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'From ghoulies and ghosties . . .

. . . LONG-LEGGEDY BEASTIES and things that go bump in the night, good Lord, deliver us’!

This quotation forms part of an old Scottish prayer but the original quote is probably much older. It is an invocation to keep us safe and secure during the hours of darkness when all sorts of creatures wander abroad intent on doing mischief or harm and stems from a time when the belief in (and fear of) such things was common.

Hauntings (for want of a better word) have been recorded all over the world for as long as people have been on Earth. Whatever your opinion is of such things there is little doubt in my mind that something else shares this world with us.

Call them what you will - ‘ghosts’, ‘spirits’, ‘lost souls’ - the appearance of apparitions of various types is well-documented and many people have had some kind of experience with them.

In my own home my wife and I have had various brushes with the supernatural. Both together and separately we have seen ‘shadows’ moving past us, we have heard noises coming from empty rooms and have found objects (always small items) moved from where we remember they were left.

On more than one occasion we have returned home to be greeted by the smell of frying bacon or freshly-baked apple pie - although neither had been prepared recently in our kitchen (at least not by us!).

An industry has grown up around these phenomena - spiritualism. No doubt many spiritualists or mediums are not the genuine article and prey on the grief of those who are desperate to maintain some contact with deceased relatives, but I believe that some people are able to ‘connect’ with the ‘spirit world’. I have personal experience of one of these people. A spiritualist who foresaw the failure of my first marriage (and it’s exact circumstances) several years before it happened.

My (present) wife and I are not any kind of spiritualists but we keep an open mind on such things for we have no (earthly) explanation for the occurrences we have witnessed in our own home. None of these happenings have been any kind of threat to us (save one incident which I may reveal at a future time) so we do not live in fear nor do we intend to move home.

But sometimes when we go to bed I remember the quote and sometimes I can’t help but silently repeat it: ‘From ghoulies and ghosties, long-leggedy beasties and things that go bump in the night, good Lord, deliver us’.

May your God - by whatever name you know Him - do the same.

INTERESTING FACT: Did you know that arctic terns have the longest annual migration of any bird? They fly 25,000 miles from the arctic to the antarctic and back again.

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maxeen wrote on March 5, 2015, 4:13 PM

That was allvery interesting ,I thank you for that but will not be able to accept the invitation.....much too scarey..

j2jworkz wrote on March 5, 2015, 4:28 PM

I keep an open mind, don't think I have run into any but ya never know.

antoniowestley wrote on March 5, 2015, 5:35 PM

I'm so interested in this kind of niche I actually was considering being a ghost hunter hoping to see something cray but after finding out what a large waste of time it could be it kind of derailed my interest

Prophetess wrote on March 5, 2015, 5:38 PM

I like that poem. i pray and ask the Lord to cover me and my home because of the blood of Jesus. AND I pray that only the Holy Spirit will be in my home. I grew up seeing things and feeling things and I was a frightened child. Jesus gave His followers power to cast out unclean spirits.

wolfgirl569 wrote on March 5, 2015, 5:52 PM

I have never been worried about the things that roam the night. I talk to them often.

bestwriter wrote on March 5, 2015, 6:15 PM

The smell of food when you yourself had not cooked anything does sound 'ghoulish' and to think that you are unaffected means you are comfortable living with ghosts. (lol)

BodieMor wrote on March 6, 2015, 4:38 PM

We have experienced similar circumstances. I have never found them disturbing. Just figure that all are existing in a world of quantum physics/mechanics, lol...

Nar2Reviews wrote on March 6, 2015, 7:16 PM

I've lived in a haunted flat before. Infact no one else would rent the flat because of the problems it had. Yet, I had no problems. I never saw anything but I used to hear people talking at other ends of the flat at times. It didn't bother me. I think if you have an open mind and let things go, living with spirits can be okay!

trufflehunter wrote on March 8, 2015, 3:46 AM

Sometimes the dogs in my estate howl at the same time. Animals sure are smarter when it comes to these things...

donrothra wrote on March 8, 2015, 8:39 AM

I know, for a fact, that ghosts exist. I've seen them and talked with them. They are all lost souls that need help "crossing over" A ghost will not harm you but a goblin is a trouble maker. A ghost is the energy that escapes the body when it dies. Some believe that this energy is the soul.

pinkCardigangirl wrote on March 8, 2015, 2:42 PM

I am always fascinated with life after death. I haven't experienced anything like you have described, but it's good that it's not inflicting harm. I can't wait to read more of your experiences. :)

LindaCPearson wrote on March 10, 2015, 3:34 PM

I've never personally had any of the experiences you and your wife have experienced. I'm not a "real" believer but I'm also not a total non-believer. I'd like to think there is something more than just us mortals going on on this earth, as long as they aren't the beasties and ghoulies that you mention!