Types Of Hauntings
By Jimmy Morris
We all hear the word haunting or haunted but what does that actually mean? What does it mean when you say that house is haunted? Ask many people what a haunting is and they will tell you its someplace that has a ghost. Well, the fact is if that was the case nearly every house would be haunted because nearly all houses has a ghost there at one time or other. Spirits are generally all around us, we only notice them usually when they are trying to make themselves known to us. There are many types of hauntings, each one different than the next. Let’s talk about the different types. Now here is where some of you may disagree as I have heard different investigators break down the types differently and some who don’t break them down at all. One thing you will find in this field is that you need to be tolerate of opinions that differ from your own. Until this all becomes a proven science, any of us could be proven wrong about anything one day so always try and keep an open mind. Personally I have broken down haunting s into 6 types. 3 of the most common and 3 least common. Let’s explore them.
Type 1 “Active Haunting” This haunting deals with the actual spirit with its full consciousness trying to interact with you. It is aware of itself and of your presence and actively seeks to engage you. You see this a lot in paranormal investigating.
Type 2 “Residual Haunting” This haunting is very different from type 1. A residual haunting is basically spirit energy that has been imprinted on a certain area and the actual activity repeats itself over and over without ever changing. Usually this is due to something tragic happening at a certain location. The energy of the spirit will show itself and repeat the same thing over and over. Maybe its an apparition of a woman running in the woods. The actual spirit or consciousness of the woman isn’t there, only the clip of the last few moments of life. This type is less common than type 1 but you still run across it quite often if you investigate a lot.
Type 3 “Poltergeist Activity” Now there is a bit of speculation out there as to what qualifies as “poltergeist activity”. A lot of people will tell you its caused by the strong energies by pre-teen females who are capable of transmitting their energies to create physical events near them. Another speculation is that they are irritated spirits that just want to harass you, hense the word poltergeist is German for noisy ghost. My personal opinion is they are simply spirits that have learned to harness and control enough energy to be able to manipulate physical objects in the living world. This would fall into one of the 3 less common occurrences.
Type 4 “Demonic” Demons are entities that have never lived on earth in human form. Some say they are extraterrestrial inter-dimensional creatures. Now some will say how can they be an ET. Well, by definition an ET or Alien is classified as a being not of this earth. If a demon never lived as a human on earth then by definition it would be an ET. Also, even God who wasn’t of the earth because he created it by definition would be an extraterrestrial being. Despite the movie culture and ghost hunting shows on cable would like you to believe, demonic hauntings are very very rare. Many investigators who spend their lives in this field will probably never encounter a true demonic haunting. One thing I find funny in this field is that I will get a call from people who are convinced they have a demon stalking them yet they can’t make the time for us to come out because they have a dinner party that weekend. If there were a demon in their lives, dinner parties would be the last thing on their mind. Needless to say that if you ever encounter one it will not take you long to know it. In the rare event you do, you will need professional help from a trained member of the clergy. Demonic s are not something to be played around with by ANYONE outside of trained clergy demonologists.
Type 5 “Animal Hauntings” Animals are sometimes our very best friends in life and in death, like humans, their spirits live on. In my experiences and those of others, many animal spirits have been encountered. Personally I have documented more animal spirit cased involving cats than any other animal. Investigations I have gone on where the client is saying they feel something getting on the bed or the couch next to them has often turned out to be an animal spirit. This is in the category of less common.
Type 6 “Doppelganger” Doppelgangers are spirits that look exactly like someone else. It doesn’t have to look like you. It may mimic a friend or a relative. Many believe that the appearance of a DG means something bad is about to happen to that person. The name Doppelganger is also German and is two words, Dopple meaning double and ganger meaning walker. In America we have combined the two words into one but still the literal meaning is “Double Walker” or evil twin. This is one you don’t hear much about. Please feel free to chime in and let me know what you think and by all means ask questions if you have them.
Thank you for reading and I hope this article has helped you better understand spirits aka ghosts.