I get lots of questions about ghosts and spirits, so I am offering the following information for your review and consideration. Most of the information below has been gained during the last fifteen years of working with spirits in literally thousands of instances. Now, this comes from my experiences and I do know that there is certainly a lot more going on in the ‘unseen world’ than one can imagine. Please remain open and curious as you enjoy your journey.
What are Ghosts?
Ghosts or Earthbound Spirits are the souls or spirit energy of people who for any one of a variety of reasons have not “crossed over”. Earthbound spirits are just that, spirits bound or trapped in the earth plane. They, in their energy form, remain in the earth or material plane of existence.
There are times when a person dies suddenly or with unresolved issues so powerful that the person does not fully crossover into the light or complete the journey to their place of origin. In their energy form, they can remain attached to or lost in the earth or material plane of existence. They do not belong here and tend to make their presence known so that they can complete their journey.
Can Ghosts Affect Us?
Hollywood presents ghosts as scary beings who want to harm us and can do so directly. Fortunately, reality is not like the movies and there really is no reason to fear them. However, just because there is no reason to fear them, spirits can attach to the energy field of our home or our own energy field and affect us over time.
Ghosts or earthbound spirits may opportunistically or accidentally attach to a property, a house, the energy field of a person, land, or other structures, even automobiles. When ghosts become attached to your house or yourself, they can affect the way you feel, sometimes your behavior, and can also be a major nuisance. Usually when spirits attach to the energy field of a structure, in addition to noises, odors and similar phenomena, the influence of their thoughts, feelings, addictions, or strong habit patterns, even physical feelings may be felt by, and possibly negatively affect, the people living or working in the structure.
Since these influences from the ghosts or spirits come through the host person’s energy field and brain, the host cannot usually tell the difference between their own thoughts or feelings and those of the earthbound spirit. The earthbound spirit can also siphon energy from the host in order to remain attached to the earth plane.
Reasons Ghosts Stay Behind
When a people die, most souls or spirits ‘crossover’ and complete their journeys. However, there are a variety of reasons that a person’s spirit may not crossover and include not feeling deserving enough to crossover, religious beliefs about heaven and hell, staying behind to protect and watch over loved ones, or they may just not realize that they have died.
By far the main reasons for staying behind is related to their not wanting to leave their loved ones, be it a spouse, children, or other family and friends. Some may regret not expressing their feelings while they were alive and hope to do it now. Others just cannot bear the thought of leaving their loved ones. In some cases, it is the living who, because they are so attached to the person that has passed that this strong attachment can prevent the spirit from continuing on and completing their journeys.
Where do Ghosts Come From?
In our experience over the last 15 years or so, the spirits that attach to a property (or a person) are not necessarily the spirits of people they knew, or who had lived in the house. Sometimes yes, but more often than not, the spirits have come from somewhere else. In some cases, the person may have died in the same town or city, sometimes it might have been in the same state or province, and other times the person could have died across the country somewhere. Time and distance, as we experience them, are not the same for ghosts or other energetic beings.
Have a House-Ghost?
There are people who are aware that they have a ghost in their home and see it has a thing to talk about, or share with their friends. In my opinion, if people become aware of the existence of a ghost in their home and decide to do nothing, it is sort of like keeping the soul of a person for a pet or for entertainment. I am sure you would not want your grandmother or other family member treated in this way. Fortunately, in many instances the spirit makes such a significant impact on the lives of the person or home to which they are attached, that most people want to help the spirit to move on.
More people than you would expect have had ghostly experiences and don’t talk about it for fear of being thought if as crazy. Others have experiences and write it off to ‘something else’ because they don’t believe or don’t want to venture into the unexplained. Ghosts and other types of negative energies are always around us, sort of like bacteria, and can affect us in much the same way. So, if you feel like you might have something attached to your home or your own field, it is best to get it checked out just to be sure.
P.S. – I have found that the best way to help prevent energetic attachments is through a daily practice of grounding, centering and creating sacred space.
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