this page we attempt to answer the question's we hear most frequently,
it must be stressed that a lot of what you are about to read is
speculation and should not be taken as fact. This page will
be updated periodically as the subject has so many questions and
answers to attempt cover them all in one go would be an effort
of Herculean proportions.
Is a Ghost?
The simple answer
to that is, no one really knows! There are many theories being
but as group we don't really like to put ourselves on the spot
and agree or disagree with any particular theory.
I know that's ambiguous
but until we have enough data gathered from our research and
of other groups then the best answer is "we don't know,
but we aim to find out!"
There are several types of "ghost" or "haunting"
that are generally accepted as being
paranormal in nature until proved otherwise,
I have made an attempt at listing these below.
- Residual Hauntings/stone
- Interactive spirits.
- Non-human entities:
are Residual hauntings/stone tape theory?
This type of haunting
is not connected with earth bound spirits and is believed to
be a kind of
video recording imprinted on the surrounding materials, (buildings
etc.) When an event takes place that has involved a high
emotional content to those involved, like an execution, duel,
battle, murder or even a spirited argument between lovers, it
is believed that the high output of emotional energy can cause
the scene to be imprinted on its surroundings, and when conditions
are correct they may be replayed in the atmosphere!
The images that
are seen in this type of event may walk through walls or even
appear to be several feet above ground. This is because the
images are being replayed as they originally happened and the
area they are now in may have changed since the time of the
incident. I.e. doors have been blocked up or moved, the floor
level changed etc.
There is no interaction
with any witnesses and the scene maybe repeated at the same
time each year on an anniversary or some such. Although frightening
you are in no danger so sit back and enjoy the show!
are Interactive spirits? (also see poltergeist.)
This kind of spirit
can manifest in many ways. The least common type of sighting
is the full bodied or partially bodied apparition, where you
may see what appears to a solid person standing in front of
you, or just an arm, hand, leg or other part of the body. This
type of apparition is most often connected with something called
a crisis ghost. You could be sitting at home in the evening
enjoying the night's entertainment on the television when suddenly
Uncle John walks into the room, although you are sure he is
on the other side of the planet in Australia. He may say a few
words to you and then walk out again or even just disappear;
you may even bump into someone in the street and chat with them
for a while. The first inclination you will get that what you
have seen is a crisis ghost is when you get the news that the
person you saw has died and could not have been interacting
with you at the time you saw them because they had passed away
soon before! The more frequent type of interactive spirit
reported involves sounds, you may hear footsteps, music, voices
etc, or you may notice odors that have no apparent source, like
tobacco when no one is smoking. You may also notice shadows,
strange mists, or odd lighting effects. You may feel cold spots.
It's possible that you may even feel someone touch you or just
be aware that you "are not alone". You may find objects
have mysteriously moved with you touching them. This type of
ghost is most likely the spirit of someone departed who
has remained on the earth plane because they don't know they
are dead, or don't believe they are. They may have been stuck
here because they died in sudden or tragic circumstances, or
because they are scared to move on because they don't know what
to expect and don't want to leave loved ones behind to fend
for them selves. It's even possible that they are loved ones
who have returned to pass on a message or just visit. Bearing
in mind that these spirits are human souls that once walked
the earth-plane; they can not be neatly pigeon holed as
either good or bad spirits. They will have the same personality
traits that they had whilst they were living; it is rare indeed
to find one that is truly evil! Think of the people you have
in your life now, most are a combination of both good and bad
things but there are few that anyone could call totally evil.
This type of haunting can be very frightening and cause some
scary situations, but remember that the chances are they can
see you but you can't see them, so they will try and attract
your attention in any way they can. This is the most common
type of haunting reported and are generally relatively harmless.
It's true that there are some extreme cases, but this is very
rare and should not be considered the norm.
phenomena could easily be placed under the heading of interactive
spirits I felt that this one needed a definition of its own.
The word Poltergeist is itself pretty much an explanation in
its own right. It's a German word by origin and translated means
"noisy ghost". The reason I have decided to
dedicate a whole section to poltergeist's is because the phenomena
caused by them is what most people would automatically call
There are two types
of poltergeist; The first is the poltergeist that is associated
with a building or place. The second and more common is associated
with a person. Quiet often a young girl who is entering
puberty. In both cases phenomena reported consist of rapping's
on the walls floors and ceilings, objects moving and levitating
by them selves, objects disappearing and then reappearing elsewhere
in the building or home, and a more serious note, fires starting
without warning in unexpected places such as drawers and cupboards.
Puddles of water or other liquids may also appear without apparent
cause. In many cases there have been reports of the spirit taking
a dislike to certain family members and hurling abuse, ornaments
and even furniture at them, injuries are rare but by no means
unheard of. Poltergeist hunting's can last from a few hours
to several years,
although they rarely last more than a few months.
are Non-human entities?
Probably the most
feared of all kinds of haunting, the non-human entity better
know as a devil or demon is harmful malevolent and very tricky.
They are mentioned often both in the Old and New Testaments
of the Bible. They are not as rare as some people might think,
but interaction with humans is thankfully very rare. Demons
are famed for their trickery, using any lie or enticement to
ingratiate them selves with intended victims, only to turn nasty
when the time suits them and they are more difficult to get
rid of. They are known to use devices such as the Oui'ja board
to make themselves known to people who wish to contact the spirits
of those who have passed from this life.
They will usual be very helpful at first giving detailed answers
to questions put to them through the board, although they will
disguise themselves as thoroughly as they are able. Once
contact has been made and trust gained they will gradually ingratiate
themselves into the user's life until they are in a position
to do most harm. For this reason it is strongly advised that
you NEVER use a Oui'ja for any reason! This point can not be
stressed strongly enough. There are other ways a demon may be
summoned and they are most frequently related to cases of black
magic and satanic worship.
is An Orb?
Orbs are the subject
of great debate in the paranormal community at the moment. These
spheres of light that appear mostly in digital stills photographs
are believed by skeptics to be nothing more than dust or moisture
very close to the lens of the camera. Illuminated by the flash
and so far out of focus that they can appear in almost any size
from a coin to a dinner plate. Whilst it is true that almost
all of the orbs caught are almost certainly dust or moisture
there is a case developing for a more paranormal explanation
(some believe these seemingly self illuminated spheres are the
first sign of a ghostly manifestation). Some mediums can predict
where in a photograph they will appear and even it seems call
them into a shot, which would seem to imply some form of intelligence.
The fact they are almost always caught with digital cameras
is also a subject for debate. The flash on digital cameras is
a lot brighter than on a "normal" camera and may be
a reason for this phenomena. It has been stated that because
a digital camera uses a CCD chip to record the image rather
than photographic film it can record images from outside
the usual visual range of humans, i.e. infra red.
Not all orb images are captured on digital cameras however some
do appear on 35mm photos. These are most often blamed on faults
in the film or the development process. The fact remains
that not all orbs can be explained by any of these means, so
the debate remains open. It should be made clear here that at
least 95 % of orbs caught on digital cameras can be explained
by mundane means,
so if you start to get pictures of orbs in your home don't immediately
think you have a ghost!!! Always look for the logical explanation
first. If you have any doubts about your picture send it to
someone like us and we will be glad to have a look at it for
Phenomena or EVP is a means of trying to interact with spirits
or ghosts. The basic theory behind EVP is that we can't hear
the voices of discorporate souls but they can be picked up and
recorded on magnetic tape or disc. The general rule is that
some sort of white noise should be used as the spirits use this
to modulate there voices, such as a radio tuned in-between stations
or the sound of running water. Two approaches can be made in
the quest to gather EVP's. The first is to leave a tape
recorder or other recording device in a room and after asking
any spirits present to leave a message walking away and closing
the door. This approach can be useful in so far as its
possible to pick up other noises that cant be explained in a
normal way, i.e. chairs moving, footsteps ect. The second is
to sit quietly in a room with the tape running and to ask a
series of questions leaving sufficient space between questions
to give answers. Both methods can give some quite startling
results. Some of our own can be found by in the Investigations
Section. Its very important to make sure any natural noises
that are heard during the recording are noted down so that they
can be easily dismissed.
is A Banshee?
A spirit from Irish
folklore. It is purported that this spirit will appear
on the roof of a family dwelling howling and shrieking to portend
a death in the family.
is A Planchette?
Fore runner to the
oui'ja board the planchette is a piece of wood generally heart
shaped with a hole in the point of the heart to accept
a pen or pencil. The pencil is placed in the hole and over a
piece of paper, the sitter then puts his/her hands on
the curved parts of the heart and "allows the spirit to
write messages". In practice this was very difficult and
it is from here that the oui'ja evolved.
is A Oui'ja board?
The oui'ja board
is well known piece of equipment for contacting the dead. It
is also known under several other names, i.e. the witch board,
spirit board Etc. It can be use by one or more people and is
accessed by the people using it placing their fingers on a piece
of wood called the planchette, and then asking questions.
The planchette is then supposed to move around the board spelling
out the answers. Another version is "ask the glass"
where the alphabet and yes and no are placed in a circle around
a table (written on paper or using scrabble letters) and a glass
is placed upside down in the circle and used in the same way
as the planchette.
So the question
is how does this miracle work? There are three possibilities;
- The most obvious
answer is, some one is cheating and pushing the planchette
or glass around to give answers.
- Another possible
explanation is the "idiomotor response". Put
simply the person(s) using the board are making the planchette
move without knowing it.
- The spiritual
answer. The spirit of a dead person or entity unknown is causing
the planchette to move!
It is because of
the possibility of number three that we recommend that you never
use this method of contacting "the other side". Purely
and simply because you will have no idea to who or what you
may be communicating with Use of the oui'ja in any form can
be dangerous, whether from a paranormal point of view or a psychological
one, messages that are received may be of detrimental nature,
giving bad news or precognitive messages of ones imminent demise.
There is also the possibility that you may be communicating
with something that would like to cause you harm. The
chance that you may contact something that will be nice and
give you all the answers it wants to ingratiate itself with
you until it gets bored and turns nasty can not be ignored.
is Automatic writing?
Another way to speak
with the dearly departed. The sitter holds a pen or pencil in
his/her hand and rest it over a piece of paper and then ignores
it, allowing the "spirit" to communicate by leaving
is a N.D.E. (near death experience)?
reported by people who have momentarily died or come very close
These experiences usually involve the person seeing long dead
relatives and or a light at the end of a tunnel. Scientific
research has shown that the same effects can be gained by a
certain natural drug being released into the brain at
or very near the point of death. More about this in a later
is an O.B.E (out of body experience)?
Often reported by
people who have been under anaesthetic or who have been in any
state of unconsciousness, it can perhaps best be described as
the consciousness leaving the body so that the person having
the experience is able to look down on there own body
as though from a third person perspective. Some people claim
to be able to leave there bodies at will and travel great distances
from their physical state, to the point where they can
visit distant planets and even other dimensions or levels of
existence. This s kind of O.B.E. is referred to astral travel.
is An Incubus?
A form of spirit
or elemental that attacks women in a sexual manner.
is A Succubus?
Similar to an incubus
but this one attacks men.
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