We can’t be too sure, but this is a pretty compelling theory…
Many times, when you speak with someone who has witnessed an apparition, they claim it passed through a closed door, a solid wall, or even climbed a flight of stairs that is not there.
While ghosts and the paranormal is still a blossoming research field with no hard facts, this is still a detail that gets even the most experienced researcher scratching their heads. If spirits can potentially move objects to show their presence, then how might they be able to pass through solid objects such as walls?
One theory focuses on residual hauntings, and it is pretty compelling (as compelling as something can be in regards to the paranormal).
A residual haunt (for those of you who are unfamiliar with the term), is when a spirit seems to be playing on repeat. Maybe they always cry out at midnight or they’re forever walking down a specific hallway or looking out that one window in particular. They do not interact with the living in any way–no conversations, no acknowledgments, nothing. One might say that they are on “autopilot” reliving a specific moment in their life, even if it was hundreds of years ago.
It’s possible that this “autopilot” mode goes even further and follows the path that a person may have walked in life. Perhaps there was a staircase in a home that has since been moved… yet that childlike ghost still plays on an unseen staircase. She may appear to float in the air to us, while to her, she is simply playing on the stairs. Maybe a new set of walls has been constructed recently, seemingly cutting off the path an apparition might follow. Our physical walls cannot interact with the residual journey that Victorian male ghost will eternally walk, making it appear as though he is walking right into a wall… when he is simply walking along a hallway that we no longer see.
Of course, these ideas are all still theories as there are no hard facts or science when it comes to ghosts and the paranormal. However, it does help to make sense of one of the more common traits we see in residual hauntings.
What do you think of this theory? Do you think it has some value or is it just a silly idea? Have you ever witnessed a spirit vanish through a solid object (I have! Ask me about it sometime!)? Let me know in the comments below!