The Goopy Ghost is in the possession of thieves on St. Patrick's Day, displayed at 40% of viewport width.
August 2020 by Terry Verduin


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)

Learn signs of spirit possession and answers to other important questions: can ghosts possess people, are all ghosts scary. Find out if deliverance is possible from spirits or ghosts.

Spirits or Ghosts?

Colorful Characters? All ghosts are spirits. Not all spirits are ghosts. Ghosts are apparitions remaining after death. Spirits are non-physical manifestations of a person. After death, these emotions survive, with similar character.

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.

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

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

Are All Ghosts Scary?

Repetitive and Uncomplicated? Ghosts are likely to challenge their hosts with a bit of mischief for amusement. Rather than control, they seem to 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, oppression, extreme physical strength or contempt. These may be symptoms of other tragic human problems.

Stuck in Time? Some phantoms may be angry with failure to adjust their spiritual energy to the present physical world. An inability to reverse time or to change their outcomes may manifest as troubling activities.

Have it All? Science may eventually explain rare energy forces. Physics-based theories warrant further exploration. Many unstudied natural phenomena may be awaiting the arrival of real scientists.

Is There Any Good in Ghosts?

Rainbow Bright? Tormented spirits can 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.

Positive Attachment? Viewing ghosts as helpful and friendly makes them seem less frightening. Bad thoughts attach to people in a negative way. Ghosts may hang around to deliver needed help or protection.

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 engage with his stories alone, because it is fun to share his everyday adventures with others. This ghost dispels loneliness and fears of being alone.

A Higher Calling?

Cause or 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?

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 other protective rites.

Rosy Futures? Ministries fight problems relating to oppressive spirits, not soulful ghosts. They remove items for idol worship or of spiritual harm from homes. They relieve distress of sins with help from “Guardian Angels”.

Signs of Spirit Possession?

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.

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 and guilt from loss of self-control coupled with suggestion by others can create a pattern of life-long belief that someone is a victim of bad spirits.

End of Suffering? Symptoms include seeing, hearing and feeling impacts on people, animals or things. For individual sufferers, the ECSO promotes the potentiality of safe therapies.

Head Trips?

Blown Away? Human minds create spirit possession ideas involving scary ghosts. The existence of spirits is a matter of individual interpretation. Sightings often occur at times of weakness, confusion, distress or ill health.

Unfinished Business? Phantoms may not intend to disturb or control folks. They seem tied to their past lives. They speak their native language. They cannot force people to speak in unknown tongues. They do get reactions.

Resonant Tensions? The phenomena of stuff flying off of tables, counters or benches may need revision. Albert Einstein's theory of relativity established the relations of gravitation for all forces of nature.

Numbers? Einstein's discovery about gravitational force arising from the curvature of space and time has implications for the meanings of “past“, “present” and “future”. The definition of “life” itself may need revision.

Something Else?

Synaesthesia? The stimulation of one sense can trigger an automatic, involuntary combination of senses. Research proves some people can taste sounds, smell colors or see scents. They experience reality quite differently.

Hallucinations? Perceptual disturbances from strange lights may give warnings of a pending migraine headache or a seizure. These advanced perceptions also may be symptomatic of dehydration or sleep deprivation.

Delusion? Actions toward unusual goals may appear to contradict reality. Those who persist with determined, unrelenting efforts to live up to strong beliefs may be labeled as stupid, fanciful, mistaken or mentally ill.

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

Spotlight on Truth?

Extension? Substance addiction behaviors may mimic those of spirit possession. Spiritual and mental or physical health counseling may ease withdrawal symptoms and aid recovery. Permanent marks may remain.

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

Side Effects? When lethargy, dizziness, restlessness, nausea, constipation or weight gain from prescriptions seems worse than the illness, patients refuse to take them. There may be no cure. Withdrawal can have bad side effects.

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.

Order? Terry Verduin worked as a mental health and substance abuse intervention attorney. Hysteria, mania or psychosis may be mistaken as confused essence of being or behavioral effects from demonic possession.

Can Ghosts Possess People?

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

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

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.

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

Empathy? Spirit possession is more complex than haunting ghosts. Goopy reminds friends they cannot be possessed by ghosts. This ghostly platform holds the only items he possesses. He hopes people will turn to his stories.

What if Deliverance is Possible?

Moving On? Catholic, Charismatic, Pentecostal and Evangelical churches practice exorcism to expel or transform bad spirits. The author 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.

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 or healing.

Special Training? In 2018, the Catholic News Agency announced Vatican Trains Exorcists as Demonic Possession Claims Rise. Classes meet a surge in demonic activity with a burgeoning need to help possessed people.

Controversial? Few priests are appointed as exorcists. Few young priests want to serve in this way. The growing need for exorcists may be blamed upon increasing reliance on the occult for predictions and guidance.