Are some people more receptive to ghosts than others?

Yes, but I think it depends on several things.

– Is the person vulnerable? If the person is sad, depressed, or morose, he worried womanor she may attract sympathetic ghosts. That person may also attract less benign spirits. Be very watchful if you think this has happened.

– Does the person have anything common with the ghost or entity?  That can include appearance, interests, personal history, and family connections to a particular ghost.

If you’re a ghost hunter, know your family tree. I investigated one Salem (MA) location for years before discovering I was a direct descendant of two of the ghosts.

– Is the person looking for contact with the ghost, or with spirits in general?  If you’re more open to ghosts, you might encounter more of them. 

– On the other hand, if the person fears ghosts, I think some ghosts like to torment them.

– If a skeptical critic is startled by a ghost, watch out. Poltergeist activity may follow, immediately. (The ghost might be making use of the person’s own energy. It can be very scary.)

The most receptive people may be those with the best observational skill.

Those skills often come from practice.

Can you identify normal creaking noises in a house? If so, it may be easier to identify other, unusual — and perhaps ghostly — sounds.

In other words, if you’d like to be more receptive, go on more ghost investigations. The more you know about what’s normal at creepy locations, the more sensitive you’ll become to things that are paranormal.

Can a ghost follow you from place to place?

No, not usually. Ghostly phenomena seem tied to locations. If ghosts could go somewhere else, they probably would. (If you had a choice, would you spend relentless years at a site where people ignore you, or are afraid of you? Probably not.)

Exceptions to this rule are rare. One of them is Judith Thompson Tyng. Her ghost moved around Tyngsboro, Massachusetts (USA) for many years. Witnesses say she’s still there, over 200 years later.

According folklore, Judith tormented (and perhaps killed) two 18th century men responsible for her death.

tired, worried personOne of them was John Alford Tyng, the father of her child. He killed her and buried her under the hearth of their home.

Then, when Judith haunted him, he moved to another house. Judith’s ghost followed him.

He tried again, with the same results.

Finally, when John Tyng was dying, Judith’s ghost stood at his door and prevented anyone from helping him.

Judith’s other victim was a quack called “Dr. Blood.” He’d pretended to be a minister or a Justice of the Peace and convinced Judith she was married to John. When Dr. Blood was found dead on a country road, Judith’s distinctive boot print was on his back. Folklore claims she’d forced his head into a puddle, and held him there until he drowned.

Of course, stories like those must be studied closely. About 99% of ghosts seem to stay in one place.  Anything that moves from one location to another might something else.

For example, poltergeists can follow and torment the people they select as targets. That’s why many researchers don’t believe poltergeists are ghosts.

Demons can follow people or even become attached to them. Demons can mimic ghosts.

Few credible stories describe a ghost changing locations. Even the Bell Witch was probably the product of several entities. Those include at least one opportunistic (and very alive) person in that community.

sympathetic and comforting handsIf you think a ghost has followed you, see a priest or spiritual minister immediately. Chances are, the problem isn’t a ghost. It could be something far worse. You might be at risk.

Don’t seek help from strangers, online. Not even me. Find a priest or full-time minister to help you, even if you are not a religious person or a member of that congregation.  (A good minister won’t care.  His or her job is to help with spiritual matters, period and full stop.)

 

What can you do to attract ghosts?

Let’s say that ghosts are spirits of the dead. (I’m not saying that they are or aren’t. I’m taking the question at face value.)

Think of them as people without physical form in our plane. They’ll behave the same as the living… more or less, anyway. 

Tip: Many ghosts can be sorted into one of three categories: 

1. Benevolent spirits who are simply revisiting our plane. (“Casper” ghosts.)

2. Ghosts with a story to tell before crossing over, or some task to complete. (They’re the “unfinished business” ghosts.)

3. Petulant/obnoxious ghosts that act like two-year-olds in need of a nap. (I’m often reminded of Beetlejuice, the movie.)

ghostly woman with candleIn general, consider what might interest a living person, and cause him or her to approach you.

Don’t treat ghosts as if they’re aliens, hard of hearing, slow-witted, dangerous, or performers.

They’re not.

Some ghosts are shy. Others have been taunted (or “provoked”) in the past. Be patient.

Many ghosts courageously approach investigators and establish rapport. Then, those investigators leave and never return. Often, the investigators didn’t even say goodbye. Remember, ghosts have feelings, too. Treat each ghost with the same respect you’d treat a living person.

Some ghosts quietly observe you before making themselves known. It helps to wait quietly for 20 minutes before investigating any location. The ghosts have time to get used to you.

Other ghosts might respond to specific stimuli. That could include a trigger related to the ghost’s death and later hauntings. Or, you could try a trigger from happier moments in the ghost’s past.

Theater ghosts are different. Usually, they respond well to direction. Politely tell the ghost what you would like him or her to do.

You may need to explain how to communicate with you. For example, you could tell him (or her) to knock once for yes and twice for no, or to speak through a device or an app.

Before investigating well-known haunts, learn what’s been successful at that location. It may work for you, too.

If you’re at a new location, experiment. Trial-and-error works. Take a variety of investigation tools with you, or plan enough visits to establish rapport with whatever is there.