Ghost Tales of Weston is an event I enjoy and have been part of for several years. This year, the added element included a walking tour of some of the local haunts Verna (Mainstreet Galleria Owner and Dinner Host) has talked about in years past.
|Mainstreet Galleria in Weston, Mo. 2014|
Apparently, they have been told the events at their house are a residual haunting. Floor walking might fall into that category but ghosts who stand in front of you and laugh and engage you by blowing or breathing in your face or smack a window pane so loud that someone is frightened off of a ladder are not residual.
The owners (who are skeptical but clearly intimidated) may need to rethink their life plan before committing to and taking on a daily (and nightly) high maintenance routine that will be part of living with that particular community of ghosts. It could certainly be educational. And that's another story.
She sat at the table after most of the room had cleared. I don't remember now how our conversation started so I'll just share some of the highlights.
Her question: "Was he right?" Quick response: "Always." He says he was always right. She laughs and agrees that definitely sounds like him and queries again, becoming more specific, "He was an Atheist. Was he right about that?"
He replies and I feel flooded with the emotion of one who has a mix of surprise and remorse, "I got that one wrong. Very wrong. In flames." (I think comment conveys his humor at this current state.)
I think my question to him: Can you tell us what you found out?
He continues: "It was a surprise. So it's like, I guess this really goes on."
We talked about some of his lessons but the element of his new situation that made the most impact was this, in his words:
..."... and Heaven", he pauses, as I am beginning to feel an intense surge of elated emotion that prompts tears and a sense of overwhelming relief. "Heaven is more beautiful than anything I can describe."
She seems a bit amused and tells me he didn't believe in Heaven or Hell and read all sorts of books to support that position.
Another quick response, he says he's still a skeptic and not sure about the higher level stuff. But he is still here and that wasn't in his plan. He expected an ending.
We had a long conversation and there were several messages that seemed to hit home for her but the one that caught her completely off guard and cemented the interaction as authentically him was a reference to personal care.
He gave me what I felt was an odd prod to tell her to pamper herself and I simply repeated what I heard.
He says you need to "get a manicure and a pedicure." She looked at me, eyes widened, jaw dropped.
There was a pause and her eyes filled with tears.
Then she told me she had been making plans and encouraging someone else that they really needed to make the extra effort for a party they planned to attend.
She told me he still connects with her via cell phone and changes the location arrows when she drives by a place that had been special to both of them. He changes the images on her music covers and has managed to have a special song inserted into her playlist.
There was one interesting instruction he refused to stop telling her. What did he want her to do? Get a dog. She laughed and said that was an unusual thing to hear that coming from him... Why? Because she always wanted a dog and he wouldn't allow it.
He says there is a reason. He suggests that the dog will help her to stop wallowing and will force her to be social. Then he explains that he didn't want a dog because he couldn't deal with death. We all laugh because death is now his primary focus.
There was a personal experience related that added emphasis to his inability to cope with death. He assures us death isn't so bad. It certainly surprised him. Then he continues and tells her a dog will help her get out more. He also reassures her that he is still present. And the love. There is no doubt.
She tells me she didn't expect this and wouldn't have asked and really didn't know why she sat at my table.
I never quite know when it will happen or what will come through. There are simply opportunities and prompts and I allow it. I do know it's an incredible thing to be part of the connection and I always learn something new. They also leave me with a buzz of happy energy. I consider it their way of saying thanks.
When an Atheist checks in and tells you how amazing Heaven is - but insists he's still a skeptic, you know God has a sense of humor.