Is My House Alive? Can Homes and Buildings Have Consciousness?
Our Connections With Buildings
We are a modern society that takes for granted many things around us...disregarding our surroundings on a daily basis. We forget how much work is put into the creation of the buildings that we work in, live in, visit. Every piece of these buildings has come from somewhere...something has given of itself in order to make each building in existence. This may have been a tree, a mountain, a man. Whether we consciously recognize it or not, each and every one of us has some sort of connection with a building...be it our home or elsewhere.
The question is, do our homes have a reciprocal connection with us? Do the buildings that have so much character and seem to have a personality actually have a personality? Let's examine the possibility of homes and buildings being alive.
What's a home made of?
You might be thinking, well that's a simple question that deserves a simple answer. But hear me out. The contents that make up a house are all pieces of a bigger picture. They all come from somewhere. And behind each item that makes up a home, there is time, effort, and energy. Think about it, a home is made up of one or more of the following: wood, brick, concrete, glass, and metals of various kinds. Each of these things comes from something in nature, and if you believe that trees are alive (because they are) then what would stop their essence from carrying over into the wood that makes up the walls and beams of a home?
Besides the actual structure of a home, the people living inside of the house make it a home. Every person contributes something of their time into making a house a home. For example, the mom might hang pictures on the walls, paint the walls, and keep the carpets clean. The dad might power-wash the exterior of the house and keep it looking nice. Everyone lends energy to making the house a home...and energy never dies...it just mutates or moves into some other form.
In addition to the energy and effort it takes in making a house a home, the family living inside also contributes to the home's energy just by living in it. Every person's emotions and wavelengths are emitted on a daily basis without them even realizing it. That energy has to go somewhere...does the home itself absorb the cast-off energies of the family it houses? What about when a crisis occurs or tragedy strikes the family?
Residual Energy - Is it the house talking to us?
There are many hauntings occurring simultaneously at this very moment all across the world. Some of those hauntings are what the paranormal researchers refer to as "residual energy hauntings". Residual energy hauntings are basically hauntings that occur due to built-up energy in a building or house. This residual energy haunting is more simply put a play-back of an event or memory that occurred within the house or building.
My question is this: are residual energy hauntings the memory of the house being projected into our consciousness? Or is it that the house is trying to communicate with us. What about when murder or some other unspeakable horror occurs within an otherwise-peaceful home? Does that home become angry or mournful and project its anger or sadness into reality? I often wonder if residual energy hauntings are nothing more than the house expressing its feelings for us to see.
Have you ever walked into a building or home and felt immediately uncomfortable there? You might have gotten an intense urge to leave or run away from this place. That is residual energy. The question is whether that residual energy was originally projected from a human experience that is now stuck within the walls of a building or whether the building is projecting its experience towards we humans for recognition.
Kitty the Dreamer's video on a historic 1920s house...alive?
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My Victorian Farmhouse Story
As a young girl, my grandparents owned a Victorian-style farmhouse in Port Tobacco, MD. This farmhouse was over a hundred years old at the time, and had a personality all its own. A large red barn was in the back, and it was surrounded by forests, farms, and nature in all its beauty. The thing that made this house special was that my grandparents raised my Father, aunts, and uncles in this house. They had the opportunity to purchase it and renovate it and use it as a family get-away type of house. We had picnics and crab feasts there in the Summer and listened to the sounds of the forest at night, right from the back porch.
This house to me seemed alive. Its walls echoed with the memories of my grandparents and of days gone by. My father lived a simple childhood there, but a good childhood...and that house no doubt had a memory of those times. But as all good things come to an end, I recently learned that the house is no longer in existence. It burned down a few years ago.
Burning down a house that has such a lovely personality, that holds the memories of more than one precious family within its tattered wallpapered-walls...this is a despicable act.
Treat your home as you would like to be treated.
So whether houses and buildings are actually alive or have consciousness is a theory of mine that is up for debate. Some people agree with me, while others strongly disagree. I believe a lot of this depends on your religion and upbringing and your experiences within particular homes throughout your life.
I had a friend once tell me that some of the Japanese believe that anything over a hundred years old automatically gains a soul. If this is true, then many buildings would indeed have a soul...so where does their soul go when they are abandoned....destroyed?
Whether you believe that your house is alive or not is up to you, but something we can all take away from this is to treat our homes like we want to be treated. Clean them. Maintain them. Appreciate them for what they are...a roof over our heads, a floor under our feet, somewhere to lay our head down at night. Somewhere to laugh, cry, and love. Lest we forget.
Written and copyright © by KittytheDreamer (May Canfield), 2013. All Rights Reserved.
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