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                Types of Hauntings Part 1
               Intelligent Hauntings


This type of haunting is the most widely accepted kind of activity.  In this kind of activity the spirit or entity involved has an "intelligent" presence.  They are aware of their surroundings.  They are not confied to one spot, meaning they can move around freely.  They will even ackowledge the existence of human beings.  They may even try to communicate in certain ways.(i.e. dreams, visions, or showing themselves to children in hopes of the child telling others what they have said)

These spirits or entities will usually manifest themselves in physical ways like slamming, opening, and unlocking doors and/or windows; strange sounds; voices; cold chills along with a strong presence; or disturbance of electrical devices.  They may make themselves seen, and they will most likely look as it did when theyt was alive.  With this type, you should be sure that the visible spirit seems to interact and is not just an imprinted image like in a residual haunting.

This type of haunting occurs due to attachments they may feel through memories, trauma, tragedy, or any other emotional tie.  They are a person who once lived and who has stayed behind instead of passing over.  Reasons for them staying are:

1.  May not realize their body is indeed deceased.

2.  May be looking for something or someone.

3.  May have unfinished earthly business such as a task or to deliver a message.

4.  May be re-living traumatic events as the mind replays the event so as to understand it.

5.  May be hanging around loved ones or person they like to keep company with.

6.  Are not letting go due to fear of death and moving on to a new world.

These spirits or entities are made up of energy that made up the soul of that living person.  They are like the personality of person who once was.  They are not evil or deomonic.  If a person was kind of considerate, they may still have those qualities.  However, if the person was angry or cruel, they maykeep those qualities.

They are limited in what they can do.  Most of the time they only move very light objects, but they have been known to move objects up to around 10lbs.  They are looking for people to notice them.  They can be frightening.  However, it is much more common to hear of an encounter with a benevolent spirit than with a negative one. 

They are not inhuman entities  They are still here for one reason or another and do not need to be "cast out" or "exorcised".  They need patience and understanding, from one human being to another.  The best thing one can do is remain open to the contact and listen to what is heard deep within, as that is how they primarily communicate.  Speak to them in words of peace, understanding, blessing and love.

                  Residual Hauntings


Residual hauntings are also known as "psychic impressions."  They are considered to be the most common type of haunting.  When a ghost or event is seen over and over doing the same thing, this is a residual haunting.  The entitiy may seem to be lost in a time warp.  They really aren't even there, only the energy is.

Sometimes, this type of activity can make itself known in a similar way to an "Intelligent Haunting", but the most important signs will be different.  The entity will not interact with any of the living occupants of the location.  The activity, and the sightings will be random.  There will be no missing items.  While doors and windows may open by themselves, it will be because of energy expending itself, not because of spirit activity.  Commonly reported in these cases are sounds of footsteps, walking, breathing, odd and unusual repetitive sounds.  Apparitions are commonly reported but will not notice the living persons around them. It is much more common to visibly spot an image in this type of haunting, but remember there will be no consciousness behind it. 

There is no actual entity present in this style of haunting.  The energy that was left behind is just like a video playing the same scene over and over again.  It may happen nightly, weekly, monthly, or yearly.  Even though it is not aware that people are there, it can still be a scary and emotional situation to the people who have to deal with it happening in their home. 

There is usually very little you can do with this type of haunting.  The family who is having these problems need to understand what is going on, and know that there is no danger due to the energy not being controlled by  the person who left it behind.  The owners will either need to except what is happening and learn to deal with it, or move on.

             Portal or Vortex Hauntings


Portal hauntings are the most controversial type of haunting.  Some people believe that portals exist between the physical and spirit worlds.  Some believe portals acts as a door for ghosts to cross over from the other side to the physical realm.  Others believe portal hauntings to be doorways between the earth, other dimensions, or other worlds.  Either way no one knows for sure if they actually exist, let alone what they may be.

Most stories for portal hauntings include glowing balls of light, odd creatures, strange shapes, or unexplained images.

Portal hauntings can be found near underground waterways.  However, for some reason they are most commonly located at graveyards.  Some have thought the graveyards may have been built not knowing that these sites may have been "haunted" before it was located there.  It is possible that the psychic draw of the area was what cause our ancestors to locate a cemetery there in the first place.  The Natvie Americans purposely chose their burial grounds in this manner.   They found a place to bury and honor the dead which they felt was more closely connect to the next world.  Many of  these locations are now considered to be "haunted" or at least inhabited by spirits.

This type of haunting is also known as "vortex haunting".  In ghost photographs, many ghost hunters strongly believe that "vortexes" are evidence of portals.  A vortex usually appears as a streak of white ectoplasm mist, and is typically confused with photos of mistakenly snapped camera straps in front of the lens. 

                    Shadow People


This type of activity has no real explanation.  They are usually shapeless dark masses, so they are different than ghosts.  They are mostly seen out of the corner of the eye and usually very briefly.  However, people can see them straight on and for longer periods of time.  Some say they even see eyes, usually red, on the shadows.  These shadows can move between walls, and usually have no human features.  Some are seen child sized, but others are extremely long or tall.  Some have a feeling of dread associated with them as well. 

Two common types are the “hat man” and the “hooded figure”.  The “hat man” is shadow looks like he or she is wearing a 1930’s fedora hat.  The “hooded figure” looks like it has a hood over its head.