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3 Things You Can Learn From Ghosts About How to Live a Happy Life

Sep 1, 2008
I've interacted with ghosts for as long as I can remember. They were my playmates when I was younger and as I got older, in an odd sort of way, they became my teachers. Ghosts have followed me everywhere I've ever lived and have haunted me at all hours of the day and night. For most of my life to date I never knew why. And then I met a shaman who showed me why they came to me. They were lost and they needed my help. They needed a guide to help them find their way home.

As I began guiding them home, many of them told me their stories. They didn't consciously choose to become ghosts. But their fears, their limiting beliefs and their unwillingness to change got the better of them.

Ghosts give us valuable insight into the predictable results of a certain way of life. By their very existence ghosts teach us what not to do just as a drug addict or an alcoholic shows us the inevitable end of misery and loss as a result of their ill-fated choices.

Below are three powerful lessons that I've learned from my interactions with ghosts:

1. Depression must be faced and resolved, there is always an answer and a remedy to our suffering - Many of the ghosts I've met were so depressed and isolated in life that they committed suicide in an effort to end their suffering. They endured their grief and their suffering and hoped against reason that the next day would be different. Often without reaching out for help, and certainly without persevering to find the answers, they simply gave up hope. But what they found, is that there is no death, there is no end. And what they eventually learned, is that the depression was something they were meant to figure out and move beyond. After their death they saw that it wasn't as bad as they thought it was and that it was going to get better. There is always a reason and a remedy to our painful emotions, and we are the ones who are responsible for finding these answers.

2. Hanging on to Anger and Resentment Will Ruin Your Life... and Your Death - I've met several ghosts who held on to their anger and resentment over betrayals and injustices right up until their dying day... and beyond. They were so immersed in their own anger they couldn't manage to move beyond this life when it was time for them to do so. They didn't want the peace that the after-life offered. They wanted revenge. (In my experience, these are usually the ghosts that haunt - in the truest sense of the word.) Resentment is most often a resistance to move ahead, to change and grow in the ways we are called to. As ghosts often do, particularly the ghost brides I've met who were still angry over being left at the altar, we can fail to see the true meaning within a failed relationship or opportunity. Most often it's a doorway that leads us on to a deeper desire, and an answered prayer as long as we're willing to evolve in the way we're called to.

3. Suppressing Your Authentic Self will Keep You Afraid and Angry for the Rest of Your Life - Many of the ghosts I encounter are deeply mired in their own illusions. Many of them lived lives where they denied their authentic identities in fear of judgment and persecution. One religious woman who denied her homosexual identity was too afraid to cross over because she feared being punished in the way her church would have judged and shunned her. It took me a while to get her to see that the judgment was on this side of the veil, not the other way around. Limiting beliefs and self-judgment will only keep you angry and afraid in life, as well as in death. Regardless of society's ability to accept you as you are, you need to find your own loving self-acceptance and self-support. From there you will begin to find others who can share with you what you've learned to first give to yourself.

Not everyone who lives their life without awareness will become a ghost. But everyone who fails to embrace this wisdom, does become a bit ghost-like in that they lose a bit of themselves every day.
About the Author
Melissa Van Rossum is an accomplished psychic, empath and author. Her life's work is to help people realize their dreams by finding their Divine Guidance. Their Way Home shares stories of her encounters with ghosts, who searched her out to guide them home. To learn more, visit All You've Ever Known and Their Way Home.
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