Many people have experienced things which cannot be explained. They may feel the cause is ghosts....perhaps it is. What is a ghost? No one really knows. All we do know is that things happen without a plausible explanation.

I work from a neutral or "agnostic" standpoint with no prejudices in terms of belief or disbelief in these reported events and when I do investigate, it is from a strictly "nuts-and-bolts" view to what's been experienced and why.

This blog is a portal for those who want to share, talk or learn about their experiences with the unknown. Your anonymity is sacred and no judgment will be passed on you. By talking about your experiences you may find it helps. Educating yourself is a great way to lessen your fear....or pursue your interest.

If you have an experience you would like to report click on the Ghosts and Hauntings Reporting form found on the top right of the sidebar.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Ghost Incubation Period? Or, pop culture silly buggers.

...turn ghost every century as needed
First off I want to apologize for being remiss in my blogging efforts. I’m sure the legions of fans I have (hi mom) are anticipating my return as much as they were Axl Rose and Chinese Democracy. But I won’t make excuses, because excuses don’t fly on the internet anyway.

Since death is the inevitable thing we think of as the opposite of life, perhaps it stands to reason that it should also mirror life in other ways. In life we are born and then are imbued with a seemingly endless supply of youthful energy which we use to put foreign objects in our mouth, torture the cat and commit random acts of petty crime. Gradually we get older, lose our vitality (and various body parts) and eventually wither up and die. Who’s happy now? Happy morning from the reality police! But wait! It could get better!

Once you die you may have the opportunity to turn into a ghost! How cool is that! But in death, as I just theorized, rules are reversed. You start out death as a lame specter barely capable of conjuring yourself into a shadow, let alone turning on the bathroom faucet. Years pass and your technique and power improve until finally, some years or centuries later, you can do a full on glowing presence thing, make noises and maybe even speak or move things around!

Why do I say all of this? Well, logically, that is if you look at the common conception of ghosts by the masses, this is how it must be. Most people believe that ghosts wear Victorian costumes or pioneer dress because, well, they’re dead! And to be dead you have to be old, right? You need to be long dead to properly ferment all of that ghostly prowess.

I just want to point out people’s fascination with history in terms of hauntings. Here’s a question. Imagine a haunted house…what does the house look like? Most of you probably imagined something like the abandoned mansion in the opening credits of Scooby-Doo….the epitome of an old house forsaken of life and forced to take up a career in being creepy and weird, cause, hey, what else is an old abandoned house going to do anyway? Hell, just do a Google image search for “haunted house” and see what you get! (towers seem to factor in rather heavily here….and bats, lots of bats).

I’m going to go ahead here and blame Hollywood again…mostly because they have no imagination but mainly because they aren’t here to defend themselves. Horror movies, kids cartoons, novels, they all associate oldness and decay with ghosts and hauntings.

If we are right, and ghosts only haunt old places and wear period dress, then that means something is going on to eliminate the newly deceased. You know, the ones wearing Tommy Hilfiger or Dockers, and sporting frosted tips. Do they need to incubate for a hundred years or so to be powerful enough to enter our world? Personally I don’t think so.

Lots of reports include the newly deceased, in new houses….I’m not sure what they’re wearing, sorry. My article about Veridical Apparitions mentions documented cases of full on solid ghosts appearing miles away from where they just recently died! That seems powerful enough to me! However, many of these cases never get heard of because they don’t meet main stream criteria, or they think it’s entirely implausible cause everybody knows new condos don’t have ghosts.

In conclusion I think we’re being bamboozled by preconceptions into believing something that isn’t necessarily true. This preconceived notion is troublesome in the ghost research community because it’s misleading, and creates pseudo ghost hunting groups who glom onto abandoned or old buildings as perfect research locations, and then go and trespass and fall through rotting floors in said buildings. A perfect, but tragic, example here…
  

They humiliate themselves by making all non-believers chuckle in their cardigans, while saying “told you so”. Only thing is they're embarrassing the entire serious research community at the same time with their childish antics. Also, it is creating an incredibly inaccurate cross section in terms of research data.

Hollywood and main stream pop culture are fine. I don’t mean to poop on entertainment, people just need to be able to separate entertainment from reality and realize that things in real life can, and do break out of the mold.

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Of Ghost Hunters & Ghostbusters

On my usual morning news surfing foray, where I catch up on the freak show that is called the world, I came upon this little nugget of loveliness….


I don’t have as much of an issue with the wordy bit of the story, more with the picture, showing the mother daughter team taking “readings” at the grave of a supposed local witch. First thing springing to mind is, have they sought out the family of this most likely wrongly accused woman? Would they appreciate people fiddling around their descendents grave and perpetuating the epithet witch? I’m willing to bet the word witch, in this case, is meant to be derogatory and not Wiccan in nature. It’s a wee bit disrespectful in my book to take these kind of liberties.

Reading the comments section you get a pretty clear cross-section of the view people have of those interested in ghostly phenomenon. People like the ones highlighted in the story become the poster children for our pursuit….even though they aren’t in our pursuit! Cemeteries are some of the least purportedly haunted locations you can go to, so if you’re on the prowl for spooks this would be a poor choice….a nice picnic site, yes, but rest assured your picnic is likely very safe from the incursions of the angst ridden dead.

To their credit they state they are not in this to hunt ghosts….and thank god! cause whenever I hear the term “ghost hunters” it conjures up images of Elmer Fudd hunting for wabbits, a comparison that comes from Saturday morning cartoons and is about as serious. Ghostbusters is the term they use…or at least CBC thought it fit nicely to describe what these two do. It’s a rather aggressive term that instantly reminds us of Hollywood. Perhaps they’re trying to ride the coattails of the movie, and thus be seen as intense scientific minded people who are there to save the world from a threat that doesn’t exist. I don’t know, but then I find it very hard to understand anything that goes through the minds of people trying to sensationalize themselves using ghosts as a tool.

Of course anyone taking ghost research and investigation seriously now has a very hard time when the inevitable question comes up in polite conversation…”so, what do you do in your spare time?” Once you mention your hobby most people immediately pull up from their brain databanks stories and articles like this, and cross reference these images with you. It’s like Shakespearian actors being lumped in with the cast of Jersey Shore!

Although, I should really calm myself about this because as Shakespeare said…”Heat not a furnace for your foe so hot that it do singe yourself.”

Monday, 4 July 2011

With the Best Intentions

By definition, ghosts that are perceived in any way by us….mist, voices…knocks… can be seen as a form of physical affect on the real world. However, some seem to be more obvious in their efforts than others. Here’s a brief list of examples I’m thinking of to help set up the theme…

Doors closing
Knocks or rapping
Water taps turned on
Objects moving

These things are of a nature where the affect goes beyond the visual and audible and interacts directly with mundane real world objects. Commonly poltergeists get all the press for these kinds of hauntings, but I feel that that label is overused and has become stereotypical of a violent haunting, which mostly isn’t the case. I talked about ghosts utilizing or being energy a few posts back, and that’s what I’ll delve into a little more here.

In the realm of science anything which is capable of using kinetic energy must be able to exert a force to make something move. When you or I turn on a tap we use calories from the food we eat to give us the energy to twist the knob. It’s the same with anything else we do in the physical world. Obviously a ghost cannot use this type of energy system, and here I’m taking a chance by assuming ghosts don’t eat…..but I think it’s a pretty safe bet.

Does this mean that ghosts that move things about and cause general physical mischief are a type of ghost which can be pigeon holed into a category?….possibly but not necessarily. It could be that all ghosts possess the inherent ability to exact physical change in the real world but it can only be accomplished by the strongest or most determined ghosts. This is the hypothesis I’m proposing here.

Living people come in all sorts of different energy levels….the “A” type personality all the way down to the apathetic couch potato. Obviously the person with more determination exacts more change on the world. So why should this stop when we are dead? If there is a survival of consciousness it seems pretty safe to make the conclusion that something of our personality survives with it. If we are governed at least in part by the morals and ethics of our living personalities then some ghosts would be more successful than others….or maybe couch potato ghosts are relegated to only being able to turn your TV on and off!

If we look at the psychology of how we use determination it may help to explain why it could be a method ghosts use to affect our world. When someone is uncomfortable with a haunting in their home they often resort to addressing the presence in a firm and commanding way to make it go away. I think that the key ingredient behind the success of this technique is the individual’s determination, or power of intent. I think the power of intent can be used by ghosts as well. However, in most cases the physical affect a ghost causes in the real world is slight. Sometimes you hear a report where heavy furniture is moved around but for the most part the objects are small, not requiring much force to move. This says to me that a ghost has limited energy and may need to store it up for awhile before being able to do anything with it.

Upon death it would seem; if all of this is true, that we become greatly diminished, at least in our interaction abilities in this world. The consciousness that we have become upon death needs to draw some sort of energy to itself and store it until the tank is full…this may take time and a high level of concentration. The reason I say this is because if ghosts were able to exert force in the real world at will, as much as they wanted, not having to stop for snacks to refuel, then we might have to go through our day constantly ducking floating objects and getting our feet stuck in closing doors. Thankfully this is not the case….as exciting as it may be the novelty would soon wear off leaving us more annoyed than usual.

If this is how ghosts operate then they are primarily powered by thought….even to the point where they may supersede the need for an energy source. We can liken this to the power of telekinesis, where objects are purportedly moved by the power of mind alone. Or an Olympic athlete, digging deep and pumping themselves up for one last push to finish the race…it would seem that sometimes, when our bodies are drained, we have nothing left but the power that our mind lends us.

Of course a ghost has no physical form and so this can be seen as a kind of handicap. When a living person is deprived of a limb; like an arm for instance, the body compensates for this by becoming quite adept with the remaining arm. By exaggerating that concept we logically see that what a ghost needs to compensate for is the lack of a body…and the only thing it has to compensate with is pure determination or power of thought. As derogatory as the statement may sound, “it’s all in your head”, it really isn’t. When used in this context, it suggests a thing which has fascinating and vast potential.

Monday, 27 June 2011

Being the Last to Know

Being conscious of survival of consciousness…Man! I hate spelling that word Consciousness; I swear if it weren’t for spell check I’d make a fool of myself bi-scentencly! But, it is a term that I feel describes the topic best, that thing which survives our physical form allowing us to remember our living life and guide us through our ghostly purposes. Without it we would just appear as historical repeaters or random bits of forgotten memories with no thought processes.

Assuming that ghosts need a consciousness to exist doesn’t necessarily mean the ghost needs to KNOW it is only a consciousness. Given the behavior of some ghosts by witnesses it would almost seem as if the ghost believed he/she were still alive. Obviously, one would imagine, this would cause the entity to experience some confusion as to why nobody, (or most people anyway) can hear them, notice them, or touch things.

I think of this as the Prisoner effect, the famed British T.V. show from the 60’s. Patrick McGoohan would stumble through his life in “The Village” just trying to figure out what the hell was going on! Placed in a situation of that magnitude of confusion it would cause most individuals to eventually crack and do things they may not have done while alive.

A natural response to this confusion might be to act out to gain attention like some problem child. And indeed in many witness reports it seems as if the resident ghost is trying to do just that. Taps turned, television sets switched on, small objects disappearing are all examples of what some people see as a nuisance haunting…and it certainly seems like something an attention starved child may do, just to make you notice them in that special way you find so precious. Upon the living finally acknowledging the presence, the activity sometimes quiets down. Maybe this is because the ghost has finally realized what’s going on, that they’re dead, and pass on to wherever it is that ghosts go when their done hanging about. Other times the presence persists in it’s antics in a way that suggests they are not satisfied yet.

One hears about mediums, psychics or just regular people asking the presence to “go to the light”, with the intent that the entity does not know they are dead and so need a little persuasion to help them along. This light is presented as the same light mentioned at the end of the tunnel which some believe we travel down upon dying. Whether the light is an actual thing, or just a metaphor allowing our minds to harness our power of intent is moot here. Believe it or not this technique has a fairly good track record for reducing ghostly activity, (more about the power of intent here ) Obviously if this is the case then what these people are doing is informing a spirit that they are indeed dead and can now go to rest.

This is all very interesting but how does a ghost get into this situation in the first place? It seems elementary to the living that death would be a memorable event, so why can’t the dead take a hint? Well, once again we find ourselves in the Land of Impossible Tests. We can’t know what it is like, (although the movie Flatliners was a pretty cool notion) and so have no means of testing the hypothesis. To give us an idea of how this may happen we need to use our imagination…..a popular stop gap measure we must utilize until a better, more scientific approach, is thought of, although I’m of the mind that this is where scientific ideas come from.

Using my imagination to the best of my ability, (whoa! Did you see that purple headed waffle iron!? Woops, wrong topic…) I can think of a few potential ways where one would become detached from their body in such a way to induce death confusion. Some deaths are not a surprise….lengthy illness for instance, but many are not foreseen so readily. Sudden quick deaths can happen in many ways, car crashes, violent crimes….I don’t think I need to get into any more gory detail here. The point is if someone were to experience a sudden transference of their consciousness from one state to the other, then I feel if could be possible that the individual may not “know what hit them” in a manner of speaking.

The living can experience shock in many ways, both psychologically and physically. In both cases it can render our reasoning methods ineffective, causing us to become disoriented and mistake reality for fiction. If the consciousness is a part of the human makeup, and it survives death, does it not still have the same characteristics? Can it not be subject to at least some of the same traumas as it was in life? If so, then a surviving consciousness could enter a state of shock, and it could remain in this state of shock until someone comes along to help.

Sadly, another possibility is the death of a child. Many children die who may be too young to understand what’s happening and upon death cannot process the change as they have no concept of death. Their consciousness defaults to what it knows and therefore tries to convince itself that it’s play time as usual.

It’s a bit sad, and I don’t like to think that when we die there’s no mechanism to tell us of this important fact, but given the details of some ghostly encounters this seems to be a possibility. It may be a bit of a stretch to assume that when we die we are still subject to psychological trickery, but if so, then it seems that whatever part us which does survive death is indeed human.

Friday, 17 June 2011

Survival of Consciousness

I’ve gone on a lot so far about how ghosts may be the product of our own mind so I thought I’d turn the table here and suppose ghosts are being generated by the deceased. That is, the survival of consciousness. I’ll probably still go on though in a rambling way. The problem with all this researching the unknown is that one idea invariably leads to another, and before you know it you have a web of correlating hypotheses spun by a dyslexic spider after a rave. So I apologize in advance for any rabid spittle I may get on your monitor.

The survival of consciousness deserves a more detailed prodding with a pointy stick than I am about to give it. I will try to use this post as a launching point for exploring the individual branches of the hypothesis…the questions brought up herein acting as the sub topics. As always feel free to share any other ideas you feel are relevant. Or just plain cool.

I sometimes think that we, the living, are not required for a ghost to be present. So if we ask…“if a ghost falls in a forest and there’s nobody there to see it….does it still appear?” In this case, yes it would, because they would require no outside influence to bring them into being. But I think we could also suppose that our minds are required to perceive or even “bring” a ghost, but that the ghost is still a surviving consciousness….sorta needing two parts to create the whole. So there could conceivably be more than one kind of manifestation. Either way you look at it, if a ghost is a surviving consciousness, and is able to be here in the physical world, it would imply a sustaining energy source. What kind of energy?

The heart is a muscle driven by low levels of electrical current and can be monitored and measured with an ECG/EKG, or electrocardiogram, device. In the brain we produce Beta, Alpha, Theta and Delta waves. Could a ghost harness this “living” energy into a form useful for manifestation? Or do they draw from an independent energy which they had in their living selves and survives death, held together by some strange force sometimes visible (or audible) to the living? If this is the case then it is an undetectable kind of energy….or at least one we can’t detect yet. EMF detectors are reliant on this theory for survival, but in their case they state the energy being emitted is Electro Magnetic. Unfortunately EMF fields are everywhere so it may be like finding a needle in a haystack.

Leaving the energy conundrum behind, I want to touch on another recurring theme which is puzzling me. If a ghost is a survival of consciousness then why are they usually attached to one place? Why can they not move around more freely? It does seem to me that a great many ghost reports depict the ghost as only being found in one house, or even one room. It’s a little sad to think we should be anchored in death to such a small space. But maybe perspective changes when you die.

Often too, when a family has experienced the ghost of a loved one, they cease to see them when they move to a new house. There must be something to that one physical location.
Yet I find it hard to believe that a ghost, having once been alive, could be more attached to a house than a loved one. Logically then, (if logic is relevant in these things) the ghost does not have a choice in all of this. They need whatever it is in that room to survive, (dead surviving? A bit oxymoronic I know). Personally I cannot come up with any reasons why a structure would be necessary for a ghost to be there but it seems to happen. Maybe it’s the ground under the home which must be specific to be able to support a ghost….something that isn’t found everywhere and so the ghost is bound to places of that nature. When a family moves from the house where their loved one haunted, to a new home where these conditions are not met, the ghost would then get left behind. More on this at another time I think.

There are reports out there though which are more uplifting, of a portable kind of ghost. In these reports the living feel they have a guardian, most often in the form of a deceased loved one….a grandfather or mother who still looks out for you, comforts you and even sometimes warns you of impending danger. The guardian seems to follow an individual wherever they go. So it’s not all doom and gloom and having to go to the dark attic to be comforted by old granddad.

Comparing witness reports, I’ve noticed one large difference in how the stationary ghost and the portable ghost make their presence known. The stationary ghost communicates more bluntly by physical manifestation, moving things about or making noises. Whereas the perceived guardian spirit, or portable ghost, is more subtle…calming the mind with feelings and emotions rather than manipulations in the physical world. Whether these two types are cut from the same cloth is up for debate. They could both be a form of survival of consciousness.

So in summary we have created these points….

1)     The living are not necessary for ghosts to exist, vs. the living are necessary for ghost to exist.
2)     Do ghost require an energy source? And if so what is the source?….internal or external?
3)     Why are some ghosts seemingly anchored to one physical location? (stationary ghosts)
4)     Why do some ghosts (or guardians) seem to move with an individual? (portable ghosts)
5)     Are communication differences between stationary and portable ghosts a result of their personality while alive? Or the personality of the perceiver?

It think this all may go to show that there could definitely be more than one way to survive death. You know what they say…variety is the spice of life. Perhaps it is the spice of death too.

Monday, 13 June 2011

Ghostly Premonitions and the Sixth Sense

Ever get a feeling that something was wrong with a loved one even though they weren’t with you at the time? I think we all have to some degree, (your mom for instance, calling you to ask if you’re o.k. right before you do something she would disapprove of). But how about when it goes a little farther and you see the loved one, as if they are in the room with you. You would be startled when they suddenly vanished and even more so when you receive a phone call 10 minutes later telling you they passed on.

As fantastical as this may seem to some, it has been a reality to others. The idea of death premonitions is certainly not a new one in our culture. Irish Mythology is replete with stories of the Bean Si, or Banshee, a female spirit of a fairy mound said to appear to a family when they are about to experience a death and wail mournfully. Even today reports of people experiencing a vision of a loved one about to die are quite numerous.

The SPR (Society for Psychical Research, link to website on sidebar) has a name for these types of phenomenon, Veridical Hallucinations. Here is their brief explanation of the term.

These are cases in which a person, not dreaming, ill, insane or under the influence of drugs, sees a figure which could not be that of a real person or hears a voice when it is certain that no-one spoke. It is highly likely that most such experiences are hallucinatory. However, some of these hallucinations may be called 'veridical' in that they exhibit correspondences, not easy to explain, with external events, or with the experiences of other percipients.

A little heavy on the lingo but what they’re basically trying to get across is that although what these people are describing fall easily into the category of a normal hallucination, the Veridical ones correspond to the real world by appearing just before a tragic event…..this is where the vehicle of scientific logic gets rerouted into a sturdy block wall. And now we find ourselves in the realm of the unknown groping in the dark for answers until someone can find whatever drawer it was they put the matches in.

I find in cases such as these it helps to assume for awhile that the unknown phenomenon is actually a known phenomenon, enabling us to look at it from a logical or scientific point of view and kind of go through the process of analysis. So, imagine if you will that people do get veridical hallucinations, and it is normal….so how then, using our logic chip, does it happen?

I’m afraid that logicking this topic funnels it back to the brain (damn attention whore!). If the vision is real then it must be a hologram of sorts, and not a hallucination. Therefore I would think it needs something to project it, probably a brain eye collaboration. This then implies that the brain is producing a physical change to the outside world. Pretty heavy stuff indeed! But it gets more amazing! To be able to produce this hologram we would have needed to receive the information beforehand. Now we’re getting into the realm of telepathy. Somehow our mind is picking up on some sort of impulse from the loved one being transmitted through brain waves, or even some sort of collective consciousness. I like to liken the collective consciousness to an old telephone switchboard. Having brought up the operator you tell them the number you want then they plug in a few wires to the appropriate place and you’re connected. Of course only certain people would receive the message, otherwise we’d all be wandering around in a constant state of telepathic reception and we’d never be able to sort out what was real and what was a hologram.

Perhaps the thing that gives the collective consciousness the correct phone number if you will, is the senders emotions. Upon a persons death bed, or even after, what would be a likely thing to be on their mind? Loved ones…..or at least I suspect so, although, having never been dead I’m not sure. And that’s one theory I’m willing to put off finding the answer to.

One could interpret this as a survival trait of sorts…a call for help maybe, or a warning. This would then make it a subset of the sixth sense. That thing we hear so much about in science fiction and a damn interesting movie subject. A lot of people poo poo the existence of a sixth sense but I think it has some merits considering how little we know about the human brain and how much we experience we can’t explain.

Bringing this back onto the topic of ghosts (I heard that’s what this blog is supposed to be about), I think it is yet another possibility about the origins of ghosts. That’s not to say there isn’t more than one explanation to ghosts. Even if ghosts are all in our head it doesn’t mean what we experience is any less profound. The idea that the human brain may be able to send signals of this nature out to those most important to the individual is an awesome concept. Further understanding of psychical abilities could uncover all sorts of unknown tools and functions we didn’t know we had, and answer a lot of questions…..let’s just hope we’re meant to know the answers.

Thursday, 9 June 2011

A Separate Reality.

Everybody seems to have a different way of seeing the world even though we all use the same senses to gather in details about our environment. So, it can be conceived that one persons reality is not necessarily identical to the next persons.

I’ve often wondered why it is that some people seem to see ghosts all the time and why others go through their whole lives and never see anything. Right away I’m confronted with a hundred variables which would affect the answer….so, ya…sorry no answers to the unknown in this blog post either but lots of things to ponder upon. Personally speaking I believe part of the answer lies in the human brain.

Our brains take in information from the real world by use of the senses. I’ve read lots of articles debating whether the ratio of rods to cones in an individuals eye is a contributing factor to their ability to see a ghost, or that sensitive ear bones could lend people the ability to hear things others don’t. However, I’m not an expert on these subjects so I won’t attempt to render these theories into a dogs breakfast. I’m going to do more postulating about the reality/brain connection in a psychological way.

If someone has experienced what they believe to be a ghost they will be much more likely to become a believer. If someone has never experienced a ghost then they are more likely to become a non-believer. Who’s the right one? Well, as far as I can tell they’re both wrong. Sure the believers saw something, but do they know it’s a ghost? Sure the non believers didn’t see anything unusual but does absence of evidence mean non existence? I’m not discounting that the believer saw or heard something they could not explain….I’m more interested in WHAT they saw/heard, and how. Sometimes you’ll read a ghost and haunting report where more than one person is in the room at the time of the ghost sighting, yet not all of those present saw something. Why?

The answer may lie in how our brain interprets the real world. As an example I’ll use the eye as the sensory tool here. The brain has a category for most everything it sees…..something to cross reference what it sees and so come up with an explanation of what “it” is. If it doesn’t recognize what it sees and has no reference material in its data banks then it refers the matter over to the closest thing it resembles. After you explore the new “it” you gain more data on the subject and so a new category is created. But what if there is absolutely NO reference point for your poor addled brain to relate it to? What if what you saw was a glowing, floating kind of mist that looked like the shape of a person? What would be your first thought? Ghost! Of course, traditionally speaking the above explanation of a ghost is the most popular version, hence, the answer your brain comes up with. For most people this is the only reference point they have, derived mostly from cultural memory, (previous post).

I also think that if you believe in something hard enough you can make it come true….at least to yourself. When I was a kid I was afraid of the dark, (but I DIDN’T suck my thumb!...honest!) Laying awake at night in my bed my imagination would run rampant despite the fact I gave it no such permission to do so! The dark possibilities of what was out there seized my mind…after awhile my imagination got really good and I actually convinced myself that I could hear footsteps from somewhere in the house. This would happen to me every night for the next three months and scared the living bejeesus out of me and introduced me to sleep deprivation, (a skill that would come in handy after I had my first child). Eventually, one night I decided to get out of bed to investigate, doing so in the spirit of, it’s better to know what’s coming to eat me than to be taken completely unawares and never know what ate me. My petrified self followed the anomalous sound all the way to the kitchen….. where I found my dog scratching at herself with her hind paw. The resulting thump thump of her elbow on the kitchen floor, although not sounding much like footsteps at all, were indeed the source of my monster. My point is, with a little imagination you can fill in the missing pieces needed to create a really awesome waking nightmare. I couldn’t say for sure, but it seems more than just coincidence that the footsteps stopped the night after bathing the dog and the application of a flea collar.

Back to the thread. Is it then possible for someone to see something they believe is a ghost as a ghost? I think it is possible. Yet I don’t think it is the only explanation of what ghosts are. This just serves as an example that we can’t always trust our senses.

Now, as for the person who has never experienced anything ghostly there are a number of options. Some people are naturally more rational than others….some overly so. With this type of personality it becomes much easier to explain away what they saw or heard. Unfortunately ALL things unexplainable get explained away regardless of any credible evidence to the contrary. I often theorize that some people may not see anything because their brains can’t handle anything so radical…the brain just seizes up, and sends out messages to the senses to kindly stuff it! And stop demanding the brain leave it’s comfort zone! Lets face it, some people are more open to new and exotic experiences, (within the bounds of the Provincial laws please). Can it be that some people’s absolute anti-desire to see a ghost precludes them to paranormal blindness?

According to the above hypothesis it would be best to maintain a balanced and neutral mind when confronting phenomenon, otherwise our brains get in the way and fabricate the evidence and/or remove it. Whether there is any grain of truth to what I’ve said I think it can be agreed upon that our perceptions of the world around us, and how we interpret them, are highly individualistic. Therefore I think it wise to keep this idea in mind when we find ourselves exploring the unknown…we must question even ourselves.