I thoroughly enjoyed Melba Goodwyn’s book, Ghost Worlds. It was an enjoyable read with easy to understand concepts presented by the author on the art of ghost hunting with a few of her ghost stories tossed in here and there for good measure.
The book’s full title is Ghost Worlds: A Guide to Poltergeists, Portals , Ecto-mist and Spirit Behavior, and the author delivered information on all of this and then some.
The book also includes Goodwyn’s thoughts and experiences with imaginary playmates, orbs, vortexes, energies and ghost hunting techniques and tools. It is a smorgasbord of Goodwyn’s experiences as a ghost hunter in the wild and woolly state of Texas. Based on the tales Goodwyn recounts for her readers, she’s had more than a few of those experiences that would simply make your head spin.
If you’re seriously interested in ghost hunting, then I think this book is a good and solid read for you. If you’d like to learn a little more and enjoy a few ghost stories in the process, this book is for you too. If you’re looking for scare the crap out me ghost stories, this isn’t the book for you because Goodwyn goes out of her way to help the reader to not be afraid of ghosts … except for the very last tale in her book … which is a be afraid, be very afraid type of ghostly experience we call possession. And oddly enough a topic that Goodwyn doesn’t address in this book save for recounting that one experience. That part kind of leaves the reader hanging at the end. But if you haven’t dealt with possession, you’re not going to be able to explain it too well.
Ghost Worlds has a chapter dealing with orbs and their existence. With regard to this chapter, I had some disagreements with the author. Goodwyn states, that it’s her own opinions with regard to orbs. Meaning that if you have a different opinion, more power to you.
Goodwyn sees all orbs as ghosts and that anything photographed that looks like an orb is an orb. Based on my own experiences, I’d have to disagree with her on this one. I’ve taken photos that appeared to be full of orbs, but in reality were in fact dust particles refracting light from the camera’s flash. That happened a lot at the last Goddess Gathering. I have photos that I’d taken in ritual space where women were stamping upon the dirt. I started getting dust particles that looked like orbs in my photos, so I climbed higher up and keep snapping photos … and whalla, the orbs were gone. But eventually, the dust rose higher into the air. So no, I don’t agree that everything that looks like an orb is an orb. Dust and flying bugs often appear to be orbs. I think a good ghost hunter has to discern the difference. Other than this small difference of opinion, I think the chapter on orbs is right on.
I really enjoyed the chapter dealing with poltergeists, which according to Goodwyn … is not a ghost in any form of manifestation. Poltergeist activity usually appears when conflicts arise that cannot be resolved. These conflicts can be of a spiritual, emotional, physical or even psychic nature. Poltergeist activity is an awesome force generated in the subconscious mind of the agent and is a direct result of repressed emotions that conceal resentment, frustration, repressed anger or guilt, and even sexual stresses. Poltergeist activity is often misunderstood and it was blessed to have an author speak about it from a place of unknowledge and caring.
I did enjoy reading Ghost Worlds, and this book will remain in my personal library for good how-to books. Who knows maybe someday I’ll get to go ghost hunting with Melba Goodwyn and experience her otherworld ghost hunting talents in person. Until then, I’ll simply embrace her philospohies about death and the otherside. Get your own copy of Ghost Worlds: A Guide to Poltergeists, Portals , Ecto-mist and Spirit Behavior.