… I have had this discussion on several boards. But what's one more?
I think there are spirits, that will help or look after loved ones. I just don't think they are God created. Same for Satan, I think there are evil demons and very nasty spirits, just don't know if I'd call one the Devil.
There are a ton of theories on Ghosts out there but I have found these three to be the closest to what I believe. Theroy #2 is more for residual hauntings which seem to be quiet frequent in battlefields.
Ghosts are the earthbound souls of the deceased.
This is the most common interpretation when confronted with a visible apparition, and it certainly does fit many hauntings where the apparition is more or less recognizable as someone who is deceased. For most of us, this theory is also comforting, as it hints at a life after the physical body is gone.
One common example of this type of manifestation is when an individual suddenly becomes aware of the death of a loved one through one or more senses. This type of occurrence is often visual, but may just be a sudden "feeling" as if relayed telepathically, or may even come in the form of a vivid dream. Typically, this type of manifestation relays important information to the observer.
We know from science that everything is composed of energy. Our thoughts, feelings, sensations, experiences, and indeed our very souls are all forms of energy. The theory is that when the physical body dies, this energy continues on in some form and can be tapped by living persons sensitive enough to perceive it. Animals seem to be quite sensitive to this type of energy, and many very reliable reports of them avoiding certain rooms, chasing unseen prey, or sitting contently as if being stroked and petted have been recorded throughout history - another indication that this type of phenomena is quite interactive.
Events are somehow recorded in certain surroundings to be replayed over and over to living people sensitive enough to discern them.
This theory accounts for a lot of our ghost legends and is likely the source for virtually all hauntings that repeat again and again, such as the many "lady in white" sightings and ghostly battle reenactments. These apparitions are often visual, but sounds and smells are common too. The catalyst that starts the recording is usually very emotional or violent, such as a war or a mother losing a child. These apparitions never interact with the observer or acknowledge the presence of the observer in any way. They are reported as walking through walls or just disappearing into thin air, and they do not appear to be conducive to photography, though EVP recordings are occasionally successful.
Although most concur that these types of apparitions do appear to be "recorded" somehow in the surroundings, there is disagreement on how exactly we as observers perceive these recordings. One side postulates that it is something within the observer that sets the recording in motion, and that the recording thus "plays inside our heads." The other side postulates that the recording is being played externally for all to see, but that only those with the right "antenna" can experience it.
Thus, as frightening as this type of manifestation may be, the apparition is not a thinking entity, nor does it have a will or a purpose, and it is no more of a threat to the observer than watching a character on a television show.
Ghosts are actual beings living in one or more parallel dimensions.
The concept of a parallel universe is a fairly complex one. To put it simply, this theory suggests that there are one or more (perhaps an infinite number) of complete universes co-existing with us on a plane we are generally not aware of. Picture a lot of soap bubbles all floating around in a room. Each soap bubble contains an entire unique universe, and though there are hundreds of bubbles in the air, each is independent of all the others. Occasionally, two bubbles will collide and stick together, creating a passageway between the two universes.
Any type of spectral appearance, sight, sound, or anomaly can fit into the theory of parallel dimensions. Thus, when we see an apparition, especially one seemingly from another time and place, it could be that we getting a rare glimpse into another dimension or reality and we are seeing events develop in that plane of existence.
Interestingly, it is also theorized that each of us even have parallel selves living on different planes in different stages of development and that we may be aware of them at times on a subconscious level. Obviously, this theory is just that - a theory - but it is a particularly tantalizing one, and hopefully we we progress technologically, more scientific light will be shed on this topic. For more information in this same vein, please see Other Dimensions.
Ghosts Wow you seem to hit it on the spot with what I think bec.
Every thing is made of energy and one this we have learned is that you can not destroy or create energy. So what happens to the energy? It can be transferred into objects and twisted into a different form.
Residual hauntings are when people put out so much energy such as in a murder / rape/ death/ or other tragedy (sometimes you can also get happy times such as a wedding but these are extremely far and few between) you get a 'recorded picture' that can play itself through those objects that were around at the time. all it needs is a trigger perhaps an emotion we admit or if we even have a slight fever that could trigger it too.
As for dimension hauntings I have many theories on that but we shall leave that for another time.
Ghosts Residual hauntings are intersting for that fact alone. A movie, playing over and over. But there is so much to be learned from them. They are quite common on battlefields and places of sorrow. I think perhaps for that reason, they make me sad.
Ghosts My theory is we can feel the sadness radiating off of them there fore we feel what they feel setting a trigger off and playing those hauntings. they usually come at night for two reason i believe one is that they are easier to see at night and we porbably miss them if they do play durring the day. and two the night sets off many emotions in people. Most get scared or have a fear of something that's not there. Put together that you are on a battle field and you have a strong trigger.