Many of us have seen movies about Poltergeist activity, but a surprising number of people don’t know how this specific haunting type differs from other types of ghosts.
In fact, many don’t know that there are “Types” of ghosts at all.
In the South, the southern United States, where Dedra and I were raised, we both grew up hearing stories of ghosts, as part of everyday life.
It was relatively normal to hear a tale of a dead relative that still walks the halls at night, to still smell their cigar or pipe tobacco or the signature perfume of the former lady of the house. Hardly ever though, were stories about any of these ghostly entities malicious and are thought to usually be around to watch over – or still be in – their home with their loved ones or maybe even a beloved object.
A poltergeist, as mentioned earlier is one type of manifestation that a spirit can take. The word actually means “noisy ghost”. The name actually described the most common manifestation of a spirit where mysterious sounds (like footsteps and knocking) or furniture and objects moving around with no explanation are experienced. There is plenty of recorded evidence of poltergeist manifestations. Although, sometimes a poltergeist will take additional forms.
Occasionally, these spirits take the form of what are called Funnel Spirits. They appear as a vortex or irregular shaped light or fog which is sometimes captured in photographs or on video. Oftentimes, when you encounter a “cold spot” or get a chill, that’s probably one of them brushing past you, perhaps just coming back for a visit, or to check on loved ones.
Orbs are another type of ghostly entity, and probably the most photographed of all ghostly encounters. An orb appears as a translucent ball of light. They are often fast moving and are considered to be a “pure version” of a deceased souls spirit.
Most of the time the Orb will appear white in photographs but can be blue as well. When seen in person, other color variants have been described as well.
Any of the previously mentioned spirit types can often gain strength and become interactive. It is thought that a spirit can manifest in any form, and interact with the surrounding environment — it depends on how much energy it has.
A common practice of Paranormal Investigation is to capture EVP recordings. Electronic Voice Phenomenon utilizes a recorder (usually digital) and the person carrying out the investigation will ask questions, pause to give the spirits a chance to answer and later review the recording to see if there were any answers. This will usually require some digital manipulation to increase volume, decrease background noise but sometimes there are actual results and these can be chilling at times. It’s believed that ghosts communicate on sound frequencies that are well below the human hearing range. Some people claim to have heard spirits speak without the use of any device.
Joyce, a Tennessee woman, claimed to have heard such a voice while taking a shower one day. As she enjoyed her shower, she heard a man’s voice say, “Looking good babe.” At the time, she thought it was the voice of her husband, but to her surprise, when she got out of the shower, her husband was nowhere to be found.
At the time, the couple was staying in Joyce’s house that she shared with her deceased first husband.
When she came out of the shower, the hairs on her neck stood up as she felt a cold breeze and saw a chair rocking, the chair that her former husband used to sit in quite frequently.
Perhaps he came back to check on her?
Near Dedra’s home, one may hear of many other stories, stories such as the Haunted Mansion of Ras Al Khaimah.
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