FROM DUST TO DUST
Our mind, with the help of our brain, can create a complete story. It can, and will, do this even when presented with only one true fact. Here is an example of this. Several times I have had what I call spine chills. Whenever I get these I immediately fill in the missing pieces with old folklore that is stored in my memory. This storage of information is filled with stories from my childhood that my dad, mom, and especially one of my uncles told me when I was just a child.
These chills soon became the setting of some dead spirit being around me or even passing through me to create this feeling. So, the spine chill was definitely a real experience but the rest of the story came from memory and the memory may or may not be very true. At Halloween the sight of a pumpkin and children dressed up in their costumes brings from the memory all sorts of ideas about what Halloween really is. Some of these thoughts are conjured up from old movies, and Halloween scenes, from my early childhood. To see the pumpkin and the costumes is a real fact but to bring into my thoughts from my memory the many ideas about Halloween and its beginnings are only partial truths based on ignorance.
These chills are worth examining. What causes them is not really known even within the medical circles. They are what we used to call goose bumps and can be made to come on anyone. I do it a lot with my dog Buddy. He loves it when I run my finger down his spine. He comes back for more as I usually give him some attention and some scratching like all dogs love. In reality this makes him happy, nothing else. With people it may be from our memory that the chills start, for our memory is filled with such nonsense about the unknown. A creepy feeling will be easy to have if we walk through a cemetery at night because the stories are there in our memory and they are added each day from what we see and read. As a child the goose bumps was but a reaction to the cold and they were there so we would shiver, as this is part of our bodies’ way of preventing too much cold.
Our memory is filled to the brim with all sorts of material most of which is only someone’s idea about some happening or object, but these memories will fill in the gaps of any circumstance that you experience. Therefore most of what people think is relatively untrue except for the happening that promoted the rest of the thought pattern. We are able to draw from this unseen place the material that we need to make something sensible out of some truth we experience. It is as if we are compelled to add to some simple event enough material to make it into a story that we feel we must convey, regardless of whether the real truth is there or not.
By times I believe that while driving our automobiles there have been close calls. Here is an example, such as almost losing control of your vehicle but able to steer or brake or a combination of both. After this close call picture yourself sitting on the roadside and think about what went through your mind. At one time I would have said to myself that some Angel, or God, had something to do with this. Many Religious people will immediately fill in the story with material from their memory instead of just being happy that they were not injured and that there was no damage done to their vehicle. The story in all reality is not a big one if we leave it with just the truth.
Some days I have seen within my peripheral vision some light colored wisps of light. This view of vision is only to acknowledge that something moved just out of range of our normal vision is noticed. In reality we don’t know just what it was, perhaps a reflection from our glasses, if we were wearing them, of some reflection from an object in that range of vision. However my memory has stored many reasons for this from guardian Angels, Angel guides and spirits of light.
This remains also for those dark clouds or spirit mists that are dark and brings out from my memory banks images of evil Angels, demons and many other forms of the Devil, all of which were placed into my memory many years ago from church, schooling and books written about the supernatural. This then, is what our mind can do. It can take what is required from our memory to make a story of some happening within our peripheral vision into a story filled with myths that fit into our main belief system.
We were born Atheists