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.

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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.


  1. We will all find out soon enough....

  2. Not TOO soon I hope! Although if death is eternal I suppose relatively speaking it won't be's hoping for reincarnation!