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August 2019 by V. R. Duin


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.

Travel within Physical Space? Ghosts are not likely to float over to someone and take possession. They may not have the free will or sufficient energy to leave the area from which their body departed this world.

Stuck in Time? Phantoms 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 manifest as troubling disorder.

Continuous Loop? Otherworldly goals are likely to be ones of experimentation and search, entertainment, innovation and discovery rather than possession. Ghosts are faintly visible and barely audible residual entities.

Unfinished Business? They may not intend to disturb folks. They seem tied to their past lives and speak in their native tongues. They cannot make possessed people speak in the unknown languages reported by exorcists.

Repetitive and Uncomplicated? Simple spirits may challenge their hosts with a bit of mischief for amusement. Rather than control, they may seek attention. Ghosts tend to be playful, curious and mischievous.

Fine form? Ghosts may reveal hidden knowledge of secret things. They may get a bad rap for demonic possession or oppression caused by other spirits. Extreme physical strength or contempt may accompany negative influence.

The Seedy Side? Ghosts often are seen in dark, lonely, old, scary and wild places. Paranormal investigators use poltergeists to distinguish scary ghosts left to curse the world after a traumatic event.

Rainbow Bright? Tormented spirits may give hope to those trapped in physical, mental or emotional pain and suffering. Goopy is colored bright orange to shed light, provide entertainment and distract from bad moments.

Empathy? Spirit possession is 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.

Blown Away? Human minds create ideas of spirit possession. The existence of spirits is a matter of individual interpretation. Ghost Sounds and sightings may appear at times of weakness, confusion, distress or ill health.

On the Edge? Spirits, not ghosts, may influence the will, mind and emotions of people. They may be good or evil, like human feelings or moods. They may provide guidance, healing, encouragement, love and enlightenment.

Big Picture? Spirit possession generally is seen as a bad thing in cultures throughout the world. It is described as an unwelcome control or unwilling manipulation. The effects may be painful for friends, coworkers and family.

Cause and Effect? Repeated local reports of a Ghost Sighting are received as evidence. However, people label ghosts as “good” or “bad” based on imprecise recall and exaggeration of opinion chains.

Cold Calling? 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? The unfortunate victims may be labeled as “possessed”. The Spiritual Research Foundation reports 30% of the world population is possessed and 50% is affected by demonic energies surrounding them.

Blurred Lines? Signs of spirit possession include loss of energy, appetite or a total change in temperament. If thieves take gold, someone loses physical possession. Spirit possession may be psychological or emotional.

Soft Touch? Suffering beings should not be denied confidential help. Worry, guilt, mental or loss of self-control coupled with suggestion from others can create a pattern of life-long belief that someone is a victim of bad spirits.

Moving On? Catholic, Charismatic, Pentecostal and Evangelical churches practice exorcism to expel or transform bad spirits. V. R. Duin has witnessed religious works of exorcism for protection or reversal.

The Shift? Rituals aspire to fill sufferers with renewed faith. Exorcism is a respected healing practice in Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Taoism. Practices open divine portals to higher spirits in some African cultures.

Hat Trick? Some Christian denominations can call satanic spirits, but cannot send them away. Entertaining ghosts do not present problems or obstacles for church-going congregations and their leaders to overcome.

Pond Jumping? The International Association of Exorcists is a select Roman Catholic Church organization with a quarterly newsletter. Members study and share difficult or interesting cases of spirit possession and healing.

Special Training? In 2018, the Catholic News Agency announced classes to address demonic activity and help possessed people. Vatican Trains Exorcists as Demonic Possession Claims Rise.

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? Online or off, verses of liberation, healing, protection, and deliverance from evil are common to many religions. Deliverance ministries offer ongoing counseling, distinguishing them from brief exorcism rites.

Rosy Futures? 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 and turn to Guardian Angels.

Order? V. R. Duin worked as a mental health and substance abuse intervention attorney. Witnesses may perceive confused essence of being and behavioral effects of hysteria, mania and psychosis as demonic possession.

End of Suffering? 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.

Connection with Reality? Obsessive-compulsive behaviors may disrupt life and work functions. Conventional medical and psychiatric intervention may result in diagnosis and treatment. Medications may be prescribed.

Side Effects. Lethargy, dizziness, restlessness, nausea, constipation or weight gain from prescriptions may seem worse than the illness. They often are refused. There may be no cure. Withdrawal may have bad side effects.

Extension? Behaviors from substance addiction may mimic those of spirit possession. Spiritual and mental or physical health counseling may ease withdrawal symptoms and lead to recovery. Permanent marks may remain.

Passion? Individuals on a strict weight-loss or allergy-restricted diet may be considered “possessed”. Rigid schedules and strict efforts for redirection and reconnection with oneself deserve respect and understanding.

Change for the Worse? When no improvement comes with conventional treatments, and demonic spirit possession is suspected, consultation with a spiritual leader or counsel may renew faith for healing.

Blithe Spirits? Scary ghosts are unlikely to cause spirit possession. It is unlikely any ghosts can provide professional solutions for disruptive human behaviors. They can deliver distraction and mind-altering experiences.

Beauty Awakens? 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. This is a fun spirit for anyone to possess.

Reverie Day: Goopy brings people together. Few readers choose to experience his stories alone, because it is fun to share his everyday adventures with others. This ghost dispels loneliness and fears of being alone.