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Difference Between Ghosts and Spirits

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Ghosts and spirits are essentially the same as they live in the same realm and have the same kind of energy. However, there are subtle differences too.

A ghost has more of a negative connotation associated with it when in comparison to a spirit. It is like a soul that finds it difficult to cross the realm between living and the non-living. Ghost stories add on to this feeling of being scared and wary of ghosts that you might find around the corner.

On the other hand, spirits are there, and we may feel them such as a cold blast of air or a sound in the corner. They are like elves in fairytales who might be mischievous but not harm you maliciously. Spirits are here to give us a guiding hand and are associated with a guardian angel. A parent or grandparent who loved you dearly and can’t bear seeing you in anguish will come to you in your time of need. They can be great sources of comfort and even advice one in subtle ways.

Ghosts do nothing of this sort for us. They are there and just their presence is ominous with bad tidings. They are probably waiting for someone to help them to pass on to the next realm where they actually belong.

There could be bad spirits too, which are out to harm us, but they can be counted on our fingers. But, ghosts are usually associated with someone who is angry, aggressive and has a lot of hurt and pent up frustration within. Such kinds of unhappy ghosts are known as Poltergeists. They love to see people frightened out of their skin. The more uncomfortable and frightened you are the happier they feel. Therefore, ghosts are associated with banging of doors, hearing thumping footsteps. All these things are possibly to get our attention.

To sum up, ghosts are the stuck souls waiting to pass on to the next realm and continue with the learning process. Whereas, spirits are those that have passed on to the next realm and now are able to fluidly move across different realms and be besides those who need comfort.

The concept of ghost and spirit are entirely based on human beliefs.

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  1. Thanks for the help

  2. One correction I can not help but piint out here is that poltergeists are not & have never been human. There are many various forms of entities out there for various reasons. Some good, some not good. However its best to keep an open mind and read as much as possible from various sources. You will reach your own conclusions eventually. My personal experience comes from many various years of religious study followed by several years of paranormal research including ghost hunting. My conclusion is there is life after death & there are many other things out there both good & bad that we know very little about as humans. Its amazing. God bless all of you. Stay safe & be protected by the white light of the Lord.

    • Thank you Nikki for the information you had written about the differences between ghosts and spirits. I just thought what you wrote was very interesting.


    • I am very grateful for the clarification. I have been visited by some departed souls in the past.Most often they are very nice to me.Sometimes I was able to identify them other times, I am not but could hear the sound of this big feet, walking down my stair.
      And they provide comfort and guidance especially when I was in a state of uncertainties.
      And I have talked to some individuals and they gave their own stories.I intend to write down my experience in a book in the future.

    • hi. lm not saying l dnt b leave in ghost or spirit. But every X lm in bed feel like sum one waking me up hittin my foot, l wake up it was not my roommate cause roommate could not make to it own bed 4 ft apart went l wake. So every X l feel my feet hit l would say who ever u r stay put so l can help.

  3. I always thought the only difference is that ghosts occupied a body and spirits never did. ‍♂️

  4. my opinion about
    Ghost is:-
    soul for someone still alive invoke by black magic for research something …etc.
    Spirit is:-
    Bart of soul can move out of your body without invoke by magic
    example ; when your going to sleep and dreaming ..
    soul is :-
    the energy of your body .
    mind is :-
    decode for soul memory . cuz the memory in soul not in brain .

  5. I think i saw a ghost and her foot steps scared the shit out of me. Is that supposed to be a ghost or a spirit cos I’m still confused. Any help or suggestions will be appreciated. Thanks

  6. We are seeing and hearing things .like putting a bottle of soda in frig and having it thrown back at you . calling family names out when not one of us did . cursing at one of us in a family members voice. We have tried cleansing house and had a father cleans and bless our house .any suggestions

  7. I once did some research into the 3 states of existence, trying to understand the realms of the astral spiritual and the physical states of being. The connections I found really were astounding. The only way I can describe them and the bridges it takes to bring it all together is to draw something reminiscent of a magic circle using arcane and scientific symbols to interpret the totality of it all, to form the complete picture,. All that though is not what the topic is about. The only difference I can necessarily relate to saying the difference between ghosts and spirits, is that ghosts may or may not have lived before and can be any type of spiritual creature be it good or evil. A spirit is a creature that has existed and was once alive. To help me reach what I have come to understand, I look back to the ancient Hebrew. The body is who we are and it is believed if memory serves correctly, houses our immortal spirit, I want to say specifically our mind. The spirit houses our soul. It seems to me that ghosts tend to haunt and are a bit more unsettling than a spirit. Spirits are more often than not, when encountered, not as unsettling and usually passing through or around for some reason. The difference as I understand it is a subtle and abstract difference between ghosts and spirits. Of course my understanding is a bit more modern. I only use this as a point of reference and not to preach or open a religious debate but if you look back into the bible, when christ was crucified, at the end, he did not give up his spirit, but rather, he gave up his ghost, and if memory serves me, that was the moment death occurred on the cross.

  8. I never should have seen that commercial that made me ask this question and seek the answer I have had a lot of encounters and believe I have dealt with both. But when I try to find the answer I see a blurred line that is abstract with a definitive answer but has truly gone unanswered that suggest they are the same

  9. My house my built in 1870 and I see a dark shadow.often.my table has moved away from the wall.a lantern top was laying down I watched it stand upright.the next day my sister brought me a lantern that was missing a top…we have seen lights on the wall.the house is full of orbs when you record.I have cleaned my home also still feel like Someone is around

  10. I believe in the bible, Jesus said: Father into your hands I commend my spirit. Not ghost.

  11. I’m a cristion and I do believe that our spirit s can stick arround for a day or two before we pass over to heaven. We can remember and visit our loved ones. But I don’t think they stay.

  12. I also agree that jesus commit his spirit not ghost. Back to bible my brothers and sisters


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