A ghost is normally a fragment of soul that has mental / emotional problems. They may be obsessively trying to complete a task or trying to do something that was habitual during their incarnation. They may have attachments to particular places although their interactions with living people can create complex relationships and attachments as well. So a ghost is normally a part of a soul that has a mental or emotional issue and in the case of a mental issue the fragment has probably come from an aspect of consciousness related to the solar plexus chakra and in the case an emotional issue the aspect of consciousness is normally related to the sacral chakra.
The degree of the effect of a ghost on a people will depend upon the levels of consciousness at which it exists, how much consciousness it has, the strength of its emotions or feelings and how much it understands about its current condition. Pathology of the soul can be extremely complicated but this explanation serves to give a general idea of what happens in many circumstances. It is worth noting that the aspects of human consciousness connected with the lower chakras (below the heart) are collectively called the ghost body.
A ghost is normally, but not always, just a very small proportion of the whole lower consciousness (the soul – which is incarnate as a person) and it is still guided by its higher self (the spirit) which, you may remember, is a far greater part of the consciousness. The ghost has consciousness and, therefore, an element of free will. The experience that a ghost has, however it may seem to people is a part of the learning experience of the soul and of the spirit and we should strive for due regard and acceptance of this as a part of divine will.
People are psychic in different ways and to varying degrees and it may be only a small proportion of people who actually ‘see’ a ghost. Many more people can sense the presence of a ghost in different ways but which may also give them a visual impression. Many people can sense a ghost as being something that they glimpse out of the corner of their eye. I was once talking about this with friends when one of my friends remarked that he just realised that he passed one every day during his run along an old, disused railway line. . He even gave the description of a woman dressed in black, Victorian style clothes. He had sensed her but it was normally in a subconscious way and until our conversation he had not brought it to the fore of his mind.
Even people who are less sensitive can be affected by ghosts in a variety of ways. Imagine a ghost in a particular part of a room of a house, next to a chair where a person who lives there sits every evening. The person's thoughts or emotions may be affected by the thoughts or feelings of the ghost. The person may not realise that their thoughts or feelings are not entirely their own. If they get grumpy, extra happy or start thinking about something that is alien to them, then their life is significantly affected by another, uninvited soul.
I have known people who are worried about going to a particular part of a house because of the feelings that they get there. Other people may have bad dreams that are created by the presence of a lost soul although there may be other reasons for such dreams. The sound of footsteps or other such sounds often come from ghosts. A sure sign of a ghost that is trying to attract attention is tapping, banging, things knocked over or even voices that are received clairaudiently.
A ghost that has a positive emotional feeling for what was their home and remains there is as misguided as a ghost that has negative feelings. Remember that positive feelings of the sacral chakra that may feel warm and happy are not love - love is a higher feeling of the heart chakra. Likewise people who express fondness for such a ghost in their house (“…they are like one of the family…” or "...they seem to like being here, so what's the problem...") are equally misguided and are allowing misguided emotions to rule over common sense and true love of the heart. If you saw a person sitting in the supermarket fruit section because they liked the look and smell of the fruit would that be okay? What if they wanted to remain there all night? Wouldn’t you gather that they were not of sound mind and try to persuade them to go home? This is the case with some ghosts – sometimes they don’t know how much more content they would be if they re-joined the rest of their soul.
Many homes have ghosts attached to them and, as stated above, their interactions with people can be complex but my experience and understanding is that the divine guidance and planning for our lives and for the growth and learning of our souls is overarching, sophisticated and always serves a purpose. All of our experiences are watched over and guided to varying degrees.
Differentiating a ghost and a spirit guide
Some people in some circumstances may find it difficult to differentiate between a lost soul and spirit guides. The main difference is that a spirit guide will impart only divine love and loving guidance whereas a lost soul may impart emotions or communicate less than loving and gentle ways.
Helping a ghost to move on
The term applied to helping a ghost to move on is spirit rescue and you can read my article on spirit rescue here.