Whether we think of them as beings from another dimension or hallucinations, like gods and other monsters they exist.
By now I’ve come to the conclusion –and it seems a fair fit to experience – that there is nothing existent in this universe which we did not, collectively, create.
Whereas physics tends to construct the world in theory from the bottom up, imagining foundational particles and energy waves, I have more than a suspicion that it goes the other way.
So it is that I see monsters: wights, dragons, basilisks, Godzilla; daimons: big black dogs, little people, ufos; and ghosts as more or less all of a piece. They’re usually less than material in that they may appear anywhere out of, apparently, nothing, and have a tendency, some of them, to disappear just as quickly.
I could point out that we’ve been creating monsters forever- Jehovah, Samael, Tiamat – and that their effect upon the physical world has been, and continues to be, all too real.
Hello, black panther.
The mechanism by which otherworldly entities become visible is less easily understood, at least by me, but could perhaps be pictured as the intersection of the collective, creative soul with its own creation. The fact that these so-called apparitions are frequently seen by more than one person at a time, by people separated by distance and/or time, and by nonhuman beings as well as human ones, to my mind rules out the explanation of personal wonky brain chemistry. Brain chemistry gone awry is unfortunately the most popular materialist explanation these days, but it doesn’t cut any ice (or hold any water) given the facts.
I am fascinated by all of Our creation in its myriad incarnations. When I get over my fear, I am faintly surprised to find that –behold!- all that lies behind them is an immeasurable, soul-suffusing ocean of that ultimate reality: Love.