Paranormal and the thinking mind

face Erlend Mork

Wonder why we are so fascinated with the paranormal. I think that it is an innate fear of the unknown and death. I can picture early man when confronted with the unexplained sudden death of someone they cared about blaming the forces of nature. After all they didn’t know a cause of death unless an animal attacked or there was an accident. They had no idea of disease except it came and stopped people from being animated and moving. Burial probably started as a means of keeping wild animals at bay. After time it became more and more ritualistic. We fear that which we do not know. Disease and natural occurrences can seem like the workings of the Gods or malevolent spirits. Noises in a cave filled with darkness except for the flickering of a small fire must be terrifying. Shadows become ghosts and spirits of the dead.

ghost girl

Do spirits, Gods and ghosts exist? Maybe they do or maybe it is the human mind making sense of the senseless. Many of the myths and stories that have come down to us have a lot of the same basis. Many of the stories of the bible have similarities to Egyptian mythology. Not that the bible is untrue it is just also stories and myths that may have had a grain of truth. It is a guide and the stories are used to illustrate the social behavior that the particular society found beneficial. There are several books that were deleted and what we have now really doesn’t reflect the original intent.

What happens when we die ? We are no further in that quest than early man. Even with numerous experiments and tales of beyond we really don’t know. There was even an experiment measuring if the soul left the body at death. A dying person is on a bed on a scale and at the moment of death and before weights are taken. Others have come back from near death and told tales of the beyond. Is this a safety mechanism of the brain to deal with the idea of dying and not existing any more? It is a very terrifying concept. Or is it really a realm beyond?

http://discovermagazine.com/2007/jun/soul-search

Article on the weighing of the soul.

All in all it is a fascinating subject. While things like Vampires I do not believe exist except in the adolescent mine are easily disproved (sorry Nosferatu). Others continue to fascinate and occupy our minds. As for me, I do hope there is an existence of some sort after death. It would be wonderful if we can see those that went before and death can be conquered but I am just not sure. My logical mind says no we are just a creation of nature and like all natural things have an existence and then make way for others. My heart however yearns for the hereafter. Perhaps someday I will know for sure. Just hope it isn’t too soon. I like it here.

here after

26 comments

  1. marilynmunrow · April 11, 2015

    I agree on a lot of things you say here, but i know something for sure. If there is a life after death, and God forgives everybody, even mass murderers, and rapists, then i sure do not want to go where they are. I will just stay here with you thank you sugar. hahahahaha Wonderful blog. Love to read you.

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    • g2 · April 13, 2015

      but… it could be our meatsacks are the whole cause of the dysfunction. Maybe without the outer shell, we’re all pretty advanced and accepting.. wow, that’d be kind of nice. At least it might reduce or eliminate judgement based on the visual eh?

      For Galesmind: http://www.livescience.com/32327-how-much-does-the-soul-weigh.html
      A long time ago a scientist did theorize the soul had weight, 21 grams on average to be exact. It was rudimentary and sloppy and not something you’d see referenced in a refereed science paper, but I’m sure that is yet to come. It certainly piques my curiosity.

      And vampires… I read an excellent paper that theorized much of the vampire legend possibly stemmed from humans infected by rabid dogs. The height in violence, the increase in aggressiveness, even biting were all symptoms, so vampires may have actually been a thing, but not as they have altered to be now and most definitely not glitter-speckled, androgynous sex-exuding, forest prancing types either 😉

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      • Gale A. Molinari · April 13, 2015

        Interesting thought. The legend of the vampire started in Romania bodies had stakes out through them and blood appeared on the mouth. Sometimes in people seemed dead with the rudimentary science of the day many were actually buried alive. Scratches were found on some that had been exhumed. It is a fascinating subject.

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      • marilynmunrow · April 14, 2015

        hhhahahaha i love your description of what is referred to now as vampires. Yes i also read a lot about people being bitten by rabit dogs, which started the legend. I love your thinking sugar. Thanks for the comments.

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      • marilynmunrow · April 14, 2015

        I do believe in actual fact that the legend started with Vlad the Impaler, who was a Prince in Romania, or so the legend goes. He impaled his enemies on spikes as a warning to their armies. I think the myth of Dracula actually came from him and his cruel ways.

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      • Gale A. Molinari · April 14, 2015

        It is funny but in Romania Vlad is actually a hero yes he was brutal but it stopped the invasion with it’s brutality.

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      • marilynmunrow · April 14, 2015

        Of course he did. It as war, was it not? People do brutal things in war.

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  2. marilynmunrow · April 11, 2015

    Reblogged this on Marilyn Munrow and commented:
    Fascinating read. I love the whole thing about Is there Life after death or not. Who knows, but one thing is for sure, i dont want to find out yet. I enjoy myself too much in this life. Thank you for this wonderful post. Enjoyed it immensely.

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  3. Gale A. Molinari · April 11, 2015

    Thank you. Yes it does bring up more questions. Never bought the cloud and harp thing. That would be hell to me.

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  4. Courtney M. Wendleton · April 11, 2015

    Reblogged this on Books and More.

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  5. Gale A. Molinari · April 11, 2015

    Thank you so much for the reblog!! I am honored.

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  6. SD Gates · April 11, 2015

    Love the post. I suspect there is so much more that goes on around us than we will ever know. I think as children we are more in tune those things and as we get older our minds tend to block out those things that can’t be explained rationally.

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    • Gale A. Molinari · April 11, 2015

      Animals as well but they don’t question so that may be why we develop mental protections from things we don’t understand I think.

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  7. Léa · May 7, 2015

    Some are afraid of darkness and some shy away from the light. I like to embrace both as each enhances the other and have their own special delights.
    Thank you for choosing to follow one of my blogs. I hope you continue to enjoy the posts. Léa

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  8. okiemagic · May 7, 2015

    Jewish culture has been filled with superstition from it’s beginnings in the desert where Abraham peered at the stars and saw not the reflection of a distant celestial fireball but the essence of G-d and has not abated up to present times….As for death, I figure when we pass, our spirit, our energy, returns to the sphere of existence we had prior to birth…As we were we will be again..We join the eternal river of souls..Physically, we ultimately return to the Earth, the clay and water of which we were made and I like that part cause I’m a natural man…To return to nature holds an attraction to me….Another reason I like the idea of cremation, so we can return quickly…

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  9. okiemagic · May 7, 2015

    When I was a kid my cousin and I used to spend a great deal of time in a nearby cemetery…With it’s lush green grass, civil war cannons and many of our relatives in permanent residence it became our innocent playground…Sometimes we would either sneak out late at night or camp in the nearby patch of woods and wander through the boneyard under the moon and stars…Our only fear of the place was the stories we had heard from oldtimers of “haints” who wandered the grounds from time to time under a full moon…More than once an eerie noise or an unexplained light would send us into a temporary fit of delicious terror…A bit of a rush really…We never stopped and thought about the sanity or logic of believing in ghosts, spirits, etc just had a vague feeling or suspicion there just might be some truth to it and that was good enough….We were certain stump water from a cemetery would cure warts though and if one was being chased by a Mojo you could spin your body in three circles to the left cause a Mojo can’t go in circles……

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  10. okiemagic · May 7, 2015

    My Grandmother, very Jewish, was extremely superstitious and I think a bit rubbed off so to this day I don’t walk under ladders, never leave a rocking chair rocking with no one in it, avoid black cats, never sit and pray with Goys and on and on…Ridiculous really…

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  11. bookreviews1966 · May 8, 2015

    I believe in life after death for sure. Great article!!

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  12. Gale A. Molinari · April 17, 2016

    Reblogged this on galesmind.

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  13. jennydevildoll · April 18, 2016

    I think even in modern times these things are archetypal and serve as metaphors for fears or hopes in the human collective unconscious. I mean the paranormal not only is “scary” stories like vampires, ghosts, etc., but friendlier mythical creatures, fairies, unicorns…though some old folklore about these beings could be pretty unsettling too.

    I think the idea that there’s more than meets the eye, “more in Heaven and Earth than dreamt of in your philosophy”, to paraphrase Shakespeare, is fun to think about.

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