What’s Believing Got to Do with It? Getting Rid of Ghosts and Spirits


I watched a couple of paranormal shows today and couldn’t help but notice (once again) that there are as many techniques for ridding your home of paranormal activity as there are theories on what ghosts and spirits really are.  It appears that all the methods (exorcism, blessing, smudging, telling the spirit to go into the light, telling the spirit is it your home and that they have to leave, sprinkling salt around windows and doors  . . .) work at least some of the time.

I’ve been pondering why this would be the case. I have come to the conclusion that any of these methods work if the person believes they will work. I that is the case, then what does that say about the existence of ghosts and spirits? Do they really exist or do they only exist because we believe they do?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.