Ghosties, Goblins and Great Imaginations

Okay, this is serious confession time.  I’m laying it out there for the whole world to read.  Please don’t judge me harshly or wrap me up in one of those warm, fuzzie white jackets.  Certainly, do not let me lay down on a red couch so you can record my dreams. 

Here goes…

I believe in ghosts.  Just today, I had to do some quick billing at our church preschool and stopped by at 6:45am to get it done.  DH had just left for work.  I, in my jammies with coffee mug in hand, unlocked the church and let myself in.   (Is this blasphemy?)

Obviously, I was the first–and only–crazy person there.  Yet there was a light on in the men’s bathroom directly across from the preschool door in the spooky, dark hallway.  Just a little FYI, these lights are motion sensor thingys that come on when the door is opened.  Only when the door is opened or when someone who’s been hiding inside moves around. 

Only.  And it was on in an otherwise silent and empty church.

I let myself in the preschool and locked the door behind me.  Yep, cuz I didn’t want the ghost coming in after me. 

Crazy, creepy thing number two?

The bathroom light in the preschool was on and the door was closed.  Also, the radio was on and blaring out white noise.  No sane person could have missed the static and not turned it off before departing from the room.  Besides, the radio is only used as a CD player which does not hiss.  Someone obviously turned it on–to the channel-less station of static.

So here’s my theory.

My church is haunted.  By a bunch of weak-bladdered ghosts who like to rock out to the White Noise Band. 

I say this jokingly, but I really do believe in ghosts.  Always have.  Even as a kid I knew that spiritual beings shared my world.  Maybe not yours, but mine.

Let me clarify by asking the ever famous question: If a tree falls in the woods and nobody is there to hear it, does it make a noise?

If spiritual beings exist in this world and nobody believes in them, are they really here?

Or conversely, if a ghost lives in your house, but you don’t believe in it, does it really exist?

How much is truth founded in belief?  Can imagination make reality? 

On some level, do writers believe what they write?  Does JK believe that maybe, just maybe, there is a touch of magic in this world?  Do you?

And more importantly, why was the bathroom light on when I got there and off when I left?  Because if the sensor thingy malfunctioned shouldn’t the light have stayed on?

I believe in something–even if it’s just my imagination.

23 responses to “Ghosties, Goblins and Great Imaginations

  1. Of course there are spiritual beings around, call them what you will but they are here and sometimes they do things to bring themselves to our attention. They don’t like being ignored.

    Have A Beautiful Friday,


  2. I too believe in ghosts. For the record, I have never ever heard of a ghost harming a living being. So the next time you have ghosts, just go in shut the light and the radio off.

    I saw something that I appreciated on a take on a tree falling in an empty forest.

    If a man is in the woods by himself and there is no woman to hear him say something, is he still wrong?

    • John,

      Thanks for sharing your POV. I did turn off the radio, but the light is strictly motion sensative. It shut off when it felt like it!

      I can’t answer you last question, except: it may depend on the man. : )

  3. For the record, going into the nursery is an irrational act. The fact that they are ghosts means that walls and doors are irrelevant for ghosts and not any protection at all.

    Blessings on you and yours
    John Wilder

  4. Does your church have mice? That could do it. Or if there is an outside window and something walked by, the light could potentially have been triggered.

    That said, about ten years ago, my sister bought a house that had belonged to the previous family for 67 years. The man had died and the woman was being moved to an old folks home. For three years, weird things happened in the house – TV in the master bedroom turning on by itself to static, etc., Once when they were on vacation, I was there to water their plants. When I was getting into my car to leave, I glanced up at the empty house and it looked like someone was standing at the window in the master bedroom. Creepy!

    Then suddenly nothing happened anymore, and they found out a few months later that the woman had died. My sister has always thought that the man was lurking around their house waiting for his wife. 😮

    • Layinda,

      I haven’t seen any, but who really knows. No wind, the doors remain shut and you actually have to push them halfway open before the light turns on. No outside windows either.

      Your sister has a great ghost story to tell. I’ve heard of stories like that before. Last year, one of the women’s groups I’m in did a “haunted walk” through the back alleys of our oldest section of town. The museum director dug up some really great info and we dressed in period clothing. It was super fun and slightly spooky…

  5. I’m also going to go with some kind of animal for the light, tho the radio has me stumped. And as to your questions about belief, I’m a solipsist. I don’t believe in…anything, really. ^_^

    • Barbara,

      But in a sense you still answered my question.

      Can things exist outside the mind because of the mind? IE, is the mind responsible for creating reality? If I believe, does it exist and conversely, if I disbelieve does it cease to exist?

      Sheesh, I feel like I need to go back to college psych/philosophy so I can follow my own questions. LOL!

      • Well, if existence is based on perception, then only what we perceive can exist, and then only in the moment in which we perceive it. So we can believe only what we perceive at any given moment. A person who believes he can fly and jumps from a building might perceive himself as flying, but those of us who don’t believe see him fall. I think it’s interesting that if reality is skewed and not fixed, he actually does fly away, only I can’t perceive it. ^_^ The only thing we can be certain of is what’s going on in our own minds at one time.

      • That is so profound my head hurts!

        So, for purposes of simplifying: reality is what we believe and what we believe becomes our reality. In short, ghosts can exist if we believe in them, but the minute we fail to perceive their existince, they cease to be. Or something like that…

        I’ll try really hard to stop flying off tall buildings, because this skewed reality scares me silly!

  6. Interesting. I believe in ghosts myself. However, one of the characters in P & T won’t say her abusers name, not wanting to give him any power in her life. She calls him He Who Shall Not Be Named, or He-Who for short. I based this off an old flame never willing to mention his ex by name. I thought it an interesting theory.

    • Lisa,

      I think there is something to that. We give power–to other people and to instances–by the way we think about them and act because of them. Your premise for P & T sounds interesting and completely realistic.

      Again I say, “I can’t wait to read this.”

  7. There coming to take you away, ha ha… Sorry, couldn’t resist.

    Not only do I believe in ghosts, I’ve met several and one demon. Not. Again.


    • Victoria,

      At least they left me my computer! Good thing I can type while wearing that comfortable little coat.

      I’d love to share stories some day. I have a pretty fantastical tale or two of my own and enjoy hearing what other people have experienced.

  8. I popped over here from Cassandra’s blog to say hello and read some of your posts. I can’t say that I believe in ghosts but I don’t put angels out of the realm of possibility… who really knows? After my uncle died my aunt found his bedside lamp would turn on and off occasionally for no apparent reason. Her son checked the wiring and plug but found nothing wrong. My aunt is convinced it was her husband letting her know he was still watching out for her and she found it very comforting. When she later moved to an assisted care facility she took the lamp with her but it never self activated again. Makes me wonder….

    • Carol,

      Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting. I always find it interesting to hear of other people’s stories. I think we are all touched every once in a while by things we can’t explain, but that leave us with a small warm fuzzy inside.

      Thanks for sharing your aunt’s story~ cat

  9. Oooo, spooky! I believe in ghosts and I believe in a little magic, too! I also believe in Santa Claus. Oh, wait, did I just go too far? 😉

    • LOL, Laura!

      I tell my big kids that if they don’t believe in Santa he won’t stop to give them presents. So, no, you didn’t go too far!

      hugs~ cat

  10. Barbaraann, it may interest you to know you have just explained the Physics theory of Quantum Mechanics. Well done. (Yes, I’m serious.)

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