Echoes of the past are quite common and are caused by extreme emotions. How many times have you walked into a room and known that someone has had a fight? There may be no one except yourself in the room, but you know that within the past day/hour several people were arguing in there.
Or, perhaps you walk into a room and you can feel how much the people of the house love each other. Again, no one else is around; you’re not observing anyone, it’s just the echoes of the emotions that they’ve left behind.
These types of echoes usually only last a day or two. Now, if some couple owned and lived in a house for 30 or 40 years and fought every day, then the echoes of that anger might last a decade. The same if the couple showered each other with love and respect for 30 or 40 years; again, the echo of that would last a decade or so.
These echoes would most likely be felt by others as either negative or positive responses to the house.
Some historic sites carry powerful echoes of emotions. American Civil War battlefields can be very negatively charged areas filled with anger, fear, and the cries of the dead, dying, and wounded. The same is true of many of England’s and Ireland’s castles and battlefields. Many areas where people were tortured, imprisoned, or brutalized for years/decades, will retain the negative echoes for centuries (multiple victims over multiple decades leaves HUGE negative echoes.)
Battlefields, places of terrorism, scenes of torture or mass murder, these all retain an imprint of the emotional scenes experienced by the victims. The more emotion expended, the more likely that someone will feel that it’s “haunted”.
The emotions discharged at the time of the event seep into the buildings and grounds nearby. The more the emotions occur, the more deeply it becomes imprinted on the area. Now for most people who come along later, what they’ll feel or sense is a chill (negative emotional echoes) or a warmth (positive emotional echoes). Others might actually feel the left over emotions—fear, lust, hate, anger, agony—and while they don’t actually “see” anything, the sensations are enough to have them believing in ghosts.
There are others who are even more intuitive, more sensitive to the nuances of the energies around them. These folks can actually “see” the events—maybe completely, maybe only partially, or maybe just in short snippets—but it’s enough to convince some people that they’re observing ghosts. However, what they’re really observing is the “recording” of the event caused by the emotional energies.
Now, let’s throw in some of the physical manifestations that can occur. Most often, these are caused by the living, not the dead. Usually the living person or people so want to see a ghost or ghostly manifestation, that when they experience the emotionally charged surroundings, they “create” the physical manifestation.
Focused thought does affect matter, there are hundreds of accepted, published, and documented studies from universities such as Princeton, Duke, and even Edinburgh that show this. Yet, most people are so desperate to believe in ghosts, that they do not even consider that they themselves might have caused the “ghostly” event. But when you have a group of people all focusing on the same idea, matter does move; things do shift; and suddenly you have a ghostly appearance of a vague, white, amorphous shape.
While souls in the astral planes can manifest in the physical world, few have a need or desire to.
(also see “What are Ghosts Really?“)