Mommy Dearest: Portable Consciousness and the Near Death Experience

EsoterX

“Necessity is blind until it becomes conscious. Freedom is the consciousness of necessity” – Karl Marx

drowning This would be a good time to project my consciousness…

I prefer not to think of myself a lightly-electrified bag of bones, wandering around bumping into things and exaggerating my own importance.  Perhaps this is just conceit or unjustified optimism, but I’ve managed to survive over four decades gainfully employed, without preternatural abduction, diabolical possession, or being eaten by a sabretooth tiger, so good on me.  And the occasional existential thought flickers across my gray matter and I jot it down on paper, so heck, there must be something to this whole consciousness thing that merits consideration.  “I think, therefore I criticize”, which is how Descartes would have phrased it if 24-hour cable news existed in his era.

The most pertinent question that nags at us is what happens after we die.  We’re so…

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Terminal Lucidity Reveals Mysteries about Consciousness

The Search For Life After Death

The ‘glow before they go’. ‘The calm before the storm’. ‘The last hurrah’.  These are colloquial phrases used by hospice nurses who have all witnessed the same inexplicable phenomenon: patients with severe terminal illnesses such as Alzheimer’s, dementia, schizophrenia, cancer; even patients in comas, who suddenly sit up in bed and begin speaking clearly and lucidly to shocked family members. Patients will often laugh and joke, share memories and speak with family and friends, often with complete knowledge of their surroundings and circumstances. In some cases, a patient has displayed this incredible lucidity even if neurologically disabled from birth. The reversal is so sudden and profound that families often think a miracle cure is returning their loved one to health, but the nurses know better. In just minutes to hours, the patient will make their final transition and pass into death.

On the AllNurses forum, hospice nurses report this…

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Ghosts: When Ghosts Follow

Book 'Em, Jan O

Readers, I ran across an interesting case of a ghost following a family from house to house.  They moved several times to evade it, even building their own home from the ground up as a last resort:  to no avail.  What was it?  To learn more, see http://www.riseupparanormal.com/database/batzelhaunting.htm

and a Discovery Paranormal documentary which can be viewed on youTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHSTCsclO5U

This isn’t the first I’ve heard of a haunting following a family.  This raises many questions:  why is the phenomena attaching to individuals or a family?  Are ghosts not tied to places? Or, is it not a ghost but something else?  I wondered, so back to google I went.  I found this link at The Shadowlands, by Dave Juliano  http://theshadowlands.net/ghost/follow.htm

In this post from Ghost City, paranormal investigator Tim Nealon discusses ghosts that follow him home  https://ghostcitytours.com/about/tim-nealon/ghosts-follow-me/

What do you think?  Feel free to discuss/share…

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A Few Good Anomalists: You Can’t Handle the Vacuous Truth

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“I’m not a conspiracy theorist – I’m a conspiracy analyst” – Gore Vidal

creepy_conspiracy Nope, no conspiracy here…

In logic, a “vacuous truth” is a statement that ascribes a property to an empty set, which is tons of fun at parties and makes for a lively conversation, but otherwise imparts no knowledge.  If I say, “No dogs in the room are brown”, whenever no dogs are in the room, the statement is true.  Of course, whenever no dogs are in the room, it is equally valid to say, “No dogs in the room aren’t brown”.  Thus, you end up able to say, “No dogs in the room are or aren’t brown”.  Totally true, and not very helpful.  There are more technical definitions in formal logic and pure mathematics, but if you are engaged in either enterprise, you’re probably not allowed access to the internet, or forks really, from your padded cell…

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Why Hospitals Are Haunted

The Haunted Librarian

Hawkinsville State Hospital Hawkinsville State Hospital, Georgia Archives.

Why Hospitals Are Haunted

Ghosts haunt hospitals. Paranormal teams can investigate a lot of shuttered hospitals; however, very few have access to those that are open. Unlike cemeteries where the dead don’t have a strong connection, hospitals across the nation are the perfect locations for residual hauntings.

Prior to 1885, sick people were cared for at home by their family. According to Wendy Cage, author of Paging God: Religion in the Halls of Medicine, early American hospitals “provided lodging for the homeless, the poor, and travelers.” While some cities operated hospitals, a large number were established by religious organizations, specifically Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish organizations. Volunteer chaplains in many of these hospitals visited nearly every patient who died while admitted. Religious beliefs, prayer, and spirituality played a large role in the hospital ministry, even in an unofficial capacity. God and the afterlife may have…

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Giving Up the Ghost: Are You Someone Else’s Afterlife?

You might be a ghost and don’t realize it. It will make you think, reread, and think some more.

EsoterX

“I think that humans may have evolved from apes, because the simians openly imitate humans, as if conscious of a higher state, whereas the humans who act like apes are likely to deny it when criticized” – Charles Hoy Fort

Which one are you? Which one are you?

I think you may be a ghost.  Don’t take it the wrong way.  It’s not a reflection on your character.  You’re actually quite charming.  You’re just not real.  Well, maybe you are real, but you certainly aren’t metaphysically necessary, that is, in the purely necessetarian sense that absolute volition is an illusion and that all action is predetermined by external or internal antecedents.  An amorphous blob of protoplasm would serve just as nicely.  Maybe this implicit denial of free will and devaluation of our presumed special dispensation in the universe offends you?  You could fall back on the slightly milder “hard determinism” and admit that the…

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Support For Those Who’ve Seen Ghosts

Here is an absolutely wonderful post by fellow blogger Book ‘Em, Jan O encouraging much needed compassion and support to those who are traumatized in some way by paranormal activity.

Ghosts: Some Thoughts About Support For Those Who’ve Seen Ghosts

https://bookemjanoblog.wordpress.com/2018/01/17/ghosts-some-thoughts-about-support-for-those-whove-seen-ghosts/

The Paranormal: What is it really?

We call it paranormal…but what is it really?

I have had people ask me this question time and time again and I have to admit, I find it difficult to answer. It’s easy to fall back on the standard definition of the word…some thing or event that is above or beyond normal, but that simply does not cut it and explains nothing. There are so many sub categories under the umbrella of paranormal, that to just ask what the paranormal is can be impossible to answer. Are you asking about ghosts, hauntings, cryptids, aliens, psychic abilities, NDE’s…what? There is no one way to explain a thing that is fundamentally unexplainable.


I have been immersed in the world of the mysterious, ghostly, unknown and paranormal for as long as I can remember. As a child it was books and more books of haunting tales and then came the movies in my teen years and all through these years I had experienced things I absolutely knew were not what the general public thought of as normal. As a result, a lot of what I experienced I kept to myself knowing it would not be taken seriously. As I grew into adulthood the experiences continued as did the reading and such until finally in 2009 I decided to get serious about paranormal research after investigating a friend’s apartment that was extremely active with para events. The place was amazing and it sealed my future as a researcher and investigator. 


That brings us back to the question, what is the paranormal really? Well, it’s a matter of perspective. People have been researching the paranormal since time immemorial and we are no closer today to a solid answer. Whether you are using a notebook and pencil and possibly a voice recorder or a Mr. or Mrs. Gadget who goes in with all the latest ghost hunting tools, you are no closer to discovering what people have been searching for since forever. It boils down to this: if you are a believer in the paranormal and know without a doubt that it is real, then it is normal but just not satisfactorily explained but if you are a non believer then nothing anyone tells or shows you will ever convince you of the reality of paranormal experiences or events. It’s all about your perspective.


We really know nothing concrete about the why and how of it all, only that these things happen and have been happening for eons. Since we can’t seem to come up with anything that describes the paranormal conclusively then I say we are not supposed to know. If we really knew what the dynamics of various forms of “paranormal” were, then there would be no need for or desire to research it. Paranormal, supernatural, anomalous, fringe and other words are just poor blanket terms for things we really don’t understand and probably never will…at least not in this lifetime. The best we can do is to just keep forging ahead and learning as much as possible about what we know to be true but have no sure fire way of explaining. 

The Audio Visual Paranormal Paradox

A Little Observation

For many years now much of the Paranormal field seems to have been focused on what we can see and hear. Well they do say seeing is believing I guess, but should believe what we see? After all our eyes can deceive us and often they do.

However whilst investigating over the years I soon discovered a bit of a paradox regarding what has become fashionably known as ‘evidence’ amongst us ghost hunters! This paradox presents itself in much of this ‘evidence’ these days especially with its review through social media.

The problem that I have observed is that audio and visual information such as photo’s, videos and EVP’s are very subjective and no matter how good they appear to be initially, there always appear to be counter arguments that discounts the validity of such ‘evidence’. I have personally witnessed this myself with what could be called…

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