The paranormal

Omkaradatta's picture

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There are certainly such things as hauntings, and the paranormal, but I don't think they're what people believe them to be.

Rather, people are haunted by 'self and other', or just 'self', which is like the "ghost in the machine".

It is paranormal... beyond normal. Abnormal.

One is 'possessed' by a 'spirit'.

One is like a vampire, undead... wanting to suck the blood of the living, needing, needing this, needing that from everyone... or like a werewolf, wanting to tear out the throat of the living.

And... what is the 'silver bullet'?

It could be called a 'simple understanding', which demolishes the self/other sense of separation.

"Cut off its head" (discursive thought), and "take out its heart" (desire, desperate neediness).

What remains is a sort of 'even acceptance' of life, occurring always now, in the moment. An intimacy (with nothing in particular) and a serenity. One has come to terms with life, and with death both.

Unfortunately, this is not volitional -- not something acquired, but something lost. There is a barrier of fear there, protecting the separate individual from dissolution.

Until this barrier dissolves, the 'hauntings' continue.

When it dissolves, the paranormal is ended. The normal remains -- the normal state, natural state.

Shiv Ragini's picture

Interesting interpretation.

Interesting interpretation. Never occured to me like this.

Shiv Ragini | Sat, 10/03/2009 - 13:55
Omkaradatta's picture

It's amazing...

It's amazing (to me anyway) how much of what we see 'going on out there' is a reflection of 'what's happening in here' (with me).

There's a lot of projection going on, and the sages have even talked about this (e.g. as one being like a movie projector which projects "the world" as a reflection of one's own desires, fears, wants, needs, etc).

Omkaradatta | Sat, 10/03/2009 - 15:58
mayasurfer's picture

you are the world

There is an immense truth in that. I have felt for a long time that the "world" is nothing but my own projection, my "inner world" projected out as my "outer world". What I create I perceive. Not even inner and outer but actually only one, the same, without any seperation whatsoever. My friends live in different worlds to me. Those worlds must be relative to our egos. Why couldn't we simply say they are our egos. I AM the world I live in. You are the world. Simple as that. Bubbles that emerge from the "ground of Being" according to whatever this imaginary I dreams up as desires, fears, wants, needs... as you say. Dream bubbles...

mayasurfer | Mon, 10/05/2009 - 23:20
Omkaradatta's picture

It ends up...

It ends up that they're identical. If the world is me, there is no separate "world" and "me". The perceiver is the perceived.

Omkaradatta | Tue, 10/06/2009 - 00:03
mayasurfer's picture

So there is

absolutely nothing whatsoever anybody can do to bring about the dissolution of this story. If the world is you, your own story, "you" cannot ever get out of this story. Because the story is you. Whatever you do is always just more story. No amount of meditation, standing on your head, studying books, following gurus, believing in Gods, attending Satsangs, being on this website..... will get you one inch closer to "awakening". There is nothing an individual can do. Whatever you do might change the story but cannot get rid of the story. You are stuck within yourself. "You" can never become enlightenend. And yet, enlightenment seems to happen to many people....

mayasurfer | Tue, 10/06/2009 - 17:18
Omkaradatta's picture

Being stuck

Being stuck turns out to be the way "out" ;-).

It's the attempt to leave, to get 'somewhere else', that's the trouble.

Omkaradatta | Tue, 10/06/2009 - 17:31
divine intervention's picture

Spot the differences in reaction - that's what important

I think every difference, even a tiny one, we spot between our reaction patterns towards natural and our reaction patterns towards supernatural should serve as an alarm for us to check our bias attitude based on our skeptical conditioning. Any difference in reaction, no matter what smart arguments our mind brings up.

We know that our senses do not depict the whole of reality (range of frequencies, etc.), we know that our senses do not depict the true reality, we know that our mind edits and interpolates the input of the senses based on its beliefs (the blind spot fill in mechanism, etc.). Most of us simply experienced paranormal phenomena and can testify that it is not less real than experiencing normal phenomena. We know that our paradox-proof logic does not model reality.

When you let it open, the paranormal is as normal as the normal of the senses and mind's logic. When you stop being afraid of the paranormal because it seems more uncontrollable and spooky, you feel natural with it as you feel with the normal. It is an important step and it is rewarding and exciting like a blind by birth whose sight is given to him by some operation. No less. Do not dismiss it based on the normal's logic, based on the familiar normal input of the senses.

divine intervention | Tue, 10/06/2009 - 22:38
doo's picture

The unreasonable behind the reasonable

Beautifully said.

The fact is that one who grows up in a secular environment, until he/she experiences paranormal stuff, the skeptic conditioning is extremely strong and influential. This is the turning point, actually witnessing the unreasonable behind the reasonable, whether it be different physical rules in action (e.g. stretching of time, remote viewing, etc.), ghosts, astral projections, sidhis. This experience better be not under any drugs otherwise mind immediately categorized them as suspected illusions to guard its controlled domain. Arguments such as projection are as valid as saying them about the normal reality so there is no much significance in discussing them in that context except of searching for the true motives for the usage of these arguments.

doo | Wed, 10/07/2009 - 06:20