Some people say that there aren’t many earthbound spirits here, but I beg to differ. During my paranormal investigations and just daily life in general, I encounter MANY earthbound spirits, and they are all here for different reasons. Most Earthbound Spirits do not have a human body and thus don’t have a way to “sustain” their energy. So they must look for ways to receive energy and there are several ways. The first is to feed off energy sources such as electricity and water (lights, radios, tv’s, pools, rivers, even water in our homes such as in the kitchen and bathroom). The second way that these spirits obtain their energy is through us – living human beings. Most of the time, the energy drain is too small for us to really notice (they don’t take enough for us to fall-asleep standing up usually). However, they can drain enough from us that we feel lethargic and just want to veg out, thus the need for psychic protection to keep them from doing it at that level. Let’s go through a couple of “types” of Earthbound Spirits and how they differ.
They Don’t Know They’re Dead
When I first learned about Earthbound Spirits, it was very puzzling to me as to how someone could not know that they are dead! I have found that in many cases it is either that it was a traumatic death or the spirit is in denial and doesn’t want to accept that they are dead.
They’re Afraid of Judgment
There are also many Earthbound Spirits who feel they cannot “go into the light” because they feel ashamed of something they have done and are not sure whether they can go into the light, or are afraid that they may be “sent to hell”. Keep in mind that most religions talk about gates of judgment or a place where they will go before someone and “be judged” as to whether they are worthy of going to heaven or will be sent to hell. That’s a pretty scary belief to face, and just as we sometimes do here, they may procrastinate “going to judgment” and figure if they just ignore it, it will go away. Those who have committed suicide often fall into this category, they feel unworthy of heaven or are afraid of purgatory or hell. On the opposite end of the spectrum you have those that have no belief at all in God, or no belief in anything whatsoever, just that we die and go into the dirt and that’s it. It can be especially confusing for those people!
They Have Unfinished Business
Many earthbound spirits feel they can’t cross over until they have finished something or something is resolved. Some stay because they feel they need to watch over a particular person such as a child or a loved one; some stay to “protect” their beloved home or sometimes even a particular object; some stay (unfortunately) because they feel they need to exact revenge on someone (which they can’t do so don’t worry), and others stay because they feel they have unfinished business, for example, they remain until their killer is caught, or they stay to make sure their loved one finds some important papers, or until their spouse or daughter gives birth to the child they are carrying. In some instances, spirits are still wanting to be attached to their habit like alcoholism or drug use. In this case, the spirit will seek out someone who is also an alcoholic or drug user in attempt to live vicariously through them. They may even put destructive thoughts in their head – “Go ahead and have one more, it won’t hurt anyone”.
For earthbounds, the immediate surroundings look just as they did before. It doesn’t change until they start to realize they are no longer alive, and really doesn’t change much until they go into the light. The astral plane that Earthbound Spirits “live in” is the closest to our Earthly plane, therefore it looks pretty much the same. I’m sure you all have seen pictures where it looks like the spirit is “floating” several inches above the floor… that’s because they are walking on their level of the astral plane which is very close to ours, just a couple of inches off the ground. So, you can imagine why some of these Earthbound Spirits, particularly the ones who don’t know they are dead, can come across as mean spirits. Most of them are not mean at all, they are just frustrated or confused. Imagine not knowing you are dead; your environment looks the same and you attempt to talk to people and they act as if you don’t exist. You may even go through your normal routine of getting ready for work, only to find that you can’t “open the shower door”, so then you say, oh well, I just won’t take a shower and you go to get in your car, but you can’t open the front door. And let’s say you do figure out how to travel places and “walk through walls and doors, and you arrive at work, sit at your desk, and people act like you aren’t sitting there. And most likely people are “mourning” for you and talking about how they can’t believe you’re gone, and you are sitting right there probably yelling “I’m right here, don’t you see me?”
In many cases, we are seen as “invading their space”… they don’t understand why these strangers are in their home and won’t leave-think about it, do you act happy when a burglar comes into your home? Probably not! That is the “negative” energy we sometimes pick up on in places with Earthbound Spirits. Not to mention the fact that they usually try to move things, turn things on and off, etc. to get our attention. We perceive it as “ill-intentioned” or “mischievous” spirits, however they are either going on about their normal routine, or just trying to get our attention and make sense of what is going on.
You must also remember that until someone has gone into the light, they retain the same personality that they have here. If they had negative habits and behavior patterns, until they go into the light-those still exist. After we go into the light, we keep most of our personality, for example traits like being outgoing or shy, a comedian or serious, etc., however we do not retain the negative aspects such as abusive, jealous or revengeful.
And as a final note, I wanted to make sure it is clear that some spirits we see are not Earthbound Spirits but rather a visit from a spirit on “the other side”. So you seeing your Grandma in front of you does not mean she is an Earthbound Spirit – she may be visiting you from the other side. A big way to tell the difference is that some earthbound spirits show themselves as they were when they died, injuries and all, whereas you will NOT see a spirit from the other side in the manner they passed. If anything, they will show themselves as either someone you would recognize (a favorite memory of you) or as a time they remember in a happy way. Also a spirit from the other side is always loving and projects that love, whereas an Earthbound Spirit is usually confused, angry or frightened, and you will feel that energy.