by Louis Charles

Ghosts are earthbound spirits of human beings and animals that manifest in both the physical and spirit planes.

True ghosts are spirits, meaning they are alive; they retain the mind of the individual who once lived on Earth. Despite what some may think, real ghosts are not "dead people" (though the physical body has perished) - for death is an illusion, a doorway unto the next experience.

We have been exploring ghost phenomena for many years and have divided our research and exploration into several main categories, noted below...

It is theorized that some ghosts seem to be more of a residual energy imprinted in the natural world from times past. If experienced, this type of haunting will display what may appear to be spirits that repeatedly display the same actions, never interacting with those who witness them. In such cases, this type of phenomenon might not be actual ghost sightings but the revealing of prior events, an energy, that is somehow released, showing a picture of the past to the viewer.

These types of ghosts are considered unintelligent, because they seem to continue to walk the same paths and do the same things - with no interaction with the current physical environment or people. This is called a “haunt.” Another theory is that non-interactive ghosts might be traumatized to the point that the spirit person is trapped by their own mind, actually reliving the trauma, unaware of witnesses in the physical world. In contrast, for comparison, ghosts that react to people or with the physical environment are dubbed "intelligent."

Ghosts have been known to move objects, flip light switches and even cause electrical disturbances. But poltergeists, or "noisy ghosts," are not always ghosts who try to get our attention through the manipulation of physical objects, say some paranormal investigators. Occasionally, poltergeist activity is thought to be caused by an uncommon mental state, causing a “psycho kinesis” effect, manifested through an unsuspecting family member.

Ghosts, spirits, or phantoms are typically depicted as orbs, ectoplasm, apparitions, vortexes, dark shadows, and energy. They have been captured in ghost stories, EVP, ghost videos and ghost pictures. Often, ghosts speak to us through thoughts that many may discount as their own. Many describe the presence of spirit or ghosts as goose bumps. The most common ghosts sightings reported are shadow people. Some ghosts have been said to be highly reactive with the present day environment and bring messages, warnings, harassment, and even protection over people. But in contrast, other ghosts seem very un-attentive, mindless, and just “going about their business;” perhaps “locked” in the past through prior trauma. Ghosts are usually not described as solid matter, but “transparent” in nature. Yet, it has been reported that some have conversed with seemingly “solid” people who then vanish after what is usually a message. Only later does the person realize they were speaking with a ghost.

Every culture in the world has ghosts in their beliefs, although many disagree as to whether ghosts are real or just figments of the imagination. According to some beliefs, a ghost may be the personality of a person after his or her death, and not directly tied to the soul or spirit. There is much debate on whether ghosts are spirits of deceased people or just spirits or a naturally occurring phenomenon. Yet, interesting ghost sightings of deceased relatives during near death experiences has been shared world-wide.

Most people around the world believe ghosts to be people who have died and cannot enter into rest or peace. In Asia, many believe ghosts to be person who have died and refuse to be reincarnated due to unfinished business here on earth, believing that ghosts can bring revenge on persons who wronged them in their physical life. Even Hindu scriptures tell of ghosts being people who have sinned greatly in this lifetime, and are trapped to roam this physical world in darkness and puzzlement. Most cultures believe ghosts to haunt the places they once inhabited or frequented during their physical existence; especially places where they died…the place of trauma, once again. Usually ghosts that manifest are seen in the clothing they wore in their earthly lifetime.

Some of the earliest writings of ghosts only told of spirits asking to be buried properly, or to bring a message to a loved one. Homer wrote such a story more than 2000 years. The Old Testament of the bible tells of the Witch of Endor bringing up the ghost of the prophet Samuel to speak a message to King Saul:

Then the woman said, "Whom shall I bring up for you?" And he said, "Bring up Samuel for me." When the woman saw Samuel, she cried out with a loud voice. And the woman spoke to Saul, saying, "Why have you deceived me? For you are Saul!" And the king said to her, "Do not be afraid. What did you see?" And the woman said to Saul, "I saw a spirit ascending out of the earth." So he said to her, "What is his form?" And she said, "An old man is coming up, and he is covered with a mantle." And Saul perceived that it was Samuel, and he stooped with his face to the ground and bowed down. Now Samuel said to Saul, "Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up.”

Ghosts have also been known to cause troubles beyond what is just the common shock of seeing a deceased person manifest. Some basic troubles as mentioned before might be turning on and off electrical appliances, knockings, voices, touching, sudden drops in temperature, moving objects, etc. But the type of ghosts that cause true problems are “negative” ghosts or “negative energy,” as some might call them. They are simply negative or dark people on the other side of the grave who were most likely negative during their time on earth. They continue to haunt the physical world with their negative energy, usually seeking to be pranksters or downright nasty. The places they inhabit are called “haunted,” and their activities are known as “hauntings.” It is theorized that due to the tremendous amount of energy to manifest a haunting, sudden temperature drops are typically associated with events, possibly due to robbing the area of its energy. Some believe that negative ghosts or entities can leave marks, by hitting, clawing, slapping, their unfortunate victims. Movement of an object to cause harm, as well as the ghost speaking a frightening message to its victims have also been reported by witnesses.