Do ghosts really exist? Yes, and not just during the Halloween season.
Halloween, based loosely on the Christian All Souls Day (also called All Saints Day), celebrates the souls of our departed brethren. Though experienced differently in different cultures, the idea is essentially the same. But the Halloween we know today has been considerably secularized, and has transformed into a popular holiday for kids who know it’s time for Trick or Treating.
It is in fact a day that even adults look forward to, happily decorating their front yards with orange lights strung on porches and bed sheet ghosts hung on trees. But this story isn’t about Halloween that comes only once a year. That day is in some respects just an excuse for the more thoughtful among us to dwell on those supernatural things most of us don’t think about the rest of the year.
Or do you?
Every October, we allow ourselves and our kids to think of those scary manifestations of the dead: GHOSTS! Ghosts are usually associated with houses, but could be in factories, government buildings, restaurants, theaters, hotels, or other commercial establishments. In most cases they “appear” to be the former living occupants, owners, employees, or customers. When ghosts are perceived by the living, and a building gains a certain reputation as home to those earthbound spirits, we call it haunted. . .
So how do haunted houses come into being? Here are some theories:
The most popular explanation is that ghosts are the departed souls of people who left this life rather abruptly, and still don’t understand that they are “dead”. Others believe that ghosts are those who have left some important thing undone in their life, or have suffered some great injustice, and are sticking around to either do that chore or correct that injustice.
My favorite theory revolves around energy dynamics. If you remember some high school physics, you may have learned about the conservation of energy, i.e., energy cannot be destroyed, only converted to some other form. People are bundles of energy, and the Great Question has always been, what happens to human energy when a person dies?
If that energy truly does not die with the human form, and is converted to something else, what is that something other than just cellular decay? Regardless of personal religious beliefs which purport to explain what happens, the fact is those who believe in ghosts believe that in some cases, all or part of that energy remains right here on earth, albeit in a different form.
The energy present in people’s homes is a result of all the energetic things within it: people, plants, pets, etc. Practitioners of feng shui believe in the positive and negative flow of such energies, and their substantial effect on the occupants within. Healers believe that ailing people, pets, and places can actually be “healed” by the conscious direction of positive energy.
So to ask why ghosts tend to hang around properties, we might hypothesize that the people who live in homes eventually imprint the structure with their energies (if they have lived there long enough). Have you ever walked into someone’s house and immediately felt really good about the people and objects within it?
Believers would say the occupants’ positive energies are part of the house. On the other hand, have you ever been in a place where you just felt bad for some unexplainable reason, regardless of what was going on or what conversations were taking place? These energies can be very positive or very negative. It depends on who lives (or lived) in the house, and what they did. For example, husbands and wives who might have argued incessantly while in their home could have imparted these “bad vibes” to the house itself.
Consider a home where there was a murder, a suicide,or some other kind of violent energetic episode, and you may be considering a haunted house!
Such hauntings are not always the result of violence or ill will. They can also stem from the friendly soul who perhaps needs to send a message to the living, right a wrong, or finally realize that he or she has passed on (they don’t always know it). May all of your Halloween ghosts be friendly!
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