The Unquiet Dead


Even though the title of this article may seem dramatic, the subject matter is real. It involves disembodied spirits who have died in confusion and attached themselves to living people. It happens every day. I am not talking about so-called demons, highly-confused souls believed to exist in other realms. I am referring to people who have been on earth in a physical body and who have died in a state of confusion.

Psychic healers have known about this phenomenon for thousands of years. The clinical psychologist and hypnotherapist, Dr. Edith Fiore, discovered it through working with her patients. As a result of her experiences, she wrote the book, The Unquiet Dead, in the late 1980s. Like Dr. Fiore, I have had a great deal of experience freeing the living of disembodied spirits. Basically, the treatment is to guide the spirit to the light and help the living person resolve the issue that attracted it.

How do spirits get attached to people? According to those who have had near-death experiences, the process of death follows a pattern. The soul leaves the body, and is attracted to a brilliant light which leads it to a place of infinite love and peace. If a person dies in a confused state, he or she becomes earth bound. There may not be a light to follow, the spirit may not notice the light if it is there, or the spirit is afraid of the light and will not follow it.

Very often, the spirit is not aware that it has passed on and thinks it still has a body. It may try to speak to or touch people and does not understand when they don’t respond. Disembodied spirits are attracted to people of similar vibration, and seek attachment. For example, if a person is feeling depressed and stays depressed for a length of time, he or she could attract a depressed disembodied spirit. The person’s depression usually becomes more intense when this happens.

Basically, we can attract a confused soul if we live in a confused state. For example, a heavy smoker who cannot seem to quit smoking could be influenced by a disembodied soul or souls who loved to smoke when they had bodies. The same is true for any compulsive behavior; eating, drinking, drug use, or sex. Confused souls crave the addictions they had before they died and will do anything in their power to experience them once again. If you have an addiction, you may have an outside influence adding to your own habit.

Almost everyone either is or has been influenced by disembodied spirits. It’s a common occurrence. A symptom of outside influences is lack of control. If you have anger issues and your anger becomes uncontrollable, you probably have outside help. If you can’t seem to break a habit, if you can’t seem to get yourself out of the doldrums, if you have bizarre thoughts, if you hear voices, if you are irritable or fearful in situations that normally wouldn’t call for these reactions, if you exhibit uncharacteristic or inappropriate behaviors, if you have memory problems or trouble concentrating, you may have an outside influence.

Sometimes with organ transplants, the recipient takes on characteristics and preferences of the donor, who may be watching over the organ he or she donated or may be watching over the recipient. I can’t say this is always the case, as this phenomenon could also be related to cellular memory. However, it’s always a good idea to investigate.

Confused souls congregate in certain places. There are many confused souls in hospitals. People who have died in pain or fear or under the influence of drugs can become confused souls. Patients sometimes come home from the hospital accompanied by a confused soul. There are confused souls who are attached to funeral homes or cemeteries. Bars, cocktail lounges, night clubs, and rock concerts or anyplace where hallucinogenic drugs are used, are other places where confused souls can be. If someone is in a vulnerable emotional state or in a weak state of health, he or she may attract one or more of these souls. People in mental hospitals and prisons are under the influence of confused souls.

Relatives who have died sometimes become earth bound. My experience has been that relatives may stay around to take care of family members. I consider these earthbound souls, even if they don’t seem to be a negative influence and family members are comforted by their presence. My opinion is that when we die, we have other opportunities in other realms, and we need to move on.

Some souls visit family and friends to say goodbye before moving on, and some will not move on until distraught family members are in acceptance of their death. I remember when the father of a friend of mine passed on. He came to me almost immediately after he died. He was very upset because his wife was hysterical with grief. He said to me, “Tell her I’m alright! Tell her I’m alright!” Over and over again he repeated it until I was able to reassure him that I would give his wife the message. He was at peace with his death; it was his wife he was concerned about. I delivered the message, and he went on. It’s important that we who are left behind allow our loved ones to go on in peace, even though we grieve.

Some of my family members have been attracted to me after death because they know I can help them. They may not be sure how I can help them, or even that they need help, but somehow they know they need to be with me. Some time after my grandfather died I started experiencing dizzy spells. I didn’t know what was causing them. I was in school at the time taking training in metaphysics and energy work. During a counseling session, the counselor discovered my grandfather, who was trying to get into my body. This was the cause of the dizzy spells. She helped him move into the light, and I had no  dizzy spells until years later.

This time I recognized the feeling and discerned that my favorite aunt who had recently died was trying to get into my body. She was confused and didn’t know where to go or what to do. She was accompanied by another aunt who had died a couple of years before. A third aunt, who had died years before and whom I had assisted into the light, had brought them to me. I was happy to be able to clarify their situation and send them into the light.

I had a client who came to me because she had suicidal thoughts. After carefully interviewing her, I discerned that she wasn’t a suicidal person and asked her if she knew anyone who had committed suicide. She had an aunt who had killed herself. I worked with her aunt and assisted her into the light. My client felt that I had saved her life, as coming to me was her last resort before killing herself.

If you suspect that you may have an outside influence, there are two things you can do. First, make the commitment to heal the negative thinking that is attracting outside influences. You are likely to need professional help with this. When you have resolved the issues that make you attractive to outside influences, they will move on to friendlier territory. The founder of the Americana Leadership College, Francisco Coll, where I received my education in psychic development, used to tell a little joke about this: What did the mama spook say to the baby spook? “Don’t spook until you’re spooken to.” Confused souls can only be present in energy like theirs. They have no power in positive energy.

The second thing you can do is monitor your energy. Learn to cleanse and clear your energy and practice this every morning when you get up and every night when you go to bed, in addition to any time you feel unfocused, stressed, tired, fearful, angry, depressed, or any other negative emotion.

Here are two simple and powerful clearing processes you can use. The first one is a physical process. Rub your hands together for a few seconds to charge your energy. Then pass your hands over your head and down the back of your neck. Shake your hands to recharge the energy, and repeat the process until you feel relaxed and refreshed.

The second one is a mental process. You can do it anywhere at any time. Visualize (or imagine, if that is easier for you) a brilliant point of white light in your solar plexus area. Visualize or imagine the light expanding until it fills your body. Expand the light further until it surrounds you in a big ball of white light. Notice how peaceful and relaxed you feel. You can repeat an affirmation during these processes, such as “In the name of the Creator within me, I cleanse my body, I cleanse my soul.”


4 thoughts on “The Unquiet Dead

  1. What an amazing post on your inner spiritual! I’m learning a a lot now about energy and soul. Thank you very much for sharing this.. looking forward to read more in your blog.


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