APPARITIONS & GHOST: Is this the proof that spirits DO exist?
Lord Combermeres Ghost
The following photograph was taken in Combermere Abbey Library in 1891. If you look closely, the figure of a man can be seen in the chair in the photo. It is believed to be the ghost of Lord Combermere. Combermere died after being hit by a horse drawn carriage. At the time the photo was taken, Lord Combermere's funeral was taking place only a few miles away.
Ghost Monk of Newby Church
This photo was shot in 1963 by Reverend Lord in Newby Church, Yorkshire, England. A shrouded face upon a body can be seen gazing right into the camera. Even stranger, Lord claims there was nothing visible to the naked eye immediately prior to shooting the photo. Could this be the ghost of a monk that now haunts the church?
The Brown Lady of Raynham Hall
This photograph was taken in Raynham Hall in Norfolk, England in 1936. It is widely regarded as one of the most captivating ghost sightings ever caught on camera.
The story starts in the 1700's when Charles Townshend suspected his wife Dorothy of being unfaithful in their marriage. Legal records indicate that Dorothy died and was buried in 1726, but it is widely believed that Charles faked her death and held her captive in a remote area of their home until her actual death decades later.
To this day, Dorothy's ghost, referred to as The Brown Lady, is believed to haunt the staircase at Raynham Hall. This photograph is merely one of the many sightings of Dorothy's spirit in the home since her death.
Part of a series of articles on theparanormal
Engraving of the Hammersmith Ghost inKirby's Wonderful and Scientific Museum, a magazine published in 1804
The belief in manifestations of the spirits of the dead is widespread, dating back to animism or ancestor worship in pre-literate cultures. Certain religious practices—funeral rites, exorcisms, and some practices of spiritualism and ritual magic—are specifically designed to appease the spirits of the dead. Ghosts are generally described as solitary essences that haunt particular locations, objects, or people they were associated with in life, though stories of phantom armies, ghost trains,phantom ships, and even ghostanimals have also been recounted.
Further information: spirit, soul (spirit), wikt:anima, genius (mythology), and Geist
The English word ghost continues Old English gást, from a hypothetical Common Germanic *gaistaz. It is common to West Germanic, but lacking in North and East Germanic (the equivalent word in Gothic is ahma, Old Norse has andi m., önd f.). The pre-Germanic form was *ghoisdo-s, apparently from a root denoting "fury, anger" reflected in Old Norse geisa "to rage". The Germanic word is recorded as masculine only, but likely continues a neuter s-stem. The original meaning of the Germanic word would thus have been an animating principle of the mind, in particular capable of excitation and fury (compare óðr). InGermanic paganism, "Germanic Mercury", and the later Odin, was at the same time the conductor of the dead and the "lord of fury" leading the Wild Hunt.
Besides denoting the human spirit or soul, both of the living and the deceased, the Old English word is used as a synonym of Latinspiritus also in the meaning of "breath" or "blast" from the earliest attestations (9th century). It could also denote any good or evil spirit, i.e. angels and demons; the Anglo-Saxon gospel refers to the demonic possession of Matthew 12:43 as se unclæna gast. Also from the Old English period, the word could denote the spirit of God, viz. the "Holy Ghost". The now prevailing sense of "the soul of a deceased person, spoken of as appearing in a visible form" only emerges in Middle English (14th century). The modern noun does, however, retain a wider field of application, extending on one hand to "soul", "spirit", "vital principle", "mind" or "psyche", the seat of feeling, thought and moral judgement; on the other hand used figuratively of any shadowy outline, fuzzy or unsubstantial image, in optics, photography and cinematography especially a flare, secondary image or spurious signal.
The synonym spook is a Dutch loanword, akin to Low Germanspôk (of uncertain etymology); it entered the English language via the United States in the 19th century. Alternative words in modern usage include spectre (from Latin spectrum), the Scottishwraith (of obscure origin), phantom (via French ultimately from Greekphantasma, compare fantasy) and apparition. The term shadein classical mythology translates Greek σκιά, or Latin umbra,in reference to the notion of spirits in theGreek underworld. "Haint" is a synonym for ghost used in regional English of the southern United States, and the "haint tale" is a common feature of southern oral and literary tradition. The termpoltergeist is a German word, literally a "noisy ghost", for a spirit said to manifest itself by invisibly moving and influencing objects.
Wraith is a Scots word for "ghost", "spectre" or "apparition". It came to be used in Scottish Romanticist literature, and acquired the more general or figurative sense of "portent" or "omen". In 18th- to 19th-century Scottish literature, it was also applied to aquatic spirits. The word has no commonly accepted etymology; the OED notes "of obscure origin" only. An association with the verb writhe was the etymology favored by J. R. R. Tolkien.Tolkien's use of the word in the naming of the creatures known as the Ringwraiths has influenced later usage in fantasy literature.Bogey or bogy/bogie is a term for a ghost, and appears in Scottish poet John Mayne's Hallowe'en in 1780.
A revenant is a deceased person returning from the dead to haunt the living, either as a disembodied ghost or alternatively as an animated ("undead") corpse. Also related is the concept of a fetch, the visible ghost or spirit of a person yet alive.
A notion of the transcendent, supernatural or numinous, usually involving entities like ghosts, demons or deities, is a cultural universal. In pre-literate folk religions, these beliefs are often summarized under animism and ancestor worship. In many cultures malignant, restless ghosts are distinguished from the more benign spirits involved in ancestor worship. Ancestor worship typically involves rites intended to prevent revenants, vengeful spirits of the dead, imagined as starving and envious of the living. Strategies for preventing revenants may either include sacrifice, i.e., giving the dead food and drink to pacify them, or magical banishment of the deceased to force them not to return. Ritual feeding of the dead is performed in traditions like the ChineseGhost Festival or the Western All Souls' Day. Magical banishment of the dead is present in many of the world's burial customs. The bodies found in many tumuli (kurgan) had been ritually bound before burial, and the custom of binding the dead persists, for example, in rural Anatolia.
Nineteenth-century anthropologist James Frazer stated in his classic work, The Golden Bough, that souls were seen as the creature within that animated the body
Ghosts and the afterlife
Further information: Soul (spirit), Psyche (psychology),Underworld, Hungry ghost, and Psychopomp
Further information: Ghost Festival, All Souls' Day, Day of the Dead, and Ghost Dance
Although the human soul was sometimes symbolically or literally depicted in ancient cultures as a bird or other animal, it appears to have been widely held that the soul was an exact reproduction of the body in every feature, even down to clothing the person wore. This is depicted in artwork from various ancient cultures, including such works as theEgyptian Book of the Dead, which shows deceased people in the afterlife appearing much as they did before death, including the style of dress.
Fear of ghostsMain article: Fear of ghosts
Yūrei (Japanese ghost) from the Hyakkai Zukan, ca. 1737
While deceased ancestors are universally regarded as venerable, and often imagined as having a continued presence in some sort ofafterlife, the spirit of a deceased person which remains present in the material world (viz. a ghost) is regarded as an unnatural or undesirable state of affairs and the idea of ghosts or revenants is associated with a reaction of fear. This is universally the case in pre-modern folk cultures, but fear of ghost also remains an integral aspect of the modern ghost story, Gothic horror and otherhorror fictiondealing with the supernatural.
Common attributesAnother widespread belief concerning ghosts is that they are composed of a misty, airy, or subtle material. Anthropologists link this idea to early beliefs that ghosts were the person within the person (the person's spirit), most noticeable in ancient cultures as a person's breath, which upon exhaling in colder climates appears visibly as a white mist. This belief may have also fostered the metaphorical meaning of "breath" in certain languages, such as the Latin spiritus and the Greek pneuma, which by analogybecame extended to mean the soul. In the Bible, God is depicted as animating Adam with a breath.
In many traditional accounts, ghosts were often thought to be deceased people looking for vengeance, or imprisoned on earth for bad things they did during life. The appearance of a ghost has often been regarded as an omen or portent of death. Seeing one's own ghostly double or "fetch" is a related omen of death.
White ladies were reported to appear in many rural areas, and supposed to have died tragically or suffered trauma in life. White Lady legends are found around the world. Common to many of them is the theme of losing or being betrayed by a husband or fiancé. They are often associated with an individual family line or regarded as a harbinger of death similar to a banshee.
Legends of ghost ships have existed since the 18th century; most notable of these is the Flying Dutchman. This theme has been used in literature in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Coleridge.
A grandmother was left astonished after a photo posted on Facebook from her granddaughter’s christening appeared to show the ghost of her late husband. When Heather Sewell, 50, first saw the picture she immediately spotted the apparition, bearing a striking resemblance to her late husband Terry. The black and white face can be seen above the church font hovering over baby Mia-Bella Kennett and the rest of the family.
Familiar face: The photograph taken at St.Martin's Church in Canterbury was posted on Facebook. Only later did grandmother Heather Sewell notice the face, circled, bearing a striking resemblance to her late husband Terry. The bizarre image was caught on camera at St Martin’s Church, Canterbury, Kent by Mrs Sewell's son Jamie, 29, on his mobile phone. It was only when the grandmother-of-two was looking through the photos online later that she spotted the familiar face beside the family.
Outline: Mrs Sewell said she was shocked when she noticed the face in the picture taken during her granddaughter's christening. Mrs Sewell, from Petham, Kent, said she could not believe the likeness to her late husband. Terry Sewell, who worked as a labourer, died 17 years ago after committing suicide aged 41. Mrs Sewell, who works as a taxi driver, said it was 'upsetting' to see her husband's face. She said: ' I tried to convince myself that it was not Terry - but it is so convincing that I believe it is.
'Terry had a long face and so does the ghost and it has the same hair style as Terry had.
'The ghost is also the same height as Terry was - about 5ft 8in.
'I am quite a superstitious person, but I am not over-the-top.
'I do believe there is something out there - there are too many things in the world we cannot explain.'
She added: 'I was so shocked when I saw it, as we all were.
'It looks very much like Terry. I know there has been no photo trickery so it is all very spooky and perhaps not what you want to see at a christening.
'I was in the pub afterwards when I first saw the Facebook page and everyone was stunned because it’s so clear.'
St Martin’s is the oldest church in the country that is still in use for religious services, but a ghostly encounter has never been reported previously at the church.
Heather's daughter Gemma Sewell, 27, and her partner Jamie were joined by their older daughter Jaiden, 5, and two sets of godparents for Mia-Bella Kennett's Christening.
This from my own experience. Orbs appeared in the photos from an unknown tombstone located at the back of my property circa early 20th century.
This photograph was taken during the American Civil War. A ghost, believed to be that of a dead soldier, was captured walking up these stairs in a basement. But not all ghosts have been scorned.
An Australian woman named Mrs Andrews was visiting the grave of her daughter in a cemetery in Queensland, in the 1940s when she took a photo. Her daughter Joyce had died the year before at the age of 17. She was shocked to find a child in the photo that she did not recognise sitting on top of the grave. Australian paranormal researcher Tony Healy visited the cemetery in the late 1990s to find out what had happened. He found that near Joyce's grave, two infant girls were buried.
Diane and Peter Berthelot visited Worstead Church in Norfolk in 1975. Peter snapped a photo of his wife praying silently in the pew. They didn't realise until later that she was not alone
THE SCIENCE OF GHOSTSResearchers have studied many photographs of ghosts, and believe the majority can be explained as a trick of the light, or a technical issue with the camera.
Recently, Professor Richard Wiseman carried out an experiment to try to explain ghost pictures.
He concluded that most were down to shadows or, in some cases, double exposures on a camera.
University College London researchers also found that when we gaze around in a poorly lit room, it can sometimes fool our brains into seeing things that are not really there.
The same could be true for photographs, effectively 'tricking' the brain. Diane and Peter Berthelot visited Worstead Church in Norfolk in 1975 with their 12-year-old son. Peter snapped a photo of his wife praying silently in the pew. When they looked at the photos a few months later, a friend asked 'Who's that sitting behind you, Di?' The mysterious figure appeared to be dressed in old-fashioned clothing, including a bonnet, according toAbout.com. Confused and confounded, the couple returned to the church the next year to share their photograph. The church vicar, Reverend Pettit, told the Berthelots the legend of the White Lady. The ghost, Reverend Pettit said, was known to visit people who had fallen ill, offering them comfort and healing them. Diane was shocked because when the photo was taken, she was taking antibiotics and was not doing well. The legends of the White Lady date back more than 100 years. She is said to appear on Christmas Eve every year and the church in which she once dwelled is now an aptly named pub: The White Lady.
Robert A. Ferguson, author of Psychic Telemetry, was speaking in Los Angeles, California, on November 16, 1968. He believed his brother Walter, who died in 1944 during World War II, was standing beside him. Robert A. Ferguson, a spiritualist and the author of Psychic Telemetry: New Key to Health, Wealth, And Perfect Living, was speaking in Los Angeles, California, on November 16, 1968 when the photo above was taken. He believed his brother Walter, who died in 1944 during World War II, was standing beside him during the speech and he just may be right. Apparently, this photograph was taken with a Polaroid camera, making a double exposure hypothesis very unlikely. Many ghost hunters even argue that the ears on the apparition and the man are vastly different, proving they are not the same man
Mrs Andrews took this picture while visiting her daughter's grave in Queensland, Australia in the 1940s. Her child Joyce had died the year before aged 17. She was shocked to find a young stranger sitting on the grave. When paranormal researcher Tony Healy visited the cemetery in the 1990s, he found that near Joyce's grave, two infant girls were buried
In 1924, the SS Watertown was en route to the Panama Canal from New York City when James Courtney and Michael Meehan were killed by gas fumes in a freak accident while cleaning a cargo tank. Soon after, crew members saw two faces in the water following the ship. Some of the photographs have been researched for decades, with paranormal aficionados looking into their origins. In 1924, for example, the SS Watertown was en route to the Panama Canal from New York City. James Courtney and Michael Meehan were killed by gas fumes in a freak accident while cleaning a cargo tank. In the days following their deaths, crew members began reporting seeing two faces in the water following the ship. The captain snapped several photographs of the water where their faces appeared and of five, one appeared to contain the apparitions.
This photograph was taken hours before this dying man's last breath. Three mysterious orbs appeared in the images, which some believe to be spirits and others swear are fingerprint smudges. Blake Smith looked into the history of the image after it frightened him in elementary school. He says the story originated with the oil company Cities Service (CITGO) who were the owners of the Watertown. The first publication of the image was in the in-house magazine Service in 1934, Mr Black says. He found another paranormal investigator's research, which included information about how the captain's film was developed. A commercial photographer in New York apparently took hold of the film once the ship docked. Mr Blake consulted Joe Nickell, investigator with the Centre for Inquiry about his opinion.
Two men are seen working on renovations for this old and 'empty' hospital in 1918 - but on the far left balcony, they're not alone. 'That picture has a suspiciously hard edge to the (viewer’s) left side of the face on the left, and this ruler-straight line (the edge of a rope) extends all the way to the top of the (cropped) picture. This looks like some form of photographic skulduggery (indicative of cutting and pasting, or possibly masking in conjunction with an airbrush).' Despite his findings, he believes that one of the ghost faces may be real, the second added for effect.
It does seem that there is a conscious mind behind the orbs. By looking more closely into the spirit orbs sometimes there does appear to be faces. The paranormal spirit orb photograph was taken at the funeral service of my father and it clearly shows a white spirit orb in the centre of the room. To the right is a paranormal photograph which shows a close up of the spirit orb. The face inside the spirit orb is quite obvious of my father.Enlarged, magnified orb with the likeness of my father.
Is this the proof that spirits DO exist? At first, it seemed no more than a curious coincidence. Professor Klaus Heinemann, a researcher for NASA, the U.S. space agency, was studying a collection of photographs his wife had taken at a gathering of spiritual healers when he noticed that many of them featured the same pale but clearly defined circle of light, like a miniature moon, hovering above some of the subjects.Like most rational people, he assumed that the pictures were faulty. 'I presumed the circles were due to dust particles, flash anomalies,
An orb is a solid water particles and so on,' says Prof Heinemann.
After-thought: An orb appeared on this photo taken by Klaus Heinemann 'But I was sufficiently intrigued that I returned to the room in which the pictures were taken, in the hope of finding an explanation - like a mirror in the background. None was forthcoming.' Nor could he find any faults with his wife's camera. And as a scientist with considerable experience in sophisticated microscope techniques - examining matter down to atomic levels of optical resolution - his methods were nothing if not rigorous.
Still puzzled, Heinemann set out to discover what else might have caused the mysterious circles. He and his wife began taking hundreds of digital photographs at random events to see whether they could recreate the mysterious effect.
The answer was that they could make these shimmering 'orbs' appear again, but only - absurd as it may sound - if they 'asked' the apparitions to make themselves visible to the camera. And they found this method worked particularly well when the couple photographed spiritual gatherings.
What on earth was going on? Again, a maverick technical glitch seemed the obvious answer. Such anomalies happen frequently in digital photography. If you accidentally jog a camera while a picture is being taken, especially in dim light, you can easily get a double image.
But again, Prof Heinemann ruled out a technical fault. 'We were quickly able to eliminate the common problems associated with photography - such as dust particles, water droplets, reflections and a host of other likely causes.'
Yet the orbs still kept appearing. And the more images he took, the more he was able to study the bizarre properties of these shimmering lights. Heinemann set up dozens of experiments using two cameras on static tripods under controlled conditions. His early experiments found that orbs can move very fast, up to 500mph or more.
Heinemann also found that during his numerous dual camera experiments, when he used twin cameras to capture an object from two different angles, a single orb shape would often appear - but only in one of the two images taken simultaneously.
It was as if the orbs somehow chose which camera to appear on, or whether to appear at all. Eventually, Heinemann was left with only one conclusion: that he was witnessing some form of paranormal intelligence.
'There is no doubt in my mind that the orbs may well be one of the most significant "outside of this reality" phenomena mankind has ever witnessed,' says Professor Heinemann. 'Until now, there has been a huge amount of anecdotal evidence that the spirit world exists. I believe it's no longer anecdotal. Thanks to digital technology, we can see it for the first time. We are dealing with a non-physical - albeit real - phenomenon.'
The temptation, of course, is to dismiss such claims as bunkum. Indeed, many of Professor Heinemann's colleagues consider his research to be 'utter flaky nonsense'.
And yet a growing number of respectable scientists refuse to write off the possibility that these orbs, which are starting to appear on cameras around the world, just might offer a fascinating glimpse into the unknown.An orb is a solid or transparent "ball" of energy or light. Some parapsychologists believe that orbs are spirits, or lingering energy from deceased entities. No one truly knows what orbs are. Orbs can appear in many different shapes and colors, with white orbs being the most common. Here are a few examples of orb photographs:
Are Orbs in Photographs Really Paranormal?
Not all "orbs" that appear in photographs are paranormal. In my experience, many of the orbs that appear in photographs can be explained by the flash reflecting off dust, particles, insects, or moisture droplets in the air in front of the camera.
In my opinion, witnessing orbs with your own eyes (in person) is far more credible, and harder to debunk than mere photos of orbs.
If you see a bright, glowing orb with your own eyes (in person, not in a photograph), there's a good chance that it may be paranormal. However, I would be very cautious when classifying orbs in photographs as paranormal – it's simply too easy for the "orbs" in a photograph to be caused by dust or moisture, reflecting off the camera lens (or the flash).
Very often our family members visiting from the other side show up in our photos, especially in times of celebration. I have often seen, especially if a parent is on the other side, orbs show up in a perfectly vacant spot in which they would have been standing in wedding photos if they were living and had been in attendance. They still like to show up for family photos on special occasions.
Although they are often around during times of celebration, don’t be surprised if you see orbs in simple photos at home of the children or grandchildren playing. They will also often show up in those photos, as they are visiting and interacting with the children. Don’t be surprised either, if the child or young children seem to be interacting with someone in the photos! Younger children have not yet been deprogrammed and are often much more aware of their presence that the adults in the environment. (unless of course the adults are empaths or mediums!)
Have you noticed your family members from the other side showing up as orbs in your photos? It is just another way they let us know they are still with us, still supporting us, and especially still celebrating with us!
My father appeared in this orb with a clear picture of his face when I magnified the white spot below.
Papa’s Soul, I took this picture by accident after his funeral Services. After magnifying that small orb, a likeness of my father appeared. He as a younger man with glasses on and a whole crop of hair.
These are the things that go bump in the night.
From murdered slaves to tortured hospital patients to forgotten sailors, ghost stories will send a shiver down most people's spines.
But this collection of images will call into question everything you think you know about the spirit world... and how easy it may be to cross back over from the 'other side'.
Paranormal investigators have spent decades painstakingly researching each photograph, debunking some and failing to disprove others.
Taken at Corroboree Rock at Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia in 1959, this photograph appears to show a woman holding her hands toward her face, peering out into the distance.
Locals of Quezon City, Philippines, steer clear of Balete Drive at night. They say a woman in white with long black hair, her face covered in blood, stands in the centre of the road. Drivers pack their backseat with passengers because if there is one empty seat, an uninvited guest just might take it
This woman was visiting the Fleet Air Arm Centre in Yelverton, Somerset, in 1987. Posing for the photo, she said she felt strangely cold, though it was a hot day. She also claims she was the only one in the aircraft... so who is that sitting to her right?
Chloe was a slave at the house on a plantation in St Francisville, Louisiana. After being caught snooping on her master's private conversation, he cut off her ear. Seeking revenge, Chloe baked a cake out of toxic oleander leaves, intended for her cruel boss. When his wife and daughters ate it instead, she fled but was lynched by fellow slaves. She still haunts the plantation to this day
Take the tale of the white lady of the Philippines.
Locals of Quezon City steer clear of Balete Drive at night as they say that a woman in white with long black tresses, face covered in blood, stands in the centre of the road, staring at oncoming vehicles.
Drivers try to avoid the street at all costs - but if they must pass, they pack their backseat with passengers because if there is one empty seat, an uninvited guest just might take it.
In photographs, she appears as a bright, white light in the road, legs barely visible.
Or consider the story of Chloe the inquisitive slave.
Chloe lived at the house of Myrtle's Plantation in St Francisville, Louisiana.
She would often listen in on conversations she wasn't supposed to, snooping in on her master's private talks.One afternoon, Chloe was caught. According to legend, her master cut off her ear as punishment.
For revenge, Chloe baked a cake out of oleander leaves, which are poisonous.
She wanted her cruel master to taste it, but his wife and daughters beat him to it.
She fled the house, but was lynched by her fellow slaves. She still haunts the plantation to this day, listening in on the conversations of its visitors.
Chloe can sometimes be seen hiding behind the doors, columns, or bushes on the residence.
This picture was taken in February 2002 of what used to be a local general store. It appears the building has attracted some shoppers from the other realm as well
This early 20th century snap of a bureau was taken at the request of a furniture dealer by Montague Cooper, a well-respected photographer of the day. It appears he was so good, even a ghost wanted to pose for him
Ghost guarding the gate as Hurricane Fay remnants blow into Lexington, SC
- A ghostly image has emerged of linen mill workers from 1900
- The image which was taken in Belfast appears to include a ghostly hand
- The hand is resting on a girl's shoulder and appears to be without a body