Like on a loop, repeating. This has been the explanation here and there for ghosts and apparitions that people claim to have seen or heard. If you have ever been on a ghost hunt, or watched any of the paranormal programs about haunted locations, you might know what I am talking about. And oddly this piece crosses over into another in progress called Imprinting, but as that is from a slightly different angle, I will keep them separate.
From how it is described by the paranormal folk, I took it as the following. That sometimes there is an event, so shocking, tragic or ghastly, that the energy and force of the event, creates a sort of shock in time as well as in what we know as reality. That it imprints the feeling, or image, or sound onto the fabric of time and space, to be replayed and repeated over and over. As if stuck on a loop with the same frame showing, or a record where the stylus keeps jumping on the same spot, playing the same moment over and over.
So, what is it that occurs when someone thinks they have witnessed something like that? There have been many stories over the years that caught my attention, and I have been very much interested in the whole subject of the paranormal for a few decades now. Tales of headless horsemen, women in white, ghostly battle scenes, haunted mansions and creepy walkways. And I have visited a couple of locations on ‘ghost hunting’ tours, to see for myself what it was actually all about and how they actually were conducted in real life, not just on the television. I also visited a medium as well as part of the research, again just to know how they appeared in real life, and a friend had visited this one and said it was great, so thought why not. Neither the ghost hunting or visiting a psychic made me suddenly unequivocally believe in them, nothing was revealed or was witnessed within the realms of the supernatural. It was however, rather interesting to see how people behaved in those situations though, myself included (as I am ‘people’ too).
And it did make me think, about what it is that remains, if anything, to keep a feeling or an idea ‘alive’ through the ages. Is there an imprint of energy on that location that can then recreate something given the right conditions? I will bring up Ouija boards here as they have been known to be used for things like this, and again I have speculated about them. It comes back to energy I guess, that maybe when people are giving their concentrated attention to something, while trying to create A portal, something does happen. Makes me think of Stranger Things, where they created a tear in the fabric of dimensions, allowing a creature of sorts to come through and for that world to start seeping through into the ‘real’ one. Like Ghostbusters too I guess, and the entire premise of All Hallows Eve where the veil between worlds is at its thinnest. Or so they say. So, there is a question in my mind on that, if people do in fact see, hear and feel things like that – two options are available for that question. Is it an echo in time, repeating on a loop? Or, is it something that is not actually dead communicating from the ‘other side’ of life, but something that is quite ‘alive’ in its realm, reaching through into ours? And maybe sometimes we too, can cross over in theirs. But when they come into ours, are we equipped to recognise that? Or comprehend what it is we are ‘seeing’, finding it easier to apply a common theme or known possibility of a spectre with a tragic human past, making it easier to deal with in mind. Because if we did know, that something dark and unyielding was lurking just beyond our range, pacing the perimeter of reality like a stalker looking for a way in, would we still go about our lives as comfortably as we do? I wonder…