Monday, April 14, 2008

Paranormal - Entering The Spirit World

By Lisa Page

Most people don't believe in ghosts, but they are among us. At least that's what people have thought since the beginning of time. Long before written word ghosts stories have been passed along. Members of societies believing in spirits claimed to have seen the spirits of their dead ancestors. Many ancient seers would call upon spirits or the dead to foretell the future. It wasn't until the first century A.D. that these ghostly tales & legends were written done. Two thousand years later, people still believe in ghosts. Too many people are reporting seeing spectres and ghostly phenomena for us to ignore the possibility that something must be out there! But, what is everyone hearing, seeing, or experiencing?

Before I go any further, I want to clarify a few things, make sure we are all on the same page. Not everyone means the same thing when they say the word ghost. There are many simple yet misunderstood words that are specific to the study of ghostly phenomena.

The majority of people use the word "ghost" to mean any phantom object. What they really mean is a spirit of a being that has passed on. In my posts when I refer to a "ghosts" I am referring to the latter. I bet some of you are wondering what the difference is? Most reports of ghostly phenomena throughout the centuries, have been of things that were never human. People have reported seeing spectral animals or phantom trains. These objects were never human, and the obviously never had a soul or spirit.

Paranormals researchers use the word "apparition" to describe a visual appearance of a disembodied entity. This describes all types of phantoms, whether they are human or not. An example of a apparition would be seeing an angel beside your bed, you wouldn't call it a ghost, right? I know most of you would never make this distinction when talking to your friends on the street but, investigators feel that's its best to stick with the word apparition unless of course you actually mean a ghost. An easy way to look at it is all ghosts are apparitions but not all apparitions are ghosts.

Here is a list of other words that are used to describe a ghost or apparition:




Essence


Manifestion


Nightshade


Phantasm


Phantom


Presence


Shade


Shadow


Soul


Spectre or specter


Spirit


Spook


Vision


Wraith


Essence


Manifestion


Nightshade


Phantasm


Phantom


Presence


Shade


Shadow


Soul


Spectre or specter


Spirit


Spook


Vision


Wraith

Then of course there are poltergeists which, is a completely different thing. (I will discuss them in a later post.)

There are many different kinds of apparitions . Did you know that some keep to a schedule? There are some that are only seen once. An example of this would be the case of a luminous ghost of a boy that appeared in Corby Castle in Cumberland, England, one night only, September 8, 1824. Some appear at a certain date or time. Yet others will appear on the anniversary of a certain date. Phantom hitchhikers are know to appear on the anniversary of their death. Then of course their are the ones that take up residence at a place that they were someone connected to when they were alive. These ghosts are seen more frequently.

The person who sees the apparition is called the percipient and the apparition is called the agent. Agent is used especially when you refer to an apparition that intentionally makes itself disable. It wants to be seen, usually because it has a message to give.

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