HopefulChild wrote:I read a post by Snowcat on here once that was super helpful to me.
I didn't understand it at the time, but the short of it was that she believes certain spirits can stay with you and choose to help you.
At the same time she could tell when a spirit that was watching over her had moved on and chosen to do something else or move on to it's next phase.
I hadn't considered that but had read pretty much the same thing but hadn't before connected the context of those ideas to how it affects us in life.
And then I experienced it myself. My brother died and for a time, like a year or so, he was around. He was helping me. He was putting forth effort on my behalf and on others behalf.
When his spirit moved on, I felt it. I noticed it. It was like losing him a second time but it was less immediately painful and more of a gap. Like if you are missing a sock. You'll notice the lack of one sock but it doesn't stop you from walking.
I can't give technical explanations of course. I would love to be able to but really this is just anecdotal. I felt it and I can't explain it in a way that others can feel. Those who have felt it, know how it feels and can commiserate, to those who haven't felt it...it's going to sound like gibberish.
I wouldn't expect anyone to just "trust me" so I won't be offended if you want to ask questions and pick apart my experience. I'll be happy to detail anything I can.
One thing i have learnt is that we might have lost the deceased, but the deceased has not lost us. in the immediate death, the individual lingers residually, for some this is the Astral plane. in this state, there is no more taste or touch, but as this world is closely linked to the physical world, the individual still feels emotion greatly. the mourning we have for the individual can delay their passing on, or for some unfortunate cases, trap them from moving on as they feel our emotions many times greater than we do.
For some, it is an added effort to resolve and help the living move on before they can! Indeed it is hard to move on when our loved ones are still in pain or carrying a part of us in their memory, as a remembrance of pain.
Eventually, as the individual is able to, he or she will shed more of its weight and move beyond the astral plane, to the next and the next. Sometimes, when the emotional body is strong, the individual can leave behind a shade or shell, which has some elemental intelligence of its owner, but beyond this, it will not seek out anyone anymore. this is also the shell, that is often revitalised or taken over by entities, wearing a false face.
one of the reasons why, i personally, try to mourn peacefully and let go of departed relatives, for they have to continue their journey beyond. anything that claims to be a dearly departed, especially after some time has passed is to be taken with some care and suspicion.