WHAT IS A GHOST


For hundreds of years, people have believed in ghosts to some degree. Ghosts appear in ancient literature, plays and even current movies. Yet ghosts are a largely unknown phenomena.


WHAT IS A GHOST?

A ghost is a spirit of a person who has died. When someone dies, their physical body--the flesh and blood that allow you to walk and talk--ceases to exist. But the internal essence, or spirit, continues on.

Spiritualists believe that the things that make up your personality, such as your ego and intellect, cannot die, and instead carry on in another plane of existence. This continued existence is what we commonly refer to when we talk about ghosts.


WHY GHOSTS ARE HERE

It's believed that ghosts remain after their bodies die because they have some lingering emotions, resentment or guilt. They seek to influence living beings to try and reach some sort of satisfaction. However, many ghosts can go centuries without reaching fulfillment.

HOW GHOSTS ARE CREATED

Whether or not a person becomes a ghost after death is dependent on many factors:

  • What we have done during our lives: Ghosts often have unfulfilled goals or dreams, and may remain behind because they did not accomplish what they wanted.

  • Personality and emotions: Those who become ghosts often are angry, sad and emotional, and are not able to move on from disappointments or heartbreaks.

  • Manner of death: Most ghosts experienced unnatural, sudden deaths, such as dying through murder or a freak accident.

  • Lack of religious service: Ghosts can haunt the living if their death was unrecognized or unacknowledged. If they did not have a proper burial, they can feel trapped on this plane.

SEEING GHOSTS

While many people believe ghosts are real, seeing them is rare.

But that does not mean the ghosts are not there. Many people who have come into contact with a ghost report feeling sensations, such as unexplained cold or dampness and a sense of dread or sadness.

Many people attempt to communicate with ghosts, and record themselves speaking with a voice recorder. When played back on a voice recorder, some claim that you can hear responses from the ghost. This process is referred to as "electronic voice phenomenon" (EVP).

Other people will take pictures of places they think are inhabited by ghosts. When examining the photos, you can sometimes see little balls of light, or "orbs." These orbs are not visible to the human eye in the moment, but are evident in pictures. It is believed that these orbs are spirits in the area.


IDENTIFYING GHOSTS

Ghosts are the spirits of people who once lived and breathed on this earth. After their passing, they are unable to move on for some reason, and are instead trapped here. Many reasons can affect whether or not a person becomes a ghost, but it is possible to connect with a ghost. If you would like to make contact with a deceased spirit, consider trying EVP or photos to see if a ghost is nearby.



RESIDUAL HAUNTINGS

Some ghosts appear to be mere recordings on the environment in which they once existed.  A Civil War Soldier is seen on repeated occasions staring out a window at a house where he once stood guard.

A s dead child's laughter is heard echoing in a hallway where she often played. There are even cases of ghost cars and trains that can still be heard and sometimes seen, even though they are long gone. These types of ghosts do not interact with or seem to be aware of the living. Their appearance and actions are always the same. They are like spirit-level recordings that replay over and over again.


MESSENGERS

These kinds of ghosts may be the most common. These spirits usually appear shortly after their deaths to people close to them. They are aware of their deaths and can interact with the living. They most often bring messages of comfort to their loved ones, to say that they are well and happy and not to grieve for them. These ghosts appear briefly and usually only once. It is as if they intentionally return with their messages for the express purpose of helping the living cope with their loss.


POLTERGEISTS

This type of haunting is the most feared by people because it has the greatest ability to affect our physical world.  Poltergeists are blamed for unexplained noises, such as wall-banging, rapping, footsteps and even music. They take our possessions and hide them,   only to return them later.

They turn on faucets, slam doors, turn lights on and off and flush toilets. They throw things across rooms. They have been known to pull on people's clothing or hair. The  malevolent ones even slap and scratch the living. It is because of these sometimes "mean-spirited" manifestations that poltergeists are considered by some investigators to be demonic in nature.


PROJECTIONS

Many sceptics believe that haunting experiences are products of the individual's mind. Ghosts, they say, are psychological phenomena; we see them because we expect to or want to see them.

A grieving widow sees her dead husband because she needs to; she needs the comfort of knowing that he is alright and happy in the next world. Her mind produces the experience to help itself cope with the stress of the loss. Since we know so little about the power and capacity of our own minds, it's possible that they can even produce physical manifestations, such as apparitions and noises - projections that even others may be able to see and hear.

But they are not "real" in any sense, say the skeptics, just the conjuring s of powerful imaginations.

Are there such things as ghosts? The phenomena of ghosts and haunting's are very real experiences. It is their true cause and nature that is the ongoing mystery.


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JoanneClare

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