Olivia Harvey
January 22, 2018 2:25 pm
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You’ve started to realize that things in your life are off. You feel as though you’re being watched within your own home. Maybe you’ve heard footsteps or whispers while home alone. It’s finally sinking in that you might be dealing with a ghost. So first thing’s first, we have to understand why this ghost is haunting you.

There are several different types of hauntings, and understanding which one is plaguing your home should be your first step. An intelligent haunting is one that can interact with you or objects around your home. The happenings may vary from visual things, like apparitions, to audible oddities, like strange voices caught on camera.

Then there is a residual haunting, or one that happens on repeat — like, for example, the same knocking sound that happens at the same time each day. These types of hauntings cannot interact with you and probably don’t even know you’re there. Other more invasive types of hauntings are poltergeists and demonic entities. Poltergeists cause chaos by moving objects, turning lights on and off, throwing open cabinets, etc. And demonic entities are just bad news for obvious reasons.

So once you’ve nailed down which ghost has invited itself into your home to stay, we then have to figure out how it got there. Below, we’ve listed the reasons why ghosts haunt so you can better determine how to go about living with them or helping them move on.

1You invited the spirit in.

Ouija boards are not a toy. Let us repeat — Ouija boards are not a toy! If you decide to play with a spirit board (which you shouldn’t because they are not a toy!) acquaint yourself with the rules and risks first.

But if the damage has already been done, and you invited a spirit in and then didn’t close out the spirit board session properly, or you treated the spirits with disrespect, then the odd phenomenons you’re experiencing now may be connected to that session.

There are also other ways a person can invite a spirit in via ritual. So if you are planning on going through with something that will connect you to the “other side,” prepare yourself for the possible consequences. Spirits invited in by occult practices may prove difficult to get rid of.

2A tragedy happened in the home.

Before you even stepped foot into your current haunted home, something tragic may have happened there. That lingering sadness may be what you’re experiencing. Unexpected death and tragic events can be the cause of residual hauntings. According to The Atlantic Paranormal Society, residual hauntings occur in patterns, meaning that you may notice the paranormal activity happening over and over again.

Residual hauntings can also be attached to an object that holds significance. The energy of a child who suddenly died could be attached to a favorite toy, a weapon that was used in battle may still hold the energy of its previous owner. Luckily, objects can be removed, therefore the haunting can be removed from a location. Unfortunately, residual hauntings connected to a house are difficult to remove but are usually not a threat.

3A loved one is visiting you.

When we lose a family member or loved one, they sometimes return to visit and are often considered “intelligent” or “interactive” spirits. Their personality still comes through if they are able to make contact. For example, if your grandfather loved collecting pennies during life, his spirit may leave pennies for you to find all over your house.

You may also smell certain scents that remind you of your loved one. Perfume, cologne, or cigar smoke are common scents people smell when their loved one pays them a visit. Feel free to reach out to them and ask for signs that they are there.

4A spirit has unfinished business.

“Unfinished business” is often used as the number one explanation for a haunt and is a general blanket term. Spirits with unfinished business are usually intelligent and can interact with those residing in the home or apartment. They may be unsettled because of their untimely or unjust death, or as previously stated, they may be protecting a loved one.

Unfortunately, this business may never be finished, thus leaving a spirit to roam the same halls forever. Then again, those of us living humans can help these spirits find peace. Try to connect with the ghost with professional help to figure out what you can do to help them rest.

5A spirit or energy is attached to you.

If you invited a spirit into your space or if you taunted an angry spirit that was already lingering in your home, it might attach itself to you and follow you outside of the location. Spirits may also sense when a person is extremely sensitive to the paranormal, therefore making them an easy target to drain energy, scare, or possess (if it’s a darker entity).

Always be respectful of the energy in a location, especially if you’re unsure what kind of entity it is you’re working with. If you’re in need of help, contact paranormal investigators, mediums, or paranormal experts to help you cleanse a space or learn more about your haunting.