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If the word "ghost" brings to mind an image of a cartoon-like creature cloaked in a white sheet, don't feel bad. A majority of the public (especially in the U.S.) is unaware of the amount of information gathered on this closed door subject. In this page I hope to educate the confused person who may be dealing with a problem that has no knowledge of this subject.
Ghost hunters, or rather researchers or investigators, generally feel ghosts are here on their own and for their own reasons. We are still not completely sure of if they bring themselves into our reality or if we help bring them somehow, or what they function for or why they are here at all. It is healthy for these groups to look at the situation at different angles and there has been a lot of information gathered that allows us to help people in your type of predicament. This is where someone looking for help can get into trouble. Be certain that the group is not too hung up on ideas or opinions about "what is", since there is no hard data for a lot of the problems that arise. Also, are they really concerned about you and the problem, or are they just concerned about their data.
For definitions of the parapsychology / ghost world please visit the O.P.I.N. glossary and learn the basic terminology.
* definition provided from "An Introduction to Parapsychology" by H.J. Irwin. McFarland & Company, Jefferson, NC. 1994.
If you have exhausted these means or are convinced there is a "ghost" within your home or area, the following section will provide you with the next step of how to handle them on your own. If this is something you do not want to do and want to get help from us or another organization please skip to the Contact information section below.
In recording the data you can begin to look for cycles or repetition in certain actions that occur when the event happens. A particular day of the week? What is significant about that day, possibly dealing with person who is usually present? Particular emotional feelings present? Feelings shared between certain people? Is a particular person always closest to event? Would they have reason to cause event? Only certain objects affected? etc.
If a pattern develops around a particular person either from being present consistently (if person is closest to event it may be possible they are causing it on purpose), or from strong emotional feelings then it may be possible you are dealing with a poltergeist. This may actually be a good thing, poltergeists are not what you see on television or depicted in the news. A poltergeist is believed to actually be emotional activity that is focused by living humans. It is strongly believed that it has nothing to do with ghosts or the non-living. This focused release may cause objects to move or even fly across a room, it is based on psychokinesis which is also known as an expressive psychic. In simple terms a person may be inadvertently affecting things with their mind and causing other strange things to happen. If this is believed to be the case it would be wise for the person to be the possible agent to seek stress relief or counseling immediately.
If after a few events have taken place you can not find a pattern or cycle you may want to use basic tactics that can ease the status of a "ghost" that may or may not be in the home. If things have gone this far and you have followed the advice we have given thus far it is probably some form of a ghost. Below is a few suggestions on dealing with it on your own. Obviously this could prove dangerous, do not hesitate to use the contact information below if you wish to have assistance in the matter.
If you wish that a ghost would stop being playful and stop interacting think of how you would handle a child that was doing the same. Talking out loud in a peaceful, yet firm tone asking "it" to please stop the things it is doing can often be a big help. Sometimes it seems the ghost is in search of answers. You have probably seen scenarios like this on t.v., a person was killed and the killer walks free so the ghost is in search of justice. While this may be true in some cases, usually a ghost just wants to say goodbye to a love one or let someone know that things are o.k. This seems a little outlandish since we do not know what level of consciousness they exist or if they exist only in ours and it seems to be a reach to come to this deduction, but it has worked. Certain cases where a husband died and the wife moved away may just need to hear that the wife misses them or that she is o.k. and that may end the events.
There is another type of ghost that may not be so open to suggestion. This is referred to as a haunting. This is not as bad as it sounds either, although you are probably stuck with this one it will never do you harm. A haunting is actually a playback in time, it is caused by a traumatic event that has seemingly left an imprint in "time" in a particular space. This type of ghost shows no intelligence and just goes along on its own. It does not seek attention and can not be reasoned with. A haunting operates like clockwork, not exactly like a ghost walking down a hallway at the stroke of midnight, but fairly similar. It may be triggered by certain events other than just time of day. There is also other varieties of ghosts that fit between these descriptions, but are less common.
A type of apparition that is caused by the living is the out-of-body experience. This event can be caused by trauma of a person and may appear to another person that is close to them. It may be a phone call or in person, the event sometimes marks the time of death of the person visiting in a way of saying goodbye. This is not always the case as sometimes it happens because people are thinking about each other, these are subjects that are different than ghosts but seem to operate along the same lines. It is helpful to have knowledge of these other types of events and not limit yourself to thinking it could be just a ghost. If you still have questions or need assistance please view the contact information below.
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