We all know Casper - he is such a friendly guy. The world has more than its fair share of ghosts literally everywhere. People have been dying for centuries and not everyone seems to be resting in peace.
I've heard so many stories and have also experienced so many paranormal occurrences to know that not all ghosts want to scare you out of town or kill you in your sleep.
It is very scary though when you get up in the middle of the night because your stereo starts blasting out in your living room and everyone is sound asleep. It is even more scary when you see a see-through figure standing in your bedroom doorway without a face. Would you think that these two true examples indicate an evil or nasty haunting? While it could be - more than likely it would not be.
The chances of coming across a truly evil or malevolent haunting is pretty rare. Although these days with the world becoming more negative, evil influences are encouraging more malevolent beings to enter our realm. Most ghosts just want your attention and some find it funny to scare you, but only because they are pranksters and not harmful. At least they don't see it as harmful.
If you jumped out at a friend as they turned the corner in a room and said BOO - they might jump and say that you scared the heck out of them, but what if a ghost was there when you turned the corned just floating there, staring at you? That would be enough to make you run screaming for your life? The ghost would be like - what? Do I have something stuck in my teeth? The ghost doesn't feel like they did anything different than just stand there looking at you because you turned the corner, but you may swear that they were out to get you. It really does seem to make a huge difference whether you are alive or dead to provide a judgement if you are deadly or friendly.
I want to share my story about a friendly ghost with you that took place in one of the houses that I used to live in years ago with my 3 children - when they were smaller, and my ex-deceased husband. We also shared our family home with a ghost named Phillip. When we first met Phillip, I only had 2 of my 3 children at that point in time and my youngest was just an infant. My oldest was about 6 - almost 7 years old.
Phillip made his presence known to us starting with me. I met him late at night - probably about 2 or 3 in the morning. I've always been a night owl so I would sit up reading a lot of times at my kitchen table while everyone else was sound asleep in bed. I was very much into my book, the house was quiet as everyone was sound asleep. I heard someone call me mom and I just assumed it was my daughter. I checked on her but she was sound asleep and my son was just an infant so I just chalked it up to my imagination. It wasn't long before I heard it again - this time louder. "Mom!" I looked up and went to check on everyone again yet they were all sleeping. I went back to the kitchen and that is when I realized, the voice sounded like a boy, but my son didn't speak understandable words just yet. I sat back down to read and then suddenly, my small, round kitchen table started to shake quite a bit. My first reaction was to look under the table but I knew - I knew I had a visitor of the invisible kind. Of course there was no one under the table and it did stop shaking as soon as I acknowledged that I knew he was there. This boy ghost wanted to make sure that I noticed him and he certainly pulled that one off splendidly.
Since that night, Phillip started to do more and more things to let us know he was with us and to make sure we knew he knew he could see, hear, and interact with us. Over time, it became very apparent that he wanted more than just attention from us.
Phillip continued to call me mom during different times of the day and night. I would say out loud, "Are you looking for your mom?" It was hard to tell how old he was just from his voice but I knew he was not a very small boy. My husband didn't believe me when I told him about the ghost boy and what happened with the kitchen table. He never really believed in ghosts but that soon changed as well.
One morning after I sent my daughter off to school, I put my son down for a nap and was going to get some housecleaning done but I was so tired I decided to take a quick power nap. I heard my cat hissing and growling which really bothered me considering she never acted like that. When I looked down the hallway - I saw her hunch-backed on my kitchen counter top looking into my living room, (which I could not see from where I was) and she looked like she was going to pounce on something but she was frightened or freaked out. I came down the hall to see what was going on but I already knew. Naturally when I got to the kitchen and to my cat - I could see into the living room and there was absolutely no one visible there. I could feel his presence though.
Later on that evening when we all settled down into bed, I heard my closet doors making noise. I had doors that slid along a track but the bottom track was broken so when it moved, it made a noise from it gently bouncing into the other door. I looked up from my bed and saw the door still gently moving so I thought perhaps it was my cat but then I realized she was laying in bed with me. Everyone else was still sound asleep. Who was moving the door then and was he still there - watching us sleep?
To be continued next time...
That is a question in which I have been pursuing the answer for decades. Many people have had contact with ghosts in many different ways and to different extents of exposure. This applies to me as well.
I have been able to see and hear spirits ever since I have been a small child. I grew up strengthening my psychic abilities and then entered the field of paranormal investigating way before it was considered a thrill or a sport - or even a business venture for others to make money off of research. After over 30 years of investigations and over 4 decades of spirit communication, I have come to several conclusions that I still try to narrow down; however, I do believe that the answer to - what is a ghost - really does have more than one or two conclusions based on my many decades of paranormal experience. Some of them might just seem very bizarre according to where you might be along your evolutionary path but keep an open mind and let's explore this question a little deeper.
So is a ghost the matter and energy of a deceased person, animal, or entity? My conclusion for this question would be - yes, sometimes. In the world of paranormal investigating, it seems to be the newest and latest thing to consider an orb just dust, a bug, or some reflective particle. In truth, I do believe that to be the case many times however, I have come across many reasons to believe that there are true ghosts or spirits that do appear as orbs. Many of the experiments that I have conducted have produced orbs that show intelligence or that follow directions. Sure you could chalk that up to coincidence but I think it is safe to say that for over the past 20 years, I have had so many positive results in my experiments, I can no longer explain all orbs away as junk.
Also, I'd like to say that whenever I astral travel, I always see myself as an orb or whitish-blue energy with no other physical form - yet I can see, hear and feel. I do want to point out that electrical wires and devices will tend to pull you towards them during astral travel. Any time I have explored my existences that go way beyond the astral, into the spiritual realms, there are these types of orb-type life forms, or just light beings. Of course there are other physical forms and even other substances that this universe does not contain - but that is another story.
I also found that it didn't seem to make sense that some deceased people that I knew, that were very close to me - didn't come back to see me when I knew that they would if they could. Some people have experiences where their loved ones came and they saw them or they heard them. Some people receive strong signs that their loved one are with them. Sometimes the deceased gives someone else that they know that is more perceptive, a sign or message so that it will be conveyed to the intended person. Some get EVP's or pictures of their loved ones that have passed on or even phone calls.
It has become a strong belief of mine that just like everyone has different talents and abilities - ghosts and spirits do as well. Some can manipulate energy very well and can therefore utilize different energy sources to manifest in different ways. Whether the ghost's efforts are realized also depends on the person they are manifesting for - as well as their abilities to perceive what the ghost or spirit is trying to show them. So there are different levels of communication that any particular ghost or spirit can accomplish. I would like to take that a little further now.
Being a psychic - I can perceive spirit energy pretty quickly. When I tune into their presence - whether it be very strong or barely noticeable, I can tell if they are a man or woman, if they are old or young, if they are happy, sad, angry, lost, want help, just want to say hello, etc. Then, depending on their ability to manifest - I can start to get particulars, characteristics, personality, words, pick up their story and more.
I have been doing readings since I was a teenager and professional readings for almost 4 decades. I have asked many ghosts and spirits why they are here. I have asked for messages for their loved ones. I have seen how my clients react to the messages that I pass on from their deceased loved ones. These messages make no sense to me as I do not know the private lives of my client nor the spirit I am in contact with, but it is clear that the messages make perfect sense to them. This tells me that there is an entity that certainly knows the client and is there for love and support. I do not believe that every ghost or deceased entity is the real deal however.
This takes me to another theory I have that I have been trying to get more evidence of but it is very difficult and I don't get too much in the way of cooperation from ghosts/spirits. If my theory is correct, then it would certainly explain why I am having a hard time with this one even though I have had some positive results. The entities in question would not want to expose that they are not the real entity in question. The results were obtained after performing experiment after experiment for decades.
Some ghosts or visitors can be purposely projected for our behalf by entities that can have either a benevolent or malevolent purpose behind doing such a thing. There are so many other worldly entities out there, but there are ones that oversee things here - both good and bad, so both light and dark beings have their reasons for showing us loved ones.
I'm not talking about a residual haunting where strong energy left from a traumatic or powerful occurrence replays itself and presents itself over and over again. The entity does not interact with any live witnesses but only acts out the part that the energy signature follows. So this would not be considered a ghost or spirit at all; just stale energy that looses its strength and will grow weaker and weaker over a very long period of time.
So in the case where another entity purposely shows us a spirit that we know - they can in fact make this energy that they project interact with us, speak to us, come into our dreams, remind us of memories, leave scents and do all the things that a true ghost or spirit would do, as long as they have the ability to do so. I will post more on this type of 'haunting' in the future.
The paranormal world is not a simple thing - it is very complex with many layers and dimensions of being. It contains so many different life forms - biological, mechanical, spiritual, energy, and even beings made from things we don't even realize can exist in our realm of consciousness.
Some ghosts can actually just be the glimpses we get that come through from other dimensions, times, and realms. We can see through to them when certain conditions are present just as they can see through to ours and then we seem like the ghosts to them. In this case, these are not really ghosts at all but live beings that exist in other dimensions. We see these when a dimensional overlap takes place.
So answering the question - what is a ghost, really is not an easy thing to do. I do know that there are many answers to this question. Trying to get more evidence and trying to figure out which kind is which is the next step.
Even in portals, there can be living beings and deceased beings coming through so there is a lot to consider when asking - and in trying to answer this question. Continue to keep posted to my blog for much more in depth subject matter on the paranormal.
I hope you love the paranormal as much as I do - it is amazing to experience the worlds within worlds.
I'm Cher, a psychic medium, paranormal investigator, extensive paranormal researcher, spiritual teacher, intuitive counselor, hypnotist of past life regression,writer, exorcist in training and founder of PsychicMyst Paranormal Network. I have over 37 years of total professional experience.