Do you believe in ghosts and spirits? Do you think spirits or angels walk among us? Have you ever seen a ghost? Fact or myths? Is it all just ghost stories?
Honestly, I’m not positive what I believe about ghosts. I have experienced somethings that I cannot explain. I tend to believe it was spirits or ghosts but perhaps it’s because I have no other explanation for what I saw.
On several occasions, I’ve had experiences that were down-right freaky at best, and I was not asleep or dreaming at the time.
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Ghosts and Spirits
First, let’s talk about ghosts and spirits and what they actually are. If we can define them and what’s the difference between them.
Ghosts and Spirits, in my opinion, seem alike, basically interchangeable. I’ve always considered them to be two different words meaning the same thing.
While doing some research for this blog I found one article that claimed ghosts and spirits were not the same things.
Difference between Ghosts and Spirits
An article titled Ghosts vs Spirits–The Definitive Guide, the author wrote about the differences between ghosts and spirits.
The terms ghosts and spirits are often used interchangeably, but they are two very different beings.https://paranormalschool.com/ghosts-vs-spirits/
The article goes on to describe ghosts as being “similar to humans, but without the control and resolution that the living has. They are almost incapable of reason or using a sound mind. They are often tied to the location at which they died.”
Their death is usually sudden, a murder or tragic passing. Often, ghosts do not realize that they are in fact dead, which in most cases causes them to be in a state of frenzy.
How Spirits are different from ghosts
Spirits are described in the article as being more as just the personality of a person who died a more normal death. Spirits are able to travel instead of being tied to the place where they died.
The spirits are also described as the soul of someone who wishes to live on but no longer as a physical body to live in. They have been to the spiritual realm but can come back to visit at will. They may have a strong emotional bond with a loved one and come back to check on them.
Do You Believe in Ghosts and Spirits
Thirty-two percent of Americans believe in ghosts, according to a 2005 Gallup poll. A more recent Huffington Post/YouGov poll indicated that 45 percent of American adults believe that spirits of dead people can come back.
Yet, I’m still uncertain of exactly what I believe about ghosts and spirits being among us. So with me being the firm believer in God that I am, I went searching in the Bible for answers.
Being a Christian, I am a true believer in what the Bible says. I do not question if scripture is true or not. I know God’s word is true and the Bible is God’s written word.
So does the scripture in 2 Corinthians 11:14-15 definitely tell me there are no ghosts or spirits here on earth? Or does it say only the spirits of satan are here on earth?
Right here is where even as a Christian I can readily admit that I have difficulties. I even get confused sometimes when reading scripture. I have to stop and pray for God to help me understand.
Understanding the Bible
Struggling with understanding the scriptures and still searching for answers I continued seeking to find clarity.
It’s not that I questioned what the Bible was saying about ghosts and spirits on earth. Although I was questioning my understanding of the scripture pertaining to the spirits and angels of satan.
In Proverbs, the scripture warns us about leaning unto our own understanding.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;Proverbs 3:5
One more scripture to consider
We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.2 Corinthians 5:8
While studying scripture about ghosts and spirits on earth I also had to consider this one quoted above.
Again, this is my understanding of this scripture, but what I get from this one is this; once we die our spirit leaves our earthly body and is then home with the Lord. (Unless we go the other direction.)
Assuming that we believe in God and when we die our spirit leaves and goes to Heaven to be with God that is where we want to be. So why would we want to come back to earth? Therefore, in my opinion, that verse is telling me that the spirits of our deceased loved ones are not roaming around checking-in on us.
Explain my personal experiences
Can I find explanations for my personal experiences? Have I actually seen ghosts or spirits? I don’t know. Let’s see if you can tell me!
I’ll try to describe what I’ve experienced and I’m asking my readers to then leave me comments to tell me what you think I experienced. And tell me what you believe or have experienced.
My very first encounter
Thinking back to the very first time I experienced an encounter that I couldn’t explain I was about 10 years old when it happened.
My mother’s baby sister had died not long before my tenth birthday. Not long after my aunt’s death, I was laying on the bed beside my Granny. We were reading a newspaper together when Granny laid the paper down and started talking out loud to my Aunt Mary.
When I looked toward the foot of the bed I saw what I now would call an apparition that looked like my aunt. I could plainly hear the conversation. My aunt was assuring my Granny that she was with God and was at peace.
Slowly the apparition then seemed to evaporate. I asked my Granny what had happened. My grandmother was of Indian heritage. She was always talking of spirit connections, premonitions and of the spirits giving warnings. Granny told me the spirits had allowed Aunt Mary to bring her a message that she was ok.
Was it real? Did it actually happen? I don’t know, but I do know that it did not scare me. It also did not seem strange to me at the time and I did not question my Granny’s explanation.
My next encounter
Next was after my mother passed away in 1995. Within the first 3-5 years after my Momma’s death, I saw what I can only describe as her in spirit form on several occasions.
The first time Momma came to me was one afternoon when I was home alone. I was missing her so badly and I was crying uncontrollably. I suddenly felt a chill in the air, then felt something warm around my shoulders. I stopped crying and wiped my eyes. I could see Momma sitting beside me with her arm around my shoulders. She spoke to me and basically told me everything was going to be ok but I had to pull it together for my children.
About 3 years later Momma came to me again one morning as a warning. My best friend lived next door to me at the time. She had a little girl that was two years old. Ashley was much younger than all our other kids. We lived outside of town. There was a tank (bigger than a pond, smaller than a lake. in Texas we call them tanks) where the older kids went fishing. Ashley loved trying to follow them up there.
What did I really see?
This particular morning when I saw Momma’s apparition again, Momma was carrying Ashley’s limp body soaked in water. It all seemed like a dream but I was wide awake. I immediately went to find the kids and made sure Ashley was safe. My friend and I both took it as a warning. The kids were forbidden to take Ashley to the tank with them after that.
Again, what did I see? Had I been worrying about Ashley being at that tank with the older kids? Was it mere anxiety causing my mind to play tricks on me? I don’t know, tell me what you think.
Do people have premonitions?
There have been many times in my life that I’ve had dreams that have later come true. They are much like the “warnings” that my Granny always had and described.
When I was a teenager I dreamt my Daddy had a major heart attack. I told my momma about. I was so upset for days because the dream was so vivid and realistic. The only thing I could not make sense of in the dream was that I could see a small girl standing beside my Daddy as he lay on the floor in pain. The little girl looked like me, only she looked to be only 4-5 years old. So I felt it couldn’t come true because I was older than that when I had the dream.
Years later my Daddy suffered a major heart attack. It all happened exactly as my dream, even with the little girl standing beside my Daddy as he was writhing in pain. The little girl looked just like me because she was my 5-year-old daughter. Can you explain my dream warnings? This is not the only one.
Is there proof of paranormal?
We’ve seen Ghostbusters, the movie. There have been many TV shows about the paranormal including Ghost Whisper and Touched by an Angel.
These shows all depict some sort of paranormal activity either by ghosts and spirits not crossing over yet or angels being able to take on human form and interact with living beings.
But those are all movies and/or TV shows, they are all acting and made-up. None of that can be considered real proof. Just as my personal experiences are not proof because I still cannot explain what I actually saw!
Searching for proof
Most of us have probably played with an Ouija board at some time in our lives. It’s played with more than one person, so how do you know that the other person isn’t moving the pointer? You don’t!
During all my research and seeking proof I found that paranormal websites claim different kinds of proof in forms of personal experiences and photos.
While science websites claim there is no scientific proof that ghosts and spirits exist.
Different types of Ghosts
While there isn’t any scientific proof that I’ve found proving that ghosts and spirits actually exist, there is definitely a lot of information available about sightings and all kinds of paranormal things.
I found this one website about Types of Ghosts and Spirits to be quite interesting.
Type #4 on their list is Orbs which I have personally experienced. To be clear I have experienced capturing unexplained orbs on camera. I do not know if the Orbs were actually ghosts or not.
A Personal Ghost Hunt
Alright, here we go! I will either gain or lose readers here if I haven’t lost you already! You will keep reading to see where I go with this or you will have decided by now that I’ve totally lost my grip on reality.
Taking the plunge! I’m always open and honest with my readers, so I won’t stop now! I admit that my oldest daughter and I are very curious souls!
We are intrigued, to say the least! Especially about things unknown or unproven. Yes, you assume correctly if you guessed that we went out searching for ghosts. At night. Midnight to be exact. In cemeteries.
Just me (a woman) my daughter and one of her friends. The three of us, all girls in the middle of the night down a long dark road in the middle of nowhere at a very old cemetery. No lights for miles around. Armed with nothing but a digital camcorder.
What were we doing?
We didn’t have a clue as to what we were actually doing. Scaring ourselves probably. We got out of the vehicle in pitch-black darkness. The moon was not even bright. Our eyes were trying to adjust as we walked slowly through the gate of the cemetery.
The night was eerily quiet even absent of animal noises. We stood bunched up in a group not saying a word as we tried to look around. I turned on the camcorder and started recording. I scanned back and forth moving around as we asked each other simple questions such as; “do you see anything? hear anything? what is that? I don’t know. I don’t hear anything.”
After ten minutes or so of standing there recording what we felt was nothing, we grew bored. We thought it was a waste of time and admitted we knew nothing about ghost hunting.
All three of us made our way back to the vehicle and got inside. We didn’t feel scared or uncomfortable at all. As we prepared to leave we decided to take a look at the recording just for fun.
I turned on the video and instantly heard the strong loud wind howling. (There was no wind blowing that night.) Then on the recording, we started hearing a hissing and loud moans. Chains were rattling and orbs of bright light were twirling and flashing all around. We had not seen nor heard any of this while standing in the cemetery, but it was all very clear on the recording.
We were now feeling eery and very creeped out. Yep, we were damn well scared to death and we left in a hurry!
Finally, in conclusion, I believe in something! Do I believe in ghosts and spirits? Yes, I think my answer would have to be yes.
Yes, I do believe there is some type of ghosts and spirits among us here on earth. However, I cannot say for sure if I believe they are from our deceased loved ones or if they are the spirits of satan.
Did I see my Aunt and my Momma?
As for me seeing the apparitions of my Aunt and my Momma; I believe that I felt their presence and my mind actually saw them.
I’ve also seen my Daddy several times since he has passed away. I honestly believe that my grief was so deep and painful that I needed to see them. I believe that God allowed me to see them in a way to comfort me. Did I need to see them so badly that I imagined them? Possibly. God provides comfort in ways that only He can. When we are hurting, anxious, stressed and/or grieving our brains use defense mechanisms to protect itself. Scientists believe there are all kinds of explanations for ghost sightings.
I only know what I saw and what I felt at the time. I also know I cannot explain nor prove any of it.
What’s your opinion?
Leave me a comment. I want to hear your opinion! Do you believe? Have you had a personal experience? What do you think I actually experienced?
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