Ghost Story

I had a phone call from David in Tennessee tonight. David and I became good friends in 11th grade and have remained close ever since. What you need to know about David for this story is that while he’s nominally a Methodist, he’s more “spiritual but not religious”… except he’s not very spiritual.

But for someone who isn’t spiritual, he seems to attract a lot of spirits. One of his encounters became a turning point for me, in 2001 when I finally decided to get serious about my own spirituality.

David called me about two weeks ago with a problem at his new job, in a hospital. Something keeps rearranging the shelves in his storage area – his co-workers insisted it’s a ghost. We talked about it for a bit, and I heard enough to know I couldn’t do a thing from 700 miles away, and probably couldn’t do much if I was there. I’ve done a bit of cleansing and warding, but only in houses – where a few people live mostly normal lives, not in a hospital where all kinds of people bring all kinds of energies and lots of people die. I suggested he talk to his co-workers and see if there was something they were wanting to do – if nothing else it could make them more relaxed about the environment.

I talked to David again tonight. He’s seen a couple more “things” in several more places in the hospital – and apparently so have a lot of other people. But he said “they’re not hurting me, so I’m not going to worry about them.”

I think that may be why he sees so much of this stuff and I don’t – I can’t seem to make myself stop studying and analyzing and hypothesizing, while David just accepts it and moves on.

Much left for me to learn…

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About John Beckett

I’m a Druid in the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids. I’m an ordained priest in the Universal Gnostic Fellowship. I’m the Coordinating Officer of the Denton, Texas Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans. This year I’m also serving as a member of the Board of Trustees of CUUPS National. I’m a member of the Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

I write as a spiritual practice. It helps me organize my thoughts and work through ideas and concepts. It helps me evaluate my beliefs and practices against my core values and against what I know (or at least, what I think I know) to be true. It helps me interpret my experiences (religious and otherwise) in ways that are both meaningful and honest.


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