Paranormal Activity: Reality or Hallucination?


Someone breathes upon my neck and whispers words of Love...I turn around to reply him when I behold the ethereal Excellency fading in the thin air...

Seeing, sensing and smelling entities is considered, by common minds, as hallucinatory, unreal, sinful or even demonic.
Hearing spirits serves as grounds to commit a person in a mental institution, as a schizophrenic.
The ability to know the future is regarded as charlatanism. To heal people through Reiki can be viewed, by many, as some sort of sham.
Reaching enlightenment through Yoga and Tantrism is looked at with scepticism and seen as militating against the Creator of all things.

Reality presupposes truth and it is linked to corporality, suggesting therefore that only which is tangible can be viewed as being real or true.
Hallucination supposes falsity and it is related to the absence of materiality; proposing consequently that clairvoyance (clear seeing), clairaudience (clear hearing), clairsentience (clear sensing), clairalience (clear smelling), clairgustance (clear tasting), claircognizance (clear knowing), for example, result from mental disorders or represent a response to drugs; simply because science hasn’t been able to bring itself to explain, or measure, such experiences.
Just because a specific Truth is reached by consensus it doesn’t make it necessarily true.

“Veritas est adequatio intellectus et rei”
(Truth is the conformity of the intellect to the things)
Thomas Aquinas

God is not tangible; should we therefore yield to the preposterous idea that He is not real/true?
Jesus, exempli gratia, had the ability to heal people, to see the future, to read the hearts of Men, to see and hear demons...was he delusional, schizophrenic or was he an example of what the human mind can do (upon optimisation of its brain capabilities)?
Many people have encounters with Malakhim; are they hallucinating? Many of them are tangible, however their actions do not fit “normal experience”, does that mean they are not true/real?

Schizophrenia: any of a group of psychotic disorders characterized by progressive deterioration of the personality, withdrawal from reality, hallucinations, delusions, social apathy, emotional instability. 
This is the official definition of a disorder that remains a true mystery.
However, in my opinion, schizophrenia results from the lack of competence to deal with one’s Mediumship.

In your opinion, are paranormal activities real or hallucinational? 


For another paranormal opinion, drop by LS' Haunted House.

Comments

  1. Those who discount the paranormal are pompously ignorant. There are many things which cannot be quantified by science, but which are real just the same. I would hesitate to verify any that are caused by a drug induced state, but there are many real experiences which are not caused by the effects of drugs. But I believe that there are some things that God intended for us to accept on faith. How else could we learn faith?

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  2. Max:

    I believe there are things that we have yet to understand. Paranormal events are in that category. And I agree that "paranormal" has always been looked upon as weird, or impossible, or even down right crazy. I do think we are making some progress, however, as witnessed by the many (secret)programs sponsored by certain governments to explore the potential use (exploitation) of this power. I would love to see the most current data.

    The one thing I take issue with though is schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a terrible dysfubction of the brain which causes the victim to experience various auditory and visual hallucinations. Bare in mind, however, that such "visions" are only the manifestions of a distorted reality. There's nothing paranormal about them.

    A great topic as always my friend. Thank you for the thought provoking post.

    Happy trails.

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  3. Hello Maximus Paranromalus ;)

    How do you define “entities” the “demonic’ or “sprits”? What/who are they?

    As for any mystic qualities of Reiki, Yoga or Tantrism I have encountered no evidence to support any mystical qualities in those human behaviors.

    When you say “militating against the Creator of all things” are you implying that God has created these human made activities?

    I once dated a Clair…she was emotionally unstable, continuously late, unreliable and very good looking…

    “God is not tangible; should we therefore yield to the preposterous idea that He is not real/true?”

    - I beg to differ…God is tangible as He has on multitudinous occasions directly interacted with many different humans in many different ways. He also lived on Earth among us as Jesus. Jesus did miracles because He is God the Creator.

    Schizophrenia is a mental illness; a part of the human brain is simply broken. With medication to correct chemical imbalances in the brain many people who have schizophrenia can lead perfectly normal lives. This would not be true if it was caused by some mystical entity.

    One of your more revealing articles…

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  4. This reminds me of checking out a house late one evening that a group of us were going to rent. This was back in the 70's and I was a student. The former tenants were running around half crazy claiming to see ghosts. They were also drugged out of their minds.

    At the same time, I have plenty of reason to believe in some sort of paranormal, yet I also believe there is a God who both produces order in the world and arranges everything according to His purposes. It is this latter fact which gives rise to an additional layer of paranormal as circumstances work out in mysterious ways.

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  5. Hey D!

    :D

    "Those who discount the paranormal are pompously ignorant."

    True. As humans we are constantly learning and there is so much we don't know about our own existence...so, we should not discard things simply because we are afraid of exploring or of broadening our mind.

    "There are many things which cannot be quantified by science, but which are real just the same. I would hesitate to verify any that are caused by a drug induced state, but there are many real experiences which are not caused by the effects of drugs. But I believe that there are some things that God intended for us to accept on faith. How else could we learn faith?"

    Agreed. LOL well, Aleister Crowley would disagree, however I agree with you (in my opinion, experiences based on drugs are not quite reliable, yet we never know the influency certain drugs can exert on the receptors). Yes, faith is also important and we could ask ourselves how related is faith to paranormal activities...

    D, excellent comment for which I thank you immensely :D.

    Cheers

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  6. Hey LSus :D!

    Paranormalus LOL....you kill me, man!

    "How do you define “entities” the “demonic’ or “sprits”? What/who are they?"

    How do you define yourself? An entity or spirit is energy, it is an incorporeal being. Demonic means evil to some societal groups (and that is why I used the word)...to me, personally, it bears no special meaning.

    "As for any mystic qualities of Reiki, Yoga or Tantrism I have encountered no evidence to support any mystical qualities in those human behaviors."

    How did you seek for the evidence? Do you have a course of Reiki and tried on people to no avail? Did you practice Yoga, or even Tantrism, enough to reach the conclusion that it had no effect in your personal life (and if so, this could only mean that the practice of this discipline is not suitable for you and that you should seek other disciplines)?

    "When you say “militating against the Creator of all things” are you implying that God has created these human made activities?"

    I am not implying... :)

    "I once dated a Clair…she was emotionally unstable, continuously late, unreliable and very good looking…"

    I guess you were not interested in her emotions or character...only in her Yoni *bowing*.

    "- I beg to differ…God is tangible as He has on multitudinous occasions directly interacted with many different humans in many different ways. He also lived on Earth among us as Jesus. Jesus did miracles because He is God the Creator."

    God is incorporeal, therefore intangible. I agree that God has interacted with humans through His Malakhim. Jesus is not God (he was not even a god); and insisting upon it is sheer blasphemy, darling.

    "Schizophrenia is a mental illness; a part of the human brain is simply broken. With medication to correct chemical imbalances in the brain many people who have schizophrenia can lead perfectly normal lives. This would not be true if it was caused by some mystical entity."

    Medication doesn't correct whatsoever; it only numbs the brain receptors. People who have schizophrenia never lead "perfectly" normal lives - saying otherwise is a fallacy.
    The relationship with entities and the mystical, esoteric, world is not that simple and perhaps that is why it is so hard for science to measure it. The Spirit World and its Energy is many times too harsh on humans...many can't handle it; and those who do suffer the consequences of dealing with such fields.

    "One of your more revealing articles…"

    Thank you so much, darling *bowing*.

    LSus, fabulous as always...thank you :D.

    Cheers

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  7. Hello Swu :D!

    "I do think we are making some progress, however, as witnessed by the many (secret)programs sponsored by certain governments to explore the potential use (exploitation) of this power. I would love to see the most current data."

    It would be interesting indeed to see the results of such governmental programs. I've heard that in the US psychics and mediums have to be registered with the FBI (or some other governmental agency) so that they can be used if needed...and this is quite interesting. I wonder if other nations follow the example.

    "The one thing I take issue with though is schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a terrible dysfubction of the brain which causes the victim to experience various auditory and visual hallucinations. Bare in mind, however, that such "visions" are only the manifestions of a distorted reality. There's nothing paranormal about them."

    Like I said, this disorder represents a true mystery to me and even to many doctors. However, my experience with it is that schizophrenics see things that can be regarded as paranormal...but you may be right, you may be wrong...who knows. Schizophrenia needs to be further studied.

    "A great topic as always my friend. Thank you for the thought provoking post."

    Thank you for your generosity, Swu *bowing*. It is my pleasure ;).

    Swu, awesome comment for which I thank you immensely :D.

    Cheers

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  8. Hi Looney :D!

    "This reminds me of checking out a house late one evening that a group of us were going to rent. This was back in the 70's and I was a student. The former tenants were running around half crazy claiming to see ghosts. They were also drugged out of their minds."

    LOL LOL LOL really? LOL LOL oh my Lord...
    Well, have some stories about that and I never took drugs. lol

    "At the same time, I have plenty of reason to believe in some sort of paranormal, yet I also believe there is a God who both produces order in the world and arranges everything according to His purposes. It is this latter fact which gives rise to an additional layer of paranormal as circumstances work out in mysterious ways."

    I hear you!

    Looney, fantastic comment: thank you so much :D.

    Cheers

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  9. In my opinion, no one can know this for certain, Max. Yet there is a lot of room for alternative consciousness. We vary in our capacities for intellect, spirituality, sensory experience, etc. In short, we vary in everything. Who can discount other ways of knowing or sensing?

    Yet I do think that in certain instances, complexes of thought and behavior patterns can be considered as psychopathology i.e. schizophrenia or others.

    Where to draw the line? Perhaps at destructive behaviors that threaten the individual in question or the people around him or her.

    One can be tuned in to unseen realities/forces, while still being very much in touch with and aware of what is going on in what we call "reality." In the absence of that "reality," other ways of knowing may take on an undesirable life of their own.

    When grounded in reality, those modes may be enhancing, constructive, useful and inspirational. Just my opinion...

    One last thought: we can't see the emotions of love or hate directly, but we sure know that they exist!

    Thanks for the interesting inquiry!

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  10. Hi Max,

    Intriguing subject.

    I think paranormal activity is real. There are many entities floating around, some do damage, others perform miracles. Just like when people report seeing aliens, just because we haven't seen them doesn't mean they don't exist. We don't know everything that is going on in the world.

    Remember what Churchill said, "There is no such thing as public opinion. There is only published opinion."

    There have been many cases reported of paranormal activity and two awful films made entitled, Paranormal Activity (1 & 2) The reason that it is fascinating is because we don't understand it.

    Isn't L.S. is paranormal? He's all over the place and no one knows what he's really doing.

    This is clairbrilliant (clear brilliance).

    Well done my friend.

    Supernal Cheers!

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  11. I like watching a spooky movie, curled on the sofa with the lights on. Blair Witch, Paranormal Activity...

    But I can't say I believe in all that. I'm a bit too rational!

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  12. Rather than answer your question, let me just say how happy I am to have discovered your blog via LS. Thank you for the very encouraging response to my comment on his blog post. I am a practicing Advaitin. Does that exclude me from this discussion?

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  13. Hi Lynda :D!

    "In my opinion, no one can know this for certain, Max. Yet there is a lot of room for alternative consciousness. We vary in our capacities for intellect, spirituality, sensory experience, etc. In short, we vary in everything. Who can discount other ways of knowing or sensing?"

    Your answer is respectable *bowing*.

    "Yet I do think that in certain instances, complexes of thought and behavior patterns can be considered as psychopathology i.e. schizophrenia or others."

    I so know what you mean...

    "Where to draw the line? Perhaps at destructive behaviors that threaten the individual in question or the people around him or her."

    Agreed.

    "One can be tuned in to unseen realities/forces, while still being very much in touch with and aware of what is going on in what we call "reality." In the absence of that "reality," other ways of knowing may take on an undesirable life of their own.When grounded in reality, those modes may be enhancing, constructive, useful and inspirational. Just my opinion..."

    Very well said *applauding*.

    "One last thought: we can't see the emotions of love or hate directly, but we sure know that they exist!"

    Absolutely!!

    "Thanks for the interesting inquiry!"

    Are you kidding me? Thank YOU for an amazing comment: I utterly loved it :D.

    Always a pleasure...

    Cheers

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  14. Hi Lady A :D!

    "Intriguing subject."

    Isn't it? :)

    "I think paranormal activity is real. There are many entities floating around, some do damage, others perform miracles. Just like when people report seeing aliens, just because we haven't seen them doesn't mean they don't exist. We don't know everything that is going on in the world."

    Agreed - 100%.

    "Remember what Churchill said, "There is no such thing as public opinion. There is only published opinion.""

    And he was so right! When I look at some commentators, today, I reach exactly the same conclusion *nodding*.

    "There have been many cases reported of paranormal activity and two awful films made entitled, Paranormal Activity (1 & 2) The reason that it is fascinating is because we don't understand it."

    I have heard of those movies, but I have never watched them.

    "Isn't L.S. is paranormal?"

    LOL LOL LOL in my opinion, he is paranormal...but he lives in constant denial lol.

    "He's all over the place and no one knows what he's really doing."

    Right?

    "This is clairbrilliant (clear brilliance). Well done my friend."

    Thank you so much, darling :D!

    Lady A, thank you so so much for this fab comment :D!

    Cheers

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  15. Hi Zhu :D!

    "I like watching a spooky movie, curled on the sofa with the lights on. Blair Witch, Paranormal Activity..."

    LOL...curled on the sofa, eh (you're cute)? I hated Blair Witch, to tell you the truth; and I haven't watched Paranormal Activity.

    "But I can't say I believe in all that. I'm a bit too rational!"

    By watching Blair Witch, no one would believe in Paranormal Activity. Rationality in excess can also be a paranormal activity in itself LOL ;).

    Zhu, merci beaucoup for this awesome comment :D!

    Cheers

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  16. Hey Rummuser :D!

    "Rather than answer your question, let me just say how happy I am to have discovered your blog via LS."

    I am extremely glad you found my blog, thank you *bowing*.

    "Thank you for the very encouraging response to my comment on his blog post."

    You are most welcome...besides, your comment was awesome :D.

    "I am a practicing Advaitin. Does that exclude me from this discussion?"

    Not at all! No one is excluded from any discussion here at the MAX Experience.
    So, you profess Advaita Vedanta, eh? Now, that is one interesting philosophy...its final goal is not much different than other mystical traditions (that of ending the cycle of rebirth), is it?

    Rummuser, I hope to see more of you here at MAX. It was a real pleasure to have you among us and I thank you for your great input :D.

    Cheers

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  17. Each to their own, I say. You believe or you don't believe. Why people go out of their way to criticise others for their different beliefs and ways beggars belief.

    Perhaps it's a case of ignorance and/or stupidity on their part, who knows. Perhaps we can excuse them though, as they may be suffering from Nosey Parker Syndrome or Criticizitis.

    The human brain is capable of so many things and having not yet reached its full potential for a large majority of us, will certainly surprise the doubters when it does.

    Perhaps people who have experienced matters that lay outside the range of normal experience or so called scientific explanation have made the step that we may all take one day.

    Take Care,
    Peter

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  18. Hey Peter :D!

    "Why people go out of their way to criticise others for their different beliefs and ways beggars belief."

    Dunno, mate.

    "Perhaps it's a case of ignorance and/or stupidity on their part, who knows. Perhaps we can excuse them though, as they may be suffering from Nosey Parker Syndrome or Criticizitis."

    LOL LOL that was a good one - I loved it!
    You are right though: we can certainly excuse them; because no one leaves this earth without experiencing a paranormal activity (of any sort).

    "The human brain is capable of so many things and having not yet reached its full potential for a large majority of us, will certainly surprise the doubters when it does."

    True.

    "Perhaps people who have experienced matters that lay outside the range of normal experience or so called scientific explanation have made the step that we may all take one day."

    Agreed.

    Peter, I absolutely adored your comment :D. Thank you so so much for it!

    Cheers

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