Are ghosts real? It seems like paranormal groups and TV shows are popping up faster than toast.
Paranormal interest is becoming more mainstream and I get asked, “are ghosts real” more than ever.
Let’s relax and chat about ghosts.
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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 thanks to creepy Hollywood movies like The Sixth Sense.
Also, earthbound spirits sounds more classy and less scary.
Because, honestly, 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? Well, there are lots of reasons (as you’ll see in a minute).
The main thing to know is this:
Being earthbound soul doesn’t necessarily mean a spirit is stuck or afraid.
Are Ghosts Real? Why do they Hang Around?
To Bring Comfort
Earthbound spirits might hang around to communicate with their living loved ones. Or, they may hope to see something resolved before they cross over to the Other Side.
For example, when my aunt passed away, I was a mess. For a full week after her passing, I could strongly sense her presence. Though I was grief stricken at the sudden loss, I was comforted by her presence.
She wanted to assure me that she was at peace.
To Pass on a Message
Some spirits have messages they want to pass along to a loved one. For example, maybe something they didn’t get a chance to tell them before they passed away. This can happen when someone dies unexpectedly.
They 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 won’t realize 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 20 years, I’ve only encountered this ONCE.
There is Divine help, angels, and other loved ones in heaven to support souls once they leave their body. So, it’s super rare that people don’t know they’ve died.
If a person was afraid of punishment in the afterlife because they lived a “bad life,” they may try to stick around instead of going into the 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, joyful energy of spirit!
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 spirits 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 now in a place 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 Do I Know if a Ghost is Trying to Contact Me?
If you feel like you have been visited by a ghost, you probably have.
They may have a message they feel is important for you to have right now. And 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. 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 to a doctor. She listened and it saved her life!
How Spirits Connect With Us
There are all sorts of ways that spirits connect with us. They are:
- In dreams. It’s easy for spirits to connect with us when we sleep. Why? Because our logical mind doesn’t second guess their presence like we are awake. For more information read: Was it a Visit from Spirit or a Dream?
- 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 gifts for their loved ones. They will send us items that makes us think of them, like their favorite flower or bird. They might also leave pennies for you to find.
Are ghosts real? You bet!
But even though ghosts are real, you don’t need to be afraid. They’re simply spirits that are 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… and let you know they love you!