The Real Paranormal Activity

Paranormal occurrences are becoming more widely understood and accepted and while there are many Hollywood films that glorify the presence of paranormal entities, they often mean no harm.

As we grow in consciousness we also become more susceptible to encountering different energetic forms so understanding and having knowledge of paranormal experiences is key.

Here are the most common energies or ghosts that make themselves present in this realm:

Intelligent Ghosts:

These ghosts act like intelligent beings and can communicate and interact with the living. They often gravitate to areas they once lived in order to resolve unfinished business. This is usually seen when a person dies traumatically-the ghost often stays around to make sure their family are looked after or to make sure justice is served.

Intelligent ghosts are usually quite rare and take on the personality they had in their waking life. Most of the time, these types of ghosts just usually want to be “heard” or may be protecting their space, such as a house that formerly belonged to them.

An intelligent ghost has the ability to turn things on and off, to move or hide things but often they are just waiting to be recognized. Often it is to deliver a message or sometimes they may also need help crossing over. Other times, the ghost may be trapped in between worlds due to strong emotional ties or it may not even realize that its dead.

They can often appear as orbs, apparitions or as mist and can communicate through EVP.

An orb caught at a cemetery- a reflection of the flash or a ghost?

An orb caught at a cemetery- a reflection of the flash or a ghost?

Residual Ghosts:

This is the most common type of ghost and is often the main reason for hauntings. Residual ghosts are not intelligent beings and are simply just an energy imprint.

Residual ghosts often appear in areas where a trauma has taken place and its almost like they are an energy imprint of what happened there. Its almost like the energy from the traumatic event acts as a giant storage battery which saves impressions, sights and sounds from the past.

These impressions are then sometimes recognized and are believed to be ghosts, but more specifically, they are just energy impressions.

One of the main features of residual ghosts are phantom footsteps or sounds that appear to come from no where. These types of ghosts also do not have any ability to interact with the living and the activity is usually random.

They also do not have the ability to move things but may be able to open or close doors, this is not a ghost doing it but just simply the energy expanding itself.

Sometimes residual ghosts can appear as apparitions however, they are not harmful.

Ghosts may also be identified through mist or energy in photos that is not visible with the naked eye.

Ghosts may also be identified through mist or energy in photos that is not visible with the naked eye.

Poltergeist or Noisy Ghosts:

These ghosts are known for their destructive and sometimes violent behavior. Poltergeists are often characterized by noises, movement of objects, doors slamming, lights turning on and off and even fires breaking out.

While they are classified as ghosts, poltergeists are often an energy that attaches themselves to a particular person or agent, causing them to subconsciously create the disturbances. Researchers have found that pubescent females are often targets for this type of energy however it is not really clear why.

Poltergeists often have the ability to interfere with electrical currents and can make things levitate. In very rare cases they can also physically attack.

Activity is usually short lived when it comes to these types of ghosts. Often activity can be high  when the agent is experiencing stress but then just dissipates over time.

Demonic Spirits:

Demonic spirits are evil, malicious presences that are not usually human. They make themselves known in a very subtle way at first and activity can be very similar to a poltergeist.

Demonic presences can usually trap other spirits in the process of crossing over so often there could be many types of ghosts in the same area as the demon.

These powerful, supernatural beings are extremely intelligent and have immense power. They can attach themselves to people, objects and locations and can elicit emotional, physcial and mental turmoil on humans. They often also have a terrible stench.

Demons can often morph into any shape they want and most commonly will trick people into thinking that they are a child ghost or a relative.

They often appear as a black figure or shadow, as a beautiful being that coerces or manipulates, or as something simply terrifying. Demons can gain power from the energy of the living and will often do whatever they can to possess a human.

Because they are not human, demons cannot be destroyed but they can be forced to move on or leave through blessings or other rituals.

If you ever suspect the presence of a demon, professional help should be sought through a paranormal investigation team or a spiritual advisor.


Elementals are a type of nature spirit and are believed to exist as the living force in all things. They are often likened to fairies or gnomes.

Many believe that elementals originate on another astral plane and have a primary purpose of maintaining harmony in nature.

While they are not evil, elementals can play tricks on humans and are thought to be quite mischievous. More often than not, elements can help us to feel good and connect with the life force of nature.

Artistic representation of elementals

Artistic representation of elementals

Angels/ Spirit Guides:

While these are not ghosts, spirit guides or angels sometimes visit in times of need or crisis. Their presence can be made known by way of signs, light, feel-good tingles or just a feeling of peace and calm.

Many people believe that spirit guides are assigned to each soul in order to help and mentor them through this life. Sometimes, a sprit guide may mentor more than one person.

Spirit guides or angels are just levels of consciousness that have ascended and often do not have human qualities. They can appear as beautiful beings of light but this is rare. Often, spirit guides or angels make themselves known through gut feelings and dreams. They can also send people into your life to help guide you or can set up events.

In order to connect with your guides, meditation, free-flow writing and listening to your intuition is recommended.


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About the author


Tanaaz is the creator of Forever Conscious. She is an intuitive astrologer and aims to use her writing to heal and inspire. She is also the author of several books including the Power of Positive Energy, Messages for the Soul, and My Pocket Mantras. She also runs online courses and in-person retreats.