Just because I have a high standard of what acceptable evidence of something is, it doesn't mean I'm not open minded. I know that's hard for some
people to understand, but it's true. Believe me, I spent years of my life "ghost hunting," and researching all sorts of religious and spiritual
experiences in my quest to find whatever it was I thought I was missing.
My life experiences have shown me that there is a difference between having an open mind but demanding real, objective evidence of something, and
believing something because it sounds good and there are a couple of web pages with some fuzzy pictures and pseudo-scientific explanations for it.
Anyway, I just wanted jhill to know that there are ways to think and look at the world that can remove that fear he's speaking of, or at least help
keep it in control, instead of it controlling him.
It's OK to have beliefs, and think there must be MORE than this, but the only good way to look at the world, the only useful way, is through the lens
of reason. Things that some people claim are paranormal may very well have a scientific explanation -- perhaps when we finally have a unified field
theory some things that are mysteries now will be solved.
At any rate, trying to keep this thread on topic, jhill, fears like the ones you described, and that I have also experienced are actually quite
primitive reactions to the unknown. the part of our brain I call our "monkey brain" but some scientists refer to as the
It's the oldest part of our brain, where our fight or flight responses come from, as
well as rage, xenophobia (us vs. them) and territoriality. The baser emotions.
The part of the brain that rational thought goes on in is the neocortex.
This is where language
occurs, consciousness, sensory perception, and a host of other higher functions.
When you have an irrational fear of something such as a dream, your reptile brain is in control, the oldest, most primitive part of your brain. By
using the newest, most evolved part, the neocortex, to explore the fear rationally and find a reason for it, the fear is diminished.
You've obviously come here because you're questioning what your primitive brain is telling you. To me it looks like you're reaching out for
something other than this irrational fear. The answers are out there -- you just have to ask the questions and then think about what you hear, not
react to it.
Easier said than done, for everyone. but quite possible.