Walking with Spirits Series – Part 1

Current trends to chase ghosts and track hauntings have expanded the awareness of the “existence” of such things. Where, as a society, we once said, “Ghosts are a figment of your imagination,” we have now emerged to a point where a great deal of society is bordering on belief or wants to believe.

What I find most intriguing is that a freshly turned society is trying to grasp ancient concepts (or at least those that are considered able to meld with current thinking) into a practical application. At first, the movement only focused on ghosts of dead humans. I have heard from some that there are only ghost spirits and no other. Then, it seems to be evolving that there “may” be other things out there as well.

It reminds me of a fable I use in teaching. If you are standing with a thousand people in a field and you refuse to look anywhere beyond your feet, then, of course, you will question the existence of some things merely by refusing to even look. The first time a person looks up, by the simple virtue of looking up, does not mean that they will see anything unusual (or what is perceived as unusual), but rather gives you the ability to and puts you in a position of being receptive if and when something does occur. A person must have a willing and curious soul to see beyond the patch of ground upon which they stand.

Does this mean that you will see what I see? No. But you might see something and that is the critical part in understanding that there is more in this world than just the mundane.

Does this mean that you will understand what you see as I understand them? No. Interpretations are based on knowledge, experience, and temperament of one’s soul. You may see a green color and I may see that the green has a form. Someone else may see the green with form and understand that this has a meaning. Yet, we all do experience an experience and we can all be correct about our interpretation of what we see.

It reminds me of the story from India regarding the blind men and the elephant. One man touches the trunk and says that elephants are snake like with a long slender body. Another man touches a leg and states that elephants are thick and strong like the trunk of a tree. In truth, they are all correct. But by virtue of their limited experience in touching only one part of the elephant, they have a limited vision of a much larger animal.

This is truly the essence of the Craft and the Spiritual Path. First, one must have a willing and curious soul. Secondly, one must understand that your experiences may only be a partial understanding of a larger “animal”. The more we explore our surroundings (the “animal”), the more we gain a broader reflection.

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