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Term: Ghost


Ghost: Although a ghost is classically the spirit or astral body of a person now deceased (often recently deceased) and that has not yet “moved on” to another plane, it is now a general term for any sort of disembodied spirit.

Traditionally, ghosts stay near (“haunt”) the location where they lived before death. The more the deceased feels like they have “unfinished business” (seeking forgiveness, justice, love, revenge, etc.), the more they will make themselves known. The experience of the living encountering ghosts is consistent throughout history. As a result, many investigators with a scientific bent have tried to come up with explanations other than the survival of the personality for the presence of ghosts.

Ghost: From the German geist, spirit, or Old English gast, meaning soul, spirit, life, or breath, it is popularly known as a manifestation of an earthbound soul of a deceased person. However, other non-physical entities have been known to impersonateDon Michael Kraig


1) Earthbound spirits "haunting" a particular location.

2) A psychic "recording" of emotional energy released during traumatic experiences of suicide, murder, accidental death and painful dying. As a psychic recording, it can be reproduced and experienced by psychically sensitive people and almost always at night when nothing competes with the reception. These experiences are often accompanied by fear which then reinforces the initial energy. Like other kinds of recording, the original energy can often be released or erased by "overwriting" with other strong releases of emotion such as a ritual exorcism, happy children, shamanic practices, and even loud music.

Suggested Reading:

Danelek: The Case for Ghosts, An Objective Look at the Paranormal

Wilder: House of Spirits and Whispers, The True Story of a Haunted House

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