Can you feel the presence of a ghost? Why?
I've received some questions about how (and why) people respond to ghosts and paranormal activity. Holly writes:
I've never seen a ghost before. But can you feel their presence? For example, there is an area on Hwy. 71 where there has been quite a few fatal wrecks. For some unknown reason, my heart will start racing, making it hard for me to breathe. I also get goose bumps. This happens when I come up on this area and I'm fine after I pass it. Doesn't always happen, but it freaks me out when it does. Do you have any idea of why this happens?
Jacob asks a similar question. He writes:
How do you feel the presence of ghosts around you? I mean do you just feel cold spots or do you get shivers up your spine?
Different people feel different things around ghosts. Some people get goosebumps—other people feel cold spots, or hot spots, or increased heartbeat. Some people feel like they are being watched. Others feel a strong, dense-ness of energy. Meanwhile, some people feel nothing at all.
Everyone responds a bit differently. Want to see how you respond? Spend some time in a location that is known to be haunted. Be careful though — how you respond in one situation may be different from how you respond in another situation.
In Holly's case, a certain section of Hwy. 71 may be haunted (or it could have collected a large amount of negative energy) due to all the fatal car wrecks. Most people can sense—on some level—energy that is different from the surrounding environment.
A "bad vibe" feeling (in the form of goosebumps, increased heartbeat) is commonly felt in areas where negative emotionally-charged events have happened—such as death, car accidents, battle wounds, or suicide. The human body—and the surrounding electromagnetic field—is remarkably sensitive to changes in the external environment, and will respond to these changes. Of course, it's also possible that *fear* of a car wreck could cause goosebumps, increased heartbeat, and difficulty breathing. Holly would need to research and investigate Hwy. 71 (that particular section) to see if there is legitimate paranormal activity.
Why Do Some People Respond with Physical Symptoms in the Presence of Ghosts & Paranormal Activity?
No one knows why some people respond physically (i.e. goosebumps) to ghosts and paranormal activity. As mentioned earlier, the human body is remarkably sensitive and can sense changes in the external environment. So, when things feel "unusual" (due to paranormal activity) your body is alerted. This is an instinctive, biological response. It may also be connected to the strong electromagnetic fields that appear in the presence of paranormal activity.
So, why do some people feel nothing in the presence of paranormal activity? The number of people who feel absolutely nothing in the presence of strong paranormal activity is very, very small—however, factors such as your physical health, your mental and emotional state, your intelligence/awareness, and your belief system could all play a role in how you respond.