There's a saying that goes...
Because we are all part of the universe and therefore part of God, when all souls return, they also go back to God.
For this reason, this reason alone - there should really be no reason to fear a ghost.
Though startling, if you're going through a major life change, I've noticed over time when people start seeing ghosts, it generally means that something in their life is changing. And changing in a big way.
Yes, you can usually pinpoint an uptick in visions/ghost sightings in a client, to a major life change coming about 3- 6 months later. Visions and precognitions are known now by researchers to pre-date events.
In any event -
Most people start seeing ghosts as holograms over other items they see - like an overlay, like a blinking image.
For example, one might see a holographic child overlaid over a mailbox or one might see a holographic-looking person overtop of an armchair as though there was a person sitting in that chair. Almost like an imprint or a residual that eventually fades when gazed upon for too long. In some cases, even direct eye contact with a ghost or spirit is made. Another common way one starts seeing ghosts is to see orbs of light floating directly upward in a room. All of this is normal so far.
But... what does it all mean?
There are ebbs and flows to the patterns everyone has when they're seeing ghosts, and it all depends on location, travel, astrology, weather, and sometimes other things beyond our control.
Occasionally yes, these visions are related to toxins we've ingested, and it's our body telling us something about our lives that we need to listen to, but, most of the time, it's really just a snapshot into another world we're seeing or, a snapshot into a world that's being shown to us - however you choose to look at it.
Researchers now know that when laser light pulses rapidly, the eye is able to detect light that falls outside the visible spectrum. They also know there are physiological differences in people's eyes and that people experience natural variation in which wavelengths they are most sensitive to. So there are possibilities here. And by that I mean -
Possibilities that - no, indeed, you're not losing your mind.
So if you've seen a ghost, first relax.
It's not uncommon for a medium, an artist, or even an oil painter to see a heart specialist, a psychologist, and an eye doctor all before they decide maybe they're something more useful to their visions than previously expected or even thought.
For some people, their ghosts go on to become spirit guides, turn out to be ancestors of theirs or have some other interesting backstory they'd be intrigued to know about.
If you're reading this and you're an actor, for example, you already know and have likely heard stories of deceased actors and actresses helping to portray their likenesses on screen and in music. In another example, sometimes the deceased will visit writers and musicians and go on to influence their work. Sometimes, they will even visit antique shoppers to show them something significant. Some are learning and will visit people whom they are observing or watching over.
After seeing a ghost, the next thing I would do is step outside and get a breath of fresh air especially if you're hyperventilating.
Just chill out.
This happens to people all over the world, all the time.
There are probably 5,000 people who've just seen a ghost - existing right now somewhere on some other balcony somewhere else, frantically texting some other person or even reading this very article you are.
Sighting (and hearing) a ghost (both) are very common occurrences.
So, consider this instead - how lucky it is you've actually seen one!
Some people have to spend thousands of dollars on expensive equipment to even capture such a sight and yet, here you are.
Sometimes ghosts are related to a property and they may return. Figuring out their identity may put their spirit to rest, bring you part of the way to your next creative breakthrough, or take you, at the very least, on a very interesting adventure.
Then, whenever you can, go cleanse your space.
I keep a lighter and a stick of Palo Santo in my purse and maybe it's time you do the same. Okay, just kidding but honestly, go clear yourself. Some people just take a shower and cool off. Other people need to take a drive or go to the ocean.
Finally, if this keeps happening, I would consider meeting with a medium (here's a list of practitioners that may be taking clients) and think about getting all this sorted out, especially if odd things have been happening on the fairly regular basis recently.
Many mediums are former and current psychologists. Some psychologists are also mediums or sensitives in other ways. Or they also double as life coaches (because of what I said above with the ghosts and the visions predating life changes) and some are even fitness coaches. Thusly, many can help you sort through the fog and find out what all this means - in a spiritual sense or on other levels. Some also provide health advice - in fact, did you know both Edgar Cayce and Nostradamus first started using their gifts of visions to perform healings and recommend vitamins? Yes, there is one store (The Heritage Store) that still offers formulas and products in accordance with Edgar Cayce's readings.
Reading this and you're a mom or dad of little ones?
Please know that deceased grandparents are well-known to hang out in the babies room - so do not panic over every mist on the monitor. But please do something about it if it's scaring the baby.
Reading this and you're in science and you've seen a ghost in your lab?
Or in the morgue, or off where they do the procedures, or you just thought you saw the janitor walk past and then you ran down the hall and no one was there? When you spend enough time in silence and your senses heighten. Usually, this is also your cue it's time to go home. So go home. Get some shut-eye.
If this ghost was in your house... have you just been on vacation?
Has the space you've just seen the ghost in previously been vacant? Was someone fighting in it recently? If so, you're going to want to do a space clearing on it. Something may have drifted over while you were gone or something may have been drummed up or been attracted - lots of energy released in an argument will attract activity.
So my favorite way to quick-clear is to do a prayer, opening the windows, spruce up the place a bit (yes, clean), and then burn some Palo Santo or another herb, though some people like essential oils. If you have pets or babies, you may want to go the essential oil diffusing-route because this form of space clear tends to be more hypoallergenic.
Then, if the spirit returns, you'll want to release them from the space (I have written an eGuide on how to do this here), and if your ghost is still hanging out, then... well, the only way now is to figure out what they want and this can typically be done by telepathically communicating with them.
All in all, this can all be figured out and other people see ghosts too. But now you have a few ideas regarding what might be going on, why and a few things you can do about it.
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