Is a ghost the same as a spirit ? Over the years I have come to regard them as separate phenomena. A ghost, from my point of view, is linked to a particular place and point in time. They appear in the same place, doing the same things, over and over again, like a ‘recording’.
Blissfully unaware of the current environment around them, they may walk through doors that no longer exist, or appear to float above ground in places that the ground level has changed. The recording theory is the most touted explanation, but maybe something different is happening. Could it be that at certain times, a window opens, like a live cam, allowing us to see directly back in time as these events take place ?
Spirits, however, interact with the environment, talking to people, (in some case possessing them), moving objects etc. They are clearly in the current here and now, and seem to possess intelligence and their own sense of purpose. Do spirits have form ? (And here I am including the Lwa, Orishas, Saints etc.) The Lwa and Orishas manifest through possession, and can appear in dreams, but do they appear in visions, like the Saints ? Perhaps some kind readers have something to share.