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Recently, I talked about angry energy at haunted places.
Sorrow can be another component in hauntings.
However, the following poignant quote from Washington Irving made me pause and think.
What if many – even most – ghosts are actually lonely?
That may be an important aspect to consider for successful ghost investigations, and not just at rarely visited sites.
Even if researchers actively visit a particular haunted place, do they actually communicate with the ghosts?
Sure, investigators often ask the ghost’s name, and request a specific reaction (approach the EMF meter, or close a door, or turn a flashlight on & off).
But how often do we introduce ourselves as if we’ve just encountered a living person and want to start a friendly conversation?
Ghosts shouldn’t be ordered around, apparently to prove they exist. That could be worse than feeling ignored.
Maybe we should be more sympathetic to how lonely a spirit might feel.
They may feel trapped at a haunted site, and abandoned by friends and family. That would upset anyone.
Their experiences may included loneliness, vulnerability, and confusion.
Perhaps a lot of “why am I here, and why do people not seem to see me?”
Though I think the majority of ghosts have a reason to remain (or visit) our reality, some probably feel lost and alone.
Let’s see what happens if we first offer comfort rather than barking commands at them, as if they’re performers.