GHOST IN THE BELL JARby
Ghost Hunting in the New Millennium"
Initially, a "faceless" apparition appearing to a woman,
especially when she had a date over. A second apparition of a man began appearing
some weeks after the first was dealt with. This second apparition verbally harassed
the woman. In 1982-83 I dealt with a case of an apparent apparition invasion in
the home of one of the students taking my continuing education course on parapsychology
at Westchester Community College. She was a single parent of a 12-year-old boy,
her husband having died some time before I knew her. She classified herself as
"psychic," due to the number of experiences she had had and some degree of control
she claimed. She was considering doing work in that field.
she lived in was in northern Westchester County, and was quite old, dating back
to Revolutionary War days like so many of the homes in that area. She claimed
that several apparitions could be seen from time to time in the home, most relating
to the very early days of the house's history. As we discussed these 18th century
ghosts, it became clear they were residual impressions of the early inhabitants
of the house as opposed to actual conscious apparitions.
of the figures did exhibit interactive qualities, and rather than being as clearly
perceived as the others, was a bit on the fuzzy side. He was dressed in modern
garb. In addition, she reported an odd smell coming into the house, the smell
"behaving" like an intelligent entity.
In assessing the situation, with
the exception of the one modern male figure, the apparitions were neither conscious
nor worrisome to either her or her son. The remaining figure, who also seemed
tied to the odd odors, caused a slight disagreement between the woman and her
son. He was pretty clear that the apparition was his late father. She would not
even consider that possibility, and it seemed as though she didn't want to recognize
her late husband's presence (she was dating, after all).
A visit by
another psychic resulted in a conclusion that my original assessment of most of
the figures as residual impressions, hauntings, as correct. However, the psychic
did clearly identify that there was one conscious entity in the home, who identified
himself as her late husband. During the communication with the ghost, the psychic
passed along her deceased husband's concern about her and whom she was dating.
She took a firm stand with him and stated that while she appreciated him watching
over them, he needed to not worry about her or her son, and should move on with
his own existence or at least abide by some new rules. The psychic also stressed
that he should be moving on, but acknowledged that he (the ghost) needed reassurance
that his family would be "okay" without him.
After this, the situation
was pretty well in hand. As far as her husband was concerned, she simply asked
his "ghost" to stay out of the house at certain times (like when she had a date
over), or to stick to certain parts of the house (to which he was apparently agreeable).
And, she reported, he did. Eventually he left all together, having been convinced
his family was doing fine without him. Perhaps he should have stayed just a bit
it happens, a few days after the last time they saw her late husband, she called
to tell me a new apparition had come onto the scene, one she hadn't seen or heard
or experienced before. This one was a bit on the obnoxious side, seeming to enjoy
just teasing and bothering her. She attempted to reason with him to no avail,
and he became insulting. She felt very put upon, even harassed. She called me
Given that she saw herself as a psychic, and that she had
gone into some of the visualization of "energy" techniques used by certain psychics,
we came upon a nice way of removing a ghost... next
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