they do is an interesting thought. Their stories and character are often revealed by the setting in which they choose to surround themselves.
    –Lisa
    http://authorlisalogan.blogspot.com

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