Sorry it’s taking so long to finish this short series… but I’ve been baffled… trying to figure things out.
These Polaroid photos of spirit faces are some of the most amazing and important phenomena of the past century, yet they seem to draw little interest. They clearly show the faces of invisibles—spirits—intimately enmeshed in our world, in close interaction with us carnal humans. They provide some of the best physical evidence to date of nonphysical existence!… evidence that blows away the spiritual blinders of materialistic science!!… but no one cares.* And that’s baffling.
(* When I say “no one,” of course I mean no one outside a small circle of seekers and supporters who’ve followed the work closely and know it’s legitimate.)
Hm, do people really not care… or could there be some other reason why the general reaction to the pictures is… well, dead silence?
That’s what I’ve been ruminating about for more than a decade, especially over the past month… and particularly the past few days as I try to complete this series of articles.
And I’ve come up with some possible reasons why the pictures are generally ignored.
First of all, people who don’t know me and are unfamiliar with my work probably assume these photos are faked… photo-shopped. And that’s understandable. If I were to see these pictures for the first time, with no background knowledge of the research behind them, I’d probably assume it was all a hoax unless I could be convinced otherwise. After all, thousands of hoaxes can be found on the Internet. Why not this?
So let’s zoom in a bit to consider people who are intrigued enough by the pictures to dig a little deeper. They study the vast, serious, and credible results of ITC on our www.worlditc.org website… and their gut feeling begins to tell them that these are genuine Polaroid photos that clearly seem to capture nonphysical human (spirit) faces showing up with physical human faces on film.
I know there are many people like that out there. We’ve had hundreds of thousands of visitors to our website over the years… and it’s inevitable that visitors leave that site, after exploring it in some depth, with the realization that something unusual and something real is going on in ITC.
I’m fairly confident that those people have a sense that there’s a legitimate basis for these spirit face photos, but even from them there’s a complete silence about the pictures.
An acquaintance of mine, Dan Drasin—a bright, serious filmmaker from California—accompanied me to a workshop I hosted at the Wainwright House in New York, and he captured the event on film as I got some excellent results… including the picture at the far right in the above collage… the picture of a woman whose late son was present that night in spirit and showed up with his mom on film.
Even Dan apparently hasn’t figured out how to reconcile the spirit faces. He’s worked on afterlife documentaries since my workshop, but the photos from that evening have not been included.
For me, the spirit face phenomenon is an eye-popper, and it’s hard to understand why people who know it’s for real aren’t shouting it from the rooftops!
Well, I’ve come up with several possible reasons for that.
Or maybe what I’ve come up with is just several different ways of looking at one single reason… one important reason that rests at the core of our being.
In any case, here’s what I think might be happening. (And I’m not talking now about Dan so much as the many other people from various walks of life who have dug into the phenomenon deeply enough to know that something real is going on here… but still they remain quiet.)
First, many of the pictures are indeed vague and blurry, and it’s easy for the skeptical mind to shrug them all off as the result of camera motion… to toss out the pearls (the pictures that clearly have distinct, different faces in them) with the oyster shells, as minds fettered by dogma (be it religious or scientific dogma, or any other form of rigid thinking) tend to do.
Second is the boggle factor. We all have our own unique mental model of reality, forged by the information streaming into our five senses. We take the things we see and hear, and the things we learn from school and church and science and the media… and we patch it all together into an inner roadmap of the world.
It’s a dynamic roadmap, but only to an extent. As new information streams into our mind everyday, we try to redraw the roadmap accordingly. But if certain new information is too radical… if the model would have to be broken and rebuilt to accommodate it, then the mind becomes boggled. The thought of breaking the model is scary, so our mind snaps shut. It rejects all of the new, threatening information, even if it’s accompanied by good, solid evidence… even indisputable proof!
The boggle factor.
Third, the pictures are just plain spooky, and we humans shy away from spooky stuff… especially when it’s up close and personal, like these spirit face photos.
I’m not sure if these are three different reasons why people might ignore strange phenomena like this, or if they’re three different situations relating to the same basic reason… fear.
I suspect the latter.
So I’m going to continue this series to explore the nature of our fear of the unknown, to see if I can uncover the source of that fear and ways to overcome it.
The Faces in the Mist series: