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Ghosts

A ghost is an alleged non-corporeal manifestation of a dead person (or, rarely, an animal or a vehicle). It is often thought to be a manifestation of the spirit or soul of a person which has remained on Earth after death. According to some beliefs, a ghost may be the personality of a person after his or her death, and not directly tied to the soul or spirit. Every culture in the world carries stories about ghosts, though they often disagree as to what ghosts are and whether they are ust figments of imagination or a part of reality. All reality is pro ected illusion - conscious thought pro ected through the lens of time and viewed by the e!periencer and viewed as reality. "e see ghosts as pro ections from a reality running parallel to our own. "hen our fre#uency matches that of another reality, we see images as pro ected illusion. $ultidimensional entities have always been part of our e!perience in third dimension. Ghosts sightings have been reported in most parts of the planet - with some reports being written, photos, drawings, fol% tales, even carved on stone (hieroglyphs in caves). Ghosts have personalities often similar that which they had while alive. &ust because a person dies, does not mean they will become instantly enlightened, and angelic. As on the Earth plane, it ta%es many incarnations of clearing and healing. Ghosts are often depicted of a human si'e and shape (although some accounts also mention animal ghosts), but typically described as (silvery(, (shadowy(, (semitransparent(, (misty(, (human-li%e(, (big(, (scary( or (fog-li%e(. )arapsychologists refer to the (substance( of which ghosts and other spirits are made of as (ectoplasm(. Ghosts do not have a physical body li%e human beings, but only a subtle astral body. *ometimes they do not manifest themselves visually but in terms of other phenomena, such as the movements of an ob ect, spontaneous throwing of a light switch, noises, etc., which supposedly have no natural e!planation. *ome ghost researchers approach the possibility of ghosts from a more scientific standpoint, see%ing to find correlations and causal relationships between recordable phenomena and the supposed presence of ghosts. +hose who follow this approach most often believe that ghosts are not actual disembodied souls or spirits, but rather they are impressions of psychic energy left behind by a deceased (or in some rare cases, still living) person. +hey assert that traumatic events (such as a murder or suicide) cause mental energy to be released into the world, where it may be e!perienced by other people who are sensitive to its presence. +his way of thin%ing classifies ghosts in the same category of preternatural une!plained phenomena as poltergeists,tele%inesis, E*), and telepathy. +heories from this approach often encounter difficulties in e!plaining ghosts that appear to be sentient, such as those which answer #uestions or react to specific actions from people present. -owever, it may

be possible that enough of a dead person.s psyche might be imprinted on an environment so as to give the li%eness of thought or autonomy. /ery detailed information about ghosts is given in Garuda )urana, a scripture from /edic (-indu) tradition. -ow ghosts fit into this worldview is shown here. 0oth the "est and the East share some fundamental beliefs about ghosts. +hey may wander around places they fre#uented when alive or where they died. *uch places are %nown as (haunted(1 the rounds they go on are %nown as (hauntings(. +hey often wear the sort of clothing in which they would have been seen when alive. 0uddhist *amsara includes the concept of the hungry ghost realm. *entient beings in that realm are referred to as (hungry ghosts( because of their attachment to this world. Asuras are also referred to as (fighting ghosts(. "hile some accept ghosts as a reality, many others are s%eptical of the e!istence of ghosts. 2or e!ample, the vast ma ority of the scientific community believes that ghosts, as well as other supernatural and paranormal entities, do not e!ist. *%eptics often e!plain ghost sightings with the principle of 3ccam.s ra'or, which argues that e!planations should ma!imi'e parsimony with the rest of our %nowledge. +hey may suggest that, since few to none of us have ever had an interpersonal relationship with a ghost, but most or all of us have had an e!perience of self-delusion or have attributed a false cause to an event, that these options should be preferred in the absence of a great abundance of evidence. +hey are also %een to note that most ghost sightings happen when our senses are impaired, and that the evidence is unreliable because it doesn.t occur when we have full use of our faculties. 3ccasionally, the sincerity and motive of the claimant will be #uestioned. +hey might ma%e up a haunting for a personal reason. 2or e!ample, lingering of ghosts is typically associated with see%ing ustice or revenge. Ascribing such motives and powers to dead people could be interpreted as a scare tactic. Also, a person might claim a haunting for personal popularity and income. -uman physiology may ma%e us more susceptible to ghost sightings. Ghosts are often associated with a chilling sensation, but a natural animal response to fear is hair raising, which can be mista%en for chill. Also, the peripheral vision is very sensitive to motion, but does not contain much color or focused shapes. Any random motion outside the focused view can create a strong illusion of an eerie figure. Also, sound waves with fre#uencies lower than 45 hert' are called infrasound1 they are formally inaudible, but 0ritish scientists 6ichard 7ord and 6ichard "iseman have concluded that infrasound can cause humans to feel a (presence( in the room, or une!plained feelings of an!iety or dread. *ometimes ghosts are associated with electromagnetic disturbances, which suggests that they might be attributable to the electromagnetic field and not to a presently dead person. 3ften, videos of paranormal investigators will show them using E-field or 0-field detectors and finding (ghostly( results near wall outlets and electrical appliances. )sychological factors may also relate to ghost sightings. $any people e!aggerate their interpretation of their own perceptions, either when visiting a place they believe to be haunted, or when visiting a site which they %now has seen unpleasant historical events.

8ertain images such as paintings and movies might (program( a person to automatically associate a certain structure or area as haunted because of what they have seen in the movies. As well, the psychological phenomenon of pareidolia may cause people to perceive human-li%e faces or figures in the otherwise mundane surroundings of their environments, particularly in conditions where vision is partly obscured, as in a dar% corridor or at night. -aunted )laces *ome of the most popular places they haunt are sacred burial grounds, cemeteries, sacred,power sites, places where there are strong magnetic fields, places of religious worship, caves, places where acts of violence occurred, taverns, theaters, ancient ruins, castles, and perhaps even in your home. $any people see ghosts of family members in their home. Ghosts are not to be confused with Angels, *pirit Guides, E+.s, 9ature *pirits, or other entities from different realms.