Not at all the way people may think.
Spirits are dead. They are dead. The dead can exhibit emotion, but this emotion is based on what was endured and exerted in life. When they experience something similar to what was dealt in their lives, it is possible for them to exhibit a response based on that in line with what they knew and developed in life. They make relations, connections, which can draw something out of their past.
However, the spirits you WANT to be keeping and most of you would be keeping, are those which have transitioned and transcended their inhibiting or otherwise 'raw-impacted traits'.
This is why many DA beings for instance who are more on the malicious side in life, can be safely 'kept' after death. Many beings who are predators to us in life, are 'softened' (affectivity-wise) in spirit as their life-drive is not there. They are not living beings, they do not need to produce the things that are necessary in life, or to be nourished the same way. They have died, and the *essence* of who they were remains and can be interactive.
Understand however, in death you change. You do not remain what you were, you transition into a new form of self - which is the embodying spirit. Afterlife transitioning is a huge deal which I rarely see anyone discuss or explore. It's something I personally have studied, following people from their moment of death and through transition, checking up step by step, seeing the changes they have gone through and what that means for a spirit. So I can tell you this from experience (believe me or not). Also, it's completely fascinating.
This is very difficult to explain unless you understand the distinction between the living and the dead, as well as the newly dead and transitioned dead, and/or have worked extensively with the dead. There are many 'types' of dead. If you're just interested in keeping spirits chances are you're not going to get the ins and outs of all this. It is extremely EASY to misperceive the actions, intentions, ways of a spirit. Much is lost in translation, and when we feel or experience certain energies from a spirit we - as living humans - can translate them as things like jealousy, anger, depression. That's the simplest conclusion, one I would find unfair to settle upon.
If you want to totally understand then really get to know these spirits, do not make presumptions and be willing to dig a little deeper than basic back and forth.
A spirit can hold onto energy from life that gives them a depressive, angry, or jealous nature.. this doesn't mean they are 'getting' that way as a result of things going on now in their spiritual state (ie interactions with you). For some it was such a vital part of who they are that it will never be released. For many, it is eventually worked through where they fall into a state of purity - no reactory energies like this to inhibit their interactions. (Also understand a distinction between useless/reactory energies and individual personality - the personality is retained).
Agggggghhhhh my brain hurts lmao..... XD
Damn that's a lot of info. Interesting though!
I sort of like to feel like the spirits I interact with have a flow of constant emotions, that don't always relate to its past. I could (and likely am) be completely wrong though haha, being new to this and all.
I suppose I just like to think of spirits as having a form of existence more than simply what feels like being explained as a film that can be replayed, and doesn't still grow and adapt the same way living things do. Hmmmmmmmmmm. Ah well.
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