Wednesday, December 31, 2003

Dream: Ghost In the Basement

Last night I dreamt about a ghost and a basement. The ghost told me that there were investigations, first paranormal, then legal, and that very unpleasant things had happened in the said basement. He was sitting in the back of the house, outside, when I started talking to him.

He had very dark, longish hair and a thin face.

Knowing that I would be seeing a psychic colleague/friend this evening, I called her to tell her about the dream.

"No, I'm not doing an investigation in a basement."

"Have you been asked to do one?"

"No...wait! This afternoon, I wrote a short story about a basement in which unpleasant things had happened. There was a paranormal investigation, followed by a police investigation."

"No," I said. "This isn't fiction. This really happened."

"Well," she said. "I based it on a true story."

Rune for the Day


  • female

  • creative process

  • psychic powers

  • ability to contact the "other side"

  • I Ain't Afraid of No Ghost

    Since I assure my clients complete confidentiality, I will not discuss the details of their meetings with me. I will, however, discuss something that even I consider to be very strange: ghosts in my dreams.

    Whenever I plan to get together with someone (professionally or personally), ghosts come to me in my dreams the night before with messages like, "Tell her I love her" and "Tell him not to buy the car". The dream itself is very lucid: I know that I am dreaming and I know that I am speaking to a ghost. Consequently, the following day, I am able to say something like:

    "Did you have an Uncle Jeffrey, middle-aged, who committed suicide?"

    "Yes, I did!"

    "He asked me to tell you that he loves you."

    Fortunately, I am able to be very specific in providing identifying details. I have had other psychics advise me to stop this from happening, to tell the ghosts to come back during actual readings, but I see no harm in having it continue. To this point, I find it very helpful. Still, it is very strange.

    Who Ya Gonna Call?

    I make my living reading tarot cards and objects as well as investigating hauntings. I do not so much "bust" ghosts as much as I "detect" them and I do this in a freelance capacity. That is, I accompany a team of investigators (cameras, lights, electronic voice recorders, electromagnetic field readers, etc.) to a supposed haunting and "read" the place for impressions of paranormal activity. I do not try to "remove" ghosts.

    There are always several problems in doing this job. Here are just a few: first, people need to agree upon what constitutes paranormal activity; secondly, people need to agree upon what constitutes evidence thereof. Furthermore, equipment needs to work as we expect it to work when we need it to work. Finally, discretion is extremely important at all times for many reasons.

    It is so strange to have a job about which I can rarely speak. People don't understand. They expect to see crucifixes and Linda Blair or hear kids in television sets. (Mind you, these are great movies.) It is actually quite mundane: much time is spent setting up and testing equipment.

    My husband's job is very white collar: management-level computer guy and all-round boy genius at a huge multinational firm. I want to protect his reputation. Moreover, the people requesting an investigation usually want no publicity. (Exception: television programs. Some teams have had much media exposure, including television shows about "hauntings". I have avoided such exposure so far.)

    I have never had a complaint from any of my clients and my "ghostbusting" has become increasingly sought after. I am making a name for myself anonymously!!

    I have an investigation coming up this week. I promise to diligently record the experience. I prefer to not know about the history of an actual site beforehand.