Why Are Ghosts Here?
SUMMARY: Article by Craig Hamilton-Parker continuing the questions about Earthbound spirits and why are ghosts here. In the following article I want to explain what happens to the earthly astral shell of the dying person, and about those souls who cling to the earth plane and do not immediately travel down that tunnel of light into the afterlife planes. I hope, also, to clear up one or two misconceptions about ghosts and why are ghosts here. Hopefully I will reassure you that you are unlikely to spend eternity haunting the room in which you died or rattling chains in some spooky mansion.
What To Do If You Get Stuck Between Worlds?
You take the corner a little too fast and break a little harder than you should. Now the steering has a mind of its own. You try to compensate, but it’s too late. You’ve hit the curb and now you are hurtling down a steep embankment. At this speed you may be dead in an instant.
When it happened to me, it felt as if someone had pulled the plug on reality. The world slowed down to an almost dead stop. “So this is it,” I thought, yet I was surprisingly calm within. It was the classic my-life-flashed-before-me scenario. All the important events and people in my life filled my head simultaneously. In the same moment, I understood all the things I wanted to achieve in the world and within myself. Just before the car hit the bottom, an unruffled thought took sovereignty: “I wonder what comes next?”
Fortunately, the actual crash was cushioned by undergrowth and I had no severe, much less fatal, injuries. Only my hands were badly bruised. I’d gripped the steering wheel so hard that I had bent it to the dashboard. My passenger, however, completely freaked out.
THE SHOCK OF NEAR DEATH AND SUDDEN DEATH
It’s understandable. The shock of the sudden and unexpected event took him over the edge, so to speak. In those few seconds while I had contemplated my life, he explained later, he had left his body and ran frantically through the woods ahead of the car. In the area of the crash, he felt himself running and running forever through the dark forest.
Now, supposing that the accident had been far worse and we had been killed? Suppose it had happened to you. What would be your immediate experience of the afterlife plane?
During the moments before death, most people have a sense of calmness and acceptance. They are then drawn into a tunnel of light and through into another world. However, for some, the shock of their death is so great they do not even realize they have reached that state. Would you panic at the end? Perhaps your spirit, on the order of my unfortunate passenger, would continue for a time to run pell-mell through the woods at night–sparking fear in unwary travellers hiking through the woods.
COULD THE SPIRIT GET STUCK?
In the unlikely event you “get stuck” on the earth plane, what would happen? At first, the world would appear the same as usual to you, until you notice …nobody is reacting to your presence. You speak, but no-one seems to hear a word you say. You yell, repeatedly, but people just carry on without noticing you. You shout, you hit at them, you try everything you can to get their attention–but nothing works. Even the people you really care about cannot see you. “Nobody” is watching you: It’s paranoia in reverse!
Some spirits stay around like this for a short period of time. Often they are in a stupefied somnambulist state, almost unaware of what has happened to them. Occasionally they are angry at their situation or try to rectify the things that went wrong. They may be concerned about unfinished business, such as the division of the legacy of their estate, or are determined to confront someone that may have been the cause of their death.
NEAR DEATH & SUDDEN DEATH
The shock of sudden death can create this earth-bound situation, but it is usually a very temporary state. Most new spirits soon realize what has happened and become aware of their guardian spirits and deceased loved ones. Once the new spirit recognizes the situation for what it is, it is a simple matter for the guiding spirits to draw them fully into the light of the afterlife.
WHY ARE GHOSTS HERE?
According to Taoist and Buddhist teachings, it is “craving” that holds a person to the earth plane. This could perhaps manifest as the desire to seek revenge, or to perhaps hold on to material possessions. In China, Japan, and other eastern countries, they call these spirits “hungry ghosts” because they continually seek satisfaction from things that can never satisfy them. The craving can take many forms. The spirit may crave revenge, crave to hold on to worldly fame and fortune, or simply crave to continue living in our world. For example, a spirit may have a powerful sexual urge but, being bodiless, he or she is unable to satisfy such compulsions. The spirit is willing, so to speak, but the body is gone. It is like having a hunger that can never be satisfied. Such hungry ghosts haunt the area under and on the earth perpetually tormented by insatiable greed.
WHY ARE GHOSTS HERE? Trick or Treat?
Many Eastern peoples believe that hungry ghosts can be nourished by offerings made during religious ceremonies. For example in Singapore, during the seventh month of the lunar year, there is a celebration similar to our Halloween, and it makes trick-or-treat look lame in comparison.
During this time, ghosts return to visit their living relatives. In most cases, this is a pleasant reunion, but there are also troublemakers. These are the souls of spirits who left behind no descendants, or who had less than harmonious relations with an ex-wife, ex-husband, even the occasional creditor. You would not want one of these ghosts as your friend.
Appeasing the hungry ghosts is said to ward off bad luck and attracts good fortune. During the ceremonies, flaming dragon-shaped incense sticks are lit on the streets, and loud, exuberant music is played nightly in outdoor tents to entertain the spooky ancestors.
Offerings are made to the spirits by burning fake money called “Hell Money”. However, if you need really good luck, it is advisable to burn something a little more adventurous, such as a new television set, a cellular phone, or pieces of expensive furniture–anything that might come in handy to the spirit in the afterlife and earn you a favour. A favourite offering is lucky “black gold,” fetching prices as high as $13,000 a nugget. I’m sure that, if you were to watch this hullabaloo from the spirit world, you would smile at the holy-smoke barbecue being performed especially for you.
However, like our own Halloween, the rituals are just superstition and nonsense that hark back to the time when sacrifices were made to the gods and spirits. The occasion, however, gives the bereaved an opportunity to express socially their feelings for departed loved ones and enables them to do something about their grief. Similarly, it provides a focal point to enable the minds of those on earth and in the spirit to link for a time, and serves as an eastern way of expressing remembrance, such as a westerner putting flowers on a grave.
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WHY ARE GHOSTS HERE? Trapped Spirits, Elementals and Ghosts… a not so funny story!
Throughout my many years working as a medium, I have very rarely encountered spirits that are said to be trapped. Yet, hundreds of people have claimed that they are being troubled by all sorts of fiendish phenomena. Most of the cases of haunting and possession that I have investigated turn out to be attention-seeking fantasies or, in some sad cases, the diseased imaginings of a latent schizophrenia.
I remember one gentleman who rang me with a very convincing story of how his house was haunted by strange elemental spirits. When I visited his home, he showed no signs of mental disturbance and behaved like any normal person. I asked him to take me to the area of the house where he felt the bad spirits were at their strongest. When he did, I felt nothing untoward in the room. “I really do not think you have anything to worry about here,” I said, hoping to put his mind at rest.
“But can’t you feel them now?” he replied in an anxious tone. “They come from under the bed, please take a look!”
I lay on the floor and looked beneath the bed. “Can’t you see them? There are armies of marching insects. Look, some are wearing uniforms!”
Lying there on the cold floor looking for uniformed insects under the bed in a strange man’s house suddenly didn’t seem like such a good idea. I made my apologies and left…just a more hastily then I normally would.
WHY ARE GHOSTS HERE? Ghost of murdered man
My numerous communications with the spirit world have revealed to me that even spirits who have been killed, murdered, or otherwise died suddenly have arrived at the other side without any hitches. However, extreme emotional states of mind at the moment of death can cause problems. For example, I worked with the UK police on one occasion and was asked if I could communicate with the spirit of a man who had been murdered above his shop.
I felt his spirit come close and it explained how he had been stabbed in the stomach in the front room but the killers had dragged his body through the hall and dumped his body face down in the bath. I was also able to describe the woman who sat in the black getaway car, and told the police that another red vehicle was parked at the back of the building. At that time, these facts and many other details related to me by the spirit had not been revealed to the press. I’ve never seen a police officer shake so much–particularly when I told him that he had once put the spirit communicator in jail.
The murdered man told us that for a while he had been trapped between the two worlds. He had panicked at the time of the murder. Much of the time he was trapped had been spent trying to tell his mother what had happened. He had even succeeded in moving objects in his mother’s house trying to get her attention. He was absolutely furious about being murdered.
Against what he felt was his better nature, he ratted on the murderers via my mediumship and claimed that now he could move on into the next world. Much later, when the full story was revealed in the UK newspapers, the mother of the victim claimed that she felt that the spirit of her son had been trying desperately to get in touch with her. She had seen objects in her home mysteriously move by themselves.
What Tramp Souls Do When They Are Dead
Feelings of anger and revenge can temporarily bind a spirit person to the earth plane. (Shock can also cause this, but only for a very short time.) The best thing to do, if you discover yourself wandering the earth as a spirit, is to recognize that it is your own desire that is holding you. You must “cut the ties that bind” you to Earth. Let go of anger, resentment, fear, and revenge, and your spirit will quickly move toward the higher realms, where it belongs.
The process of letting go of this life is very hard for some people. Some spirits have such strong sensual attachments to the world that their only thought is to re-enter physical form and continue their sensual enjoyments. In this cause, they may try to possess the body and mind of a weak, mentally unstable individual. Such wandering spirits are what mediums call tramp souls. These may be the source for what people believe to be evil spirits.
TRAMP SOUL OR EVIL SPIRIT?
Ordinarily, tramp souls are confined to their own sphere, just as we are limited to our material world. They exist on gloomy lower worlds and spend their days trying to rejoin the earth plane. Our world, which we see as full of colour and light, looks hollow and dull to the tramp soul; nonetheless, they cling to our world of shades.
Some tramp souls are filled with worry about the duties and tasks that remain unfulfilled from their time spent on earth. A few rare cases also attach themselves to those loved ones left behind, brooding over them and impotently striving to communicate with them.
Tramp souls who have done a great deal of wrong while on earth may spend time wandering the earth plane haunting scenes of their earthly transgressions. They may feel remorse, and may try to make vain endeavours to undo or atone for their misdeeds. Usually these souls are not fully conscious of their predicament, acting somewhat like a somnambulist–not fully aware of our world or the next.
PROTECTION FROM EVIL SPIRITS
It is nonetheless very hard for earthbound astral beings to penetrate the earth plane and to harm us. Imagine what it would be like if they could. Most people would be living in abject terror all of the time. God has given us enough problems on this plane without adding the interference of evil spirits.
What tramp souls do when they are dead is wander around the earth plane and the lower planes in a state of perplexed semi-consciousness. They are unaware of the passage of time. Sometimes they may try to return to the world by revisiting the place where they died. When you pass into the spirit world it is likely that you will by bypass this realm entirely and be completely unaware of it.
But don’t lose sleep worrying about tramp souls, or whether someone has died in the room where you are reading this book. Your good vibrations protect you. They shine out from you like a cleansing light to safeguard you and your environment. The forces of darkness cannot penetrate the light. In particular, God is the highest spirit of all and acts as invincible protection. Tramp souls cannot stand the high vibrations of spiritual thought. If you ever have worries about evil spirits, just set your thoughts, without fear, on God.
Similarly, if we wish to help these souls we can project thoughts of light and love. These thoughts become positive energies that help souls to rise to their proper plane of astral existence. When mediums or “rescue circles” help these souls, we send strong reassuring thoughts to encourage the lost spirit to progress into the higher sphere. Even when their soul grieves and weeps, we still insist the soul awaken and do its duty by going on to the spirit abode. Eventually, the soul making this resolve lets go its grip upon this world. It will see a loving spirit, such as its mother or a guardian angel, come to release it from its self-imposed bondage. Once it sees the light of the spirit, the soul will soar to the heavenly realms.
Collective negative thought has the opposite effect. It can attract spirits from the lower planes and allow all sorts of mischief to occur. It may also attract spirits from the lower realm of the astral, “below” even the realm of the tramp souls.
References and Works Cited
- Hamilton-Parker, Craig (2010) What To Do When You Are Dead Sterling imprint Barnes & Noble ISBN 978-1-4027-7660-1 (Languages: English, Dutch, Portuguese) BUY THE BOOK HERE