10 Things you may want to know about Ghosts
Okay, I know ‘Halloween’ has passed when everyone goes spook mad, but we thought you’d like a snippet of information regardless…?
- There are different types of ‘ghost’. A ‘Ghost’ or ‘residual haunting’ is a replay, a moving photo that has no consciousness. It does not know you are there, hence sometimes, they will move right through you if you’re in their path.
A spirit is you and me; we have consciousness, feelings, thoughts and actions and will act accordingly. These spirits are interacting with you and me when I go ghost whispering, finding out what they need to move on in their journey.
There are also, demons, though very rare, they do interact with us and attempt to cause harm.
- It is believed that Britain is the ghost capital of the world, with more ghostly sightings and haunting than anywhere else in the world. The cities considered the most haunted are, York, Edinburgh and London
- Hauntings do not just happen in old stately homes with centuries of history. They can happen in new buildings, parks, shopping centres, pubs, gardens and even bus stops! If they are ‘ghosts’ it doesn’t matter what you build, if the energy from a previous moment is already there, the new build will not be ‘seen’ by it. If it is a spirit, it has decided to ‘haunt’ that location for a reason.
- The Society for Physical Research was founded in 1882 to investigate the paranormal and to gain proof, using scientific means. One of the early members was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of ‘Sherlock Homes’. The society still exists to this day and is believed to have around 6000 members.
- ‘Ghost hunters’ use an array of equipment these days to try and capture proof of a haunting. Night vision camera, electromagnetic detectors, movement sensors, various UV lights and cameras and simple recording equipment to capture, EVP’s – Electronic Voice Phenomenon – capturing voices of the dead.
- The earliest known ‘ghost’ may be around 3500BC when a tablet made in ancient Babylon around 1500BC was found. The clay tablet depicts a ghost being exorcised and can only be visible under a light. The British museum acquired the tablet in the 19th century, but so far, it is not displayed.
- One of the busiest ‘spirits’ is the second wife of Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn. She is seen in a variety of places. Among them is, Blickling Hall, Norfolk which is believed to have been her birthplace. Even though a manor house was built on top of the old medieval building of her birth, she returns here every year of her murder, 19th May in a grand carriage, pulled by four black horses and some say her head sits on her lap, before the entire scene disappears at the front door.
She is also seen at the site of her murder, The Tower of London. One story from the late 19th century is that a soldier on duty challenged a lady walking towards him one evening. On being ignored, he confronted and plunged his bayonet into the white figure. On seeing the weapon go through the woman he fainted. He was arrested on being found unconscious on duty, but another officer saw the whole episode from the bloody tower and the soldier was let off.
She has been witnessed at Hever Castle every Christmas, this was her childhood home. She has been seen at Windsor castle, screaming as she runs down a corridor before disappearing. Hampton Court, a place she would have known well, and also, Rochford Hall, the place Henry VIII first met, Anne and her doom was put into motion. A busy spirit indeed!
- Ghosts have been caught on camera since they were invented. Yes, there are always those who seek to fake a picture, but, there are also incredible photographs that cannot be explained. (I have caught a few over the years) Some of the most famous ones being, ‘The Brown Lady’ of Raynham Hall, Norfolk. It is believed to be Dorothy Walpole who lived at the hall in the 17th century. The photographer had set up on the wooden staircase and the subsequent picture was published in ‘Country Life’ in 1936.
Waverly hills, Sanatorium in 2006 a young lady is captured in the old tuberculosis hospital. It is believed to be a nurse who hung herself following a fling with a doctor who refused to have anything to do with her once their union produced a child.
Newby Church in 1963 – this was one of the first images I found as a young child which intrigued me. Taken in North Yorkshire, England, the priest who took the photo insists nobody was there. It has been checked and the photograph has not been tampered with.
There are numerous photographs on the internet. If interested, I recommend,
https://www.pocket-lint.com/cameras/news/141224-the-most-famous-ghost-photographs-ever-taken All that I have mentioned are on this list.
- Ghost hunting is believed to be one of the most popular ‘thrills’ for groups to experience. Haunted locations are using their status to entice thrill seekers to spend a few hours in the hope of capturing some evidence of the afterlife. Most ghost hunters charge around £45 for the pleasure. It has become quite a lucrative business. Some of the most frequented are the Edinburgh tunnels and Vaults tours, Shrewsbury Haunted Prison experiences, the Chester Ghost walks and Shiverpool, in Liverpool. The amount of groups that have sprung up to ‘capture evidence’ has increased enormously, with groups popping up all over, as each one vies for your money to take you on a scare of your life, or join a ‘medium’. Most begin at a pub, which doesn’t bode well.
- If you experience something unexplained, don’t be in a rush to scream it is a ghost! A lot of ‘hauntings’ I come across is stagnant energy that is causing noises, drops in temperature, feelings of unease. Remember, if you move into a new home; cleanse it of the old energy. If you do any renovating to your home, cleanse it and re-claim it as your own. Help shift stagnant energy, which might attract a negative spirit by opening every window, every door, every cupboard, drawer, even your purse and cleanse your home from your front door, clockwise and say out loud, ‘This is our home. We ask the Angels to protect our home at every door and every window. Let there be only positive energy here. Let all residual energy leave now.’ Or words to that effect.
Many Blessings of Samhain to you
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