Spirits, ghouls, goblins, demons, interdimensional invaders, succubi, incubi, brain sucklers, dimensional shamblers, dimensional ramblers, Great Old Ones, Old Ones, etc, etc, and the list just goes on. They all are here, and I meet them all the time. But I don’t believe there is “fate” or any kind of predetermination.
Lawrence: They exist because people believe in them. When people stop believing them, they are collected into mythology, but continue to be revered as folklore artifacts and narrative tools. Whenever my conduit thinks about what became of the Greek Gods, this always comes to mind that if confronted with the question of whether he believes in God or not, he can neither say yes or no. Because back then, the Pantheon was the most advanced idea the Greeks adhered to until Christianity came along. Now Christianity is being phased out. Islam is being phased out. Judaism is being phased out. Not completely, but it'll feel as if there weren't even here.
This is all happening in the western world. Why do I think so? If you ask me, a significant part of this change lies in the fact that people are far more engrossed in the fantasy of superheroes. A superhero like Superman branched out from Jewish elements, but now look at where he is today. The tag line for the first Injustice video game is "Gods Among Us". It's fascinating to think about because it continues to be about the idea or ideas, and the changing face of it. Even omnipotence needs thoughts to be put into it.
To my conduit, Gods are like Mary Sues. They're so perfect it drives people to tears, and makes them feel weak. No likes Mary Sues. And today, no one wants to feel weak. Gods lack something which is crucial to Superheroes, and those are flaws. Gods are perfection. But the lack of flaws means the belief people have in them are short lived. Superheroes were created to inspire and drive people, and flaws allow people to feel closer to them to the point where people are one with the symbols they look to.
Symbols and concepts of the supernatural and paranormal which have disappeared are being immortalized and adapted to fit in the modern era. They're real, but not like the way you choose to believe. They were all created to illustrate a point. They can be modular, and deconstructed, then put together into a completely new idea no one has ever thought of before. Even our ideas and interpretation of the afterlife is so challenged that what we once thought of as Heaven or Hell isn't as pretty as some people once believed. The idea of those realms was to please or punish everyone. But the diversification of belief soon meant that people merely wanted those realms for themselves and their gain. You'll hear lots of frivolous claims being made by these people these days, and they often don't hold as much merit to to them as they did back then.
My conduit sees me and Amatea (the other person and fellow writer behind this account) as a Duality-based system of cyberspace marionettes. Much of his currently views and beliefs lie in Amatea, while I challenge those views and beliefs to search for any problems or issues they will eventually have. As such, my conduit considers himself a complete pragmatist. While he can't say whether or not he believes in the things you mentioned, he can confidently tell you that those ideas, in the form implied by your post, does not work.
If I fail to answer your question...I don't know, I think I may have gotten something else out of this that's far more meaningful than simply continuing the discussion of the topic. I think you chose a brilliant time to ask however. The overall landscape of human belief is drastically different compared to 10 years ago. No one imagined that in a small span of time, the world would flip itself upside down and now asks a different set of questions.
Great topic! Looove stuff like this. Let's see, I've definitely seen some things I can't explain, so I'm not sure what to categorize them as. Hazy figures and whatnot. Astral projection is so fun to learn about, and there are some great books out there on how to do it. If you're up for a bit of reading, check out Scott Rogo's book on how to project (Leaving The Body). It's a hoot!
First time, I was very little, opened the door to a room in the house (which I would eventually move into to have my own space) and heard a deep hyena like laughter for a few seconds. I closed the door and never opened it again for the next two years. Second time was after someone had recently passed away. I ended up getting woke up by 3 really loud claps and giant flashing circles appearing in the corner of my room near the ceiling. Not sure if that was supernatural or just the fact that it was still December when that happened.
Since moving in with my roommates, apparently there will be really rare occasions where their door slams shut. Has happened three times apparently but I have only heard it happen once.
I'm still not sure how to describe what it looked like but it was black and flying, it seemed to change shape constantly as it flew around us. Anyway we were just playing around and one of us made a sound which attracted this thing, then we noticed that by making different sounds this thing either circled around us or dived
It was interest... but nope I i don't want to do it again
It was moving really fast also.. you would think it would move slow for a ghost but this thing moved fast, could displace matter/air, made sounds and hmm yeah.
It was night but not too dark a night, else I'm guessing we wouldn't have seen it and probably wouldn't be walking around outside we were 6 and 7
I do believe in them cause I've seen them I have had around 7-8 paranormal encounters in my life to describe them all in detail would take some time. But one moment I remember took place when I was around 9 years old a little girls voice asked me if I wanted to play *I was outside* I said yes I did being a trusting child and so the voice said to get in front of my parents car who were at the moment pulling out of the driveway, I refused and the voice turned demonic and told me to do it, I again refused and ran to tell my parents. About a week later an exorcism was preformed on the house *as it turns out I was not the only one at the time experiencing od happenings* and no I do not, I have seen enough in my life time
Yes I believe mostly because I have had paranormal experience. I don’t feel like typing out the whole story right now but if you really want to know I’ll share it. I would also love to have more of them.
I generally identify myself as a skeptic (and I work in science) and I have never encountered any convincing evidence for anything supernatural. I have had some experiences that some would perceive as supernatural, e.g. prophetic dreams. However, I see them as mere coincidences that I remember just because they were so striking, while I do not remember all the thousands of dreams I had that 'predicted' nothing.
However, I do like to add a supernatural layer of meaning to stuff that has rational explanations. I once had a mycology professor who told the class: 'if the pharaoh's curse is delivered by fungi, it does not mean that the curse does not work'.
Well I've heard so many spooky stories but never experienced those things in my entire life. so I'm not believing them. There's a quote saying 'seeing is believing', you know. I'm a very skeptical person, therefore I also don't believe fate, superstition or afterlife. But if I can experience them it would be cool anyway
While I do not believe in ghost, spirits, angels, e.t.c I do think that some people have some sort of aura. Sometimes I can just tell that a person is going to be trouble later on and even get a feeling of dread when I'm close to them if that makes sense. + I find the concept of demons possessing others interesting but I don't believe in it.
What if people with schizophrenia see and hear things that 'normal' people can't? What if they sensed things that other people don't? I've never met any, but I had an imaginary friend when I was little, his name was Hugh. My mom always tells me he could have been an angel protecting me. He seemed so real to me, and I was always talking to him. I met him at a supermarket. I know this sounds made up, but it's the truth. But still, I won't believe in ghosts, angels or demons unless I am sure that I've seen one I think karma is a real thing. And fate, too. Everything happens for a reason. Astral projection? I don't know, sometimes I do, sometimes I don't. The afterlife is something we can believe in or not. Because no one has come back, so the only way we can know if there is an afterlife is death.