"I have a theory about what some ghosts may be.
I am female, thirty years old, from England and my mother tells me how, from an early age, I began telling her of a lovely lady who would sit on my bed as I was going to sleep.
I can still remember the lady from when I was a slightly older child of perhaps six or seven. She was always dressed in grey and would comfort me if I ever felt lonely or frightened.
My mother didn't make much of this and thought of it as a made up or imaginary friend.
The truth is though that I still see this lady occasionally and I now know she is dressed as a nun in a grey habit. I look on her as my Guardian Angel or Spiritual Guide.
Other people might think of her as a ghost or a vision as no one else has ever seen her. Or maybe they think I'm making it all up, like my mother and husband seem to do. They just joke with each other about me seeing a ghost again. I tend not to tell them about her any more.
My theory about my ghost or Guardian Angel is that she is actually me in a previous life. I think my subconscious is materialising her when I need help or comforting.
I know this may sound crazy but I believe that I, from a previous life, am this nun dressed in grey.
I have been hypnotised for past life regression (my husband doesn't know about this) and while 'under' mentioned several previous lives including one as a grey nun somewhere in North America in the early 1800s.
My theory is that some ghosts are ourselves from previous lives."
There does seem to be several different categories of ghosts: the spirits of the deceased; a masquerade by some other entity disguising themselves as someone we might recognise; angelic or demonic beings to either help or hurt us; spheres of light; images recorded in some medium following an emotional situation and so on and so on.
What Colin Wilson, the author, said about ghosts, who keep appearing in the same place, made me smile. He reckons they have an element of stupidity about them "... since a tendency to hang around places they know in life would appear to be the spirit world's equivalent of feeble-mindedness ... one feels they should have something better to do."
I actually quite like the idea of some ghosts being us from previous lives, though I'm not sure if they could also be our Guardian Angel or Spiritual Guide. But there again, if you could do a spot of time travel and saw a future you in difficulty wouldn't you want to help yourself?
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