WELCOME TO HAUNTED HAPPENINGS, the nonfiction newsletter about ghosts. It’s been while since the last edition, and I apologize. This time, I’m going to try something new, which I hope will make me more efficient. I’m going to put it on my website as well as send it to those who request it.
Disclaimer: Please be aware that the information and conclusions contained herein is based on my own research. It's not meant to be the definitive and sole explanation of ghosts, as many theories of their existence abound.
Now for the good stuff.
Most of us dearly love ghost stories, the more personal and realistic those stories are, the better. But what are ghosts? Why are they here? Why do they interact with some people, but not with others?
What Are Ghosts?
Ghosts are the spiritual embodiment all of us have within us. This embodiment is often called our soul. It’s a mass of energy which once lived on this earthly plane with a physical body and a life much like ours, complete with an occupation, friends, and loved ones. They have the same personality with the same level of intelligence they had when they were living, and like us, have likes, dislikes, dispositions, quirks and a self-image.
The problem for many of us is that ghosts don’t have a body we can readily see. When they materialize what we think we are seeing is their mental projection of themselves as they once were when alive and vital on this earthly plane.
Why Do Ghosts Interact With Some People, But Not Others?
Ghosts are like us in that many of them are leery of strangers. While remaining invisible, they’ll study those who have received their interest. This can happen by a person moving into an old house or establishment where a ghost has fond memories and has decided to stay there, or if a spirit is wandering, looking for someone they left behind
If that person however seems skeptical of them, ghosts will keep their distance. Why bother to using valuable energy to interact with someone who scoffs at them? But if a person is accepting, ghosts will eventually reveal themselves.
Sometimes ghosts will test the waters so to speak, by saying a person’s name out loud, without materializing. But since they don’t have a body, much less vocal chords, what the person hears isn’t a voice, but rather the ghost’s projection of their thoughts, much like using mental telepathy.
Some shyer ghosts, usually females, are content to make themselves known by coming close enough to a person for them to smell their signature scent. This scent is a part of our identity that remains with us even to the grave and beyond.
Did your favorite aunt or mother wear a certain type of cologne? Have you ever smelled it after she died? If you did, chances are, you were being checked on by her. She doesn’t want to intrude. But she wants you to know she hasn’t deserted you by dying.
Keep in mind too, that ghosts see things as they were, not as they are. Consequently, there might be a field or open area which has ghosts. But if you research it, you’ll find there was usually a structure there, and the ghost sees it exactly as it was when they passed on.
Fact: One Out Of Every 30 People Who Die Will Become A Ghost
Why Stay On This Earthly Plane?
Some, like Liberace, loved their life too much to give it up. He loved the interaction, the glitz and glamour to go to the Eternal Light when it appeared. So he can frequently be seen and heard playing his favorite piano at the Liberace museum in Las Vegas. The same goes for Rudolph Valentino. He was trying to jump-start his failing career before he got sick, and after he died, decided to stick around his beloved elegant home and expensive possessions which he’d worked so hard to get.
Or, sometimes, a person dies so suddenly, they don’t know they’re dead. They think they’re alive and will carry on as before. Victims of a car crash or any other sudden accident can often be found in this group.
Some ghosts make periodic visits to people who are living. When that living person passes on, the ghost will usually leave this earthly plane too.
Active Haunting versus a Residual Haunting
An Active Haunting has an active ghost who will interact with those living. They’ll make themselves known and react to things the person does or says. But keep in mind, a ghost can’t read anyone’s mind. Sometimes the ghost is a good guesser and seems to, but chances are he’s simply astute and is ‘reading’ a person’s expressions.
A Residual Haunting is the imprint of energy left by an event of massive proportions. A ghost may or may not appear, but if he does, he won’t interact with those living. He’ll be looking as if he’s trying to solve whatever it was when he died unexpectedly.
John F. Kennedy, for example, can often be seen with head bowed, walking through the halls of the old Rice Hotel in Houston. He doesn’t interact, doesn’t even notice those around him.
Why the Rice Hotel? That was where he stayed his last night when he came to Texas before he flew to Dallas. And the reason he’d come to Texas despite warnings not to, was he was trying to heal the rift in the Democratic Party that could have affected the outcome of the next election.
Some think underground water sources are related to residual hauntings, that they help store images or energy. Still others think the type of building materials are responsible for it. The bottom line is that no one knows because of the lack of studies done in this particular area.
These are the professionals who investigate ghosts and hauntings. Many of them hold down full time jobs as scientists, chemists, mathematicians, etc. They believe that ghosts exist, and are receptive to them. But they approach them from a scientific perspective, bringing along equipment that records changes in the barometric pressure, changes in temperature, electromagnetic sensors, sophisticated cameras with infrared film, etc. They buy them with their own money, and because of the expense of conducting an investigation, may or may not charge a fee to do it. But this is not a job for those wishing to get rich quick. Any money they collect goes into the organization for group expenses.
They are very selective about those who want to join them. A person wishing to join must undergo extensive psychological testing including thorough background checks. They must be flexible and strong enough to work some nights and week-ends on a moment’s notice, despite their day job.
Nearly every area of the country now has such an organization, and most are listed on line. Although they’re busier than ever before with a lot of people seeking help, they’re very easy to contact with instructions on their website as to how they want people to do it.
Why Seek Professional Help?
Some ghosts don’t want interaction with humans, and will do everything within their power to run them off. This can happen when a person moves into a home which has been vacant a long time. This type of ghost won’t hurt you, but it may scare you half-to-death
Unfortunately, it also might not be a ghost who’s causing the trouble. It might be something else entirely. If something unseen touches you, for example, what you’re feeling is that entity’s energy, and that could be a sign of trouble brewing. As time goes on, that touch could turn into something deadly.
In future editions I’ll feature some places to get away for a haunted week-end. I’ll give rental prices about each place, and information about ghosts they have and how best to deal with them. Believe it or not, there is etiquette for dealing with various kinds of ghosts. J
Until then, Take Care,
Ayn Hunt who also writes as Ayn Amorelli
Author of Unwilling Killers, Obsessed, The Haunting, and Contract Bride, under Ayn Amorelli published by BlackVelvetSeductions.com
They are also available at Amazon.com and Fictionwise.com, as well as at the publishers’ sites.