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This is the ghost hunting theories series continued. I’m exploring lots of different explanations for what hauntings are. In the last one, I explored interdimensional beings to explain phenomenon. This time, I'm discussing residual forms of hauntings.
I will begin “residual” with a story. This is the story of how I officially began ghost hunting (in some way or other, I had been doing it for my whole life, but I took to the field for legitimate study after this incident).
Invited to a party across town with people I don’t know, I went with my ex. I arrived and he wandered off to play drums (open mic party). So, I mingled and the hostess rushed over to me. “I heard you’re psychic!” She said that the party was house warming. She had moved in a few months ago and had been having someone walking her hallway at night and the sounds of a woman crying in her bathroom. So, I said I’d be willing to read the place. She and her friend came with me as I went down the hallway and began to unfold the story of the house.
An elderly woman was in the first bedroom. She walked the hall many times to recheck the front door, either feeble minded or OCD. The corner bedroom had a man associated with it and very dark dealings. I didn’t like him at all. The master bedroom, I saw a little boy who slept between his parents, partly to get comfort from his mom and partly to protect her from the unpredictable dad. The master bathroom shower, the woman had tried to kill herself, carved up her arms and curled up in the shower to die.
The woman with the hostess gasped. “I’ve lived next door 25 years. They lived here. All of them. Just like you said. The wife tried to kill herself. The man dealt drugs from the bedroom on the corner and the grandmother lived with them. They’re all alive, living across town.”
I blinked. It had never occurred to me I was reading all living people, just their history there. It made me wonder. How much of hauntings are residual that psychometrists like myself pick up? How much is simply patterns and past history that for some reason unknown to us, records itself in an environment and plays back like some kind of time echo?
Ghost hunters find their ultimate reward to be seeing a full-body apparition. It’s human nature to think if you see an apparition, you are seeing a spirit of someone, but what if you’re simply seeing a visual memory imprinted and played back. Sometimes, it’s auditory, like footsteps or olfactory like phantom scents. In fact, in all my years of hunting, I have yet to find absolute evidence of intelligent hauntings. It’s what keeps me going. I went into the field to see if possibly residual is all there is. I know from reading objects that it imprints on surfaces, so where is the evidence of intelligent souls trying to interact? Even amazing KII session have left me wondering. How much might be our own influence on the instruments? Notice how much luck Grant has with KII meters?
So, we search for signs of something touching us, something answering us specifically, showing that it sees us, it is interacting in real time. And, once we do get a sign of intelligence, how do we know it’s a soul of someone who passed on and not other-dimensional? Psychic? Other form of intelligence? Time shifting?
You can see how this ghost hunting theories series will really make your mind open up. This is what ghost hunters face all the time, all the possibilities of what it is out there that we are encountering. The problem is, the majority believe they know what ghosts are and the rules they live by. These people aren’t researching, they’re looking for examples of what they already believe.
It takes open-minded hunters to say “what are all the explanations on the table” first. That’s what this series will do. Give you every option that runs through our minds as we open-minded hunters explore.