|No, not Gail, but a sighting at Raynham Hall in|
When I was 27, I moved into a haunted house. I was warned of the ghost that haunted all three stories in the old 1913 character home and was very excited with the hope of finally experiencing a haunting. It was a stunning old home divided into three apartments. I rented the attic (amazing slopped ceilings, huge kitchen, gorgeous pot belly wood burning stove), another woman rented the middle, and largest apartment, and a family (complete with two children) lived in the basement. From their stories, the children were always getting into trouble for turning on the TV early in the morning.....when they were still sleeping in their beds.
|The famously haunted Craigdarroch |
Castle in Victoria.
The defining moment, for me, occurred early one morning around 3am as I was talking with a friend in the living room (I was young and had lotsa energy). All of a sudden, the blast of the TV jolted us from our red wine coma and there was no turning it off until it turned off by itself. After that, the lights would go on and off, and I felt a sense of dread I hadn't experienced before (although it could totally have been all in my head). It was completely creepy. It was time to move. I had had enough of the haunted house experience. By the time I was packing, the happenings just picked up the pace like Gail was pissed off I was leaving the house.
|Chinatown in Victoria. A very haunted |
Fan Tan Alley. It also boasts fabulous
chopping! (I mean shopping)
|A very spooky picture of Ross Bay Cemetery in Victoria.|
Stories of Satanism, sacrifice, and ghostly sightings
make up some of the most interesting Victorian folklore.
So why is a belief in ghosts good for your health? Spiritual health is an important part of health (as is social, emotional, intellectual, and physical health) and can be defined as a belief in something bigger than yourself. Those that report a belief in the bigger picture, no matter what the belief or origin, also demonstrate stronger immune system function, less chronic stress, lower rates of depression and a high quality of life.
A belief in something related to life after death (i.e. ghosts) almost acts as a suit of armour when one goes through the crappy times in life. Our belief system helps us cope and provides us with a sense of understanding as to why these things are happening. Conversely, if one believes in nothingness, a void, or randomness, they may may more of a challenge recovering from those harder times.
Now, I'm not saying you should believe in ghosts, aliens, Bigfoot, the fourth dimension, or anything else. I'm just saying one shouldn't overlook the power of belief. Meanwhile, Halloween is less than 4 days away and I'm going to do everything I can to scare the living crap out of myself.
|My first experience with the supernatural. |
My cute little sister is on the right.