October is typically known for one thing here in the US: Halloween. I love seeing all the creative things that kids choose to wear and am still a big fan of candy even if I can’t eat it much anymore. I’ve also been known to watch a scary movie or two, as well as watch some shows about ghosts on TV. Recently I was watching one that got me thinking about the reality of ghosts. I’ve seen too many shows to not believe that there is something that we can’t see going on in the world. While I do believe that there’s Heaven and a life after this one, there’s also something that clearly interacts with us in our world, known under the common term of ‘ghosts.’ Some of the ghosts are able to interact with us, but others aren’t aware of us or how things have changed since they lived.
What got me thinking about ghosts was a comment about if they belong here with us. There are some ghosts that are happy to be here, others that are frustrated and feel trapped here, others that we’re keeping here and the group of ghosts that are unaware of being here. The ghosts I want to focus on today are those who are frustrated and trapped and those who we’re keeping here. While I don’t have personal knowledge or experience with ghosts, if ghosts are anything like people I can believe that there are ghosts like that. I can believe that there are ghosts who get stuck and act out as a result. I can also believe that some ghosts are kept here by us because we can’t let them go or we do things to keep them here like seances, Ouija boards and maybe even ghost hunting. As much as it’s cool and interesting to interact with ghosts and prove their existence, with these ghosts it sounds like it would be better if we would let them go instead of trying to keep them here with us.
This discussion on ghosts reminded me a lot about how we live our lives too. We have been known to hold ourselves back, we’ve been known to act out towards others because we’re frustrated and we’re known to hold others back as well for one reason or another (including jealousy). Just like it’s necessary to let some of the ghosts go on their way and not stay with us, it’s equally (or more) important to work on freedom in our lives.
I encourage you to take time this week to figure out if you’ve been holding yourself back, if you’ve been holding others back, if you feel trapped, and what you’re going to do to change it. Maybe it’s writing a letter to someone who has passed on that you’re letting hold you back from developing your full potential. Maybe it’s enrolling in a class to further your skills, maybe it’s getting coffee with someone to bury the hatchet. Maybe it’s just choosing to forgive someone or yourself and letting go of the past. Whatever it is I encourage you to make moves this week so that you can live your life with happiness and fulfillment.