Is It Possible to Create a Ghost?Speculations and opinions about ghosts abound in most countries. In the early 1970’s a Canadian group tried to come in contact with a spirit by the name of Philip. Philip, however, was not a disembodied ghost but an experiment conducted by the Toronto Society of Psychical Research.
One constant question that reigns the paranormal field is what exactly is a ghost? Sadly the answer to this question is we do not know. Are ghosts real? Are they the souls of the dearly departed? Are they the intelligent conscious part of the brain that some how exists after bodily death? Or could they be created by the one experiencing the phenomena?
If we look into the poltergeist phenomena (which we will go into deeper in another article) we see that the activity usually revolves around an adolescent female that is going through some type inner turmoil. When the person the activity revolves around is removed, the activity will cease. Researchers believe that the adolescent is the key and is subconsciously exerting pk (psychokenisis) abilities. Meaning the agent is unknowingly causing this to occur by their mind. Could this also be the explanation for ghosts? Could ghosts be thought formed? Meaning do we create the ghosts with our mind rather then them being the souls of the deceased?
In the early 1970’s a group called Toronto Society of Psychical Research tried to come in contact with a spirit by the name of Philip. Philip was a middle aged man who lived in the mid 1600’s. Philip was a married man who was having a secret affair with a gypsy. When Philips wife found out about this, he had the gypsy tried for witchcraft and burned at the stake. Philip fearing for his reputation never said a word in defense to the gypsy. Feeling so guilty that he didn’t speak up and save the gypsy Philip committed suicide.
Finally after almost a year of trying to contact Philip, he decided to show up. Using a method called table tipping they were able to talk to Philip through rappings and knocks. The group was able to find out how Philip felt on his own political views. They were even able to tell what type of mood Philip was in at the time, if he was in a good mood the table would tip back forth with lots of energy, if Philip was in a bad mood sounds of scratching could be heard. Philip wasn’t just limited to the table, he could turn the lights off and on and also move other objects in the room. All this phenomena was incredible, it was documented and shown on many talk shows and even CBC’s Man Alive. One day when Philip was incredibly active someone in the group asked an interesting question to Philip, it was “Philip do you know you are not real?” After this Philips activity ceased.
Philip was not a disembodied ghost but an experiment conducted by the Toronto Society of Psychical Research. The story was carefully thought up, along with a portrait the group had drawn up for Philip. Unfortunately for the group they were never able to answer the how and why questions for this wonderful experiment. Was it the groups collective subconscious working together or was it really a spirit that was conjured and attached itself to the story of Philip? One interesting thing to look at is that Philip couldn’t provide information other then what the team thought up for him.
Was Philip thought formed? Could he have been a real entity? Sure anything is possible, but it does raise an interesting question. Are the spirits we are experiencing really that of the dead or did we create them ourselves?
copyright: article: Bobby Nelson, Examiner.com