Dream? Or ghost?

The phenomenon known as “recurring dreams” is not an unusual one. You know – the kind where you seem to revisit the same place night after night, or perhaps only two or three times a week, in your dreams.

From what I understand, many of these are like a video clip that just keeps repeating itself without change. You can’t figure out why you keep seeing the same thing over and over, but that’s the dream you’re stuck with. It could be a happy scene; something scary, or just a bland scene that keep repeating. In any case, it seems to be the dream you’re stuck with.

There is another kind as well – one in which the only constant is the location to which you keep returning. This is the kind I’ve been experiencing. The scene is the interior of a bicycle shop. Through the windows I can see the seasons change and movement on the street beyond the sidewalk. In the shop someone, either the owner or a mechanic, is working on a bicycle. This bicycle is never the same one whenever I visit this shop, so it appears that rather than a video loop, I’m actually watching things happen in “real time”. He finishes one project, then goes on to another.

The episodic rather than repetitive nature of this dream has given rise to a question. Since I am seeing life in this shop go on, am I really just seeing it in a dream? Or are the people in the shop aware of my presence, and if so, do they see me as a ghost or spectre of some kind? I suppose I’ll never know for certain unless I should somehow happen upon this shop and scare the daylights out of them when they see the flesh and blood embodiment of the spirit that’s been haunting the place.

Enjoy your weekend and if you’re fortunate enough to have a three day weekend, as am I, enjoy the extra day off. And remember to hug an artist – we need love too.

Sometimes they are real

One of the shows I like to watch is “Ghost Hunters”, about TAPS – The Atlantic Paranormal Society. Despite the name, the two people who founded TAPS are plumbers by trade so are well-grounded in reality.  I’ve always had an interest in the paranormal and one thing I like about this show in particular is that as far as they are concerned, everything that goes bump in the night is not paranormal. Being plumbers and accustomed to figuring out why that tap turns on by itself, they look for logical reasons for the noises or events with paranormal activity being far down the list of possibilities.

But of course there are times when things genuinely can’t be explained away by everyday reasons.  On this show, it is common for the homeowner or the person who invited TAPS to investigate to ask if the place is indeed haunted.  In all the episodes I’ve seen, I don’t think I’ve seen the founder, Jason, go any farther than to state there are definite signs of paranormal activity.

As we sit in the safety of our living rooms, or dens, watching these people investigate possible hauntings, it is easy for us to forget that in some cases, there is the possibility that these people could really be putting themselves at risk.  TAPS uses production crews to tape the investigations, rather than handheld cameras.  That there is indeed physical risk involved was brought home during a recent show when one of the production crew, a young woman, was physically attacked by some unseen entity.  This particular investigation was taking place at a location where female visitors have reported various attacks in the past.  In this case, the young lady had her forearms scratched badly enough the camera had no problem picking up the injuries.  She went outside to where they were monitoring everything, but later returned to the building.  Once again, she was scratched by this whatever it was. Her back, neck and abdomen all bore visible scratch marks.  One of the male investigators also suffered a scratch from unseen hands on his neck.

As I wrote above, we may consider the possibility that the investigators themselves may be at risk from unseen entities, but how often do we consider the film crews?  I know I hadn’t.

The point of this posting?  First, it’s a good show, and second,  sometimes those things we think we see out of the corner of our eye really are there.  Sometimes those things that going bump in the night aren’t just the cat playing around, or like my cat, beating up one of his stuffed toys. Sometimes they are real.

You may scoff and say “there’s no such thing as ghosts” but I’m not going to believe you.  I’ve had too many personal experiences that prove otherwise.

Since it’s Friday, enjoy your weekend and if, like me, you’re caught in this massive snow storm, be careful if you have to drive and don’t overdo the shovelling. Oh yes, remember to hug an artist – we need love too.