What is a ghost?

Many people believe a ghost is an evil entity sent to cause havoc and scare us to death. This is not the case. There are many different theories on exactly what a ghost, or spirit, is. Since we can not sit one down and ask it directly, we must make our best conclusions based on evidence that has been collected by investigators.

One of the most common beliefs on what makes a spirit or ghost is energy ie people who have passed on, and non-human entities that share our earth. When a person passes on to the next life they do not always leave the earth. Often a spirit will become attached to a place, person, or object that has had a great emotional significance to them in life. This does not mean there was some gruesome death or violent murder that keeps the spirit around.A spirit can also stay to be with or watch over the ones they loved in life. More often than not a haunting is nothing more than this. There are times that a haunting is caused by malevolent and/or non-human entities, such as demons and fairies, these will be elaborated on in a separate article.

Different circumstances cause different types of hauntings. For example, soldiers marching on a battlefield over and over, is what is known as a residual haunting. This can be compared to rewinding and playing a tape on a VCR. The spirit has no knowledge of what is going on around them and will continue this pattern for an indefinite amount of time. These are the most common hauntings and there is no need to fear them.

Moving on from there, we come to intelligent hauntings. An intelligent haunting is a spirit that interacts with the world around it. This can be anything from looking at you to moving objects around. They follow no set pattern and activity can vary in duration and intensity. Most often an intelligent haunting is the result of a human spirit that has decided not to move on or does not know they have passed on. They may be frightening but that does not make them evil. Usually the bumps in the night are nothing more than an attempt to get attention from you. It is important to know that these human spirits are just like us, and when ignored they get irritated, which can cause an escalation in activity. Sometimes simply acknowledging the spirit will calm them down and help to ease any uncomfortable feelings you may have.

Lastly we come to inhuman, demonic, and evil spirits. Since these are not "ghost" I will not go in to detail in this article. Let me just say that if you feel that an entity in your home is evil or inhuman it is best advised to contact NIPRA immediately. You maybe thinking "I'm going straight to my religion." and there is nothing wrong with that, however there is the possibility of angering the entity and causing activity to escalate. Having informed advice from a professional group will help you in making the decision of what your next step should be. NIPRA does not endorse any specific religion and will not impress personal views on to anyone, but NIPRA does have contacts in the religious community that will be happy to assist clients wishing to pursue this course of action, at the client�s discretion.

Now back to ghost. We know about different types of hauntings and why a spirit would choose to linger but how do they manifest themselves? The most common theory is that a spirit will use electrical and electromagnetic energy around them to make them selves known. All electrical devices have an electromagnetic field around them. These fields also surround our Earth to protect us from the sun. Usually when there is a high level of activity, EMF readings are higher than normal. A simple example would be that a spirit is like a sponge and it absorbs the energy around it. When the spirit uses this energy it can manage to interact with us.

So, now we have an understanding of what a ghost is. Hopefully, this will make you feel more comfortable with anything you may be experiencing, and as always NIPRA is more than happy to answer your questions or help you with any paranormal problems you may have.

For the believer no proof is necessary, for the non-believer no proof is possible (Stewart Chase 1929)

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