I AN SATISFIED THAT GHOSTS are hallucinations. The only mystery is: what is a hallucination? We do not experience the world as it is. Impressions of the world are sensed, but then are rationalized by the subjective mind. We see the world as we want to.
This appreciation can be affected by tiredness, misdirection and other influences such as culture, changing our appreciation. If information of ‘outside’ is not adequate, the mind creates from its past experience. Hence, we can have ‘brief moments of decalibration’ where the world and our view of it can differ. This is a hallucination.
During this series I’ve shown how we retain phenomenal amounts of information not consciously realized. I’ve shown how this can ape what we think of as possession, with books, films & articles providing colour for the character. The same could be true for ghosts.
You go to a building steeped in history and you see something that others have seen, confirming a ‘real’ ghost. But can you really say in all your years you have never flicked through an information source for that location?
Unknowingly you have taken into memory millions of snippets of information – about the world, its history, even personal information about people you know. It has built within you a reflection of the outside world. And at times when the mind is liable to hallucination, this wealth of information could turn what you see into a reality.
But ghosts are much more than the hauntings they produce. To understand why we must go back in history. Analysis of the earliest writings suggests that our ancestors did not think things out for themselves. Most things were decided from ‘outside’ in a form of communal consciousness – even morality was decided from above.
Analysis of early myth shows that they symbolized identity, belonging and represented moral actions, suggesting that their gods guided, and were experienced, in their world. Going back to my words ( ch 2) on technology and concentration causing the evolution of the unconscious, we can argue that in a lesser technological world, our present dream state was experienced in their normal consciousness.
Hence, their gods, desires, nightmares and their dead were constantly with them. And in being with them, fear and awe attached to their waking dreams and devised the morality they lived by.
As technology advanced, this world receded to the unconscious. Yet, in the ghost experiences that continued to occur, this same form of moral tale attached to them, guaranteeing behaviour through superstition. Maybe our present amoral society is here mainly because the ghost is not here to frighten us into good behaviour.
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