It is said that disbelief relay no prayers wherein fear leads to fervent prayers. In either state of mind truth does not reveal itself. Seeking mind is the only source to acquire true knowledge in any given situation whether known or unknown terrain.
Apparitions, strange sounds, sighs, thuds amongst many such eerie experiences leading to ghosts stories the next few days among neighbors and others, posed intriguing situation for my barely two feet high me. Not that I am tall yet even after many few years! But experiences mount high.
Hence my relationship with paranormal and specifically ghosts trailed. When I was little, when the humdrum of life was filled with chirping birds, barking dogs, sneaky cats, snake in the grass, kids playing in the dirt, men away at work, neighbors gossiping, etc. not yet taken over by machines and technology, there was something unknown that I got aware of. Seeing a young man climbing up a wall speaking in strange voice to his parents who on any normal day was fun to speak with on my way to school, shook me up, more so after some strange sightings in and around our house.
Reading has been my best gateway and I used that as a support to deal with it since the elders around were nonchalant towards these topics and peers felt fearful to even mention the word. What better than horror books! Ghosts’ stories, magazines that carry some articles and newspaper clips, of course along with Noddy and Mills & Boons with time! As years passed by internet further quenched my thirst for information on related paranormal activities.
Getting acquainted with likeminded people further revealed that there were many such others like me who were not able to understand let alone explain these phenomenon of apparitions, sounds, ghosts, etc. and they do not come forth from fear as well as from seeming abnormal or hallucinating.
I have personally had a couple of ghosts sighting as I grew up but felt more of its presence as someone being close without anybody being around, taps suddenly opening up of its own with water gushing out, sighing sounds, doorbells ringing, voices in the air in an empty room, amongst some other eerie experiences, all trying to get my attention to its presence.
Similarly, over the time people have tried various ways of understanding it, dealing with it, through religion, prayers, and other methods like even trying to connect to departed souls for help and guidance to the resolve the trauma faced by these unfathomable encounters.
Let’s question what is a ghost?
Popularly known, in a layman term, ghost (maybe also known as specter, phantom, apparition, spirit, spook, haunt) is the soul or spirit of a person or sometimes animal not physically present (probably dead) that can appear to the living. However, this idea is not supported by the evidence from actual ghost and haunting investigations based on the results of serious paranormal investigation.
Descriptions of ghosts vary widely from an invisible presence to translucent or barely visible flimsy shapes to realistic lifelike visions. Ghost haunting is typically a phenomena (a paranormal activity) typically including apparitions, odd sounds (like footsteps, bangs, scratching, moans, screams, music, whispering), odd sights (like flashes of light, shadows, floating lights, things seen in the 'corner' of the eye), odd smells (often unpleasant, sometimes sweet), odd feelings (headaches, static build-up, cold areas, touches by unseen things), object movement (doors, taps and light switches found open/on, things lost and sometimes recovered, objects falling) amongst such many unexplainable bustle.
"There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy." --Shakespeare in Hamlet
History dates back as far as Mesopotamians, Greeks, Egyptians and many other civilizations with cultural findings about their dead and spirit world. Hence they treated their deceased people with reverence and provided them with ritualistic funeral or a burial system that still exists in our today’s world too.
While generally our deceased ancestors are respected and are believed to have an afterlife, their presence as a spirit in the material world is regarded unnatural and also feared by most, seeming to have still some connection with the earth life as an attachment to some worldly action, perhaps an unfinished business, unfulfilled desire, or even maybe to correct the wrong experienced from someone. In many traditions ghosts are taken as dead people here for vengeance or probably confined to earth for wrongful actions while living on earth. While many believe in the spirit world and they try to stay in touch with their loved ones.
Uncanny, bizarre activities in and around haunted places are generally connected with occurrence of tragic events in the past like an accidental death, suicide, murder that could have taken place either a long time ago or in a very recent past. Their spirit is thus trapped in such places and not been able to pass over to the other side. Ghosts might be seen not only in the dead of the night but also by the day. In fact many studies and investigations have recorded sightings in the afternoons.
As long as people have believed in ghosts and recounted experiences, there of course have been skeptics too from ancient times denying them as just stories and hallucinations of crazy minds. As it had been challenging to procure scientific evidence in the earlier times, the doubters brushed aside any kind of findings or occurrences as nonsense, insinuating that such people having seen ghosts were beset with psychological problems. Sadly the paranormal study and investigations is referred to as pseudoscience by the skeptics today.
However, today with parapsychology making headway world over in the study of supernatural phenomenon collecting scientific evidence through onsite investigations, gaining experiences with the aid of advanced technology, the term ghosts has also gained wider spectrum such as apparitions, ghouls, demons, poltergeist and even intelligent entities amongst many such findings.
It is just not a topic for discussions but a subject of thorough investigations that has revealed a lot since last couple of centuries attributing various factors of religion, spiritualism and science to it. The series of upcoming posts shall cover a range of diverse and varied information related to existence of ghosts, types of ghosts, beliefs and superstitions regarding it, underlying principle of their existence, their activities and purpose behind it, scientific ghost studies and evidence, share some experiences of people, news clips and lots more!!!
So watch out for these sightings here…
Lets Bring Light Into Darkness!