OK. I’ll admit it. Most all of the recent spate of paranormal TV shows irritate the bejeezus out of me, but what’s most interesting about said shows is that they do point out to us the supposed “most haunted” locations in our country and around the world. The Queen Mary, Waverly Hills, the Stanley Hotel, the West Virginia Federal Penitentiary, just to name a few, are the focus of many of these shows and typically, compelling evidence is collected. And not just by reality paranormal shows (if you can believe their evidence). Search the Internet for video or audio evidence from any of these well-known haunted locations and homegrown groups, like us, have shelled out money for private investigations and, luckily, gathered stunning audio and video evidence. And you have to wonder, “Wait, these guys, this Podunck Paranormal Hunters, they have nothing to gain from posting this audio of a woman’s voice. They don’t have a show, they’re not making money, in fact, they’ll probably only gain ridicule. I mean, this video has been up for three years and they’ve had 20 views. So, they had to have captured it, right? It’s not fake, right?”
One would hope. What I’m getting at is that when we get called in to investigate a private home in suburban Atlanta, we’re pretty much guaranteed to spend the entire night investigating and end up with absolutely NO evidence to show for it. But if we drive the six hours to Waverly Hills, or buy a plane ticket to the Queen Mary, or schlep our gear on a cross-country trip to the Stanley, I can attest that we WILL return home with, at the very least, numerous EVPs.
Why? How does this happen? Are these historic locations MORE haunted? Is there a level of haunting that assures the collection of evidence? Say, if there’s only one spirit, well, good luck collecting any evidence. But, hey! Twenty spirits! You’re in luck! You’re now the proud owner of one apparition caught on tape!
Or, could it be something else? Could it possibly be that we, the living, are causing these hauntings?
No, I’m not talking about putting up those cute Halloween ghost decorations you found on Pinterest. I’m talking about us, people, living, breathing, people causing hauntings. While we’re alive. Just bear with me and allow me to explain.
The Queen Mary is the perfect example. Docked in Long Beach, California, and permanently moored as a hotel and event rental, the Queen Mary started its nautical life as a Cunard luxury transatlantic cruise ship in 1936. During World War II, she became a troop transport ship. After the war, she resumed her commercial duties until 1967 when she was permanently retired to Long Beach. One of the most prominent paranormal stories of the Queen Mary is that of Jackie, a little girl who drowned in Queen Mary’s second-class swimming pool and who now haunts the first-class swimming pool area. Paranormal groups and enthusiasts from around the world have captured evidence of Jackie over the years. You can find numerous pictures of a small shadow figure captured in the first-class pool (now empty) as well as audio clips of her small, childlike voice responding to investigators. It’s crazy! With the amount of evidence captured, you would think there really was a little girl who drowned and died on board the Queen Mary at some point in its history.
But there wasn’t. According to official records, there were 49 deaths aboard the Queen Mary, most crew, and none of them children and none of the deaths were due to drowning. So, where did Jackie come from? What is she? I think she’s a tulpa.
I know you’re scratching your head and wondering, “What. The. Heck? What is that word? Is that a monster? Is this chick making up stuff from the X-Files?” Just bear with me. A tulpa (from Tibetan mysticism), also known as a thoughtform in Western mysticism, is thought to be a physical formation generated by a powerful concentration of thought. It, essentially, is a materialized thought that has taken physical form. A mind-created apparition, if you will.
I’m sure you’ve heard of the idea of “the power of prayer,” that by communally thinking, meditating, and asking for something, people can cause something to happen. That with just the power of our positive thoughts, we can make the sick well, the poor rich, the hungry fed. If this is truly possible, then why can’t we do this with hauntings? I mean, let’s be honest, no one is really interested in the small ranch on 123 Main Street, Anywhere, USA. That home won’t be on television and broadcast to the masses. But, the old cruise ship, docked in harbor, with an incredible history, that people all over the world have visited, that’s a location that’s interesting. It’s a location that depends on a paranormal story for part of its income and it’s a location with its fair share of happiness and tragedy. And when we hear the sad, but fictional, story of Jackie, a little girl who drowned, whose life was tragically cut short by inattentive parents and crew, allowed to wander down to a swimming pool, fall in, and drown, well then, we’re captured. And we project our thoughts to this nonexistent child, willing her to speak to us, appear to us, and give us proof of her presence.
Could it be that what is manifesting isn’t a little girl, but our own thoughts? Jackie may just be our exteriorized thoughts. A thoughtform. A tulpa. A creature of our own making.
Or, she could be someone playing the greatest prank ever.