The idea of ghosts and spirits is a mysterious subject that crosses lines of time and space. It also has both scientific and religious implications making it an interesting, but controversial, subject.
There are some general theories about spirits that are widely accepted among those who follow the subject.
- The most significant paranormal activity occurs in areas where there is water or certain rock formations. Most agree that rushing water, such as an ocean, river, or stream, contribute to energy that fuels paranormal activity. Minerals and sedimentary rock, like quartz and limestone, also tend to be catalysts for spiritual energy. The best situation for those wanting to document paranormal activity is to investigate a property located over or close to such minerals and rocks with nearby water, or on a rainy night.
- Fear seems to provide negative spirits with more energy. Haunting victims acknowledge more activity occurs as they become more afraid of the activity.
- Ghosts typically are in places where there have been traumatic and painful events. Many investigators find that paranormal activity occurs most often in places like hospitals, mental health facilities, prisons and homes where there have been tragedies. Age of the structure on the property also seems to play a role in a haunting. The older the structure, the more likely it is to be haunted.
- Not all ghosts are intelligent haunting. While there is some documented evidence that spirits can and do communicate with the living, it is much more common to experience residual haunting. A residual haunting is where energy continues to move as it always did in real life, but the spirit can’t – or won’t – interact. It is compared to watching a recording of what happened on the property in the past. The energy just keeps moving without any real purpose or ending.
- There is more than one type of spirit. There are ghosts, shadow people, poltergeists, angels, demons, to name a few. Different cultures and religions have different types of spirits acknowledged in their communities. Ghosts are typically described as the spirit of a person or animal who has died. No one really understands what shadow people are, but they appear as fully-clothed silhouettes, sometimes with human face features and sometimes with red eyes. A poltergeist is described as an entity that can create physical disturbances. They can make loud noises, move objects, even cause destruction.
Angels are those most in the Judeo-Christian community believe protect and guide humans. Demons, sometimes called fallen angels, are the same type of spirit as angels, but are bent on destroying humans.