Zombies are Real!
Article by Craig Hamilton-Parker. Many of the fears associated with paranormal events are a reflection of psychological processes. A tempting hypothesis is that many paranormal occurrences are a manifestation of the “dark side” of the human mind. The psychologist Carl G. Jung spoke about the part of ourselves that we reject and push away from our consciousness.
For example, we may have childhood fears, or current fears about our sexuality or death, that we refuse to think about. We may also shun those things about ourselves that we would rather not know about–our weaknesses, anxieties, and insecurities. These things are repressed, pushed into the unconscious part of our minds, to reappear suddenly in frightening dreams or irrational behavior.
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Jung called this frightening aspect of ourselves the Shadow. It is everything in us that is unconscious, repressed, undeveloped, and denied. To have a shadow, however, even in the dark rejected aspects of our being, so there must be light; positive undeveloped potential that we don’t recognize and don’t know is there because it is in the unconscious.
We all have such a shadow, and a confrontation with it is necessary if we are to attain spiritual wholeness. Often we see this shadow side of our personality in other people. We may blame another for our own faults and make them the scapegoats for our own failings.
Victims of their own irrational shadow do not take personal responsibility for their lives. Their failings are blamed on bad luck, bad omens, other people. Projection is an unconscious psychological mechanism. We all project onto other people aspects of ourselves that we deny and disown, and we refuse to identify with the projected quality or characteristic. It’s them–not me!
Supposed evil influences are often projections of our own hidden fears.
Zombies in Haiti
The African slaves who were transported to Haiti, for example, brought with them their own tribal superstitions and magical practices. These evolved and changed in line with the new conditions they faced. Coming from cultures that believed the universe to be a magical place, where man is born of magic and all men potential magicians, they naturally turned to sorcery to protect them from the hardships and injustices of slavery. One great fear was zombification.
Zombies are people who appear dead and are buried but are later dug up and brought back to life. The sorcery was probably a trick, using a drug to put the unfortunate victim into a temporary coma. Haitians were so terrified of loved ones becoming zombies, that corpses would be shot or strangled to save them from “lives” of enslavement. Zombie mythology is a reflection of the consciousness of enslaved people.
During the struggle for independence, Haitian slaves vowed they would rather die than return to slavery. The zombie is a projection of the shadow of the slaves and represents their deepest fears. The zombie myth also fascinates people today, representing as it does our own shadows and the aspects of our selves that we have buried.
Similarly, ghosts, haunting, magic, and superstition are often projections of our shadowy fears and, in particular, our worries about death and dying. This is why horror movies have such a popular appeal. They address the issues that frighten us and put a face to the monsters that we fear.
Zombies and the Shadow
Fear of the Shadow
We conquer the fear of the shadow side of our selves when we gain spiritual illumination and self-knowledge, but few people understand the meaning of that term. “Self-knowledge” is widely confused with knowledge of one’s day-to-day personality. True self-knowledge requires us to discover the unconscious side of ourselves.
Here in the darkness lies our undiscovered self and it is only by plunging into that shadow side of ourselves that we can discover our true nature. That’s how we learn to face and to fight our inner demons. The result is that we no longer fear the unconscious or project these hidden fears into the world around us in the guise of malevolent spirits.
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