For years each Spiritualist church would have someone who
had studied what are know in the trade as
“difficult cases” these can be
unresolved hauntings, children with night
terrors, haunted houses or just people in
need of advice or a friendly chat, but unfortunately,
more and more we are hearing of the rising
tide of complaints against fraudulent practitioners,
scam artists and rip-off cold readers.
Even some churches and experts
have been fooled.
Some years ago during a
bitter winter, our little Spiritualist centre
had to open its doors each night for the large
numbers of local O.A.P’s who wanted
to come in, we thought this is so good to
have so much interest.
But we learnt some while
after, that it was cheaper for the O.A.P’s
to come meet and chat in our little church,
than pay for lighting and heating at home!
But every church must be
welcome for all to come and be part of the
We had every religion and
belief system present, the only proviso was
an open mind about life after death.
A recent study by the big
advertising companies who are always keen
to find new gimmicks to sell products, suggest
the craze for the next decade will be using
spirituality to sell new produce in the way
that sex was used in the past.
For many years I like many
others would beaver away anonymously behind
the scenes as a guidance counsellor for paranormal
situations, when the meteoric rise in current
interest in these topics has meant, that new
life has been breathed into many a spooky
problem, making many paranormal counsellors
With the internet now people
the world over can reach out and touch you.
And from strange places,
I cannot believe how many contacted me from
India and Pakistan, in reaction to a couple
of Indian magazine articles on the subject.
People often want an arbiter
in family disputes. One old couple were distressed
to still see the shape of their old family
dog asleep on the rug, when it died last year.
Our vicar says yoga is devil
worship, and my mum goes regularly?
A young child talks at night
to a friend in his room, that no one else
can see, but through the baby mike downstairs,
he was heard having long conversations with
this invisible friend, or, my sons friend
claims he was abducted by a U.F.O.? And from
yesterdays mail, my daughter reads the tarot
cards, Is this dangerous?
But the strangest tale
for some years was that of a recent haunting.
An old couple from the North
of England had turned their large rear garden
into an allotment, where they grew some good
varied produce, one day a tramp called and
asked to do any odd jobs in exchange for a
meal, and the lady of the house asked him
to work on the allotment.
tramp had had a fine military career,
but never had a family, and now retired
from service, wandered the county and
over time he stayed on in the potting
shed, his sleeping bag under the main
workshelf, and a little paraffin stove
to cook his meals.
seasons ticked by and the tramp became
a permanent fixture, growing prize winning
produce from the little allotment.
7 years after he arrived he was taken
unwell and died in hospital that night.
Now, some 2 weeks later
the wife happened to look out of the window
before retiring to bed and saw a candle burning
in the window of the potting shed.
The husband took up his
walking stick and went to investigate, the
padlock was intact and nothing was disturbed
Over the next few
weeks many nights from their window
a candle could be seen as when the tramp
had been there, but it was when they
noticed the spade and fork oiled and
put away in the corner for the winter
that they became afraid.
My reply to this was
that assuming this was no prank, then
the soul of Trevor the tramp, for whatever
reason did not want to go on and had
stayed where he was most happy, tending
the allotment and living in the potting
The man of the house would
tease Trevor, that although a tramp with a
beard and often very scruffy and unclean,
his boots would be scrubbed and polished brightly
as he turned in for the night.
The many years of army life
had ingrained this into him, and the man who
owned the house swore he could hear a brush
on leather at 8-30 each evening, regular as
clockwork, and it frightened him.
So this old couple were
half out of their mind with worry over something
so simple, not realising how easy it is to
say to the soul of the man:
“that he was dead
and to please stop worrying them,”
This morning I had an invitation
to a psychology workshop for
“people addicted to
fixing” advertised for those who are
too able and willing to help others, the workshop
went on to say “ Do you interfere in
the lives of others “ ? “ Do you
try to control or boss other people “
Which planet are these psychologists
When old couples like this
phone you ten times a day for help, how should
you react ?
Many experts are waiting
for psychology to catch up with the recent
advances in the popularity of the paranormal,
Until then I will leave my psychology certificates
in the drawer to gather dust.
And get on with what I
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