The Feel of It
Good day friends, ready for another trip down the Rabbit Hole? In my previous article about ghosts, we dipped into what consciousness may be and how that could tentatively make the case for ghosts, and we also briefly scratched the surface of a Non-Intelligent Haunting, NIH. Now I want to look at those and even how consciousness can impact them. I warn you now that if you thought the rabbit hole we went down for the ghost article was a wild ride, this hole is miles deeper.
NIHs are, as I said, are a moment in history (or even rare cases potential futures) that play over and over like a recording on repeat believed to be caused by major releases of emotional energy. These scenes rarely change and can have so many different triggers such as environmental factors, human factors, or timing factors that nailing them down to be repeatable on demand has been next to impossible. One thing to point out is that they are typically location bound and if that location is disrupted and/or changed, it can sometimes break the cycle. Let’s look at some examples of some NIHs, their locations, environmental factors, and what could potentially disrupt it:
· If you are in a house where, once upon a time during some dark and stormy night, someone fell down a staircase and tragically passed away and every stormy night since, future generations can hear what sounds like a crash coming down the stairs. What has happened here is that the house or staircase has recorded the event and when the factors of night and storms occur, it has all the elements it needs to playback the event. Now if you knockdown the house or teardown the staircase, that recorded energy is released and the device it has been recorded on (such as the staircase) is gone, the NIH has been disrupted and will no longer have all the elements needed for playback.
· In ages past, there was a road that Roman soldiers took to go to battle. On that road you have the emotional imprint of thousands of soldiers walking their way to potential harm or death and that emotion is so heavy that it soaks into the dirt and rock of the land. For years, residents in the area report seeing columns of Romans marching on the old road. Hundreds of years pass and over that time the land is altered by progression. New roads are built, fields are plowed over, and areas turned to villages and towns to make way for progress. As those years pass and more work is done, the Romans are seen less and less until even the ghost stories of them fade to obscurity.
Fun fact about Example #2 is that it is a real instance pulled from a very famous sighting, and even though it was disrupted, this NIH came back with a vengeance. This sighting occurred at the Treasurer’s House in England in 1953 by Harry Martindale as he was working in the basement. He heard what sounded like a horn blow and then saw a horse and cart come through the wall of the basement followed by Roman soldiers on horseback and walking on foot looking beaten and worn. The odd thing was, even more than seeing Romans, all of them were cutoff at the knees at the basement ground level. As Harry watched in fear and awe, he saw them in their entirety as they made their way to the center of the basement that had been recently excavated. That excavated section of the basement turned out to be an old Roman road that had been covered up ages ago…so you see that NIH never went away but was just lacking the required elements to be seen, such as the road being opened by the excavation and the human being present to witness. For all we know, that scene could have been playing out underground all those years but impossible to see until the area was opened to the living.
But NIHs are not just bound to a location, sometimes they can be bound to things. This is where Intelligent Hauntings, or HI’s, and consciousness start to bleed over and the lines between the 2 become fuzzy. (Entities that are associated with IH’s can be bound to items as much as they can be bound to location but we are talking NIHs at the moment. We will revisit IH cases again in the future.) Here is where the new rabbit hole begins and I take you for another ride. There is a concept called ‘Panpsychism’ which by definition is: the doctrine or belief that everything material, however small, has an element of individual consciousness. In layman’s terms, everything from the rocks you walk on, the tree you get shade from, or the chair you are sitting in has some level of consciousness. Not enough to wish you a good morning when you get up or to have any sort of conversation, but enough to feel and remember.
If you think that this concept is that far out ask yourself this, how many times have you sat in your car and for one reason or another you have talked to it as though it was a living person? Whether you are having issues getting started and you plead and beg for that engine to turn over and purr, or it’s a cold, cold morning and you are trying to bribe it to get warm enough to start blowing warm air. You can deny it all you want saying it’s nonsense and it’s just something that people do, but have you ever stopped to think why they do it and why, in that moment, you actually and earnestly believe that hunk of metal and plastic is going to listen to you and do as you have asked? Kind of puts a new spin on one’s outlook, huh?
From a more historical perspective, note that warriors throughout history have named their weapons and treated them as though they were a part of the family. Well in many ways they were. That sword or gun or whatever it was kept the owner alive, and if it was taken care of properly then the wielder was going to be taken care of. To that warrior, it wasn’t just a tool, it was a living object unto itself which had its own spirit and consciousness. Still today across many Eastern Cultures, you can see shrines and temples built around these weapons and other objects believed to be imbued with spirit and consciousness.
The work of Cleve Backster and his experiments with plants presents us with a look at this from a different perspective. Cleve’s story is a fascinating one and I encourage folks to learn more about him. During WW2 he served in the Navy, then eventually became a member of the Army Counter-Intelligence where he specialized in interrogation, and after the war he joined the CIA. With this experience tucked in his back pocket, he went on to establish the Backster School of Lie Detection where he taught the NYPD and FBI proper polygraph use and technique. One day, on a whim and after being up all night, he thought he would have some fun by hooking a plant his secretary had brought into the office to one of his machines. He thought since you could get a response out of people via pulse, breathing, and skin responses when worried that you were going to catch them lying, he could induce responses out of a plant. After he hooked the plant up, he began thinking that he would try setting a leaf on fire to give it a shock, the plant reacted immediately. Keep in mind he had not done anything yet, the plant reacted to the thought of him doing it. From this moment on, Cleve carried out years of research on Plant Intelligence and emotional reaction. He could gather a substantial amount of data on both positive and negative reactions to outside stimuli.
Since I am starting to drift, I need to pull it back and come around full circle to tell you how panpsychism relates to NIHs. Panpsychism also plays into a favorite subject of my cohort Patrick, psychometry. I will let him go into the proper details of the hows and whys, but I can share with you the gist of it. To borrow once more from the dictionary, psychometry is the ability to discover facts about an event or person by touching inanimate objects associated with them. So, this means you can see the past of something by holding an object in your hand and seeing the history of it. Imagine picking up a pocket watch in an antique shop somewhere that was passed from generation to generation and being able to see the life of that object from its origins all the way to the moment you picked it up. For some it may not be the whole history, but just be glimpses and others may just feel emotions.
So, if an object can remember history and emotion, under the right circumstances either as a NIH or via psychometry, you may also be able to get glimpses of the past. Imagine looking at an old Elizabethan Chair that people have claimed hosts ghostly images from time to time. Could it be that this was someone’s favorite chair once upon a time and their enjoyment seeped into its very being allowing you to witness their joy forever trapped in a moment of time? Or perhaps the chair’s favorite owner wants to relive that memory of that special person. How about a stage that plays back a performance so powerful that the actors truly felt their roles and the audiences were so moved that their energy fed the atmosphere so much so that the theater wants to relive the moment over and again… maybe it’s not simply that the area absorbed that energy and is playing it back, but whatever the item or place is, doesn’t want us to forget.