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Why Spirits Stay Behind


Most entities are emotionally attached to certain person(s), place or thing.

Some spirits remain at or near the site of their death, especially if it was sudden and unexpected.  They remain confused and don't know or accept that they have died.  These spirits remain in the area and try to make contact with anyone that passes by that is sensitive to spirits.  This type of spirit can be found almost anywhere a death has occurred. You might ask how is it possible that a spirit does not know it is dead? It is a good question, after all. There are many ways in which a person can die suddenly. It could be an accident, a heart attack or stroke or some form of unexpected violence. Imagine if you will, you are driving to work one morning. Maybe you have your mind on something other than just driving. If you do, you are just like everyone else in the world. Most people are in a trance state when they are driving. You may be caught up in the music you are playing or you may be thinking about what you did or didn’t do on the weekend. You may even be thinking about how much you dread going to work that day.  Anyway, as you are driving, someone shoots through a red light or a stop sign and you broadside him at 50 miles per hour. Before your brain even has time to register what is happening, you are dead.

Sometimes a spirit realizes that it is dead and that life continues beyond that.  They do not go to the light for reasons such as the fear that their existence will end, fear of the unknown, fear of going to hell or being judged for past deeds.  These spirits are bound here because of the their own fears.It is kind of like the old saying, “The devil you know is better than the devil you don’t.” Staying earthbound may seem to be the lesser of two evils.

Guilt can also be a reason for a spirit being stuck here.  They may feel like they have left the family or loved ones too soon and uncared for.  This is also the main reason why suicide victims and other spirits whose death was caused by their actions (alcoholics, drug overdose, etc) remain behind.  They feel guilty over taking their life or contributing to their death.

Other spirits stay behind to take care of unfinished business.  It may be to make sure their finances and their loved ones are okay or to pass along one final message.  Often these earthbound spirits do not remain here for long, once they can complete their goal, they normally pass over.  If the deed that they are attempting to finish is complicated they will often contact the living to assist them.  In many cases the living are unsure of what the spirit wants and it adds to the length of the time the spirit spends here.  Almost anything that a spirit feels compelled to do before it goes to the light can make it remain here until it feels comfortable with how they have left things.

The living can also hold a spirit here.  By not letting go of them, they can be bound here by our love and unable or unwilling to go on until the living can come to terms with the loss.  This happens when people go beyond the normal grieving process and become obsessed with the deceased person.  They feel that they left things unsaid, undone, etc. and they feel guilt over it.  This keeps the spirit from going over many times simply because it does not want us to feel this way or be that upset.

A spirit may choose to stay with an object it cherished or the spirit may choose to stay in a house where it was the happiest. This is the case in the majority of haunting situations. The spirit may have spent most of its life in the house and it just does not want to leave it behind. That spirit may or may not want anyone else to occupy the house. Some spirits are content with the new occupants and may even want to try to communicate with them. Of course, the living residents of the house may be terribly frightened because they are looking at ghostly activity and are coloring their reactions based on their belief systems. What I mean by that is that someone who knows little or nothing about the supernatural will most likely be terrified simply because they see the spirit or its activity and feel that they are being threatened. In actuality, they are misreading the situation.

The other side of the coin is that the spirit may not want anyone else to live in his house. In that case, the residents may well experience threatening or malicious activity as the deceased individual tries to force out the living people. The spirit may decide to break cherished objects or it may do everything it can to frighten the people. It may open and slam doors, turn electrical appliances on and off or it may make an effort to show itself. By the way, those are tough cases to work because the spirit has the right to be there and it is not necessarily evil. Of course, once it does some malicious things, it has crossed the line and can then be thrown out. However, it may choose to simply harass the living by moving things around or hiding them. Sometimes they can be reasoned with; sometimes not.
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