Let me get to the points you made about ghosts and haunting Hesselius, as my post for today. It makes a change from talking about myself, so here goes!
I think you basically asked if ghosts could exist in an ‘in between state’ ( presumably you mean between this world and the next) and if such ‘beings’ are accordingly able to leave this ‘earthly world’ to advance to a ‘higher plane or whether they are somehow trapped (or entrapped between the two). You also mentioned the possibility that as many ‘ghosts’ have been photographed on staircases, this might indicate some sort of ‘transition period’ between this world and the next. These are very fair questions, or points, and I think they deserve an accurate answer; at least, as ‘accurate’ as I can give speaking personally here.
I’m not so sure that ghosts are ‘trapped spirits’ on the earthly plane. It is possibly they might not be as such, but have no ‘active intelligence’ whatsoever. They might well be reflections of an intelligence that once existed, but this is essentially different. A ‘reflection‘ might not necessarily be ‘intelligent‘ (retain all of its previous earthly thought patterns and characteristics) but might still be able to reflect these in a non-intelligent state. What do I mean?
Well, for example; lets say that a ‘highly charged emotion’ (whether negative or positive) can possibly linger after physical death (which I personally think is possible), would this necessarily mean that it must have accompanying emotions to enable it to reason or think? I would be highly sceptical of this (and again this is my personal view) because the possible existence of one fragment of being (an emotion or thought form) should not necessarily imply that all the other fragments attached to it in ‘earthly life’ (and which originally gave recognised intelligence to a complete being, rather ‘earthly being’) could have survived in complete form. In other words, a powerful emotion or emotional state might well survive physical death of the body, but it is simply that; a disembodied emotion without any active intelligence. Alright, when such an emotion (albeit really ‘long dead‘) is picked up by some sensitive people, it is put down to being an intelligent ghost or spirit, but this might not be the case at all.
If you are asking about different states of consciousness that survive after death, this is really a totally different matter. I cannot really answer that for you here as it means going into that age-old question of life after death. I can only say to that, that consciousness is always complete; it cannot be otherwise. Without consciousness none of us would be here or could have been brought into existence. In fact, that same consciousness that survives after physical death, is the same that existed before we were born, and brought us all into existence.
So, no. I can only answer you by saying that I do not believe that ghosts as such are departed spirits somehow caught on the earthly plane because they cannot ‘move on’. Certain strong emotional states might survive the death of the physical body, I agree. But these are not intelligent as such; they are merely unintelligent thought forms that only exist at all because they were nurtured in human life. We should perhaps not think this so strange. After all, ‘thought forms’ exist now, whilst we are all living. These are not physical as such, so in this respect are not fully dependent on the physical body. It is highly likely that some of these can get ‘left behind’ to be picked up – even witnessed – by other people.
Well, I hope I have answered your questions as concisely as possible.
For the moment,