Never will I demand proof of, well, the paranormal #bydefinition
. No need to prove the science for something that has been reported since 400BCE. Here is an excerpt from my newest book:
Then it happened.
The guy ran into—no, let me take that back, I’ll start again. This guy ran through the wall on the north side of the living room. No windows or doors; the guy had just simply disappeared through the wall. Poof. Vapor. No sheet rock damage. No nothing. He was gone. He went right through the wall.
The old man, my step dad, looked at me and said, “That was the second time.”
I had only moved back in with my mom a week ago.
“What?” I’m still in shock. “Second time? What?”
“You didn’t know that there’s a ghost in this house?” He asked.
Hmm, I thought, I guess I know now.
Who needs a front door, right?
I didn’t sleep a wink that night. After all, one person sees a ghost, its hogwash; two people see it at the same time… uh, oh.
After all, it isn’t as if I had never heard of a ghost before.
I grew up listening to campfire stories, the legend of the lady in the mirror and the like. I had always disbelieved until I had a few run-ins myself. I guess that I had good reason; science had been working on discrediting these beliefs since before I can remember!
Let’s take for example the legends of ‘Old Hag Syndrome’ AKA, ‘The Incubus or Succubus demon’. It was always one of my favorites.
There are countless documented cases where someone claims to be either held down to their bed, or levitated above it, by a spirit or apparition, the demon literally choking him or her and holding him or her down where he or she cannot move, cannot scream, cannot fight, sometimes involving inappropriate contact, then the ghost simply disappears and all feeling and or motility in the victim is restored to normal!
Freudian logic tries to explain it all away as our Dr. Freud had no desire to believe, and considering the drug use, probably had lost the ability to dream. Freudian logic would have my mom or dad arrested.
The earliest recorded case of this type of nocturnal attack rewinds us all the way back the 400 BC in China, where it was termed ‘Ghost Oppression Phenomenon’. Since then, thousands of men and women, people who didn’t know of the other’s attacks, have described it with uncanny similarity… a demon, minion, or ghost has attacked in their home, as they slept. Moreover, this has remained common for 2500 years. That is until now, the 21st century.
Science has been and is still in the throes of nullifying this perplexing caseload by making up this new label of ‘Sleep Paralysis’ for the victims. However, if you take away the jargon, what they are saying is that you are simply just dreaming.
The overall label ‘Sleep paralysis’ gives is the notion of lucid dreaming wherein the subject of the ‘attack’ is in a state of REM sleep that has the body in a state of paralysis as a defense mechanism from harming itself
The eyes are wide open, the brain is highly active, the body is paralyzed, and the demon / ghost/ spirit/ apparition involved is all a figment of the ‘victims’ highly overactive imagination of the host. Did you notice how subtly the parentheses have changed?
It is all plausible, right.
Well, my first thought as a scientist is to agree—literally to jump aboard... then, no. NO, NO, NO!
I remind myself that scientists have a way of making their theories seem more than valid enough by using talk that is hypothetical but leaving out the word hypothesis, which leads people to believe the rhetoric contained therein is based on fact—theoretical science if you will! The knife cuts both ways.
We have paved the way to deny any supernatural belief, explaining away with medical and psychological terms and even applying medications to the patient profile in order to bring relief to the afflicted person of this type of ‘narcolepsy’, which is now what we have so carefully deemed this Old Hag Syndrome, all the while refusing to admit that we truly know nothing about it.
Truly, there must be more to this phenomenon than a theory explained away and medicated for the sake of science. I listened to the facts
Why do all of the attacks have the same eerie similarities? Why do all of the victims of the attack feel violated after the fact? Why, in China 2500 years ago, did they use the term ghost? Why choose this word? Why you say? Why indeed!
Because of the same thing that each and every victim has seen, that’s why. Let me repeat: One or more spirits or apparitions at the foot of their bed or on top of their body, in the form of a physical manifestation—each attack only varying slightly from the next: with or without inappropriate contact and/or levitation.
That is quite a 2500-year-old coincidence! How is that not seen as evidence itself?
In light of that little rant, my dear reader. It brings me great joy to direct you into the depths of my new guide:
Haunted Road Trips
Destinations for Documented Paranormal Activity