What is a Ghost?
Shakespeare's Definition of a Ghost The American Heritage Dictionary, published in 1973, defines a
ghost as, "The spirit or shade of a dead person, supposed to haunt living persons or former habitats."

Webster tells us:

Ghost (n.) The spirit; the soul of man.
(n.) The disembodied soul; the soul or spirit of a deceased person; a spirit
appearing after death; an apparition; a specter.

(n.) Any faint shadowy semblance; an unsubstantial image; a phantom; a glimmering; as,
not a ghost of a chance; the ghost of an idea.

(n.) A false image formed in a telescope by reflection from the surfaces of one or more lenses.

(v. i.) To die; to expire.

(v. t.) To appear to or haunt in the form of an apparition.


A quote from Jason Sullivan

Existing on another plane we cannot see or even begin to explore is a place the dead call home. If the
Gods give every living thing a soul, then over the past 20 to 30 thousand years, there's a lot of dead
wondering around. Or is there? Some say that we are formed from living energy. So what happens
when we die? These are questions we will have always. Why? Because we don't know the answer, we
explore to find out, but until then we keep guessing. Midwest Haunts doesn't guess. We search and
keep searching for answers. When we know you'll know. Here are our own personal experiences
with spirits we would like to share and the types of ghost they are by our own rating system.

Level 1- Reoccurring noises, movements,or Temperature shifts but never a direct siting
Level 2- Orbs, Mist, Energy Shapes, Strong Temperature Shifts, Minor Electric Magnetic Field
with erratic flux
Level 3- Strong Electric Magnetic Field at a solid flux, Object movements, Human Contact through
minor touch or voice
Level 4-
Full Apparition, Solid Contact through Voice and Touch


No one is 100% sure what a ghost really is, if they really exist. However, most people believe that a
ghost is the spiritual remains of a person who refuses to cross over after death. Just remember the
energy remains of those dead can be good and bad in interaction.

Here are the tell tale signs of ghostly activity:

Cold Spots (Areas that have serious temperature shifts)
Air flow in enclosed areas, strong winds indoors
Any place where the hair stands up on your neck or it seems like someone is watching.
Strange noises ( people talking, crying, sighing, walking, moving, etc)

There are several places you can find ghosts:
Cemeteries/Graveyards
Museums
Old Homes and Buildings
Old Churches and Holy grounds
Mental Hospitals/Retirement Homes
State Parks
Sometimes even in your own back yard



What Is a Ghost?  By: Tami Hagerman

Just what is a ghost? Is it a figment of your imagination? Do ghosts exist? Hundreds of thousands of
people have seen ghosts over the years. Ghost sightings are featured in Hamlet and in stories dating
back to the dawn of history. But what is a ghost? Most people believe that, after the body dies, there
is still an energy that lives on. That energy is usually drawn to a white light, which brings them to
God or their next state of existence, depending on your belief system. Some ghosts do not see or
refuse to go to this light, though. Many religions believe that this turning from the light is in essence
the "Hell" that awaits non-believers - that they must be doomed to an eternal existence apart from
what they naturally would enjoy. Ghosts would refuse to go to the light for many reasons. Perhaps
they feel strongly that they had unfinished business in the world which must be taken care of. Maybe
they had loved ones that they wished to watch over. Maybe their death was so traumatic that they
never realized they WERE dead, and therefore did not seek to "move on". Some people feel that
what is seen by mortals is not really an actual ghost. Instead, it is some sort of 'psychic imprint' on an
area, left behind by a traumatic event. So when visitors to a graveyard see a the ghost of a wounded
soldier walking, it is not that they are actually seeing a ghost. Instead, the energy was so strong when
the soldier WAS wounded those many years ago, it imprinted on the area and that imprint is what is
now being seen. Sort of like a video recorder that recorded an image, and then replays it occasionally.
Finally, some people believe that ghosts are no more than hallucinations. They feel that if a person
goes to a haunted inn, is told all evening about what the ghost looks like and sounds like and acts
like, that it is very likely they will "think" they see that ghost in the early hours of the morning because
of what they were told.



Laters,  

Jason Sullivan


Midwest Haunts  * Ghost Hunting 101

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Don't be scared, we see them too!
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