What Is a Paranormal Spirit Attachment?

Updated on April 15, 2016

What is spirit attachment?

Spirit attachment has been known about by mediums and psychics for a very long time but is only now coming into the limelight - mainly due to the increase in paranormal investigations. Spirit attachment is basically just what it says. A living person has the energy or spirit of a dead person/entity attached to them. Many are parasitic, some malevolent others are benign. There are also the few rare cases where it is alleged that spirits have attached to people who then are able to do things they had no talent for previously such as writing music, painting, drawing, writing poetry and so on. However, in most cases attachments range from being temporary and unpleasant to long-term and terrifying. There are also physical and mental health complications.

However, before we move on let's take the common sense approach first. If you experience anything like what is mentioned in the hub, go and get a health check from your doctor first. The most likely reason for you feeling unwell is a virus, a common complaint, unbalanced diet or you just need a good rest rather than it being anything paranormal. The chances that you have something spiritually unpleasant attached to you is highly unlikely.

Spirit attachments can be human or non-human
Spirit attachments can be human or non-human | Source
Many spirit attachments are by negative energies
Many spirit attachments are by negative energies | Source

Why does spirit attachment happen?

There can be many reasons why a spirit attachment occurs but the most common reasons are given below:

  • Many earthbound spirits attach simply because they find comfort in re-living some of the physical aspects of life. Others are confused and don't realise they are dead and want to get close to a living person. In this case they are often trying to contact the living for help. These attachments might be deliberate or happen without the spirit realising what it's doing. In these cases the spirits don't usually have any intention of harming the person they are attached to.
  • Other spirits and entities deliberately seek out the energy of living people. It's not possible within the scope of this short article to go into the esoteric or spiritual theories on these spirits and entities. They are known by many names and basically they feed on the energy given off by people in the physical world. For spirits to do this, the easiest way is to take the huge resources of a living person and drain the energy away from them - very much like a parasite. Indeed many of these energy stealing manifestations are called psychic vampires. In addition, the most common type of spirit who is both determined and strong enough to latch on are usually malevolent. They not only want energy but enjoy creating havoc with their host and those around them.

Who is most at risk?

There are a few people who would seem to be more at risk than others:

  • Paranormal investigators - there are a number of cases of investigators having a spirit either shadow them or actually attaching itself. The reason is that paranormal investigators are usually only called to very active locations. In these very haunted areas you can find all manner of different spirits - distressed, traumatised and negative. In addition, not every paranormal investigator will take precautions such as basic protection when entering a spiritually active area. There are numerous stories of very experienced paranormal researchers leaving a location, going home to bed and waking up to find a dark, malevolent mist hovering around them. They can also experience intense feelings of being watched and followed. In most cases this tends to fade after a few days, but others have not been so lucky as we shall see later.
  • Mediums/psychics - very experienced psychics are unlikely to be troubled by spiritual attachment. However, undeveloped or untrained psychics could well be at risk for a number of reasons. Firstly they may have psychic channels open permanently with no idea how to close them or carry out protection. Secondly, you can have young or latent psychics in particular who actually have no idea that they have this ability. Again they are prone to having channels open that can cause a spirit to enter.
  • Dabblers in the occult or spirit activities are people who have no great knowledge or training in esoteric or spiritual areas. They often make up rituals or 'play games' such as the ouija board and then find that they have opened a nasty can of worms that can't be closed. The main reason they are at risk is again due to lack of knowledge, guidance and experience as well as failing to use some form of protection. For some reason the ouija board in particular may open doors to the nastier types of spirit.
  • People who have emotional or health issues can also be at risk for the simple reason that their natural energy protection is lowered. However, I feel that these people should only be at risk if they are in an active area and/or they are inexperienced psychics or dabblers.
  • People with a history of drug abuse in particular are at risk from spirit attachment. Drugs and excessive alcohol intake not only diminishes the body's natural aura, but it's believed they actually cause rips or gaps in this protective shield and in the psyche itself. Many esoteric scholars believe that drug or alcohol induced hallucinations may actually be spirits from the lower astral manifesting but this is open to debate.

Paranormal Phenomena: Attached Entities

Not all spirit attachments are human.
Not all spirit attachments are human. | Source
Many earthbound spirits will attach in order to seek help from the living. However, not all earthbound spirits are helpless and benign.
Many earthbound spirits will attach in order to seek help from the living. However, not all earthbound spirits are helpless and benign. | Source

Types of spirit or entity that may attach to a person

It seems that although earth-bound human spirits are the main offenders when it comes to attachment they are not the only form of spirit or force that does this. Firstly, there could be energies from perhaps the mind/sub-concious that are focused and externalised. Many famous occultists have actually achieved this using mental exercises and meditation. The resulting energy is known as a 'tulpa'. It's also interesting to note that quite a number of group experiments into the power of the mind have seemingly been able to create a group mind energy that responded to questions.

However, this really needs to be covered in a different hub since the subject also goes into psychic attack by another person, different types of thought forms and so on. Therefore I'll focus on actual spirit forms/entities that people may encounter if they are unlucky enough.

Earthbound spirits

Bascially these are human spirits who are either trapped or have chosen to stay close to the physical dimension - the reasons some do remain are numerous. Many are traumatised and distressed people. Others are malevolent and choose to stay around the earth plane seemingly enjoying the havoc and fear they cause. It's not unknown for these negative spirits to pretend to be demonic and so on, when in fact they are not. However, they are still dangerous and it's always wise to have protection before investigating a location that has these types of spirit.

Non human entities

Spirit energies that have not incarnated into the physical realm. Some seem to be benign. Many are strange and unknown but not necessarily negative. The most common forms or the frequent names given to non-human entities are 'shadows', 'shadow people' and 'demons'.


These spiritual beings are often confused with other entities and are frequently and unfairly given a bad name. Basically an elemental is a spirit being that belongs to one of the four classic elements - fire, air, water or earth. Whereas human beings are complicated, the elementals are much more simplistic. Neither are they a spirit form such as a human in the afterlife. Their natural state is in spirit.

Unfortunately for them, elementals are frequently attracted to the human energy fields. In their original form, elementals are certainly not evil. However, they are often invoked in negative occult practices, where they are used, abused and then become distorted and warped. In addition, in places where people have committed extreme violence, abuse and evil thoughts, elementals who unwittingly absorb these energies can, through no fault of their own, become monstrous. It needs a very loving and caring cleansing to remove the elemental back to its natural form.

Many elementals unfortunately end up in the lower astral planes due to being corrupted by humans. So basically any positive ritual or prayer that is used to release a person from the elemental should also help this spiritual being as well. The most famous elemental is alleged to reside in Leap Castle in Ireland where it has become a dark and distorted image of its original self. Many put forward the theory that murder and other evil acts carried out at the castle centuries ago, are responsible for this unfortunate elemental being trapped in its present state. It does appear to people and its often accompanied by a horrible stench. People also report intense feelings of being watched and strong impressions of dread or evil.

Cemeteries may seem like quiet places - but they can harbour negative spirits who have attached to paranormal investigators
Cemeteries may seem like quiet places - but they can harbour negative spirits who have attached to paranormal investigators | Source
Haunted cemetaries can produce more than spirit lights - spirit attachment has also occurred.
Haunted cemetaries can produce more than spirit lights - spirit attachment has also occurred. | Source
Are the apparitions caught on camera and video the same ones who attach to human beings?
Are the apparitions caught on camera and video the same ones who attach to human beings? | Source

The signs of spirit attachment.

There are various levels of spirit attachment that a person can experience. The basic outline of each level is described briefly below. However, paranormal events not being universally formalised, these levels and their names could have variations.

Categories of spirit attachment

  • Following:This is where the spirit or entity has not actually attached to a person but is in the vicinity. People have reported a strong sense of not being alone, being followed and watched by an unseen presence. This level can also produce paranormal phenomena such as rappings, voices and other noises. People often report seeing a black mist or cloud near and/or above them that can feel threatening. Observers may also report thinking and saying things that are out of character when this presence is near.
  • Shadowing: Although the spirit has not yet attached there is an increase in the sensation of being watched and followed - this impression is more intense than the previous level. People now start to report such things as irrational mood swings, depression and feelings of anxiety.
  • Attachment: This stage is said to have been reached when the person experiences all of the above but to a much higher degree and frequently during the day and night. Some therapists call this stage 'oppression'.
  • Final stages:The final stages here are not often reached even without help, but they have been termed as 'obessession' and then 'possession'.

In addition to the feelings and sensations described above, people have also claimed to have experienced:

  • Paranormal activity such as noises, voices, objects moving, seeing a presence, unexplained mist, unexplained shadow.
  • Nightmares that are frequent and very disturbing
  • Fatigue and pain in the joints - although this could be due to the nerves, fear or stress of the situation.

Even experienced paranormal investigators can be at risk. Two cases from the USA highlight the dangers.

There is the well known case of Paranormal Investigator, Mary Vogel, while examining a barn found relics that pointed to some form of Satanic rituals having taken place. Shortly after this Mary Vogel's life became a nightmare as a negative spirit - some say it was a demon - attached to her. Before leaving the barn she felt a sharp stabbing pain in her stomach, on recovering she removed her team quickly from the area. An EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomena) caught on tape by her and replayed later said "your God can't save you now!". This was the start of a terrifying period in her life that ended in Mary Vogel going through an exorcism.

Stacey Jones is another experienced investigator and ex-police officer who had a horrific time with the paranormal. In this case it was her son who suffered attachment. This occurred after she took him along on an investigation to a graveyard. During the investigation they witnessed 'shadow people' and left the site hastily. Later on her son Jamie developed mysterious scratches on his legs. Almost at the same time violent paranormal phenomena erupted in the home. Not only were objects thrown by unseen hands, but Jamie's personality began to deteriorate rapidly. Stacey had to get the help of her long-time friend, paranormal investigator and demonologist, John Zaffis. Jamie underwent an exorcism to get rid of the violent spirit that attached to him.

These events are rare and extreme but they do happen. The paranormal investigators in both these case were level-headed and experienced. Nevertheless, they were still caught by unseen forces that they couldn't control.

Many people take amulets or other objects for protection when going into a haunted location.
Many people take amulets or other objects for protection when going into a haunted location. | Source
Earth bound spirits often just want help rather than to cause hurt.
Earth bound spirits often just want help rather than to cause hurt. | Source
Negative spirit energy often manifests as a black mist or cloud
Negative spirit energy often manifests as a black mist or cloud | Source

How to protect against spirit attachment

As I said at the beginning of this hub, if you think something is wrong, then get a health check first. Despite what is banded about the internet and on TV, I don't think there are nearly as many spirit attachments as people claim. The fact is, not a lot is known yet about this phenomena and research is in it's early days.

Protection tips for haunted locations:

1. The best place for protection to start is with good health. A healthy body and a healthy balanced mind are the strong foundations from which defence starts. The reason is that negative spirits have a low vibration rate, but positive, healthy energy, vibrates much higher - it's a case of like attracting like. If your vibration is slowed down due to ill health, severe stress, drug abuse etc., then the type of energy you will attract will be lower vibration entities.

2. Make sure that you know yourself very well. Be aware of what are your normal moods, inclinations, usual thought patterns and so on. If there are subtle changes after being in a haunted location it may be a sign of a problem. However, common sense also states it could just be stress or because you're tired.

3. If you are investigating or visiting a haunted location then eat something before you go. This not only keeps you grounded but raises your energy vibrations to a higher level therefore giving you more protection.

4. Many people who visit or investigate haunted locations use a protection prayer, quote or verse that they like. Some also carry a symbol of defence such as a crystal, cross, crucifix, amulet or whatever else feels comfortable. The important thing is that if you have confidence and believe in the method that you use, this will boost your self defence even higher.

5. There are literally hundreds of meditation and protection techniques that can be learned and used that will give additional safety. It's also important that before investigations or visiting haunted places that you centre and ground yourself to achieve a balanced state before entering the site. Most good protection techniques have grounding procedures within them.

The main thing to remember about any kind of techniques is to try out a few and stick with the one that seems to fit you best. This will also give a better level of protection rather than one that doesn't seem to fit with your personality and beliefs.

6. In addition to being healthy and balanced one of the best ways to protect yourself is by using common sense.

The paranormal is a vast, multi-dimensional, arena of the impossible becoming our reality. We have only scratched the surface and there are many unknowns to be confronted. Spirit attachment is one hazard that has been identified but this is probably just the tip of the paranormal iceberg. However, there is no reason why having an interest in the paranormal should stop. Human beings are curious creatures and we have a natural instinct to investigate - this shouldn't stop either. It's simply a case of knowing your limits and respecting the power of the unknown.

Questions & Answers

    © 2012 Helen Murphy Howell


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      Helen Murphy Howell 2 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Hi gail, yes, spirits like these are nasty - they sound like grounded humans - but easy to get rid of. Have you tried going to a class or using an online sight for strengthening your aura? Now there are loads of very good sites and the help is free. It seems like if you make your aura stronger - its being weakened by these nasty's causing negative emotions in you - once the aura becomes stronger they can't get through. Also, carry out a cleansing of your self and home or again use the free information on line - they do work and you will often find forums as well where people who have had or are having similar experiences help one another out. Hope this helps a bit?

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      Helen Murphy Howell 2 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Thank you MonkeyShine75 glad you enjoyed it.

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      Gail Louise Stevenson 2 years ago from Mason City

      Hi, very interesting hub. I played with a Ouija board when I was young. Years later, I played with one again. One night when I was trying to go to sleep I heard a voice tell me to not to worry so much. It was kind of scary. Through the years, I've had bad dreams, and nightmares that I was being tortured by these mean, nasty spirits. It was horrible. When I try to sleep at night I can see images of these mean, nasty spirits saying nasty things, and they flash nasty images, and its very hard for me to fall asleep. I don't touch Ouija boards anymore and never will. I don't know how to get rid of this thing that's been bothering me for years. This started in 1975 on ward. It looked like psychic entrapment to me. I can feel these nasty spirits or whatever they are touch me. I don't like being touched, and I wish that I could get rid of it. Enjoyed reading your hub. I have seen doctors, but I'm still living with this nightmare, though. Thanks, Gail S.P.S. They seem to lie all the time, never telling the truth. They are vicious/evil seems to be what they really are. Most of them look like the human form.

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      Shannon Silva 2 years ago

      Hi there me and my family have been hearing voices and foot steps between 2am and 5am. Its also getting more talkative saying " i can see you" but now my youngest son has been waking up and talking and walking around at those hrs. I just need help and fast!!

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      Mara Alexander 2 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      Great hub, thank you for sharing

      I voted it up, and awesome

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      Steven Miller 2 years ago from Ohio Great City of Dayton

      Very interesting work and very well put together. You have a good understanding of reality and I like this. The more people who are awake the better. Get them where you can. You might find some of my hubs interesting as well. Keep up the great work!

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      Darkest Dreams 3 years ago from East Coast, USA

      I always hear about spirit attachments and wonder how many are truly spirit attachments and how many are people who are simply sick and need some help. The mind can really play tricks on people.

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      Helen Murphy Howell 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Hi gail641, hope things work out for you!

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      Gail Louise Stevenson 4 years ago from Mason City

      Thank you. Yes, that might help.

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      Helen Murphy Howell 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Hi gail641,

      Many thanks for stopping by and for the very interesting comment you've left.

      Yes ouija boards, especially I think when people may have some psychic/sensitive ability, seems to cause more to happen than for most people. As to the bad dreams and possible negative energy hanging around you. It should be quite easy to get rid of it. Firstly do a simple cleansing ritual in your home - especially the bedroom. There are many different types of ritual so choose one that best suits your own beliefs. Once you have carried out a cleansing, then find some simple meditation exercises that will not only give you psychic protection but will also cleanse your aura. Again there are many to choose from and go for a ritual that appeals to you and fits in with what you believe in spiritually. Once you get cleansing, it usually doesn't take that long for things to get put right. Hope this helps a bit?

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      Gail Louise Stevenson 4 years ago from Mason City

      It's a scary thought that spirits can attach themselves to living people. Negative energies can really be nasty. Playing with Ouija boards sounds dangerous, especially if dark forces use them to cause harm to living persons. I played with Ouija boards years ago, but never again. I've had lots of terrible dreams and something awful has been bothering me for years. I just wish I could get rid of it-the bad dreams.

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      Helen Murphy Howell 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Hi Kay,

      The full moon is a very powerful time for just about any kind of energy whether it's spiritual or our own. And as you rightly say, dreams in particular do tend to be particularly intense and I always find that at these times these are the dreams/experiences that can teach us the most. It could be as well, that not only due to studying Wicca but also getting out into the open your concerns is causing a kind of cleansing of your psyche and although the dreams are intense, might actually be a good thing.

      Studying Wicca is also a great way to train your psychic abilities and keep yourself protected. I'm not Wiccan myself but as an interest I did study a course many years ago and found it very enjoyable and many of the spiritual beliefs I learned from this study I still hold to this day. In addition I have many friends who are Wiccan as well and it's a great way to keep in touch with this spiritual path. Keep going with your prayers and development, I think you are an attraction for spirits as I mentioned before but as you develop your protection as well as confidence will increase.

      Lots of luck with your studies I'm sure you will continue to enjoye them.

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      Kayla Hancock 5 years ago from Chicago

      Seeker- Thank you so so much for the websites! I am definitely going to check those out right away. I don’t know if it’s the full moon or what but my dreams over the last 12 hours have been really, really intense. And I think you are spot on with the hyper-sensitivity as well. I have always felt people’s emotions and energies very strongly and am only just connecting this ability to so many events that have occurred in my life and how I’ve always thought about life and myself. It’s really all making sense now. I actually began studying/practicing Wicca last fall, and have been trying to embrace the light. A totally new mindset has taken hold of my life, for the better. I definitely pray just about every day, for everything and anything. =]

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      Helen Murphy Howell 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Hello Kay - many thanks for taking the time to read my hub, but also for sharing your awesome story! Wow! You have had a lot to put up with over the last year. The main thing is of course that is causing attraction is your sensitivities and psychic abilities. Basically you look like a light-house in the middle of a dark sea to spirits. In addition, the stress of going to college and the hard work this also involves could have lowered your auric resistance further. It's like a vicious circle really. You get drained and lower in mood, gaps open up in your aura, the parasites come in and start to use up your energy, you get lower in mood, anxiety increases as well, giving off more energy etc.

      Nightmares tend to be a classic with spirit attachment and if your doctors can't find any physical cause then it might be the case that you have spirits near to you. It could be your sub-conscious giving you messages about your situation as well as these negatives that are hanging about.

      Luckily there is plenty that you can do to shake these spiritual pests off. One thing I would suggest - but you obviously need to go with your own instinct here and do what you feel is right for you - is to get training in controlling your psychic abilities. This will not only give you much greater protection but it will enable you to deal with and keep away any spirits that you don't want hanging around you. Two of the best internet sites that I've seen for this are 1) - Living With Your Psychic Gifts at www.psychicprotection.net/Share and 2)www.wingsforthespirit.com/developing-your-psychic-abilities. These sites not only teach you how to harness your psychic abilities but how as a medium and sensitive you can protect yourself.

      lastly, I don't know your full personality as person but one thing that may attract more spirits is if you are what is called a 'Highly Sensitive Person'. Elaine Araon wrote a book many years ago on this subject and they now have a website telling you all about this personality trait and how unseen energy, forces emotions can affect you in physical ways when you are an HSP. The reason I've brought this up as well is because I'm HSP and we can recognise others with the trait as well. I could be wrong of course, but it is just the way you write and explain your situation you do seem like you are possibly an HSP. If you're interested in this as well, then go to http://www.hsperson.com/.

      Kay, once again many thanks for sharing your experiences and hopefully some of what I've given here will help you in the long run. In the short term there are a number of prayers etc. that can be said to give you immediate protection. You may already have these of course but if not and I don't know your own spiritual beliefs, but if you do, then there are hundreds to choose from online that can do this for you. Let me know how you are getting on.

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      Kayla Hancock 5 years ago from Chicago

      Thanks for the wonderful hub. ou have really encouraged me to seek out some spiritual help. As it is, I have gone through a complete spiritual change over the past year, as well as physical. Reading this makes me believe there is a reason that I found this hub...over the past year, my entire diet has changed. I have experience a multitude of health problems that sprung up out of nowhere and have yet to be explained even remotely by doctors after over a year of various testing. I never realized until I had to take the time off of school that I am a “sensitive” (what me and my aunt call it) and can really feel people’s feelings and energies. I am still trying to find out more about myself and my natural talents such as this, but I have always thought I was some kind of medium or psychic. In addition, I have always felt other presences-often times, not good ones. Things have gotten better the more spiritual and in tune I have gotten but now I’m believing I might have an attachment. I get nightmares all the time with negative energies and feelings of something dark literally sucking out my energy. When this happens, I can feel something seeking its teeth into me, so to speak, and draining me. I then wake up super moody, crabby, don’t want to talk to anyone. I’ve also had many dreams regarding me and another, as if we were a pair, or me and another spirit morphing.

      I have also always had feelings of being followed and shadowed, just over the past year it’s like something stronger took hold of me. I also just want to add that it was right before I went to college and I continued to go out and drink, try to have fun. I have had dreams where I felt myself being torn apart, literally from the inside and that I had cracks and holes in my body where I was being leaked out. I was told to seek mental help for anxiety after going to the doctor for chest pains, headaches, and digestive issues. My normal nightmares became very frequent, and increasingly vivid and painful. I have hallucinations and see things shadowing me in the middle of the night. I was also diagnosed with narcolepsy because I have always been a sleepy person; I look back and think now it is because I have these special capabilities with energies spirits that I get that way.

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      Helen Murphy Howell 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Hi Eddy, many thanks for stopping by always lovely to hear from you!!

      Now that I've got through the apprenticeship I'm hoping to get more spooky stuff out there! LOL!

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Wow Helen what an amazing hub; it is so so interesting and I was totally captivated.

      Your obvious hard work has certainly paid off and I hope tread many more on this subject by you.

      You are a great teacher and have certainly whet my appetite for further information. A great hub and I vote up,across and share all around.

      Lots of love


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      Helen Murphy Howell 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Hi Esme, many thanks for stopping by and for such a lovely comment - thank you!

      There are quite a number of theories that suggest why the ouija board can be so dangerous. I think for me personally there are a number of factors involved. I definitely feel that the people involved, the environment and the timing of the ouija session all play their part. Depending on the circumstances with people, if any of them are even just a little bit sensitive or psychic this can attract spirit energy. If the group are young teens in particular, their energy levels are very high and erratic due to development and seem to attract psychic energy fairly easily. If you are already in an environment where spirit is present then the main ingredients if you like to contact spirits is already there. When the session starts the ouija board is always carried out using a circle formation. Circles are ancient and very sacred symbols that in ritual creates sacred spaces that become protective areas for people to work in. The circle seems to create a vortex of energy that builds up over time and that may be able to create psychic openings. So back to the ouija, if you have a group 'playing' then they unconiously create this vortex but with no control or protection. In addition they have now created a group energy that increases the energy levels and possibly makes them more luminous on the astral so attracting psychic energy. With their thoughts they create more energy and then usually invite basically anyone or anything to come into their space. Of course this doesn't explain why people who use the ouija either on their own or with another person also works - I think in these cases it has to boil down to the fact of the psychic ability of those 'playing' whether or not they are aware of it. The environment if already inhabited by spirit and if spiritual energy happens to be quite strong at the time of the session, then one or two people using the board could also get a result. This leads onto another question of why - for most people - the ouija doesn't usually work - for me I would suggest that one of the vital 'ingredients' is either missing or not strong enough and this is enough to give them full protection. So basically then the board itself is not the cause of the manifestations of spirits but a few things coming together such as the people, their energy, their possible psychic ability, the circle creating a vortex or opening, or the ability of one or two to create an opening, the environment - is there spirits already attracted to the group/person, the invitation is a further opening up of psychic channels.

      I hope this helps a bit, obviously it is just my opinion on the ouija and I suspect the real reasons why the board can be so powerful will be much more complex than the theory I've given.

      Many thanks again for stopping by.

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      Helen Murphy Howell 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Hi toknowinfo, many thanks for stopping by, always lovely to hear from you and glad that you enjoyed the hub.

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      EsmeSanBona 5 years ago from Macon

      This is a well researched, well balanced article voted up without reservation. I appreciated the advice to start with the rational before heading headlong toward the irrational.

      I have a question regarding Ouija boards. Do you have a personal opinion as to why they seem to be such ready conduits for the entry of entities? They really seem to be on their own level for doing so and I have wondered why for a while. Just looking for your opinion on the matter.

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      toknowinfo 5 years ago

      Very interesting hub. I never knew about spirit attachments, but I guess I am better of knowing about it than not Thanks for such a well done hub as always.

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      Helen Murphy Howell 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Hi Rusticliving, many thanks for stopping by and thank you for the very positive comment. I've also had a few experiences but thankfully without going quite as far as a spirit attachment. However, I have spoken to two people - one a good friend - who had this happen to them and I've also heard about others. It is a complex subject as you rightly say, but nothing much seemed to have been written about it. So hopefully, this will help someone who has this unpleasant situation to deal with.

      Many thanks again for your visit - greatly appreciated.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Seeker, This is a wonderful laid out hub with some amazing information. Having many experiences myself, I can understand the complexity of spirit attachment. One of the things I try to remember is to keep my mind open and never let myself be negative when I feel something close at hand. The research you did on this hub can certainly aid someone who has little or no understanding to the subject. Well done and Thumbs up! ♥

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      Helen Murphy Howell 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Hi Eddy, lovely to hear from you as always and glad that you enjoyed this very spooky hub!! It took a while to gather up the information, but to be honest I was so interested in what I was reading, that it didn't feel like hard work at all!!

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Wow wonderful my friend.Your obvious hard work has certainly paid off and here's to so many more by you.So much detail and well informed.


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      Helen Murphy Howell 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Hi GoGreenTips, lovely to hear from you and glad that you enjoyed the article! I'm very much like you in that I have a great interest for the paranormal and love writing about it!

      Many thanks for your visit and for the lovely comment - greatly appreciated!

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      Greg Johnson 5 years ago from Indianapolis

      Wow, super interesting hub, very well written and informative. I've always been interested in the paranormal and have read extensively on it and have to say this is one of the most interesting and informative articles i have read on the subject in quite some time..

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      Helen Murphy Howell 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Hi moonlake, many thanks for stopping by and glad that you found the hub interesting. Hope your friend finds it useful!!

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      Helen Murphy Howell 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Hi Gypsy, as always lovely to hear from you!

      Glad that you enjoyed the hub and the pics!! I'll let you into a secret about the pics - they're actually my cousin making funny faces into a mirror. We took the photograph of his reflection and then used the 'negative' option with microsoft premium. When I first saw the photographs of the faces, they kind of freaked me out a bit as don't look anything like David!

      Many thanks also for the share - greatly appreciated!!

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      Helen Murphy Howell 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Hi Alastar, as every lovely to hear from you and to read your fascinating comments!!

      I really look forward to reading your take on the poltergeist phenomena - this is something that interests me a lot!

      I agree about the happy homes never usually have negative paranormal activity and I also think that laughter is one of the best defences as well. I don't know if positive energies like happiness, laugher, contentment and so cleans a place of negative vibes, but I would think it is certainly possible.

      I definitely remember your encounters with the wolf and the demonic entity!! And yes, I think the manifested from different aspects of the astral or where ever it is that such things lurk about. I also think as well, that other people create these openings. Over time if the openings becoming stronger then innocent and unsuspecting people can get caught up in nasty phenomena - usuall its occult dabblers that cause, unknowingly, all sorts of problems between the astral and the physical!

      Many thanks again for your visit Alastar - as always, a fascinating comment!!

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      Very interesting hub. I will have my friend read it she is having ghostly visitors in her home. Voted up.

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      Helen Murphy Howell 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Hi VioletSun, many thanks for stopping by and leaving such an interesting comment - thank you!

      Wow! 23 years is a long time to put up with spirit visitors! No wonder you were unnerved, but it would seem that since you weren't harmed in anyway they were probably quite benign rather than negative. I think you might well have had a portal of some kind with so many different spirits coming through. It's also very interesting that in your present home spirit encounters are quite rare! Are you perhaps a bit psychic yourself? It could be that in addition to the environment, spirits might also be attracted to your aura?

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      Helen Murphy Howell 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Hi Nell, lovely to hear from you and glad that you enjoyed the hub!

      That's an interesing comment you made about stress and being open psychically - many investigators and psychics maitain that the level of stress and fear that people feel when they are in a haunted location can and usually does add to the the phenomena - basically there are high levels of energy coming off stress and fear that increases the activity!

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      Helen Murphy Howell 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Hi Kitty - as always lovely to hear from you and what a fascinating comment!

      It is very scary when you know that an astral is trying to muscle in on you! But I have to say, that I think your Wiccan beliefs and protection rituals are some of the best and most powerful around! When I've had trouble of that sort I use a combination of Wicca cleansing with consecrated salt as the main ingredient and also a Kabbalistic protection technique - and yes, like you I do tend to cleanse every few months or so just to make sure the barriers are up! Luckily I don't have that many nightmares - and thankfully never the 'night hag' experience! But I do feel a heaviness in the house. I know you will laugh, but I know when something weird is going to happen when I dream about a presence being in my bedroom and I can't get my lights to switch on!!! LOL! I think this is a wake up call from the sub-conscious to put the guards up until I know what is going on!

      It's interesting that when I was studying Wicca many years ago quite a few things happened astrally - not all negative, in fact most were positive. But when I studied the Kabbalah I had no problems at all. I think it was because Wicca has very powerful astral aspects to it, but the Kabblah is much slower - at least for me it was. Plus the fact I was still using Wicca rituals for protection until I understood the Kabbla and as I mentioned earlier I still use them now.

      Kitty, many thanks for your wonderful comment and glad that you enjoyed the hub!!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Thanks for this very interesting and informative hub. Fascinating information. Great pics and video. Passing this on.

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      Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Helen I do like the way you laid this out- professionally and with the seriousness it deserves. I've been reading on poltergeist cases as maybe mentioned to you on another story. The best consensus seems to be an entity or force attaching to and sucking up the energy of its host; this could be fear and all the negative emotions which seem to give them strength. In other words happy homes rarely if ever have a prob of this type. That was interesting on the Elementals and Leap Castle. Wasn't that up on them so you really added to my para normal knowledge there. As you know there was that time an entity appear like energy or plasma appeared as a wolf to me; and the experience with the demonic- evil entity in my minds eye which wasn't an old hag attack or rather sleep paralysis. One thing i'm pretty sure of is the two were different in their origins. As you mention the vibration rate in the article, that does seem to hold one of the very important keys to the whole thing doesn't it Helen. Excellent write as always my friend, take care, till later.

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      VioletSun 5 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      I lived in an apt building in NY that had a cemetery across the street. For nearly the 23 years I lived there I had spirit visitors and more in the bedroom of my apt and it would unnerve me. Looking back, it must have been a portal of some kind. Just wished it had occurred to me to call a paranormal investigator. Now that I am in Oregon I rarely have a ghostly visit and I am glad. Enjoyed reading your hub! :)

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Seeker, this is a fascinating subject, I am sure that when we get stressed and 'open' psychically it can happen, scary stuff, voted up! nell

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      Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

      Seeker - I have to say, this is one of your best hubs yet...and you have so many amazing hubs. The information in this hub is unlike any I've run across, and I am MORE than familiar with the topic. I've had spirits try to attach themselves to me on more than one occasion. I always felt that they were like psychic vampires, one happened about a year ago when I experienced sleep paralysis, nightmares, and I knew that some entity on the astral level was trying to drain my energy for its needs. I performed a protection spell around myself and my home with white light and repeated it every night for many months (I still repeat it every once in a while) and it hasn't happened since. I never understood why this happened, but then I started realizing that perhaps because I am a witch and communicate with the spirit world...that it's almost like putting on a light in the darkness...it is as if I'm yelling out into the astral plane, "hello...I'm here...I can feel and see you...is anyone here?" If that makes any sense at all. Awesome hub, I am so happy to see something on spirit attachment...finally. Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting, and shared!

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      Helen Murphy Howell 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      LOL!!! Hi Frank - serves you dam well right for having 'hanky panky' when you should have been studying!!!LOL! Oh dear, the poor husband! Bet that guy had the hot sweats rather than a chill. Not so sure about his wife though, yikes, wouldn't have liked to be her in the aftermath!!

      Many thanks my favourite sceptic for your wonderful comments - they're always treasured!!! I know you don't believe in it, but have a happy Halloween anyway!

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      Helen Murphy Howell 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Hi Kashmir56, always nice to hear from you and glad that you enjoyed the hub! Happy Halloween!

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      Helen Murphy Howell 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Hi Eddy, many thanks for stopping by and hope you enjoy the hub when you get more time. Happy Halloween!

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      i dunno seeker7 the only time I thought I had come close to anything supernatural or paranormal was during the college days.. I was in bed with this girl and then bamn out of nowhere her husband materialized .. or maybe we just didn't hear him come in... well anyhow I enjoy reading hubs like this thanks for sharing.. oh and I was carrying a bug that night.. got a cold from rushing out of the window naked and heading out in 20 degree weather :( poor me right? LOL

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great hub on this subject, you covered it well.

      Vote up and more !!!

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      This is so very Seeker 7 and I have read it over but I am saving in with my favourite hubs so that I can read it through properly later on when I have time to do it justice. Take care and thank you for sharing.


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      Helen Murphy Howell 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Hi writer20, always a pleasure to hear from you and thank you for the fascinating comment!

      Since you had called on your father for help do you think it might have been him or someone else in your family that had already passed on? They seem very gentle spirits and certainly didn't want to hang around to upset you in any way. I also think that feeling a hand on top of your own is certainly a sign not only that someone was trying to comfort you, but they are also comfortable being so initmate with you. I honestly found your story very uplifting and a refreshing change from so many scary and dark stories of spirits.

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      Helen Murphy Howell 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Hi Judy, many thanks for stopping by it's always a pleasure!

      That's very interesting about your experience at work. There are quite a lot of documentation about people who have committed suicide that are stuck so to speak and many do seem to want to contact living people - usually for help or just to tell their side of the story. But that is fascinating that the spirit was calling your name, I guess it must have felt a connection with you.

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      I called for my Father to help my brother when he was very sick with the same sickness my father died from. Then I saw two young men in my attached bathroom closet , when they realized I could see them they disappeared though my husband clothes. One night I as folding my top bed cover only to find a man watching closely at what I was doing, our eye met and poof he was gone. I have felt a hand on top on

      mine just once.

      Voted up useful and very interesting, Joyce.

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      Judith Hancock 5 years ago from UK

      Very interesting! Just today I mentioned to someone in a comment that I used to occasionally think I heard someone whispering my name at work - found out there had been a suicide there many years previously. It didn't bother me and I've not paid it much thought. Love your photos too!