Is It A Ghost?

I’ve run into two types of paranormal activity associated with the spirits of humans who’ve died.  First, there are the earthbound spirits I’ve been detailing so far; these are beings who cling to life, and the earth, and have the intellect to interact with those of us still incarnate.  These are what we usually think of as ghosts.  However, not all apparitions are necessarily aware of us humans on the Earth plane or trying to communicate with us.  Some of them may not even see us or react to our presence, but go about their actions as if we were the ones not there.

Commonly known as residuals, these are powerful emotional leftovers of events or trauma that took place in a particular locale.  Residuals replay over and over a scene that is seemingly ignorant of current surroundings.  For example a phantom stagecoach is sometimes seen crossing the 57 freeway in Southern California.


I encountered a residual haunting when I walked through two men fighting.  I was visiting a county fair that had an old farmhouse on its grounds.  I didn’t have any of the typical sensations of a nearby spirit.  The day was bright and sunny and my friend and I were having fun poking around the old house.


We came into a large open room, a gathering space not a bedroom or kitchen.  There was no furniture, only windows, a fireplace and a chandelier.  I walked into the center of the floor to peer up and get a closer look at the dangling lamp.  Between one moment and the next several things happened at once.  I became very nauseated, dizzy and lightheaded.  I couldn’t see my friend but two men stood facing off against each other.  It was as if I was between them but they couldn’t see me.  They were arguing.  I could hear the yelling but couldn’t understand their words.  They were close to each other, pushing and then grappling.  Each man carried a gun and they fired almost simultaneously.

The cramping and nausea had me nearly doubling over and I really was feeling like I was going to faint.  I called my friend over and she had to help me out of the house.  Once outside, the nausea evaporated along with all my other symptoms, and never returned.

“That was weird.”  She looked at me, concerned and I told her what I’d seen and felt.  We both shivered not knowing exactly what had happened.  We continued to explore the fair but stayed far away from the old farmhouse.

What sort of ghosts have you encountered?  Was it a true haunt or a residual?

What’s your scariest paranormal experience?


Serena Dracis, Author

I'm a lot of things. A Reiki Master-Teacher, a psychopomp, a medium. Once I was a trainer of exotic animals, once I worked in hospitals. Now I'm a writer. I write about the paranormal, the weird, the fringes. I write non-fiction and fiction, sharing my own life experiences as well as creating new worlds. Come in and explore!

This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. I agree about the types of ghosts. In my book, Growing Up Weird: Confessions of a Closet Medium, I detail many different encounters that I have had through my life. It is sometimes not funny being a medium. At other times, I love the gift. Most of my encounters were true haunts though I know of several residual haunts in my town. The scariest one was the first one. I had no idea what I was dealing with and nobody would believe me. Through the years and numerous encounters, I have stopped fearing ghosts. I have more of a keen interest in them instead.

  2. Debra Kristi

    I believe all my experiences have been with earthbound spirits. Although, not that many in number. Like I mentioned in one of my responses after my ghost story post, I think I closed the door on that gift as a child after that first sighting. LOL But I opened it again for my sister once I realized she was here, waiting. When I did I believe something else much darker saw that opening and took advantage of it roughly around six months ago. That was probably my scariest encounter.

    1. I know what you are talking about. It seems like when we open ourselves up to communicate, it invites evil entities many times. I had an experience like that when my sister and I used a Quija board as teens. I wrote about it in my book, Growing Up Weird: Confessions of a Closet Medium. Everything was going fine…in fact, the board was moving very quickly….until we started asking questions like “are you in hell?”. The board started spelling out “quit asking” over and over. Suddenly, my sister was physically attacked. I will never touch another spirit board again. I also will never do anything like a seance. As a medium, I am sensitive to spiritual things. I have asked God to only let me see, hear or feel things that are from Him. I can thankfully say that He has honored my prayer. I am only safe in Him. Only His angels can protect me against that evil that really does exist and waits for opportunity to attack. I would love to know what happened.

      1. Debra Kristi

        I won’t ever touch a Ouija board. Just being around them gives me a bad feeling. I am undecided so I don’t want to go into too much detail, but I may post about it at some time. But I think whatever it was may have been trying to pull me into its nightmare repeatedly. I returned to that place just last month and didn’t want to sleep in the bedroom, still crept out by the experience. LOL But I think my sister sent me a sign pulling me into the other room for my stay anyway. It was all good. Hey, thanks for the follow!

  3. Diana Murdock

    Wow, my experiences pale in comparison to yours, Serena. But what I have experienced I believe were earthbound spirits. The only fear was not knowing what it was at the time. I don’t think my door is open right now to feel that energy. Perhaps someday. Great post!

    1. Diana,
      I agree… Serena’s experiences are intense. I have never actually felt a death like that and I am very glad of that. And you are right about not knowing what it is being scary…especially when these experiences first start. I do not have the fear I used to have but I still get a tingle when something happens. Maybe it is just the energy.

  4. Serena Dracis

    Karen – I have spirit guides that I work with, they’re my teachers as well as guardians. As you’ve experienced, the fear is separate from you, it’s being generated by the being and projected. The trick is learning how to stay centered and work out of your heart. Holding onto love and light will allow that fear to just sort of, wash over me, and yeah, it does kind of tingle as you describe! I spent some time visiting your blog and will definitely be reading more. Nice writing! 🙂

    Debra – That first encounter you wrote about was very scary. It’s not easy to overcome that fear, it takes a lot of growth and courage.

    Diana – You grew up in a house with a ghost too? Earthbound spirits are more common than most people think. I’ve never done an official ‘ghost-hunt’ and don’t know what percentage they find to be residual vs. earthbound. Did you have any more experiences there?

    Thank you for stopping by and commenting!

  5. deborahjhughes

    Another great post, Serena! My scariest encounters were at the farmhouse where I lived (as I’ve described in several blog posts). I know that some of the energy in that house was residual but we also had some very active earthbound spirits there and I truly believed that one of them was not nice. Not at all! Unfortunately, the bad spirit made me fear such matters until I was older and learned ways to protect myself from them. I focus on the angels and the good spirits (family members who have passed but stay near!) and find joy in our communications. Great to have a fellow writer who shares similar experiences!! Blessings.

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