I enjoyed your story about Ann, although I have had many experiences with OOBE and spirits, Iím not too sure about ghost.
My step father stood before me three days after he had passed away, and when I looked at him, I felt he was telling me he was ok, I felt it, or sensed what he meant.
What is the difference between a ghost and a spirit, are they not the same?
I have experienced telepathy many times in my life, with people I know and strangers.
Sometimes when someone is talking and say for example they are talking about their mother, and are just about to say their age, I will see the motherís age in my head in the form of a vision, a number.
A friend came to me excited because he had just bought a new car, he must have been thinking about the car, visualized it, because I saw it in my mind, and went on to describe the car and itís colour and I was correct.
I believe that thinking is a method in which meanings are translated into thoughts, thoughts are then expressed by whatever means possible, talking usually, or whatever actions we decide to express with our thoughts.
I believe that thinking is a secondary system to sensing, we sense, think, and say what we mean.
Itís a bold statement what Iím about to say, but thinking is a primitive system in which to get around this world of ours (All animals think) because of the way we humans have evolved, with vocal chords, then we can express what we mean through thinking metaphorically and so talk to each other using words.
When I was 13, I was staying 300 miles away from where my mother was staying. I sat down on a long bench at my aunts house when all of a sudden a warm feeling shot across my arms and chest, I knew then at 13 my mother had just died, there were no words or thinking involved, I sensed what was happening, through my own spirit that was connected to my motherís spirit before she left this world.
Did you know that six seconds before you say what you are about to say, a part of your brain knows what you are going to say before you have said it, scientist discovered this a couple of years ago now by setting up sensors in parts of the brain.
When animals join together in great numbers, they also use a method of telepathy, we might call it ĎíMass Hysteriaíí example, when birds gather in flocks and fly together over long distances, they fly left to right depending on where they are going, they do this in perfect motion with one another, simultaneously, fish do the same when in schools of millions, and buffalo.
Years ago in England, a group of about 10 school girls kicked another school girl to death in the streets, in broad daylight, each of the girlís parents explained, no way would my little angel do something like this, my little girl wouldnít hurt a fly, put your little girl with a pack of other little girls collectively, they become one, mass hysteria, a primitive form of telepathy.
Telepathy, at one with your surroundings, everythingís connected.
Everything is connected on this planet we call earth, be it flesh or mineral, itís still made up by atoms that take on different forms, everything is made from the same material.
If you believe in evolution, then you will understand, that where we stand, was once a great ball of fire, thatís all there was, when the ball of fire cooled down, many moons later, hey presto, play station has arrived, we go dancing at night, we live in houses, we are surrounded by trillions of other species of animals, yet still, along with time, everything was forged from that great ball of fire from way back when, everything is connected in the material world, because itís made from the same stuff.
Here I go again with my version of events, my theory I guess, please forgive me but this is how we folk with Aspergers (Autism) think.
Imagine a table with five cups of water; the cups are all the same, coming from the same manufactures, all from the same mould.
The water inside the cup is made up from a different material all together, a runny translucent liquid.
The cup symbolizes the material world, and the water symbolizes the spirit world.
Every now and then a splash of water reaches one of the other cups, water to water they make a connection, throw all the water together from each cup, and you have something that might resemble that place we have learnt to cherish in our minds called heaven, where everything is one, connected, and because it is connected as one, then sensing your way around has to be the logic way of communicating (Telepathy).
What is the difference between a ghost and a spirit?
A ghost seems to be a part of folk law handed down from generation to generation, a poltergeist, a noisy spirit, if a poltergeist is a ghost, as the Germans say, then a ghost must be a spirit, they are both the same.
Whenever I have an OOBE, I always refer to the entity before me as a spirit.
Iíve read on numerous occasions that ghost are spirits that have got left behind, because they are not ready to pass over to the world beyond yet, they are trapped here in limbo.
I have read also that a ghost is the spirit of someone who has unfinished business to attend too, and so donít pass over to the other side until their mission is accomplished.
When it is time to go, pass over to the other side, of course your spirit will leave the body (Shell or machine) it canít think no more because itís not attached to the body, so it senses itís way around you could say, because it senses then it knows literally everything, so why would a spirit remain in limbo when it knows nature has its course via destiny,íí nothing last forever, just simply rearranged, everything changes, nothing remains the sameíí, impermanent.
I think that you and Ann are so spiritually connected, time stands still for you, and so the impression you left of one another goes on and on, Ann must be a great piece of you that your spirit wonít ever let go off.
When some old people die and leave behind a lifetime partner, the one left behind suddenly becomes ill also, and dies shortly after, I believe when itís time to go, itís the spirit that ties up the knots to our destiny, nature plays her part, but the spirit always has control.