All around us are the scattered remnants of ancient civilizations. Challenging us by its very existence is the Great Pyramid. When we dig, almost
anywhere, we find buried proof that fantastic structures once existed. Questions about previous ages of humanity may come to mind as we ponder what
happened to these civilizations. How did once great civilizations come to an end? War. Famine. Climate change. Also present in ancient art are
nothing short of a plethora of monsters. Flying snake gods. Dragon men. Wolf-headed creatures. Hydras. Giants. Cyclops. Chimeras. Huge beasts
of all kinds. Dragons. Ghosts. Demons…
REMNANTS & A HUNGER FOR MONSTERS
The belief-in, and the depiction of, monsters did not end in ancient times. Rather, all manner of monsters have followed humanity throughout the
ages. From cave paintings illustrating horrifying creatures to elaborate stone carvings of ancient civilizations, from medieval wood-block
illustrations to Renaissance manuscripts and biblical illustrations… Monsters of all forms have followed us into modern day. The medium with which
they are portrayed has evolved as our ability to portray them has improved, but the fact remains as true today as it did around prehistoric campfires:
we have brought our monsters with us.
Now, we print them in glossy magazines. We create plastic statuettes of them (model monsters). We hang large posters of them. We watch monsters on
the silver screen. We soak our psyches with images of monsters on the internet. We compose songs about monsters (The Misfits, et al). We read books
comprised of hundreds of pages of monster stories. We name our sports teams after monsters and use them as mascots (Blue Devils, Devil Rays, etc.)
We play them and/or slay them in graphic video games. We sit in rides of monster themes in AMUSEMENT parks. Monsters are everywhere. You don’t
even need to look for them, for a monster, in some form or another, will find you. Not “may” find you. WILL find you.
It seems, for some inexplicable reason, that humanity is FASCINATED by monsters. Perhaps we NEED monsters? Or, rather, maybe we are fascinated by
FEAR and need a good fright every now and then to keep us on our proverbial toes. Maybe, in ancient times, when man was as much prey as hunter, fear
kept us vigilant, aware and in a highly PERCEPTIVE state. Maybe in a world where there is less natural fear, those ancient parts of our beings need
that kind of scary stimulation. Therefore, with an absence of “real” monsters, we have created a slew of them to frighten us.
However, by focusing our IMAGINATIVE ENERGY on monsters, could it be that we are responsible for actually creating them? Could that imaginative
energy somehow manifest a REAL ENTITY into existence?
Now, before you say, “You’re off your rocker GhostLancer!” consider this: TULPA. What? TUL-PA.
Tulpas are rooted in Sanskrit. Tibetan folks, Indians, Nepalese… Around that area and spreading out for thousands of miles; perhaps worldwide,
these days. A tulpa is a THOUGHT FORM. Here is an excerpt from Wikepedia, followed by a link to the tulpa article:
“Inasmuch as the mind creates the world of appearances, it can create any particular object desired. The process consists of giving palpable
being to a visualization, in very much the same manner as an architect gives concrete expression in three dimensions to his abstract concepts after
first having given them expression in the two-dimensions of his blue-print. The Tibetans call the One Mind's concretized visualization the Khorva
(Hkhorva), equivalent to the Sanskrit Sangsara; that of an incarnate deity, like the Dalai or Tashi Lama, they call a Tul-ku (Sprul-sku), and that of
a magician a Tul-pa (Sprul-pa), meaning a magically produced illusion or creation.” en.wikipedia.org...
In essence, the belief/theory states that a person can focus her energy into a “real” being. It does take a LOT of focus, determination, energy
and passion. A traumatic experience might be enough for a person to instantly bring such a creature into being. Or, the practiced, learned rituals
of someone who has delved deeply into mystical and/or occult studies. Or… maybe as simple as that of a child enthralled by werewolf movies she has
watched recently. Or… innocently enough by someone who has had an extremely powerful and vivid nightmare. The theme is essentially the same: our
thoughts can manifest beings into this reality.
Hogwash. Pure and simple. --Yet, even the ever-expanding frontier of QUANTUM PHYSICS tells us that there is more to us than (with a skin pinch)
“this crude matter.” Without bogging us down in the details of the “2-slit Experiment,” suffice it to say that it has been scientifically
proven that quantum-level experiments react differently depending on whether or not there is a sentient observer present to watch the unfolding
event(s). It is a profound statement: by merely WATCHING/OBSERVING an experiment, our presence affects the nature of reality. If so, what does this
say about how our presence and thoughts affecting our simple, everyday world around us right now?
It is a large step from our thoughts affecting the placement of photon particles in a 2-slit experiment and the manifestation
entities. However, it is a matter of degree and complexity. Consider this, author Nick Redfern, in a recent article made some good points about the
nature of monsters. He pointed out a ridiculous lack of evidence for these creatures (Loch Ness, Bigfoot, Chupacabra, etc.) to such an extent that
over a decade ago, he gave up trying to find an “everyday” explanation for them. Meaning, he concluded that they may be more mystical or
phantasmagorical in nature. Here’s a link to his thought-provoking article: www.mania.com...
Consider how monsters have followed us through the ages. First of all, WHY? Then, HOW? Do we humans inherently just “think-up” monsters because
it is who we are? I mean, it’s in our nature to think about these fanciful terrors? Why would we do such a thing? Do we really need to be scared
by things with scales, teeth, etc.? The one common thread of humanity is our UNCONSCIOUS MIND.
CRITTERS FROM THE ID
Some psychological theories separate our minds into the CONSCIOUS (the one you’re using now) and the SUBCONSCIOUS (the dreaming) minds. Freud, I
believe, stratified our minds into the Id, the ego and the super ego (the id being the subconscious, childish portion). In the movie, “Forbidden
Planet,” monsters from the id were responsible for killing people. Could it be that these “unawakened” parts of our consciousness are bringing
forth “monsters from the id?” Could this part of our sentience be so powerful as to have manifested entities into a form of shadowy reality since
the dawn of our humanity? Are your thoughts and dreams and unconscious ramblings creating monsters that stalk the dark forests and wild recesses of
Think of reality. There is very little to it, actually. EVERYTHING you sense (see, hear, smell, taste and touch) is nothing more than processed
information about the world around you. It is not *actually* the world, but merely a REPRESENTATION of the world presented to you by your brain.
Further, everything you interact with in our “solid” world is really nothing more than lots of empty space VIBRATING at different energetic
frequencies. Yes. Science has finally discovered that we exist in a mostly empty ocean of vibrations, and that even things that appear solid are
nothing more than constructs of vibratory energies and forces. It is as much belief as vibrating energy that keeps your hand from passing *through*
your keyboard instead of just pressing keys to type your responses. Read about the process of SIGHT, alone, and you will realize the fragile nature
of reality. Light passes into our eye. It is funneled into the optic nerve. At this point, it is no longer light as your brain processes the
*INFORMATION* and organizes it for final presentation to your MIND. Check it out: en.wikipedia.org...
On the quantum front, we are learning that time and space and thought and “reality” are not necessarily the separate entities we previously
thought them to be. Of course, this is what philosophers and mystics and esoterics have engaged in for countless hundreds of years. “Thought
form,” –the manifestation of mental energies; the INTERSECTION of thought, matter and reality. en.wikipedia.org...
RAMIFICATIONS AND IMPLICATIONS
Let’s just say that this is the case. We humans can manifest “monsters” into being, intentionally and/or unintentionally. If that is so, then
we must maintain control of our thoughts to some extent, lest we wreak havoc. There are ramifications to having such power, to KNOWING we have such
power. Humans are good, evil, indifferent and plain stupid. Good people would cultivate good thoughts in order to ensure these creatures aren’t
created every day. Evil people might create them to their own ends, perhaps even overestimating the amount of control they might have over the
monsters. Indifferent people might never create one, even accidentally, as they are distracted by the pleasures and pains of everyday life, their
thoughts never reaching the levels required for manifestation. “Stupid” people are really the biggest danger. As the saying goes, genius has
limitations but stupidity is BOUNDLESS.
Again, consider that humans have the power to create monsters. What is the most dangerous thing about it? If we knew we could do this… wow. Not
only “monsters” but ALL MANNER OF THINGS would be unleashed. Imagine a small sect of people who know this SECRET. To keep humanity from losing
control and destroying modern civilization (perhaps that is what happened to those great, ancient civilizations?), they might employ a systematic
program (or programS) geared to keeping people from reaching their full mental potentials. Such programs might involve dumbing-down the general
population via the fluoridization of drinking water, adding aspartame and monosodium glutamate into all manner of food, eliminating the arts from most
schools (arts encourage *imagination*), collapsing the economy which forces people to stay grounded in everyday thought (putting food on the table,
filling the gas tank, paying for medical care), etc., etc., etc.
MANIFEST YOUR DESTINY!
Will you bring forth personal DRAGONS unto the world, or something a little nicer? We seem to need monsters, but they do tend to wreak havoc.
So, what are your THOUGHTS on the subject? Be careful your thoughts, for you may inadvertently manifest something into existence. Right now it’s
laughable, sure. But, when you are alone, at night and see something shadowy moving toward you… you may wish that you had not thought so much about
WEREWOLVES… (insert evil Vincent Pryce laughter here…)
One last thought: as monsters creep their way to new heights in popular culture and media… so increase the sightings of all sorts of scary and
unexplainable things… Also, this theory applies beyond monsters, it applies to almost everything (positive/negative thinking; focus determines
edit on 7-6-2011 by GhostLancer because: Typo