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Ghosts, Spirits, and Other Paranormal Activity

Updated on March 9, 2013

As far back as we can see, from our earliest ancestors, people have believed in spirits, ghosts, apparitions, and a variety of paranormal and supernatural activity. Is there reason to believe in these things? Many people claim that there is and claim that they have witnessed such things first hand.

Numerous movies have been made and stories written about ghosts and the paranormal. Some of these stories may seem to get scarier or, in some cases, sillier, but the main idea about these entities and happenings remain the same. Typically, these beings are thought to have passed over, are in a limbo state and unable to rest, or are in some way evil.

There are various accounts from all around the world of people having experienced ghosts or paranormal happenings. It might even be the case that you have experienced something that just can't be explained. Needless to say, the idea of ghosts, spirits, or anything else supernatural being around us typically leaves us feeling uneasy. That is one reason why it's been such a hot topic for so much of our history up to the present day.

Whether or not you believe in ghosts, chances are you are interested in the subject. This article is not intended to persuade you either way, it is just a discussion about the interesting and wonderful topic or ghosts and the supernatural

Our Belief in Ghosts

Many people believe, and even claim to know, that spirits, ghosts, apparitions, and other supernatural beings exist. Some of these beliefs may be influenced by religion, the media, family beliefs, and a number of other things. People from all walks of life believe in ghosts and a lot of people claim to have witnessed them. Even if you haven't witnessed a ghost with your own eyes, you may have experienced things that can't be explained and you attribute them to some kind of supernatural or paranormal being.

Some people feel comfort in their belief of ghosts or spirits because it helps them to feel as though this life isn't "the end" and we continue on after we die. On the other hand, some people are incredibly fearful of their belief in ghosts. It ultimately depends on your experiences and your perception of what ghosts are and what they're like. A lot people experience a thrill when discussing the paranormal and many, even though they fear it, seek to experience it.

Not only does the belief of whether or not ghosts exist differ amongst individuals, so does their belief in the types of ghosts or supernatural beings that exists, including the form in which they exist. Some people believe we cannot see spirits but only "feel them" while others believe you can see complete figures of individuals that have passed over. There are numerous forms in which spirits and other supernatural beings are thought to exist.

Haunted Houses and Other Haunted Areas

There are numerous areas around the glode that are said to be haunted. These areas attract a ton of tourists as well as media attention. Not only are there films and stories about fictional ghosts and paranormal happenings, there are movies that are actually based on real life events. Some individuals and families claim to have experienced the supernatural for themselves. In some cases, multiple people claim to have witnessed the same activity or ghostly visions. If you're interested enough, and able to make it, maybe you to can visit one of these haunted locations.

List of Famous Haunted Areas:

Banff Springs Hotel (Alberta, Canada)
445 Rue Saint Pierre (Montreal, Canada)
The Empress Hotel (Victoria, BC Canada)
Forbidden City (Beijing, China)
Drumbeg Manor (Ireland)
The Savoy Hotel (Mussoorie, India)
The Crescent Hotel (Arkansas, United States)
Magnolia Plantation (Louisiana, United States)
The Flamingo Hotel (Las Vegas, United States)
102 (118) Ocean Avenue (Amityville, United States)

Some of the locations on this list have had films made and books written about them. For a list of more haunted locations you can visit the Wikipedia page from the following link:

The Ouija Board

The Ouija Board is commonly associated with spirits and the paranormal. Particularly, it is thought by some people to be a means of communicating with ghosts or "the other side."

The ouija board was first created in 1871 as a board that depicted the alphabet along with the numbers 0 through 9, and the words yes, no, and goodbye. Users places their hands on top of a planchette which is a piece of wood, plastic, or other material that has a whole in it. As the planchette moves across the board, the spirit that is being communicated with is said to relay a message through it.

Some people warn against the use of ouija boards as demons are thought to possess their users. Other don't believe they work at all.

Last but not least, THERE'S AN APP FOR THAT!!! It's true, you can get a ouija board app for your cell phone and take it everywhere you go.

Ghosts and Supernatural Activity in Books and Movies

There are so many books and films about ghosts and the supernatural that you'll likely find at least one anywhere that you'd find a book or film about any other topic. There are sections in books stores, video stores, and even whole shops that specialize in these items. Whether people believe in these things or not, they still find them entertaining.

As long as books have been written, films created, and stories told, they have all included talk about ghosts, spirits, and other supernatural things. They frighten people, excite people, intrigue people, and make us think. Films and stories about ghosts include horrors, dramas, and comedies. Just as our tastes and preferences vary amongst other categories, they do with the paranormal as well.

Do You Believe in Ghosts or Other Paranormal and Supernatural Beings?

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      nmdonders 5 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by :) I apologize that it's taken this long to reply. I'm glad to see there is such an interest in this topic. I know that it interests me a great deal and I am truly curious.

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      manofmystery24 5 years ago

      Interesting hub nmdonders. Ghosts I believe can either be seen or felt. I think you can definitely feel a spirit. A spirit is energy with emotions. Voted up and shared.

      P.S. Thanks for sharing those haunted locations as well. More to look into on my part!

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      Janhorner 5 years ago

      Hi nmdonders thanks for comment. Some strange things do indeed happen. I think we are all capable of reaching out to the spirit world but sometimes fear gets in the way, (it all depends on your believes).

      I love these kind of things, gets your mind ticking in all kinds of directions!

      Have a great day!


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      nmdonders 5 years ago

      Janhorner that's an amazing story I've never heard of trying that before. It's neat that you had such an experience. I'd love to see something like that.

      Shiningirisheyes you definitely aren't alone on that one. I've heard stories both from people that I don't know and people that I do know and trust very much and they're very interesting.

      Thank you very much for your comments and for stopping by. I enjoy these sorts of topics :)

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      I do believe in a life after this one - what that is, I will know when everyone else does - at the time of my passing. Until then, I believe there is more out there than just this one existence. I believe in a here after, so the possibility that someone can visit from time to time is not hard to conceive.

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      Janhorner 5 years ago

      I believe there is something because there has been no evidence scientifically to convince me there is no such things as ghosts! I am told we all have a third eye, in the middle of the forehead. If you look through this eye rather than your 'eyes' you will be able to see ghosts. I tried an exercise once a long time ago which I read in a magazine. I closed my eyes and looked through my middle eye. Eventually a screen like a huge white television came into view and I could see my late mother sitting on a sofa of some kind talking to other ladies. All of a sudden she looked at me and waved then carried on talking. Sometimes when I close my eyes loads of faces come into view and I have to open my eyes to get rid of them! What it all means I don't know.

      Loved your article it always interests me anything to do with spirits. Voted up,