Let’s begin with what residual hauntings are. Many people word it differently, but it basically is a phenomenon in which an event from the past is played out in a loop-like fashion without regard to anything happening around it. It is not guided by an intelligent spirit but more like a movie replaying.
Honestly, after almost 8 years officially hunting and I still can’t tell you I’ve witnessed an intelligent haunting that I believe meant I was interacting with an actual spirit. That said, I can tell you that if you've experienced a haunting event, the odds are it was residual.
How do you know?
If the activity occurs in one area and doesn’t seem to leave it, it’s residual.
If you saw a full-body apparition but always in the kitchen, it’s residual.
If the footsteps you hear are always on the stairs, it’s residual.
If you tend to smell pipe smoke in one corner of your den, it’s residual.
If it doesn’t react to what is going on or what you say to it, it’s residual.
If the sound of voices or the particular sound is the same and heard in the same area, it’s residual.
Look for repetition in action and repetition in location.
A lot of people in the industry call a full-body apparition the holy grail of ghost hunting as if there is no more positive proof of haunting. The fact is, that apparition is almost certainly a residual. It does not see you, does not react to you and comes and goes, being seen only momentarily as if something in the very substance of time ripples and we get a view of a past event. It almost makes you wonder if somewhere in your childhood home someone passes today by a flash of you as a kid. Hmm....
*You still have a chance to enter the Gregg's Birthday Contest from last Saturday's post. and, tomorrow is Mind Fuck Tuesday. Time to take your mind in a new direction.*