Originally posted at evansnf (dot)wordpress(dot) com under Meta-Physical Info & continued from Part I

In my last post, I classified different forms of alternative therapy into two main categories. While you familiarize yourself with information on these subjects, its always great to understand it at its core without spending too much time. In the early stages of spiritual learning, we usually delve into many practices associated with ancient ritualistic or Shamanic beliefs. A lot many claim the powers of gemstones, sun catchers, smudging with dried sage, etc, due to their ancient spiritual connect. Even though these concepts diminished in the past, it has now regained its spot in the holistic market place. There is a good reason for why they believe it works.

~’they believe’~
Belief is the only ingredient common in all therapies. If you believe that it will work, it will. However, over time, it makes sense to believe in the ultimate life force; the consciousness behind any therapeutic belief: ‘Yourself’; i.e. your true inner self. Some holistic healers may deny this but the secret really is that these therapies only work when ‘you’ believe it.

~reality check on different forms of therapy~
As you make your way through understanding holistic forms of therapy from various people and sources, it will be like walking into an auto mall. Every car is the best car and every car salesman wants you to have it. Like always, what matters is how you feel when you drive it. The only way to know this is to either try them all or stick with what resonates with yourself and your daily life style. If you like music, then its easy to point out that sound therapy will work well for you. All these forms of alternative therapy concentrate on healing using the non physical energy system – your emotions.

~synopsis of each therapy~
(in alphabetical order – use CTRL-F to quickly find topics)
In the last post I classified the different forms of therapy. Here is a quick run down with its core essence laid out.
Thumb Rule:
a. Anything that helps de-stress and soothe the mind is considered therapeutic.
b. There is a fine line between therapeutic use and addiction. Addiction issues when recognized can be resolved using these forms of therapy as well.

AcuEnergetics:
Same as Chakra Therapy in a nutshell. Its also known as Harmonics Energy Balance. Therapists use a concepts in Chakra therapy to heal. The basic principles are the same but with a different name. Read on Chakra Therapy in this post.

Acupressure:
In the first part I mentioned that our astral / emotional body is attached to our physical body at various points along its length. These points have various names as chakras, pressure points, vortexes, psychic centers, meridians, energy centers, etc. Acupressure is associated with applying physical pressure to these points and transferring emotional energy, chi or prana through fingers unblocking the blocked chakra. Hands are considered healing agents in every form of physical contact therapy. Pressure points are gateways that channel healing energies to the main chakras. You would need to understand the concept of chakras before this entirely makes sense. Try this link healing.about.com for some basic clarity on chakras.

Acupuncture:
This is very similar to acupressure; the only difference being the use of pricks via pins or needles at the same points. This is also called Meridian Healing. Medicine.net has a great FAQ on this subject.

Aromatherapy:
Its the therapy where the use of scents from essential oils are used to heal certain common ailments. This educational site offers some great information on some more basics and is worth a quick glance.

Astral Projection:
Healing through Astral Projection or Astral Travel usually works by just understanding the experience of the non physical universe. The other term for it is ‘Out of body experience’ or soul travel. This is the phenomenon of your soul or mind leaving your body. Some use Astral Projection to perform a Past Life Memory investigation which can be very healing. It helps to understand how one may suffer certain trying disorders in spite of medication. For the most part, it helps with building confidence in the greater purpose of life and karma.

Auric Healing (Aura Healing):
Auras are created by the energies from each chakra. The strength of an aura reflects the emotional IQ of the person. Better the Aura, better the E-IQ. The basic principles for healing are the same as Chakra Therapy. Read on Chakra Therapy in this post.

Chakra Therapy (Chakra Balancing):
If you have read about chakras from part 1 of this post, you would understand that the mental or astral body has 7 chakras along the length of a person’s physical body. Each of these 7 points are associated with emotional and physiological illness that represents a physical organ or gland. Before a physical illness appears, an emotional illness is considered to be the cause of the fall in bodily defenses. Chakra therapy is the foundation of every other therapy. Further information can be found from the combination of both these sites Astral Mate & The School of Tantra. On a another note, there is a correlation between Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and The Chakra System (highlighted by Norwick Gray).

Cognitive Therapy:
Also called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, the focal point is tuning emotions and hence the outcome of thoughts. The targeted outcome is to change the way we think. Most therapists use this method to help clients empower themselves to solve their emotional issues. It goes by many names: Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Rational Behavior Therapy, Rational Living Therapy, Cognitive Therapy and Dialectic Behavior Therapy. The National Association of Cognitive Behavioral Therapists have a quick read on this subject. This form of therapy does not specifically aim at resolving physical illness.

Color Therapy:
The same as chakra therapy but using colors to heal. Certain colors tend to magnify certain emotions or the lack of it. By understanding the need for certain colors you understand personal issues that one faces and its physical consequence. Gemstones therapy is a subset of color therapy and color therapy is a subset of chakra therapy. For example, if your favorite color is blue, it indicates that you might have issues speaking up or being open and frank with people. Here’s a link to a chart in Chakra Therapy; each color representing physical ailments and emotional symptoms. Please refer to Chakra Therapy in this post for additional info.

Crystal Healing:
Read on Gemstone Therapy in this post.

Energy Balancing:
Read up on Chakra Therapy. Its the same base concept.

Exorcism:
Please read up on Spirit Releasement Therapy in this post.

Expressive Therapy:
A form of therapy that is targeted to clear blockages in the 5th or throat chakra. The 5th chakra represents innermost creative expression. Expression can occur in any creative form; through writing, dance, vocals, music, painting, craft, sculpting, architecting, etc. The Wikipedia has great examples on this subject.

Food Therapy:
A process using healing properties of various natural foods to cure ailments. I dug out this site (natali.co.uk) that has an illness to food matches.

Gemstone Therapy:
The concept of gemstone therapy arises from the theory of color therapy. Color therapy in turn associates its roots from Chakra therapy. This article clearly describes the roots of Gemstone Therapy. However, these forms of therapy creates dependencies on external objects; its best to resolve emotional issues associated with each unbalanced chakra to completely balance self.

Gestalt Therapy:
The concepts in Gestalt Therapy served to evolve into NLP. See NLP in this post. More history here @ wikipedia.

Guided Imagery
Have you heard of a therapist who asks you to imagine lying on a beach.  And from there on, he or she tells you to imagine a further sequence of steps as narrated by him/her? This is guided imagery.   Visualizations that use the imagination to heal both mind and body. It boils down to restoring balance in every chakra using the third eye or 6th chakra (ajna). Since the obvious form of modality here is using the mind to heal, it brings focus to Chakra therapy as the base foundation for identifying symptoms, emotional causes and implementing fixes. Eupsychia has some good information on definitions and how-to.

Harmonics Energy Balancing:
Read up on Chakra Therapy. Its the same base concept.

Hecatean Projection
A type of astral projection where one gets projected into a negative emotional area made of fear, hate, jealousy, anger and other remaining deadly sins. It is definitely not therapeutic. Read up on astral projection for more information on how projections can be therapeutic.

Energy Healing with Chi, Ruah, Prana:
Chi, Ruah or Prana refer to the same energy: ’emotions’. Since Chakra therapy is about healing using emotions, please refer to chakra therapy for details.

Herbal Therapy:
The use of twigs, leaves, flowers or the entire plant to create healing teas, soups, powders or just skin patches. Ancient Ayurvedic Medicine from India and Herbology in witchcraft are such forms of herbal therapy. Herb to disease matching can be found here (herbsandcures.com).

Homeopathy:
Just like the other forms of therapy, this form of therapy is targeted at the same emotional energy system in the body. The National Center for Complimentary Medicine has explained this concept pretty well. Homeopaths use the concept of ‘like attracts like’, which is the ‘Law of Attraction’.

Hypnotherapy:
Using hypnosis to heal mental and physical conditions. While most sites explain it as using alternate states of your consciousness to heal, these consciousness could be your own, or your Higher Self (spirit guides / guardian angels), or vampiric consciousness that linger from a previous incarnation. New age movements see this as your past consciousness (egos) or other vampiric consciousness creating blockages against self healing. By engaging these consciousnesses and walking through causations of their own emotional blockages, the emotional block in the client clears. As per chakra therapy, these forms of emotional blockages cause physical illnesses; and by clearing these, physical balance is eventually restored.

Landscape Therapy:
Watching natural serenity in pictures, photo slides or in person can have a very soothing effect on your mind. A combination of the sounds of nature, its panaromic views and the natural smell of the earth does relax one’s mind. This is achieved through slide shows as well. That’s all that this form of therapy is – a relaxation technique engaging the visual senses through color combinations and visualizations.

Light Body Activation:
Same as Chakra Therapy in a nutshell. For more details on how this therapy is practiced, read up on an article by Laughing Life coach and Merkaba.

Massage Therapy:
Any form of physical contact therapy aimed at relaxation through overall body massage falls under this category. The names & techniques are aplenty. A consolidated list can be obtained here at Wikipedia.

NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming):
Mostly used in Professional and Self success management, this self empowerment technique is a very high level and neutral form of therapy used to perform self analysis and self rectification. This is best for skeptics who do not wish to engage in understanding spiritual therapy as the core of every alternative therapy. This form of therapy is not designed to heal physical illnesses either. The best source for NLP info is NLP.com. However, if you have faced a road block after using NLP, I suggest investigating the spiritual aspects that form the core of this training.

Past Life Regression Healing (PLR):
This is hypnosis on ‘steroids’ (without the use of any steroids of course). If you haven’t familiarized yourself with the concepts of hypnotherapy in this post, please do before moving forward. PLR is consciously knowing that you have lived in previous lives hence using hypnosis or trance to go back into those lifetimes. The healing effect comes into play when one understands his or her karmic debts from a past life. Past life negative karma’s can cause emotional blockages in any or many of the 7 chakras. By understanding and overcoming these emotional blockages, one can heal the physical and mental self. A clear and simple read can be found here. The site HealPastlives.com is considered to be one of the best sites detailing Past Life Regression Healing.

Pranic Healing:
Read up on Chakra Therapy. Its the same base concept.

Physical Fitness Form of Therapy:
A therapy involving Endorphin release through cardiovascular exercises. It may be assisted with weight training. I personally use the site exrx.net to learn and plan my routine.

Reflexology:
This falls under Massage / Touch therapy and attempts chakra balancing by applying pressure only at end points – hands, feet or ears. Wikipedia hosts a great article on this subject.

Shamanic Healing (Shamans):
Healing through the knowledge of the village medicine men or tribal witch doctors. They use a variety of healing methods that include herbal therapy, soul retrieval (past life regression healing), gemstone therapy (color therapy using gemstones), exorcism (using hypnotherapy) and spirit assistance (assisting consciousness in the afterlife). In the true meaning of the word ‘shamans’, alternative therapists are shamans as well. Its just a broad term encompassing various forms of therapy.

Sound Therapy (Mantra Therapy):
This form of therapy is closely tied to Chakra Therapy where the 7 musical notes (or mantras or chanting) assist in healing various ailments. Try this site (elivia.com) for detailed information and downloadable music notes. On another note, any sound or music that puts your mind at ease comes under this form of therapy. Most musical tunes have all 7 notes. You don’t really need to buy any expensive relaxation CD that claims wonders. Other forms of sound therapy are listed here (biowaves.com). It also include binaural beats from Monroe’s Institute of Hemisync Research.

Soul Retrieval:
It is healing using Past Life Regression. Please read on PLR in this post. A great note on soul retrieval by another author can be found here.

Spirit Releasement Therapy (Spirit Intrusion):
Also known as exorcism, this therapy involves identifying spirit consciousnesses that affect your current life. Known mental illnesses associated with these are schizophrenia, personality or identity disorders. The intruding spirits are identified and confronted through hypnotherapy aided with concepts in past life regression. Shamanic healers or past life regressionists are known for healing this. I’ve had fairly good success with the help of psychics as well; although the information was a bit obscure and left for interpretation. With two schizophrenics in my family, I took my wife’s psychic help to identify the intruding spirits causing them pain.
The spirits that linger around are dissatisfied emotional remains of physical people from your previous lives or in some extreme cases ‘wandering spirits’ that may not be related directly to you. Wandering spirits are easier to release and this can be termed as spirit assistance ( I wrote about spirit assistance in one of my posts here.) However, releasing spirits from your past lives require a little more work; work mostly on your part. These spirits are normally upset with you for a reason unknown to you in this lifetime; past life regression gives great insight on this reason. In most cases, these spirits are past life egos of your own consciousness itself; i.e. unsatisfied version(s) of your previous life. Schizophrenics are one example of this. Their unsatisfied spirit of a previous life constantly intrude and try to quickly resolve what has remained as unfinished business before they had physically died then. In all cases they use negative ways to achieve this; these include hate, anger, pride, self denial, greed, jealousy or any form of an insecure belief. Then there are those affected with personality disorders like MPD or DID. These folks are usually involuntary spirit mediums who host other consciousness in their physical body without control or knowledge. The only way to release these spirits in these cases requires complete the karmic debt payback. The time frame can be as long as paying back house loan payments. Hang in there and seek help from past life regression hypnotherapists on what you may have done in your last life to undergo this pain.

Talk Therapy:
It is just talking about your emotional issues. Please read up on Cognitive Therapy in this post. The definitions vary at various sites but if you look at all of it closely, you will find the commonality.

Taste Therapy:
Therapy through taste has not yet been researched to a great extent. As stated, there are 6 tastes: sweet, bitter, sour, astringent, spicy hot & salty; this page talks about taste therapy and its association with healing.

Tantric Sex:
Sex in general is the most commonly played sport among humans. I hope we all agree that in the mammal world alone, it is the common form of ‘physical’ evolution (excluding artificial means). Fortunately, sex assists in mental evolution as well. Tantric sex is exactly what this is all about; mental / spiritual evolution through sex (i.e. maturity through sex). During a tantric orgasm, emotional energy or chi / prana flows up your spine inducing a fulfilling effect; which is why some have chills right after or during orgasms. As the chi rises, it clears blockages in all chakras having a healing effect. It is a self transforming process with the aim to finally achieve the art of making love in its purest form. The sole intent evolves into pleasing the other by attending to their every sexual and emotional desire. At every age, tantric sex heals, vitalizes and rejuvenates mind and body. Discovery Health has a good 5 page article on techniques and effects. I highly recommend this read.

Therapeutic Imagery:
Same a Guided Imagery listed in this post.

Touch Therapy:
This is the same as Massage Therapy listed in this post.

Visualization:
Its the same as Guided Imagery listed on this post.

Yoga (Hatha Yoga exercise):
The ancient Indian forms of physical exercise with poses targeted to heal specific illnesses. This site
(Truthstar.com/yoga) has some great information on specific exercises/poses to heal specific physical problems.

~Final Note~
The only road to the ultimate higher purpose and potential is to understand how you are associated with Unconditional Love; the ultimate nirvana. Here’s one instance on how to practice Unconditional Love. All forms of alternative therapy assist in sustaining self at peak performance while attempting to attain this new height.

Enjoy your journey!

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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