Before I go any further, let me give you a little background. Our raised ranch home was built in the 1950's. An old farmhouse was torn down and our home was built right next to the other home's foundation. Both levels of the home are finished - 2 bedrooms and 2 baths up, 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, and the laundry room downstairs. Every room has large egress windows except for the family room.
The largest bedroom on the lower level has a walk-in closet. Because the room is so huge, we've always just used that for storage. Labeled boxes are placed on the shelves and floor. There's a lot of stuff but it's relatively well organized.
Ok - got the layout?
Now, back to the ghost. With the exception of 2 known sightings, our ghost always stays downstairs. Before we understood what we were dealing with, a couple of our 6 kids had bedrooms down there. When our girls became pre-teens, strange things started happening: nightmares, paranoia that someone was watching them; fear of going downstairs; withdrawal, depression, and then self-destructive behavior which included cutting and suicidal thoughts.
These behaviors were a total 180 degree turn from who they had been and their personalities. And strangely, it only happened to the girls who slept downstairs. The other girls wouldn't go downstairs and hang out because they felt "uncomfortable". The girls with the lower level bedrooms had to come upstairs and hang out.
One daughter was really struggling. We just didn't know what to do or how to help. Then, her bedroom door slammed in the middle of the night. . We rushed down and threw the door open, thinking our daughter was being a snot. What we saw shocked us to our core! Our daughter was being invisibly held to the bed! We grabbed her and rushed upstairs. Once we got the crying stopped and she felt calmer, my husband and I stared at each other in disbelief - What in the hell is going on?
Naturally with all the commotion, the other daughter who slept downstairs rushed upstairs and the other kids all piled into our room. We had a middle-of-the-night family council.
The next day we moved both girls upstairs. Yes, it was crowded. But we needed to protect our family.
We are active in our church. We applied faith, prayers (individual and family) and hung pictures of our Savior on the bedroom walls. We had our bishop bless the home, and many other ghost removal tactics.
We have tried many tactics to remove this nasty ghost. But he comes back when there is anger, animosity, and dissension in our home. When chaos erupts and negative emotions abound, he lets us know he's around... a box will be thrown off a shelf and across the storeroom with everything else in the room intact; you'll feel fear, a rush of cold air, and the hairs on the back of your neck will stand up; doors will slam when no one is near the door; and the creepiest of all is you'll feel him watching your every move... I swear I've seen his eyes looking at me through the mirror on more than one occasion.
So what in the world does this have to do with business... and life? I believe that each one of us has some type of negative ghost inside of us that can hold us back from living a life filled with love, laughter, and happiness. When we are around negative people, their energy attaches to us and preys on our mind which affects everything we think, say, and do.
It doesn't matter how many times you "rid" yourself of this negative ghost. It keeps coming back. The key to outwitting this nasty fellow is always be aware and take the necessary steps to remove him immediately.
One of the best ways I've found to maintain the desired mindset for success in any endeavor is through meditation. Meditation is taking 15 minutes to feel your body, channel your brain and thoughts to course through your body and pull it back each time it wanders, and to be grateful. I know that we usually see people sitting in some yoga pose as they meditate, but that's not necessary. Go to where you are comfortable, sit up so you don't doze off, and choose a time where there is absolute silence with no distractions or interruptions.
Our ghost has taught me that we are all susceptible to "nasty" influences. I still have to go downstairs, but I can limit it's affect of me. You may work or live in a negative environment that you can't eliminate, but meditation can help you build an invisible shield to protect your mind, body, and soul.
What is the negative "ghost" or influence in your life? How do you deal with it? We'd love to hear!
One problem. One solution. 15 minutes. Done.