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Time Slips and Residual Hauntings —Possible Explanations for Ghosts? By Patty Scott
Submitted By: Admin Date: February 07, 2009, 05:51:37 PM Views: 2304

Time Slips and Residual Hauntings —Possible Explanations for Ghosts?

By Patty Scott

The topics of Time Slips and Residual Hauntings have been mentioned a lot recently, so we have decided to research these areas and follow up this article with group discussion on the site. The usual explanation given by paranormal investigators for this phenomenon is as follows: A residual haunting is an event repeating itself in time in an endless loop, much like playing back a tape on a recorder. It could be that this event was so violent that it was imprinted in its surroundings, and much like a magnetic tape carrying scenes from a film, or a tape recorder recording voices, it will playback the event repeatedly. The scene that the human being sees in a residual haunting usually involves people who no longer exist, but are these people ghosts or spirits?

According to paranormal investigators they are not ghosts or spirits. They are just figments of the past, stored in the place or atmosphere. If this is the case, then why is it that this tape does not play endlessly without interruption? Why is it that only a few people witness residual hauntings while many do not? Compare residual hauntings to cassette or film recordings, which are available to all of us without exception by simply pressing a button on a remote control, whereas residual hauntings cannot be accessed in this way. They need to be ‘triggered’ by something in order to be viewed by a person and are not available to everybody all the time. This variable is what makes people wonder about the whole residual haunting or stone-tape theory in the paranormal world and outside the paranormal world as well. Some researchers have gone on to say that it depends on the rock or stone in a haunted location. Limestone and different kinds of rocks or quartz stones may act as a catalyst, thus allowing the residual haunting to take place. Others say that the electromagnetic field is the trigger and high spikes can cause the tape to play back. Still others offer the explanation of underground water as the principal catalyst. Whatever the cause, the truth of the matter is that nobody knows why or how residual hauntings occur.

Are residual hauntings always violent? The general rule apparently tells us they are. Examples of residual hauntings are bloody scenes in battlefields, and re-enacted murders, moments of anguish and despair; anything that would give off enough energy to ‘record’ in a location through time. However we also have come across non-violent scenes, such as apparent ghosts walking through buildings with purpose, or going through daily routines. In these cases, we see an apparition and not a scene before us. Even though they are not horrifying nor terrible, running across people whom you think are alive that are performing duties like cleaning the floor, and who don’t stop or acknowledge your existence is a bit nerve-racking. Particularly if the person cleaning the floor suddenly vanishes after you’ve asked them a question! So, we have to conclude that residual hauntings can be violent or non-violent in nature, and contrary to what some people affirm, do NOT have to be murder or battlefield scenes.

Time slips on the other hand are something entirely different. Where as in a residual haunting the people do not acknowledge you and go about their business, in a time slip, you may find yourself in a scene from the past and are able to interact with the people in the scene! As an example, allow me to include the story of Frank and his step back in time in Bold Street in Liverpool, England. This is taken from “ON THE EDGE OF TIME: The Mystery of Time Slips” by Tim Swartz and illustrates perfectly what a time slip is. Check out the link at the end of this article, and after reading the source you will see that Bold Street seems to be a place where this break in time has occurred more than once.

“On a sunny Saturday noon in July 1996, Frank and his wife Carol were visiting Liverpool’s Bold Street area for some shopping. At Central Station, the pair split up; Carol went to Dillon’s Bookshop and Frank went to HMV to look for a CD he wanted. As he walked up the incline near the Lyceum Post Office/Café building that led onto Bold Street, Frank suddenly noticed he had entered a strange “oasis of quietness.”

Suddenly, a small box van that looked like something out of the 1950s sped across his path, honking its horn as it narrowly missed him. Frank noticed the name on the van’s side: “Caplan’s.” When he looked down, the confused policeman saw that he was unexpectedly standing in the road. The off-duty policeman crossed the road and saw that Dillon’s Book Store now had “Cripps” over its entrances. More confused, he looked in to see not books, but women’s handbags and shoes.

Looking around, Frank realized people were dressed in clothes that appeared to be from the 1940s. Suddenly, he spotted a young girl in her early 20s dressed in a lime-colored sleeveless top. The handbag she was carrying had a popular brand name on it, which reassured the policeman that maybe he was still partly in 1996. It was a paradox, but he was relieved, and he followed the girl into Cripps.
As the pair went inside, Frank watched in amazement as the interior of the building completely changed in a flash to that of Dillon’s Bookshop of 1996. The girl turned to leave and Frank lightly grasped the girl’s arm to attract her attention and said, “Did you see that?”

She replied, “Yeah! I thought it was a clothes shop. I was going to look around, but it’s a bookshop.”
It was later determined that Cripps and Caplan’s were businesses based in Liverpool during the 1950s. Whether these businesses were based in the locations specified in the story has not been confirmed.”

This is not the only case of a time slip. There are stories like this all over the world. How can this be possible? Or a much better question comes to mind: Can this be possible at all? According to recent discoveries in Quantum Physics this could very well be possible. Time is not linear and therefore the possibilities of parallel worlds and breaks in time can become very feasible. We won’t get into String Theories, M-theories, or black holes here, as they are complicated and lengthy topics. But we will include links at the end for you to check out for yourselves.

Time slips are interactive; residual hauntings are not. This is the main difference between both. However, we must take note of something that points to the evidence: What if ghosts don’t exist at all but are merely residual hauntings or breaks in time? What if the electromagnetic forces on earth trigger these hauntings and what we are seeing is not the energy of a spirit, but a recording or a trip back in time? Think about it for a moment. The cases where ghosts are seen performing daily routines without them even noticing their surroundings: Residual. The cases where we see battles re-enacted repeatedly: Residual. The cases where we appear to step back in time and interact with the past: Time slips! Are we the ghosts in these cases, appearing out of nowhere and disrupting the lives of others?

Let’s take a moment to ponder and consider these questions and think about what is happening in the paranormal world. How many cases are there where the ghosts actually interact with the living? There are few, but they do happen. These are the cases where we may be looking at a true haunting. And the rest? Only time, extensive studies, research and an open mind will enable us to discover the truth. And you all know how the saying goes: “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  

Patty Scott is 51 years old. She grew up in a haunted house which peaked her interest in the paranormal. She currently owns and administers a paranormal website called GhostsAmongUs where the main goals are to research, educate and learn in order to find irrefutable proof of the existence of ghosts; and how to analyze and discern if there is matrixing/pareidolia or motion blurs on ghost cam captures. She also writes articles for The Beyond and is an active team member of A.P.A.R.T. of Washington, a paranormal research investigation group. She loves writing and analyzing paranormal evidence in her spare time.

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