In my experience, reason neither enables nor supports empathy or social justice.
Usually children or pets tend to be aware of the world differently. The young animals that have bonded with people, and the children not brainwashed by imperialistic schooling. So often, someone who has a surviving pet, or a child that was born just before the death of a family elder, will see the departed person.
I still want to understand why we find spirits so chilling? I want to understand that also.
How can I know the spirit is really there or just my over active imagination? Well, I had a belief about that. Have you noticed how your eyes function? Sort of on their own? Even sort of force the information into your brain?
You mean without you thinking about them working, they just work? Yes, that’s part of it, but they teach in hermetic magic to challenge any illusion from the spirits. So according to them, if you change your focus and they change, it’s maybe a spirit and they are being deceptive. If you change your focus and the image is lost, then it wasn’t a spirit at all but your imagination. That’s the hermetic test. The other would be to reflect on inputs just like your brain does on its own. A spirits presence will be consistent even if you aren’t seeing it. You may feel things or notice unexplained events. All the little bits will show the same personality.
You might get a feeling someone is in the room with you making noises on the carpet. Yes. If you believe in presence sense, they would still sense the same as everyone else. It is sort of like the Vampire myth, and it was believed that a Vampire couldn’t be seen in a mirror, because the mirror was reflecting the soul and the Vampires soul was gone. Likewise, if a ghost is present you can be aware of them, because although the body is gone the soul is present, and you sense presences because you can sense souls.
You will still feel the energy in the soul? Yes, and to take physical action they have to take physical energy. So they create cold spots and stuff.
Then I am sure I have had visits many times, but didn’t feel afraid really. You don’t have to be afraid. Being afraid would be like me going “omg! Someone’s walking on the sidewalk in front of my apartment!” They are present, but they don’t take up your space, and they still see things through a screen like we as living people do. This is why when they interview a haunt they sometimes get weird answers that prove to be true in the history of the place, though not literally true now.
When I was about 4-8 years old there was one “spirit” , a woman. She’d come to my bed every night. She’d stand near and stare into my eyes for hours every night, and she forced me to stare back even though I was scared. Why would she do that? Seem like an old spirit? Like it had been around for a long time on that level? Maybe this will explain it. To be a lingering spirit is sort of like being in a sensory deprivation tank. They are still aware, but they don’t have the input from the body. They see with the minds eye and intuit intended information.
Some instances are claimed to be replays, while others are claimed to be interactive or free willed? Yes, this is right about the two categories. But as they linger for long periods of time, their grip on physical reality slips a bit. It shifts, and they begin seeing something else. So the old woman may either have wanted to share in your experience, still not intending to scare you of course, or may have been reacting to something she saw in her altered state of being.
I don’t generally give people “be scared” advice. So, if it’s meaningful to you then it might be promising to investigate it, or it might just be strangeness with no answer. Hell, I experience strangeness with no answer from the living. I don’t need the dead for that.
For some reason I want to investigate and understand. Ah, then I do suggest you do, and if she’s somehow a spirit guide to you, like any teacher she may not have been willing to let you ignore a lesson.
Your thoughts are welcome. Be well friends.