In a cute video I found on the Internet there’s advice for those who feel there house is haunted and may not know what remedies to take to remove them. Just in time for Halloween as cued. It’s like there’s a “How to ..” message for everything and each season brings out curt tidbits of information for the individual who hasn’t got time to engage in any serious research. The video is supposed to be humorous though, and it succeeds fairly well at this in my opinion, but there will be many that think making light of this subject is inviting trouble. I’m not one of them
I’m a skeptic of “paranormal activity”, a name that some use to give credibility to the presence of phantom forces in our world. I have read numerous accounts of apparently normal people who have recounted events that they can’t explain within the realm of what we know as normal experiences and I have to admit that I am left wondering too if earth is not possessed by unseen beings that park themselves in unwanted places, like our homes.
But I remain skeptical of things that may happen we can’t explain but tend to be written off too easily as ghost simply because it is part of our cultural inheritance that ascribes to such things. Science cannot explain all phenomena especially that which often lurk in the imagination of people, so superstitions are left to explain seemingly unnatural occurrences. Much of what we attributed to spirits in the past (The Greek god Apollo pulling our sun across the sky for example) have since been exposed as myths so I am of the opinion that what remains unexplained will be in due time. There may be another dimension that intersects with ours but that too is an imaginative concoction that has yet to withstand scientific scrutiny.
This video offers “age old” remedies to remove the ghost in your house and offers eight suggestions to accomplish this.
1. Courage and determination (you think?)
2. Cleaning supplies
3. Sage bundle, fan and fire extinguisher (don’t laugh; there is a logical explanation for the fire extinguisher)
4. Natural fiber broom
5. White Candles
7. Holy Water
8. Priest or minister
As a 21st century individual, the first suggestion of “courage and determination” would, in my opinion, remove the need for all the others. It still takes courage for many and determination to prevent most people from falling into a state of mind that allows their imagination to dominate reality. When phenomena occurs that we don’t have a ready answer to and the collective intelligence we have to date is also unlikely to cogently define it, that doesn’t mean that the only remaining option is incorporeal beings inhabiting our space.
Ghosts and the spirit world were a way the ancients dealt with things that they could not explain. As the field of science develops and logically deduces how the world works, the effects of religions and the occult seem to disappear, as do their power to control people.
One of the methods suggested in the video to remove unwanted guest in your home, real or perceived, can supposedly be achieved by the burning of bundled dried herbs, like sage. Supposedly either the smoke or the odor of the herb is a deterrent to spirits and wards them off, driving them perhaps to your neighbor’s home, except for the weird hippy couple that has incense burning 24-7. Apparently our sense of smell reverses itself upon passing to the nether world. I mean, who doesn’t like the sweet aroma of burning sage, cloves or rosemary.
The use of cleaning supplies will serve to remove any unwanted odors from burning as well as serving as a further means of spirit removal. It’s not clear by the video if the cleaning supplies need to have the Good Housekeeping seal of approval but it probably isn’t necessary. This may come as a relief to you who tend to buy at black market discount stores. Part of the cleaning process in the video entails opening up all the windows and doors to air out spooks as you clean. Clearly they can enter through closed openings but are unable to depart unless they are wide open. Me thinks this is merely a ploy inserted in this list by an obsessive neat freak type.
The use of natural fiber brooms, white candles and hematite are clearly dated practices that never envisioned technology would advance beyond their usefulness in an age when haunting was more the norm. Sweeping a floor vigorously insures that most particulate matter will remove the essence of lost souls, the flame of a white candle will protect and purify your home and hematite will “dispel negative energy and ward off spirits” according to our video. Actually the Swiffer®, a heat lamp bulb and the lyrics of John Denver’s “Sunshine, on my Shoulders” sung enthusiastically will accomplish the same thing with modern spirits.
When all else fells the use of holy water and religious clerical powers wills serve as a last resort. Though these attempts may rid some households of annoying specters they are not very successful on spirits who were unbelievers as humans. It’s only real if your faith warrants it, no?
I like Halloween because it is part of the autumn season that’s replete with colored flora, football and cool temperatures. The holiday itself evokes wonderful memories of my trick or treat experiences and a chilling tale either huddled around a camp fire or wide-eyed with death grips to our seats at a film at the local cinema. But like the scriptures of Paul that address maturity, acting and thinking as a child is to be set aside when we age. We can keep the memories of spooky notions we once held but wisdom belongs to the mature mind. The courage and determination our video suggest we need to dismiss ghosts is really needed to set such childish notions aside.