Are ghosts real? It seems like paranormal groups and TV shows like Ghost Hunters are popping up faster than Vanilla Ice was booted off of Dancing With the Stars (not gonna lie – that made me sad).
Paranormal interest is becoming more mainstream and I get asked the question, are ghosts real more than ever. Let’s relax and chat about ghosts…
Are Ghosts Real?
But I like to call them earthbound spirits.
To me, the word “ghost” feels icky and has a lot of negative connotation around it, like Halloween (the lousy part – like having your house toilet papered – not the good part, like fun costumes and candy!), scary tricks, and of course, all the creepy ghost movies. Sixth Sense – OMG!
Also, earthbound spirits sounds more classy and less scary.
Because ghosts are nothing to be afraid of.
What are Ghosts?
Ghosts are earthbound spirits. Their bodies have died, but they haven’t crossed over to heaven (the Other Side) yet. Why? There are lots of reasons (as you’ll see in a minute).
It doesn’t necessarily mean they are stuck and it doesn’t mean they are afraid.
Are Ghosts Real? Why do they Hang Around?
To Bring Comfort
Earthbound spirits might hang around to communicate with their loved ones – or hope to see something resolved before they pass over.
For example, when my aunt passed away in April, I was a complete mess. For a full week after her passing, I could strongly sense her presence. I was totally grief stricken at the sudden loss, but comforted by her presence at the same time.
She wanted to assure me that she was at peace.
Pass on a Message
Some Spirits have messages they want to pass along to a loved one (as in the case of my aunt), something they didn’t get a chance to tell them before they passed away.
This can happen when someone dies unexpectedly.
Don’t Know they Died
This is the scenario that most people think about when they ask me the question, are ghosts real.
Every once in awhile, a Spirit will not understand that they have died and can’t come back to the body and life that they had.
This is super rare – and working as a psychic medium for over 16 years, I’ve only encountered this ONCE.
There is unlimited Divine help, angels, and other deceased family members to support souls once they leave the body – so it’s super rare that people don’t know they’ve died.
If a person dies, but is afraid or worried about being punished because they lived a bad life, they might try to stick around instead of going into the yummy Light.
They don’t need to be afraid, but sometimes they are.
So even though ghosts are real, the vast majority of spirits go straight into the Light and don’t look back.
And why would they?
When our bodies die, we are welcomed back into the loving, compassionate, joyful energy of Source!
Do Ghosts Haunt People and Places?
Often, “hauntings” are visits from loved ones who want to connect with us.
Here again, the media has made Spirit stuff seem scary.
Sure, there may be times when you pick up on the residual energy of a spirit, but those aren’t “active” haunts.
Residual energy is just leftover energy – an “imprint”. It’s like when you leave a hand print on a foggy bathroom mirror. The hand print stays, but your hand is no longer there – know what I mean?
If you believe you are being haunted, ask yourself if it could be Grandma Jane or Uncle Jack :)
Our loved ones in heaven want us to know that:
- They are safe and happy
- Their problems are over and they are in a place that is filled with love
- They have shrugged off their physical and mental burdens
- They can help you from the Other Side
You’ll also feel Spirit around more when you’re going through a joyous or challenging time. Heck, they may even try to text you :)
How Can I Tell if a Ghost is Trying to Contact Me?
If you feel like you have been visited by a ghost, you probably have.
They have a message they feel is important for you to have right now. If they feel it’s important, you can bet it is, so you definitely want to open up to that.
This happened to my mom recently. First, a picture of my great-grandma fell off of her wall. She hung it back up and didn’t think much of it. The next day, the picture of her mother-in-law fell off the wall!
That’s when she knew someone was trying to get her attention.
She hadn’t been feeling good, but had been putting off going to the doctor. Long story short… she KNEW our loved ones were telling her to get her butt to the doctor. She listened and it saved her life!
How Spirits Connect With Us
In dreams–It’s easy for Spirits to get through to us when we sleep because our logical mind doesn’t second guess their presence.
Moving or changing things–Items are moved, pictures fall (as in the case of my mom), etc. You aren’t going loony – a Spirit is trying to make contact.
Manipulating electronics–Ghosts love technology. Technology is everywhere and it’s easy for them to manipulate since it’s controlled by energy.
Leaving things for you–Ghosts also like to leave little gifts for their loved ones. They will send stuff that makes you think of them, like their favorite flower or bird. They might also leave pennies for you to find.
Are ghosts real? You bet!
Even though ghosts are real, you don’t need to be afraid.
They’re simply spirits that are letting you know they’re here to comfort you when you need them.
Ghosts don’t inhabit people or make them go crazy or any of the other weird stuff you see in the movies. They are just visiting to say hello.