Without spilling names, I had two incidents involving the spirit world and one involving the Holy Spirit. I’ll discuss them in order of occurrence.
While seated in a Virginia City, Nev., bar, I saw a man in what I believed to be a black trench coat on the far side of the saloon. The next thing I know, this man was next to me, leaning his face into mine as if he were trying to intimidate me.
When I looked towards him, he was not there, and then I knew he was a spirit and not corporale. I also realized that it was malevolent.
Three times this entity rushed me. I could feel it press me as if it wanted to fight.
All three times, I told it to leave me alone in the “Name of Jesus Christ.”
Since I would not be intimidated, it scratched the right side of my neck.
The second incident happened at the same saloon a few minutes after my initial run-in with this thing. While talking to one of the bar owners, his tumbler glass moved half an inch across the bar without being touched.
“Did you see?” he asked.
“I sure did,” I answered as I examined the glass to see if it had moisture beneath it.
It was completely dry where the glass sat. Further, it had moved towards the open doorway, the only draft available.
About 10 minutes later, the same thing happened. Only this time, the glass moved farther, and it spun in a counter-clockwise direction.
We decided it was time to find something else to do; he had a bar to run. I needed photos and quotes about the Hot August Night automobile event filling C Street.
Later, after the sun had dipped behind Mt. Davidson, I was seated on an outdoor bench chatting with friends, including a couple I had never met before. He did not talk very much, but she had plenty to say.
“I don’t know why, but I’m supposed to tell you this,” she started, “but don’t quit.”
Stunned, I looked at her and asked, “Quit what?”
“Don’t quit writing,” she returned.
Confession time — due to frustrations throughout July, I had thought of resigning from the paper and permanently archiving my blog. But after what she said to me, I have since reconsidered.