The thieves thought the guard was quite brash
For shopping with bright golden cash.
So they took tight hold
Of all of his gold
Then dashed from his grove to their stash!
(“The Goopy Ghost at Saint Patrick's Day”)
The Goopy Ghost teaches that spirit possession is fun, when it has nothing to do with possessed people or scary ghosts.
Ghosts may travel within physical space. Ghosts are not likely to float over to someone and take possession. They may not have the free will to leave the area from which they departed this world.
Ghosts may be stuck in time. They may find it difficult to balance their spiritual energy in the present physical world. An inability to go back in time and change their outcome may trouble them.
Ghosts may be in a continuous loop of learning and searching. Their goal is likely to be entertainment, innovation and discovery rather than possession. Ghosts are faintly visible and barely audible residual entities.
Ghosts may be tied to unfinished business in past lives. They may not intend to disturb folks. They speak in their native tongues. They cannot make possessed people speak in the unknown languages reported by exorcists.
Ghosts tend to be repetitive and uncomplicated. They may challenge their hosts with a bit of mischief for amusement. Rather than control, they may want attention. Ghosts tend to be playful, curious and mischievous.
Ghosts may reveal hidden knowledge of secret things. They may get a bad rap for acts of other spirits. Demonic possession or oppression may lend extreme physical strength or contempt to those under their influence.
Ghosts are often seen in dark, lonely, old, scary and wild places. Paranormal investigators use the name “poltergeists” for “scary ghosts” that may curse the world for a traumatic event.
Tormented spirits may be like some people. They may be trapped in physical, mental or emotional pain and suffering. Goopy is colored bright orange to shed light, provide entertainment and distract from bad moments.
Spirit possession may be more complex than haunting ghosts. Goopy reminds friends they cannot be possessed by ghosts. This ghostly platform is the only thing he possesses. He hopes people will possess his stories.
The human mind may creates the idea of spirit possession. The existence of spirits may be a matter of individual interpretation. Ghost sounds and sightings may appear at times of weakness, confusion, distress or ill health.
Spirits may influence the will, mind and emotions of people. They are not ghosts. They may be good or evil, like human feelings or moods. They may provide guidance, healing, encouragement, love and enlightenment.
Spirit possession generally is seen as a bad thing in cultures throughout the world. It is described as unwelcome control or unwilling manipulation. The effects may be felt by the listeners and observers.
Ghosts are local in cause and effect. Repeated reports of sightings gather evidence. People label ghosts as “good” or “bad” by imprecise recall and exaggeration of opinion chains.
Mediums, psychics and spiritual leaders claim they are able communicate with spirits. Who, other than spirits themselves, can discredit self-proclaimed experts about past and present levels of existence?
Smothering spirits may surround a being. The unfortunate victim may be labeled as “possessed”. The Spiritual Research Foundation reports 30% of the world population is possessed and 50% is affected by demonic energies.
There may be signs of spirit possession. These may include loss of energy, appetite or a total change in temperament. If thieves take gold, someone loses physical possession. Spirit possession may not be physical.
Confidential help should not be denied to suffering beings. Worry, guilt, mental or emotional loss of control and suggestion from others can create a pattern of life-long belief that someone is a victim of bad spirits.
Some churches practice exorcism to expel or transform bad spirits. These include Catholic, Charismatic, Pentecostal and Evangelical churches. V. R. Duin has witnessed works of exorcism.
Rituals may fill possessed people with renewed faith. Exorcism is a respected healing practice in Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Taoism. These practices also are performed in some African cultures.
Some Christian denominations call spirits, but cannot send them away. These spirits are considered satanic. Entertaining ghosts do not present problems or obstacles that church-going congregations must overcome.
The International Association of Exorcists is a select Roman Catholic Church organization. It issues a quarterly newsletter in which members can share difficult or interesting cases of spirit possession.
Special training is needed to help possessed people. In 2018, the Catholic News Agency announced classes to address demonic activity. Vatican Trains Exorcists as Demonic Possession Claims Rise.
Exorcism is controversial. Few priests are appointed as exorcists. Few young priests want to serve in this way. The growing need for exorcists may be blamed reliance on the occult for predictions and guidance.
Prayers for liberation, healing, protection, and deliverance from evil are common to many religions. They are online. Deliverance ministries offer ongoing counseling. This distinguishes them from those of brief exorcism.
Ministries fight problems relating to oppressive spirits. They organize the removal from homes of items for idol worship or that may cause spiritual harm. They relieve distress of sins.
V. R. Duin worked as a mental health and substance abuse intervention attorney. The behavioral effects of hysteria, mania and psychosis are perceived as spirit possession by some witnesses.
The suffering is real. Symptoms include seeing, hearing and feeling impacts from people, animals or things that are not present for others. The ECSO about us page promotes the potential for safe therapies.
Obsessive-compulsive behaviors may form a disconnection from reality. They can disrupt life and work functions. Conventional medical and psychiatric intervention may result in a diagnosis and treatment. Medications may be prescribed.
Prescriptions may have side effects. Lethargy, dizziness, restlessness, nausea, constipation or weight gain may seem worse than the illness. Over time, medications may help. Withdrawal may have bad side effects.
Behaviors from substance addiction may mimic those of spirit possession. However, spiritual and mental or physical health counseling generally can ease withdrawal symptoms and lead to recovery.
Individuals on a strict weight-loss or allergy-restricted diet may be considered “possessed”. Rigid schedules and passionate efforts for new directions should receive respect and understanding.
Change can be for the worse. When no improvement is noted from conventional treatments, and demonic spirit possession is suspected, consultation with a spiritual leader or other counsel may be advised.
Scary ghosts are unlikely to cause spirit possession. It is unlikely that hosts can provide professional solutions for disruptive human behaviors. Ghosts can provide great distraction and mind-altering experiences.
The Goopy Ghost keeps young readers interested in holiday fun throughout the year. He appeals to the child in everyone with his active celebration mode. The Goopy Ghost is a fun spirit for anyone to possess.
Goopy brings people together. Few readers choose to experience his stories alone, because it is fun to share his adventures with others. Loneliness and the fear of being alone are not problems with this ghost.