Think ghosts aren't real? Well, think again. There's a truth that lurks behind ghost stories. All you have to do is look at the possibilities through science.
Some short time ago, I heard a ghost story that sounded like something out of a Hollywood thriller. The woman who told me the story was smart, levelheaded, and her mental faculties were complete, so there was no reason for the tale not to seem believable to me.
The woman, we'll call her Lisa, was a teenaged girl residing with her grandmother at the time her experiences occurred. She stated that she had been experiencing strange activities on a regular basis while living in the house. The usual paranormal stuff, like sounds of footsteps walking up the stairs, and shadows in the figure of a man appearing out of thin air. Following several of her own ghostly sightings, and after hearing that visiting friends had apparently seen the same things, Lisa decided to try to summon the beings that had been running rampant throughout the home. As the story goes, she attempted to go down to their basement and perform a sort of candlelight ceremony.
During the ceremony, she had ended up being interrupted by her sisters barging in on her while she was in the middle of calling out the ghost. Her sisters flicked on the lights, horrified at the sight of what probably looked like a witchcraft ritual. Probably because it kind of was. Lisa continued her story, going on to speak about how insolent she was that her sisters had ruined the ritual. She had proceeded to put all the candles and other spooky paraphernalia away, and have a seat on the couch. One of her sisters had been sitting on the couch, as well. The other sister, we'll call her Lacey, was standing at the basement door, holding a drink. Suddenly, the drink was swiftly removed from Lacey's grasp, as if someone had forcefully knocked it out of her hand and threw it across the room. The drink apparently landed right in Lisa's lap. I wanted to confirm that this wasn't a trip-and-fall incident that had been exaggerated into something else, so I asked Lisa if she was sure that her sister hadn't just lost her balance, causing the drink to fall from her hand. It was emphasized that the drink flew out of her hand, and that her sister had been standing in one spot the entire time. There was no loss of balance, no falls, or anything else that could explain the sheer force and speed at which the drink moved.
By the way, this event was so traumatic to Lacey that she is barely able to rehash it, if at all.
These paranormal experiences are obviously not limited to Lisa and her sisters. There are generations upon generations of individuals who have experienced similar events. Most are met with reluctant responses from those in which they decide to tell, and this comes as no surprise. In a world where virtually everything we experience exists in material form, it's no wonder that people assume ghost stories are just that. Stories. But, what if those stories were actually not stories at all... but real? Better yet, what if science were able to help prove it?
Anatomy of A Ghost
To understand what makes a ghost, a ghost, we must understand what makes a soul, a soul. Depending on which theory an individual finds relevant, there are a number of ways in which one could define a soul. The Merriam-Webster dictionary lists several definitions for the word "soul." Amongst them are:
soul: n. 1 an entity without material reality, regarded as the spiritual part of a person; 2 the moral or emotional nature of a person; 3 spiritual or emotional warmth, force, etc.
In one of its definitions, the popular dictionary also defines the soul simply as a person. So, in alignment with the variety of definitions that could constitute a soul, some believe that we have souls, while others believe that we are souls. Some don't believe in souls at all. Whichever belief an individual chooses to subscribe to in regards to the question of what makes a soul, or if souls even exist, it is fair to say that one commonality prevails. That is, that everything is made up of energy, including us. We are made up of matter, which is made up of a configuration of atoms, which in part contains electrons, which is where the energy is stored. Energy can be visible or invisible, depending upon the arrangement of the atoms. A good example of visible energy versus invisible energy would be the comparison of air and skin. Air is invisible, made up of molecules of different types of gas. The skin contains layers, with the outer layer being made up of protein molecules. Of course, being the little building blocks that they are, atoms are the matter that make up the molecules. Which brings us back to what is contained in an atom. Energy.
You might remember Albert Einstein's theory that energy cannot be created or destroyed, and that it can only be changed from one form to another. Many paranormal experts employ this concept in order to gain proof that ghosts exist. The question is that, if energy cannot be destroyed, then where does it go when we die? It is said that the energy that was once a living human being in physical form, is transformed into the invisible energy commonly known as a ghost. Conventional scientists often disagree with this argument, dismissing it as a mere conjecture of misrepresented science. However, another scientist, Nikola Tesla, stated that if we want to find the secrets of the universe, we must think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibrations. Ghosts could certainly be considered one of those 'secrets of the universe', and combined with the premise that energy is never destroyed, and that it can and does change form, who is to say that energy can't be transmuted as such?
Chills and Thrills
Just as there are different types of living things as well as non living things, there are also different types of ghosts. It is widely accepted that there are at least two basic types of hauntings during which ghosts can appear:
An intelligent haunting features a ghost who is able to communicate and interact within the physical world, whereas a residual haunting is one in which the ghost is unable to intelligently interact with those on the physical plane, and is usually unaware that it's physical body has perished. Both of these types of ghosts have a number of different sub-types. The story about the flying drink that was told at the beginning of this piece, was most likely an intelligent haunting, as the ghost was able to interact with the living.
Do you believe you have had a ghostly encounter? If so, your story is most definitely welcomed...even if the ghosts featured in it aren't.
About the Author
SG is a curious-minded writer who loves to research all things mysterious. She lives in super-duper expensive Southern California, where the average home costs over half a million dollars (yes, in U.S. currency).