Tuesday, October 30, 2012

I See Dead People...Sort of

For seemingly forever and a day, my friend has been encouraging me to write a post delving into the world of mediums.

You know, those people that have the gift of being able to "cross over" to the other side and engage with the deceased.

Take for example, the new TV show, the "Long Island Medium," focused on a woman who claims to be able to make contact with the departed.

Do you buy it? Is it conceivable?  Or is it simply a hoax...preying on the vulnerability of the ones left behind?

I'm not sure.  The only thing I do know is that during seasons of my life when I've missed a loved one that is no longer with me, I've prayed and tried to connect with them, especially when I'm hurting or lost.

For example, my paternal grandmother loved cardinals.  She had statues of them all over her home.  She incorporated them into her Christmas cards.  She believed that they were magical whenever we were in their presence.

And so now, when a cardinal comes and perches on my fence post, I feel as though she is somehow with me.  Since she's died, I've never heard her voice or necessarily been aware that she's heard mine, but the symbol of the bird signifies both a feeling of calm and freedom simultaneously...and somehow, I feel that she's connected to this life I've carved.

Maybe I would feel differently if I had some unfinished business with a member of the dead.  Maybe if I needed closure or an answer to a question left unresolved, I'd want to know more.

The truth is that no one really knows what happens post death and when someone leaves us, we are left to try to fill in the blanks.  Many times, we rely on our faith teachings believing that we will one day be reunited again.  For others, it's simply the end of the relationship.

Either way, is it possible that people live on this earth with one foot here and another foot in the hereafter?  Interesting thoughts to ponder on the eve of Halloween. 

1 comment:

  1. That's funny. I associate Cardinals with my sister.

    Remember when that bird flew into the hallway in our building and you flipped out? It was a cardinal. A female I think because it was more dowdy and muted than the regal male.



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