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Celebrities and Royalty Report Seeing Ghosts
Newly included: The battle of Battle of Edgehill, in the UK.
Queen Elizabeth II of England Has Seen Several!
Are ghosts real? Essentially, there are two camps of strong opinions regarding the reality of ghosts: The believers and non-believers. There’s a lot of confusion when it comes to defining the spirit world and ghosts. But that’s nothing new. The emerging science of parapsychology attempts to provide us with solid answers, but it’s an elusive quest that’s been ongoing for millennia.
The concept of the Spirit World is an ancient one. Each new century seems to offer new insights. More pieces of the puzzle are uncovered that move us closer to a clearer understanding of the rules and boundaries of the world ghosts. And, just like any other science, standards and opinions frequently change. However, when it comes to a world that exists beyond our third-dimensional realm of sight, sound, and smell, generally shared opinions stay the same.
People who have claimed to see a ghost swear it was NOT their imagination! That includes me!
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary Definition for Ghosts: 2. : a disembodied soul especially : the soul of a dead person believed to be an inhabitant of the unseen world or to appear to the living in bodily likeness.
The subject of ghosts has been the topic for countless books. They almost all state that ghosts are spirits of the dead that commonly haunt their former habitats. Over time, ghosts have been termed apparitions, spirits, revenants, earthbound spirits, specters, discarnates, disembodied spirits, phantoms, and phantasms.
Because physical laws do not govern them, ghosts are said to walk through walls and can materialize and dematerialize at will. In fact, just ask any person that has seen one, and they’ll tell you, “It was there one moment, and then it was gone!”
Ghost, Spirit, or Earthbound Spirit?
In her book, Ghosts and Earthbound Spirits (2006), Linda Williamson emphatically states, “Most people use the word ‘ghost’ to describe any type of spirit being, but to me, there is a distinct difference between ghosts and earthbound spirits. A ghost is not really a person. It is a psychic imprint left behind in a particular place by someone who lived there or perhaps died traumatically there. An earthbound spirit, on the other hand, is a real person. It is a deceased person who should have moved on after death but remains stuck in some sort of physical environment.”
Where Ghosts Are Found
Ghosts can appear any place on Earth. They’ve been documented from the highest mountains of Tibet to the deepest jungles of South America. Ghosts can appear in any form and might be completely solid to varying degrees of transparency. They can seem to walk normally, glide, hover in the air, and even hop like the Po Ghosts of China.
How Ghosts Look
Ghosts are reported to be completely solid looking, white, grey, or blue, or as dark shadowy figures. They can appear dressed as if from a bygone era to wearing modern clothing. In most instances, ghosts usually appear in human form as children or adults, but they can take the shape of an animal. Many people have even reported seeing ghosts of beloved pets.
Not All Ghosts Are Undulating Figures
Not all ghosts are undulating figures. Some ghosts make their presence known by moving objects, causing noises, or even giving off particular kinds of odors. Often a cold breeze or sharp drop in room temperature accompanies a ghostly visitation. Other ghosts might make their presence known by either gently touching a person or if the ghost is angry and hostile, will often try to strike out at the living.
If a ghost is the result of a residual playback of an event, they will go about their business as they did in life and pay absolutely no attention to the living that witnesses them.
Royals, Celebrities, Rock Singers, and Statesmen Have Seen Ghosts
- Queen Elizabeth II of England reported seeing the ghost of John Brown, groom to Queen Victoria, at Balmoral Castle.
- The Queen also reported seeing the ghost of the long-dead Tudor Queen, Elizabeth I, at Windsor Castle.
- Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, saw Abraham Lincoln when staying at the White House.
- Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands also claimed seeing Lincoln at the White House.
- Former BBC Presenter, Selina Scott often sees an old woman in her 15th-century farmhouse kitchen.
- Singer, Lady Gaga believes she is shadowed by a troublesome male ghost.
- Actor, Keanu Reeves, as a boy in his New Jersey home, says he witnessed a frightening spirit.
- Actor, Roger Moore (former James Bond star) saw a pulsating mist in his bedroom.
- The Singer Sting claimed he once came face-to-face with a ghost which appeared in his bedroom in the dead of night. In a Radio 2 interview he said: “I would never have said I believed in ghosts, until I saw one with my own eyes!”
- Oprah Winfrey’s old television studio reported many sightings of apparitions.
- Staff members to this day claim seeing the apparition of a man shot in error by William Randolph Hearst near the pool area at Hearst Castle.
- Actor, Cary Elwes, while on vacation in Spain as a boy, saw a horrific skull-like face of a Conquistador replete with helmet, peering in his castle window..
Terrifying Scene Convince Many that Ghosts are Real
Residual hauntings are defined as the scene or event the replays from the past. A prime example of residual haunting is the site of the Battle of Edgehill. Today a pastoral rolling green expanse dotted by oak trees, hedgerows, and occasional sheep fences, this blood-soaked ground is where the battle of Edgehill took place on October 23rd, 1642.
In the first battle of the English Civil War, Royalists loyal to King Charles I and Parliamentarian Roundheads met and clashed at Edgehill. The two armies of 30,00 strong charged each other, again and again for three long hours before abandoning the field, each side claiming victory.
In his book, Ghosts of War: Restless Spirits of Soldiers, Spies, and Saboteurs (2006), author Jeff Belanger recounts how a few days later, local sheepherders reported a phantom reenactment of the battle. The frightened individuals saw the phantom soldiers fighting as if the conflict was actually occurring before their eyes. Screams of men, horses, cannon fire, the clashes of armors, and the groans of the dying were as real as the day the battle took place. The men were so terrified by this vision that they reported it to a local priest, who rushed to the site and also witnessed spectators of the soldiers fighting.
According to other accounts and credible sources, locals reported several more sightings of the battle in the months that followed. It seemed as though the participants were doomed to engage in deadly combat forever.
The King of England Gets Involved
News of the terrifying apparitions eventually reached the ears of King Charles I. Intrigued, the King immediately sent a Royal Commission to investigate the hearsay. Amazingly, they, too, witnessed the ghostly battle and even identified some of the slain soldiers, including Sir Edmund Verney, the King’s standard-bearer.
Over the years, there has been little reported in the way of the battle’s reenactment. However, it seems that some remnants of the conflict still replay. Frighteningly, along footpaths and adjoining roads, figures in 17th-century attire, including armor, are occasionally seen. Reports of these mysterious figures tell of men who seemed confused and wide-eyed in a panic. Largely, these more recent sightings occur on the eve of the anniversary of the bloody battle.
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Whether you’ve experienced a ghostly encounter or not, 45% of Americans now believe that ghosts are real. There’s no doubt in the minds of many that these kinds of occurrences are scientifically explainable. Yet, according to Huffington Post, approximately 45 percent of Americans believe in ghosts.
Similarly, as per a PEW research survey, almost one in five people, roughly 18 percent, confirming that they have had an encounter with a ghost. Simultaneously, 29 percent of the survey respondents shared that they have interacted with their deceased. Just ask a crowd of people about experiences with ghosts, and you are sure to find at least one person who’s had a firsthand experience with the paranormal.