I once had the privilege to see the face of Jesus carved out by the fire in a log of wood. I kid you not.
My did first pointed it out - all dramatically - and my mom vouched his claim, she saw it too. Then my sister saw it, brother saw it, and then I "saw"
it. To be frank, I'm not sure what I saw. I remember being extremely nervous - these sorts of things made me uncomfortable. A "face" may have been
I sometimes wonder whether it was my fathers initially dramatic remark that biased our minds to "see" the face of Jesus. It's sort of like hearing of
a voice behind some white noise sound. The voice which you hear is a creation of the brain; areas in the temporal and parietal loves conspire to make
you hear "mike, are you home?....!" from the air conditioning turning or a cracking sound from the house piping.
When you look at the squiggles on a burning fire log, it can be enchanting - you can get lost in it. You can also quite easily "see" things in it.
These sorts of inchoate sensations, sounds or images which are unclear but contain many different rhythms, can have the affect of drawing in our
imaginations into forming an image taken from memory. This is what Rorschach tests are about.
In any case, it had quite the effect on my family. Till this day my mom or dad will say that it "re-energized" our family.
On another note, I think synchronicity is sufficiently paranormal to deserve mention. Just the other day I started a thread on diet and genetic
physiology. I believe that my ancestral diet of high amounts of fish predisposes my physical body towards such a diet. So I'm talking about this to my
parents, and then start a thread online. After writing the thread, I came to the family room, sat down and caught Frasier. As I sat down, the
character Roz says to Martin (Frasiers dad) "What are you making? I don't like fish!",
What are the chances of that happening? Something I consider especially meaningful - changing my diet to help reduce feelings of anxiety - and then a
second later, I hear something on TV that is almost never mentioned in a sentence.
This was a truly mysterious event, packed with spiritual significance. It was like God giving His imprimatur to my inkling that a more classically
Azorean diet would help reduce my anxiety levels (the omega 3 is brain food).
These sorts of things are truly inexplicable. I sometimes wonder if other people experience this. Or is just those people more spiritually and
philosophically open to the mysterious and irrational - the abode of meaning?
At the same time, sometimes our own brains cast shadows on our thinking processes. Not everything experienced as paranormal is in fact
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