Attachments can be a part of the following: elementals, Dead Energy, demonics, earth bound souls, collective thought-forms, fragments, ancestors, etheric weapons, geo-pathic stressors (curry lines or static energy fields) and just plain bad energy (reversed life force) deposited into the land mass, in houses, places of worship, or any other space a person walks around on the ground. This kind of negative energy can build up in a person’s aura and make one feel physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually sick. This is similar to understanding if our life force and aura are not circulating properly we can have “clogged pipes” that make us feel “un-well”. If we have an entity attachment in our aura it can make us feel sick, slimed, and not “ourselves”. Most humans are not aware if a massive trauma happens on a land mass at any point in time, that energy is stuck there until “someone” cleans it up. If no one does, it lingers and attracts more negative energy. Generally this creates an “unhappy” space, and a sensitive may feel this energy and want to run away from it.
Having clarity from within this massive confusion requires awareness of negative patterns and their attachments and then the focused discipline of your Negative Ego mind to clear them. It is the time to remove all attachments to the external outcome and personal results. 
When we consistently think with the Houses of Ego we are using the Negative Ego which requires to consume energy from the external world and from others that we have developed Attachments. This is called the Consumptive Modeling of the Imposter Spirit and their related forces. 
The Witness or Observer has no judgment. It allows observation of external events without needing to control the outcome. By maintaining neutral one can release Attachments. Once a states of observation without judgment are easily held in one's Consciousness, the being will choose its continued evolution through the choices it makes in accordance to the Law of Compassion. Either one develops their higher mental bodies which are a function of the higher intelligence of the Soul and Monadic bodies, or synthesizes these mental intelligence through their open and loving heart. Compassionate practices open the closed heart chakra and its complex. Higher knowledge without practicing Compassion produces a Luciferian entity. Without compassion a being cannot develop any further in Consciousness and will expand horizontally, rather than vertically.
There are also spaces that are used as soul traps or Consciousness Traps, which are used to keep a person’s consciousness stuck like a hamster on a wheel, going in circles and not moving anywhere.This is why discernment and comprehension of how consciousness works and placing your value and attention on developing personal consciousness is so important. False White light and consciousness traps are like machinery, they are not fully sentient. Instead they are like replicants or artificial intelligence, which may be cognized when one has developed sensory ability and feeling through heart consciousness. When one has a connection with the 12D Shield and the heart and Spirits of Christ, you will feel the harshness of non-sentient or alien matrices immediately. They feel machined, artificial, metal like, sharp, may feel or sound "tinny" like an aluminum foil. When one is active in the pursuit and dedication of expanding ones consciousness, and knowing these consciousness traps do exist, you can avoid them. In some cases, you may even be a part of the grid work teams asked to dismantle them to stop other Soul’s from being trapped inside them.
HGS Manual: Term first found on Page 38.