Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Ghosts and other spooky things

Since it is that time of year where everyone seems to enjoy scaring themselves and others, I thought it would be fun to talk about the subject of ghosts and other spooky things that have their own set of believers and non-believers.  It's interesting how people react to this subject matter because many who are not afraid of ghosts have never experienced such a phenomenon to actually claim no fear, while those who are afraid and have not experienced it either, fear such a creature because of the concept, not so much by the apparition itself.

So what is a "ghost"?  The term "ghost" is used to describe anything that has a non-physical quality but perceived with physical senses.  It could be the image or shape of any living creature including humans, animals, etc.  It could be a shadow or mist that does not typically belong in space.  It could be disembodied sounds or speech.  There are a whole bunch of categories of "ghosts", but for the most part, people talk about personalities who are no longer (supposed to be) living.  I use the term "apparition" interchangeably with "ghost", where "ghost" refers to a discarnate personality and "apparition" refers to a general visual anomaly.

In metaphysical terms, a "ghost" can be the result of different causes, but all are a form of energy not manifested as physical matter.  A thought projection can be seen as a ghost.  A person "projecting" themselves to a location can be seen as a ghost.  A personality who no longer lives in a physical body can be seen as a ghost, the traditional example of a ghost.  It may not even be a personality, but an emotion that represents itself as a form (shadow, mist).  All thoughts and emotion is energy.  All physical form is the manifestation of thought and emotion.  This is easy to realize if you consider how any "thing" with form can exist at all without the concept of the form existing first, which is a non-physical mental "thing".  I'm not talking about a human mental "concept".  I'm talking about defining the word "symbol", which is form.  Most people accept form "just existing", but you must consider that form itself is a symbol, a concept that we perceive in a specific way, and through our physical senses, we accept mentally that it is real (everything is "real" if you mentally accept its reality).  The physical senses validates our mental perception of form, but the senses and the body are also merely symbols, just as communication through language is the symbolic form of thought.

The stereotypical image of a ghost is a white or smokey apparition that has some visible human form, but not fully shaped. Where do you think this description came from?  Who thought this up, unless someone saw this?  If you've read any near-death experience details of people meeting beloved ones or other people while "dead", you'd find that many descriptions matching this stereotype.  The ghostly figure of a human that is not fully bodied, with transparent or see-through "veil" that emits light is a very typical sight for these experiences.  From this knowledge, it's easy to see that the sightings of ghosts match the description of near-death experiencers.  In addition, many shows that "hunt" for ghosts seem to record images of glowing orbs zipping around.  Again, if you read many near-death experiences, you'd find that people describe spirit entities who are not in any form as being bright balls of light.  So what is being captured on video is this representation of an entity without form.

So why can some people "see" (physically) these apparitions and other can not?  I believe it's because many people who do perceive ghosts are more "sensitive" to their inner senses without actually being aware of their ability.  In other words, they're not really seeing these "ghosts" using their physical eyes as much as they are seeing them with their "spiritual" eyes.  This inner sense is not developed in all persons, which explains why some have more developed psychic abilities and others do not, as well as why many people do not see ghosts.  Those many personalities in the world who have this developed ability typically do not realize this fact.  They take for granted this ability in other ways, but attribute their skill as being a normal part of their physical senses.  Now, this does not mean that ghosts do not appear in the physical spectrum of energy.  Given enough energy, an apparition can be seen with the physical senses because that energy is manifesting itself within the frequency range of physical perception (bringing it's vibration within the physical reality range).

Why can these "sensitive" people see some ghosts, but not all dead people or other "ghosts"?  First of all, the vast majority of "dead" people are not in the range of perception close to this reality.  The dimensions and range of experience is far greater than the limited range we experience in physical life.  If you view these dimensions in terms of frequency, you will see that within the same "space", many layers of realities can coincide.  Because the intensity of thought and emotion provides the energy to manifest the apparition, they can be perceived within the proximity of physical reality.  The more energy, the stronger it is to pick up by those who have the ability to see, but may not quite have the skill or perceptive capability to see all forms of energy.  In other words, some apparitions are "stronger" than others, forming itself in a symbolically recognizable way.  In addition, when someone perceives it, the act of perception provides more energy to it, strengthening its reality.  As the Schrodinger Paradox states that an observer is required to turn a probability into reality, the observer becomes a source of energy that continues to "feed" an apparition.  As long as there is a source of energy which comes from focus, then the thought/emotion energy manifestation will continue to exist.  This is why fears continue to haunt people.  They focus on the fears and it feeds that sense of desperation and anxiety.  I understand this aspect well, as my own physical condition was extended because of my focusing on the condition itself, creating a feedback loop where my focused energy kept it going longer than it should have (anxiety attacks).

Speaking of fears, why do scary movies instill so much fear in some people?  The fear of death is an obvious answer, but in reality, I don't think people fear that as much as the uncertainty of death.  Again, this is from personal experience.  My physical condition didn't create the fear of death as much as the fear of the aspects related with death, such as leaving my family, loved ones, the pain I'll suffer, etc.  Horror movies are good at exposing these fears.  Movies like Rambo do not cause fear (death of people is very overt, but not fear-inducing), but Friday the 13th, Halloween, etc. cause fear because of the uncertainty that leads to death (stalking, unseen expectations, etc.).  If you knew you were going to die, you have time to prepare.  If you don't know you're going to die, and don't think you're going to die, there's no unseen expectation, so no fear.  But, if you think you're going to die, but don't know for sure, then fear rises very quickly.  When you understand this aspect, then all fears are the result of uncertainty and doubt.  Religion has used this fact for their own reasons, including Christianity.  The fear of uncertainty of a person's destination after death creates motivation to act.  But this type of fear is unfounded in all aspects because, as I stated, it is the uncertainty that we fear, not death or damnation.

So how do you overcome fear?  If love overcomes hate, then faith overcomes fear.  Faith, as written in the bible, was never about believing in God or Jesus or miracles.  It was always about overcoming fear, to believe what you cannot see (overcoming uncertainty) and to live like it already is (overcoming doubt).  This is the basis of "belief creating reality".  Belief is faith.  Reality is personal.  Belief does not mean it overcomes the laws of physical reality, which is a collective belief.  You won't start flying (at least in the physical reality) just because you believe you can, since such a belief tries to overcome a collective reality.  But you can believe you are healthy, wealthy, and wise.  Personal belief affects personal reality, which directs personal experience.  Fear is the mistrust and doubt that comes from not knowing, but faith overcomes this by accepting what you expect (not just desire) to be true, regardless of what your senses tell you.  You can say it's fantasy, but then again, isn't life itself a fantasy?  How can something exist where nothing was?  That to me seems fantastical, regardless of whether you believe in creation or not.  So any fears that arise can be overcome by faith in a better belief over the belief that created the fear.  If you fear pain, have faith in bliss.  If you fear unknown, have faith that you know.  If you fear death, have faith in continued life.  There is no other way to overcome fear that comes from beliefs (which creates all fears) than with beliefs that negate fear.

In the end, many of the fears we have are self-created because of our own beliefs.  For the most part, most of the beliefs are not based on knowledge, but rather assumptions.  True knowledge is subjective, just as all beliefs are.  But so is experience.  All experience is subjective and personal.  The problem with assumptions, however, is that it is neither experience, knowledge, or subjective.  It's a false objective view of some reality based on other's beliefs and knowledge, and no true knowledge can be gotten from other's experience, since it is subjective.  You may accept other's experience as knowledge for yourself, but it is the cause of fear because of the uncertainty that a lack of personal experience creates.

Now, even though the majority of personalities are of a fair and good-natured behavior, that does not mean all personalities are approachable.  This is true in physical life and it will be true in non-physical existence since we do not automatically change our characteristics upon death.  There are those misguided personalities that do not seek peace and love, but instead are so enamored by fears and anger that they create a negative energy around them.  These entities tend to draw energy towards them because of their need for love.  This doesn't mean these "negative" ghosts are evil or bad.  As I've written before, there is no such thing as evil.  There is only free-will.  These ghosts that have chosen not to "cross over" into the light, reside mostly in a place known as the "void", which is a place separated only by the mind, just as all "heavenly" places are, but sometimes they remain nearer to the physical plane.  Each person goes where they "belong", meaning where they want to be because of their thoughts, beliefs, and desires.  These places are not places in space (meaning there isn't a location), but rather they are mental places, and thus you do not have to experience such places if you do not wish to.  These entities, rather than choosing to find the energy of love through cooperative endeavors, instead attempt to extract this love energy forcefully.  These are the types of ghosts that are considered poltergeists and demonic presences.  But one need not fear them as much as be aware of them and their qualities.  Fear only creates more energy to feed the negative entity.  What they require is patience and love as they must choose out of their own free-will to change their behavior.  Having patience and love in such circumstances may not be easy to accomplish, but one must remember their own immortality in order to resist the fear of negative thoughts such as death and pain, which are the products of fear and negative thoughts.

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