What is a ghost?
By Robin Harmon
is a Ghost?
A: The continued essence,
soul or spirit of a person that exists after death, including animals and
other non-human life.
is a poltergeist?
A: It is a noisy ghost,
with no visible manifestations. They are not seen. They are not malevolent or evil
as portrayed in movies.
is an apparition?
A: Any kind of spirit that
is visible, this may include ectoplasm mist. It is rare to see a full bodied
apparition due to the amount of energy it has to produce to be seen.
is Psychokinetic activity?
A: The ability to move an
object without the apparent use of physical means, and not related to the
is sleep paralysis?
A: A medical disorder. The
person experiencing this sleep disorder feels something pressing them
down or heavy on their chest, this makes breathing difficult they feel like
they are fighting a presence not seen to them. This is not related to the
are some ghosts confused?
A: They may not accept
they are dead and attempt to carry on as if they are still living. They
try to communicate with the living, at times
confused why they get no
they may try to communicate by moving objects or making noise.
is our fear of ghosts a result of?
A: We fear the unknown.
Our fear is a lack of knowledge concerning the world of the dead, known
as departed spirits. Also, fear from misrepresentation from the
media and movies.
are the dangers of using a Ouija board?
A: It is believed to work
as a portal and invites malevolent spirits into the lives of the people using
them. These malevolent spirits are believed to be the lowest of the spirits such
as rapists, murderers, thieves, and those who used people and then discarded
them as garbage.
animals have spirits? How do we know?
A: Yes, if our animals
loved us in life, they will love us in death. They will continue to be by us as
they were in life. There have been reports of people experiencing events as if
their beloved pet were still living. EVPs have also been captured.
happens to a person who commits suicide?
A: In their disembodied
state they are unable to resolve the issues leading to suicide, as well as having
to view the unfortunate consequences resulting from their acts. They
remain in “limbo”. Although, I do believe they have been forgiven. They may
experience remorse for their deed. They see the effects done to family
members, and they still are unable to resolve the original problem.
This could keep them earthbound.
can a violent death be an anchor to keep spirits earthbound?
A: Victims appear on or
near the scene of the crime trying to expose the perpetrators. Victims may
try to contact people by means of dreams. They will do whatever it takes
to get the attention of the living, by knocks, taps, raps, rattling or the
touch of an icy hand. Some have reported blankets pulled off the bed at
is a malevolent spirit?
A: They have destructive
behavior patterns that will try to harm a member of a household. And take
pleasure in hurting others.
What is a EMF meter and how does
A: Researchers discovered that tangible physical changes occurred when
paranormal events happened. First the electromagnetic
fields were modified, altered, or disrupted when a supernatural event
happened. Electrostatic energy fields were being reported that suggests
spirits of the dead were in some way associated with the
electromagnetic spectrum. An EMF meter measures the electrostatic
pressures. The electromagnetic
field meter changes in the presence of a energy source. EMFs should
between .7 & 7 milligauss. Normal background levels are from
should be swept side to side and top to bottom. Readings beyond 7.0 are
usually man made sources.
is the relationship between temperatures and ghosts?
A: Researchers correlated
that temperatures plummeted significantly whenever paranormal events
occurred. Cold spots were being reported by witnesses to ghostly
events. The 30 to 60 degree drops were beyond the normal expected range of
the ambient temperature.
can ghosts be photographed?
A: It is their energy
field that is captured on film. Talking to them, and asking their permission
has proven to be effective. Remember, they may differ in appearance, such as a
mist to ectoplasm, or shadows.
kind of camera will capture spirits on film?
A: Any kind will work as
long as it has a flash. The camera does not have to be expensive, even simple
disposable cameras can give good results, yet sometimes can be grainy.
Special infrared cameras are not necessary and the film ls more costly to
develop and process.
is the best film to use?
A: Any 400 or 800 works
well. Kodak films are sensitive towards the red end of the spectrum. Fuji
films are sensitive to the green end of the spectrum.
are the benefits of using a digital camera?
A: With a digital camera
or digital recording device, you can see where the anomalies are. Digital has
as good or better resolution than conventional film cameras. Digital cameras
should not be used exclusively. Always use a film camera and digital
together. It never hurts to have a back-up.
is a thermal scanner and how does it work?
A: A thermal scanner is a
passive device that measures Infrared (IR) radiation emitted
by an object to determine temperature. Determining the average temperature of a room
before the investigation should be done. Valid paranormal events will
have a temperature drop that averages between 30-60 degrees. A thermal imager will let you
see an otherwise invisible object that has a different temperatur than
it's surroundings. It can see an image of a person in a totally dark
room, for example, by diplaying thermal emissions from various body
are EVP and how to record voices of the dead?
A: EVP stands for
Electronic Voice Phenomena and is the method of recording the voices of
the dead onto audio tape. This can be done with standard recorders or
digital. Turn up the volume and record. External microphones can be used,
but experiment first. It is not uncommon to pick up gear sounds from the
can weather conditions affect your results?
A: If it is raining,
misting, or if it is snowing, do not take photographs - they will appear as orbs, and
be misleading. Avoid dusty roads and dusty areas as walking along may kick up
dust. Foggy conditions may also give results that are not anomalies. I
personally like cemeteries that are in the country, and I am never afraid to climb
in a dirty old abandoned building. Just let the dust
settle a while.
should be expected and followed in cemeteries?
A: You should always be
respectful and show reverence to those buried in cemeteries by avoiding
making judgments and condemnations directed towards anyone buried
there. Avoid laughing at a name. Walk carefully around tombstones, do not
damage or deface any tombstones. Smoking should always be avoided.
Collect any trash to dispose of properly.
are some other seasonal elements that can affect photographs?
A: Spring and summer are
great for pollen and ragweed, often mistaken as orange orbs "orbs” on
A: Fogging is
unintentional exposing of either the negative or photo paper with light, heat,
radiation, or stress. If a camera has been left in a hot car, sent through an x-ray
machine used by airports, had the back opened even slightly, or if the film
has been tugged on.
are lens flares?
A: Always avoid shooting
toward a bright light, such as the sun, moon, or stark artificial light.
Doing so can produce lens flares. A lens flare is when the light reflects back
and forth between the lenses in the camera. The results can look like six-sided
orbs. Digital cameras will show lens flares as a red diamond shaped anomaly.
is the maximum distance a camera flash is effective?
A: Most flashes are only
good for 9-12 feet beyond the camera and anything outside that limit has th
light intensity reduced at an inverse-square
law ratio, which
into washed out pictures.
is the lunar cycle best for spirit photography?
A: The best time is either
2-3 days on either side of the full moon. The lunar cycle relates to the
intensity of the geomagnetic fields. Also when there is an electrical storm, when the
electrostatic energy is strong.
is the best way to determine if particles are present in the air?
A: Shining a one million
candlepower spotlight in the air you will be able to see particles. If there are
many particles, your pictures will have false results.
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