These photos taken behind a home near the Monroe Institute
At your next family gathering, bring up the topic of spirit communication. The reaction of the group will tell you quite a bit about how people generally regard the whole subject of ghost/spirits and contact with the dead. There are likely to be three types of reactions: snickers and rolling of the eyes, intrigue and fascination, and family members or relatives who eagerly relate their own experiences with spirits and spirit contact.
The most recent statistics on people who believe in spirits and ghosts come from 2012, in a Huffington Post/Yougov survey. It indicates that 64 percent of Americans believe in life after death and 45 percent believe that ghosts or the spirits of the dead can interact with the living. These statistic are startling different from a 1978 survey that indicated only 11 percent of people believe in ghosts and spirits. What caused the dramatic increase?
The most obvious cause is the dramatic changes that have occurred culturally and globally in 40 years. In 1978, for instance, the Internet as we know it and social media didn’t exist. The most popular TV shows were Laverne & Shirley, Three’s Company, Mork & Mindy, and Happy Days. Compare these to the top three shows in 2018: Game of Thrones, Stranger Things, The Walking Dead. In 1978, paranormal reality shows like Ghost Hunters didn’t exist, cable TV didn’t exist, and streaming hadn’t even been conceived. In 2018, according to The Hollywood Reporter, more than 500 scripted series are ready to air and many of them will be streaming.
In 1978, people got their news from newspapers and the evening news. 40 years later, news is instantaneous and we have access to it 24/7 through a vast number of venues – websites, blogs, online newspapers and magazines. Also, scientists and writers like Dean Radin, Rupert Sheldrake, Bernard Beitman, M.D. and others are undertaking serious research about the nature of human consciousness.
Another question to consider: as more people become aware that spirit contact is possible, does it happens more frequently? We believe so and that’s why we’ve written Secrets of Spirit Communication.