The manifestations of strange and inexplicable phenomena said
to be caused by ghosts and spirits. The phenomena include
apparitions, unusual changes in temperature, and the movement
of objects, noise, smells and so on.
Interestingly only a small number of hauntings involve seeing
ghosts. Most hauntings involve noises such as mysterious sighs
and whispers, smells such as perfume or burning wood, or sensations
such as the pricking of skin, cold breezes or being touched.
Some hauntings involve poltergeist activity, such as objects
moving, or glasses being smashed. Those who experience hauntings
typically report receiving negative emotions such as fear,
anger and hatred, but some occasions there are positive feelings.
Not every person who visits a haunted site will experience
paranormal phenomena. It is suggested that only those who
are psychically or emotionally receptive at the time of visiting
can pick up paranormal sensations.
Psychical researcher Frederick Myers defined haunting as a
'manifestation of persistent personal energy' , in other words,
proof that some kind of energy was being transmitted after
death, which was somehow connected to the dead person. Myers
believed that ghosts had no intelligence or consciousness
and were merely fragments of energy left behind by the dead
person. Another element to be considered is how energy of
the living can also be present in a place even though they
have since moved away from such a place.
FAITH AND PSYCHIC
Treatment of illness, that involves the channelling of healing,
psychic or spiritual power through the healer into another
person, often involving touch or the laying on of hand and/or
prayer. Some healing is instant but other patients require
Religious belief is not an essential part in healing although
many healers do have a strong religious or spiritual belief.
True healers believe that they themselves do not heal but
simply transform, restore and balance the universal life force,
thought to permeate and sustain all living things. An imbalance
or depletion in this life force can be caused by poor diet,
lifestyle habits or negative thinking and this can lead to
illness and unhappiness.
Many healers are said to be born with special healing powers
but it is also thought that anyone can tap into this power
to some extent. Healing powers are also said to come with
high spiritual attainment, through visionary experiences or
through the tutelage of another healer.
In faith healing the healing is thought to come from God.
The healer usually lays hands on the patient and becomes a
kind of conduit for divine energy to transfer to the patient.
Belief in faith healing has been central to all kinds of societies
throughout history. It is fundamental to Christianity and
despite opposition from the medical establishment remains
universal among Christian prayer groups and healing circles
There is plenty of anecdotal evidence to suggest that spiritual
or psychic healing works, but how it does is unknown. It's
very likely that consciousness plays a part. Quantum physics
has demonstrated that matter is not static but energy, and
the invisibility of this matter forms the basis of Taoist,
Buddhist and Hindu healing practices. Traditional Western
science holds that the universe is inert but healers reflect
the non-Western view that the universe is a living entity
and all things are interconnected by energy. This will of
the healer may also play a part; laboratory experiments have
shown that healers can speed up or slow down the growth of
cancerous cells in mice through prayer or intense thought
Several factors have been identified as influential - but
by no means a guarantee of success - when it comes to healing.
First, the presence of large amounts of universal life force,
certain places, such as Lourdes in France, are thoughts to
be bursting with healing energy.
Next, an open and trusting attitude on the part of the patient
is considered important as fear, distrust and guilt can act
as barriers to the healing. A positive attitude on the part
of the patient is also believed to make it easier for the
healer to transmit energy.
Thirdly, relaxation on the part of the healer and patient
is thought to be helpful as again this helps the healer tune
in and transmit energy.
Forthly, the healer must be filled with loving, positive and
compassionate thoughts, and finally the healer must ask for
help from a higher source and give recognition to and thanks
or spiritual marraige, union of archtypal figures in the rebirth
mysteries of antiquity and also in alchemy. Typical examples
are the representation of Christ and the Church as bridegroom
and bride ( sponsus et sponsa) and the alchemical conjunction
of sun and moon.
C.G. Jung 'Memories, Dreams and Refelections p 414
A concept that is common in esoteric thought, particularly
in connection with intuition and psychic development. In religion
it is often thought of as the conscience or the spark of divinity
within. The concept of a higher self is frequently linked
with the theory of reincarnation and the belief that there
is a part of us that has been alive before: personalities
that are incarnated are facets of but one individual.
The term ' higher self' or 'higher consciousness' refers to
the concept that each of us has a part of ourselves that is
thought to act as a bride between the spiritual and the mental
an d physical dimensions of our awareness. Simply put, there
is a part of us that is a reservoir of higher wisdom that
can help guide us through our lives. This part of us is better
able to see the bigger picture of the daily dramas we get
tangled up in and can help bring us perspective. Acting with
the guidance of our higher self can lead us is in the direction
of our greatest fulfillment.
Psychics believe that the higher self communicates by sending
messages through the psychic senses. Developing your psychic
potential will help strengthen your connection with your higher
self and allow you to communicate with it more efficiently.
There is growing evidence from psychology for the existence
of a higher self. When patients with multiple personality
disorder are researched its often the case that one personality
is more mature, intelligent and developed than others, and
some psychologists believe there are elements of multiple
personality in all of us. Dr Eric Berne's transactional analysis,
for example, arranges the personality into three different
types of self. Occultist Colin Wilson developed the theory
of a hierarchy of selves presided over by a mature, and developed
self that can take charge with 'an act of will'.
From the Greek word holos meaning 'whole', the holistic approach
refers to a philosophy or therapy that aims to treat the whole
person - mind, body and spirit - rather than just the symptoms
or problems they are manifesting. To holistic therapist the
underlying cause of the illness many not be physical but emotional,
mental or spiritual, so it is pointless just treating the
A holistic practitioner will encourage patients to take an
active part in their recovery with lifestyle and diet changes,
and/or a change in thinking patterns or patterns of belief.
When it comes to non-critical illnesses holistic therapies
can have a higher rate of success in some instances than orthodox