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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National Paranormal Day

Hey, hey, hey all you paranormal peeps! Today is May 3rd and it has been brought to my attention that today is also known as National Paranormal Day (an unofficial National holiday). However, the origin of this spooky day is unknown….. BUT…. go out there and continue to investigate those ghostly haunts, supernatural specters and anything else that goes bump in the night!

If it makes your skin crawl and those tiny, little hairs on the back of your neck stand up…. even if it’s not scary, if you have a paranormal tale that’s rather uplifting and positive, then I wanna hear about it and so does everyone else. We wanna know your ghost story! Don’t be afraid…. share! 😉

 

Happy National Paranormal Day all you beautiful people!

 

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Interview with GP Haggart

Today I’m welcoming author and demonologist, GP Haggart. Thank you, GP for stopping by!

 

 

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I am an author and theologian who has been involved with spiritual warfare since my first encounter with a demon in 1997. You know that ending phrase at the end of paranormal shows, “An exorcism was done in the house.” Yep, that’s me.

 

 

Why the paranormal?

I never attempted to associate myself with the paranormal community. I have always been a part of the church community. One day word spread about me to some paranormal groups who were confronting demonic cases and they asked me for advise. I then thought, “Hey, this paranormal community is growing quickly,” at the time, “I should write a book to help them with demonology.” I thought, “What better way to help more people.” Then, some online radio buffs contacted me to be on their shows and things took off. Next thing I knew producers were calling me for demonic advice and nearly got my own show. I look back now and thank God I didn’t. People are very opinionated these days and I just do not care to deal with the BS of slander and defamation that comes with the negative aspects of the paranormal community. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve made many friends in the paranormal and have a lot of fun talking with people in it. There is a sense of belonging the paranormal community has about it which is attractive.

 

 

What’s it like being both a pastor and a demonologist?

I was a pastor from 2003 to 2012. I do not pastor anymore and still get called by a few ministries to pastor for them but I have my reasons. When God calls me back to pastor I’ll do my best to be ready. To be both a pastor and a demonologist was intriguing. I investigated the cases and being an ordained minister at the time I would just cast out the demons right there; unlike most demonologists who wait for clergy to see evidence and get through their objective diagnosis.

 

 

You’re the demonology consultant for The Travel Channel’s, The Dead Files. Can you share with us one of your most frightening experiences?

The Demon War episode was frightening for the family. Amy determined the spirits there were demons and mainly in the little boys room. They were also plaguing the boy, and I felt for him. As a father, I love children and basically brought the heavy artillery in to keep those demons out. About the only thing you see me do on that episode is use the Orthodox intense burner because the producers really like the looks of it; that just cleansed the home. What I actually did that you don’t see that cast the demons out was the use of anointing oil from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem on entry areas, and Holy soil wrapped in scripture placed in cracks outside the home. Needless to say they never came back and the boy is safe.

 

 

How do you prepare yourself for an investigation? And how do you protect yourself from any demonic activity?

I don’t usually investigate: paranormal investigators provide me with materials I need to study a case and make a determination of what applications to use to cast out demons. I have dealt with mostly stage 4 (The Advanced Stage) and stage 5 (The Dangerous Stage) and to be honest, the stuff I’ve seen makes you humble before God and hope He is there protecting you. You have to have faith in spiritual warfare. Most new comers to demonology get excited and go looking for demonic cases; I don’t. I hate this field, and am only involved because I have the knowledge and experience necessary to know what the demon is doing, what they are after, and how to remove their rights. There is nothing exciting about this field. I have experience so much spiritual warfare I was diagnosed with PTSD. People who get involved in demonology and spiritual warfare need to realize evangelism (love, spreading the gospel) is most important. You’ll know you are spreading the gospel right when the devil sends a demon your way. The knowledge of spiritual warfare is for defense purposes, not offense. Jesus and the apostles never went looking for demons, demons looked for them and showed up to try and divert attention away from the message of Jesus Christ. They hate Jesus. I recall one demon told me during an exorcism that he hated all the “Jesus crap.” When we spread God’s word and a demon shows up to put a wrench in our ministry, that is when spiritual warfare knowledge is needed: other than that the devil does not deserve any attention.

 

 

You’re also an author. Can you tell everyone a little about your books and where they can be purchased?

My books seem to be every where and for some reason they are very popular in Britain. But anyone can type my name in Amazon and there they are. I write a Mechanics series, volume one and two on demonology are out there, volume 3 I’m still writing and Mechanics of Angelology should be out in 2016. I wrote my testimony titled The Ekballist, about my life struggles with the demonic. I also wrote a few financial books to help people with money; used to be a financial rep too. I write a fantasy novel series titled Dragon Slayer, which chronicles the Pendragon family line from beginning to end.

 

 

If someone is in need of a demonologist, how can they contact you?

I’m on Facebook mostly and take a lot of questions, and consult. Most of the Paranormal groups in the Great Lakes region know me also.

 

 

What would you consider as a positive highlight from being a demonologist?

I have witnessed God’s providence. If you don’t know what that is, it is where God allows something to happen to you to strengthen and build you up for something in the future. You’re there wondering why events are happening to you but months or years down the road something happens in which you are prepared for. For me I suffered demonic possession in 1997 and look where I am today: using my experience to put a wrench in the devil’s plans for people.

 

 

What’s next for GP Haggart?

I would like to write a few more books on demonology and call it good. Then concentrate on writing novels. Continue to consult on cases, take extreme cases no one can handle as usual, and be a loving father to my son. I’m working on my masters of theology right now and ultimately would like to work on a doctorate. I may even be involved in a new show consulting on demonic cases. Oops, said too much. LOL

 

 

Any words of advice?

It takes a big man to cry, but it takes a bigger man to laugh at that man. Just kidding. LOL
Always keep in mind demonic activity is a smoke screen; know what the demon is really after. And if you’ve ever been abused, please seek help. Most of the cases of possession I’ve handled always involved sexual abuse of some kind. No one should go through life with emotional pain.

 

 

 

 

GP Haggart

 

 

Debunking by Candlelight

The paranormal is definitely something that I believe in. Without a doubt, there are inscrutable entities in their own realm of existence. Some are shady with dark, malevolent intent, while others are merely passing through for whatever reason. However, I still view things with a skeptical eye. Not everything “incomprehensiblethat happens can be explained with paranormal reasoning. In fact, with research and investigation, often what we perceive to be unexplainable can actually be justified with plausible cause.

So many factors need to be considered when trying to debunk or prove the preternatural world. Often, findings can be conclusive with the simplest of methods. And other times, even some of the most advanced paranormal equipment ends up with inconclusive results.

Recently, something peculiar happened in my home. Now looking back, it’s kind of embarrassing because it’s so mundane, but I want to share it with you because I believe it’s a prime example of investigating the unknown. Previously, I mentioned in another article that there is a huge window in my bedroom. On its sill at night I like to light tea lights. There’s just something soothing about the illuminating glow from the warm little flickers. Anyway, when I first began doing this, I noticed some gentle, random tapping outside on my window. I quickly brushed it off, thinking it was due to a soft wind blowing by. A couple of more nights passed with the same tapping , but there wasn’t any wind to blame. So my curiosity grew. I grabbed a flashlight and began to search for answers outside my window for the source of the tapping, but nothing was found. So, I went to bed that night still without explanation as the candles burned down.

The very next night I lit the candles again. The gentle tapping slowly started back up. It was dark, no street lights and the wind was calm. So where was this mysterious sound coming from? I looked outside the window, searching for an answer. “Question mark” was all I could think about, and then I noticed something…. something small and fluttering… bobbing around in the darkness….

I looked at this little insect as it attempted to fly towards the light given by the candle on the inside of the window. And that’s when it dawned on me. Every night when I’d light the tea lights, flying insects were attracted to their illuminating glow, creating the tapping on the glass with their attempts to enter.

Something so simple with a plausible explanation… nothing paranormal at all. Just the innocent curiosity of some winged little insects wanting to get in.

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