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Is Your House Haunted? (And what to do if it is)
by Natalie Lynn, TCPS member

 

You'd think sharing your home with a ghost would be full of the dramatic events we often see in movies or on tv, but that isn't always the case. Certainly those big moments can happen, but often the presence of spirits is more subtle and the realization that we are "haunted" comes about more slowly, over time.

When paranormal activity isn't "in your face" obvious, it can take months, even years, of odd or unusual experiences to realize that something extraordinary is happening. If strange events are occurring at home, it's very likely they will need to be repeated several times before anyone begins to question what is happening.

 

So, if you have some unexplained moments nagging at you and you've been wondering if things aren't exactly "normal" at your house, check the list in the box at the right to see if you have experienced some of the milder signs of paranormal activity.

If you or your family members are experiencing any of these events on a regular basis you should first check and recheck for logical explanations. For example, if an item keeps turning up missing or a door/window keeps opening, check with other family members to make sure they aren't your "ghost." If you have no other plausible explanations, don't panic. Activity of this nature is generally non threatening and many people actually learn to enjoy sharing their home with this type of energy.

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Now, on to the more high profile and energetic type of spirit activity. If you are experiencing this type of haunting behavior, chances are you already know you have something unusual or even "ghostly" going on. But, just in case you are deeply in denial, you can check the list below, left, for verification that you are, indeed, "with ghost."

Subtle Signs of Paranormal Activity:

1) Things missing and then being returned to the original (or an unusual) location.

2) The slight feeling of being watched when no one is there.

3) Seeing a smoky mist that's there one minute and gone the next.

4) Doors and windows open when you thought you closed them and vice versa.

5) Some unexplained knocking and rapping noises.

6) Unusual cold spots in rooms.

7) Anomalies showing up in photographs that weren't visible when the photo was taken.

8) Lights, tvs, radios, etc. being turned off or on by themselves.

 

Not so Subtle Signs of Paranormal Activity:

While some of this activity could be interpreted as playful and non threatening, others may be experienced as very negative and intimidating. If that is happening to you and you want the ghost or presence to leave, here are some things you can try:

First, take ownership of your home. Ghosts of a dark nature like to frighten you and feed off of your fear so, as calmly as possible, tell it you want it to leave and why. You could say: "This is my house and I don't like it when you--fill in the blank--, so please leave this house immediately." The more firm and less afraid you are, the better. Ghosts rarely have any significant power in our world and they rely upon the fear they can generate in you as one of their biggest weapons so try not to provide it for them.

 

1) Seeing orbs. These can be pinpoints of light or larger, quickly coming and going. Sometimes they can be seen out of the corner of your eye, sometimes they can be seen straight on. Note: Orbs don't always indicate the presence of a ghost but they certainly can.

2) Moving, shadowy shapes, sometimes seen out of the corner of your eye, sometimes seen directly in your line of vision.

3) Feelings of being touched, hair pulled, or tugged on when no one is nearby.

4) Things moving on their own or appearing to be thrown in plain sight.

5) Seeing doors or windows open or close by themselves.

6) Hearing voices, hearing your name called when no one is nearby.

7) Hearing music, or an instrument playing by itself.

7) Feelings of discomfort, nausea, or unease in areas of the home. A strong feeling of being watched.

8) This one is obvious, seeing an apparition or a person appear and disappear.

If you have told the ghost to leave several times (it could take a few tries) and it still hasn't left, you may either have a ghost that doesn't know that it is dead or a ghost that needs something before if can leave. Try telling the ghost that it is no longer physical and needs to move on, toward the light.

Still not gone? Try asking it what it needs and see if you can discern an answer. Admittedly, not everyone can communicate with ghosts so if you are stuck here, maybe it is time to seek outside help from a ghost investigator or psychic. Not only can they document your ghost's presence and validate your experiences, they may also be able to communicate with your ghost and get it to move on.

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Sharing your home with a ghost can be many things--fun, uncomfortable, frightening, interesting, or exciting--depending on your outlook and the type of spirit present. While some people are quite happy about it, there are probably just as many, if not more, who are not. No matter which way you feel, it's important to look, beyond your fear or excitement, at what is actually happening in your home. If upon inspection, you discover an unwanted presence, try using the previously mentioned removal suggestions since they have been found to be fairly effective. If that doesn't work, try to educate yourself about the ghost, the house and various removal techniques, as much as possible. Since knowledge is power, using this knowledge can boost your confidence, lessen your fear, and provide you with the information you will need to restore your home back to the welcoming and safe environment you want it to be.

This article is copyrighted by the author: Natalie Lynn, 2006