There are often many times when I hear from individuals concerned that they or someone that they know personally is actually being haunted by what they believe to be that of a real ghost.
Their concerns usually are brought to a head because they fear the fact that it might really be happening to them, or that shutter the thought, they have found that they are going insane.
A place where ghosts are reported is always described as haunted, and often seen as being inhabited by spirits of deceased who may have been former residents or were familiar with the property. But many often relate to me that they seem to be followed or strange ghosts happen to find them and haunt them.
Supernatural activity inside actual supposedly homes is said to be mainly associated with violent or tragic events in the building's past such as murder, accidental death, or suicide — sometimes in the recent or ancient past. But many people who live in new constructed houses also report such occurrences. They often think that a person might be buried under the house or in the foundations. they also might believe that something happened in the past at the location that warrants an in depth investigation of the home not realizing that the haunting is there's alone to experience.
Amongst many cultures and religions around the world it is believed that the essence of a being such as the 'soul' continues to exist. And that certain individuals are just a individuals that attracts ghosts and paranormal activity to them alone.
An Entity is disembodied consciousness commonly referred to as a ghost, spirit or demon. Many people fear such beings and the fear alone is enough to set them off.
Some philosophical and religious views argue that the 'spirits' of those who have died have not 'passed over' and are trapped inside the property where their memories and energy are strong. They will also relate to the fact that a persons personal beliefs and experiences might just make them more prone to experience apparitions sounds smells and hauntings all in their minds.
There are many references to ghosts in Chinese culture. Even Confucius said, "Respect ghosts and gods, but keep away from them."
The ghosts take many forms depending on the way in which the person died, and are often harmful. Many of the Chinese ghost beliefs have been accepted by neighboring cultures, notably Japan and south-east Asia. Ghost beliefs are closely associated with the traditional Chinese religion based on ancestor worship, many of which were incorporated in Taoism. Later beliefs were influenced by Buddhism, and in turn influenced and created uniquely Chinese Buddhist beliefs.
Many Chinese today consider that it is possible to contact the spirits of their ancestors through a medium, and that the ancestor can help their descendants if properly respected and rewarded.
The annual ghost festival is celebrated by Chinese around the world. On this day ghosts and spirits, including those of the deceased ancestors, come out from the lower realm. Ghosts are described in classical Chinese texts, and continue to be depicted in modern literature and movies.
Unexplained physical marks on ones body, cuts, bruises and scrapes appearing out of no where. Often individuals will ask about scratches that appear on them out of no where.
Individuals will relate that with the voracity of strength that they were attacked to unseen strong hands ripping at their clothing.
Many people fear the fact that invisible hands can attack them unseen. Individual report everything from being punched, slapped and sometimes kissed.
Some individuals report that ghosts will tug at their clothes, pull their hair and even poke them in the eye.
These individuals often fear telling these tales because too many people will look at them and write them off as paranormal drama queens.
Many paranormal investigators I know have often spoken or hinted at what extent a ghost has done to them physically. Where other camps in the paranormal community believe ghosts can only be seen and heard through EVP's and ghost photos only.
Haunted individuals often will tell you a ghosts can and will physically harm you .
2. Many people report the onset of paranoia setting in. A fear of being left alone at any location, or becoming extremely overwhelmed by a strong feeling that you are not alone or being watched.
The fear some report happens when they are home alone in a bedroom late at night or waking thinking someone or thing is in their room.
Many relate to me that they feel most likely more haunted or a fear of personal attack more likely when using the bathroom, Changing clothes, or even while doing household chores or just watching television.
3. Things going Bump in the night. Strange sounds of foot steps, crashing noises in the attic, basement or another room often when you go looking to see what made the tremendous noise nothing in your home is disturbed.
Often these strange paranormal sounds apparently come across to the person who hears them as a very real. Many investigators often capture them on EVP's but discard them rather then understanding that these sounds or supernatural or paranormal in nature.
4. Headaches, stomach aches, vomiting. these physical ailments can be associated with hauntings many ghost hunters feel it is an illness other then of being paranormal in nature. Those that frequently visits to the to the doctor often can find nothing wrong. Paranormal anxiety or supernatural stomach aches are quite common amongst ghost hunters of all ages.
- 5. Many people sometimes report lapses in memory or strange thoughts of places people and things that have nothing to do with them personally. This is not a sign that you are possessed but a sign that a ghosts or spirit is trying to give you a message of some type. Obsession with a place a person a thing of paranormal or normal life can become seriously important. If a ghost has an agenda for you to find out it's situation or reveal it's truth then you will be the focus of it's intentions to do so. Things will come to you , article about a haunted locations, you might meet people who will push you into the right direction to discover answers about a haunted location or a supposed ghost.
7. Strange dreams Nightmares and Déjà vu .Often a person that is haunted is under a heavy psychological attack. ghosts might in certain cases try to over come a persons train of thought or normal mental health by tricking their mind into not understanding the reality around them. Slips in time and actually feeling like your out of it is often the case.
The experience of déjà vu is usually accompanied by a compelling sense of familiarity, and also a sense of "eeriness," "strangeness," "weirdness," or what Sigmund Freud and other psychologists call "the uncanny." The "previous" experience is most frequently attributed to a dream, although in some cases there is a firm sense that the experience has genuinely happened in the past.
Early researchers tried to establish a link between déjà vu and serious psychopathology such as schizophrenia, anxiety, and dissociative identity disorder, with hopes of finding the experience of some diagnostic value. However, there does not seem to be any special association between déjà vu and schizophrenia or other psychiatric conditions. The strongest pathological association of déjà vu is with temporal lobe epilepsy.
Often described as the opposite of déjà vu, jamais vu involves a sense of eeriness and the observer's impression of seeing the situation for the first time, despite rationally knowing that he or she has been in the situation before. Jamais vu is more commonly explained as when a person momentarily doesn't recognize a word, person, or place that he/she already knows.
Jamais vu is sometimes associated with certain types of amnesia and epilepsy. With seizures, jamais vu can surface as an aura due to a partial seizure disorder that originates from the temporal lobe of the brain. It also can occur as a migraine aura.
8. Visions apparitions and meeting strange individuals. some tell of stories of seeing what they believe to be real individuals acting or dressed strangely. A few I have spoken too will tell of actually having conversations with what appear to be real solid people wearing strange clothes or having weird smells or actions that alert them to theses individuals actually being ghosts. These paranormal altered states of reality often accompany serious hauntings.
Some report seeing things out of the corner of their eye and still reports come in of what many say look and act like live individuals only disappear before their eyes.
Intelligent or Traditional Hauntings
This type of haunting is what most people think of when they hear the word ghost. Unfortunately these types of hauntings are very rare. An intelligent or traditional ghost is kind of like Casper in the sense that they interact with people. The most common belief is that the ghost is connected to the site or people in some way.
A residual haunt is believed to be activity of reoccurring or traumatic actions from past events that leave an imprint on the environment. In the terminology of ghost hunting, residual hauntings, also known as restligeists (German loan word from restlich meaning "residual" and geist meaning "ghost"), are repeated playbacks of auditory, visual, olfactory, and other sensory phenomena that are attributed to a traumatic event, life-altering event, or a routine event of a person or place, like an echo or a replay of a videotape of past events. Ghost hunters and related paranormal television programs say that a residual haunting, unlike an intelligent haunting, does not directly involve a spiritual entity aware of the living world and interacting with or responding to it
Portals aren't really a new concept but many believe them to be controversial in nature. Portals are thought to be doorways to another world or dimension in which entities travel through. Typically places that experience a wide array of different types of anomalous activity such as glowing balls of light, odd creatures, strange shapes, or unexplained mists or fog, are suspected to have a portal in which these energies are traveling back and forth
These are perhaps the most frightening of all types of entities. This is the kind of haunting most often seen in the movies, probably because they provoke the most activity. They are able to move heavy objects and call out to those around them. Often there is a teenage girl in the house, or another person who is in a stressful situation, who is bringing in these spirits without realizing it. They can be very difficult to eradicate, and may be present for years.
In the terminology of ghost hunting, an intelligent haunting (also known as a classic or traditional haunting) differs from a residual haunting, being a haunting in which a spiritual entity is aware of the living world and interacts with or responds to it. Ghost hunters and paranormal writers say that such a ghost or spirit may be able to communicate with the living, not just by talking, but by moving inanimate objects such as furniture or toys.
9. Objects, personal possessions, such a scissors, knives, work tools pots, pans, spoons being moved or lost in your home when they were just in your hands. Many relate this to poltergeist activity or tricks that your own absent mindedness or playing on you .
10. Your simply just a ghost magnet. Emotional problems, clinical depression can be associated as a reason why ghosts can and will be attracted to you. Some have told stories that they are attracted to them because they are psychic and can see them and communicate with ghosts directly. True or not many believe that they can actually hear ghosts speaking to them directly and clearly. Hearing these voices in ancient times were often considered a sign of madness or insanity.
Apparition – A spirit in recognizably human form.
Data Loggers – Digital data recorders that take continuous snapshots of environmental conditions, including temperature, dew point, humidity and EMF.
EMF – Electromagnetic fields. High EMF can occur naturally in the presence of computer screens, cell phones or power lines — and in homes with faulty wiring. However, sudden EMF spikes without electrical explanation can signal the presence of a paranormal entity.
Entity – A spiritual being that may have been human once, but is no longer alive.
Era Cues – Everyday Paranormal’s theory that you can elevate paranormal activity from spirits of a certain era by presenting familiar stimuli.
EVP – Electronic Voice Phenomenon, or EVP, refers to voices or sounds captured using digital audio recorders that can detect sounds below the threshold of human perception. In the paranormal world, under the correct conditions, these sounds are considered to be voices from beyond the grave. A "Class A" EVP is an EVP clearly audible and discernible on playback without digital enhancement.
Intelligent Haunting – A haunting is deemed to be intelligent when a spirit is shown to interact or respond to those in the physical world.
K-2 Meter – The -2 EMF meter uses flashing lights to signal an increase in electromagnetic energy.
Linear Sweep – A linear sweep involves placing data loggers in a straight line down a hall or stairwell. The data loggers take a reading every five seconds, so if any unknown entity were to pass through, the data loggers would capture it and record its exact movement.
Orb – An orb is a ball or circle of light that is usually found in videos or photographs. Some believe that an orb is the energy or the spirit of an individual who has passed. Orbs are generally not considered to be authentic paranormal evidence; rather they are often reflections or dust.
Residual Haunting – As opposed to intelligent hauntings, entities do not show awareness of the living world. Residual activity generally involves "playing back" routines from an entity’s daily life.
Saturation – The first wave of a paranormal investigation, involving photographs and establishing baseline readings of environmental levels in absence of perceivable paranormal activity.
Shadow People – Shadow people are mysterious dark shadows in human form that appear in pictures or video, but may be invisible to the naked eye. It is thought that these spirits do not have enough energy to materialize as full-bodied apparitions.
Shotgun Sweep – Placing digital data loggers throughout a specific location (like shotgun pellets) to record changes in the environment that may indicate the presence of paranormal activity.
VP – Voice phenomena that are within the range of audible human perception. These phenomena are believed to represent an even higher level of energy than EVP.
* Terminology courtesy of Everyday Paranormal
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