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When Ghosts Speak: Understanding the World of Earthbound Spirits Mass Market Paperback – Illustrated, October 1, 2009
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"She clarifies the very notion of ghosts and enables readers to explore this subject without the oversimplification or sensationalism often attributed to ghosts in movies." --Library Journal Reviews―-
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"A how-to book for all of us who are fascinated by the unknown... I found it compelling and enlightening." --Chattanooga Times Free Press―-
"WHEN GHOSTS SPEAK lends an interesting perspective on our popular concept of ghost stories."--The Daily Record―-
About the Author
- Mass Market Paperback : 283 pages
- ISBN-10 : 044658133X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0446581332
- Dimensions : 4.25 x 1.25 x 7 inches
- Publisher : Grand Central Publishing; Illustrated edition (October 1, 2009)
- Item Weight : 5.6 ounces
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #428,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mary Ann delivered throughout, and provided a much needed work on the “immediate,” i.e., the earthbounds in our life and our rather uneasy truce with them. She explains the gift itself with grounded reason, and then takes the reader into the events surrounding the presences of lost or simply stubborn souls who can’t, or won’t, cross over into the Light. They are previously acquainted or closely related, but oftentimes complete strangers…with all their human faults still wreaking havoc upon the Living; sometimes, dangerously. And to think, they’re everywhere.
WHEN GHOSTS SPEAK is the realm between now and the front door to the afterlife, and that realm is unnervingly in your bedroom or connected to your physical health. It could include something joyous of an ever present beloved pet, or the troubled lost child stuck around toys for centuries. There are the suicides and grumpy uncles, the guilt-ridden and the cursed. It’s very much about those who stayed “human” somewhere down here when they should’ve moved on out there.
What a treat. Just know that afterward you’ll rethink everything about those odd occurrences in your daily life. For some, that may actually be a good lesson to learn, because “some” are the reason they stay in the first place.
Great work – now time to clean house…. :-)
There was one point in particular that made me question the author's motivation and credibility, and that was her repeated mentioning of the magic of quince seeds as a protection against any disembodied entity that might invade our space. Not just any quince seed will do. Only the ones from the author's distant relatives in the old country (Italy) will do the trick. The author has no idea what her family does to these seeds (that mystery seems to strengthen the magical aspect) but she knows for certain that they work. And incidentally she has a website where she sells them encased in silver charms.
The author also provides spells for cleansing and protection. These require obtaining an assortment of items and carefully following a ritual (in other words, casting a spell, in this case white magic). I know enough about witchcraft to know that the "power" is not in the object (quince seeds, bat wings etc.) but in the belief. If you believe 100% that you are protected, then you don't even need a charm or talisman. All magic spells consist of the same type of process. There is a building up of energy (through the acquisition of quince seeds and other materials) and then the channeled release of that energy toward its intended objective (through following the ritual of casting a spell). But it is the practioners belief in the process that produces results.
All of us send energy out (thoughts, prayers, feelings of ill will) but few of us consciously practice witchcraft. I don't think many readers will be interested in reading about how to cast protective or healing spells. Our culture is attuned to prayer and if the author had cited a few prayers for protection that would have been more helpful.
The author conveys the impression that hauntings of both people and places are much more frequent than I would have thought. At one point she writes that she has seldom met a police officer who didn't have an entity attached to him. She also gives the impression that our privacy is often invaded by unwelcome entities (apparently especially if you are a very attractive woman, like Jennifer Love Hewitt). That is a disturbing thought. Yet I have my doubts that hauntings are as common or as troublesome as she seems to contend.
I also question the author's claim that she needs to "make the light" in order for earthbound souls to cross over. I have read/spoken with paranormal investigators (such as psychics, priests and shaman who work as part of a team to offer relief from hauntings), and they describe a different process. They urge, command, shame and/or gently persuade (depending on the person) the entity into going into the light (or to just go away, perhaps even into the darkness if that seems to be where they belong). I've never heard any of them say anything about "making" the light.
I'm not saying I think the author is lying. But I do think she is mistaken if she believes that her imagining the light is critical to the process of encouraging the entity to go forward into the light. She may be correct that after the funeral the light fades and it then becomes more difficult or less tempting for the entity to go into the light without assistance. However I believe the entity can call the light to themselves simply by thinking of it or by calling out to God, Jesus, an angel or any loved ones who are in the light. Perhaps that light is nothing more than the presence of a being who has approached from a higher sphere (e.g. heaven) to offer the chance to escort the newly deceased home to that peaceful realm.
I think the author is mistaken in some of her other contentions as well. For example, she states that "ghosts know they are dead". Not all ghosts do. The ghost of the elderly curmudgeon I used to see when I was about 5 to 8 years old did not know he was dead. He was old and confused when he died and remained that way for a time after death. I believe it is not so uncommon for ghosts to not know they are "dead" and that it depends on how one died, his/her beliefs about an afterlife and his/her state of mental health at the time of death.
I believe the author is also mistaken when she writes that ghosts don't announce their presence with cold spots; that they can't walk through walls, people etc.; and that we can't walk through them. I don't think they make cold spots to announce their presence, but that the cold spots are just an unintended effect of their presence. I find it odd that the author sees earthbound spirits on a daily basis yet never sees them pass through solid objects. I once saw an entity's face peering into my bedroom window, and within an instant his face was directly above mine. He had passed through the closed window without breaking the glass. And I don't think that was a being that had passed into the light and had returned from a beautiful, peaceful place just for the sport of frightening children.
Although I took issue with the author on several key points above, I did very much enjoy the bulk of this book and I do belief the author has a special talent. I therefore offer my qualified recommendation.
Really good introduction for people who know very little about ghosts, etc.
For those of us who read these kind of books all the time, I still recommend it for the stories and, at least for me, a few paranormal tidbits I hadn't come across before like about using quince to keep ghosts out. Loved the bit about telling earthbound spirits to go to funeral homes to find the light. (72 hour window after death.)
Disagreed with keeping the windows closed when you sage, though! The energy's got to get out!!
Top reviews from other countries
Mary Ann takes the mystery and fear out of this type of work.
She is insightful and quite honest in the process of learning by
interaction and that each discarnate soul is quite different.
I also appreciate the easy to follow format of protection
which is necessary in this work.
I have been doing this type of work for years and agree
with Mary Ann in her approach. There are diffent ways to work.
In the UK Sue Ellen is considered a differnt approach
and does not believe in negative energy. She believes,
energy is neither good nor bad. She was an instructor
at a School in South Kensington which I attended in the UK some years ago
so I heard her beliefs first hand.
I do not recommend Spirit Release: A Practical Handbook by Sue Allen.
She deals with spirit attachments which seems to be her priority.
For spirit attachments an ok book: Practical Psychic Self-Defense
by Robert Bruce.
I loved it so much that I bought another copy for my sister, who then passed it onto my mum.
The price is brilliant too - great value for money :)