"Does a ghost become trapped unwittingly or is it a matter of choice?"
In most cases unwittingly. It's usually because some part of them still clings
to the life they had on earth; the memory of death or the sorrow of learving a
loved one behind could hold them back. Most ghosts want to go, but can't.
"Is a ghost simply a soul that is not very developed spiritually?"
Definitely not. I recently released a woman who was alcoholic but spiritually
evolved. She was earthbound because her husband had taken her children from
her and she was still grieving over her loss.
"Why do they come to you? Do they instinctively know you can help?"
They come to me because I throw out a psychic light - a sort of beacon that
only they can see. I don't know what it's like, but it obviously means
something to them.
"Is that why ghosts are attracted to certain people and places?"
Yes; if they are not trapped in a particular place, ghosts will take temporary
refuge where they see a light; this can emanate from anyone who is spiritual.
"How do they make themselves known?"
A very sensitive person might feel as if an invisible presence is following
them. If nothing is done to help the entity at this stage, it can quickly
become a nuisance; as it grows more frustrated it will start to draw attention
to itself by banging doors, switching off lights or giving off strange smells.
Sometimes there will be a sudden drop in temperature and people in the house
might feel unnaturally tired; this is because the entity is drawing on their
energy to create the disturbances. It is very rare for a ghost to appear
physically as it would require a lot of energy to manifest.
"Have any ghosts refused your help?"
One or two have avoided me, and I can't do anything about that as it is their
choice whether or not to come forward.
"How do you make contact with the ghost?"
Often a trapped spirit will come to me unbidden; in that case, I sense a change
in my mood - I feel uneasy, frustrated or depressed. I know that this feeling
does not belong to me because it often happens when I'm feeling quite cheerful.
I try to adjust my consciousness to allow it to get closer to me; I suppose I
bring it into a conscious focus. This is not a rational process, except that I
recognize what is happening mentally. It's more a matter of the heart - I
develop an empathy with the spirit. As I focus on it, I begin to find out
about its situation; first I get some idea of whether it's a man or a woman and
then I begin to get an understanding of the problem.
"Do you then switch off your rational side and let the intuitive side take
Yes, it's as though my intuition - or psychic facility - reaches out and
engages with the entity, but my rational side continues to work so I am able to
describe what is happening. It's as though I'm keeping one foot in the real
world and one in the psychic world. The two sides are working together, as the
psychic side pulls in information which is filtered through the rational mind.
"What sort of information do you receive?"
First of all, the emotional state of the person. For example, if a person died
a violent death and left things undone, they may be held back by the guilt over
that and I feel their remorse. I share their emotions in a way that is very
cathartic for them; I am reading from their memories of the event and I have to
encourage them to go back to their death, because sometimes they have wiped it
from their consciousness. It's very important for me to share these feelings
because these are usually at the root of the problem. By helping them to
express emotional energy they can be released.
"How do you communicate with a ghost?"
I usually pick up words and phrases before I see the ghost. It's as though
they share their emotions first and then their thoughts. I respond to them
telepathically too, either encouraging them to talk or asking direct questions.
I often say: "Look, I have to share your death experience with you before we
can go any further." And: "I'm not driving you out into the dark, I'm helping
you; there's a far better place for you to be than here.
"What sort of information do you pick up then?"
I usually pick up the physical pain of their death, although occasionally this
comes through very strongly at the outset. A hanged man once came through to
me and I immediately felt the noose around his neck. It's far more traumatic
for them than it is for me; although I do pick up terrible pain sometimes. I
have trained myself to let it go. I share enough of their burden to encourage
them to shed it; if you are not prepared to go through this process you risk
leaving them in a worse position than before. This is the mistake most
"Is there also a visual stage?"
When the person has gone through the emotional and physical catharsis of their
death, they suddenly emerge into their soul body. If a person has had
disabilities which have caused them unhappiness on earth, these disappear with
the etheric body. My psychic vision becomes much clearer once they are in
their soul body. It's as though my consciousness suddenly comes into focus
again; sometimes I see the clothes they are wearing or their face.
"Would you describe yourself as a psychotherapist for ghosts?"
Yes, the process is very similar to a psychiatrist taking a patient back to the
deep cause of a neurosis. The difference is that a release happens more
quickly and it's usually accompanied by a great burst of energy. I have to
remain calm to hold the ghost steady and steer it through this important stage.
Many of the entities I deal with have gone through a terrible experience and I
must ensure that they are not traumatized. I gently urge them to let go of the
experience. They are then ready to move into the light.
"What do you mean by moving into the light?"
Jesus himself said: "I am the light of the world"; in the spiritual world a
highly developed soul has a very strong light, while an undeveloped soul shows
no light and may show darkness. Anyone who is spiritually developed will
recognise an entity's progress by the strength of the light around them. When
I release a soul it has to come into the light; if I succeed, it's as if a
background light comes into the foreground, signifying that the spirit world is
ready to accept them. The release is complete when the person steps into the
"Does everyone move into the light?"
No. If someone is not prepared, either morally or spiritually, the light will
not appear; a path will appear instead, often with a gate. If the person opens
the gate, it indicates that they are willing to begin their spiritual journey
towards the light. On that journey, which is a sort of Pilgrim's Progress,
they will encounter all sorts of obstacles which symbolize the things about
that person's personality that need to be corrected - a quick temper,
stubbornness, selfishness or greed, for example. It's allegorical, of course,
but nonetheless very real to the person on the journey. They may have to climb
rocks and squeeze through narrow openings, or they may be presented with such
insurmountable obstacles that they have to pause and work out what to do.
"What are the differences between hauntings, psychic imprints, revenants and
is characterized by the fact that phenomena associated with it vary and often
attract attention. The ghost exists in its own right with a consciousness; if
I make contact with a ghost it is aware of me; and in some cases the person who
is being haunted can also communicate with the ghost.
is like a psychic video; it will replay the event to whoever is sensitive
enough to pick it up. Psychic imprints are often experienced when people are
in a relaxed state of mind, and they are characterized by repetitiveness - the
same event will recur time after time. A psychic imprint does not interact or
communicate because it belongs to a specific moment and has no consciousness
associated with it.
is used to describe someone who is not trapped at the earth level, but has
moved to the spirit world, and whose memories or desires take them back to the
place where they first felt them. Occasionally the person will manifest and is
mistaken for a ghost; it's only through contact that I can determine that they
are a revenant. Fear, sorrow and bitterness usually indicate a ghost, whereas
a revenant is more likely to bring feelings of happiness.
I've never dealt with a
case, but I agree with the theory that a poltergeist is not necessarily a
discarnate spirit, but a manifestation of the unconscious mind of a person -
usually a teenager. It's as though the psychic energies of the teenager are
externalized and this causes disturbances such as flying objectsand rushing
winds. It usually stops when the teenager grows up.
"Why does the spirit world need you to release ghosts?"
I have the advantage of being on the earth; I can therefore hold the ghost
steady as it is released. If I didn't do this, the emotional backlash could
send them into a psychic wilderness. But I do get help from the spirit world;
a team of helpers usually comes to assist. This team always includes someone
who knew the ghost and has some love for them; this is the person that takes
the ghost to the spirit world.
"Why are some ghosts more aware of what's going on in the twentieth century
This has something to do with how alert the person was when they were alive;
someone who died from a drug overdose, for example, would have little awareness
of what's going on around them. Sometimes it seems as if they are looking at
the earth through a smokescreen; they cannot get back to earth or see the light
to the spirit world.
"Are ghosts aware of their predicament? Do they know that you are there to
There's a lot of variation. Some are anxious to get away; others have no idea
of their situation. Their consciousness is dimmed once they enter the etheric
body, but some begin to have an understanding - maybe after a year or two, or
maybe after a hundred years - and they begin to look around for some way out.
At this stage they will begin to grow frustrated and can develop into a
"What does it take for a ghost to become aware?"
Although the consciousness has dimmed, it slowly dawns on them that they are in
the wrong place and they have to move; this feeling becomes more and more
urgent. Sometimes other spirits come to them and prompt them to leave. When I
draw close to a ghost I empathize with him and at the same time he becomes
aware of anything that is affecting me. One ghost insisted I closed the window
because he was disturbed by the noise of the passing traffic on a busy road.
"Have you ever failed to release a ghost?"
Yes, where someone has been reluctant to let go of some aspect of their past
life it can prove impossible to help them. One should never try to force them
to change their minds or interfere with their free will. This has happened to
me on a couple of occasions; I made contact with the ghost but then it withdrew
from me because it was not ready to let go of whatever happened in its earthly
"Are there other people doing the same work as you?"
There are a few who work in the same way as I do. But there are others who do
more harm than good. If they charge for their services, it may be a bad sign.
"Do you feel you are doing some good at a haunting?"
Releasing someone is like turning a key to their cell. I sense their feeling
of liberation and I feel great joy from the spirit world.
"Could you be described as an exorcist?"
I would not like to be thought of as an exorcist as this conjures up images of
rituals involving holy water. Nor do I like the term 'ghostbuster' because it
implies aggression; the last thing I do is to behave aggressively towards these
poor souls. I have been called in after exorcism has failed, but my work is
different because I help the trapped spirit move on to a better place.
Anglican exorcists are usually more interested in ridding the house of the
ghost than what happens to it afterwards; very few exorcists can guide the
spirit into the next world.
There's also a tendency to think that ghosts are evil spirits. The ghost is
not necessarily evil. Entities often tell me they don't want to be pushed out
into the dark again. In the Roman Catholic church they seem to have a better
understanding of the problem - they talk about people being trapped in
purgatory, the halfway house between this world and the next.
"Do you need to regenerate yourself after you have worked with ghosts?"
Yes, through sleep - too much psychic exertion leaves you feeling mentally and
"How do you protect yourself against evil or dark forces? Are there any places
you have refused to visit?"
I have never refused to go anywhere, and I never feel fear in a spiritual
sense. I protect myself with prayer before I visit a place and ask for help
from the angelic realms. My experience has also built up a degree of
"What about the future? Some psychics believe that as we enter the Aquarian Age
the earth is attracting powerful new energies from the spirit world that will
clear these trapped souls in a single wave."
It is said that Jesus journeyed into Hell to preach to trapped souls; you could
say that He entered this realm in order to release them. There were many more
trapped souls then than today because the times were so cruel and understanding
of the psychic world was limited. Although there are trapped souls today,
there are not so many; they are coming to light rapidly, because the energy of
the spirit world is exposing them. As the New Age dawns, those who are trapped
will become uncomfortable; they will realize that they are in the wrong place
and, as their frustration grows, it will become crucial to deal with them.
by Eddie Burks and Gilliam Cribbs