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Why do souls stay behind?
You find on this website excerpts from Wanda Pratnickas book "Possessed by Ghosts - Exorcisms in 21st Century"
Unfortunately, most souls that have left their physical bodies don't pass straight through death's curtain to the other side. Worse still, the number of souls left suspended between Heaven and Earth, souls which for a variety of reasons declined to go to God, is constantly increasing. There are many reasons for this and I shall talk about each of them in turn.
The most important factor is that after death, these souls either don't know or don't believe that they died. For them nothing has changed. They missed their own deaths and they think they're still alive. They are unaware of the fact that they could go to the Light. They assume that they are alive and therefore belong to the Earth. Even if they suffered a serious illness they think that they're now well again. If they were old or incapacitated they suddenly feel rejuvenated or at least that they were given vitality and energy (this happens only during the first moments after leaving the body). They continue to see the physical world and think they can function in it. They don't see the other souls which are in the same situation as them.
The number of these souls co-existing side by side is enormous but more often than not they don't see or hear each other for a very long time. Every moment confirms their belief that they're living as before. They note that they exist which convinces them that nothing has changed. These are legions of lost souls continuing to live an illusion, a pretend life. Very often these are people very close to us: our father, mother, brother, sister, beloved granny, granddad, friends, neighbors, colleagues from school or work. When I ask one of these wandering souls: "Do you know you're dead?" they usually respond with astonishment. "I don't know. Am I dead?" These moments are often a great shock to them. How could they know? Nobody had warned them that life after death is so very real. I have heard it thousands of times, I hear it virtually every day. Unfortunately, there's a great deal of ignorance concerning this matter.
The main reason why souls disregard their own deaths is the fact that so little in their existence changes after death. If they knew that then it would be easier for them to understand it, to notice it; they would know how to confront their new state, they would avoid any astonishment. Those who didn't believe in a life after death before they died are in an even worse situation. Even if they recognize that they died they simply don't know what they can do with themselves from now on. It's hard to believe in one's own death even for ghosts who were sick for a long time or who were very old.
Given that, imagine what must happen to souls who have met with a sudden and unexpected death. There is a huge population of wandering ghosts on this side of death's curtain whom death took at the best moments of their lives. They had never thought about death before. They were young, fit, and suddenly they're not alive any more. A sudden accident, a lack of warning symptoms, no moment for reflection. I'm talking here about sudden car or air accidents, climbing mishaps etc.
Such souls simply can't accept they're no longer alive. There was only a tiny moment between their lives and their deaths, a blink of eye, and they didn't catch it. If they'd known about life after death then they might have had a chance of working out that they're no longer alive. They simply don't be-lieve the situation they find themselves in regardless of who or what explains it to them. For many of them, death meant the end of everything, not further life.
Some souls are severely confused long before their deaths. When they come through death they're incapable of recognizing their true states. These tend to be the incurably sick who have been treated with powerful pain killers, as well as drug addicts and alcoholics. The mind of a sick person receiving painkillers is comparable to the mind of a drug addict. Even long after death they're incapable of being themselves. Even when they recover their senses they still lack knowledge about life after death. I'll describe the consequences of this ignorance later in the book.
The next reason why souls don't go to the Light is that they're afraid of being punished for what they did. Sometimes their sins are minor, but during their lives they believed in a cruel, vengeful and punitive God. Now they feel unworthy of receiving forgiveness. Even though waiting for them at the moment of death there is a magnificent escort consisting of their spiritual guides and dear ones who died before them as well as the loving Light, they turn away and refuse to go further. They do not believe that God could forgive them their sins. This comes from the fact that they were unable to forgive them themselves.
The next very large group of abiding ghosts are the souls who during life did not believe in God and therefore had no-one to go to after death. They thought that life finishes in the grave, after which all that awaits is the abyss, nothingness. Other souls believed very deeply in God but thought they would lie in their graves till the day of the "Last Judgment" and only then would they rise up from the dead and go to "Heaven". They have, therefore, become victims of what they believed in or specifically of what their religion told them to believe in. They now feel deceived, not knowing what to do with themselves. Should they wait for the Judgment? For punishment? But where? In the grave? They live on, so they can't wait in abeyance. They've ascertained all this only after death when it is a little too late. You'll ask: "Too late to do what?" To go to the Light. It was at the moment of physical death that they should have decided where they would go.
This group also includes people who, in their lifetimes, were very foresighted and planned exactly what their lives after death would be, calculating that they would lie in their graves till the Last Judgment. These are all those who, during their lives, built vaults and showy monuments for themselves and their near ones, who planned what they'd be dressed in for their coffins so they would look their best in them. They wondered how many people would come to their funerals, what they'd say about them in the funeral orations etc.
Probably the largest group of souls remaining in the world of ghosts after death are all those who during their lives were so attached to earthly matters that they're incapable of freeing themselves from them. These matters can be material or non-material. It can be a house, a car or other possessions. Eve-ryone has surely heard of haunted houses and the ghosts that terrorize them. Others loved to eat, drink, take drugs, indulge in sex or gamble to excess. Others again were too fond of making decisions for their near and dear ones, butting into everything so now they find it too hard to surrender their authority.
Another reason for ghosts to remain is a desire to put right the errors they made during their lives so far. They think that by staying on this side they will have an opportunity to mend what they did badly.
There are also ghosts who cannot leave in peace because a curse has been put on them, black arts have been used against them. Another sizable group is comprised of those who committed suicide.
Some souls find it hard to leave the Earth because they've left someone who, in their opinion, should be looked after; these might be a parent of a small child, or a solicitous child with elderly and lonely parents and so on.
The souls described above remain on the Earth because that is the decision they took. There is, however, a large number of souls who would dearly like to pass through to the other side, to "Heaven", but are prevented from doing so by the despair of their dear ones. These souls are torn between their own good and the good of those they left. They may even be aware that it would be better for everyone if they did leave, but the living won't let them. We must remember, therefore, even during mourning and despite our sorrow, to think of those who have a right to leave. We do so in order not to harm ourselves or them. I know how difficult that is since I went through it myself. But my mother was able to demand that I do not detain her. How many souls do that? Very few.