"Things that do go bump in the night"
I have heard many things in my life and probably you have also. Strange sounds like crashes in the attic, to sound of plates and dishes crashing in the darkness. But in my extensive search through out my home that night and the next day nothing is found damaged or destroyed.
Was it a Darkling come to call?
I often think it's a small earth quake rattling the dishes in the closet. We cannot predict earthquakes in the sense of being able to tell exactly where, exactly when and how big. Even a tiny one that we can't feel will vibrate or knock something over. When it happens too many blame it on a real ghost not understanding that the earth moved.
Movement disorders are complex phenomena that frequently create confusion among mental health clinicians working in the field of dual diagnosis. Some of the confusion arises from uncertainty about whether movements are voluntary or involuntary. Because abnormal movements are exacerbated by stress or other anxiety provoking situations, wax and wane in severity and are associated with other disruptive behaviors, they are frequently confused with other repetitive behaviors as well as primary psychiatric disorders. This first segment of a series of Ask the Doctor provides a basic overview of the neuropsychiatry and behavioral pharmacology of abnormal movements.
Ment Health Aspects Dev Disabil 2008;11(4):133-137
I tell myself after I read things like that. Hey, that could be the truth, but what if it was really a ghost? Or something actually worse?
Like, the ...DARK!
We fear the dark because we never know what lurks in the blackness. The fear of the dark is a common fear among children and to a varying degree is observed for adults. The pathological fear of the dark is sometimes called nyctophobia (from Greek νυξ, "night" and φοβια, phobia), scotophobia, from σκότος - "darkness", or lygophobia, from λυγή - "twilight".
Some researchers, beginning with Sigmund Freud, consider the fear of the dark as a manifestation of separation anxiety. In the 1960s scientists conducted experiments to discover molecules responsible for memory. In one experiment rats, normally nocturnal animals, were conditioned to fear the dark and a substance, called scotophobin that was apparently responsible for remembering this fear was extracted from rats' brains. Subsequently these findings were debunked.
The fear of the dark is heightened by imagination: a stuffed toy may appear a monster with many teeth and bulging eyes in the dark. Nightmares contribute to the fear of the dark as well: after waking up because of a nightmare the child may refuse to go to bed without lights on. Fear of dark is a phase of child development. Most observers report that fear of the dark seldom appears before the age of 2 years. Fear of the dark is not fear of the absence of light, but fear of possible or imagined dangers concealed by the darkness.
The dark, in the mind of some is actually a creature a monster of unlimited proportions. It has the power to scare us, unnerve us, set us on edge. The dark can scare you, it will drive you to madness and take away any hope of tomorrow.
Darkness (also called lightlessness) is the absence of light. Scientifically it is only possible to have a reduced amount of light. The emotional response to an absence of light has inspired metaphor in literature, symbolism in art, and emphasis.
Today many in the world enjoy researching and exploring Dark tourism - travel to sites associated with death and suffering, ghost and the paranormal.
As a poetic term, darkness can also mean the presence of shadows, evil, or depression.
Darkness can have a strong psychological impact. It can cause depression in people with seasonal affective disorder, fear in nyctophobics, comfort in lygophilics, or attraction as in gothic fashion. These emotions are used to add power to literary imagery.
Religious texts often use darkness to make a visual point. In the Bible, darkness was the second to last plague (Exodus 10:21) and the location of “weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 8:12) The Qur’an has been interpreted to say that those who transgress the bounds of what is right are doomed to “burning despair and ice-cold darkness.” (Nab 78.25) In Greek Mythology, three layers of night surround Tartarus, a place for the worst sinners as far beneath Hades as heaven is high above earth.
The Hindu goddess Kalí (black, dark colored) is also closely associated with darkness and violence, though she is equally associated with motherhood and benevolence.
In Chinese philosophy Yin is the feminine part of the Taijitu and is represented by a dark lobe.
The use of darkness as a rhetorical device has a long standing tradition. Shakespeare, working in the 16th and 17th centuries, made a character called Satan, the “prince of darkness” (King Lear: III, iv) and gave darkness jaws with which to devour love. (A Midsummer Night’s Dream: I, i) Chaucer, a 14th century Middle English writer, wrote that knights must cast away the “workes of darkness.” Dante described hell as “solid darkness stain’d.”
Even in Old English there were three words that could mean darkness; heolstor, genip, and sceadu. Heolstor also meant “hiding-place” and became holster, genip meant “mist” and fell out of use like many strong verbs, it is however still used in the Dutch saying "in het geniep" which means secretly, sceadu meant “shadow” and remained in use. The word darkness eventually evolved from the word deorc, which meant “dark”.
"The Dead's Great Inconsolable Grief": In many cultures, wearing of dark colors shows grief and attracts it.
In the dark objects that are familiar to us take on different shapes and sizes. They also reveal the qualities in them that are truly paranormal, and actually supernaturally in their nature.
Call it evil, or the work of the devil but the inanimate becomes alive...in the black of night. The darkling's, the shadows, the dead sneak near to you as you breath evenly and sound asleep.
Accounts of "THE DARK" as a being typically describe them as being deep non reflective black humanoid or creature like silhouettes. Some times with no discernible mouths, noses, or facial expressions, though at times those features might be all that you actually see in the darkness.
Many lurid accounts also exist of these entities being child-sized humanoids or shapeless masses that sometimes change to a more human like forms or animals. The eyes are usually not described as being discernible but in some reports glowing red, white or blue eyes are mentioned. The color of the eyes, if any, is typically given as red. Their specific form is described variously as two-dimensional shadow to a vaporous or distorted three-dimensional body (as though made out of smoke, fabric, water like or steam).
Movement is often described as being very quick and disjointed. Some witnesses describe this movement as though the shadow entities they have seen "danced" from one wall to the next, or as moving around the room "as if they were on a specific track".
Rarely, they are seen "standing" in the middle of doorways or off the wall. Often they are described as being seen staring at the floor. Some accounts describe what appears to be the outline of a cloak, and in some instances the outline of a 1930s style fedora hat. This last type is referred as the " Dark hat-man" or "The Darkling King".
The Dark has also been called "The Wight", from Old English word wiht, is a Middle English word used to describe a creature or a living being. It is akin to Old High German wiht, meaning a creature or thing.
The evil of the darkling's over the centuries are based on Shadow people, (also known as shadow men, shadow folk, or shadow beings) are supernatural shadow-like creatures of both modern folklore and traditional native American beliefs. These creatures are known to pull you room your bed at night violently. Strangle you rape you.
The Darkling's can also bite you, hit you, hurt you, and are known to poke your eyes out as you sleep.
They have been known to kill infants as they sleep in their mothers arms or suckle at their breast.
The can scratch you to the boone, and tales of them even stealing kidneys, (thought to be what they love to eat) from sleeping victims.
A darkling is best known to take the shape of cats, especially large black cats. They can roam highways, and slip into to your home and kill all that live their.
In the darkness they are the strongest paranormal entity you can encounter. They can change shape and even talk to you in the thick black night.
According to folklore, they appear as dark forms in the peripheries of people's vision as they begin to haunt them. If they find no reason to haunt you then they seem to disintegrate, or move between walls, when noticed.
Reports of shadow darkling people occupy a similar position in the popular consciousness to ghost sightings, but differ in that shadow people are not reported as having human features, wearing modern/period clothing, or attempting to communicate.
Witnesses also do not report the same feelings of being in the presence of something that 'was once human' is what a shadow person entails. a darkling has never walked the earth as a human.Some individuals have described being menaced, chased, or in some rare instances, attacked by shadow darkling's. There have also been reports of huge menacing darkling's appearing in front of witnesses and lingering for several seconds before disappearing. Witnesses report that encounters are typically accompanied by a feeling of dread.
Darklings have been known to hide at the sign of any type of light. their favorite spots to hide or in dark cracks, or inside a child's toys (bears. dolls, stuffed animals) or closets.
Robert The haunted Doll is thought to be a Darkling trapped in a stuffed body by a voodoo hoodoo spell.
In New Orleans Voodoo Darkling's are creatures that prowl the city looking for innocents to possess. They will take a person and make them act and turn into someone they are not. They who are possessed by a Darkling have been known to kill or hurt their family members during daylight hours. They are aptly called since the late 1800's "The Dark Darklings".
The great voodoo Queen Marie Laveau described them as the evil thoughts that good church people have that they don't act upon, come to life. They carry out evil deeds no sane man would do!
The actual belief is that the darkling enters a person through their mouths as they sleep, and are trapped inside them until they fall asleep again.
The person is like a zombified demon acting only on it's primal instincts. Kill or be killed. Marie Laveau is said to have used ground up monkey and cock statue powder, red brick and a secret ingrediant to chase them off.
Small children between the ages of 3- 9 are more apt to encounter these beings and see them clearly. Though those who have psychic powers have been known to see them as sparkling dark shapes in the blackness.
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