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We take a look at some theories about ghosts...
At Angels & Ghosts, we have been collecting ghost pictures, ghost
stories and other evidence in order to study and understand
ghosts. In doing so, we have studied others' theories, as well as
formed our own. This article seeks to identify some of the theories
concerning ghosts, as well as explain our own ideas we have
formulated conerning spirits and ghosts. Most people believe
ghosts to be the apparition of a deceased person, and
approximately 32% of Americans believe in ghosts.
Theories About Non-Responsive Ghosts
We are going to seek to define theories surrounding ghosts by first explaining the various phenomena that
often are labeled as being "ghosts" but are not true ghosts by our definition. For example, many believe
that non-reactive apparitions of people that seem to do the same things over and over are some form of
energy-imprint on the environment. This type of ghost manifestation is known as a non-intelligent haunting
or a residual haunting, and is called such due to the lack of interaction between the ghost and the living.
This type of ghost is not dissimilar to a video playing over and over, ever seeming to repeat itself. This is
the commonly shared belief by most ghost hunters regarding this type of phenomenon. Can these types of
ghosts be produced by strong thoughts created by people while living, continuing to exist within the
atmosphere in some form or fashion? Can residual-type ghosts be produced through the power of our
thoughts while we are alive? (Read: Create Ghosts)
The residual energy theory, as it relates to ghosts, remains unproven; so we have another possible theory
as to what could cause such non-responsive entities. We wonder if it is also possible that this type of ghost
is conscious but just trapped in time, unable to communicate or interact with the living due to severe
emotional trauma - a dubious mental prison, if you will. If true, could a human condition as outlined truly be
what many of us deem, hell? Both ghost theories regarding non-reactive ghosts have merit but will have to
be worked on in the future to see which might be true.
Poltergeist Ghost Theories
Another type of ghost that people have experienced is called a
poltergiest. There are many ghost investigators who believe
poltergeists to be the projected psychokinetic energy of a living
person that creates movement of objects and various noises.
Although the word "poltergeist" is German for "noisy ghost," this
type of phenomenon is not attributed to ghosts by those who
have studied such accounts. It seems true, at times, that
poltergeist haunting activity is typically centered around a
female adolescent in the home who is unwittingly producing the
disturbance. The disturbance typically ceases over time, as the
adolescent ages. But, we also wonder if a poltergeist, which
means noisy ghost, is just that: the soul of a human being who is
attempting to make their presence known to the living.
Spirits are the souls of people and animals. We believe we are finding that the spirits of people whose physical
bodies have passed and gone unto the light often return to visit the living. Some may call these spirits from the
light names, such as angels, spirit guides, messengers, light beings and even ghosts; but to call them ghosts
would be a misidentification, we feel. Sometimes these spirits are seen visiting people during different times in
their lives or even make themselves known through thoughts, dreams and other ways of communication. During
the death of a person, many times spirits have been detected speaking with the person who is about to pass
(see Messenger of Death story). Spirits come to ease the transition from this world to the next, and of course
are human spirits who are loving and benevolant. Yet, these spirits are not ghosts, though closely associated,
and maybe, this is why theories of ghosts at times seem blurred. We view spirits as enlightened or "lightened"
human beings who have rid themselves of chains to the past. They are free and not trapped in this realm.
Angels & Ghosts: Our Ghost Theories
All people are spirits, even those of us who are living in our fleshy bodies, and we interact as spirits within
Spirit. There is a scientific name for this invisible, spirit energy to some ghost theorists: neutrinos (or even dark
matter). Spirit seems to encompass all that exists, appearing to be the life-energizing force that animates and
supports everything. Everything there is, then, must exist within this energy, whether physically visible or
invisible. From that perspective, the spirits of people would still exist after the passing of the physical body. The
question is really, "What happens to the person's spirit, who they really are, after death?" Where will we find
ourselves after stepping out of the flesh? As we already mentioned, our studies seem to have confirmed that
many do in fact experience loved ones in spirit who visit them while on their deathbed. Upon death, the person
does not cease to exist but interacts with these loved ones who help accompany them through the "tunnel of
light" experience, so prominent in near death experiences. Typically after heading into the light, the person will
eventually experience a life-review, as their entire lifetime will pass before their eyes, so to speak. Our theory
is that this life-review is a process used to clean the soul, sort of a reflection and granting of a higher
perspective upon the past physical life that was lived. The baggage of past failures and traumas are reconciled,
healing the troubled soul - the person. It is a healthy, emotional experience needed to remove fears and
mis-thinkings created by living in this often difficult, but only temporal, earthly world.
Unfortunately, some people, during the dying process, do not wish to go to the light (and the process of
cleansing or "judgment" as some might call it; you are the judge, by the way) but elect to remain effectively
attached or at least attracted to the physical realm for a variety of reasons. The reasons for staying with the
living are many, but ultimately fear is why a person does not transition from this world to the next to continue
on their life journey in peaceful fashion. Fear of eternal punishment, fear of condemnation from loved ones who
are awaiting them in spirit, fear of loved ones left behind needing them, fear of possessions left behind not
being taken care, revenge, emotional turmoil are just some of the many possible reasons why people choose to
strongly attach themselves to the earthly environment. The earth realm is what they can identify with at this
time. These "earthbound spirits" are truly what ghosts are: temporarily lost, hurting people who are in need of
help; for their mind has caused them to remain chained to the past in a state of fear and loneliness. This fear
ghosts have within them may be only slightly subtle, or it may be magnified into severe panic.
Having not experienced the light and life-review, these ghosts are darkened, in a sense, by the thoughts that
hold them captive. Their thinking has left them in hell, if you will, having effectively ensnared the mind into
believing a white lie; for the past is illusion and only the present exists. This is the fearful carousel that ghosts
have chosen to ride as their way of existence, unwittingly so. And for these lost people, finding a way to get off
and move beyond the past life may seem hopelessly impossible. The earth realm seems logical to some ghosts;
especially a wise choice for the person who wants to just hide in the shadows and hopefully not be seen or
heard. For other ghosts, their fear cast them in this darkness; a lack of understanding in what went wrong.
Perhaps, an untimely death set the path in motion.
We have found that some form of fear can be exhibited by all ghosts in some manner, with some fearful
exhibitions being more recognizable than others: guilt, condemnation, hate, pride, prejudice, anger, doubt,
worry and the like. Fear, to us, best defines the difference between a ghost and spirit. A spirit is free, full of
love, help and care, and especially, peace. A ghost is a spirit; but in stark contrast, a spirit that is full of fear, a
darkness...an emptiness. A void of something miss in their lives exists. We truly need to understand the spirit
Our theory regarding ghosts centers around the previously described condition the earthbound spirits find
themselves in. For these reasons, we believe many a haunting occurs, as ghosts are suffering and in need of
assistance in easing the emotional pain. We believe that we are finding most ghostly activity, such as noises,
dreams, visible appearances, various disturbance, communications, touching, and even attacks (though rare),
can all be explained by coming to understand the desperate minds of pained, disembodied spirits. They are
simply people in need of what many psychic mediums and ghost investigators have coined, "spirit rescue."
In conclusion, other theories regarding ghosts do exist, such as ghosts being simply the creation of an
overactive mind, hallucinations, carbon monoxide poisoning, exposure to low frequencies, etc; but we are
seeing too many pieces of the puzzle come together that cannot be explained away in total by the various,
skeptical theories. At Angels & Ghosts we have decided to transcend beyond the age-old question, "Do ghosts
exist?" by coming to understand that ghosts do indeed exist. Knowing this, now we work toward understanding
why they exist and how we may help them, and in turn, we just may be helping ourselves.
To learn more about ghosts, haunting, and the afterlife, get the book Helping Ghosts.