A good friend of mine has a funny expression. If he ever catches you doing something wrong, say telling a little white lie or going back on a promise, he'll wag his finger and joke, "Watch out or you won't get your ticket to heaven."
I think many people, jokingly or not, believe in a version of this which is why we may have ghosts; they're afraid they won't get their ticket to heaven because of some action they've taken.
I had a funny experience in a reading last week that still is making me laugh when I think about it. I was connecting a woman to her father-in-law who'd passed away a few years ago. I really liked his energy -- big, loving and, pardon the pun, very down to earth. He showed me that he was with his family and made a point of motioning to his brother.
I said to my client, "Does your father-in-law have a brother on the other side?"
"Did his actions lead to his crossing over?"
"In a manner, yes. He died of a drug overdose."
And then the father-in-law showed me a scene. This doesn't always happen. Sometimes they show my symbols, sometimes I hear them, sometimes they'll show me my memories and then I interpret those. But sometimes, happily, their energy is strong enough and mine is too that we make a perfect connection. This was one of those beautiful occasions for me when he was able to show me almost a movie scene of his crossing over. I saw him not walking through a tunnel but over a bridge. He was happy to see his family members who had predeceased him when his gaze fell on his brother. He grinned. The brother grinned and reached out his arms. The father-in-law walked over to his brother and gave him a playful shove. "Get the f*** out of here! You made it too?" Then the hug. It was a joyful, loving and hilarious scene that I felt privileged to watch. The father-in-law joked to me that if he knew someone like his brother would "get a ticket to heaven" then he (the father-in-law) would have had a bit more fun here on Earth!