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Nightmares of the mind

on April 13, 2013

Italo Calvino said: The more enlightened our houses are, the more their walls ooze ghosts. Image credit: “love Don’t live here anymore…” – © 2009 Robb North – made available under Attribution 2.0 Generic

Old vacant houses attract attention. Our minds create worst case scenarios as to what might have taken place when the house was in its splendor causing the occupants to leave. Even with beliefs of mass murders, loony neighbors, or possible paranormal happenings which send chills down our spines, we often feel the need to validate our created nightmares to wander in to take a peek.

With the senses in overdrive from all the mental stories created before even stepping foot into the old place, the mind tries to rationalize every movement, sound, smell, and visual. A mind overloaded with every possible horror and tragedy, there is no hope for even the slightest sound being interpreted within rational possibilities. The eyes will play tricks when the mind is filled with possible ghostly thoughts. Shadows become spectors without the slightest second guess. Some people have even been known to become so engrossed in the thought of a haunting the mind will create phantom smells. A slight breeze passing through broken windows or holes in the walls can lead to thoughts of ghostly visitors passing close by.

The mind is a creative host for both good and bad. I wonder if anyone has ever looked upon a house such as the one in the picture and wondered what awesome events might have taken place there. Would thoughts of a happy family or celebrations come to mind? Makes you wonder why our minds instantly jump to scary and tragic events when we see places like the one in the picture. Think about this, do we often let our minds create nightmares about others we come across in our life journeys like we do when we pass old broken down houses?

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One response to “Nightmares of the mind

  1. midisparks says:

    definitely food for thought. we create our own realities about things. thanks

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