Do You Believe that Ghosts Exist?

Ghosts

Rose Hall Mansion, Montego Bay, Jamaica - haunted by the ghost of Annie Palmer
Rose Hall Mansion, Montego Bay, Jamaica - haunted by the ghost of Annie Palmer
Tomb of Annie Palmer, ghost of Rose Hall, Jamaica
Tomb of Annie Palmer, ghost of Rose Hall, Jamaica
The Brown Lady
The Brown Lady

Do you Believe in Ghosts?

Disclaimer: This hub is to merely present some ideas on the intriguing topic of ghosts.  It is not my intention to sway anyone's belief in the paranormal.  It is meant to be fun, so read with an open mind.

Ghosts and the belief in ghosts has been a topic of much intrigue for many inquiring minds. There have been many books, stories and movies written about the existence of ghosts. Ghosts are defined as the disembodied spirit or soul of a deceased person (Wikipedia) or animal. Some have suggested that the apparitions can be seen as they would appear in real life. Some experts have argued that ghosts or apparitions usually met an untimely death and so refuse to pass on but remain behind. It is believed that some ghosts can pass into the light if they are assisted by ghost whisperer. The popular television show Ghost Whisperer is based on this premise. Others believe that ghosts are demons and can do harm to humans. Ghosts are believed to be associated with haunting of places that they are familiar with.

Science has not proven the existence of ghosts, apparitions or poltergeists. Many have argued about the appearance of a ghost. Some say it can appear as a shadow, a light, a sound or a resemblance of the person prior to death. As a child I saw ghosts at the age of five to about seven years old. While some family members believed that what I saw were ghosts, other had their doubt and some did not believe. I do not know how to explain what I saw. I do not understand why or how I perceived what I did. I however know that what I saw was not another human person. I was not fearful of them and I did not think that they would harm me. The ghosts that I saw appeared as humans but without the vitality of human beings. When you see a ghost you know it different from a human. I was too young to understand what I was seeing. The ghosts that I have seen were just standing, just looking; a part of the landscape.

Under the advisement of my grandmother, I could make a ghost disappear by closing my eyes briefly and when I opened my eyes it disappeared. I have never spoken with a ghost or a ghost has never attempted to speak with me. I have only leaned recently that I could have spoken to or help those ghosts to get into the light. By the age of seven or eight I could no longer see ghosts because I learned to fear them.

Some family members were very fearful of ghosts and usually show signs of fear whenever I told them what I've seen. I remember once telling my maternal grandmother that I had seen a man standing beside the house just as it was becoming dark outside. The dogs began barking and appeared to be attacking someone. I described a person who turned out to be my paternal grandfather who had died before I was born. I had not seen any pictures of him or heard anyone described him before that day. As I described what I had seen to my grandmother, I can remember her expression as she told me that what I had just seen was my deceased grandfather. Could I have imagined it? Then if I did, why did I see at least four or five other occurrences?

On another occasion, I saw an old woman who was a tenant at one of my grandmother's homes. This was the only time that I ever attempted to speak with a ghost. I had known the woman and was not aware that she had died. She stood with her back to us, (my aunt and I). As we were passing the house, I called out hello to her. My aunt started running and saying a prayer. I didn't know why until I got home and she told my grandmother that I had seen the woman, who unknown to me had died about three months ago. This was the first time that I can remember that I felt fear. I was so afraid that I became ill. I had a fever and chills for the remainder of that day. After that I could not see ghosts again.

I can however sense the presence of ghosts. For instance, when my maternal grandfather died in 1997, I had a visitation from him. I was having a mental conversation with him. I was between awake and sleep, just in a state of partial consciousness. I did not see him, I sensed his presence. He was re-assuring me that he had passed on to heaven and how beautiful the place was. I even asked him if he was feeling any pain and he said he was pain free and happy. I later learned that he died earlier that morning. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer six months before he died while in the hospital.

On another occasion, a colleague who passed away, visited me to let my other colleagues know that everything would be alright. At the time our department was going through much transition. The colleague who passed away was the director and founder of the program. On the morning of his passing I was in a partial sleep/awake state when I heard a loud bang on my hallway closet. I began having a mental conversation with this person and during the conversation I was thinking "Why me?" meaning why did he choose me to give this message. His answer was that "I know you can handle this." By that he meant that I could communicate with him and give the message to the others at the office. When I told some people at the office what I had dreamt ( that's the way I could explain what had happened as I didn't want to freak anyone out or maybe I was afraid that they'd think that I was weird) they were consoled. One person said that this colleague had visited her because one of her photos on her stairwell had fallen with a loud thud, but was not broken. Even though there were many changes in our work lives at the time we all felt re-assured that we would be ok and we were.

Whatever your belief is about ghosts, it is a fascinating phenomenon. Most countries in the world have legends and myths about ghosts haunting mansions, castles, or even churches. For instance, there is a legend in Jamaica about the White Witch of Rose Hall. This story is told to tourists and visitors as part of the charm of the Rose Hall Mansion. The legend is that Annie Palmer, a French woman who married a wealthy slave owner who owned thousands of acres of land and the Rose Hall great house located in Montego Bay Jamaica. The story has it that she was very cruel to the slaves, whipping anyone who was not doing as she wished. It was also said that she would take strong young slaves as lovers and when she became tired of them she would kill them and buried them in unmarked graves. She was also rumoured to kill her husband, John Palmer and at least two other husbands. Annie Palmer was said to practise voodoo and became a voodoo priestess using voodoo to control her slaves. It was said that Annie Palmer was dubbed the White Witch of Rose Hall by the slaves due to her mastery of voodoo. She was eventually killed by another person who practised voodoo because she killed his niece's lover. To this day, it is said that the ghost of Annie Palmer roams the halls of Rose Hall great house.

Ghosts have been of interests to many authors and directors of movies. Stephen King, Charles Dickens, Sheridan Le Fanu, Henry James and Martin Coventry are among some of the famous authors of ghost stories. Some write about traditional ghost stories, steeped in the folklore of their country of origins. Other authors have a psychological focus, where the focus is on the perceiving consciousness of the victim rather than the actions of the ghosts.

There have been many movies made about ghosts; some are horror, psychological thrillers, drama and humour. My next hub will focus on my favourite fifteen ghost movies that have been produced and directed over the last one hundred years. I will highlight from as early as 1908, during the silent movie era to 2009, when cinematography and special effects have evolved to include 3D for sensory overload. Please stay tuned.

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frogdropping 7 years ago

Dynamic - hey :) I've seen an odd looking ghostly apparation on one or two occasions. Not that I realised at the time that I was in fact looking at something that shouldn't be there.

I don't know what to make of the phenomenom as such but something stranger than perhaps we can understand is going on. I know that much at least.

Very interesting Dynamic, and well written :)


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SEM Pro 7 years ago from North America

Excellent hub DynamicS! One of your gifts to be sure. I love the Ghost Whisperer show. It's well made and focuses on the light's love with wonderful life lessons. Some others i.e. "Medium" focus more on the fear and bloody gutsy stuff. People fear what they don't understand in most cases - as you were taught to do (and I with the actual dream prophecies).

I personally haven't seen ghosts but that might be debatable language with past life regressions. On the island of Molokai, I wanted to purchase a house that was in the most phenominally gorgeous setting I've ever seen. In talking with the locals, they all suggested I leave it alone because ghosts had taken it over. They believe too that if you build on top of a burial site, you will be haunted.

On the farm in NC, one of my extra houses had been owned by a widow who I swear still lived in it. Strange things would happen to protect me while I was cleaning it up. For example, I'd be clearing the weeds and all of a sudden there would be a huge part in them. Cautiously, I'd creep closer in a vehicle to find a huge snake that could have killed me - weird. I'm with you though, don't think they mean us harm but until a day I may see them as clear as the lady on the show, I respect them all at a bit of a distance.


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easy1 7 years ago from Ireland

Great hub,was it ghost written...


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DynamicS 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

frogdropping, good to hear from you as always. You are right, we are not alone. We have not began to scratch the surface of paranormal occurrences.

Many people may have seen apparitions but dismiss it as their eyes playing tricks on them. If you have no awareness of ghosts, you may think you are looking at something else. Who knows??

Thanks for stopping by and for your comments.


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DynamicS 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Sylvis, thanks for your comments. I appreciate your feedback always. You are right, we fear the unknown. Even though I did not fear the ghosts that I saw, I eventually learned to fear them. Many have argued that fear is a learned behaviour and I must agree with that.

Ghosts stories and ghost haunting have become a part of pop culture these days, but most people dismiss it as they are unsure how to process the information.

I believe that we have guardian angels, who are sometimes spirits or other times they are humans who offer us valuable information along our life's journey. Maybe your guardian angels were protecting you in NC.

There are angels and demons, so not all ghosts are friendly or mean well...

Thanks for stopping by. Blessings.


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DynamicS 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

easy1, thanks for stopping by and for your comment. It was ghost ridden but not ghost written. Lol!


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AlexK2009 7 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

Good hub. I have never seen a ghost but I lived in a house where the beds vibrated for no reason, the toilets flushed themselves and there were odd smells with no physical cause.

Before deciding if Ghosts exist it is necessary to get the definition right. The wikipedia definition is perhaps too broad


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quicksand 7 years ago

Ghosts do exist - in our minds of course! :)


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DynamicS 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

AlexK2009, thanks for your comment and for your well noted suggestion about the definition of ghost. I appreciate the suggestion and I will revisit the topic again to seek out a less broad definition.

I do not claim to be an expert on the topic, so I am open to hear from others, like yourself what would be considered a more specific definition of ghosts.

Things that go bump in the night and other unexplained physical occurrences happen to most people but our logic mind can explain most things. The events that we are unable to explain, we dismiss as our minds playing tricks... I do not know how to explain the occurences of ghosts, but because I cannot explain them, does not mean that they do not exist. Remember for many years we believed that the sun rotate around the earth, rather than the other way around. We are evolving and gaining more awareness and consciousness...


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DynamicS 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

quicksand, thanks for dropping by and for your comment. Ghosts is one of those mystery that we have not yet solved. Those who believe that they exist, are convinced and those who do not believe are also convinced.

Thanks for stopping by...


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IslandVoice 7 years ago from Hawaii

My brothers used to scare us sisters by pretending to be 'ghosts'(in white sheets)that came out of nowhere at night. This could be one reason i'm not afraid of so called ghosts. I believe in spirits that lurk around, altho i have never seen any. I know folks who say they have seen them, esp back in the Philippines where i come from. Do they really exist? There's no way for me to know. They do make interesting stories, movies and hubs. Like this one!


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DynamicS 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

IslandVoice, thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your comments. What kids did not clown around as scary ghosts? What can I say, I did not imagine what I saw a child. If I did I have a really strong imagination; one that without knowing a relative I could describe him fully. Weird isn't it?

The mere fact that so many people have explored the idea, means that there is something to ghosts... My intention is not to convince of their existence.

Thanks for stopping by...And may no ghosts scare you.Lol!


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quicksand 7 years ago

Lol! That was my opinion because I have never seen one! Would I like to see one? Noooo thanks!!! :)


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DynamicS 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

quicksand, thanks again for stopping by. Don't be in a hurry to see one. It may not be a nice one! Lol! It may not be like Casper, the friendly ghost.

Its perhaps a good thing that I can't see them again... Lol!!!


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quicksand 7 years ago

... or even Spooky the "tuff" little ghost! To be frank, I am sh_t scared of ghosts. That's why I would not even dare to believe in them! LOL!


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DynamicS 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

quicksand, I hope that I haven't spooked you...Lol! You have the power over your domain, so don't be afraid...While I can't say that I'm not somewhat afraid myself, I feel like that my mind is strong and can dominate with the power of God.

I am a Christian and believe in God's power, so whenever I feel afraid, I pray and meditate and feel better...

"I'm fraid of no ghost..." Ghostbusters. Lol!!!


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quicksand 7 years ago

Well, just one more confession and I'll be on my way. Don't get me wrong ... it's like this ... well ... I did not read this hub at all ... I read only the title! That was scary enough! Cheers!


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DynamicS 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

quicksand, I understand what you mean... Maybe I shouldn't ask a leading question next time... Seriously though, I will think about my topic more carefully in the future. Maybe I'll even change it to something less specific, like Paranormal Occurrences. or Others, no that's already taken...maybe Mysterious Visitation from the Other Demension...Which do you prefer?

Thanks for sharing your honest opinion...


R.G. San Ramon 6 years ago

I think I remember encountering ghosts thrice already. When I was a kid (a 3-year-old), I never knew about ghosts, until I peered out the window one clear night and saw, for the first time, ghost. She was a woman dressed in white and with a long black hair. At first I thought she was my aunt (She wears the same night gown.), but when I was about to call her name out loud, she looked at me! I saw nothing. There was no face, not even a head. It was scary.

On my second year in college, I was finishing up my paper in front of the pc when someone (a shadow) ran from behind me and got blocked (I don't know why) by the electric fan, then vanished. It was quite humorous to see a ghost stunt get "oops", but it was scary because the failed stunt made it more real. I turned off the pc and slept.

On that same house, when one room was being fixed, a very powerful ghost caused uproar to the carpenters and the other families who live in the area. It was already 8 pm when I asked my mother why the carpenters were still hammering something in the room when it was already night time and neighbors are about to sleep. She told me that the carpenters were already asleep; they were so scared that they refuse to sleep on the same room. Good thing, 'cause the ghost just kept hammering the room until dusk came, although no furnitures were destroyed and the hammer was not even there.

Ghosts are scary, but because most are based on personal accounts, it is almost impossible to verify if they are true or not. Thanks to your hub, I was able to recount my experiences with them. ;)


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DynamicS 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

R.G. SR, thank for stopping by and for your comments. You are so right, it is almost impossible to prove the existence of ghosts, unless you have a personal experience. Even with a personal experience one may still second guess himself. But those who have seen ghosts they know exactly what it is. You have both viceral as well as mental/emotional reaction to what you are seeing or sensing.

Thanks for your sharing your experiences.


Charlie 6 years ago

Excellent article,

I've personally had experience with ghosts myself from the age of 1-16 although i can't say i've ever seen a full appirition that i can remember at any rate although my parents beg to differ to this day about an experience i had as a baby.

At the age of 16 i would come home from college 5 days a week to an empty house, well aside from my cat which would always make a point of joining me in the lounge and i'd hear very loud footsteps on the upstairs landing above me which would make even my cat would look up at the ceiling, the first few times i literally took a cricket bat & searched the entire house convinced we had an intruder of some sort - naturally my attempts didn't yield anything. On a couple of occasions i'd feel a very overbearing prescense in the kitchen & in my bedroom - on top of this i was concerned because i couldn't remember dreaming in my own bed for months. I told all this to my entire family who naturally asked me to stop drinking/smoking etc.

Anyhow, one day a friend of my mothers walks into the house and the first thing he says to my family is 'There's a spirit in this house' - walks into the kitchen 'It often resides here', walks up to the landing 'It uses the landing to get between the kitchen and this room here' my room.

He then gets in a friend of his, whom frankly didn't even accept payment but was very in tune with the psychic world, she established communication with this ghost and the Ghost turned out to be a little old lady that was lost and looking for her son, she was of no relation to me but had latched onto me and told her she was communicating with me in my sleep. The ghost was able to tell this lady all sorts about me as a person which after having met her for about half an hour would have been otherwise rather impossible to establish.

To much co-incodence for my liking personally ;)

On top of that, about 6 months after we removed the lady we had some trouble with a poltergiest & a white cat in my household. The poltergiest physically shook my bed with me in it so hard that the back of the bed was smashing into the wall which was a good inch away from the bed for over 50 seconds whils't i felt a rather malicous prescense residing over me. About a week later my brothers duvet was pulled up towards the ceiling off his bed with him in the bed and about a month after that my bed was once again shaken so hard it hit the back of the wall with me in it for 20 seconds followed up by a loud 'thunk' on the other side of the room - aside from a couple of items being moved around we've experienced nothing since.

The cat i mentioned was seen mostly by me but 3 members of the household have seen it and it was a pretty full appirition but it was hard to get more than a glimpse of it, on top of that it'd regulary jump up onto our beds and you'd quite physically feel it walking over your bed towards you. Me and a group of friends also saw our own cat playing with it, two friends claimed to have seen a glimpse of it.

We've had rather a lot of ghostly encounters unfortunatly although things seem very settled here at the moment, when we where having a full extension done on one side of the house a builder would regulary burst into tears and eventually simply walked away from the project simply because he'd seen the ghost of an old man on so many occasions he was scared to come back to the property.

Make what you will of it, it's the first time i've shared my experiences on the web and very possibly the last time seeing as i'm personally not too keen on evoking such memories. As the OP mentioned there are myths and legends from all over the world that suggest a beleif in ghosts & the paranormal and a rather staggering % of the population also beleive in such.

/Charlie


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DynamicS 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Charlie, thanks for sharing some of your experiences with ghosts. I believe that many people like yourself have had some experiences with ghosts but are afraid to share them because they do not want to be judged. Many of us are afraid to share our experiences because we are unsure of what to make of what we experience and mostly because we want to fit in and not be thought of as CRAZY. It is interesting that your parents thought that you were smoking/drinking when you spoke about your expereince in the home. I suppose their reactions is typical. Good for you that you were able to continue leading a normal life and not be consumed by the spirits that were in your house.

You mentioned about your pet, they are very sensitive to other entities. Dogs for instance have highly developed instinct when it comes to reacting to paranormal occurrences. That reminds me of my dog when I was about 6. I could always determine when I was going to see something unusual from its barking and retreating that it did as it in raction to ghosts.

The belief in ghosts and other things paranormal is treated with skepticism because it is difficult to prove the existence of ghosts. Those who have had the experience however are convinced of what they feel or see.

Thanks for your feedback. Namaste.


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NateSean 6 years ago from Salem, MA

It's interesting how you say there is no scientific proof of the existence of spirits, because genuine paranormal investigators use the scientific method to do just that: prove the existence of ghosts/spirits.

And some of the evidence that's collected with infrared cameras, digital recorders, and cameras are pretty amazing.


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DynamicS 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Nate Sean, thanks for stopping by and for your input. What I referred to is science has not proved definitively the existence of spirits. It has not done so primarily because not many research as been done along this line. Most scientists will dismiss the premise of the existence of ghosts as hogwash and unfounded.

While there have been some evidence collected by infrared cameras etc, they have been mostly dismissed as speculations and not founded in scientisfic experimentation.

Even though scientists have not proven the exisitence of ghosts, that does not mean that they do not exist. Scientists have not decided where the mind is located either. I do believe that in the future, there will be much more research done about the paranormal. Until then those who believe are convinced; those who do not are also convinced that they are right.


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NateSean 6 years ago from Salem, MA

Well, you just have to remember that no true scientist will ever say that something is 100% concluded. There will always be people who act like their word is final, but these people do not follow the scientific method.


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DynamicS 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Nate, I agree. There are no absolute truth. what is accepted as "truth" today can be challenged tomorrow. I believe that the existence of ghosts and other paranormal occurences will be subject of much public debate/research in the future.

Thanks for your insightful comment.


Jerusha Sumit Rana 4 years ago

i very well know that, i have some psychological problem, like..... i'm used to visualize thing which ever comes to my mind, this started from my 5th standard. now a days my visuals got power and strengthen, daily i'm able see many people around me and i started speaking with them, one day i realized that they were just illusions, when my doctor explained, but till date, even today i see many people around me but i'm not scared, because i feel they r not ghost, its the boon for me when i can visualize many things around me and they were all my visualizing friends, now myself and my visualizing friend together typing this, she s jenne...

whet ever it id, to lead a happy life i have to continue my treatment because, sometimes i'm unable to differentiate the real world and my visual world...

i dont know what to do,

should i cry???

should i feel proud???

should i enjoy my world???

or

should i get serious in my treatment and stop my visiting my visual friends???

now my life s just a ???????? (question mark).........


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DynamicS 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada Author

Jerusha, thanks for your visit and for your comment and questions. You should definitely continue your treatment. However it sounds like you have a gift even though some people might consider it not the case. If you can communicate with spirits, it means that you are special. You however must fight to keep both worlds separate. As you're aware certain conventions are necessary to function in the physical world. Most people do not understand about the invissible world; they are skeptical and will not open their minds to understand that we are both body and spirit. Only a few sensitive individuals among us can really tapp into these dimensions.

In answering your questions: You should not dispair - you have a gift. Just be conscious that you need to keep both worlds separate.

You should be proud of your gift. But you have to be careful who you share it with because not everyone can appreciate it.

You should definitely enjoy the world. Know that you are in charge of what you choose to focus on. Know the balance. Do not get over involved in the invissible world - this is when you can be perceived as weird.

If you think that getting treatment will help you handle your interactions with both worlds, then go for it.

Take care and live life to the fullest!

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