Mrs. R and I were talking over the recent (tragic, fast, and premature) death of a colleague of hers. The colleague’s wife had had the smoke alarm go off and thought it was a message from her late husband because (paraphrasing) “it went off during the time his body would be on the plane going back to the east coast”. Apparently the spirit of the husband arranged for some ionized particles to enter the smoke detector and set it off. Pretty odd way for him to send her a message, I thought, and easily subject to misinterpretation.
Mrs R quoted another story in which a human-shaped fogged area appeared in a digital photo, and the photographer believed that it was an image of the departed one. So that spirit apparently marshalled up some photons and herded them toward the camera lens.
So Mrs R and I got to thinking. Setting off a smoke alarm seems like a pretty ambiguous way of communicating with the living–but maybe it’s really easy to do. An Ouija board is unambiguous, but the departed would have to expend a lot of effort to move that little pointer around. So I postulate a sort of a tradeoff between energy requirements and clarity of the message from Beyond.
So here’s the question, and it’s twofold: What’s the easiest way that a departed spirit could send an unambiguous message back to the land of the living? And what constitutes an unambiguous message?