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In so many of our routine daily lives, we mention ghosts as the excuse for missing objects, strange noises or sudden chills. But
how many of us really believe this?
When someone dies, or passes over to the spirit world,
it is said that their soul leaves the body and goes to Heaven or Hell, depending
on the kind of life that the person lead before their demise. If that soul does
not leave the plane of existence that the living are on, they are said to become
ghosts. Forever bound to the Earth, never to be released to the spirit world,
these ghosts "haunt" and scare anyone who sees them. This is usually
because the living see them as a threat and not as what they truly are -
Departed souls who have not yet crossed over to the spirit world.
There are generally 2 kinds of ghosts. There are those
who scare the hell out of people, and the ones who just seem to show up every
now and then and don't seem to bother anyone.
Poltergeist n: A ghost that manifests itself by
noises, rappings, and the creation of disorder.
A poltergeist is regarded as a household spirit
renowned for throwing things, making noises and generally causing a disturbance.
These can be very frightening and have been recorded throughout the ages for
causing alarm and even sheer panic. However, there are no known recorded cases
of these spirits actually killing anyone. In alot of cases which have been
reported, the conclusion is more likely to be the manifestations of mental
upset, usually in children or teenagers. Repressed psychic energy may express
itself by projecting from the person who is troubled, and paranormally move
objects or make noises. The person who is at the centre of this activity is more
likely to be frightened to the point that more fear feeds the escaping psychic
energy and therefore more manifestations occur. Once the fear of the poltergeist
is actually passed, the activity usually fades away.
Ghost n: The spirit of a dead person, especially one believed to appear in bodily likeness to living persons or to haunt former
With ghosts, the experience can be as frightening as
with a poltergeist, generally not so. The word ghost, conjures up a shadowy,
vaporous figure and calls to mind any number of places such a phantom may choose
to haunt: graveyards, misty moors, old castles surrounded by fog high on
There are a few different kinds of ghosts as well..
These are the ghostly encounters with the deceased who return at a time of
crisis to try to intervene. We have all heard of tales of the much-loved husband
or wife returning from beyond to inform their spouse of the location of a
previously unknown insurance policy, just when the family is bordering on
Seeing a former inhabitant of a building, a ghostly employee still doing their
job, or any discarnate being still roaming the physical world. Many times these
ghosts appear as a replaying movie, always caught up in the same act. The
phantom that always wanders the hall at a precise hour or season. The replay of
a murder over and over, much to the horror of the viewer.
These sightings are apparitions of the dead that occur simultaneously to
multiple witnesses in different places. A woman in Indianapolis might see the
ghost of her father, while at the same instant, her mother in South Bend sees
her beloved husband.
Go beyond ghosts and into the realm of quantum physics. In these cases , two
people see each other simultaneously through some anomaly in time. Each person
appears as a ghost to the other, and both are equally surprised by the event. In
a reciprocal apparition, you, as the viewer, might perceive a gentleman, dressed
in antique garb, going about his business, who then glances up, and with an
astonished look on his face, sees you as well. Both you and he are puzzled, as
you both are "out of place" to the eyes of the other. These apparitions usually
are short-lived and if you but glance away, the vision vanishes.
These are the sightings that can be corroborated through scientific or physical
documentation, such as photographs, sound recordings, video tapes, or other
scientific methods. EVP, or electronic voice phenomena, while not exactly a
ghost, falls into this category.
EVP has gained much recognition in the past few years as one of the newest, and
most strange paranormal occurrences. In an EVP occurrence, sensitive listening
and recording devices are placed in appropriate places, such as mausoleums or
greatly disturbed sites. A constant recording is made during an entire night,
and many times, as the tape is analysed, strange, fragmented voices can be heard
very faintly on the tape, as if from speaking from a far-off place. Every
precaution is taken to ensure that there is no chance of interference from any
outside source. Yet the voices are there. Science still has no explanation.
The type we all hope to experience during our last moments on this earth, when a
loved one appears to comfort us and lead us on into the light of the next
existence. These types of encounters are most often reported by people who have
gone through near-death experiences.
Most common to Native American groups and practitioners of their Native American
religions. In these cases, a recently deceased loved one reappears to a family
member in the guise of its next reincarnation, to identify themselves both to
the family they have left, and to the family they will soon join as a