Rifts in reality?

x sheff jan 134

There was a fleeting conversation  that got me thinking again on something I have pondered over for a long time. There are lots of ghost stories flitting about, wafting their sheets for our delight, some making us shiver even more as they approach the reality with which we are more familiar. Somewhere in the back of our minds lurks that question… ‘What would I do if I saw a ghost?’

There is, perhaps, an even better question. Who says you haven’t? How would you know? Unless they adapt their appearance to our preconceptions, how can you be sure that the person you pass in the street is real?

We don’t even know what a ghost is. Everyone seems to have an opinion. Are they the shades of the departed? Undispersed etheric energy, some form of earth energy? Optical illusion or a vision of the soul? Phantom memories of past events imprinted on the ether? Figments of our imagination, created from within our own minds somehow? Or just plain bunkum. There seems to be a general consensus that they are something…

Perhaps the most equivocal, but strangely accurate definition I’ve heard is that they are perceived figures that cannot be physically present. That just leaves it wide open as far as definitions go…

There are the classic signs, like temperature drops and the hairs on your neck standing on end… but does that happen every time…or only sometimes? Unless a ghost does something fairly obvious… like walking through walls, dripping gore or tucking its head under some other part of its ectoplasm, we really can’t know whether or not what we think we see is actually there.

For starters…it isn’t. Nothing is what we perceive it to be… walls are not solid… we know there is space between the various particles that make what we see as a wall and, were we to drink Alice’s potion and become small enough, we could walk right through solid reality. Equally, were our own particles to disperse, we could, in theory, flow through the spaces between.

The ‘space between’ is a good phrase. It reminds me of a conversation shared up on the moors. It is a long story… but to be brief, we wondered about the reality of time and whether ghosts were not perhaps due to a glitch in the veil between ‘nows’… perhaps heightened emotions alter something… When we see phantoms, are we actually seeing reality, but across the veil of time… and would we appear to them as phantoms too?

Time, space, physicality and the true nature of reality comes into such discussions and as soon as you ask one question, another half a dozen appear. And there are no objective answers… only empirical ones. Except for one that seems to make its presence felt fairly rapidly… that we do not fully understand either the nature or extent of reality. Not by a long way.

Which basically means that just about anything is possible. I rather like that idea.

39 thoughts on “Rifts in reality?

  1. I hate to be totally silly, but the first thing I thought of was the movie “Time Bandits”, where there are blemishes in the Universe so occasionally different times and places coincide. If you only had a map….

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  2. How do we know that anything is real? Maybe it’s all magic or alternate realities? How do we know when we see “red” it’s the same red someone else is seeing? This isn’t a new thought. I’ve often wondered if we give things a common name, but what we see or hear isn’t what anyone else sees or hears.

    So yes, Anything IS possible.

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  3. I agree with Robbie. If your mind is closed to the possibility, you won’t see what another may. In my experience, women tend to be more open to the world of specters whereas men prefer concrete views.

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  4. I was thinking of the world’s great magicians and also the great alchemists in different fields, and the things that they could clearly experience and believe that made them so able to do things that most of us hold in awe. When I think of those things, I think that whatever the mind can conceive, can be seen and experienced in some manner. I think of all those times I “flew” in my dreams, and to this day, I wonder if I was dreaming or if I could have really been flying. It felt so real. And so many other experiences that are caught in my awareness between my “dream” state and awakening. Even in my wildest imagination, I cannot think that if I have not somehow experienced it, I can know what it feels like and how to do it with such ease. Our lives are truly incredible and it is such a great adventure to be here.


  5. I agree – I believe that is why children are more inclined to see ghosts, and communicate with beings adults don’t see – because they are open to everything, and fairly fearless, because they haven’t learned to fear things they don’t understand.


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