This is a special group of Spirits who are people without physical bodies, that have chosen not to cross over into the Light after their window has closed post-death.
When each person loses their physical body in death, they are given a 3-10 day window to enter into a glowing Light, which serves as their gateway to the Otherside.
This Other Side is the place of Universal Oneness and it goes by many names:
Whatever you want to call it, this is another, safe realm for spirits who are without body.
I think of it like Earth, but an Earth where nothing is physical and everyone is operating in alignment with the Divine Light. That is, everyone who enters the doorway to this place and resides here is living, acting and operating in alignment with their own inner truth, love and compassion for all beings. On Earth, while we are all trying our best, it would be far fetched to say we are acting in alignment with our own truth and in alignment with unconditional love at all times.
As humans, we have fears, we have worries, we get upset and react in anger or jealousy. We make passionate decisions clouded by emotions and we are not always guided by our best judgement. Some people, more than others, are in alignment with their truth on a more continual basis, depending of course, on how much they’ve worked on themselves to overcome fears and develop their spiritual and emotional aspects of self.
But we can not say this for all humans.
Humans are an unpredictable bunch.
Not all of them believe in God. Or believe in the Afterlife. Not all humans understand the ‘rules’ of crossing over and how much time they have to do so.Not everyone understands upon death, that if they run away from the Light, because they are worried about what will happen to their cat, that there is a chance the Light will dim and fade away before they realize they can’t get it back.
And not all people who die that see the light immediately decide to walk through it. But no one decides for them. No one tells them they can’t go or they are not welcome or that the Light is ‘off limits.’ Everyone is presented with “the Light” and the option to cross over.
When a person decides to walk into the Light, here are the benefits available to them:
They get to see and be with their relatives, who have also crossed over
They get to learn the meanings and purposes for things that happened while alive that they previously didn’t understand
They get to move back and forth between Earth and Spirit World at any time, for any reason
They learn how to continue to communicate with those who are still living through the language of the Spirit World
They get to take those understandings that they learned, and pass on those lessons to the living using this language previously mentioned
Sounds great, right? Wouldn’t everyone who dies want this? Of course!
So why wouldn’t everyone just cross over? Here are a few possible reasons:
Not everyone is guided by what is in their highest and greatest good at all times, and not always at the time of death either.
In addition, people have concerns. If they died suddenly, they may have questions and things they want to know before going somewhere they don’t understand. People also have fear, they have resentment.
They can be angry about their death.They can be upset about how their children are acting like children, regarding their estate. They worry about who will care for their 10 year old terrier/best friend forever. And sometimes, they don’t want to leave until those concerns are addressed or met.
Not everyone who dies is educated in these workings of the Light. Not everyone who does realizes that the Life Review is actually not a punishment, but a really informative conference where the headliner topic is your own life. Not everyone who dies . . . feels ready to die.
Anyway, this is how people become Earthbound.
Are Earthbounds Scary? They can be. But people can be scary. That’s the way the world works.People can also be loving, kind, funny, emotional and really great characters to hang out with. The same is true for the Earthbound world, as these are people, who lack bodies and are still here on Earth just like you or I.
Earthbound people are collectively perceived as scary because they are not as cohesively predictable as Spirits in the Light. This is where it’s important to remember that all persons - dead or alive - are individuals and they behave differently, for different reasons. While Earthbound spirits can be grouped and behaviors can be identified and generalized to a point - there is a point where generalizations are not always valid, just as there is a point to where generalizations about race, cultures and why people stay in bad marriages are not always valid across the board.
Earthbound People are more unpredictable than Crossed Over People only because you can’t always be 100% sure they are honest, truthful, not being guided by fear emotions, resentment, betrayal, or worry. But that doesn’t mean they are all inherently evil or bad, just as it doesn’t mean you are bad for being angry about something.
Would you say that about your own mother, who just happened to have a character flaw of being really controlling, but she was actually controlling because it was her only way of knowing how to love?
No. We would say she was trying to be loving, but she didn’t know how.
When we are guided by our flaws, which can happen to all of us at times, living or dead, we occasionally do things than can adversely affect others, even if we don’t mean it or realize it.
People choose to not cross over for many reasons and their actions do affect other people - living or dead, just as the actions of anyone in your space would affect you.
Once someone decides to stay, even if it was a choice guided by worry, they miss their one-way ticket into The Light.
The only way to get someone to cross over into the Light and effectively offer them a second chance at crossing over is to hear them out.
How Do You Help Them?
All the instructions to assisting an Earthbound are now located in my eBook, Transitions: A Guide to Confidently Releasing Ghosts and Earthbound Spirits from Any Place, there are also several articles listed below on the topic.
In any case, they don’t all need help or want it! Some are earthbound for specific reasons, or for a specific time period, and yes, also for the highest good. Though not everyone feels this way, some spirits feel when you are closer to earth you can have the most impact on what happens in this realm.
Amanda Linette Meder
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