Intelligent & Residual Hauntings: What Are They?

(Originally published on August 3, 2014)

 

Ok, everyone’s heard of Casper the Friendly Ghost, right? You know, the cute transparent guy who floats around through walls? If all the hauntings were as adorable as him, then that would be pretty amazing and all the little kiddies wouldn’t be so afraid of the things that go bump in the night.

Well, let’s take a step back and face reality here. Some hauntings can be pretty frightening and down right mind-numbing. Did you know that there are actually two known types of hauntings? Yes, intelligent and residual…

An intelligent haunting is when the spirits can interact with the living, a type of energy that DOES have consciousness. These spirits may find ways of communication much like the ways discussed in my previous blog titled, The Afterlife ~ A Corporeal’s Transition, or the spirits can often communicate through the use of a voice box; a tool that is used to collect electronic voice phenomena (EVPs). Spirits of intelligent hauntings are known to interact with the living by attempting physical contact as well. For instance, spirits can be playful in nature and a person may feel their hair being pulled or a gentle touch when no one else is to blame for the action. However, other spirits of intelligent hauntings may not be as friendly and the living can experience a sense of malevolence and often these types of spirits are more negative with their contact and might even try to inflict harm upon the living. Many people do try to provoke this type of haunting and I strongly recommend using extreme caution because one never knows what can happen. So, be wise and be careful.

The second type of haunting is known as a residual haunting. It’s more like a supernatural experience that resembles a recording of past energy. For instance, like hearing footsteps walking down an empty hallway when no one is there. It’s believed that in a location where someone has released a large amount of energy or heightened emotions were experienced and the energy attaches or “imprints” itself. As a result of the abiding energy, individuals in the future may get to experience seeing a type of “recording” of these events. Some signs of a residual haunting may be the absence of interaction from the spirit. As if the spirit doesn’t acknowledge the presence of the living person. The spirit will almost seem totally oblivious to anything that’s occurring in it’s presence.

Another sign of a residual haunting is the energy that is felt can often be quite intense for the individual experiencing it, but this isn’t anything that should be feared. The energy can also be the result of the interruptions to electricity and electrical appliances. It’s also very possible for things in the immediate area to change. For example, doors opening and shutting. Once again, this is simply energy. The spirit is completely not applying any conscious effort to these activities.

Throughout the years, I have experienced both types of hauntings. They were very mild in nature and I never felt threatened. I’ve heard footsteps jaunting down an empty hallway and creaking down an old set of stairs. I’ve seen electrical disturbances when there was no accountable reasoning for anything else. I have even experienced the gentle touches from spirits on several occasions.

So, now you know there are two kinds of hauntings. If you’ve had any experiences, please feel free to comment and share! 🙂

 

 

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Interview with paranormal investigator, Elizabeth Saint

Today I’m welcoming paranormal investigator, Elizabeth Saint from Destination America’s television series, Ghosts of Shepherdstown. Thank you, Elizabeth for stopping by!

 

 

 

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I’m a big daydreamer with a lot of imagination. As a child, I’d say the one way people would use to describe me was weird. And I was, but weird in a way I just want to make you smile kind of way. However, the response was often “Ewww!” or, again, “You’re weird.” I really thought I’d be an astronaut one day or astronomer, but I had my magician, geologist, and government spy period in there as well. Whenever we took trips to the library I was always reading about ghosts, dinosaurs or outer space. I’m a tomboy and played a lot of sports and video games growing up. However, as much as I was active and social, I was always a bit of a loner. The paranormal experiences I had as a child I think contributed to that even more so as I didn’t feel as if I had anyone to talk to about them. My very first computer was a Macintosh 512Ke. It had the black and white graphics with a floppy disk drive. I would definitely contribute that and those Coleco games from back in the 80s (like Pac Man and Football) to my beginning fascination of technology. To this day, I’m a lover of science, the unexplained and the arts. I can’t imagine my life without one of them.

 

 

You’re a model, a paranormal investigator, an electrical engineer and also an actress. How do you find time to balance everything? And how did all this get started for you?

It all started after High School. I never imagined my life would have simultaneously gone so many different ways. It was a classic case of not really knowing what I wanted to do or who I wanted to be. I started the college journey like most do. I was actually an Art major as I always had a strong background in graphic design, and it seemed like at least a good thing to start out with. About a month in, I received an opportunity to sign with a modeling agency in New York after taking a day trip with my roommate to Manhattan. With my parents blessing, I made the decision to withdrawal from classes that semester and take a chance on something I, quite frankly, wasn’t even sure I would be interested in. I remember going to my professors to have them sign off on my release, and what caught me by surprise was how emotional I was through the process. I knew I was about to start my adult life in a very unconventional way, and there was something scary yet refreshing about that. After a few years, I felt as though something was still missing in my life so I thought well maybe I should at least go back to school and see if that path is any better. I chose to enroll as a Computer Science major knowing it would be something I was good at. It was required as part of the curriculum to take an Introductory Electronic Circuits course, and after the first class I just fell in love with it! So, I immediately switched my major to pursue degrees in both Engineering and Electronic Engineering Technology. In that, I received a lot of wonderful professional opportunities in the field; even living out a lifelong dream I had working on a project at NASA via their reduced-gravity aircraft. Ultimately, I ended up taking a DoD Engineering job down in the DC area, and I’d say that is when a lot really changed for me. I began having a lot more paranormal experiences in the apartment I had just moved into to the point where I couldn’t ignore it anymore. I joined a paranormal team, Maryland Paranormal Research, which was definitely one of the best decisions I had made in my life as it helped opened up a part of me I had kept private for so many years. Short after, I started getting involved in local film projects, as a creative outlet, that quickly evolved to a part of my life I am very passionate about. Honestly, it’s always been a difficult thing to balance life between family and my passions. I’ve been guilty many times in the past of spreading myself too thin.

 

 

What’s it like being a paranormal investigator on Destination America’s television series, Ghosts of Shepherdstown?

Being an investigator for so many years prior to Ghosts of Shepherdstown, my favorite parts of being on the show would definitely be the history and collaboration. It’s rare on residential investigations to get the full picture of a haunting. You can do some research on the land and typically only get a night to investigate the location. Those nights are usually a hit or miss. On the show, we really immersed ourselves in the town for an extended period of time giving us lots of opportunities to collect really good evidence. With the help of Dana Mitchell, Chief Mike King, and Lorie Johnson, we were really able to paint a story of these spirits that we contacted during our investigations that helped create these beautiful period reenactments. Putting the show aside, it was a truly amazing experience to not only work with both Bill and Nick, but share the history of the people that once lived in Shepherdstown.

 

 

Tell us about Ghostly Gadgets and your engineered designs.

When we were filming Ghosts of Shepherdstown, Nick was talking to me about this show he would be filming that fall called Paranormal Lockdown. With my Engineering background, he asked if I’d be interested in making him something for the show. That something ended up being the E-Box they used on the Franklin Castle episode in Season 1. From there, I started making more designs, and that’s when Ghostly Gadgets was born. It’s been an incredible way to combine two of my passions in life, and hopefully contribute to moving the field forward in terms of utilizing technology to capture our subjective experiences.

 

 

Prior to conducting a paranormal investigation, how do you prepare yourself mentally for what you may encounter? Do you practice a certain routine?

It’s important throughout the process to remember why you are there. I find the desire to help someone, including spirits, with whatever is going on in their life or in their home trumps whatever feelings I might personally have on an investigation. So for me it was never really a mental thing. However, I have learned I do have to physically protect myself in preparing for an investigation. My best friend, who is a really talented artist, started making me protection bracelets years ago made of different stones that really help. When I didn’t do this, I found investigations left me very drained and, in extreme cases, would make me quite sick.

 

 

You’re also a sensitive. How would you describe that and when did you first realize that you had this ability?

My earliest memories of being visited by spirits go back to when I was about 4 years old. I think all kids experience these things to an extent. However, over time we are constantly told it doesn’t exist or just our imagination, and I think we just lose that part of ourselves. I wouldn’t say really it was any kind of an ability, but by not talking about it I believe, inevitably, those experiences just continued as I got older. I can’t tell you how many people, both friends and family, when the show came out said to me “I didn’t even know you were into the paranormal!” For me, I feel like a mutt in describing my experiences – a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Depending on the location, sometimes I can hear or see spirits, and other times I am just picking up on their mannerisms and emotions. Because of that, I think saying I’m sensitive to the paranormal makes more sense. A common misconception I think is that I’m some sort of psychic or medium. I know a lot of people would argue by saying, “Well, we can all say we are sensitive and have had sensitive experiences.” I absolutely agree! That’s why the majority of us have developed some interest in the field. After all the inexplainable phenomena I’ve experienced in my life, the true battle for myself is remaining open to receiving these experiences while combating the Engineer inside me constantly demanding scientific explanation or evidence. So much of science, however, is based off of observations rather than what we can physically see. I think if we keep that in mind, we can all get to a place where we are mentally willing enough to be “sensitive” on a more consistent basis.

 

 

As an actress, what kind of roles do you play and is there a favorite one so far?

They always tend to be rather dramatic roles. Not to sound extreme, but for some reason my characters are always either killing people or dying. My favorite role so far has been a recent one shot in England this past year for a horror film called “Howling” by Steven M. Smith to be released on Netflix in the spring. It was the first time I’ve had prosthetic work done to my face, and the transformation my character underwent both physically and emotionally was just an amazing experience.

 

 

Any upcoming projects?

Nothing I can announce yet, but it seems like 2017 is gearing up to be a busy year!

 

 

Where can fans follow you?

If you have Facebook you can go to Facebook.com/OfficialElizabethSaint. Twitter and Instagram are both @ElizabethSaint_. And my websites are ElizabethSaint.com and GhostlyGadgets.com.

 

 

Any words of advice?

Love what you do. My father always stressed that to me over the years, and I’ve found that simple mantra has allowed me to not only discover but fully explore my true passions in life.

 

 

 

 

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Interview with Lee Roberts

Today I’m welcoming Lee Roberts, executive producer and presenter of #haun7edLIVE. Thank you, Lee for stopping by!

 

 

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

My name is Lee Roberts, I’ve been a Paranormal investigator for over 20 years now. I’ve ran private teams investigating private homes and local properties. Worked on a few TV shows including Mindscape, Ghost Attacks in the USA and worked with the Most Haunted team. I now run Haunted Events UK, write for Haunted Magazine and present #haun7edLIVE via my Facebook page.

I used to be a police officer but left that role under a black cloud leading me to spend time in jail. That was the lowest part of my life but made me who I am today, I never regret anything in life.

 

 

You’re the owner of the paranormal events company, Haunted Events UK. Share with everyone what your company’s about.

I love meeting new people and sharing my experiences with others. I was asked around 8 years ago to run events exclusively for a location called Wollaton Hall, which was used to film Batman – Dark Knight Rises in 2011, the events were so popular Newstead abbey, Nottingham Castle and Sherwood Forest all asked me to do the same on an exclusive basis.. Haunted Events UK was born. I now also manage the bookings at a location called The Village in Mansfield, AMAZING location full of activity.

 

 

Why the paranormal? Was it a personal experience that started it all for you?

I was 6 years old, I was on a school trip at Newstead Abbey, a location I now work with. They were telling us the Ghost story of the white lady when my best friend collapsed. He said he felt like someone was pulling him into the ground. From that point I was hooked on the paranormal and began looking into all kinds of Ghost stories. It also coincided with the release of the original Ghostbusters film which was another reason.

 

 

What’s your most frightening encounter with the ghostly realm?

I was the main investigator at The Clifton Hall Hauntings back in 2008. The place was like the twilight zone, crazy activity, a room full of bees! Team mates collapsing and crying uncontrollably, dark figures showing themselves and more.

 

 

You’re also the executive producer and presenter of #haun7edLIVE. Tell us about that.

#haun7edLIVE came from a TV idea we had, the LIVE was supposed to be a spin off on Facebook but became bigger than we imagined. It’s basically 7 friends, all different backgrounds, abilities and experiences, what we all have in common is the love for the paranormal and enjoy having a laughs with it.

The team consists of Paul Stevenson editor of Haunted Magazine, Jason Wall, Pete Cox, Simon Powell, James Pykett & Andy Soar who is the designer for Haunted Magazine.
We do LIVE Facebook broadcasts via my page www.facebook.com/officialleeroberts
We average around 1.5 million viewers at the moment and growing.

 

 

Being a paranormal investigator, do you follow a certain routine while investigating and how do you protect yourself from anything negative?

I like to go in blind, not know too much and start with a sweep of the full property. I never put any protection up. I’m very scientific minded and don’t believe in protection. If there are Spirits around us then they are there all the time, just because we are Ghost Hunting doesn’t make them any better or worse to require protection.

 

 

Do you feel that all spirits are bad?

Not at all, spirits were once living people, so you treat them as that. Some are good, some bad, some just grumpy old sods. Demonic entities are a different thing altogether. They were never living and are all bad. I still wouldn’t protect myself from them, but treat differently in my approach.

 

 

Do you have any upcoming projects that you’d like to share with everyone?

We have a Spirits of Winter special coming up, more on that will be announced soon.
Also 2017 events are now on sale and selling very fast.

 

 

Where can fans find updates about your shows and events?

For the LIVE shows go to www.facebook.com/officailleeroberts for all updates and to watch live.
For the events go to www.hauntedeventsuk.com

 

 

Any words of wisdom?

Never live your life for others, don’t worry what others think. Believe in yourself and tell yourself you will be successful, believe that with all your heart and it will happen, you have to believe it for others, too.
Paranormal wise, have fun, don’t take it too seriously and enjoy.
Most of all don’t be normal – BE PARANORMAL

 

 

 

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Interview with Eilfie Music

Today I’m welcoming occultist and paranormal investigator, Eilfie Music from the television series, Paranormal State. Thank you, Eilfie for stopping by!

 

 

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I am a Pagan (nonspecific pantheon) and witch that comes from a family of occultist, magick practioners, and agnostic people. I am married to my wonderful husband, Chris and we will be celebrating our second year of marriage which is still hard to believe. I am an artist that works with primarily acrylic and watercolor mediums. Much of my art ties into my magickal practice and occult symbolism.

 

 

You investigate the paranormal. How long have you been an investigator and what got you into seeking out the unknown?

I have always had a interest in the paranormal but I have only been doing actual investigations in the field for the past 15 years or so. My Father had an interest in the topic and had many strange books on the topic that I got a hold of at a young age. I have an interest in many things paranormal but I do focus more on haunted locations, spirits or ghosts, spiritualism, and psychic phenomenon.

 

 

You were part of the crew on the t.v. series, Paranormal State. What was that like and what was the most unforgettable case you worked on?

It always amazed me how three days not counting prep could be cut down to twenty minutes. Which is not bad, if people saw the full extent of an investigation they might be bored. A lot of it was waiting and listing to then reviewing until your eyes and ears bleed. It was not easy and sometimes it seemed I was living out of my luggage and hotel rooms, but it was an experience that I am grateful to have had. The Thomas House was a favorite of mind. It was this huge mansion that was a museum and had such a spooky feeling but not a bad spooky, just the sense of being watched all the time.

 

 

How do you prepare yourself prior to conducting an investigation? Is there a routine that you follow? A certain method you practice to help ward off negative energy?

This is more something I learned after the show, but taking care of your body seems to be often the factor between a good investigation and a long tiring night. Get lots of sleep before hand, if you need to do research try to do it the day before so you’re not up all morning and then needing to do an all nighter. Eat properly, my big weakness was too much caffeine and not the right food. Fast food is convenient but does not help in the long run. Make sure you are in a good state of mind to investigate. This can affect how it goes and even what you will perceive. After an investigation a good hot shower helps to wash away the physical and psychic yuck. I always visualized pushing off tar like muck to send down the drain.

 

 

You’re also an occultist. Share with us what that means.

The word occult means hidden knowledge. It is often the fringe or taboo of spiritual or magickal practice. This topic covers such a wide variety of topics that would take a lifetime to research it all. I know I will be spending the rest of my life reading the occult. For me, it is not a physically hidden knowledge since so many of the older books are at our reach, but the hidden comes in understanding what it means. Having “aha” moment when you make a connection is unlocking the occult.

 

 

What kind of advice would you give to someone who questioned the ghostly realm?

For as many years I have been studying and investigating the paranormal I am skeptical and this is ok. Always take everything with a grain of salt. I have seen weird stuff but question it since I know the mind and environment can play tricks. This doesn’t I mean I don’t believe in ghosts or the other world but I think it is very difficult to prove and gather Unquestionable evidence. Our experience with ghosts is ultimately a personal experience with the spirit realm.

 

 

Aside from the paranormal, what are some of your other interests?

Many of my interests deal with the past and cooking. I love cooking old and new dishes of all kinds. Chris loves it, but sometimes he worries when I experiment when I cook. My love of the past runs the gamut from historical research, vintage clothes, historical cooking, old houses the whole nine yards.

 

 

What’s next for Eilfie Music, any upcoming projects?

No big projects at the moment. At this time I write articles for the web zine ‘The Spellery’ monthly, and write reviews for ‘Witches & Pagans’ now and then. I also submitted a story to the up coming book “Tails from the other side” anthology to benefit the Staten Island Hope Animal Rescue. Paranormal wise, Chris and I got a chance to investigate with Adam Kimmel and his crew for “Resident Undead”. The episode aired recently, s 6 ep. 1 “Hill View Manor” which was fun but very cold.

 

 

Any words of wisdom you’d care to share?

Take everything in the Paranormal with a grain of salt, but also remember to have fun.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eilfie.music
Twitter: @eilfiemusic
Instagram: eilfiemusic
Etsy shop: Hecate’s Crossroads https://www.etsy.com/shop/HecatesCrossroads (hopefully will have new things in soon)

 

 

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Interview with Psychic Sirena

Today I’m welcoming astrologer and ghost hunter, Psychic Sirena. Thank you, Sirena for stopping by!

 

 

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I am a second generation Los Angeles native. My friends would describe me as kind-hearted, compassionate and loyal to a fault. Besides reading Tarot, I’m involved in animal rescue and I have 4 cats of my own. I love all animals but cats are near and dear to my heart.

 

 

At what age did you become aware of your abilities?

I was a small child – can’t really remember the exact age but probably around 4 or 5 years old. I saw a man all in red – even his skin – and he was carrying a mailbag. I asked my mom who that was and she didn’t see what I saw. Many years later I realized it was probably Mercury who is the god of communication, hence the mailbag. As I grew older, I was always aware that there was someone with me, sort of like an imaginary friend, if you will. This person is still with me and it is my Spirit Guide.

 

 

What does it mean to be clairaudient and clairvoyant?

Clair-audient means you can hear sounds or messages from the Spirit world. That is how I do my Tarot card readings. I hear messages from my angels and guides as well as the angels and guides of the person I am reading for. Clairvoyant is described in the dictionary as someone who has the ability to see the future. That is true but it also means you can see a vision or picture in your mind. When I am doing a reading for someone I can sometimes see actual visions of what they are asking about. If it’s about a person, it’s not always clear, but I can see an outline of someone and it usually appears to me like one of those color sketches you can get at Disneyland. Other times, I will see something about my own life that will give me a reference as to what the message is I’m supposed to be giving. For instance, if I see a hummingbird that is my symbol for a grandmother. I’m also clairsentient meaning I can feel certain things such as hot, cold, pain, sadness. And I’m claircognizant meaning there are certain things I know but can’t explain. I’m very good at predicting the sex of a baby and when it will be born as well as when people will pass away. I will tell people about babies if they directly ask but not about leaving the physical world. That is about your own life path and not for me to say.

 

 

You’re also into ghost hunting. What kind of paranormal experiences have you encountered?

I can’t see spirits but I can sense them. I’ve seen spirits twice in my life and both times it scared the BeJesus out of me so I think they know not to reveal themselves to me if they want to communicate with me. This is one of the reasons why I don’t like hospitals. I can sense their energy and they all try to talk to me. My grandmother used to communicate with me by flashing the lamp on and off. I went thru tons of light bulbs during that period. People used to tell me there was something wrong with the light socket but after I told her to stop communicating with me in that way, the lamp stopped flickering. I’ve also had my TV go off for no reason and one time I got into my car and the radio was on. I had not put the key in the ignition yet.

 

 

Do you incorporate your psychic abilities into conducting paranormal investigations? If so, how do you protect yourself from anything negative?  

Yes, I do use my psychic abilities in order to communicate with the people who have passed on. I can hear them talk to me even when I’m not always able to sense them. I ground myself by protecting with white light and asking Arch Angel Michael to be with me. Afterwards, I will smudge with a sage stick so I don’t bring anything home. The end of the Haunted Mansion where you might pick up a hitchhiking ghost is a very real possibility if you don’t ground and protect.

 

 

Your website is Tarot By Sirena: http://www.tarotbysirena.com/. Tell us about it.

Besides purchasing a reading, you can purchase your astrology chart. But what’s really popular is the synergy – or compatibility chart – because ladies always want to know what they can expect with their partner whether it be a new lover or someone they have been with for awhile. Astrology charts are also great for kids and I have given them as gifts when someone has a baby.

 

 

Tell us about your tarot reading services and how people can contact you for their very own session.

My readings are done via email, Skype, FaceTime, phone or in-person. People can book a session on my website as there is a drop-down menu where they can purchase the reading that best fits their needs.

 

 

What’s next for Sirena?

I am researching a book that I hope to have written by early next year.

 

 

Any words of wisdom you’d like to share?

I’m not sure if this would be considered words of wisdom. My specialty is love and relationships. My grandmother used to tell me, “Es mejor estar solo que mal acompanado, Mija” which means it’s better to be alone than poorly accompanied. Life is too short for bad relationships or waiting around for someone to make up their minds if they want to be with you. I have taken that advice to heart and although it has been lonely at times, I sleep more peacefully.

 

 

 

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