Or… What you need to know about about earthbound spirits and helping them get un-stuck.
When a person dies and does not make a full and complete transition into the spirit world they become stuck on earth and become what is known as an earthbound spirit. Ghost is another term for an earthbound spirit.
Why does this happen?
The spirit's of deceased people get locked out of the spirit world and stuck in the earth realm for a number of reasons including:
When someone dies there is a portal of sorts that opens up. This is the "going to the light" scenario that you hear about. Predeceased loved ones and ancestors show up to greet the person and help them cross over into the spirit world. The new spirit sees the portal light, recognizes his loved ones and shortly thereafter it’s a done deal. This all usually goes very smoothly and transition is completed within several earth minutes, although sometimes it can take as long as several earth days. Sometimes a deceased person hangs around for a few days to make sure that her family is alright, or to try to comfort a deeply grieving loved one before making her way through the portal into the afterlife.
Sometimes, though, things don't go according to plan and the deceased person misses the portal altogether, often barely noticing that there even is a portal, because he's distracted or confused by one or more of the reasons that I have stated above. Sometimes missing the portal is a more intentional choice, like, for example when the person has a huge wall up because of a strong belief that there is no after life. Once the portal closes, and it does eventually close, (though it can open again any time that the spirit wants to make the full transition) that spirit is now earthbound, existing in spirit energy form, because… no body. Living on the earth without a body is a very difficult, confusing and frustrating situation, as you can well imagine. This frustration and confusion coupled with one or more of the possible issues I’ve mentioned above are the reasons why some earthbound spirits cause difficulties in the environment and for the people in that environment. They want to be seen, to make a connection, to be recognized and to be heard. Just like we do. So they set about making sure that will happen.
Imagine if you could not get through to someone you were trying to talk to, or were being constantly ignored when you tried to make contact. Not very nice…
This is what life, as it were, is like for a great many earthbounds. Some adjust to this type of existence quite nicely, and, other than the fact that they haven’t competed their full transition into spirit, which is not only inconvenient but also holds back their spiritual growth, they continue to make their way and are quite comfortable for the most part as an earthbound spirit. I have helped a number of these types of earthbound spirits make the transition to the spirit world. They tend to be easier going types who repeat some kind of a known routine in their earthbound existence. I had an experience with a earthbound, former school janitor who had passed away but continued to come to work mopping and cleaning the corridors in the same building that he had worked in for thirty years. He was harmless, but he still freaked out students and teachers who could sense his presence. He would also get annoyed because people weren’t paying attention to him and kept walking on his nice clean floors, even while he was mopping them! His energy of annoyance disturbed the surrounding environment, in addition to which some people would actually sometimes see him for a few seconds. Wowzers…
Here is a blog post that I wrote about another experience I had with a little deceased boy I crossed over into the spirit world:
The Little Boy Who Died But Didn't Know it.
Some eb’s (onwards I’ll occasionally refer to earthbound spirits as eb’s) don’t do very well and take their frustration out on those in the physical world around them in a more direct way. They bring the vibration of the space way down, attract lower vibration energies to them and the space they are in, scare people with shenanigans like walking through them and/or touching them, or mess around with the lights and electronics. Some eb's keep to themselves but may cause issues because of the personal quirks they have taken with them upon dying or the excessive energy they manifest because they are in spirit form.
And this is when things can become a challenge that requires being dealt with.
How many of you have felt the presence of or experienced an earthbound spirit? Hands up. I know, right…
The good news is you can help an earthbound spirit to get unstuck, as it were, just as well as I or any psychic medium can. It can be done in six fairly straightforward steps as long as you are all in and willing to do what needs to be done. You can talk to anyone who has crossed over, either out loud or telepathically and they will hear you, receive your message and do what you ask of them. This is essentially what you will be doing. You can do it!
The six steps to helping an earthbound spirit cross over into the spirit world are:
1. Get everyone in the space on the same page re: moving the spirit on.
If there are other people directly involved in the situation talk with them and get them on board with the crossing over. You could do it yourself, however, it is so helpful and makes it much easier when the others involved are holding the same intention. It more effectively gets the point across to the spirit and eliminates any potential confusion in the overall energy.
2. Set the stage by saying a prayer, setting your intention and calling in your guides.
Prepare a little prayer and say it out loud. Also have your intention ready and state that out loud, too. Your intention can go something like this:
“For the highest and best good I require this earthbound spirit to cross over into the light and leave my space in peace.”
When you have done that, visualize yourself surrounded by your loving spirit guides and the angels as they move in close around you. Ask your guides and your angels to help you with the task at hand.
3. Help raise the earthbound spirit's vibration through your compassion.
Vibration is key. Keep it high. Speaking compassionately to the spirit is the only way to go. He could very well be confused and very frustrated and may only need to hear the kind words of someone else to help him move on. Hold compassion in your heart as you speak to him. This will help raise the eb’s vibration, too, which will help him get unstuck and be far more amenable to moving on.
4. Clearly and firmly state your boundary.
Let the eb know that it is not ok to be in your space any longer and he needs to cross over and leave. This is a non-negotiable and stated with that kind of energy behind it. You are not asking or pleading with the eb you are telling him. Kindly. Firmly. Compassionately. Out loud.
5. Thank the earthbound spirit for cooperating with your request.
Again, this is a vibration raiser. Expressing gratitude to the spirit for cooperating with your request will make the process smoother and the spirit will feel seen and appreciated in the process rather than curtly pushed out of the space. It is harder to dig your heals in and say no when someone is being genuinely kind to you.
6. Ask the eb’s spirit guides, loving ancestors and the angels to come and help him move on.
Just as you asked your own guides, ask the earthbound spirit's guides and loving ancestors to step forward and help him to cross over into the spirit world. Hold the space for a little while more while those in the spirit world do their part to help him step fully into the spirit world.
Trust that what you have done has worked and the spirit world has helped you to cross the earthbound spirit over. You will know he has crossed over because you'll experience a lighter feel in the space and notice that the unusual things that were happening while the eb was there have stopped.
For more on setting boundaries with earthbound spirits and raising the vibration in your space see these articles:
Spirit Squatter in Your Home? Here’s What to do!
5 Ways to Raise the Vibration in Your Space
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