Ghosts


All of reality is projected illusion -
conscious thought projected through the lens of time as viewed by the experiencer.

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 just figments of imagination or a part of reality.

Multidimensional entities have always been part of our experience in third dimension. Ghosts sightings have been reported in most parts of the planet - with some reports being written, photos, drawings, folk tales, even carved on stone (hieroglyphs in caves).

Ghosts have personalities often similar that which they had while alive. Just because a person dies, does not mean they will become instantly enlightened, and angelic. As on the Earth plane, it takes many incarnations of clearing and healing.

Ghosts are often depicted of a human size and shape (although some accounts also mention animal ghosts), but typically described as "silvery", "shadowy", "semitransparent", "misty", "human-like", "big", "scary" or "fog-like". Parapsychologists refer to the "substance" of which ghosts and other spirits are made of as "ectoplasm". Ghosts do not have a physical body like human beings, but only a subtle astral body. Sometimes they do not manifest themselves visually but in terms of other phenomena, such as the movements of an object, spontaneous throwing of a light switch, noises, etc., which supposedly have no natural explanation.

Some ghost researchers approach the possibility of ghosts from a more scientific standpoint, seeking to find correlations and causal relationships between recordable phenomena and the supposed presence of ghosts. Those 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. They assert that traumatic events (such as a murder or suicide) cause mental energy to be released into the world, where it may be experienced by other people who are sensitive to its presence.

This way of thinking classifies ghosts in the same category of preternatural unexplained phenomena as poltergeists/telekinesis, ESP, and telepathy. Theories from this approach often encounter difficulties in explaining ghosts that appear to be sentient, such as those which answer questions or react to specific actions from people present. However, it may be possible that enough of a dead person's psyche might be imprinted on an environment so as to give the likeness of thought or autonomy.

Very detailed information about ghosts is given in Garuda Purana, a scripture from Vedic (Hindu) tradition. How ghosts fit into this worldview is shown here.

Both the West and the East share some fundamental beliefs about ghosts. They may wander around places they frequented when alive or where they died. Such places are known as "haunted"; the rounds they go on are known as "hauntings". They often wear the sort of clothing in which they would have been seen when alive.

Buddhist Samsara includes the concept of the hungry ghost realm. Sentient 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".

While some accept ghosts as a reality, many others are skeptical of the existence of ghosts. For example, the vast majority of the scientific community believes that ghosts, as well as other supernatural and paranormal entities, do not exist. Skeptics often explain ghost sightings with the principle of Occam's razor, which argues that explanations should maximize parsimony with the rest of our knowledge.

They 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 experience 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. They are also keen 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.

Occasionally, the sincerity and motive of the claimant will be questioned. They might make up a haunting for a personal reason. For example, lingering of ghosts is typically associated with seeking justice 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.

Human physiology may make 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 mistaken 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 frequencies lower than 20 hertz are called infrasound; they are formally inaudible, but British scientists Richard Lord and Richard Wiseman have concluded that infrasound can cause humans to feel a "presence" in the room, or unexplained feelings of anxiety or dread.

Sometimes ghosts are associated with electromagnetic disturbances, which suggests that they might be attributable to the electromagnetic field and not to a presently dead person. Often, videos of paranormal investigators will show them using E-field or B-field detectors and finding "ghostly" results near wall outlets and electrical appliances.

Psychological factors may also relate to ghost sightings. Many people exaggerate their interpretation of their own perceptions, either when visiting a place they believe to be haunted, or when visiting a site which they know has seen unpleasant historical events.

Certain 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-like faces or figures in the otherwise mundane surroundings of their environments, particularly in conditions where vision is partly obscured, as in a dark corridor or at night.

Some of the most popular places haunted places 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. Many people see ghosts of family members in their home.

Ghosts are not to be confused with Angels, Spirit Guides, ET's, Nature Spirits, or other entities from different realms.




Ghosts In the News ...


New quantum camera capable of snapping photos of 'ghosts'   MNN - August 28, 2014

By utilizing a process that Einstein famously called "spooky," scientists have successfully caught "ghosts" on film for the first time using quantum cameras. The "ghosts" captured on camera weren't the kind you might first think; scientists didn't discover the wandering lost souls of our ancestors. Rather, they were able to capture images of objects from photons that never actually encountered the objects pictured.


  Do Ghosts Exist?   Discovery - May 7, 2014
The scientific approach ... exploring the paranormal.


What's Behind Reports of Ghost Sex?   Discovery - May 7, 2014

In an interview on UK's This Morning show and quoted in the New York Daily News, Blasick described her paranormal paramour: I could feel that somebody was touching me and the hands were pushing me against my will and I could feel the weight of the body on top of me. I couldn't see anybody but I could feel the pressure, the energy, the warmth pushing in different directions.




How Ghosts Contact Us

Ghosts connect to you by affecting one or more of your senses:


VISUAL:
- Spirit manifests for you as an ectoplasmic being
- You look in a mirror and see an ectoplasmic shape thought the ghost is not visible in the room
- Electric lights or appliances flickering on and off in the room
- Peripheral vision - you see spirit out of the side of your field of vision
- A object in the room moves - that is linked to the ghost - such a picture of the ghost when it was in a corporeal body


SMELL:
- Floral fragrances - which are the most commons
- A scent associated with the spirit. For example - if the spirit smoked cigars while in a physical body - you might smell a cigar scent in the room.


TOUCH:
- A tickling sensation on your body - could be a kiss or a touch by spirit
- A pressure on top of your head (which means the opening of your crown chakra to receive messages)
- A chill on the back of the neck or head---->hair standing up on your body
- A cold breeze passing through the room


HEARING:
- Noise - Spirit turns on an electric appliance - usually linked to them.

- Rapping's include thumping, knocking, tapping or bumping. In ancient times rapping was thought of as an omen of approaching death.

- Ghost phone calls from a deceased soul - usually a family member. It usually means that the deceased soul wants to impart a farewell message. Many such calls occur on days of importance such as Mothers Day, holidays or birthdays. People who have received phone calls from the dead report that the voices are often exactly the same as when the person was living. The telephone rings normally but the connection has static. The voice of the deceased tends to grow fainter as the call progresses. Sometimes the voice fades away completely. In some very interesting cases the call is placed long distance and connected by an operator. Checking with the telephone company usually turns up no evidence of a call on their records.

Phone calls are sometimes placed to the dead as well. A person places a call to someone only to find out later that the person was already dead at the time of the call.




Why Do Ghosts Haunt?

Ghost haunt people and places for many reasons.

Often they have messages they wish to convey before they move on to a higher realm - or back to the creational Source.

The messages may concern the circumstances surrounding their deaths - such as murder, suicides, accidents, other foul play.

Often the ghost has unfinished business - such as inheritances/wills - finding lost papers and other items belonging to the ghost.

Many ghosts do realize that they are dead - as the death was instantaneous rather than from a prolonged illness.

Many ghosts choose to live close to the family they were part of when they were in a physical body.

Some ghosts like to remain in the physical frequency of the home in which they once lived.

As in all things some ghosts are positive while some are negative energy.

A manifested ghost can be seen by one or more people at the same time. But there are instances where only one person in a room can see the ghost while the other people see nothing.

Spirits exist in higher frequency realms. When a spirit manifests as a ghost - it usually is able to produce something that is physical.




Ghosts in History

Ghost stories date back to before even the Common Era. In the Biblical account of the Witch of Endor, King Saul of Israel has the witch conjure up the ghost of the prophet Samuel to consult with him on his precarious situation. The prophet's spirit gives the king no assistance, but rebukes him and foretells his doom instead.


Babylon

Belief in ghosts can be traced back as far as 2,000 B.C. This first record of a ghost comes from the Babylonian story The Epic of Gilgamesh, and is etched in clay tablets. The story tells of the hero Gilgamesh and the ghost of his dead friend, Enkidu.




China

The earliest literature to rationally discuss ghosts comes from the Chinese philosopher, Mo Tzu (470-391 BC)

Hungry Ghost Festival- There is a traditional Chinese festival/holiday, which is celebrated by Chinese in many countries. In the Chinese calendar (a lunisolar calendar), the Ghost Festival is on the fourteenth night of the 7th lunar month. Activities at the festival include preparing ritualistic offering food, and burning hell money to please the visiting ghosts and spirits as well as deities and ancestors. Other activities include burying and releasing miniature paper boats and lanterns on water, which signifies "giving directions to the lost ghosts". A very solemn festival, the festival nevertheless represents a connection between the living and the dead, earth and heaven as well as body and soul.




Europe

Greece

Perhaps one of the earliest known ghost sightings took place in Athens, Greece. Pliny the Younger (c. 63 - 113 CE) described it in a letter to Sura: Athenodoros Cananites (c. 74 BCE - 7 CE), a Stoic philosopher, decided to rent a large, Athenian house, to investigate widespread rumors that it was haunted. Athenodoros staked out at the house that night, and, sure enough, a dishevelled, aged spectre, bound at feet and hands with rattling chains, eventually appeared. The spirit then beckoned for Athenodoros to follow him. Athenodoros complied, but the ghost soon vanished. The philosopher marked the spot where the old man had disappeared, and, on the next day, advised the magistrates to dig there. The man's shackled bones were reportedly uncovered when this was done. After a proper burial, the hauntings ceased.




London

Tower of London

The Tower of London has a long and bloody history. Over the past 1000+ years, it's has seen more than its fair share of murders, executions, tortures and poisonings. It's little wonder therefore that a few of its victims should remain there in death. Many ghostly legends are associated with the Tower. In 1483, two young princes were murdered in the Tower, and their ghosts were reported to have haunted the tower until the year 1674, when their bones were found and buried in a proper ceremony. It seems likely that the building with the most distinguished ghosts as rumored tenants is the Tower of London, which is reported to be haunted by:

Several other ghosts are said to make the Tower their home; phantom troops of soldiers reportedly appear there, as well as a lady in mourning with no face.

The cities of York and Derby in England are also reputed to be a center of ghostly manifestations; consequently, they both thrive on hugely successful ghost tour industries. Indeed, the presence of many centuries-old buildings has given England the reputation of the most haunted country in the world.




The Brown Lady of Raynham Hall

The Brown Lady of Raynham Hall has been seen quite a few times over the years. She is called the "Brown Lady" due to the brown brocade dress that the ghost has often been seen wearing while wandering the halls and staircase of Raynham Hall.

In 1849 Major Loftus and a friend named Hawkins saw the ghost one night after retiring to bed. They both saw the woman and were amazed by the old fashioned clothing that she wore. The following night the Major was lucky enough to see the figure once again, this time he took note of her empty eye-sockets. The incident resulted in several members of staff resigning and a full investigation being done of Raynham Hall involving local detectives. For more accounts and information, see:

The Brown Lady is famous mostly as being one of the most reliably photographed ghost in history. Although she has not been seen since 1936, she is said to wear a long brown dress or cape. No one knows who the Brown Lady is, or how she is connected to Raynham Hall. In 1936, the famous photograph was taken by photographers Captain Provand and Indre Shira during a shoot for the magazine Country Life.

According to legend, the "Brown Lady of Raynham Hall" is the ghost of Lady Dorothy Walpole (1686 -1726), the sister of Robert Walpole, generally regarded as the first Prime Minister of Great Britain. She was the second wife of Charles Townshend, who was notorious for his violent temper. The story says that when Townshend discovered that his wife had committed adultery with Lord Wharton he punished her by locking her in her rooms in the family home, Raynham Hall. According to Mary Wortley Montagu, Dorothy was in fact entrapped by the Countess of Wharton. She invited Dorothy over to stay for a few days knowing that her husband would never allow her to leave it, not even to see her children. She remained at Raynham Hall until her death in 1726 from smallpox. Read more ...




Borley Rectory

Borley Rectory is often called "The most haunted house in England." The site of the rectory originally held a monastery, which was inhabited by Benedictine monks.




Ancient Rome

There are many references to ghosts in ancient Roman mythology. In 44 B.C., Brutus, an army general, spearheaded a plot to murder Julius Caesar. On March 15, he and his co-conspirators stabbed Caesar to death. Shortly thereafter - Brutus was visited by a huge apparition/ghost claiming to be Julius Caesar, and who then revisited him the night before battle. The purpose of the vision became clear to Brutus, who took it as an omen of doom. The battle was lost and Brutus killed himself afterwards. In Shakespeare's Julius Caesar the phantom is described as being that of Julius Caesar.

The ghost of the Roman Emperor Caligula was said to haunt the Lamian Gardens of Rome, where his body had been hastily and unceremoniously buried after his assassination.




Japan

The Kuchisake-onna was said to have caused mass hysteria throughout Japan during the spring and summer of 1979.

Japan's Bon Festival uses drums and dancing to ward off the evil dead, much in the same manner of the Hungry Ghost Festival.




United States

Famous Ghosts in American History   History Channel

The White House in Washington, D.C., is said to be haunted by the ghost of Abraham Lincoln and by several lesser specters.

Hollywood, California has been home to many of the great stars and there are those who believe that their ghosts remain there after death, earning it the name Haunted Hollywood.

The former prison island of Alcatraz off the coast of San Francisco is said to be home to a number of ghosts of prisoners who died there.

Athens, Ohio is named one of the most haunted places in America, and is known to contain many ghosts. One interesting fact is that, when drawing a line from each of the 5 graveyards, one creates a pentagram. Inside this pentagram is a college that is considered the most haunted campus in America.

The city of New Orleans is sometimes called 'America's most haunted city' with numerous ghost reports, especially in the French Quarter. New Orleans' ghosts include pirates from the 18th century, through to 20th century spectres.




Winchester Mansion

The Winchester Mystery House is a mansion in San Jose, California which was once the personal residence of Sarah Winchester, the widow of gun magnate William Wirt Winchester. The property and mansion have been claimed to be haunted - including by Winchester herself - since construction commenced in 1884. Under Winchester's day-to-day guidance, its "from-the-ground-up" construction proceeded around the clock, without interruption, until her death on September 5, 1922, at which time work immediately ceased. The cost for such constant building has been estimated at about US $5.5 million (equivalent to over $75 million in 2012). It now serves as a tourist attraction.

Though it is possible Sarah Winchester was simply seeking a change of location and a hobby during her lengthy depression, other sources claim that while consulting The Boston Medium, Winchester came to believe her family and fortune were haunted by the ghosts of people who had fallen victim to Winchester rifles, and that only by moving West and continuously building them a house could she appease these spirits. Located at 525 South Winchester Blvd. in San Jose, California, the Queen Anne Style Victorian mansion is renowned for its size and utter lack of any master building plan.




Canada

The Fairmont Chateau Laurier is a 660,000-square-foot hotel with 429 guest rooms in downtown Ottawa, Ontario, located near the intersection of Rideau Street and Sussex Drive and designed in the French Gothic Chateauesque style to complement the adjacent Parliament buildings. The hotel is above the Rideau Canal locks and overlooks the Ottawa River. The main dining room (now the Laurier Room) overlooks Major's Hill Park. The reception rooms include the Wedgewood-blue Adam Room; the Laurier Room defined by Roman columns; the Empire-style ballroom and the Drawing Room featuring cream and gold plaster ornament. The hotel was designated a national historic site in 1980.

The hotel is said to be haunted, with numerous guests reporting to have seen the ghost of Charles Melville Hays and experiencing paranormal activities. Stories of the haunting began when Charles Melville Hays died on his return voyage on the RMS Titanic from Europe 12 days before the hotel's opening. Stories suggests that Hays' ghost rests within the hotel due to its significant importance to his life, and the fact that he never witnessed the grand opening due to his death. Guests have also reported seeing the ghost of a small child, and experiences the feeling of "being watched" the moment they enter the hotel. Other guests have also reported eerie sounds from the hotel and unexplained shaking.


List of reportedly haunted locations in Canada   Wikipedia




Hauntings - War Zones - Accidents

Sometimes when the deaths of souls has been tragic - the frequency of the deaths remains in a specific geographic location which sometimes becomes activated on the anniversary of those events. These are sometimes referred to as 'Psychic Imprints'.

Wherever massive deaths and violent confrontations occur in a specific area, there is always the possibilities that ghosts may roam that area.

War Zones

In many war time battle zones - where hundreds of souls are killed in a short span of time - their souls remain trapped in the dimensions of the Earth plane - waiting to be freed. Many of them are stuck there because - they spirits do not know they have died - there are not enough guides to show them to the other side - the portals to the other close and trap them between dimensions.

The souls might even continue to fight battles in the astral plane (fourth dimension) even though the war ended a long, long time ago. They may not realize that they have died and will continue to wage battle with other trapped souls.

This could result in some degree of unexplained manifestation on the physical Earth plane - such as bushes moving - unexplained noises , etc. 'Psychic sounds' are by far the most reported phenomena in all cases of haunted areas.

Another way of looking at this are - parallel realities - where as in another reality that is parallel to us - the battle is still playing out.

People passing within the frequencies of the area where the battle occurred - will pick up the energies of the battle and the cries of the trapped souls. This will occur with stronger impact on the anniversary of the battle - when a sort of portal opens to those events. There are psychics / mediums who know how to release the trapped souls - so they no longer haunt the area.




The American Civil War (1860's)

Many incidents occurred that result in ghostly manifestations to this day. The bloodiest battle ever fought on American soil occurred during the The American Civil War.

Incident 1:

Incident 2:




Ghost or Phantom Ships

A ghost ship is a term used for two types of vessels.

The first use refers to an ethereal ship that appears as a ghostly apparition. They are usually ships that have been lost at sea or have been sunk, but somehow mysteriously reappear.

The second use of the term describes a real ship that is thought to be lost or sunk but physically reappears later, usually after their crew mysteriously disappear without any explanation or die by some unknown cause.

Perhaps the most famous of this type of ghost ship is the Mary Celeste, a ship that was found abandoned between Portugal and the Azores in 1882, devoid of all crew although the ship was completely intact.

Another of this type of ghost ship was the MV Joyita discovered abandoned in the Pacific in 1955.

In 2006, the Jian Seng was found off the coast of Australia, and as of 26 March little is known of its origin, or reason for being here.

Ghost ships are generally linked to shipwrecks and disasters on water. The ghost ship usually appears at the scene of the disaster on a stormy night as a projected illusion.

Many stories involving the sightings of ghost ships come from the British Isles and surrounding areas - this includes the Goodwin Sands. Legend has it that more than 50,000 people lost their lives on the sandbank.

The 'Lady Lovibond' is the most famous of the ghost ships. It was shipwrecked on February 13, 1748. Every 50 years the Lady Lovibond is seen as a ghost ship in the area.

Pirates who sailed the seas in the 17th and 18th centuries are often associated with ghost ships.




Phantom Ships

Whether observed on land or at sea, can often be explained as optical illusions. Mariners are familiar with the sight of ships sailing through the sky above the horizon - a simple mirage caused by the refraction of light rays.

Among the most famous of the phantom ships is the legendary The Flying Dutchman. This sailing ship, feared by mariners as an omen of disaster, supposedly appears during stormy weather off the Cape of Good Hope, at Africa's southern tip. According to one version of the legend, Van der Decken, the captain of the Flying Dutchman, swore that he would round the cape even if he had to sail straight into the wind. Because of this oath, Van der Decken was condemned to sail forever against just such an adverse wind. According to folklore, the Flying Dutchman is a ghost ship that can never go home, but must sail 'the seven seas' forever. It is usually spotted from afar, sometimes glowing with ghostly light. If she is hailed by another ship, her crew will often try to send messages to land, to people long since dead. The name Flying Dutchman has become synonymous with ghost ships; its name often used as a generic term for any apparition-type ghost ship.




RMS Queen Mary I


Following A HREF="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS_Queen_Mary">Queen Mary I's permanent docking in California, the ship became a subject of haunting rumors. Since the 1980s, this supposed haunting has figured significantly into the marketing and promotion of the ship, with various attractions and tours presenting the theme for visitors. The ship was voted "one of the top 10 most haunted places in America" by Time Magazine in 2008.

In particular, Cabin B340 is alleged to be haunted by the spirit of a person who was murdered there, and people have reported hearing sounds of children playing in the nursery. Other reported ghosts include a young sailor who was accidentally killed in the ship's engine room, crew members of the Curacoa who were killed when Queen Mary collided with her, and an unidentified "lady in white". At least one book has been written on the subject.

Door 13 in the engine room is the place where a 17 year old young man was crushed trying to escape a fire. People have heard knocking from the pipes around which sometimes feels hot to the touch.


Ghosts sighted here in the Shaft Alley which is the long space
that provides access to the Queen Mary's propeller shafts.



The Swimming Pool Dressing Boxes

Sounds of people having fun in the pool are heard, but on investigation there is no-one there. Some people are supposed to have seen wet footprints appearing - with no feet making them! Many years ago now, a medium was invited on board the ship and she identified the swimming pool dressing boxes as being the center of the spiritual activity on board the Queen Mary. She called one of the boxes "a portal to another realm". This is one of the most original, untouched areas of the ship. You can see the swimming pool and the dressing boxes area only via the Queen Mary's guided tour today.

In the front desk area of the ship sightings include a mysterious woman in white who will be sighted walking until blocked from view by a pillar and never coming out from behind. Also, a couple has been seen walking down the hall to either side of the main entry to the first class rooms, but are never seen in the hallways themselves. Ghosts have been seen in other areas where people died - such as engine room #2.

During WW II - strange incidents and odors were reported.

An "X-Files" episode depicted the ship as a existing in parallel realities, one during WWII, and one in present day. You could see Muldar and Scully co-exiting in both realities. Other television shows have also incorporated the strange goings-on, in their storylines.

The ship obviously has many interdimensional doorways - that would keep the best of psychics busy in any dimension.




Accident Sites That Are Haunted

This also applies to areas where many car accidents occur and the deceased souls remain in order to influence others to make the area safer - by perhaps putting up speed signs, traffic lights, guard rails, etc. The deceased souls will be seen by those coming into the frequency.


Avon's Haunted Bridge

Between 1906 -1908 a bridge was built over White Lick Creek to hold railroad tracks.

During this period of construction one of the laborers was killed after falling into an unsealed support. The railroad didn't want to waste time or money to get him out, so the support was sealed with the worker still inside. In some versions of this tale, the worker's arm hung out of the support, and had to be cut off.

On hot summer days you can see the ghost's tears on the concrete of the bridge. Some people will tell you that there is no ghost - that the screams are just the product of wind, and that the tears are caused by condensation. But others will tell you that the ghost is real.

There are 2 other stories about ghosts connected to this bridge.

One has to do with a train engineer dying when a train crashed and went over into the creek.

The third version is about a woman who was crossing the bridge. She heard a train coming -jumped off the tracks - but her young child slipped through her arms and died!

Orbs, Ghosts, or Dust on the Lens?




Ghosts and Time Travel

There are instances where a person is physically seen at a specific place and time, yet that person had died a few hours before. In this instance the arriving ghost appears as the real person, speaking and wearing the same clothes.

One might think of this as biolocation, time travel, out of body experiences, parallel reality, or looping in the space/time continuum. There is much about reality shifts that we do not as yet understand.

Mark Twain the writer had an experience like this. He met a women he knew at a reception and then later met her at dinner. However the physical woman was delayed on a train running late for the reception. This reaps of parallel realities. In this case the woman was not actually see a ghost but it was another aspect of herself existing in a parallel reality.




Native American Lore

Ghost Woman

All civilizations around the world speak of the appearance and influence of spirits for reasons that may include:

Our reality has played out many scenarios in the same space - but different timelines - their projected images bleeding into the grid matrix of each experience. Native Americans often recount tales of ghostly manifestations, many that teach lessons. Here are a few examples...

A Teton Ghost Story


Ghost of the White Deer
A lore of the Chickasaw People of Oklahoma




Ghosts in Fiction

A popular genre of literature from the early Renaissance to the early twentieth century was the Dialogues of the Dead. These were based upon the Witch of Endor story and the visions of Hades found in both Homer's Odyssey and Virgil's Aeneid. In Odyssey, Odysseus travels to Hades and sees the shades of his former colleagues, including some he did not know were dead, and pours out fresh blood, which the dead hunger for, until he can find Tiresias and get guidance on his voyages. In the Dialogues of the Dead genre, authors would somehow contrive a device for summoning the dead to a character who would then speak with them and ask them questions about philosophy or current events. These "ghosts" were under control of a great sorcerer or otherwise compelled to speak.

The genre was most popular in the 18th century, and examples were written by many. Jonathan Swift satirized the genre in the third book of Gulliver's Travels by having Gulliver summon the ghosts of former kings and great conquerors and finding, instead of nobility, petty, childish, and stupid people who possessed no wisdom and who accomplished their great deeds for mean and selfish reasons. Further, he finds that the ancestors of many great lords and ladies of his day were stable boys, servants, etc.

In each of these cases, the fictional ghost offers counsel to the living and thus acts as a messenger from the implicitly greater world beyond. However, the ghost messenger can also act in a way reminiscent of the guardian angel in fiction. In some fictions, a departed relative (usually) or friend guides the living to either a moral or material benefit. Such ghosts can either act as a 'deus ex machina' by resolving plot points with supernatural power or as a mentor who offers sagacity to the characters with a limited point of view. Finally, the ghost messenger features in fiction as a ghost in disguise. A character otherwise regarded as living turns out, in the fiction's denouement, to be a supernatural agent.

In folk music, there are songs featuring lovers and objects of affection who must leave before dawn (a variant on the Cupid and Psyche story) because they are ghosts. Additionally, some urban legends, such as the "Hitchhiking ghost", turn upon an anonymous stranger (or Elvis Presley in a common variant) who is revealed to be a ghost in the clinch of the story.

Such a ghost in disguise usually, in fiction, offers statements or visions that are relevant to the plot, but not in a way comprehensible to the characters. Such gnomic or oracular statements reward the reader with knowledge greater than the fiction's participants.




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