My friend and fellow author, Rob Gutro, posted a wonderful review of my book, Helping Ghosts: A Guide to Understanding Lost Spirits. His book is entitled, Ghosts and Spirits: Insights from a Medium. I’m working on reading Rob’s book right now and look forward to giving my review in the near future.
Rob and I actually met through Facebook. I was intrigued by his work: he can see and talk to ghosts, helping them move on by resolving the past. Both of us penned our books within the last year. Is the universe speaking this message to people who can write about it, speak about it and broadcast it? I’m thinking so, especially after the recordings I made stressed how important this message is. We need to help others on the other side of the grave who did not transition into the light with loved ones.
Ghosts and Fear
Do you fear ghosts or want to know how to help ghosts? Join me as I discuss the impact of fear with regard to paranormal investigation at the Cuyahoga Falls Library in the Akron, Ohio area. Learn why fear should not be a part of ghost hunting and how this can be the key to helping both the living and the dead.
For more information about this free ghost talk, visit http://www.taylor.lib.oh.us/programs.php
PRESS RELEASE: Charleston, South Carolina
Thursday July 29th from 5-7 pm, Louis Charles of Angels & Ghostswill talk about ghost communication and sign copies of his new book, “Helping Ghosts: A Guide to Understanding Lost Spirits.” Come early to hear the discussion about ghosts and haunting at Blue Bicycle Books in Charleston, South Carolina!
Blue Bicycle Books is located at 420 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403. Their phone number is (843) 722-2666.
I enjoy retelling the story of a ghost investigation that took place in northeast Ohio well over a year ago. To me, our experience reveals how ghosts can be caretakers who continue to live and work around us. The presence of the gentleman ghost was very loving, and I made a strong connection with him that night. His name was “Charles.” Helping him reunite with his daughter to move beyond this realm was an honor. Charles’ ghost story is excerpted from my book, Helping Ghosts: A Guide to Understanding Lost Spirits (The book is available through Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/145284707X/).
Like many communities, Chagrin Falls, Ohio has neighborhoods built on old farm pastures. The sprawling countryside now has become suburbs that are dotted with housing allotments. SIGHT was asked to investigate one of these houses. It was owned by a family haunted by an old man.
Besides hearing noises within the house, one of the children had witnessed balls of light hovering in his bedroom and in the basement. The young boy also had seen an older fellow dressed in overalls and sweeping the floor with a broom near the front door. He reminded him of his janitor at school.
Apparitions of people were not new to him, for the child had also seen his grandpa come visit him after he died while the family lived in their prior home. This time, the boy was frightened after hearing someone breathing close to his face while having his stuffed animal taken away from him. He no longer would sleep in his bedroom. I should mention he also saw the same old man floating in his parents’ bedroom and heard a feminine-sounding voice calling his name. The boy’s story reminded me of the movie The Sixth Sense.
The father of the family was not without his own strange experience. While working outside carrying a ladder, he noticed that one end suddenly became light as if he was being helped. When he asked whoever it was to stop lifting the end of the ladder, it immediately felt normal again. It was as if he had a caretaker with him.
The kitchen gained notoriety within the family for being the place to have items intentionally knocked from the grasp of people. In two separate incidences, a sugar bowl, and salt and pepper shakers were sent flying away from the hands that held them. Even a mother-in-law was witness to a tray having been pulled from somebody’s grip and thrown to the counter. Needless to say, the family’s lives were being disrupted and now their son was terrified. Something needed to change.
The accounts of the old man struck me as just an older gentleman who liked helping out. Perhaps, he was attending to things after his death and probably did not intend to be a bother. His interactions with the family did not appear to be malevolent but just misunderstood. I looked forward to meeting this spirit and seeing if we could help him.
As we walked upstairs, we were instantly captivated by a presence within the boy’s bedroom. I was overcome almost instantly by a feeling of sadness as I entered the room. We immediately decided to make contact and help this gentleman head home. My compassion for him poured forth from my heart, and I knew he was there with me. He never meant harm to anyone but was simply watching over his former property.
Laura Lyn…(told us) his name was Charles, and his wife was with him, too. According to Laura Lyn, her name was Irene, and they had a story to tell. The housing developments had taken over his property, and he longed to clear it once again. Charles loved his land and didn’t want to leave it behind, disliking the fact that it had been divided up for allotments. He longed to touch the soil as before, to work the fields that had been so much a part of his life.
Although it might have been difficult for him to hear, I needed to tell Charles that he was living in the past. Because he no longer had a body, he desired something in the physical world that he couldn’t truly possess. With great patience, I reasoned with Charles about moving forward in his life-journey. I shared that he probably could own property once again and certainly would be reunited with family and friends who awaited him in the light. Even though I could tell this began to make sense to Charles, there was still reluctance on his part due to his wife. He didn’t want to leave her behind.
Irene began to tell Laura Lyn that she had desired to be reunited with her daughter who was tragically taken from them while only three years old. She had been looking for her daughter and wondered why she could not find her in the same place they were at.
“Irene, she’s in the light and calling for you,” came bursting out of me. I knew I was speaking with authority. “You and Charles need to go into the light where she is at, take her hand, and head home together. Follow her voice and you will find her.” Laura Lyn also affirmed this message to them.
Right away we could sense the family coming together and walking away in peace. The room was filled with a release of peace. Afterward, we shared our experience with the homeowners, making them aware that there was nothing more to fear. Two families found peace together in one evening.
My drive home was exhilarating as I thought about what a great work it is to rescue lost spirits. I thought to myself, “We need to make more people aware of how to do this and of its importance.”
June 13th, 2010, at 8 pm (EST), ghost investigator Louis Charles will join host Amy Michelle on Phantom Radio. Publisher of the popular website Angels & Ghosts (http://www.AngelsGhosts.com) and author of the book, Helping Ghosts: A Guide to Understanding Lost Spirits, Louis will discuss cases of haunting and the mentality of earthbound spirits. It is his conviction that using compassionate communication ghosts is key to solving cases of haunting and helping ghosts move on in their life journey.
To listen to the radio interview, visit Phantom Radio at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/the-phantom-tribe/2010/06/14/phantom-radio Call in phone number is (646) 478-3525.
I have often marvelled at how ghost investigators on television can act cold and callous when dealing with lost spirits.
In one popular ghost hunting program, SyFy’s Ghost Hunters, the show’s stars will often ask the disembodied entities if they need their help, even to the point of telling the specters that they are indeed there to assist them. However, as the paranormal program nears the end of each episode, I am left waiting for the promise of help to be delivered. It never seems to happen. The ghosts are forgotten and the homeowners (and viewers) are catered to. I want to stand up and exclaim, “Ghosts are people, too!”
It just may be that such shows created solely for entertainment drove me to explore the idea of helping those in the invisible. After all, if we can hear and see ghosts from time to time, it might indicate we can also communicate with them and possibly assist them in order to resolve troubling issues. I’m all for helping the homeowner, like Ghost Hunters, but I think we are only scratching the surface by choosing to cater to homeowners solely.
This Spring, my new book will be published about how we can aid ghosts. The following is a short excerpt from the pages of Helping Ghosts:
“I become frustrated with television programs that show ghost hunters who capture ghostly evidence, even cries for help, then abandon the lost spirits after attempting to communicate with them. Some even choose to taunt and provoke earthbound spirits for the sake of a reaction in order to prove their existence. Those of us who embark upon paranormal investigation have got to become more understanding of the ghost mentality, with compassion being the motivator behind our actions.
The more I work to understand the reasons behind the behavior of ghosts, the more I come to realize that we must remain open to all possible explanations for why the spirit of a person may remain behind. Many ghosts do wish to relay messages to loved ones and seek to resolve past issues. Sometimes being a good listener is all that is required to ease the mind of the suffering spirit.”
Oh, there is more. Not all ghosts are easily compelled to step forward into the light and leave their past behind. Like many of us, self-condemnation in various forms seems to be prevalent:
“…other ghosts are simply afraid to move beyond the only world they have known, this realm providing their only source of comfort. The more time they can spend with people, often those whom they can strongly identify with, the better they might feel if company eases their fears for awhile. Even though their greatest fears are for a time abated, eventually those worries and concerns will surface to haunt them much like they haunt those whom they want to remain close to.
The intensity of the fear the disembodied spirit suffers can vary dependent upon the beliefs they learned while in-body. What could a ghost possibly believe awaits them in the future, that could be so terrifying? It’s something all of us feel from time to time. Many fear judgment for past mistakes.”
If we work to investigate haunting by ghosts, I suggest that we should attempt to put ourselves in their shoes. After all, it is possible for a ghost to be someone we might know, such as our Aunt Sally, or Grandpa Mac. How would we feel if we eventually met up with people in spirit whom we once knew? What could we say to explain our careless behavior? Considering the ghost hunting craze of the last few years, I have to wonder if such a scenario has happened from time to time.
Can we move beyond chasing after ghosts, like a dog attempting to run down a car, and possibly consider the opportunity that may be presenting itself when we encounter ghosts? Would you be open to communicating with ghosts, and if so, willing to help guide them out of suffering, if possible? If so, you just might find a new journey, far greater and exciting to embark upon. Think of it as reconciling the damned, the lost, the hurting.
For more about Louis Charles’ upcoming book, check back here or visit his website Angels & Ghosts.
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