19 October 2022
Ghostriders & Ghostwriters
in the Sky
Ghostriders in the Sky
being a favorite traditional song, we decided to do a takeoff on the
title. If there can be ghostriders in the sky, why not ghostwriters?
But can such beings exist?
senses are quite limited. Color blindness can be used as an example so
as to help us understand our general limitations. A few percent of the
population are color blind, which means they cannot distinguish red,
blue or green.
In a wider sense, we are all blind to hosts of forces. You might be able to think of a few.
sorts of sounds which animals hear but humans don’t. Your pet cat and
dog tune into sounds beyond human range. Those critters also likely
tune into ghostly ones from time to time.
consider that from a feeling-kinesthetic angle, we are quite unaware
that our planet is rotating on its axis at 1000 miles an hour. At the
same time, planet Earth is circling the Sun at nearly 70,000 miles per
hour. Believe it or not, these are simple facts of which our senses are
totally oblivious. There are many more.
“There are more things in heaven and Earth
than are dreamt of in your philosophy, Horatio.”
William Shakespeare, Hamlet
recognize that all of our senses are limited. At the same time, we
ought to realize that there are gozillions of forces and lives which
are too fine and subtle for us to sense.
there are clairvoyants, seers and sages whose senses are heightened
beyond the average human. A few of us can see, hear and sense presences
beyond most of our imaginings. Meanwhile, many of us have sensed forces
and presences near us time and again. But, we just couldn’t “put our
fingers on them.”
William James long ago noted that, “Our normal waking consciousness …
is but one special type of consciousness, whilst all about it, parted
from it by the filmiest of screens, there lie potential forms of
consciousness entirely different.… No account of the universe in its
totality can be final which leaves these other forms of consciousness
quite disregarded.” Varieties of Religious Experience
day, ghosts and goblins, angels and demons, devas and fairies will
regain general respect as they have had in many, many societies over
the ages. Even today, they are yet known to societies which are in
closer sympathy with the natural world and less distracted by urban
sprawl and activity, traffic and technology, television and telephones.
scientific community denies such beings. If they can’t be measured or
weighed or captured, they are ignored. That makes them no less real –
but only elusive and difficult to perceive.
James, the anthropologist Walter Evans-Wentz has told us that,
“Fairyland exists as a super-normal state of consciousness into which
men and women may enter temporarily in dreams, trances, or in various
ecstatic conditions; or for an indefinite period at death. Fairies …
appear to be … intelligent forces.” The Fairy-Faith of the Celtic Countries
society has accorded us all sorts of advantages and benefits, but
caused us to lose touch with nature and natural living itself. The
wonders of technology have brought us artificial turfs, artificial
trees, and artificial living. But, the march of civilization has
separated us from the mysteries and magic of nature.
subtlest aspects of magic that were known far and wide for eons have
slipped from our hands – so to speak. But, not from all hands and
hearts, minds and eyes.
We personally know nothing about ghostriders. But, we have some understandings of ghostwriters – and similar folks.
little contemplation, it is clear that artists, composers, writers and
thinkers often work with angels and devas – ghostly presences, we might
call them. Whether they realize it or not, the works of such
individuals are on occasion influenced by saints and sages of past
One of our heroes, Thomas Edison, has said,
“Ideas come from space.”
words have broad implications. They give hints as to how telepathy
occurs. How two people can think the same thing at one moment. Aha!
help explain how Great Ideas are impressed upon humanity. Those ideas
first touch inventors, composers, leaders and the like. Then, they
filter down unto observers and commentators. And eventually, they
become part of public awareness and activity.
appear that Thomas Edison originated the idea of a phonograph, light
bulb, and movie camera. But, those ideas – which have changed human
life immeasurably – in fact, emanated from far beyond small human
minds; however imposing they may appear.
similar way, great works of art and music and literature are originated
and impelled from above. Then, they are impressed upon willing souls
and talented minds to slowly take form in the physical realm.
sure, there are vast numbers of ideas – positive and uplifting as well
as negative and disturbing – which “float” amidst the ethers. Artists
and composers, writers and inventors naturally and often quite
unconsciously attract ones which fit themselves.
We attract all manner of ideas and experience according to our own nature. In the subtle realms, Like Attracts Like.
are more than convinced that all creative efforts are collaborative
ventures. On the subject of writing, we have concluded that the best of
books write themselves – so to speak. They have lives of their own
because their essence and substance belong to great beings, devas and
angels who are in fact Ghostwriters in the Sky.
creative sorts in our midst. We really can add to the weight of
goodness in the world: By raising our sights, asking for direction from
the highest presences on the planet, and preparing to act as their
Ghostwriters in the Sky
and their cohorts are ready to send ever more wonderful Ideas to
nourish, comfort and inspire humanity and thus the whole creation.
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