LEGENDS & MYSTERIES
Ghostly Definitions & Place Memories
Ghoulies and ghosties
And long leggit beasties
And things that go bump in the night.
Dear Lord, deliver us.
Old Celtic Prayer
- Contrary to popular conception, angels have never been incarnated into
human form and have not lived on earth. Considered to be generally good,
angels are servants of a higher being or God and tend to have specific
purposes to their existence as relating to humans. Some are messengers,
such as Gabriel in the Bible while others are spiritual warriors, such as
Michael. Others act as guardians to humans on earth and are the most
believed in and witnessed angels in our time. Angels have been described
elaborately in various forms, ranging from winged and light filled to
non-descript in plain clothes.
- Like angels, demons have never lived and also seem to have specific
purposes in relation to humans. They are considered evil and serve the
will of Satan. They are known for tempting and tormenting humans and can
manifest themselves in nearly any form. They are known for their ability
to possess humans (and even inanimate objects) and cause them to act or
perform in manners completely alien to their character, including
violently. Removal of a demon requires the services of an exorcist, or
otherwise someone considered pious and pure of heart.
(Vapors and Mists)
- A grey, white or bluish colored fog that appears alone or right
before the appearance of an apparition. The mist may move in all
directions including through physical barriers. It resembles exhaled
breath on a cold day or cigarette smoke and is often erroneously
identified in ghostly photography.
Apparitions - The appearance of a deceased person or animal that
appears in either a definable for blurry form. They often appear suddenly
and quickly disappear at a distance, such as in an upper window of a
house. Apparitions have been sighted moving through physical barriers such
as walls and doors and are often accompanied by a drop in temperature.
Generally, apparitions are harmless.
Free Spirits -
These are entities that travel or interact with the
living. They are also the disembodied spirits of the once living, but they
can choose to drop in and interact. They are free to come and go until
they reincarnate or move on to a higher level of the astral plane.
Ghosts -- A surviving emotional memory of
someone who has died traumatically and tragically but is unaware he/she is
dead. They may appear confused or frightened. Not being ready or yet able
to let go of the physical attachments, they remain in the old and familiar
places, repeating the same acts indefinitely until something or someone
breaks the cycle for them.
Orbs - Small sphere-shaped masses of energy believed to be either the
beginning of an apparition or a complete manifestation unto itself. They move on their own at various speeds. Usually invisible to the
naked eye, they are the most common anomaly captured on film. However, the majority of orbs in photographs can be explained away by
other means such as dust, insects, or camera flaws. A photo of an
orb with a light trail behind is rare and considered more reliable. Orbs can be found just about anywhere.
Poltergeists are a form of ghost that gains energy from people, most
often children or teenagers, and converts it into the ability to move
solid objects. Poltergeists will often announce their presence with
rapping or other noises and generally create disorder. They like to
generate acts of mischief such as throwing furniture about.
Spook Lights - White, blue, or yellow lights seen glowing in the distance at
night. Unexplained, they are known by different names including
ghost lights, will-o-wisps and ignis fatuus (foolish fire). Many
documented examples of ghost lights have been made including the spook
lights around Joplin,
the Marfa Lights in South
the Dover Lights in northwest Arkansas.
Vortexes - Most often spotted indoors, these swirling funnel-shaped
mists show up in photographs with a tread-like quality in the body. These
anomalies may be spirits themselves, but it is becoming increasingly
believed that it is more likely they are a method of transport between two
worlds. They are often seen with orbs but have also been spotted alone.
Some hauntings have an eerie resemblance to
life, where ghosts are busy with activities that are common to living
people such as walking around, talking, or working. "Ghost Experts" describe
these hauntings in several ways. The first is that the ghost is
simply doing something that he/she did frequently in life. The
second assumes that the sci-fi concept of time-space continuum is real and
that sometimes two time frames overlap. The third explanation is referred
to as a "place memory", which is kind of like a recording of a past event
that has imprinted itself on the environment. These are also called
residual hauntings and recordings. Images and sounds are
impressed upon a place and later replayed in a phenomenon that is similar
to watching a loop of a movie film.
So, perhaps there is no ghost in these types of "hauntings", but rather,
some kind of psychic "record" of a person from long ago.
The Ghost Story of
Jack Ketchum appears to be a "Place Memory". Check it out and
see what you think.
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away; yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he?
-- The Bible, Job
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