Ghosts Among Us: 12 Fascinating Online Theories for Their Lifespan

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Ghosts, spirits, phantoms, souls – the stuff of folklore or an alternative reality we’re unaware of? The topic has captured human fascination for centuries, not to mention inspired countless urban myths and legends.

But where do we stand beyond popular culture? And if ghosts do, in fact, walk among us, how long do they actually live? A paranormal online forum offers its take.

1. Your Soul Family

One study into past life research claims “we all have a soul family.” It’s something that will connect to us once we pass, leading our souls towards choosing their next life. Those who aren’t ready for that remain in this realm as ghosts, or so the theory goes anyway.

2. Preservation of Ancient Sites

One paranormal enthusiast noted: “Roman soldiers seem to be one of the more common older ghosts.” They went on to suggest that this could be because of the preservation of their environment at the time. Indeed, many Roman roads and ancient sites remain standing, so it’s definitely a notion worth considering.

3. The Layered Afterlife

Another person offered a unique perspective, likening the afterlife to a layered cake with humans in the center and ghosts residing in the layers above and below. Ghosts exist because they choose to and are often attached to their human form but cannot stay in the 3D world and are therefore stuck in a separate realm.

4. Encountering a Little Boy Ghost

Someone shared their experience of a little boy ghost who told them it was time for him to be reborn before disappearing. The viewer suggested that some spirits may be residual and repeat their actions for years. In contrast, others wander the Earth until they are reincarnated or decided upon by a higher being.

5. Exist in the Astral Plane

One user said that ghosts exist in the astral plane until they receive assistance in being ushered into the light. The person further stated that ghosts might forget who they are as they are not attached to their physical body where their ego and sense of self reside.

6. Diversity of Spirits

Another noted that there appear to be various types of spirits, such as poltergeists and the souls of loved ones, that tend to interact with people and remain present for only a brief period.

7. A Humorous Take on Spectral Prioritization

Do you believe ghosts grow attachments that keep them here? Someone suggested that ghosts may be more attached to specific locations and objects that hold meaning than their physical bodies.

They humorously envisioned a line of ghosts waiting outside a club to enter and haunt, with the one in front having the most robust attachment to the location or object gaining entry first.

8. The Lifespan of Ghosts on Earth

One expert claimed to have conducted extensive research on the topic and found that spirits tend to remain on Earth for approximately 400 to 500 years before crossing over to the afterlife, citing documented ghosts around the world that seem to appear less and less frequently after that period.

They also mentioned creating a personal chart on the subject and suggested that it could be an exciting area for further research.

9. Fading Energy of Ghosts

Many suggest that ghosts’ energy fades over time, depending on the reason for their haunting. For example, in the Brown Lady of Raynham Hall, sightings have reportedly become less frequent, speculating that she may have either crossed over or lost the energy to remain visible.

10. Decrease in Ancient Ghost Sightings

Have you heard of the energy theory? One curious paranormal commenter shared that ghosts require energy to exist, and the more energy they have, the longer they can survive. They suggested that this could be why there are fewer reports of ghosts from ancient times, as the lack of energy causes the ghosts to degrade or become monstrous.

11. Belief Factor in Ghost Existence

According to some, ghosts exist as long as people believe in them, and the haunting intensity is linked to how widely their fear is publicized. Still, they fade away as people forget or don’t exhibit strong emotions toward them.

12. The Energy of Newer Spirits May Affect the Manifestation of Older Spirits

Finally, one person stated that spirits from as far back as the 1500s can still be found in Europe. The commenter further shared that with their theory, spirits may become weaker over time as they are essentially energy and can become suffocated by newer spirits in the exact location who are also seeking energy.

It was suggested that the energy of newer spirits could overpower that of older spirits, making it more difficult for them to manifest.

What do you think? While the existence and behavior of ghosts remain a mystery, these theories from people online provide fascinating insights into the possible reasons for their presence and the factors that may impact their longevity.

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  1. charles f scott on August 14, 2023 at 4:51 pm

    I have seen one ghost very plainly about 5 ft from me. After about five minutes she turned and walked along side the long table,
    went around the courner and disappeared. Once a fog filled a room, i immediately went to sleep, a spirit gave me 6 words (counting my first name)
    the message had two meanings; one spiritual and one earthly meaning, then the fog disappeared and I awoke.

    • Ashlee Fechino on August 15, 2023 at 7:48 am

      Thanks for sharing your story with us, Charles. That is incredible.

  2. Burt Randall on February 26, 2023 at 12:26 pm

    I believe in ghosts too !!

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