“How ya doing?” I said rather matter of factly (I’d seen this ghost around the house a half dozen times before.) “Can I help you?”
The ghost half floated back into the hall and disappeared. The Tibetan monks I studied with would ask, “How can you help the ghost? which probably goes for any spirit who appears. I remember a monk saying, “People are only afraid of ghosts because seeing them is not a normal experience.”
Most ghosts that we might see are spirits of people who died suddenly or traumatically who come back seeking understanding so they can transition to their afterlife. In many countries, like Japan, various spirits are a normal part of life. The Japanese experience that everything has a Kami spirit, a unique spiritual force. Look at anima or manga TV series and this will be much more obvious. In many Japanese homes there are altars for ancestors the family interacts with and sometimes even receive guidance.
That idea shouldn’t be so foreign to us because we are exposed to Day of the Dead which in one way is a remembrance of spirits of ancestors. Forget them and the spirits might bug you.
This got me to thinking…about gorillas and dolphins. Gorilla’s who have learned sign language can have rather human conversations and express human-like emotions. So I wondered: Are there gorilla ghosts? And dolphins are smart, have language and society. Are there dolphin ghosts? NOTE: (Photos of signing gorilla Coco pictured with her kitten or Bonobo Kanzi who understand some speech and can make fires)
The logic is that if we accept ghostly spirits of people then why not other life forms like great apes? And where is the cut off line?
I asked people who had dogs if they had ever seen dog ghosts? About the sixth person I asked told a story of their dog who had been struck by a car and died in the street. A few days later her roommate was sitting on the couch and the dog came through the dog door, crossed the room, and curled up in her usual place. A dog ghost! Interestingly a dog ghost doesn’t generate the fear that might occur from a human ghost.
I decided to share this ghost stuff because I wanted to write about the big picture of the Catalonian independence movement and was told by several Millenial’s “Nobody is interested in that kind of political stuff.” When I mentioned my visit from the ghost, the Millennial’s were intrigued, in part because I was blasé. When they realized I was serious they cascaded me with questions.
So have any of you experienced non-human ghosts?
This might be a spot for a lively and unique discussion of other ghost forms?