A few years ago, I was living in the California mining town of Nevada City.
Nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, the town was originally settled in 1849 during the California Gold Rush.
These days, however, the town is populated by a small community of artists, outdoor enthusiasts and independent business owners.
There aren’t that many full-time miners living and working in Nevada City anymore.
Which is why when I was walking down the street, perusing the shops and small boutiques, on one beautiful autumn afternoon and I saw an older man, with a full grey beard, wearing overalls, a train conductors hat, carrying a pickaxe, covered in dust, hunched over, walking down the street - I was suspicious.
This old-timey miner man didn’t fit in here.
As I passed him, we made eye contact - I saw him and he saw me see him. My stomach sank heavy and chills ran up my spine. Something wasn’t right here.
A metallic, sour taste started to rise in my throat and when I looked back, he took one last glance at me, and then . . .
He was gone.
I’d just seen a ghost - and he looked nothing like a ghost at all.
He looked just like you or I - a human - but he felt ‘off.’
His clothes weren’t right, he didn’t feel right to me, and to top it off, he vanished into mid-air - which is something regular people can't do.
The reason I am telling you this story is simple:
Ghosts do not always look like ghosts
Ghosts are people who have died and they have not yet crossed over into the light.
They’re dead people who, while without actual physical bodies, are still intensely connected to the earth plane.
It is commonly said that Ghosts have a hard time gaining energy.
Not connected to a physical body, Ghosts can’t get energy from food, drink or rest. And not connected to the Divine Light, another source of energy, they can’t tap into spiritual/soul energy either.
It is my belief that ghosts, who have trouble gaining energy, also have trouble releasing the energy they have gained.
They don’t have a physical body - so they can’t burn it off in calories. They also can’t go to the bathroom to release stored up, but no longer needed, energetic wasted.
They accumulate the energy they acquire.
Ghosts are denser than other Spirits.
Ghosts can both feel heavier and look heavier - meaning, they often appear as more full bodied and less translucent than other Spirits.
For this reason,
the regular human is far more likely to see a Ghost than they are to see a crossed-over deceased person, living in the Light
A deceased person does not always look like a traditional floaty white apparition.
In fact, deceased people often look like:
Shadows passing behind you
A wavy, denser looking clear air space (much like the way you see a heat wave)
If you are looking for a ghost, you’re not always looking for that Victorian lady in a white night robe with long dark hair.
Looking for a Spirit?
Keep your eyes peeled for people ‘out of place,’ wavy, dense sections of rooms or spaces and shadows passing behind you.