One mystifying and baffling subject that people dread discussing is of a ghost. There are so many terrifying stories associated with ghosts that we usually shun this kind of topic. As per the conventional point of view, ghosts are the spirits of the deceased people that for some reason are ‘stuck’ between this plane of existence and the next. But for what? And how? Here are certain explanations …
What is an earthbound spirit?
An earthbound spirit is a soul that does not pass to the other realm in peace after death. They stay behind, here on earth, and hence are responsible for the various ghost sightings and haunted places. The reasons for this are diverse. Some are complex and exclusive to that spirit and others are easy to recognize. Take a look…
Because they don’t know yet!
Many people think that some spirits don’t know that they are dead. Renowned ghost hunter Hans Holzer writes, “A ghost is a human being who has passed out of the physical body, usually in a traumatic state and is not aware usually of his true condition. We are all spirits encased in a physical body. At the time of passing, our spirit body continues into the next dimension. A ghost, on the other hand, due to trauma, is stuck in our physical world and needs to be released to go on.”
Some spirits linger at or near the site of their death, particularly if it was abrupt and surprising. They remain perplexed and don’t know or believe that they have died. These spirits stay in the area and try to establish contact with anyone that comes near to the things they are attached with.
Because they are in denial
Believe it or not, there are spirits wandering out there who aren’t clear on the fact that they’ve died. The mind is a very powerful tool. If someone who is extremely committed to living dies all of a sudden, it could take days or even weeks for them to get the clue. They end up haunting their handout places, trying to get the attention of the living and wondering why you can’t hear them.
Because they have unfulfilled desires
Sometime an unfulfilled wish does not allow the spirit to go to the next realm. This desire is something that they wanted with all their heart. It can be anything from finishing a book to wanting a grandchild.
Because they lack spiritual connection
They lack spiritual practice consisting of progressive level of surrender of mind body and intellect, done with the intention of God-realization.
Because they have unfinished business
Some spirits stay behind to take care of incomplete business. It may be to make sure their finances and their loved ones are ok or to pass along one final message. Often these earthbound spirits do not remain here for long, once they can complete their goal, they normally pass over.
Because they are afraid
Sometimes a spirit becomes conscious of the fact that he or she has died but is also aware that life continues beyond that. They do not go to the light for reasons such as the fear that their existence will end, fear of the unknown, fear of being judged for past deeds etc. These spirits are bound here because of their own fears.
Because they are guilty
Guilt can also be a reason for a spirit being jammed here. They may feel like they have abandoned their family with no one to take care of them. A lot of people believe that this is the main reason why suicide victims and other spirits whose death was caused by their actions (alcoholics, drug overdose, etc) remain behind.
Because we don’t let them go
The living can also hold a spirit here. By not letting go of them, they can be bound here by our love and unable or unwilling to go on until the living can come to terms with the loss. This happens when people go beyond the normal grieving process and become obsessed with the deceased person.
Because they were bitter
If, while dying, a person is filled with angry emotions, sour resentments or if he or she clings on to negative feelings or emotions against other people, they may be trapped here, anchored by their negative energies.