Cannonball Read V: People Who Don’t Know They’re Dead by Gary Leon Hill
Hill explores the notion that when a person is ready for death, the ease into the next stage of higher being is a smooth one. Those who believe in a heaven end up in a heavenly environment. Those who believe in Hell can end up stuck in their mind's perception of Hell and can be rescued from an outside party. Those who believe in nothingness simply drift into a black sleep and never return. Then, there are those who die in a sudden instance, or under stress. Car crashes, suicides, sudden heart attacks, etc. While these souls are occasionally aware that something has changed, when not ready to die they run a high risk of just continuing on in a life where everyone is constantly ignoring them and it is exceedingly difficult to pick things up due to hands and arms that just go through things. These souls may then go and attach themselves, most of the time by mistake, to another living person and unbeknownst to both parties begin living with the living again. This proves problematic for the host, issues like depression, fatigue, and confusion are common issues. There also appears to be an issue with a suicidal soul latching onto a living person and continuing to be suicidal. Hill's family steps in at this point and has developed a system that includes scripted dialogues and pendulums to ask the soul to kindly step aside and leave the living alone, while stepping towards that light in the sky with all your friends and relatives who want to kick it.
While I can say that I have never had an issue with hitchhiking souls, after reading this book I am sure of several things: 1. I am fairly certain I am just as confused about what happens after death as I was before I picked this book up, 2. I would really like to invest in a pendulum, and 3. I am undoubtedly convinced my husband has a hitchhiker, if not MULTIPLE hitchhikers, and I would probably like them removed.
3 out of 4 stars, I would not recommend to anyone who isn't willing to be open minded as it gets a little far out there at points.
(Header photo: Holmes County Cemetaries.)
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