Over the years that I have been associated with psychic studies and the paranormal I have on numerous occasions received telephone calls from people asking for help saying such things as ‘There’s a ghost in my house!’. These calls do not, as a general rule, come from the occupants of ancient castles but from ordinary people living in ordinary houses. The one thing these callers do have in common is the fact that they are experiencing paranormal activity in their homes and need advice and assistance.
I was recently asked to help by a family living in an 18th century cottage outside Fleetwood in Lancashire. When I asked the owners what phenomena they were experiencing they told me of cold spots and a sense of doom that seemed to hang in the air. They mentioned footsteps that had no physical source. The sound of furniture being moved in the night was another very frightening aspect that had really scared the eldest daughter who was now suffering from reactive depression. There had also been sightings of a ghostly figure on the stairs which had prompted them to call me because they now were convinced that the property was haunted.
When I arrived at the cottage the whole family were there ready to tell me their stories of how they had personally experienced the ‘ghost’. The most disturbing factor was the deleterious effect that this was having on the eldest daughter, a young lady of approximately 16 years, who was quite clearly very scared by the phenomena. She told me that whilst in a certain area of the house she had started to feel sad, tears had welled up in her eyes and a sense of despair and hopelessness had overwhelmed her. She now said that following that experience she had been unable to shake off the feeling of depression and, as we spoke, she began to tremble with emotion. It was obvious to me that this young lady was an energy source for whatever entity was present in that cottage.
Following the discussion with the family I then conducted a room by room psychic search of the cottage and found, in the front bedroom, a cold spot that moved when I walked into it. The name ‘Anne’ was whispered to me and in the far corner of the room I saw the misty outline of figure that vanished as I approached. Suddenly I sensed that this was a former owner and occupier of this cottage who, now in spirit, had failed to make a full transition. The spirit was that of an old lady and she was now angry that the new owners had changed the interior of what she still thought of as her home.
The spirit of Anne had been responsible for creating the atmosphere of gloom and doom that was causing the young lady resident to react with a sense of depression. When I pointed out to the spirit that this was not acceptable and she should move on to her appointed place in the light of love and understanding that awaited her I immediately sensed a rejection. This lady was not for turning. However, using a forceful but compassionate manner I insisted that her time within this cottage was at an end and she should be content to leave the new family to live their lives in peace. Having explained this to the spirit I sensed a reluctant acceptance, as if the old lady herself was sighing in recognition of the facts and realising that she had to move on.
As I returned to the main room I looked again at the young lady who had been trembling with fear and saw that she was now smiling. ‘It’s stopped, the horrible feeling, it’s gone’. And it had, the room that had before seemed dark and gloomy now had a new radiance as the daylight reached in illuminating corners that had previously been dark and unwelcoming.
Over the years I have received many calls from people who believe that they have a ghost in their house. The truth is often more prosaic with many supposed hauntings being more the product of a fertile imagination than supernatural phenomena. There are however cases where the caller is correct and a spirit entity is indeed present, as in the instance above. There are also poltergeist hauntings that are really difficult to resolve. These involve not the spirits of deceased people now alive in a discarnate form but entities that have never actually lived physical lives on earth. The poltergeist has many manifestations and some are incredibly disturbing. The term poltergeist comes from the German, it means noisy ghost. Some poltergeist hauntings involve not only noise but also physical movement of inanimate objects such as chairs, tables, lamps etc. They can be extremely frightening and put entire families in fear of living within their own homes.
I once had a ghost in my house. When I lived in London, at East Acton, my home was a three bedroom flat built on ground that had previously been a graveyard for the church that still stood some two hundred yards or so from the front door. One scorching July afternoon in 1976, the hottest on recent record, my wife Mary and I were in the main lounge by the balcony which looked out towards the distant dark stone walls of the old church. Mary was blow drying my hair having washed it following a home made short back and sides crop. The flat was silent, the air warm and still, outside even the birds were snoozing in the heat of that late summers day. Without warning the interior door leading in to the lounge burst open and a mighty blast of turbulent air blew through the room hitting my wife hard in the back knocking the hairdryer out of her hand and into my lap. Having blown past us the unseen entity smashed open the glass door leading onto the balcony and shattered a large heavy stoneware bread pot. There was nothing further, no indication as to what this invisible force was or who it had been assuming it was a spirit. Mary was shocked, I recall her looking in wonder at the broken bread pot and saying ‘that used to be my mother’s’ . The ghost busted it.
If you have a ghost in your house and would like me to have a word with a view to getting it to leave then why not email me, the link is on the home page.