Are ghosts real? Throughout history people have had countless experiences with ghosts. I’ve known people who had their own personal experiences. These stories are true; the ghost experience is real. The real question is…what exactly are ghosts? Are they only a common type of hallucination?
The occult view has its own theory of death. According to occult theory, all living things have an ethereal body double that matches our physical body. The ancient Egyptians called it the Ka. Today we’d call it our aura, or chi, or life force. This ethereal double is not our mind or soul, but seems to be the conduit or interface between the soul and physical reality. Maybe it’s the pathway wherein the spirit and brain connect; where spirit, matter and the quantum force of electro-magnetism interact inside our neurons.
When we die, this ethereal double is separated from our physical body. During near death experiences, this is the experience of observing one’s body and surroundings. It does not have to be a death experience; there are stories of crisis apparitions, someone in deep distress can suddenly appear to loved ones far away. Since the ethereal double (or ghost) exists inside of time and space, it is able to observe and interact (in a limited way) with physicality. It is interesting that ghost phenomena can be largely interpreted as manipulation of the electromagnetic force, albeit with a purpose.
However, when separated from the physical body, the ethereal double cannot long survive and the double/ghost itself will “die”. What follows is the part of the near-death experience where the deceased enters the tunnel of light. This is the passage from our world of time and space and matter, into the endless world of Spirit beyond. Shedding of our double, the soul forever departs our universe for whatever is after.
Sometimes, after death, a person does not want to move on. It could be because of some turmoil or tragedy, tasks left undone, regrets, or entrenched attachment to this world. In their ethereal state, they might even think they’re still alive, but in a somnolent dream-like state. Ghosts seem to attach themselves to a place, replacing their attachment to their body. Their degree of self awareness will affect if and how they interact with our world. Many ghosts are invisibly sleepwalking around us right now and we’d never know it.
In my Jan. 14 ’09 blog, I wrote about a friend’s true near-death experience. He did not get to the point of seeing a tunnel of light. But he did encounter other ghosts in the hospital. By examining these near-death experiences, we get valuable clues about how the “other side” works. For instance, it seems ghosts can communicate with each other. I’ve been to a haunting investigation where it seemed that multiple entities inhabited a location. I suspect that ghosts might be drawn to others of their own kind. Who wants to wander bodiless alone? And a more powerful ghost might attract a following of other lost souls, even dominate them. As time goes by, the ghost will lose its original human shape and eventually end up as a circle of ethereal energy…an orb.
In my opinion, once a soul leaves it’s “ghost” behind, it leaves earth for good. Can a medium contact the dead? Maybe a medium can whisper to earthbound ghosts, but not the ghostless dead. However…it just might be possible for our loved ones, outside of the circles of time/space, to contact us. Someone with mediumistic abilities once told me that a man and a woman were watching over me. She described my grandmother, but as a beautiful young woman, and deceased friend with uncanny accuracy. I like the idea. Maybe, just maybe, our loved ones do watch over us. When the dead enter their tunnel of light…their loved ones are there waiting to greet them. How did they know to show up in the first place? They must know what we are doing!