Evil? Well there certainly were (and are) evil people in the world… right? So by theory, one would believe that since there are evil people out there and since a ghost is the spirit of someone who has passed away, then there surely is evil after death. We believe ghosts are in the same form as when they were alive. There are nice ghosts and mean ghosts, just as there are nice and mean people out there. But the term evil, per say, is typically not used to refer to “spirits”. An evil entity is considered by most to be a demon, which, based on theory, is not a ghost at all. Whether that determination is right or wrong is ultimately up to you to decide.
Absolutely not! Don’t fall for anyone that guarantees they can get rid of a spirit. This is just plain BULL and these people are frauds in every sense. Nobody can guarantee their paranormal service or investigation will be successful. Nobody can guarantee that they can get rid of any spirit. Besides that, most paranormal groups are there to research and investigate the claims, not get rid of a haunting.
In basic terms, a haunting is a series of unexplained, documented events associated with the supernatural. In order for a haunting to be considered a haunting, it should be investigated by a professional paranormal research organization, using a combination of techniques, which can include scientific devices, measurements, documentation from those who experienced the phenomena, and the input of a medium, if they choose. The most important aspect of a suspected haunting is absolutely discounting anything that can be logically or scientifically explained.
While there has never been a documented case of any person being seriously harmed by a spirit, based on witness reports and statements, it has been said to have happened. One of the most famous cases is the one of the Bell Witch and the alleged paranormal-related death of John Bell and his family. Remember though, there is no official documentation supporting the claim of John Bell being killed by a witch. Honestly, how can there be?
It’s also important to remember that pain comes in many forms, including emotional, mental, and psychological.
So with that in mind, it is easily assumed that they can cause harm to us on one level or another. How likely is a ghost to cause harm? That depends on many factors, especially the person experiencing it. How common is it for someone to be physically hurt by a ghost? You’re more likely to be struck by lightning. Claims of physical attacks do exist, but there is simply no way to substantiate any such claims. You’re more likely to hurt yourself from your own fear than being harmed by a paranormal entity.
Depending on who you ask, you’ll get different answers to what ghosts are. There’s the definition of ghosts given by Webster’s Dictionary. There’s the general term used by most people. There’s the typical view of a ghost floating around in a white sheet. There are many different definitions, but one thing we have to remember is to not mix Hollywood’s fictional view with the logical.
We believe a ghost is the energy and spirit (or soul) of a person who has passed away and is either stuck between the veils of existence, unable to cross over, or have chosen to stay on our level of existence by choice. The reasons why (or how) ghosts are here truly remains a mystery. The best we can do is making educated guesses and well-formed opinions based on years of researched information and documented evidence.
Apparitions is another term that is somewhat used loosely. Basically, an apparition is the visual appearance or manifestation of a spirit or any unusual visual phenomena that may or may not necessarily take the shape of a human form. An apparition can be that of a ghost that has manifested or it can also be a negative entity, or demon. Apparitions can also be in the form of animals. They can appear as white, wispy, cloudy shapes or a dark shadowy form. These are often called Shadow People.
A Certified Ghost Hunter is bogus; it means absolutely nothing. An investigator can possess a certificate of completion from paranormal courses that teach proper use of equipment and evidence evaluation, which is good. But, being a “Certified Ghost hunter” is just nothing but BS.
For starters, the term “Ghost hunting” is considered to be a novice one. Professionals are “Paranormal Investigators” or “Paranormal Researchers”.
Don’t get the wrong idea: This doesn’t mean that any group that claims they are certified are not professional. The bottom line is that going through such courses isn’t bad. BUT… DO NOT let that apparent credential be the deciding factor on choosing an organization. Different groups/investigators have different ways of conducting investigations. Some are comfortable with certain techniques; others use their own personal proven techniques. The point is that everyone does this differently.
It’s a subjective field and you can never implement one procedure. Courses teach investigators to use their own methods; but what if those methods aren’t the best? What if those methods are dated or out of line with what another investigator choose. One-for-all does not work in this field. Thus, being certified is just a waste of time until there are nationally recognized accredited courses. And if you’re an up-and-coming investigator or group, don’t waste your time and money with these courses. In the “real world” of our side of things, it means absolutely nothing.