WHY YOU SHOULD SHARE YOUR GHOST SIGHTINGS
by Thomas M. Sipos, adapted from PRWEB.
[November 6, 2005]
Have YOU seen a ghost? Then tell
everyone about it!
That's the startling advice
of Dan Gordon and Gary Joseph, co-authors of Cape
Encounters: Contemporary Cape Cod Ghost Stories, whose paranormal research
reveals that vast numbers of "normal" people have seen ghosts -- but won't
admit it because they fear ridicule!
During their ten years investigating
ghost sightings on Cape Cod, MA. Joseph and Gordon interviewed scientists,
journalists, police officers, school teachers, medical professionals, academics,
and entrepreneurs -- all of whom had experienced firsthand ghostly encounters
-- and all of whom were deeply embarrassed to admit it in public, fearing
they'd been seen as crazy!
But Joseph and Gordon have
five reasons YOU should tell everyone
about your own personal ghostly encounters!
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1. To Know That Normal People
Many of us keep our ghost sightings a secret
for all the wrong reasons. We fear being ostracized or ridiculed
by coworkers, friends, and family members. Yet very likely YOU have friends, family members, or colleagues who've had similar experiences!
According to a recent Gallup poll, more than
20 million Americans believe they've seen a ghost -- and many more suspect
that a ghost haunts a place where they live or work!
Keeping your ghostly encounter a secret might
prevent you from connecting with friends and loved ones -- who have ghost
sightings of their own to share!
Think of it as an investment. In the short-run
you'll be mocked by one or two cynics -- but longterm you may receive the
rewarding discovery that you are in good company!
2. To Encourage Study of Ghosts
Ghost sightings are widespread in the United
States -- yet there's no mainstream discussion of their validity by the
national media, and little academic research on ghosts in our universities.
With millions of sightings in the U.S. alone, why does the mainstream media
avoid reporting spooky sightings, except in the days just before Halloween?
If more Americans shared their ghostly encounters,
it may stir a national debate in the mainstream culture -- and end the
stigma that only kooks believe in ghosts!
3. To Gain Insight Into
Your Supernatural Encounter -- Even If You Doubt It Was the Work of Ghosts
Many of us have bizarre experiences we can't
explain. We wonder in the back of our minds if a ghost made those
strange noises in the attic or our car keys disappear.
In sharing YOUR story with friends and family, YOU can have
an interesting discussion on whether ghosts really exist! On what
is real or the work of imagination or the power of suggestion. The
conversation may also give you objective feedback on your own paranormal
experience -- and help you get to the bottom of what REALLY happened!
4. To be the Life of the Party
YOUR ghostly encounter will enliven the dullest
of conversations, turning office chatter to things meaningful and profound!
Your true-life spook tale will remind your listeners
of the history of that area or building, and the earlier generations who
lived on that haunted spot! Your story will encourage discussion
of whether we mortals survive death! You will have sparked a fun
conversion that sets the room abuzz with everyone confessing their own
5. To Give Friends and Loved Ones the
Chance to Know You Better
True happiness in a deep and meaningful relationship
comes from mutual understanding. Sharing your ghostly sightings lets
you drop the mask that hides your core beliefs.
Ghostly encounters are deeply personal experiences
that reflect one's spiritual views and interpretations of the afterlife.
Sharing your spook tale may lead to interpersonal closeness, a sense of
intimacy, and less loneliness -- because now you can talk openly about
areas of your life that you couldn't before.
Talking about ghosts may help you at a future
time of crisis or loss, because a loved one who is aware of your spiritual
perspective can more easily support you through the grieving process.
and Gary Joseph spent over a decade researching the haunted houses of Cape
Code. In their book, Cape
Encounters, over forty Cape Cod residents describe paranormal sightings
and activities as part of their everyday lives.
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