The negative impact of believe in spirits on our mental health
Ghosts or spirits are found on our myths and cultures. Actually these demons are unreal thoughts of our mind. But yet many of us believe in spirits. In childhood we have heard real ghost stories from our grandparents. These haunting stories have made our mind scary about ghosts. Such a fear or belief is learned and practiced in our brain. As a result we always remain prepared to react when we percept paranormal situation. The situation can be a graveyard, darkness and loneliness.
The Impact Of Believe In Spirits Revealed
Ghosts are mythological and they are found in gostlore. This is our traditional belief and practice of culture. So, we believe in spirits and their evil power. So, we always prefer faster reacting to paranormal activities than perception. The perception causes fear, anxiety, increased heart-rate, high level glucose in blood. As a result of it some people get fever and die. There are some stories of people who died by fear of ghosts. We should read these stories to be careful about flight response. It will help many of us who are afraid of ghosts.
The Ghost On The Hill :
This is an amazing story of Laila who was a student of class six. During her childhood she heard ghost stories from her grandmother. This made Laila believe in spirits and fear of ghosts. On a summer vacation Laila and her mother decided to visit her aunt’s house. Laila’s aunt lived in the hilly tracks in Chittagong. The place was covered by trees and mountains. Laila was very excited about the journey. So she could not sleep whole night . At morning 6.00 am Laila woke up from sleep. She helped her mom in the kitchen to prepare food. Then both of them arranged the bag and baggage.
Laila and her mom set out from home for the hill house. They went to railway station to collect tickets from Dhaka to Chittagong. A few minutes later they get into the train. The train started moving and near 5.00 pm they reached their aunt’s house. Laila and her cousin Maya get out of house to visit places near the hills. It was about to dusk and Maya got tensed as she believe in spirits. Even she heard many haunting stories of hills. So Maya forbade Laila not to walk more ways on hill. But Laila said that she had wanted to enjoy the hills more. Then Maya said to Laila, “There are ghosts up in the hill at night. Its better we get back to home before darkness cover the area.
Laila and Maya reached home and then they started gossiping. While gossiping, Maya shared many real ghost stories which took place in the hilly tracks. Hearing these stories Laila could believe in spirits and their evil power. Then she entered into deep of haunting. The psychologists define this thought as phasmophobia. Whatever, a few minutes later Maya went to sleep in her bed room with her mom. But Laila and her mom had to sleep on the balcony of the hill house. The balcony was opened from where trees and hills were shown clearly. It was moon lit night and soft air was blowing. Laila and her mother were napping deeply.
Suddenly, Laila woke up from sleep hearing a voice. She got panicked as the voice was bit like a ghost. Laila could remember what her cousin Maya said to her about ghost. The sound made Laila’s mind to ensure her believe in spirits . When she again heard the voice and started trembling in fear. She could understand that the ghost is very closer to her. So she started crying in fear and kept her eyes closed. Although her mother was sleeping next to Laila, she was in deep sleep. Fortunately, Laila’s aunt could hear that she (L) was crying. She immediately rushed to the balcony to see if everything was alright. Then Laila hugged her aunt very tightly.
Then Laila said to her aunt that she (L) could hear a voice of ghost. She also asked her aunt if she (Aunt) had been hearing the same voice. Her aunt also heard the voice and laughed at Laila. Then her aunt asked Laila, “Do you believe in spirits?” Laila replied in the affirmative and said that she had a belief on ghost. Then her aunt said to Laila, “You shouldn’t worry about this sound”. It is not a ghost but an Owl. She also said that giant owls lived in hilly places. At midnight they come out of tree holes in search of food. The owls which make sound like a ghost are called ghost horse. This is a very common phenomenon of this village. Hearing positive words Laila got relief for a while.
The Haunted Banyan Tree:
This daring ghost story took place at Kuldhara in India in the year 1947. There were five friends who lived in the same village. They were always doing fun with each other. But they didn’t know that too much fun can be bad. Whatever, lets come to the main point of this story. One day all the friends together put a challenge before them. It was about visiting a haunted place near a graveyard. There was a big banyan tree near the graveyard. The village people of there used to believe in spirits. They also said that evil spirits lived in the haunted tree. Inspite of knowing these, a friend among them agreed to take this challenge. He was challenging but he was afraid of ghosts.
Then the friends shared the task with the challenger friend. They said he had to go near the big banyan tree at midnight near 3.00 am. He was also asked to take a stick in hand to pitch it near the banyan tree as proof. If he comes back safely from there, he will be rewarded. In greed, the coward friend agreed to this proposal. The whole night he took preparation for this task. The closer the time, the greater the fear in his mind. Before he started the journey, he turned his mind into haunting. He got mentally weak to believe in spirits what village people shared with him.
Somehow he arrived near the banyan tree with believe in spirits. Reaching out there, he started looking here and there. He believed that ghosts might have attacked on him. So, he was just noticing the places around him. It was Amavasya (the new moon). So, the entire place was covered with darkness. Then the coward friend sat down on surface. He was wearing dhooti (A traditional clothing of hindu). So, when he sat to pitch the stick, his dhoti spread on the surface. In darkness he didn’t notice that. Unfortunately, he started pitching the stick on his dhoti. He was still in fear and looking everywhere very carefully.
His strong believe in spirits caused an unexpected thing to him. As soon as he stood up, he felt that someone holds him tightly. Immediately, he shouted in fear and said, “Oh My God, I am undone”. Saying this he rushed to his house. When he reached home, he was trembling in fear. All the friends and village people came to see him. The friend explained that was attacked by ghosts. When friends visited the haunting place, they found that the dhooti was pitched with stick on surface. They came back from there and explained the truth. But the coward friend didn’t believe in their words and he died in fear.
We believe in spirits that affects our mental health. Such belief develops paranormal activities in our mind. If the condition turns into phasmophobia, it can cause excessive fear. As a result of it, we may die of heart attack. So it is wise, we remove our mind from such myths. We have to face the situation before flight response.