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.

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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.