Are Supernatural Beings As Diverse As We Think They Are?
The Ghost of Today May Be the What of Tomorrow?
Twenty first century culture has some pretty widespread, yet common beliefs about what ghosts really are, based largely on ancient religious beliefs. The general assumption is that they are the disembodied spirits of the dead, somehow trapped on Earth for misdeeds in their physical lives, and awaiting a promotion of sorts to a more ethereal form of afterlife. When the actual traits that ghosts seem to possess is lined up alongside other reports of similar beings however, some striking commonalties present themselves.
The Jinni or Djin is a being that originated in centuries old Islamic and Arabic culture, and is often credited as being a more original form of the Devil that was adopted by early Christianity. These are often considered malicious beings, demons that cause unfortunate incidents for anyone encountering them. Though most have been considered dangerous, deceptive and capable of taking on a vague resemblance to human form, some types of Jinnis have also been seen as relatively benign. Considered to have enormous power from a physical human point of view, they are otherwise classified as lower than angels and are considered to be relegated to a quasi-physical realm between Earth and Heaven.
Most modern cases of alien abduction also describe a form of quasi-physical being, the Grey alien, a small humanoid with a bulbous head and large, dark black, ovoid eyes. Such beings are said to inhabit a realm that allows them to exist both inside and outside of physical reality, where they can appear in someone’s room and abduct them in the middle of the night without anyone nearby noticing or hearing a thing. Abduction accounts are usually centered on the Greys performing acts against the abductee’s will, a victim who has no ability to resist. These are often actions that are sinister in intent and psychologically terrorizing to the victim.
All three classes of beings combined, ghosts, Greys and Djin, have nearly identical physical forms when cultural biases are accounted for. They also appear to be one step in and one step out of our world, having a wispy, insubstantial nature that prevents human beings from directly interacting with them. Their actions have usually been reported as intrusive and harmful and attempts to resist their behavior are often seen as utterly futile.
Such beings also tend to present themselves in a way so that it is difficult to make out what they really look like. Whether through deliberate deception or resulting from effects of the realm they are materializing from, they all have in common a shadowy, gray-colored and diffusely lit, ominous form. Each could be mistaken for the other depending on the particular cultural bias of the witness at the time. Could Greys, ghosts and Djin all be different descriptions humans have had of the experience over the centuries?
Arabic witnesses have been seeing Djin for many thousands of years. While reports of an alien presence on Earth are a recent trend of modern culture, archeological evidence of alien visitation goes back centuries as well. Ghosts themselves seem to have been around as long as humans have walked the planet and lived and died here.
If all three classes of beings are actually one and the same thing, it suggests that these creatures have been using our own beliefs of the day to present themselves and try to interact with us. Whether it has been through our primeval fear of death, our ancient, mythological beliefs about unknown realms, or current scientific speculation about life on other worlds, they seem to use whatever our particular cultural paradigm of the moment is and present themselves in a form that represents it.
This pattern of behavior suggests an orchestrated, multi-generational and determined campaign on the part of such beings to interfere in human affairs. While it may have had limited effect in the past, merely serving to frighten its victims, can we assume that such activity is still benigh in the present or will be in the future? If such events stem from a common denominator, one race of creatures interfering with human evolution and progress, we may never know their true intentions. They appear capable of perfectly adapting themselves to our expectations, fears, and tendency to deny their existence in public, all of which are traits that may ultimately work against us in discovering their true agenda.