County Lines by Bob
Ghosts surround you. Ghosts are watching you, waiting for you to
hear their voices, quiet, soft, almost beyond perception, like footprints
in the twilight, like whispers beside a crashing surf.
You carry your ghosts with you. You can shut yourself in a closet
or hide in the woods. But ghosts will be there beside you, in front
of you, behind you, above you. Wherever you go, ghosts follow.
Some of these ghosts have followed you, been with you, from lifetime
to lifetime. In Atlantis, in ancient Egypt, Rome and Greece, during
lives spent in the Dark Ages, during lives spent as beggars and
kings, during lives as merchants and barefoot vagrant saints, from
the beginning of time, throughout history, these ghosts have remained
Ghosts watch over you, when you're awake, while you're sleeping.
Ghosts visit your dreams. They talk with you. They walk with you.
They help you solve problems encountered in the physical realm.
They guide you through worlds beyond a world you only think is real.
They provide insight. They point you in the right direction.
When a voice within says, "Be careful," a ghost is speaking
to you. When your intuition tells you to beware of something or
someone, a ghost is sending a message.
Whether you heed the warning or not is a choice you have to make.
Ghosts don't interfere with free will.
Throughout the ages, human beings, inhabitants of the physical
world, have tried to communicate with ghosts, inhabitants of the
A bridge between these two worlds does exist. Crossing it, however,
requires letting go of imposed thoughts and beliefs.
When we're born into this world, a process to erase the memories
of the place from where we came begins. Social conditioning through
religion and other archaic means is a primary part of this brainwashing
Memories of our divine nature, however, are never completely eliminated.
These memories seek refuge in a spiritual river that dwells within.
These memories slumber in the depths.
Communicating with ghosts requires an awakening of these memories,
requires the return of these memories to the surface, requires replacing
the illusions of the temporal physical world with the realities
of the eternal spiritual world.
From automatic writing to Ouija boards to Tarot cards, many methods
of communicating with ghosts exist. Whatever method is chosen, meditation
beforehand is necessary to prevent the intrusion of spirits from
Unlike ghosts, these spirits haven't chosen to be where they are.
They've been sentenced to a world of neither here nor there for
misdeeds committed while they inhabited human form.
Many of the activities attributed to ghosts, haunting houses and
such, are the work of these spirits. In many Native American cultures,
these beings are called tricksters. These beings are also known
Visualizing an encompassing wall of white light while deep in meditation
prevents the channeling of these spirits. Ghosts are drawn toward
white light and can pass through it. Spirits from the netherworld
Each method of communicating with ghosts has advantages and disadvantages.
Something to write with and on are all that's required for automatic
writing. But ghosts like to write in script, with long and flourishing
strokes. Several ghosts, each with different handwriting, might
take control during an automatic writing session. Reading such a
document can be difficult to say the least.
Ouija boards have printed letters for ghosts to use. But operating
a Ouija board requires at least two people. Three if someone writes
what the ghost says as it's being said. A tape recorder can be used
to record the message. But ghosts aren't fond of electronic devices.
Tarot cards are my favorite way of communicating with ghosts, even
though they are more complicated than any other method. Understanding
the meaning of the symbols on each card requires years of training
Understanding the meanings behind the meanings of the symbols within
the symbols requires many more years of training and experience.
Although ghosts do communicate with words, they prefer symbols.
A single symbol, when correctly understood, can express more than
a thousand words. One Tarot card, when correctly interpreted, can
express more that a thousand pages of words.
Whether we believe in them or not, we are connected to the land
of ghosts. Each time we're born into this world, we begin a journey
toward death. Whether we run or trudge, death is waiting at the
end of the road. We all die. The great reality. No escape.
At the moment of death, our energy explodes. We are transformed
into ghosts. We become the watchers instead of the watched. We become
those who wait, those who whisper. We become dwellers on the threshold,
until we reenter the physical world.
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