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Familiar spirits have been described as “helpful spirits” by various cultures, but actual descriptions of familiar spirits vary greatly. So perhaps, familiar spirits have been greatly misunderstood by many.
One belief regarding familiar spirits teaches them to be helpful animal spirits, taking the shape of cats, dogs, owls, snakes, wolves, etc. Familiar spirits such as these are believed to have magical powers, and may have originated from tribal societies being similar to totems .
Familiar spirits have also sometimes been described as having the form of a “black man.” This description sounds very similar to what many describe as being shadow people, or disembodied humans that have not crossed over unto the light.
Still today others regard familiar spirits as being demons, or something evil, due to the reference to
familiar spirits found within some of the
In this sense, familiar
spirits would be earthbound spirits, or spirits that
have not moved on in life and remained in interaction with the earthly
interact with the earthly realm, and some ghosts do seek to be helpful
spirits. Yet, even with the best of
intentions, ghosts are not in the right mind and thus are interfering in the
lives of those on the earth, especially when contrasted with spirits that come
from the light to assist and guide people.
Perhaps the Old Testament gives a cryptic warning not to listen to, or
even follow the advice of familiar spirits; due to familiar spirits being people
who are lost, still in darkness, and not enlightened…ghosts.
Are familiar spirits evil, then? No, not necessarily. Ghosts are people, and people vary in personality, intent and purpose. Some familiar spirits may be strongly negative, while others may be positive and even motherly in nature. It really is no different than the varying personalities we experience of people in the physical. Yet some ghosts, believing they are hidden and unseen, may try and fulfill addictions, pursue negative desires, or even seek revenge upon people.
previously, it is possible to have a ghost interfere with a person’s life,
because of what the familiar spirit perceives to be helpful and of good
intention. Suppose a person’s
mother passes and decides to remain here on earth with her family. Her intentions are such as to instruct, guide, and protect her loved
ones, but how good of advice might she have, having not ascended to a higher
perspective found within the light or heavens, and having remained in darkness
with only limited knowledge? Also see: Family Ghosts
Speaking of familiar spirits and family, it should be noted that
it just may be that many of our (what we deem as) deceased family members and friends are actually the
ghosts that haunt us. Just maybe
they hang around us, more than unknown ghosts, in attempts to stay with or
assist us. Might it then be more proper to recognize
that many of the ghosts around us, who are in need of our help to move unto the
light (See: Ghost Rescue), might be family and better named, “familial