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.

~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.

~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.
~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”
~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
~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.
~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.
~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.
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.
~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.
~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.
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.

~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


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

Topics mostly covered are dark magic, black magic, nazar, voodoo, bad vibes, karma, choice and finally how to perform white magic. I’ve researched quite a bit on this subject and even though it’s been classified as a myth, there has been very little understanding of it among the masses. Skeptics can remain skeptics and reject it in denial but for those who have had experiences that they can’t deny, here’s a quick lo-down. Since this s a vast subject condensed into very little space; I’d recommend further reading.

~introduction ~
To make this an easy read, I’m going to simplify the concept of Black and White magic on the physical plane we call earth. I say this only because the Harry Potter type black and white magic does not occur here in the way we know it from media and books; but it does occur here in a different format. Sorry to burst your bubble but poking pins into voodoo dolls doesn’t really work the way you expect them to ;).

~magic in other worlds~
In this earthly dimension, the rules of physics are followed closely, and while there are people that believe there is no such thing similar to Magic, the only reason you may have come here is to understand how it really does occur. The most expected form of quick Harry Potter type magic occurs in parallel dimensions (other astral planes). These are universes and worlds parallel to ours and can only be visited in non physical ways. I know this sounds far fetched but so does your search for concepts on magic. These concepts of parallel universes can be experienced through courses in Vipassana or Out of Body Experiences – Astral Projection ( these are like basic driving lessons before you spin your first ferrari ).
The magic in this physical universe is a lot slower in terms of time but you have felt it and continue to feel it. Before we get into this, you must understand that most of us have ignored the mind to be a sensory tool and more so, the primary sense. The mind supersedes the 5 physical senses. No mind, no life, no sense, it is that simple. For those who are multi-sensory and have knowledge of the seven senses (5 physical + 2 emotional); its simpler to understand how black or white magic occurs.
We live in an “Emotional Universe” and that is the basic underlying foundation. Any form of magic starts with emotions and ends with it. To perform the best styles of magic, you need to understand emotions, especially self emotions.

~ the concept of magic ~
In simple language, black magic or white magic here occurs in what we call vibes or thoughts (thoughts are emotions wrapped in a humanly understood language). If you have a good thought or good belief about anyone including yourself, it indicates that you have cast a good vibe or a good spell. This is White Magic or the emotion of love. If you have a strong bad thought about someone, you have cast a bad vibe or a bad spell; this is what is known as black magic, nazar, voodoo or the emotion of hate. The power of your magic depends a lot on how well you are connected to the spiritual realm. If you are an astral projector you can effectively put negative (or positive) thoughts into your target victim under strict guidance from your guardians/spirit helpers. However, karma has a way of giving you back exactly what you intended to do to others. In other words, be aware of what you think, it will surely come back to haunt you at some point in your life if not immediately.
When it comes to sensing magic, there are some people who listen closely to their hunches about another person’s honesty or character when trusting them. It’s one of those feelings you can’t explain but you just go with it to be safe. Overtime their true  colors come out exactly as expected. If this applies to you, you have clearly sensed magic sent across to you as a hunch (aka black magic). It’s an indication that your psychic sense catches the thoughts they had about you. These kind of thoughts, beliefs, vibes, emotions, call it whatever you want,  defines the kind the word magic. Furthermore, on occasions you may have good feelings about certain people; you trust them even when you have no reason to. Having a great relationship with them over a period of time indicates the kind of magic they cast and your ability to sense it (aka white magic). It really boils down to the type of emotional energies shared in a relationship.

~the act of voodoo~
How do we perform black magic on someone else?
Most places on-line will suggest to perform some sort of rituals, candles, use of magic sounding incantations, collecting objects, etc and though I think its all cool and fun with costumes and stuff, it really doesn’t help much except make the mood. The bottom line is that you would need to meditate and concentrate on the feelings of hate, anger, pride or jealousy. Sometimes all you need is to gossip about the person you dislike. These thoughts are precisely what you would have been brewing with those rituals and incantations. On the other end, the person will start feeling depressed, have anxiety attacks, helpless and at some instances, suicidal. This lasts only as long as the victim doesn’t realize that he or she is being a target of a psychic attack. (need self defense? read further down this page.) For those who don’t intend to waste time trying to put together rituals to make such attacks, take the direct approach; just be a “bitch!”. Not just behind the back, but in person as well if you really want to take your victim down. “Think ‘bad’, think ‘horrid’, hate, be unforgiving; have hurtful thoughts.” You can do all this without the need of any lifeless objects or superstitious chants; its quite easy. However, if you “believe” that you need rituals and physical objects to cast a spell, then no matter what, that belief will work for you as well. Belief is everything. Even a broom can act as a magic wand if you believe it; but; truly believing in yourself without material or ritualistic use is the ultimate power. After you focus on being entirely negative in your mind towards your victim, you have successfully cast your spell. But for anything to be completely successful, firm practice is required; just like walking; we crawl in the start. Astral projection is another effective way to put bad thoughts into your victims head. Google that term if you don’t understand what it means. There is just one catch to this. Karma. You attract to yourself what you think. Those negative thoughts have a more drastic effect on you than it would have on others.

~voodoo v/s choice? Can voodoo affect me?~
self defense!
Based of improper study and due to lack of data it has always been believed that in this physical realm black magic can be performed on you or on someone else to the point where you or the victim suffers physically without self inflict. This is not true like the way you believe it. Psychic attacks appear as emotions that seem like its coming from yourself. But the only reason bad things happen to us have been due to our karma from present or past life taking effect.  On the other hand, if we are the target person of black magic, and if we are psychic enough to receive the hate vibe, we have a choice; a choice to mirror the same emotion and send it back or use alchemy for positive self defense. Alchemy of  this sort is rooted in empathy and forgiveness. Most positive people are forgiving, understanding and empathize with hateful people. They understand that hatefulness comes from lack of self esteem, lack of control in their own lives and poor understanding of self, true love and boundaries.

Lets suppose that I am attacked, this is what I’d be experiencing. I would feel upset, depressed, helpless, angry or just plain negative and that too for no clear reason. In some cases, I could even drive myself to suicide. But the best way to heal is to reason it out and is usually very difficult to do in that state of mind. In a book by Gary Zukav and Linda Francis called Self Empowerment, I learn that we all have a “choice”. No one can make me do or make you do what you don’t wish to. Even to feel fear is a choice.  It takes conscious efforts to know this and is self empowering especially during a psychic attack. If someone does control us emotionally, it is us who needs to learn to take back control of our emotional state. After all, its our choice to let others control us.

One example of how I got affected has been through vibes from an ex-girlfriend. After I backed out of that relationship, I could constantly feel emotions of depression, hate and regret for me. The emotions were so overpowering that I really needed help to heal all evening. The next morning I woke up to find myself loving my life the way it was and realized that the emotions the previous evening were not mine at all. I told myself that every time I felt depressed that way, I would reason out the source of this depression. I had no reason to be depressed but I did sense that the ex was depressed. These days, as good practice, I constantly remind myself that “I’m a happy person and I don’t like being depressed.”  I wonder where this depression comes from? I question everything. “Is it because I didn’t get something I want? Is it my work? Is it my family? Is it a friend or colleague at work that dislikes me?  Could it be a psychic attack? Could someone be gossiping ill about me? As I narrow my list of suspects, I tend to feel clarity.”
Hate and anger are the most toxic of all emotions. It signifies that we need love. If we stay without love, its effects are visible overtime. Some gain weight, get depressed, get angry, their skin ages faster and they remain in denial. Its when we spend time on feelings like these, will we notice that it slowly burns inside us; we remain in constant anxiety hoping the other person suffers. We waste our precious time being angry, hateful and counter productive. Clearly, the only ones suffering the most is us.
~black magic victim v/s karma~
Not too many understand people, in fact a lot many do not even understand themselves. We are connected to everyone in this universe and all we are doing is trading karma. A nasty event could be the result of an existing life karma or a past life karma and is just a part of your self evolution. We all have a karmic score card that carries points over till we’re worthy of what hindu’s call moksha or mukti from our own karm or deeds (achieving nirvana/zen). The Universe is sometimes cruel to be kind. Bad things occur only to teach lessons of life. It is meant to be a positive end and making this end positive is one’s obvious choice. The faster we learn the faster the problems go away.

~psychics at work~
Psychics on the other hand have privileges to tap in to the emotional/astral realm to gather data about people, past and present. They gather messages in the form of emotions/vibes during their meditation sessions and translate these to local languages. They are the best to assist in finding out sources of black magic or hate towards you, especially if you are really unaware and desperately need help. Due to the number of scams and con artists, pay proclaimed psychics only for a reading and nothing else. We, as regular people are psychics to a certain degree as well (pending practice and belief). When we get good or bad vibes, we are receiving non physical “emotional” messages from someone and this is another word for being psychic, telepathic or mind reading. It should not be mixed with precognition, which is having a hunch or knowing something about a future event.

~some practical situations (self help optional read)~
If you get blamed for something and you feel really horrid, its time you honestly talk to yourself. If everyone hates you or constantly point fingers at you, the only way you can defend yourself is to understand the intent behind what you did before things went wrong. Think for yourself and find out if you honestly had a good intent. If it was a good intent, you need not worry about how others think about you; it is what you think about yourself that matters. However, plenty of people also lie to themselves often to truly realize that their intent was really of malice, greed, jealousy, pride or other insecurities. This check is worth keeping in mind. If you are on the blaming side of things, the only reason you are blaming is because you do not understand or respect boundaries. It happens when you give someone a little power over you and you feel they misused it, hence mis-using you. Its important to gain back self control than letting yourself be misused. Do google ‘boundaries in relationships’ for information while dealing with intrusive control freaks.

Let’s play Harry Potter for a few minutes…
Just like in the world of Magickry, you need to point a wand to a target to get your spell working. In the physical realm we normally know this as pointing a finger, whether it is mentally or in person. Your thoughts define your Magic and just like spells in the magical realms, good thoughts is good Magic, bad thoughts are dark Magick!

~How to perform White Magic?~
Positive Thinking, fostering positive living, healing through Reiki and other forms of therapies all translate to White Magic! It is best to learn the art of the Patronus Charm, or what the enlightened on earth call “Finding True Self” or “Learning to Love Unconditionally”.
I have listed some links that can help transform yourself into a positive life force. I suggest reading these links, especially the first one. It has techniques on White Magic or Emotional Self Defense : ).
Credit goes to the authors!
Life Force and Positive Healing: http://www.learnmindpower.com/articles/life-force-part-iii/
Varied Information on Consciousness, Visualization, Meditation etc http://www.srichinmoylibrary.com/earth-cry/part2/40.html

Happy Magickry!