The content of this website is the copyright of World Nexus Publications © 2008-2011 epending on who you ask regarding the difference between a Ghost and a Spirit, you’ll probably get a different answer each and every time. Think of them as the supernatural equivalent to the mathematical geometric shape known as the parallelogram, when describing a square or a rectangle. (For fun, we’ll now confuse you by saying the rhombus would therefore be considered, an ‘entity.’) One can even suggest that they are one-in-the-same, after all aren’t squares and rectangles both parallelograms? Yes they are, but a rectangle is not a square, yet a square is a rectangle. They’re both parallelograms. Essentially they’re both comprised of energy. Yet the seasoned paranormal researcher will tell you they’re both distinctly different. Throughout history, ghosts have normally been depicted as something that haunts a person, place or thing, causing fear and havoc whenever they’re detected by disrupting the living for one reason or another.   efore we go on to explain the many theories concerning thousands of cases of documented hauntings around the world since the beginning of recorded history, we must first answer a bigger question, 'Why do ghosts or spirits stay in the first place?" Ghosts and hauntings seem to be a relatively common part of the human condition. The reason a human soul decides to stay earthbound can only be explained by the wandering soul.  There appear to be several types of ghosts or hauntings, and more than one theory may be needed to explain them all.  Everyone's heard that when we die, a bright light is often seen as an enormous aurora with such beauty that it is difficult to resist heading toward it. This light has been associated by many with a gateway to the 'here after and the great beyond.' It is thought that those that have died that did not enter this 'light' chose to stay behind, for reasons we'll cover in a moment. But the question we will be addressing first is the glorious light often described by those that have had what is referred to as a 'near- death experience' or NDE as it's often referred to (the scientific community loves acronyms). So before we continue, let's review near-death experiences. This will lend more credence as to why a deceased individual would make the choice not go into 'the light' we have all heard so much about. ebster's Dictionary defines a ghost as "The soul of a dead person, a disembodied soul usually imagined as a vague shadowy figure or evanescent form, wandering among or haunting living persons." They are usually not very pleasant, ask anyone who's experienced one. Everyone knows about ghosts, from the countless 'ghost stories' we've heard growing up, yet they've never been called, a 'spirit story!' Spirits, on the other side of the coin, have no form and are theoretically not human. If this be the case, then one must also ask 'are they a soul?'  The answer is still in debate. Spirits are normally classified into two distinct categories; benevolent or malevolent, explained through the millennia of mankind's existence as angelic or demonic spirits. No one really knew what they were, but they certainly were not identifiable human spirits; if they were, they would have been called ghosts. Often they were given names to identify them by the traits experienced. Thus, when the true identity of the spirit was later discovered to really be that of a deceased individual, it became a ghost. What we do know about them, is that they are both a from of unknown energy, and possibly the soul of a deceased individual, a ghost, or something entirely unknown that may be displaying what appear to be human traits, a spirit. Whatever they are, they are both classified as paranormal and often referred to as 'an entity' by an experienced paranormal researcher or investigator, until they can be classified as one or the other. by Elanor Caputo