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#1 bernadette

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Posted 24 April 2005 - 12:26 PM

I know I have been here long enough to know this answer but I guess I have not been paying attention. What is the difference between a ghost and a spirit? I always thought they were the same thing but appearantly I am wrong.

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Posted 24 April 2005 - 12:29 PM

Depends on the individual and their belief system I suppose :weeee:

In my personal case, I view ghosts as the etheral remains of a human being or animal....and a spirit an etheral being that had never been human or animal (for example, an angel would be a spirit, Anne Boylen at the Tower of London a ghost)

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Posted 24 April 2005 - 12:29 PM

I too go by VampChick's definition.

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Posted 24 April 2005 - 12:31 PM

It is not an easy distinction to nail down, that's for sure. I am somewhat confused myself. LOL!

There was some discussion on it here, if it helps any:

http://www.ghostvill...?showtopic=7771
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Posted 25 April 2005 - 08:30 AM

In my belief, a ghost was once a person or animal who died & for whatever reason, didn't make it to the other side. A spirit did make it to the other side, but will come back here to visit,ect. They can also be angels, who have never lived on earth.
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Posted 25 April 2005 - 10:46 PM

Okay this is from the Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Spirits by Rosemary Ellen Guiley:

Spirit - "A discarnate being, essence or supernatural force of nature. Spirits may also represent places, such as the spirits of mountains, lakes, trees and especially any site considered to be sacred."

Ghost - "An alleged spirit of the dead. The term "ghost" enjoys popular use, especially in connection with hauntings. Parapsychologists generally use the term "apparition". Ghosts may be visable, though only a small percentage of cases involve visual images. Generally a ghost makes it's presence known through mysterious noises, smells, cold breezes and movements of objects."

My version of what I tell people, Spirits are free roaming and can come and go as they please. Ghosts are usually bound to one location as though they are stuck.
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Posted 26 April 2005 - 11:33 PM

A spirit is a discarnate being, essence or supernatural force of nature. Spirits may also represent places, such as the spirits of mountains, lakes, trees and especially any site considered to be sacred.
Spiritd persopersonify primal qualities, characteristics and elemental forces, which are recognized, worshipped and propitiated.
Ghosts refers to the alledged spirit of the dead. ghosts, refers to the animus or disembodied soul. Taken from the Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Spirits.

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Posted 27 April 2005 - 10:30 AM

What I tend to believe and what I have heard psychic Sylvia Brown say is that a spirit is one who has crossed over and is coming back to deliver a message, helping our or just to check in on someone. Generally a family member or close friend of the living person that they visit.

A ghost is a soul that has not crossed over. For some reason they can't (such as unfinished business) or they do not know that they died.

But, like was said: it all really depends on a person's own beliefs or religion.
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Posted 27 April 2005 - 10:42 AM

Now that is a answer that I understand! Thanks




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