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Book Review: Cassandra’s Field Guide to Ghostly Encounters by Cassandra O’Shaughnessy and Jalynn Venis

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Ghosts. Whether you believe in them or not, their existence is being proven and disproven nearly every day on television these days. Popular shows such as Ghost Hunters and Ghost Adventures send out teams of experts to investigate claims of hauntings at various sites and attempt to gain evidence.

Regardless of whether they exist, ghosts are and have been a hot topic for quite some time. Author Jalynn Venis has joined the fray with her latest book Cassandra’s Field Guide to Ghostly Encounters. Cassandra O’Shaughnessy offers a friendly and knowledgeable persona through which readers can explore these strange phenomena. In this 57 page eBook, Cassandra shines some light and educates the reader in the ways they can not only wrap their heads around but appreciate and cultivate a relationship with or banish all together.

To start, Cassandra defines what ghosts are:  “simply non-physical beings.” These beings have not been able to make the transition to the next life, held back by a fear of the unknown. Instead, these spirits hang around in our world because that’s easier than a leap of faith.

She then begins to examine how the living come to interact with the dead. Ghosts evidently take notice when we somehow notice them. It’s the classic temperature drop when a ghostly presence is in the room or simply the slight perception that you’re not alone. Cassandra says these feelings happen when the energy field of the living comes into contact with the energy field of the dead. This happens more frequently for some people than others evidently as some folks are more in tune with their senses or more intuitive in their grasp of their surroundings.

Cassandra goes on to talk about the various forms and behaviors ghosts take. Typically it’s the little things that are easiest for them, from opening and closing doors or making footsteps echo in an empty hallway. And “the stronger the spirit, the more impressive the manifestation.” Some may even be able to manifest a full visage so you could see minute details.

Through the next few chapters, we learn about why certain places are haunted. Typically the nicer the place, the less the ghosts really want to leave! Or sometimes, lonely spirits may gather in social places once filled with life. And other times, perhaps the ghosts are bound to the place where they lost their lives or watched loved ones pass on…

Ultimately the book offers some interesting and practical suggestions on how to find, interact with, and live with ghosts, friendly or un-. Spirits were people too, and typically either want to communicate in some way or simply be left alone. With a little time, observation, and research, you can usually investigate the history of a place and learn more about the spirits themselves.

The tone of the book is one of a pleasant conversation or lecture from someone knowledgeable in the field. Cassandra comes across as a person deeply experienced with spiritual matters and shares that experience freely. I also really appreciated the photographs included in the book demonstrating various manifestations captured on film.

Cassandra’s Field Guide to Ghostly Encounters offers an entertaining glimpse into the supernatural world. If you like reading about ghosts, I’d definitely check it out. Perhaps you might be the first person to get detailed knowledge of what it’s like after death if you can chat with the dead!

To buy the book in PDF form or learn more about Cassandra O’Shaugnessy and author Jalynn Venis, be sure to check out CassandraO.net. The book is also available at Amazon.com for the Kindle.

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