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Do Ghosts And Spirits Really Exist Or Is There Something Else Out There?
Things That Go Bump In The Night
I have recently got to thinking about why we believe in ghosts. After watching so many TV programs about haunted houses, old pubs and of the course the obviously haunted sewers, I seriously wondered if these ghosts were actually quite mad! If you think about it, why on earth would ghosts stay around an old sewer, or even the house they used to live in?
I mean surely, if there really is something out there called Heaven or even Hell, wouldn't they want to go and explore? Yes, to a certain degree I understand them wanting to stay in the same house that they had been born in, it must be quite fascinating to see all the mod cons and the new owners. But surely after a while you would get bored. This is of course if the ghost had any residual sensel left over, after leaving this earthly coil.
But to stay in the sewers? Apart from a few rats and mice, and of course all the nasty floating objects shooting past them, what else is there for them to do? And why do all the ghost hunters have to do everything in the dark? Why don't they at least light a candle. So what is the reason why we believe in ghosts?
Over the centuries, myths and legends have always told of ghostly maidens walking through graveyards in the dead of night, or eerie wailing has been heard in the woods nearby. As science has progressed and we along with it, surely we must know that nearly all of the so called ghost sightings have a simple explanation. For example, noises in the woods we now know are usually a sign of owls or other creatures going about their business. Sightings are usually just shadows or Will o' the Wisp which as we now know is glowing methane or gas clouds coming up from the ground, caused by organic decay.
Sounds in the house can be explained by the walls and furniture expanding and contracting in the heat. And of course the so called cold spots that usually appear in a house are just that, a draught under the door.
But what about the people who actually see ghosts?
Usually whenever a person appears on TV talking about their encounter with a ghost, they usually come out with the same story. They were walking up the stairs, and all of a sudden they saw a ‘ghostly form’ walk past them. The trouble is by the time the person gets interviewed, their mind has decided to add lovely little titbit's such as, ‘and they were wearing a crinoline dress!’ why is that? I don’t personally think they are making it up, I believe that by the time they have thought about it, talked to friends and got themselves into a frenzy about being interviewed, their brain has made the whole thing up into a great big adventure. And that, I think, is the problem.
Fight And Flight
Our minds are as deep and unknown as the depths of the Ocean, and the expanse of Space. There is only so much we know about how our brains work. Take for example the fact that someone does actually see something. In this scenario, a girl is walking through an empty house. It is cold and dark, the lights outside have gone out and she fumbles around for the light switch to see where she is going.
What’s happening to her body? To start with her adrenaline is fine, but as she begins to get uncomfortable with the situation, her body goes into the fight and flight mode. Her breathing becomes erratic, and before you know it, she sees or hears a ghost. There can be two explanations for this, apart from imagination. One, the animal instinct in her makes her vision much more clear, she sees things that she wouldn't normally take in. Floating dust mites, shadows from the trees outside and so on. And the second is, maybe her brain is trying desperately to figure out what it is she is seeing. Her mind tries to make shapes out of the darkness and comes up with the one explanation that is deeply implanted into her subconscious mind. A ghost.
Ley Lines or Magnetic Force
There of course is another explanation. The Earth does emanate a certain amount of magnetic force, and people who believe in the Spiritual Science of the Earth think that these lines effect our minds. Ley Lines were even studied to see if they did produce some sort of Psychic energy. Of course ley lines may just be a myth.
They were discovered by Alfred Watkins back in 1921, who, when riding out across the hills of Bredwardine Hertfordshire England, suddenly noticed that most of the paths and roads seemed to meet at certain points. Castles, Churches and other Sacred sites all seemed to line up. Looking more closely, he discovered that they had been used for Centuries even before the building of the said Castles etc. His studies indicated that ancient man must somehow have known about these Psychic pathways and built on them accordingly. This has been debunked by Scientists, who state that the lines in question do not even exist. But the one thing we do know is that certain magnetic forces can affect peoples memory as shown recently on the Science lectures on TV.
Certain stimuli to our brains can affect our cognitive thinking. By coincidence after watching another science program that talked about this, my friend phoned me and said that the night before, she had seen a ghost. Now she is not prone to imagination, she is a hardened Scottish lass who doesn't believe or take notice of any nonsense. So as you can imagine I was very surprised. What she told me corresponded to what I had seen on the Program.
It was late at night and she was standing in her living room sorting out boxes of papers for work. The room was quiet and she was completely alone. All of a sudden, out of the corner of her eye, she suddenly saw a figure standing in the doorway. She jumped and dropped the box. She was totally convinced that she had seen someone. She thought it was a man. Her husband was upstairs in bed at the time and couldn’t have been him.
When I asked her if she could hear any cars outside, she looked at me in complete amazement. Yes, she said, there were a few driving past. So I told her what I had heard on the program. Evidently the sound of the cars whoomping over the speed bumps, and the quiet darkness of the room, actually affects your mind. In other words, her ghost was imagination caused by the stimuli.
It was the perfect scenario for subliminal suggestion.
Time Slips and Other Scenario's
So, we have all the mind scenarios explained. What about the real ghost sightings? These are the ones that cannot be explained by fright, subliminal suggestions and magnetic forces affecting our brain patterns.
The one thing that I have noticed in all of the ghostly wanderings that people report, is the fact that ghost A will always appear at a certain time of the night, and walk across the road to house B.
In other words the ghost is doing the same thing night after night. What does that tell you?
1. Ghost A and house B are in a time loop. In other words it really is a ghost but on the Other Plane where it lives, it either has no memory and has to keep walking over to House B, or time has gone forward in that Other Plane but we only see the loop.
2. The Ghost is in fact a 'Memory' of that person. In other words, we all know that we have an Aura. Scientific explanation is that we all emanate electricity around us. Same thing. Maybe in certain conditions we can see the outline of the Aura, which would explain the continuous loop going round and round.
3. Another Dimension. Maybe we see in certain circumstances another World that is overlapping our own. This would explain ghosts that don’t stay in the same place and in fact walk around the house at different times of the day and night, doing totally different things each time.
4. A Time Slip. This is the one that I actually believe in. Time is a man made concept to a certain extent. Obviously time does happen, Planets are born, Planets die etc. But maybe time loops back on itself sometimes, as Einstein believed. It would also explain precognition and premonition, in other words seeing into the future.
There has been a study by physicists who deal with quantum physics, stating that maybe what we see as time is not linear. In other words it doesn’t go from A to B across the Centuries, but it has all happened at once, and sometimes our minds ‘lift’ above our consciousness, rather like sitting in a Helicopter looking down, and ‘see’ the past or the future. As I stated in my article Time Travel Anne Moberly and Eleanor Jourdain The Ghost of Versailles
And of course the last explanation is a Ghost. Simple as that. Maybe Marie Antoinette is still haunting Versailles. Anne Boleyn is still looking for her head in the Tower of London. And of course Great Grandma Jones is still walking around your bedroom looking for her false teeth!
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