Just been chatting with the guys at Aylesbury Vale Paranormal.. Was reminded of writing this, so reblogging :)
The subject of energy attachments is so vast it would almost require it's own encyclopedia. It's probably easier to begin with what an energy can attach to, or what might retain an energy. The simple answer is anything really. When a psychic does pyschometry they are essentially reading the energy retained in an object. Usually this will be your energy, as it's an object you own and your reading. Older family heirlooms will retain several energy impressions. This is true for much larger physical objects, a house, castle, brick wall etc. This would lend credence to the paranormal phenomena of the stone tape theory. This theory suggests that an environment is able to absorb historical events and under certain conditions, or for people of a certain sensitivity, these events are then replayed.
This is best recognised as the classic ghost walking through a wall (where a doorway once was) or a ghost who seems to be unaware of it's witnesses. It isn't a conscious entity, just a glimpse of a past event. Just about everybody has been somewhere where they sense a certain atmosphere, walked into a room and feel the tension where there has been an argument. Whether a centuries old paranormal apparition or a recent row between family, the energy of what we do, think and speak is retained in our surroundings, most of it will dissipate over time. This is an unconscious energy, it isn't a free thinking spirit.
When thoughts, actions or words are on the unpleasant side, that is the energy that will embed. Obviously there is a whole A - Z of unpleasantness from alcohol addiction to violence, including inevitable life events such as illness and grief that can attach to a place and the objects therein. If these energies remain untreated they will become a part of the aura of a person either visiting or dwelling within them, much like getting muddy boots when walking trough a puddle. It's always a good idea to cleanse your space with something like nag champa, frankincense etc. However, you can't always be in control of the environments you visit so be sure to cleanse yourself regularly too. These types of unconscious energy attachments can build up and have a detrimental effect on your mood, thoughts, even luck to a certain degree, so the cycle continues.
The fun doesn't end there though. Sensitive people can also absorb these energies from other people who carry them. You've probably heard of energy vampires, which is a bit of dramatic a name. Quite innocent, well meaning people can unwittingly dump some or most of their negative energy on you. We've all been there, you talk to someone who is not feeling best, they leave feeling great and you then feel like roadkill. You can protect to a certain degree, but nothing is 100% So you see, you are constantly in contact these energies. From my experience the more sensitive a person (a healer, medium etc) the deeper these energies can attach. For people who are unaware of their sensitivity it can be a little more problematic, spare a thought for someone who might be out of sorts, it mightn't be their fault.
There is a slightly more complicated side to energy attachments. Those of conscious energies. As the names suggests these have thought and freewill. There are mediums and institutions within spiritualism that deny this as possible. My personal opinion is that they are very lucky to have not encountered this the hard way. There are several reasons why a soul would not pass over post mortem. In my work I have encountered the souls of those whose life ended with a troubled mind state, substance abuse, depression leading to suicide etc. It's seems the confusion remains in their consciousness and they remain grounded. Other people might have been unpleasant individuals and therefore not wish to go to a place that they will see is full of light and love.
There are also those who, for whatever reason, believe they will be judged or punished and fear "going to the light." As a result of not passing over, these souls will not be connected to the energy source of the afterlife and will need to seek energy from elsewhere. This is where you come in! Your aura will appear as succulent and juicy as an exposed thigh appears to a leach, and yes, they will attach. So, like moths heading to the brightest light source, these energies will head to the brightest aura. You can't turn your aura down. There are practises to "close" yourself down and reducing the risk, but if you are a spiritual worker, chances are you will still be the most attractive aura. Intoxicating substances play a big part in these conscious energy attachments. They will open your protection up and allow these attachments into your aura much more easily. Like a moth flying in through an open window. These attachments will live vicariously through you, not obvious at first. For example, a moderate drinker would begin to drink a little more than usual. The attachment would enjoy the sensation, and the alcohol would strengthen it's grip, so to speak. Other signs could include mood swings, irrational behaviour, irritable feelings, increases in self gratification.
A person with an attachment may also experience thoughts that would usually be alien to their own, racist or homophobic thoughts for instance. This is the conscioussness mixing with that of your own. A temporary, very short lived possession is very possible. Not quite the Hollywood representation of possession with green vomit etc, but still very problematic. The behaviour exhibited would be reflective of the behaviour of who the energy was. This could include violence, sexual deviance, verbal abuse. Not every attachment will be nasty, but it will have a detrimental effect to you. I once had an attachment of a suicide, I was working just metres away when the incident happened. I only became aware of his energy as he was trying to let me know why he did it. This was just before Christmas a few years ago. I found myself getting angered by the endless repetition of Christmas songs on TV one particular day. Now, I am not a man who enjoys Christmas anyway, so it was only when talking with medium colleagues later that evening that I recounted the story of the suicide and how I had been irritated by all the Christmas hype that I put 2 + 2 together. Obviously his problems were beyond not enjoying Christmas, but it could well have been the straw that broke the camel's back. He was helped with moving on.
Oftentimes, a spirit who is grounded can be helped to pass over by whoever their nearest and dearest is on the other side. A parent or grandparent for example. The loving energy of these souls is there to welcome all of us when we cross over. With a more troubled soul it might take persuasion from a medium and the love from the other side to ensure a transition. It can be a very beautiful and moving thing to be aware of a troubled soul going towards the unconditional love of it's Grandmother. You have possibly heard mediums talk of rescue work and release work, some even using these terms and others interchangably. There is a distinct difference between rescue work, release work and cleansing etc. We will look at those in a different book, as they are not to be trifled with.
Some attachments will not be of this dimension. From our Earth existence we transcend to, let's call it Heaven. Any living being that we could physically interact with would also transcend to the same Heaven. So, if we could travel to a galaxy 84billion light years away and find life, they would be of the same physical vibration as us, therefore share the same Heaven as us. What I am referring to are Other Dimensional Beings (ODBs). I do not know how many dimensions there are. A theory in physics allows for the possibility of an infinite number of dimensions. John Archibald Wheeler "Quantum Theory and Measurement" (1983) first coined the phrase, and Steven Hawking is a supporter of the multiverse hypotheses also.
Some of these ODBs will be of a loving nature. Others will be of a dimension where the base emotion is negative, spite, greed etc. So, to be clear these are not the souls of our loved ones. Catholics would call them Demons, in Islam they are known as Jinn (where the word Genie comes from) although in Islam the Jinn could also be good, but not of the angelic realm. In many ways the Islamic definition of a Jinn is most akin to Other Dimensional Beings. Some of these ODBs are powerful, very powerful. They have the ability to project to this dimension and attach to us. You don't get rid of these by smudging and praying. They will kick your arse, without exception, I'm putting it mildly there too.
I have had a number of experiences with such beings, but will recount only one story at this time. A number of years ago, just a few days before Halloween ironically, I was performing a tarot reading over the telephone. A mirror flew off the wall towards my direction, as you can imagine, this created quite a bit of noise that the woman I was reading for heard. I made an excuse about a shelf collapsing and brought an end to the reading. It was at this point I felt the mose intense presence I have ever encountered. I truly felt like an ant in the company of an elephant. This was not a benevolent angelic presence. The flame of a candle I had burning was about 12cm high, almost raging like you would imagine a fire to. I was under no illusion that this presence could have caused significant harm if it wanted to. But for some reason it didn't. It moved away, almost as if to say I wasn't worth wasting it's time on. It had no argument from me in that regard.
Christmas blog, Oh Christmas blog, how Christmassy is your blog? Christmas.... Eurrrgh... One of the world's finer literary giants, Charles Dickens identified that Christmas is not for everyone. He also had the good sense to pack some ghosts into a few of his works. With a style more akin to journalism, Dickens is the superior author in my opinion. As a student of history, I read a lot of Dickens, he really could paint a canvass with his wordsmithery. He would put you outside a Poorhouse, the sights, the smells etc. Then of course, it's down to student and teacher to explore the social, political and economic factors that shaped the scenes described by Dickens.
A particular ghost tour I used to run for Lantern Ghost Tours would stop at one of Dickens' old haunts (geddit?) The Trafalgar Tavern in Greenwich sits right on the south bank of the Thames. Just a stone’s throw from the Cutty Sark and Royal Naval College. It was built in 1837, on the site of the Old George Inn. Mention hauntings to the current staff and see the colour drain from their faces. One in particular told me that he didn't want to talk about it, lest the activity focus on him. Looking out of the bay windows over the Thames it's easy to imagine the ferrymen plying their trade, the ships returning from far off lands. Dickens would no doubt have been inspired to write by what he saw from this very same viewpoint.
Nowhere in the world can beat London in terms of history. Not just the combined years of settlement, but the story of people therein. The history of London is not pleasant. The people have been blighted by raids from overseas marauders, plagues, disease, poverty, war etc. Then, they will have suffered more personal events, high infant mortality, crime, addictions, abuses. Even as recently as the 1950s, dockers would turn up to work and fist fight to decide who got the limited number of jobs, this would be daily, before any work was done... Stuff that... For me, it's no wonder that London is one of the most haunted cities in the world. There are layers upon layers of paranormal tales, and likely hundreds more that have been lost to time. Of course, many of these would likely fall into categories of explainable phenomena, such as pareidolia, but surely not all.
Having said this, it's almost impossible to hold public paranormal events in London. Most of the venues who are open to the idea price themselves very very highly. Other places of significant interest are significantly uninterested. Then there are the bars, restaurants, hotels, it really isn't worth their while turning down their regular custom for a bunch of people to mooch around in the dark. Even events held outside would be disrupted by noise, light pollution, members of the public. For an area with such rich tales, it's very frustrating to not be able to get close to them.
History doesn't always equate a haunting. A tiny rock/heavy metal bar in Soho caught my interest. The Crobar lies between Tottenham Court Road and Leicester Square, dating from the 1690s the side street was home to the anarchist movement of the 1800s, so there is plenty of history. On occasion, I pop in for a beer or two, the place has a certain ambience and is filled with interesting characters. I explained to the staff what my interests are and asked what paranormal activity might lie therein, I eagerly awaited their response, expecting tales to wow me.. "None," they said. "We wish it was haunted!" If anyone reading this passes away any time soon, pop in to see them, you will be warmly received!
Speaking of Lantern Ghost Tours, I'm soon to be running their Paranormal Ghost Tour. I really do miss working with them, I love the vibe of paranormal London. Circumstances dictate that I'm working further away from London most of the time, otherwise I would still be treading the streets with my kit in tow, up the Old Smoke. Hopefully, next year Wycombe Paranormal will collaborate with Lantern on some projects, watch this space!
So, as this year draws to a close, my paranormal work does not. There are plenty of ongoing private investigations and a new writing project to ensure I don't get too comfy watching Fiddler on the Roof or whatever other crud the networks see fit to blast at us. Anyway, I've now got Topol singing stuck in my head.. You should too.. No, really, you should!