The Psychic Realm: Imprints. I’m betting we’ve all felt them…

Imprints were the stepchild of last Tuesday’s ghosts vs. spirits smackdown: because they’re neither. Now they’re having their day. Imprints are pure energy that we’ve all experienced. Admit it. Ever walked into a room or a building or even an open area, shivered, and known something or someone had been there before you? What you’re likely experiencing isn’t a haunting or a visit from some other dimension–it’s the residual energy from the past.


Imprints happen to a specific place, where a very dramatic event or series of events has occurred.  The theory goes that the emotional impact and sometimes even the imagery from the event(s) literally imprint on the physical space and atmosphere. Future persons who visit the imprint and react to it (many are deeply affected, others find themselves merely uncomfortable in an odd way, but almost everyone has some kind of reaction to these places) then feed even more energy into the powerful phenomenon.

Think of them as energy vortexes. Human like images can be part of them, only adding tot he disturbing, dramatic illusion you experience when you find one. Shadows. Something there out of the corner of your eye, while emotions that aren’t yours flow. But these images aren’t earthbound or alive. They’re echoes. My research tells me that the actual participants in the events that cause imprints are long gone and of no threat to you. Imagine if you will a three-dimensional hologram trapped in a never-ending, never-changing movie scene. One final affirmation that you’re not actually interacting with a ghost or spirit–an imprint’s image never interacts with or even notices the humans that have stumbled across its space.

Examples of how I’m contemplating using imprints in my next Legacy series (dealing with ghosts and hauntings and harnessing the spirit world)?  I read an account of a devestating fire centuries ago in a now historic house that was rebuilt on the site of the event.


There are rooms still where you can feel the heat of the flames and the panic of those who were trapped inside. There’s a prominent home in the story I’m drawing around Charleston’s historic district (where hauntings are thought to be frequent), where the sound of doors slamming and people running and fire roaring comes and goes. Except I don’t want a regular everyday haunting to be my protagonist’s experience. Instead, imprinting seems more appropriate for a character who doesn’t believe in the spirit world, but who keeps being left clues and evidence from the past that she eventually can’t refute (because she’s able to communicate with and see spirits, whether she wants to or not). Cool, right?

Imprints exist indefinitely, fed by generations of terrified people who either were in danger during the initial event or who have visited since. Unlike ghosts, images in imprints cannot be reasoned with or defeated or sent on their way. Because they’re not “there.” Making imprints one of the most powerful and enduring events we’re ever likely to experience in our everyday lives.

Oh, and one more clue. The cold spots you see people in movies and books experiencing in haunted houses. These are common signs of energy vortexes/imprints. So the next time you shiver and look around you wondering if you’ve just heard something that wasn’t there…maybe, just maybe you have ;o)


Next Tuesday’s Psychic Realm adventure… Spirit Guides, and what past life theories can really mean to your view of the spirit world!

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