What are ghosts, spirits, souls, apparitions, ethereal, psyche, angels, exorcisms, spirit guides, ouija and seance?

February 7, 2008

Originally posted at evansnf (dot)wordpress(dot) com under Meta-Physical Info

Just like you, I looked everywhere for simple logical answers and not opinions. After months of researching various resources and attending courses, I know I have the simplest answer. All skeptics call these sort of concepts as delusional, paredolia, hallucinatory, illusions, fantasy, dreams and imagination; but if you “believe” or “know” otherwise, here is a short, simple and concise definition.

A ghost or spirit is a mind without or outside a physical body. That’s it.

Spirits, apparitions, angels, psyche, ego, id and souls are the synonyms of the same.

My wife and I deal with these on a daily basis. We have assisted over 50 spirits move into the light or back to source. After 13 years of witnessing my wife’s psychic experience and mediumship, I have been able to completely understand and write about this. The text here is divided into multiple short easy reads.

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~What are they?~
They are earth bound spirits and in almost all cases they were unhappy at the time of their departure. The terminology used to describe them differs in different cultures. They, just like us, are sentient. Each personality is unique just as the different people we know in the physical form.

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~the human concern on ghosts~
Ghosts/spirits have been termed as good & bad by those who are unaware of its lost meaning. Most good spirits are really positive emotion energy sources and parade as guardian angels or spirit guides. They constantly help people evolve into positive minds. These guardian angels or guides could be anyone you have known or not known from your living life. They are there to serve you when you truly make efforts to help yourself or when you need to perform an act of selflessness.
The ones termed bad aren’t really bad in the sense of the word, but just insecure, lost, less evolved and selfish. Some call them energy vampires, evil spirits or versions of Satan or the devil. These negative spirits are usually the dissatisfied ones unconsciously seeking help while in self denial. As they are selfish in their ways, they are easily attracted to selfish acts by you or me. Its the law of attraction: Like attracts like. This is one of the reasons why its wise not to call spirits for personal help unless its an act of selflessness. Your guardian angel may not help you keep them at bay once you receive help from such negative sources. Its a price you pay for being selfish and interfering with the “results” of your actions/karma (i.e. interfering with your destiny). I suggest watching “The Sixth Sense” and paying keen attention to the script. All scripts are written very carefully; each sentence specifically revealing crucial details about the concept. Some Hollywood script writers and movie makers are already aware of this as a reality and quite a few movies have their scripts tuned to put the point across in a subtle format.
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~spirit assistance~
Helping ghosts or spirits move on into the light is quite an age old practice. The easiest of it is achieved by complete spiritual belief in prayers or seances. This is done by praying to your guides or for those who are religious, pray to your version of a “God”. Its best to speak or think with your heart and not with mantras or incantations you barely understand. Your spirit helpers, guides and healers in the astral world (or emotional world) can read your emotions from your prayers even when you think it before they help these lost souls move on. However, if you have discovered your own psychic abilities and have overcome your fear of this unknown, you can assist them in a way as simple as you would help your friends move on in their troubled lives; through talk, empathy, listening, understanding and hope. Most of the time spirits don’t know that they are dead and need help to recognize this. They are just confused, lost and need love. When you feel they are ready, ask them to move into the light. Sometimes some may keep coming back for more help but this requires only additional patience & sensitive nurturing. If you would find yourself being drained, ask other spirit helpers or guides for assistance as well. This can be easily done through emotions and thoughts/prayers. All spirits, especially those seen as evil or bad, need help. Its up to you if you have it in you to help them. If not, no worries, there are plenty who constantly take up the part time task of making this place a more positive environment. There is plenty of reading material on-line on this subject. Google using “spirit assistance”
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~how to see a ghost or spirit~
Ghosts or spirits exist in the astral plane (synonyms: emotional realm, mental plane, ethereal). If you are in touch with your emotions, there is a good chance you can emotionally feel or see their presence (also known as extra sensory perception – ESP). Some appear as auras and some exactly as they might have appeared in the physical. Since we all have minds, it is but logical to be able to meet spirits in the mental plane (an area of debate with skeptics). Some say that you require your minds eye (ajna, third eye, 6th chakra) but it means the same as mind. For the most part, you would need to meditate regularly as a practice. This might also help heighten your physical senses bringing you to one or more of these states:
Clairvoyance: Heightened sense of sight
Clairaudience: Heightened sense of hearing
Clairgustance: Heightened sense of taste
Clairscent or Clairalience: Heightened sense of smell
Clairtangency or scrying: Heightened sense of touch
Clairsentience: Heightened sense of knowing how you feel
Clairempathy: Heightened sense of knowing how others feel
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~How to be a ghost or a spirit?~
You already are one since you possess a mind; but in the true sense of it all, please do a course in Vipassana to see the world like it is. This will help not just heighten your senses, but will also teach you how to have an out of body experience (astral projection). In this state, you will be completely conscious outside your physical body with abilities beyond experience. There are plenty of other courses available and I know some are taught by the International Academy of Consciousness and The Monroe Institute of Hemi Sync Research.
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~How do people become ghosts?~
Based on plain physical human knowledge, ghosts or spirits are the astral/emotional remains of what used to be the person in the human physical projection; but the reality is that the physical is just a temporary projection (or presence) to aid in learning the concepts of true satisfaction. The astral/spirit world is our real home and the astral body (mind), the real body. The physical plane is just a school of learning. We incarnate a number of times to complete our karmic tasks as students or teachers. You’d be surprised to know that you have many ghosts of your own past lives. These are normally termed as past life egos and predominantly take control of your life as you live this one out. Its easily noticeable especially when your behavior is out of control and you have no clue or realization on why you behaved so bad. Past Life Regressionists usually refer to these events as reliving emotions from your past life. Google on karmic groups for additional information or just read the book “Many Lives, Many Masters” by Dr. Brian Weiss.
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~Rituals to get rid of evil spirits~
Every ancient culture has it. There are incantations, incense sticks, yagnas or yajnas, candles, exorcisms, smudging with dried sage, cauldrons, silver bullets, crosses, herbs, etc, you name it. The rituals are aplenty, you can buy a mask in Africa or place a black dot or eye in India to ward off nazar or evil spirits. What I am about to say will be a bit far fetched if you haven’t researched the concepts of the consciousness, astral realms, out of body experiences or near death experiences. These rituals come from age old traditions that are active in universes other than our own physical universe. Within the astral realm, there are parallel worlds where souls live the same way we do. For them, their life is equally physical as we live ours but their laws of physics differ. Their laws may involve telekinesis or magic wands or communication like telepathy. These rituals we perform originate from those worlds. It comes to us through people from those worlds who incarnate into ours or from people who astral project into that realm. (Astral project is to put your mind into a form of trance which some people refer to as OBE or out of body experience. This projection, like they do in the movie Matrix while sitting in their chairs, helps you visit other worlds that we usually deem as fantasies. )
Within the physical realm, these rituals do no actual good except soothe your mind into a belief that everything is fine. Its important to note that the end goal is peace of mind and this can be achieved even without rituals. The next time you run around warding off spirits with symbols of religion in your hand or screaming prayers, do remember that there are simpler ways to help them leave; ask spirit guides for assistance or channel to them with positive thoughts and persistent empathy. I just hope that spirit is not related to you from your past or present life. It would be really tough if you would have to pay karmic debts by constantly or unwillingly helping them.
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how do ouija boards or seances (séances) work?
When spirits are called to answer questions using ouija boards or seances, in every case, the spirit is either hosted by one of the members pushing the planchette or the spirit assists in its movement. This person could temporarily pose as a spirit medium and in some selfish cases, spirits drains them out of their energies for days or months. If you jumped straight to this section, do read about the ‘human concerns on ghost’. For more on ouija, try Wikipedia.
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~what is paranormal?~
Anything outside the laws of physics is considered paranormal. The mind is one example of the paranormal even though we all have one and its quite normal. Minds do not follow laws of physics and hence poses a real problem for skeptics and researchers. Traditionally speaking, the paranormal is what cannot be physically sensed by majority of humans or physical instruments. Emotions are what I have found out that exists under the general categorization of paranormality. Ghosts, angels, demons etc are all minds with emotions and hence emotions itself. You won’t find this specific explanation anywhere online.
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~Skeptics: Spirits & Ghosts on Camera~
There are plenty of picture and video galleries available on-line where sightings have been displayed. But lets be honest, for skeptics, be it any skeptic, until they witness it in person to a convincing degree, they will not yield. Trusting other’s experience is something skeptics have not been able accept; its a fair justification. All afterlife experiences are meant to be personal and individualistic. Its a starting point to understanding that there is more beyond the everyday rut and to understand that you are not here by accident, that you have a purpose in this lifetime with karmic duties towards close friends and family. Spirit sightings are well meant to awaken these thoughts.
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But are they really visible on camera?
The answer is:
Only if they want to be seen in that way and know how to project into the physical. There are various reasons for why they may make their physical presence felt.

They are related to you in some way and trying to talk to you
A past life or current life karma with them could need closure
To awaken your curiosity about the afterlife
To have you question traditional dogmas and doctrines
To have you question gaps in science itself
To have you question life in its biggest picture
To ask the really big questions!

There are plenty of reasons and you need to find that specific one.

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~Physics and the Astral Realms~
First, the words astral, emotional, mental and ethereal are synonyms as per my research work. Not everyone may agree.
Ghosts/minds/spirits in general cannot be sensed by physical objects unless they project into the physical at will. When I say project, I mean making themselves available at physical frequencies detectable by physical instruments. All forms of physical instruments render useless if a spirit does not wish to be noticed. This is one of the main reasons that hunting the physical realm for something that is mental is always never accurate or reproduce-able. The emotional or mental realm can only be accurately researched using mental or emotional means.

Further Reading:
Here’s a link to Paranormal Terminology & thanks to a reader: a link to more terminology @ psychic-junkie.com

Here’s another one on how to spot a fake psychic. and one on the 5 Biggest Mistakes when selecting a Psychic

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