An immortal spiritual being which acts as an intermediary between- God/Goddess/Infinite Intelligence (depending on various religions involved) and humanity. The word 'angel' is derived from the Greek angel's and the Roman angelus for 'messenger', and entered the English language in times when it is denoted as a super natural being of kindly qualities. In the Bible it translates Hebrew and Greek words meaning 'messenger'. Most religions class angels and demons as being alike. Differential title being determined by whether they may be friendly or unfriendly towards mankind, although in popular belief angels are good and demons bad. Before the eighteenth century it was believed that angels regularly interceded in the affairs of human beings. Several leading figures in the in the occult claimed to commune with angels during states of trance, including the Swedish mystic Emanuel Swedenborg and philosopher Rudolf Steiner.
Banshi and Benshee. One of the household spirits of certain Scottish Highland or Irish families, supposedly a female creature that is said to wail at or before the death of a family member. The word is supposed to be derived from the Old Irish ben sidhe, a woman of the fairy folk, or 'woman of the fairy mound', but it is translated by different scholars in a variety of ways, including Female Fairy, Angel of Death, Lady of Death, Woman of Peace, White Lady of Sorrow, Nymph of the Air, and Spirit of the Air, amongst others.
The tradition of Banshee, which goes back to the early eight century, is currently alive and well in various parts of Ireland. Many people have described the 'terrible wail' which precedes a death and certain families are traditionally believed to be 'followed' by the Banshee. The word is sometimes also used to denote a sort of demon, but in Nordic folklore the Banshee is always benevolent.
The Banshee of legend is actually a disembodied soul, either of someone who in life was strongly attached to the family or who hated all its members. So, if she loves those whom she calls, the wail is a soft, tender, soothing chant, intended to either give notice of death's proximity and reassure the one destined to die, or to comfort the survivors. But if instead the Banshee during her life was a enemy of the family, the wail is more like the scream of a fiendish ghost, a demonic howling of delight over the coming fatal agony of one of her foes.
Dark Entities: coming soon!!
Various types of beings/energy said to exist in nature. Belief in the existence of nature spirits is common to all cultures throughout history. They are usually attached to a specific place, such as a tree, river, plant or mountain. They come in a variety of shapes and temperaments. Some are described as human in form, others are like animals or are half-human, half animal; some are helpful, others deceitful or malevolent. They are normally invisible to humans, except to those with the gift of clairvoyance.
Elementals are a sub-class of nature spirits that are a part of the life force of all things in nature. They are generally regarded as benevolent. The Neoplatonic Greeks categorized elementals according to the four elements: Earth elementals are gnomes; air elementals are sylphs; Water elementals are undines; and Fire elementals are salamanders. In the Middle Ages interest in these main groups was revived and alchemists and magicians sought to control and manipulate the forces of nature and the universe. Other elementals include elves, who live in the woods, and household spirits such as brownies, goblins and bogies. Fairies are also sometimes included in this category. Many of these energies are neutral by nature until their energies are merged with a human's created energy to form a type of 'thought form'. At that point however, the entity is predisposition to respond according to its 'purpose' for creation. They are unreliable however. In metaphysical circles, elemental thought forms often break away from their creators and become their own independent entities with a penchant for mischief.
Ghosts have been recorded from the earliest times: Greek and Roman literature, in particular, are full of them, and innumerable instances of their appearance have been recorded up to the present day. Neither religion nor rationalism has managed to damage the general assumption that some places can be haunted, either by particular ghosts or simply by an atmosphere which somehow places them apart from other, happier places.
There are many different kinds of ghosts and few rules that can be applied to their appearances. Beyond an occasional lowering of the temperature, they do not seem to affect the environment much — for example, lights may flicker brighten or dim and noises maybe heard. They can be seen in bright sunlight or in dark shadow. Very occasionally, the figures seem to have some inner illumination.
Ghost is seen obliquely — for example, out of the corner of the eye; indeed, some people claim that one can never look directly at a ghost. Nevertheless, there are many records of conversations purported to have been held with apparitions. Sometimes, more than one person has seen the same ghost; occasionally observers claim to have actually touched ghosts, or have made physical contact with a human being who, it has later been proved, could not actually have been there. In metaphysical circles, ghosts are the energy patterns of humans who have died and have not gone on but have (for one reason or another) stayed tied to the earth plane. Either attaching themselves to a particular place or person. It is thought that some choose to stay behind in familiar surroundings because they fear what may await them in the next realm or because they have issues that are binding them to this plane. Not all ghosts are human however. Ghost animals have sometimes been seen — or heard, without any human apparitions. Interestingly, ghost cats seem almost always to appear alone, while ghost dogs more usually appear in ghostly human company or with other pets. Phenomena of hauntings usually accompany the presence of ghost.
A being or energy pattern which has no physical body (a spirit), although it has that option open to it (it may again incarnate on the earth if it chooses to do so). A Spirit Guide is a highly evolved spirit who has spent many incarnations on the earth and has grown in spirituality and purity. For the Spirit Guide, earth lessons are no longer necessary. The guide is usually a close friend or relative from a persons former life who agreed (in between lives) to assist a soul to meet its goals. This is great responsibility. It is believed that a soul makes an agreement with his/her guide(s) to insure certain experiences are met, so that the evolving soul may 'test' itself when the situation arrives. Not all experiences are pleasant ones but are necessary for continued growth and understanding of a soul. A Spirit Guide only communicates when called upon. They usually work 'behind' the scenes. When called upon, assistance may be in the form of guidance, protection or causing a person to reflect deeply to a specific matter by reflecting back open ended answers, so that ultimately, the soul they are helping must 'choose' the path, they will not make that decision for the soul. Spirit Guides will serve but will never step in without being asked. A Spirit Guide's purpose is to assist the soul in reaching its most perfect state by guiding the individual down a pre-agreed upon path. However, understand that if the Spirit Guide is asked to assist in some way that the Guide sees as not for the highest good of the one who is asking or in some way goes against the agreement made before a person's incarnation, the Guide will first ask the individual if this is truly what he or she wants and may even issue a caveat on a particular path a soul seems intent on following. They do not judge an individuals actions or decisions in life, ultimately to them there is no wrong or right action. It is all simply a learning process of self discovery. In their views, there are no mistakes, only lessons. Growth is a process of experimentation. Conflicts and failures are as much a part of the process as success. As one member of FPRF's, guides once told him, " This world is a scenario filled with conflict, even relations with those we love, are filled with 'conflict' Albeit that is not necessarily a bad thing...for it is only by experiencing 'conflict' that you can truly learn about the true nature of yourselves" (Cahara). You are never alone, even when times seem there darkest, your guide(s) are there right beside you, many times helping guide you to the very dark situation which will help you discover your true inner-self.
The term, compounded from the German poltern, ‘to knock', and geist, ‘spirit', is applied to a variety of invisible entities which manifest in an unruly and disturbing manner, often involving unexplained noises, the moving or throwing of objects, vile smells, strange shrieks, as well as such curious phenomena as apports. While some occurrences may appear to involve actual spirits or ghosts, the disturbances may also derive from subconscious psychokinesis on the part of an individual.
Poltergeist phenomena have been reported around the world throughout history. Before the nineteenth century, these occurrences were blamed on the Devil, demons and witches. In the 1930s the psychologist and psychic researcher Nandor Fodor suggested the theory that poltergeist disturbances were caused not by spirits but by individuals suffering intense repressed anger, sexual frustration, and hostility. This psychological dysfunction theory has been supported by other research indicating that in a significant number of reported disturbances, the agent was a child or teenager possibly unconsciously unleashing hostility without fear of punishment. Psychological profiles of agents show that mental and emotional stress, personality disorders, phobias, obsessive behavior and schizophrenia are linked to supposed poltergeist phenomena.
Spirit (unlike ghosts which just are there and usually have 'issues') are usually here with a specific purpose, to guide or comfort us, whether it be the spirit of a physical person that we once knew (e.g. a late parent or grandparent) or a knowledgeable guide from ancient times (maybe an Indian or Egyptian) bringing messages of comfort or advice. Human Spirits are 'enlightened' to the nature of our universe and know of 'other' realms and have greater perception of events in our lives. They have gone 'on to the light' and have returned back to aid. Some spirits are relatives, while some are guides that may or may not have ever had a human existence (this applies to both the dark and light influences). A misconception is that all spirits are of the light influence. In truth, nature always works in polarities or opposites. This truth also applies to the spirit realm, spirit energy also exists in polarities. As one light guide relayed on to FPRF team members, "you cannot have light without dark, the two exists side by side." Dark spirits have their roles in the big scheme of things, they are the antagonist in nature which aid in setting up scenarios for us. They know of our weakness and may have followed an individual all their lives...thus 'knowing' intimately how to 'test' an evolving soul. They help set up 'a path', opposite of the path set up by light guides...but it is up to the soul to choose which path it will take when the fork in the road comes to learn from its actions and experiences. Regardless of their influences, they are all extraordinarily intelligent. Another type of natural spirit is the elemental spirit (see 'elemental' above).
Thought Forms :
Artificial spirit type entities created by human beings or other spirit entities through intense emotional concentration forming an image within and focusing energy (intense emotion) to give it form and substance. They can be created both consciously or subconsciously. Poltergeist hauntings are considered one type of manifestation of a thought form. Witches are known to have the ability to create thought forms to perform specific deeds. Tibetans monks call created thought forms called tulpas. Tulpas are more or less ephemeral creations which may take different forms: man, animal, tree, rock, etc., at the will of the magician who created them, and behave like the being whose forms they happen to have. These tulpas coexist with their creator and can be seen simultaneously with him in spirit. In some cases they may survive him, or, during his life, free themselves from his domination and attain an independence. They are created entities that take on whatever form they were envisioned as during their creation. Old gypsies tales often told of a curses that could be send out to individuals that would wreak havoc in their lives. These curses in essence are created artificial forms which were created with only one purpose in mind, maliciousness. If they were created for dark deeds, they eventually become dark entities. Likewise if a person put much thought and energy into a thought of love and protection, a guardian angel type thought form could be created. A main problem/concern occurs when a thought form is created for vengeance and breaks free, becoming independent. At this point it becomes a legitimate independent entity inclined towards gravitating to its original purpose, but free to roam until it attaches to a person, place or thing. Many old hauntings of historic sites are thought to be, thought forms by many in the metaphysical community. This may be one reason parapsychologist cannot find an active agent (person) who may be the source for psychogenesis type events in 'haunted' public or historic sites. The agent may have died long ago but the creation continues on.
"Professor H. H. Price, the Oxford philosopher and parapsychologist, suggests that once an idea has been created, it 'is no longer wholly under the control of the consciousness which gave it birth' but may operate independently on the minds of other people or on physical objects." "Procedures used in Zen are reminiscent of the poltergeist situation. The Zen meditator tries to be completely awake and alert, and therefore meditates with open eyes. The poltergeist agent usually has his eyes open and is mentally alert and active when objects fly.
"The poltergeist person is not only awake, he is also often angry and he is tense and frustrated because he cannot fully express his aggression. Correspondingly, Zen mediation is a very intense form of meditation." This tension involves the physical discomfort of sitting in the full or half lotus position for hours or days and concentration on a koan, or on the repetition of a special word, requiring a great deal of exertion and building up of tension."- William G. Roll, The Poltergeist
Witches, gypsies and Tibetan holy men are not the only type of people who understand the processes enough to purposely create thought forms. Parapsychologist also experimented with the ability to create a thought form and succeeded. In 1973, a group consisting of eight members of the Society of Psychical Research in Toronto decided to find out more about these mysterious [PK] effects....The group was an ordinary cross-section of the population: an accountant, an engineer, an industrial designer, a scientific research assistant, and four housewives. None of them claimed to be a medium. They succeeded. They created an entity named Philip.
"Philip" was an artificial poltergeist, or artificial intelligence, created as an experiment by a group of Canadian parapsychologists during the 1970s. It was that as a result of their experiment that the human will can produce spirits through expectation, imagination and visualization. The members of the experiment purposed to attempt to create, through intense and prolonged concentration, a collective thought-form. All eight participants were members of the Toronto Society for Psychical Research; and, none were psychical gifted.
The Owen group began conducting sittings in September 1972 during which they meditated, visualized, and discussed the details of Philip's life. Although no apparition ever appeared, occasionally some sitters felt a presence in the room; still others experienced vivid mental pictures of "Philip."
Within weeks after changing to the séance setting the group established communication with "Philip." They engaged "Philip" in a table rapping session where he gave yes or no answers. "Philip" answered questions that were consistent with his fictitious history, but was unable to provide any information beyond that which the group had conceived. However, "Philip" did give other historically accurate information about real events and people.
The group hoped their experiment would help in the study if the phenomena of poltergeists, hauntings, and Spiritualism. Their findings appear in the work Conjuring up Philip by Iris Owen and Margaret Sparrows (Harper & Row, 1976).
The results from the "Philip" experiment encouraged other groups in Toronto and Quebec to attempt similar ventures. The fictitious entities were "Lilith," a French Canadian spy during World War II; "Sebastian," a medieval alchemist; and "Axel," a man from the future. All personalities communicated through their own unique raps. A.G.H.