The Word Foundation




Vol. 18 OCTOBER, 1913. No. 1

Copyright, 1913, by H. W. PERCIVAL.


REGARDLESS of the general failure to believe in legends and in the accounts of persons having experiences with some of the facts stated and with what is here named the desire ghost, desire ghosts exist and may become visible. One interested in psychology and abnormal phenomena should not disbelieve, deny, ignore, or ridicule, but should rather examine and try to understand and learn to know, the causes of the production of ghosts and the consequences resulting from them, and he should try to make a right use of what he knows.

Desire ghosts are most often seen at night and during dreams. The animal forms one sees in dreams are generally desire ghosts or reflections of desire ghosts. The reflections are pale, shadowy likenesses of animal types. Harmless, colorless and without self movement, they appear to be shifted hither and thither without purpose.

Desire ghosts in dreams have color and movement. They produce apprehension, fear, anger or other emotions, after the nature of the animals they are and the strength of the desire by which they are impelled. Desire ghosts are more dangerous when not seen than when seen, in dreams; because, invisible, their victim is less likely to make resistance. The desire ghosts of living men may take their human shapes; but then the animal which the desire is will show and dominate the shape, or the ghost may be animal with human semblance, or half human, half animal in form, or some other monstrous combination of human and animal parts. This is determined by intensity and singleness of desire, or by a variety or combination of desires.

Not all animal forms in dream are desire ghosts of living men. Ghosts which are desire ghosts may act with or without the knowledge of those from whom they come. Usually such ghosts do not act with the knowledge of those who create them. Men are, as a rule, not enough centered upon one of their desires so that that desire may accumulate force and density sufficiently for a man to become conscious of it in his sleep. The ordinary desire ghost of a living man goes to the person or place to which the desire impels, and will act according to the nature of the desire, and as the person acted on may permit.

The animal types of living men which appear in dreams are vivid or indistinct. They remain long or pass quickly; they show ferocity, friendliness, indifference; and they may compel submission by terror, or stimulate one’s resistance, or evoke power of discrimination in the dreamer.

When a man is obsessed by an absorbing desire, and devotes to it much time and thought, then this desire will eventually take form and appear frequently or nightly in his or others’ dreams, though others seeing it may not know from whom it comes. By long practice with their intense and defined desires, some men have succeeded in projecting their desire forms during sleep and in acting consciously in these forms in dream. In such cases these desire ghosts of living men can be seen not only by the dreamer, but they may also be seen by some who are awake and fully conscious of their senses.

The werwolf of tradition may serve as an example. Not all who have given testimony about werwolves should be considered untruthful nor the evidence of their senses unsound. Testimony of experiences with werwolves, separated in time and coming from different sources and yet agreeing about the chief feature of the experience, the wolf, ought to cause a man of thought not only to suspend judgment, but to conclude that there must be some substantial fact underlying the werwolf, even if he has had no such experience himself. Owing to the conditions of such an experience, the one who experiences does not understand, and those who hear of it call it a “hallucination.”

A werwolf is a man-wolf or wolf-man. The werwolf story is that a person having the power of transformation may become changed into a wolf, and that, having acted as a wolf, he reassumes his human form. The werwolf story comes from many regions which are bleak and barren, where life is barbaric and cruel, the times pitiless and hard.

There are many phases of the werwolf story. While walking on a lonely road a wanderer heard footsteps behind. On looking back at a wild stretch of the road, he observed somebody following him. The distance was soon lessened. He was seized with fright and increased his pace, but the one who followed gained on him. As the pursuer came closer, an uncanny feeling filled the air. The one who followed and who seemed a man became a wolf. Horror fell upon the wanderer; fear gave wings to his feet. But the wolf remained close behind, seeming to wait only for the victim’s strength to fail before devouring him. But just as the wanderer had fallen or was about to fall, he became unconscious, or he heard the crack of a gun. The wolf vanished, or seemed wounded and limped away, or, on the recovery of his senses the wanderer found his rescuer beside him and a dead wolf at his feet.

A wolf is always the subject of the story; one or several persons may see a man, and then the wolf, or a wolf only. The wolf may or may not attack; the one pursued may fall and become unconscious; when he comes to, the wolf has gone, though it may appear to have been over the wanderer when he fell; and, one pursued by a werwolf may afterward be found dead, though, if a werwolf was the cause of his death, his body will not be torn, and may not even show any sign of injury.

If there is an actual wolf in the story and the wolf is killed or captured, that wolf was not a werwolf, but a wolf. Stories concerning actual wolves when told from ignorance and embellished by fancy, cause even the serious minded to discredit werwolf stories. But there is a difference.

A wolf is a physical animal. A werwolf is not physical, but is human desire in psychic animal form. For every werwolf seen there is a living human from whom it comes.

The type of any animal may become visualized in form as a desire ghost. The werwolf is here given as an example because it is the most widely known of such appearances. There is a natural cause and there are natural processes for every appearance of a werwolf which are not based on fright or fancy. To make and project a desire ghost as a werwolf or other animal, one must have that power naturally or have acquired the power by training and practice.

To see a desire ghost one must be sensitive to psychic influences. This does not mean that no one but a psychic can see a desire ghost. Because desire ghosts are made of desire matter, psychic matter, they are visible probably to those in whom the psychic nature is active or developed, but persons called “hard headed” who did not believe in psychical manifestations and who were considered not sensitive to psychical influences, have seen desire ghosts while in the company of other persons and when alone.

A desire ghost is the more easily visible the more volume and density of desire its maker has, and the truer he keeps it to its type. A person who inherits the power or has the natural gift of producing desire ghosts, often produces them involuntarily and without knowing of his creation. But he will at some time become aware of his productions, and then his course of action is determined by all his previous motives and acts which have led up to it.

One who has this natural gift produces his ghost at night while he is asleep. His desire ghost can be seen at night only. The desire which he had harbored in the preceding day or days gathers in force at night, takes the form which most nearly presents its type of desire and by its very force of desire emerges from its matrix in its organ of the body of its maker. Then it wanders about until it is attracted to some object of desire to which it is kindred, or it goes at once to some place or person with whom it has as desire been connected in the mind of its parent. Any within the sphere of its action and sufficiently in touch with the nature of that desire ghost will see it as a wolf, fox, lion, bull, tiger, snake, bird, goat or other animal. The maker may be unconscious of the wanderings and actions of his desire ghost, or he may dream that he is doing what his desire ghost is doing. When he so dreams he may not seem to himself to be the animal his desire ghost is. After its wanderings as animal the desire ghost returns to its maker, the man, and reenters into his constitution.

The ghost maker by training makes and projects his ghost consciously and intentionally. He, too, projects his desire ghost usually at night and during sleep; but some have by training and persistence become so proficient that they have projected their desire ghosts during waking hours in the day. The trained ghost maker who projects his desire ghost at night and during sleep usually has a place arranged for his purposes and to which he retires. There he takes certain precautions against intrusion and prepares himself for what he is to do during sleep by carefully enacting in thought that which he would do. He may also go through a certain ceremony which he knows to be necessary. Then he takes the position customary to his work, and with fixed purpose in his mind and strong desire he leaves the waking state and enters sleep, and then, while his body reclines, awakes in sleep and becomes that desire ghost and attempts to do that which he had planned in the waking state.

The ghost maker who can project his desire ghost in the day and without having passed into the state of sleep, adopts similar methods. He acts with more precision and is more conscious of the part he takes while acting in the psychic world. The desire ghost may meet and act with others of its kind. But such joint action of desire ghosts usually takes place in special seasons and at certain times.

Motive and thought are the factors which determine which of the animal forms the desire ghost is to be. Motive sanctions and gives direction and thought brings the desire into form. The animal shapes of the desire ghosts are a variety of expressions of many sided desire, but desire is the principle and source from which they all spring. The reason why the majority of these ghosts appear in the form of animals which are savage or inimical, is that the personality acting with desire has selfishness as its keynote, and selfishness and desire act to get and to hold. The stronger the personality grows, the more it has of desire and the more it desires. These persistent and strong desires, when not satisfied or weakened through physical means, take the type which best expresses their nature, and, as desire ghosts, seek to obtain and satisfy themselves through the psychic state with what they were not able to get through the physical. This the selfish man learns, and trains himself to do. But in the doing and getting he must obey the laws of the action of desire and the means by which desire acts. So he acts as the form of an animal which expresses the nature of his desire.

One who has become proficient in the sending forth of his desire ghost is not concerned merely with the getting of money. He wants something more than can be bought with money. He wants continued existence in a physical body, and the means of gratifying his other desires, chief among which is the getting of power. When he has reached this stage he cares for money, only in so far as it will furnish the physical conditions in which he will further his desires and the getting of power through psychic means. His chief aim and purpose is to have increase of life; to live. So he takes life from others, to increase his own. If he cannot accomplish this through the magnetic touch and drawing on the psychic atmospheres of people, then he gains his ends through obsession of a blood-sucking or flesh-loving animal, such as a vampire, or a bat, or a wolf. A vampire, a bat or a wolf are oftenest used by the ghost maker of training as a means by which he absorbs life from another to add it to and prolong his own, because the bat and wolf are blood takers and will seek human prey.

Above a description was given, how desire finds entrance through the human body into the blood, and how it finds life and activity in the blood stream. There is a certain vital essence which acts with desire in the blood stream. This vital essence acting with desire, will build or burn up tissue, give birth to or destroy cells, shorten or prolong life, and give life or cause death. It is this vital essence which the ghost maker by training, desires to get in order to increase or prolong his own life. This vital essence and desire is different in the human blood than in the blood of animals. The essence and desire in animal blood will not answer his purpose.

Sometimes a ghostly bat or ghostly wolf may take possession of a physical bat or wolf and stimulate the physical thing to action, and then profit by the result of the blood-getting. Then the physical bat or wolf has the human blood, but the desire ghost bat has drawn out from it the vital essence and the desire principle of the blood. Then it returns to its parent, the ghost maker who sent it forth, and transfers to his organization what it has taken from its victim. If the ghost maker’s desire is of the nature of a wolf he projects and sends forth a desire ghost wolf, which obsesses a wolf or dominates a pack of wolves that seek human prey. When a desire ghost wolf has obsessed and impels a physical wolf to human prey, it may not intend to kill, it may only intend to wound and to draw blood. It is easier or safer to obtain its object by drawing blood only; serious consequences may attend a killing. Seldom does it intend to kill; but when the natural desire of the physical wolf is aroused it is sometimes difficult to restrain it from killing.

If a person sensitive to psychic influences sees a physical wolf obsessed by the desire ghost of a living man, the desire ghost wolf may show human semblance, and the human form may even be seen psychically in connection with the wolf. This human semblance alternating with the form of wolf, may have caused many to affirm positively they had seen a man change into a wolf, or a wolf into a man—and hence the possible origin of a werwolf legend or story. The object of the wolf may be to eat the human flesh, but the object of the ghost wolf always is to absorb the life essence and desire principle from the human blood, and to transfer it to the organism of the ghost maker who sent it forth.

As a probable evidence of this vital essence and desire principle, craved by one who lives chiefly to take life to prolong his own, one may consider certain results produced by the transfusion of human blood: how a person, suffering from exhaustion or in a dying condition, has been revived and made to live by even a single transfusion of healthy human blood from another person. It is not the physical blood which causes the results. The physical blood is only the medium, by means of which the results are obtained. It is the vital essence and desire in the physical blood that cause the results. They stimulate and enliven the physical body which is at low ebb, and bring it in touch with the vortex of desire surrounding that body, and bring it into relation with the universal life principle. The vital essence is the spirit of life; desire is the medium which attracts the vital essence to the blood; blood is the carrier of desire and vital essence to the physical body.

It should not be supposed that the ghost maker by training, here spoken of, exists in great numbers, nor that one, with a little practice, or with instruction from an alleged teacher of so-called occultism, can become a desire ghost maker.

Occultism is a term generally misused. Occultism is not to be confounded with the mass of rubbish popularly attributed to it. It is a great science. It does not encourage the practice of projecting these ghosts, though it explains the laws by which they are produced. None of those who have fooled with and been fooled by the teachings and the teachers of popular occult lore, so called, have the patience or the courage or determination to become more than dabblers in psychic nonsence, who quit as losers when they have had enough of their play, or else fail, and turn in terror from the first of the dangers they must encounter and go through. They are not of the stuff of which ghost makers by training are made, and it is well for them that they are not. The ghost maker by training, here described, is a leech, a ghoul, a vampire in human form, a scourge of humanity. He is a nemesis of the weak; but should not be feared by the strong.

(To be continued)