May 21, 2018

Beleiving in Apparitions

Much has been written about apparitions...a.k.a. ghosts...those nefarious spirits that can’t rest...usually in a scary, or even an evil manner...there are as many ghost stories as they are...well, ghosts...if you believe in that kind of thing of course...why do people believe in ghosts?...why do they ‘see’ ghosts?...is it just an overactive imagination at work...or is it maybe a case of wishful thinking?...it is a fact that cultures all around the globe believe that spirits exist after death and that they live in the ‘spirit’ world...or some such euphemism...ghosts are among the most widely believed of any type of paranormal phenomenon...a poll done a few years ago indicated that over 40 percent of people who lived in the U.S.A. believed that ghosts do actually exist...why do so many like to believe in ghosts?...common sense and reason would dictate that no such thing could possibly occur, and yet...so many believe...I mean if someone is dead, how could it be possible that they could take some other form and somehow appear before us...the whole thing sounds crazy, yet...perhaps it’s just that in some cases we don’t want to let go...or maybe it’s the departed that don’t want to let go...and ghosts are not necessarily limited to the living, for reports of ghost ships, trains, and other inanimate objects have been logged as well...cemeteries are gathering places for those of the great beyond as one might expect, although a ghost could be encountered just about anywhere...ghost towns might be a place to find ghosts and that would make sense...in fact, there are quite a few ghost towns where people have claimed to see apparitions...people who call themselves ‘ghost hunters’ have gotten a lot of publicity with their quests to document actual ghost activity...but nothing has come of it...at least nothing that proves ghosts do exist...maybe there’s such a thing where ghosts cannot be documented, but they do exist...something to think about the next time you see a strange light or form in that dark hallway you are about to go down.

May 19, 2018

Cotard Delusion

‘Walking Corpse Syndrome’ known by its scientific name of Cotard delusion is a very rare mental illness in which the person who has it has in their mind the delusional belief that they are already dead...hence ‘a walking corpse’...some patients have asked to be taken to a morgue...or else they may think that they do not exist at all...or even that their body is decaying and rotting away...they may think that all their blood has left their body, or even that their internal organs have vanished...the patient that has this particular type of this mental illness often times denies their own existence...saying that they really aren’t ‘there’...or that a portion of their body is gone...this occasionally strikes those with mood disorders or psychiatric issues...on occasion, this condition has resulted from a brain injury...this delusion exists in three stages...the first being what is referred to as the germination stage...in this beginning stage of the syndrome, the symptoms of psychotic depression and of severe hypochondria manifest...then there is the blooming stage which means that the full development of the syndrome and the delusions are in full force...and finally there is the chronic stage...in this stage, the delusions continue and is accompanied by chronic depression...this condition often results in the afflicted withdrawing from others...this condition of course results in a distorted sense of reality, thus resulting in a distorted view of the outside world... hallucinations are not required for a person with Cotard delusion...oddly enough, sometimes people with this illness sometimes feel as though they are immortal.

May 17, 2018

An Altered State Of Mind

Call it what you will, an altered state of consciousness, or an altered state of mind or mind alteration…call it what you want, but it is any condition which is significantly different from what the ‘experts’ call a normal waking beta wave state, whatever that is...I surmise that refers to a regular state of mind…in the stuffy world of academia, the expression was used as early as the mid-1960’s…the term describes changes in one's mental state, a deviation from the norm so to speak...these deviations are almost always temporary in nature, but not always…sometimes, some people will refer to an "altered state of awareness"…these altered states can be quite accidental in nature, or they may be intentionally produced...taking some medication which unknowingly causes this effect would be an example of an accidental change of state...sometimes during meditation, this can also take place...the use of drugs, something like taking LSD would be knowingly done to create an intentional state...an altered state of consciousness allows one to go beyond...beyond what is normally experienced...beyond what is thought to be possible...to take in those experiences...to find one’s self in a state of animation...a feeling of liveliness that one can’t find in the everyday...a spirit of vivacity that bubbles out like a ripple in a pond...it is touching another world, another plane.

May 15, 2018

Not Of This World

Some people are not of this world...they belong to something else, but they do belong...they are adrift in their own worlds...belonging to nothing and to no one but themselves...they are restless spirits on an endless flight as the song goes...they don’t fit in and they don’t try to...the term comes from the pages of the bible and is sometimes used in a religious sense...but that’s not what we’re talking about in this case...it can be used in a different manner...other times, it literally means ‘not of this world’...different wavelength, different frequency, whatever...people of this ilk are often lost in a sea of confusion...not that they are the ones who are confused...sometimes on can have an understanding so profound, that they are misunderstood by society in general, even though they may have a very clear picture of what is going on...their insights are often not appreciated until they are no longer around...Helen Keller said that the best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart...perhaps that’s how those kind of people live...with the heart...a heart that is pure and noble...and not with the mind that is contaminated with the toxins that society puts into it...of course this can place a lot of pressure on these ‘misfits’ as they often are labeled...and sometimes those who are not of this world see no choice but to leave this one.

May 13, 2018

A Psychosis Of The Mystical Kind

Mystical Psychosis...the term itself brings to mind a feeling of bizarreness...Mystical psychosis is a term that is used to characterize first-person accounts of rather strange experiences that are quite similar to reports of mystical experiences given by people…the ‘psychosis’ term, well that gets thrown in there by some to mean that such experiences just aren’t possible unless someone is having some sort of a psychotic episode…it’s true that some people in a psychotic state might give indications that they are ‘mystical’ but this is usually not the case and the term mystical psychosis may very well be true...a.k.a. the person who goes around claiming to be ‘God’ but of course isn’t…in a recent case, a young woman who was said to be on drugs, clawed her eyeballs out of her head in the belief that she would become closer to God...now, she is blind for the rest of her life...a victim of a drug induced psychosis...but there are episodes where a rather ordinary person may experience a mystical episode where they are engulfed in ‘spirituality’ and a closeness to the source…these events may not be sought out at all but come to a person quite unexpected…they may see images that overwhelm their senses...sometimes these images are religious in nature or it can be totally un-religious…visions, voices, an ability to contact the dead, and telepathy have all said to have occurred during these ‘episodes’ as they’re called by some...or it could be something as simple as joy or an intense state of ecstasy have been reported…the subject will later calm down and usually be serene...stating that they felt a oneness with the universe...and that this feeling of oneness brought them a sense of rapture...as though they could figuratively, reach out and touch God (if they are of the religious bent) and that somehow they have reached a spiritual wavelength that they believe connected them with God in some cosmic way…some scoff at this whole notion or rhapsody, but such a thing does exist...us mystics know.

May 11, 2018

Flight 592 and The Ghosts

May 11th, the anniversary of ValuJet flight 592’s crash into the Everglades in South Florida…the terrible crash took the lives of all 110 people that were on board...almost all were killed by the sheer impact of the airplane hitting the ground...the plane had taken off from Miami, but then suffered a fire aboard...which came from improperly loaded cargo...Flight 592 had disappeared from radar at almost 2:14 p.m...those who witnessed the crash report the plane banking sharply and then rolling onto its side...then it nosedived directly into the Everglades...which is located just a few miles west of Miami...the plane hit the ground going over 500 miles per hour...recovery of pieces from the aircraft and victims was complicated by the location of the crash...the nearest road to the crash site was more than a quarter mile from where the plane went down...the plane crashed into a deep-water swamp...the aircraft was almost completely destroyed on impact which left no large pieces of the fuselage remaining...the natural environment, crocodiles and alligators, and the risk of severe bacterial infection from any cuts plagued the searchers who were involved in the recovery effort...little in the way of human remains were found...mostly because of the force that the plane hit the ground, and wildlife that scavenged the site...it has been said that the ghosts of the dead flight crew have been reported as being seen on other flights...the crash of this plane took place in Florida’s Everglades and the ghosts of the flight crew are said to sometimes be seen on planes that take that route.

May 9, 2018

Bodies On Mt. Everest

Tenzing Norgay died on this date in 1986...he along with Sir Edmund Hillary were the first to reach the peak of Mount Everest...this occurred in 1953..they never said who was actually the first to reach the top...they insisted that they reached it as a ‘team’...however, over 300 other people have not been so fortunate and have died while trying to scale the mountain...there are various reasons for these deaths...injuries from falls, exposure to the extreme cold, avalanches, the collapse of ice, frostbite, or assorted health problems related to climbing on the mountain such as altitude sickness, or pre-existing conditions that were exacerbated by the strenuous climb...and remember that not all bodies have been located, some have been covered up by snow, or bodies have fallen into deep crevices...so details on those particular fatalities are not available...due to the incredible difficulties and inherent dangers in trying to bring the bodies down, most of those who have died on the mountain remain where they fell...sometimes serving as a macabre guidepost to others trying to climb...Mount Everest is the world’s highest mountain with an elevation of 29,029 feet and is located in on the border between Tibet and Nepal...higher than almost all the clouds...almost all photographs of Mt. Everest show the mountain under a clear or nearly clear sky….so how does snow get on top of it?...it’s not uncommon for an overcast sky...one with falling snow and extreme winds often in excess of 100 mph...there are few pictures if any of such a thing...no one is able to get a photograph when those conditions occur...the mountain is completely obscured and photographs of it cannot be taken.