I feel some kind of spirit in my house. My best friend died of a apparent suicide in prison 5 months ago. Is it she who is in my house, or is she watching over me? Since she passed owls cross my path a lot but nothing bad happens. Is that a good sign or a bad sign?

—Cortney, Untied states


Dear Cortney,

I am so sorry for the loss of your best friend who died while in prison. Since you feel that it may have been a suicide, I am offering you this article that I wrote several years ago, The Saddest Prayers, regarding praying for a soul after a suicide. This of your friend in her happier days and this will help you to visualize her soul strengths… With that in mind, tell her soul, in a strong. loving and prayerful manner, to “Look up to Light.”

Keep telling her that. She will receive your love and your prayers. It is important that you surround yourself in Light before praying in this manner. Think of Jesus or Yogananda being with you and praying with you. Ask Jesus and Yogananda to guide your friend’s soul into the Light.

I am concerned that you feel a spirit in your house. Sometimes this can be benign, but it becomes a concern if the soul is bound to the plane and cannot transition into the Light. On the other hand, a saintly soul may transition into the Light, but return to bless our lives from time to time. This is a simplistic way of explaining it, but for now let it suffice to say that when such a saintly soul blesses you, you will feel blessed.

We can pray for you and for your home. Yes, it could be the spirit of your friend; sometimes a departed soul wants to communicate to help the living friend understand the death. If we do sense a soul in your house we can pray for that spirit to go peacefully into the Light. This would not prevent the soul of your friend from contacting you in the Light — but it would prevent your home from feeling “haunted.” Remember, you should feel blessed if/when soul visits you in the Light.

The owls can also possibly be related. I don’t believe that a departed human soul becomes a creature such as a bird, but I do believe that some souls can send a bird, or other things, repeatedly as a form of connection. I have heard of such things — but I am by no means an expert. I do believe it is most helpful to you and to your departed friend if you think of her in her past strength and pray for her to rise to that again. The soul lives on and love never dies. Your prayers for her soul will be very valuable to her soul’s growth and happiness.

May your heart be comforted.

Mary Kretzmann

Ananda Healing Prayer Ministry