What is a ghost?

Paranormal events exist outside the confines of normal experience or scientific justification. The term “paranormal” is actually used to describe a wide variety of phenomena and activity that falls outside what most people consider to be “ordinary.” These events include ghost image and ghost video, telekinesis, ESP, faith healing, extrasensory perception, clairvoyance, the existence of UFOs and visitation from alien lifeforms—just to name a few.

Among these phenomena, the most notable paranormal beliefs are those revolving around ghostly apparitions and hauntings.

If you think about it is easy to see why this is a common belief. Each and every person holds some level of curiosity about what happens after death. Does the soul simply melt from existence? Does it roam the earth visiting loved ones and addressing unfinished business? Is there life after physical death at all? It is truly one of life’s greatest—and most perplexing–mysteries. Those of us who have lost loved ones also tend to wonder if it is possible for spirits to communicate with the living. Is there any way those that have passed on can report to us from beyond the grave? Can some one’s ghost let us know that there is more to experience than the physical world in which we reside? Wherever you stand on this particular topic, a myriad of people have reported ghost sightings—some in a comforting human form, others in misty, shapeless blobs that seek to frighten and unnerve.

A psychic medium or Ghost whisperer, is someone who claims to use extrasensory perception—or ESP–to identify information hidden from our normal five senses. Many psychics also claim they can tap into ghostly energy and directly communicate with spirits and apparitions. Many mediums report that their ability to speak to the dead has helped people connect with their deceased friends or relatives. These loved ones are then able to provide the living with guidance concerning some life’s most difficult challenges: relationships, jobs, and health. Psychic mediums may also help those who claim they are haunted by ghosts pinpoint the specific reason for the haunting, and how to overcome a particularly frightening spirit.

Ghost hunters are also paranormal investigators who inspect locations that are supposedly haunted by ghosts. Usually a ghost hunt is performed at night by a team in an attempt to collect evidence that supports a previous claim of paranormal activity. Ghost hunters typically use various electronic equipment, including a digital thermometer to test for “cold spots,” as ghosts are said to drastically reduce the temperature in a room. Ghost hunters may also use EMF meters or digital cameras or video recording devices to capture photographic evidence of a spirit.

There are various ideas and theories surrounding what is in fact a ghost and how they are able to occasionally communicate with the living. One prominent theory suggests that what is often referred to as a ghost is in fact the pure consciousness energy of a deceased individual. As many scientists will tell you, energy cannot be created or destroyed. It simply changes forms. Could this be what so many people have reported as a haunting?

Divination: Why and How?

What exactly is Divination? Well Wikipedia defines the process this way. Divination (from Latin divinare “to foresee, to be inspired by a god”,related to divinus, divine) is the attempt to gain insight into a question or situation by way of an occultic, standardized process or ritual. Basically then it is simply the process of using a ritual to help answer some type of question.The why portion seems kind of self- explanatory. The why can be anything from trying to predict the weather, to help predict the best times to plant crops, or know what is the best time to attack the enemy with your armies. Almost every culture at some time or another has used divination. Anything from the weather to amulets,the stars,constellations and even throwing sticks and stones has be used for divination. Les look into the various methods and whom used them and why.

Lets start with the Chinese. The earliest confirmed evidence of divination was on a turtle plastron excavated at Wuyang, Jiahu, in China, 7,000 BC – 5,700 BC. The Chinese as well as other cultures now also use the I Ching or the Book of Changes as sometimes is known too. The book uses a form of divination known as Cleromancy. In this case Cleromancy is simply throwing a random lot( ex coins,bones,) and then forming a hexagram and then looking up the results in the book.

Tasseomancy or tea-leaf reading is quite possible invented by the Chinese as well and transplanted to Europe. This one is actually my favorite and is quite easy to do. The person wishing to have their tea leaves read should drink the tea until there is about an inch or so left in the bottom of the cup. This person should be thinking of a question or concentrating on whatever their issue is. Once the tea has been consumed the questioner should hold the handle in the left hand with a starting position facing the heart, and swirl the tea around to the left three times, finishing again facing the heart. The tea cup is then up-turned onto the saucer some fortune tellers will ask you to tap three times on the bottom of the up-turned cup before giving them the cup and saucer.

Now we move on to the Italians and the famed Tarot cards. Tarot cards, it is believed probably originated in Egypt but the Italians aristocracy popularized it as a divination tool. Basically you can read them yourself or have someone else do it. Without getting into the entire process you basically think of a question and then the cards provide and answer for you. Hopefully one that is positive.

In Africa they practice throwing the bones. A Sangoma, similar to a priest or spiritual guide will read the bones for you and provide some insight.The reading of the bones is used  tool for the Sangoma, enabling the Sangoma to ‘see’ through the ancestor’s eyes what is wrong with the client. The ancestors talk to the Sangoma and tell the Sangoma what the issues are that the client has come to get help for, from the Sangoma.

That does it for this very brief intro into divination. I will be updating this time permitting. I hope you enjoyed this article. Thanks for reading!!!