by Marinus Jan Marijs
The term phantom – ghost is here used to describe a supposed localised phenomenon. This differs from apparitions which are non-localised phenomena. This phenomenon is described in many different cultures, the so called ghost stories in popular entertainment are fictional accounts which are very loosely based upon these narratives.
These stories in popular entertainment are written for their emotional impact and are of course without any evidential value. Most of the reported cases are entirely fictional sometimes, based upon visual illusions, or other misinterpreted sensory data.
“A place where ghosts are reported is described as haunted, and often seen as being inhabited by spirits of deceased who may have been former residents or were familiar with the property. Supernatural activity inside homes is said to be mainly associated with violent or tragic events in the building’s past such as murder, accidental death, or suicide — sometimes in the recent or ancient past. But not all hauntings are at a place of a violent death, or even on violent grounds. Many cultures and religions believe the essence of a being, such as the ‘soul‘, continues to exist. Some religious views argue that the ‘spirits’ of those who have died have not ‘passed over’ and are trapped inside the property where their memories and energy are strong”.
However parapsychologists have done extensive research into this localised phenomenon and did find little support that this was a manifestation of the spirits of deceased persons. While these phantoms who sometimes are described by observers as having a human stature and therefor been interpreted as being the spirits of deceased persons. These “pseudo” apparitions act mechanically, purposeless, repetitive and without consciousness.
“It is commonly supposed that such phenomena are produced by deceased persons. A theory favoured by many parapsychologists however, is that the location may contain impressions of prior occupants which the ESP of living people pick up later and project as apparitions, noises, or sensations”. (Arthur S. Berger and Joyce Berger)
A possible interpretation of this theory could be, that at least in a small part of the cases localised phantoms seem to have to do with repetitive patterns in a psychic aether sphere, instead of manifestations of people who have died. These could be impressions that are left behind by intense emotional occurrences. The difference between this repetitive patterns and the apparition of a human who passed over, is that the last mentioned has subtle energies at a high level, is purposeful and conscious. In that case this phenomenon doesn’t give any direct evidence that there are here manifestations of people who have died but it would give some indirect evidence of the existence of an psychic aether sphere where ideoplastic impressions can be stored. The psychic aether sphere, the ideoplastic world that manifest itself in an out of the body state is here accessible from the physical world. This would give the possibility to see how long impressions and shapes, structures are staying stored in this ideoplastic world.