Are Ghosts “Earthbound Spirits”?

By Wes Annac, Editor, Openhearted Rebel

This is an excerpt from my ebook Enlightened Afterlife: A Study of Spiritualist Philosophy of Life After Death.

The book is a compilation and study of channeled messages from departed spirits regarding the conditions of the afterlife and what we can expect when we die.

I wrote this for fun; I’m not a Spiritualist trying to preach afterlife gospel. You can take this information, leave it, or have a good laugh at it. As long as you enjoy it.

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Earthbound Spirits (aka Ghosts)

Some spirits become earthbound due to their inability to give up their previous life. When combined with an attachment to the life they left behind, being unprepared for spirit life can make them unwilling to leave the world for an afterlife most of them fear instead of embrace.

They could discover an awesome new reality if they let go and opened their minds, but they’re too focused on their former life and bound to their former possessions. They can only break the chains when they’re ready, and at that time, they’ll receive plenty of help.

According to Douglas McLean, most earthbound spirits we know as “ghosts” aren’t evil or demonic but simply don’t want to leave earth.

“Many an earth-bound spirit has no evil intent. He is simply reluctant to sever his connection with the earth. His motives are as varied as the sands of the sea. So it would be useless to try and give you details of why they cling to their particular surroundings.” (1)

Since they never believed in the afterlife and are too surprised by the simplicity of their death to believe it really happened, they carry on the activities they enjoyed on earth while, in some cases, refusing to accept that they’ve died.

“There are many thousands who are roaming the city streets, crowding into places of entertainment, leaning on bar counters, or simply sitting quietly in their favourite armchair at home. For all types are represented.

“These people cannot accept the reality of life after death. They have been deceived by the simplicity of their transition. They simply do not accept that they have died.” (2)

Claude Kelway-Bamber tells us that some become earthbound because everything they care about remains in the physical world they left behind. (3)

They recreate the worldly conditions they’re used to instead of accepting their death and learning the ways of the spirit world. This is because their physical senses ruled their thoughts and actions so heavily in life that they know nothing else in the afterlife. (4)

Instead of letting the spirit “refine and purify the body” as they should if they want to heal, they let the ego run amok and distort their connection with Source. (5)

Attracting Fellow Earthbound Spirits

“Like attracts like”, Claude tells us, and the undeveloped soul usually attracts those on the same level of awareness. (6)

Those whose only goal is to gratify the senses will remain in the same hangout spots they occupied when they were alive. (7) Hovering around these spots, they try to gain a secondhand high from whatever the living people there are doing. (8)

Maybe this is where the idea of drug and sex “entities” originates. They’re usually considered evil, but perhaps some of them are just occupying their favorite haunts (pun intended) and looking for that buzz they pursued in life.

Mary Bosworth reports that it’s sad to witness these large groups of souls lingering near the physical world who continue to be led by the same material desires that distracted them on earth. (9) They’re not easy to reach, and in some cases, they can’t be reached at all despite transition guides’ best efforts. (10)

Transition guides are saddened by the thought of the “long years of darkness and misery” these souls endure due to their fixation on the world and the pleasures offered here. (11) If we can’t share the “truth” about the afterlife with the world in a more direct way, it’s best shared through print. (12)

The Earthbound Live in Their Own World

Philip Gilbert reports that trapping oneself in one’s own thought-world is one of many causes of the earthbound phenomenon.

“There seem to be many variations of the ‘earthbound’ state, just as there are of temperaments. With some, it is a matter of living shut up in some strong thought-image of their own, some obsession-rut, caused by what they have dwelt on when in the flesh.” (13)

Surprisingly, some remain near the earth due to karmic reparations they’re unable to make that tie them to the people they’re supposed to repay.

“With others: they still are on earth in its etheric form. They cannot get away from earth surroundings, tied to their homes and families and longing painfully to re-enter the flesh.

“These people are often quite evolved souls, but have committed some injustice or unkindness which ties them down to an overwhelming desire to make reparation, and, usually, they have no means of doing this.” (14)

Those who are obsessed with certain activities remain near the earth in an illusory realm where they can indulge the obsession until they’re ready to move on, whereas those with nothing holding them back can start learning and evolving.

“If anyone has ‘got anything on his mind,’ an obsession for, say, cricket, he will live in an illusion world of that, and will not attain his full power and knowledge of how to get on here till he has snapped out of it and that may take centuries.

“But the average person who has had no mental unbalance soon begins to realize his new existence and tries to learn the rules.” (15)

Philip reminds us that some activities in the spirit world are extensions of their counterparts on earth but others are useless after death.

“Also, … some activities are an extension of earth ones (or it might be more correct to say that they are the reflection on earth of universal activities) – music, painting (colour), mathematics and so on can all be continued from where they are left off.

“But any activity which depends for its impetus on physical body skill or earth needs such as, say, cricket or the stock exchange has no equivalent in the reality here because our way of functioning precludes it.” (16)

Some Earthbound Seek Wisdom from the Living

John Heslop tells us some spirits return to the near-earth plane to gain wisdom from worldly teachers, which means we can make an impact on spirits we don’t see.

“Numbers of discarnate spirits return to your world to acquire from earthly teachers what they failed to learn in the earth-life. Now this is a fact of the greatest importance. It means that the influence of mortals in thought, word and deed affects for good or evil spirit-people who are invisible to them.

“To those whose inner eyes are open, these spirits are plainly seen and the more earnest and anxious among them throng your churches, chapels and lecture-halls to receive help and teaching there.” (17)

Those who are spiritually undeveloped or still have ties to the earth are helped more by wisdom from a worldly teacher than one in spirit.

“I know it will be asked, ‘Why do spirits return to earth; surely it is easier for them to get spiritual help on the other side?’ No, not necessarily so. The link with earth is very strong with undeveloped souls on the lower spheres and often it helps them more to get in touch with mortals than to receive the teaching of angels.

“Earth is the infant school of the spiritual life and even you do not ask your Professors to teach children the alphabet!” (18)

Though it’s usually the undeveloped soul who remains near the world, sometimes a more advanced soul will descend to help the suffering on earth.

“After a period of loneliness and remorse for past sin, the spirit may possibly desire to return to earth, drawn back by love for one still in the flesh; or some loving being from the higher spheres, coming to the lower, may see the distress and loneliness of this soul and go to his help.

“Then by prayer and ministrations his eyes will be opened and he will be led where he can be helped and taught.” (19)

An advanced spirit descending from a higher sphere to influence the world sounds a lot like an angel to me.

Have you ever heard reports of people claiming to witness an angel that saved them from some catastrophe? These passages lead us to think this phenomenon could be real. But when it comes to your average ghost, it probably isn’t an angel or demon but a soul who doesn’t want to leave the earth.

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  1. Lesley May, med., Letters from Mother. A Family Biography in Two Worlds. Ed. Edmund Bentley. London: Psychic Press, 1964., 101.
  2. Ibid., 104.
  3. Kelway-Bamber, ed., Claude’s Book. New York: 1919. Downloaded from, 18 Feb. 2008, 36.
  4. Loc. Cit.
  5. Loc. Cit.
  6. Fred Rafferty, ed., Charlotte E. Dresser, medium, Life Here and Hereafter. Author’s edition. Downloaded from, 2 Feb. 2008, 137.
  7. Loc. Cit.
  8. Loc. Cit.
  9. Loc. Cit.
  10. Loc. Cit.
  11. Loc. Cit.
  12. Loc. Cit.
  13. Philip Gilbert through Alice Gilbert, medium. Philip in the Spheres. London: Psychic Book Club, n.d., 21.
  14. Loc. Cit.
  15. Ibid., 18-9.
  16. Loc. Cit.
  17. John Heslop through F. Heslop, medium, Further Messages Across the Border-Line. A Continuation of “Speaking Across the Border-Line.” London: Charles Taylor, n.d., 73-4.
  18. Ibid., 74-5.
  19. Ibid., 95-6.

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I’m a twenty-something writer & blogger with an interest in spirituality, revolution, music and the transformative creative force known as love. I run Openhearted Rebel, a daily news blog dedicated to igniting a revolution of love by raising social and spiritual awareness.

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Dying in War: From the Battlefield to the Afterlife

walkingtowardlightBy Wes Annac, Editor, Culture of Awareness & Openhearted Rebel

This is an excerpt from Chapter 3 of Enlightened Afterlife, my new ebook centered on Spiritualist philosophy on life after death. You can purchase a PDF file of the book at the bottom of this post, or you can check out the Kindle version by clicking the book cover below.

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What’s It Like to Die in War?

This section will focus on war and the effect it has on those killed in battle. Despite that the Spiritualist movement isn’t what it once was, the tragedy of war is one reason the movement and the idea of the afterlife are popular today.

This aspect of the discussion will undoubtedly be dark, but there’s a silver lining in that most soldiers discover the same peace, bliss and freedom when it’s all said and done. Trauma and suffering leave so they can begin the process of healing and learn to enjoy their vibrant new surroundings.

As we learned in Chapter 1, the Spiritualist movement regained followers during World Wars I & II due to the mass amounts of people once again losing family to the battlefield. Most of the passages we’ll read in this section are centered on the Civil War and both World Wars but can be applied to the wars of today. Continue reading

Writing with Purpose

purposeblog By Wes Annac, Editor, Culture of Awareness & Openhearted Rebel

Writing is a powerful tool that can be used to entertain, inform, and inspire people to change the world. Regardless of your reason for doing it, writing provides an outlet for you to express yourself and reach an audience of enthusiastic readers.

Research into any area of society (or spirituality) will show that there are plenty of topics to write about. Some topics are considered more important than others, and personally, I often write about things that interest me instead of using every article to search for truth.

For example: I like to write about spiritual topics some readers would think are silly. I consider myself “spiritual”, but I write about them because they interest me; not because I want to convince people they’re true. I’m just having fun and sharing something that could be true or not. You decide.

I enjoy writing about interesting topics, even if I’m the only one who finds them interesting. I also enjoy researching, sharing truth, and calling out the ruling elite. If a topic seems worthy of covering, I’ll give it a shot.

The Artist’s Responsibility

I’ll write about almost anything, but lately, I find I want to cover more meaningful topics. I want to write about things that are close to my heart, things that deepen my understanding of certain spiritual concepts, and overall, things that matter.

Most of what’s happening in the world is unaddressed by artists with a significant enough influence to encourage change. This makes it clear that the time for sitting and waiting for someone to address these problems is over. The time for writers, musicians, and artists of all kinds to devote their work to a meaningful cause is now.

Anyone with a talent that puts them in the public eye has an opportunity to encourage change. Even if you consider yourself untalented, you were put here to help this planet. To convince yourself otherwise is to deny your potential. We’re here to move the world forward, and we can do it by using the things we’re passionate about to help others and encourage change.

I can get more out of writing if I use it for a meaningful cause than if I use it solely for entertainment.

It helps to know I’m not alone in the desire to promote justice, peace, and prosperity for a world wounded by the greed and carelessness of the upper class. Ultimately, this movement will succeed because of our numbers and resounding unwillingness to give up.

Unwavering Dedication

Until recently, I lacked dedication. Now, I plan to work harder, address a wider range of issues, and produce more meaningful, high-quality articles.

History shows that only those dedicated enough to work consistently toward their goals (sacrificing themselves in some cases) will achieve success. Nothing less than unwavering dedication is required. I’m not saying we should exhaust ourselves or leave no room for downtime, but we should push ourselves to achieve more in a world where most are content to achieve less.

Don’t Be Afraid

For those who lack inspiration, I recommend addressing issues close to your heart that you might have ignored before. Don’t be afraid to express yourself or pour your heart and soul into your work, because it’s your passion. You’re supposed to get the most out of it.

Most importantly, use it to help people. The world could use more selfless people, and depending on what your passion is, there are probably countless ways you can use it to help others. You just have to discover the best ways for you, pursue them, and keep going when they challenge you.

When you reach a point where nothing can put out your fire, you’ll be in an optimal state to help the world by doing what you love.

About the author: 

wesannacI’m a twenty-something writer & blogger with an interest in spirituality, revolution, music and the transformative creative force known as love. I run The Culture of Awareness, a daily news blog dedicated to raising social and spiritual awareness and supporting the evolution of the planet.

I also have a personal blog, Openhearted Rebel, in which I share writings related to spiritual philosophy, creativity, heart consciousness and revolution (among other topics).

I write from the heart and try to share informative and enlightening reading material with the rest of the conscious community. When I’m not writing or exploring nature, I’m usually making music.

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Stay Strong

wpid-stay_strong-wallpaper-10034617By Wes Annac, Editor, Culture of Awareness & Openhearted Rebel

“The people who [are] trying to make this world worse are not taking the day off. Why should I?” – Bob Marley

To say life is hard is an understatement. We’re often hit with unexpected challenges or circumstances that make us want to hide away from the world. But we can’t, and in my opinion, we shouldn’t.

If you pursue a life of purpose, there will come a point when you feel exhausted, discouraged, and ready to give up. The hard work won’t be worth what you seem to get out of it, and you’ll want more than anything to relax, take a big long break, and forget about all the stress. This is understandable, and downtime is necessary if you don’t want to burn out. Continue reading

Openhearted Rebellion: The Foundation of Spiritual Revolution



By Wes Annac, Openhearted Rebel

This is an introductory article for my new blog, Openhearted Rebel. Hope to see you there!

Reminder: This blog,, will soon be shut down since I’m moving over to the new one.

A New Kind of Revolution

‘Openhearted Rebel’ is not just a name for a blog. It’s a way of life created out of awareness of the importance of compassion and openheartedness, and on this blog, I intend to share writings from the heart that cover various issues that are relevant to the spiritual and activist communities.

A new kind of revolution is sweeping the world, and it’s driven by compassion and a sense of responsibility for leaving the planet in a better condition for future generations. It’s a revolution of love; a social/spiritual revolution we can all contribute to, and the best way to contribute is to do what you love.


It’s rooted in the understanding that changing the world starts with changing yourself and being there for those who need you, and in my opinion, holding the people in power accountable for their lies and deceptions is also an important part of it.

This kind of movement doesn’t require bloodshed. In fact, it does the opposite by bringing awareness to the atrocities committed in the name of war and the importance of moving in a different direction.

The personal, heart-centered change driving this revolution will free us from hate, vengeance and the various other qualities that reinforce the world’s negative condition. Together, we’ll learn to rebel while embracing love, compassion and the understanding that we’re all human and spiritual beings.

A Basic, Essential Idea

Most people assume that a world of openhearted and compassionate people is impossible, but this basic idea is essential to a properly functioning society. No matter where you come from or what you believe, you can be open to love (or at least respect) for the people who share this planet with you.

This is all that’s required to plant the seed for truly revolutionary and innovative changes, and it results from a commitment to personal change. Even if most of the world has yet to be a part of it, your personal changes will prove powerful and useful for others who are just starting to wake up.

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Cannabis: Mental, Physical and Spiritual Benefits – Part 2/4

The Cannabis Writings PhotoBy Wes Annac, Culture of Awareness

(Continued from part 1)

By conjoining both sides of the Autonomic Nervous System, cannabis ‘enhances’ both sides of the brain and allows for more (and cleaner) blood to enter. Thus, the mind becomes clearer and creativity is enhanced.

Since it works on both sides of the brain and unites the intellectually sharp left side with the creative, artful right side, it allows for relaxation and meditation or active, inspired creativity depending on the user and their intention. It works differently for everyone, and some might not feel as clearheaded or inspired as others. Continue reading