Topics of the supernatural usually include ghost, spirits, and hauntings. Though these terms may be used synonymously, they can still be categorized into different types. These entities have roles in universe, dimensions, and plane of existence. Insights can be gained from learning more about these things and their relationship with ghost, spirits, and hauntings in this world. Likewise, gathering scientific data and sound proof is legitimate method of investigating the supernatural.
The universe comprises energy. All matter that can be found in our surroundings down to the smallest particles can be characterized by energy. As dictated by laws, energy is neither created nor destroyed but only changes from one form to another. Energy is basically the reason why people are born, and thus it penetrates the universe as well as dimensions or planes of existence. Various worlds exist in the universe, and their existence is proven by black holes that serve as doorways. Experts on astrophysics now agree, as evidenced by inventions of particle accelerators, such as the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva. The concept of singularity of black holes defies all laws of physics. Some scientists believe that this singularity is possibly a channel leading to other dimensions. Thus, this gives supernatural experts the idea that even ghosts, spirits, and hauntings can invade our universe through various doorways.
One common theory about ghosts is that they are energy manifestations of souls of once living people or animals. Ghosts are found in-between dimensions. They can be likened to signal that people just cannot seem to find when adjusting frequency of their radios. Ghosts are spirits that cannot fully cross over to their final destination. Ghosts reveal their presence to the living for various reasons. The manner of their behavior when interacting with humans is affected by their personality when they were still alive.
Given that they are previously humans, ghosts can only be expected to possess certain characteristics. Thus, people who lived evil lives will possibly turn into menace ghosts and haunt people or places. This type of ghosts commonly feed off the energy of the people they terrorize. On the other hand, souls of good people usually become kind ghosts. Kind ghosts serve as protectors of families in haunted places.
REASON FOR GHOSTS’ EXISTENCE
Ghosts exits and manifest themselves for various reason. However, in other cases, ghosts just appear or show signs of their presence without any cause. Supernatural experts still have no idea why certain ghosts exist in the universe for no particular reason.
Apparitions more commonly happen after the death of a loved one. Ghost manifestations is a way by which a passing soul can say goodbye to his loved ones. For instance, when a comatose patient is nearing death, his family or friends will see his image for a moment. Afterward, the family will be informed of the patient’s death. However, when soul of a loved frequently appear, it said to serve as protection to the remaining family members.
GHOSTS WHO THINK THAT THEY’RE STILL ALIVE
There are ghosts who are unaware of the fact that they have already died. These souls will normally go on “living” just like when they were still alive. For example, in the movie “The Others,” a ghost family think that the people living in their homes are ghosts. From time to time, ghosts can only feel the presence of the living. In such cases, both ghosts and live humans are scared by the presence of the other. This is especially true when new owners move into a place occupied by a person who just recently passed away. Lost or confused ghosts can be helped to cross over by letting them known about their death and helping them to accept that they can no longer stay in this world.
GHOST WHO HAVE YET TO FILL THEIR PURPOSE
In most cases, ghosts do not want to cross over because they still have unfinished business in this world. For example, a parent who still want to provide for his family or when victims of murders strive to seek justice for their deaths. In case of lovers, ghost of a person may still linger on until it is satisfied that the love of his life has already find another partner in life.
TRAPPED OR LOST GHOSTS
There are ghosts who are very much aware that they are dead but still cannot cross over to the other side. In particular instances, ghosts do not want to move on for fear of leaving the kind of life that they lived on earth. Meanwhile, some ghosts are hunted or held hostage by other evil ghosts. Some ghosts who died by suicide become trapped in place of their death. On the other hand, some ghosts may force people to kill themselves by feeding off from their fear energy. Other ghosts become lost because they died in foreign lands, but they seek to be reunited with their families.
Vengeful ghosts come into existence when a person dies through violent means. Vengeful ghosts normally haunt the place of their death and may also attack people who come near them.
According to the Chinese and Hindu Buddhist beliefs, hungry ghosts are souls that return to this world to be reunited with their families and loved ones. In Taoism, hungry ghosts are considered to be those who were unsatisfied with their achievements in life as a living being. Meanwhile, as previously described, some ghosts feed off the energy emanating from live beings. Offerings of food, drink, and money are one way of satiating the hungry ghosts.
The case of residual ghosts is quite unusual. These souls relive their final hours repeatedly. These ghosts are normally unaware of what they are, and they pay no attention to people even if they pass through a live human. Other supernatural experts believe that residual ghosts are imprints left by emotional energy of souls. For instance, one story tells about a man being by train one full moon night. After the man’s death, his ghost can be seen on the rail road tracks every full moon.
GHOSTS OF CHILDREN
Ghosts of children are some of the loneliest ghosts that exist. Child ghost are always in need of attention, and they normally end up scaring people when things just start moving because they want to play. Meanwhile, other people believe that demons use child ghosts as disguise.
SOUNDS AND SMELLS OF GHOSTS
Knocking, screams, moaning, inaudible voices, and music without players are common sounds associated with ghost presence. These sounds can be residual or purposely created. Meanwhile, knocking is fairly common method of establishing connection with the dead. Sometimes people can smell intense odors in places with high levels of paranormal events. Some of the smells include odors of perfume, cigar smoke, and food. However, people should be cautious of smells or rotting garbage or sulfurs, as foul smells are common indicators of presence of dark entities, evil ghosts, or demons.
GHOSTS OF ANIMALS
Ghosts of animals may also linger in the world for a longer while. One important tip regarding this is that people should not confuse animal ghosts with animal spirit guides because they are two completely different things.
Living ghosts are souls the leave their still alive bodies. This occurrence is normally considered as out-of-the-body experience or astral projections. In rare cases, people see their own ghosts but with different ages. Under such circumstance, it is possible that a person left an imprint of his younger self after a harrowing or traumatic experience. These imprinted ghosts may be self-aware. Meanwhile, doppelgangers are not very uncommon. Their appearance is considered as premonitions of death. In most cases, doppelganger exhibit unawareness and are harmless. In addition, though some people may see a doppelganger, it is invisible to the projector. Being unable to see their doppelganger is good news for people, because seeing your own doppelganger signifies death.
GHOSTLY OBJECTS, VESSELS, OR SHIPS
Phantom vehicles are ghostly or haunted and are normally associated with death, injury, and damage. Thus, people should be careful upon seeing such things. Vehicles become ghostly objects because of the vast amounts of energy that they held while they were still in use. In turn, they become symbols of tragic events. Ghost ships may come into existence because of the energy brought in by its passengers. Sailors never run out of stories of ghost ships and apparitions of sunken ships. Ghost ships or apparitions of sunken vehicles normally forecast tragic events in the sea.
Apparitions of land vehicles, such as trains, cars, and carriages are fairly common. The story of Lincoln Ghost Story is a tale about the funeral car carrying Lincoln’s body back to Springfield, Illinois after his death.
Spirits are commonly used to denote any supernatural entities that are not categorized as angels, demons, elementals, or gods. Meanwhile, human spirits are specifically, souls of humans who have crossed over and are not considered ghosts.
Angels are usually associated with god. They are spirits bearing positive energy, but they did not live previously as humans. Other people think that angels follow specific hierarchy. Angels are known to protect humans from dark entities and in other cases, other people. Angels emanate bright aura that sometimes look like wings. Angels represent good and positive forces in the universe, and experts believed that people should not think about messing with these beings.
Unlike angels, guardian angels are said to be of human origins. Guardian angels are believed to be human spirits, which normally are ancestors who came to provide people protection and guide them throughout their lives. A person may have multiple guardian angels depending on his capacity to sense the spiritual world.
ANIMAL SPIRIT GUIDE
Existence of animal spirit guides is common among native Americans. Supposedly, when they are born, people’s bodies are inhabited by animal spirits. Animal spirits serve as guide to souls and protector of humans throughout their lives.
Demons are dark entities and they do not have human origins. In Christian belief, they are normally used interchangeably with fallen angels. However, the term is also commonly used in other cultures and beliefs. Just like with angels, people believe that there is hierarchy among demons. Demons are infamous for deceiving humans, whom they fool with their disguises. These entities are also known for manifesting themselves in various forms to gain advantage over their targets. Moreover, demons may team up and attack in groups. In this case, the weaker ones attack first and the stronger ones act as reserves. After morally weakening their victims, the demons then get ready to possess the bodies. In exorcism or demon expulsion, the exorcist must learn the demon’s name before it can be forced out of the possessed body. Smells of rotting garbage or sulfur are indicators of demonic presence. Animal sounds may also indicate the presence of something evil. Demons may appear as dark shadows, human-like, or creatures with animal features. People should realize that battling demons require proper training because of the kind of violent events that may ensue.
It can be difficult to fight off demons because they are very intelligent and powerful. They can attack homes through various objects and may even torment or possess humans. Demons also take on various forms and use this ability to their advantage. They are sometimes seen as black masses lingering in doorways or room corners. Demons hate humans and think of them as very lowly and unintelligent. These entities also like to toy with humans. Demons will normally fool human into believing that they are good spirits before revealing their true selves. These evil beings also like to take their enemies by surprise. Demons use everything in their power to mentally break down a person in order for them to possess the bodies of their victims. It does not matter how long they do this, demons can be very patients while waiting to catch people at their weakest moments.
Elemental spirits do not have human origins but they are associated with earth, water, air, and fire elements. These beings are also linked to Gods, Fairies, and Elves in other cultures.
Shadow ghosts have no clear origins but they appear as dark grey to black forms at varying height of 1–6 feet. They may also take the form of dark smoke or blobs.
There is very little information available regarding shadow people. However, with advent of technology, supernatural experts are learning more about them. Shadow people are known to others as watchers or observers, who supposedly beings of another dimension. Experts are still unsure whether they are ghosts or spirits. Those who have encountered shadow people describe them as tall, black humanoid beings having red eyes and no neck. In other cases, shadow people are depicted as forms of black masses.
Haunting is a prolonged paranormal activity that only occurs on isolated locations. There are various reasons why specific places become haunted. Possibly, a person who has just died cannot let go of his most favorite spot in the world. However, other factors, such as architecture, minerals in the land, and different water sources, may result in haunting of a place. For example, people are discourage from constructing establishments on top of limestone or water tables because limestone serves as reservoir of energy, whereas water is a good conductor.
HAUNTED PEOPLE OR OBJECTS
People and numerous objects may be haunted as well. This happens when ghosts or spirits attach themselves to objects or humans. Some objects that may be haunted by spirits or ghosts include jewelries and old furniture. Haunted people or object can be identified through the aura that they emanate in photographs.
Residual hauntings are associated with residual ghosts who repeatedly live the final hours before their death. Residual ghosts normally do not show any signs of cognizance. People who have experienced encounters with residual ghost would normally claim that the ghosts just passed through them.
Intelligent haunting can be described as interaction of an aware supernatural entity with the living.
Demonic haunting happens when negative or dark entities haunt people or specific locations. In these type of hauntings, demons may start with playing small tricks with people before doing something that harmful and potentially deadly. There are accounts of demons haunting families for long periods of time. In such cases, the haunted family cannot escape the demon haunting them even if they move to a new home, as demons are known for following the people they haunt anywhere. Exorcism is the practice of expelling demon from possessed body or a place. Demonologists, priests, or shaman can perform this task but in many cases, the results cannot be predicted.
Infestation occurs when a group of ghosts, spirits, or demons are involved in haunting. This event is very common in locations wherein extreme paranormal activities have been documented.