Glowworm wrote:Do you think it might be more understanding not to assume someone is imagining things and it's all in their head? Would anyone into spirit keeping like it if they were assumed first and foremost that it was all in their head?
I hope this is interesting, even if it doesn't apply to your situation. I find these points interesting anyway, which is why I like to read about or discuss them. I apologise if everyone reading this knows it all inside out already...
I have to admit that I have struggled for years with the thoughtforms created by my own crystallised thinking and emotional patterns. I look at it from the point of view of Franz Bardon, a respected hermeticist magician from the 20th century. His explanation (which I think is quite widely held in similar ways by many) is that sensitive 'ordinary' people - as well as magicians who have developed some of their powers - tend to naturally create stronger thoughtforms with their mental energy when we have a strong negative thought or feeling. He called these Larvae. He said that every time we have that mental twinge more of our mental energy goes to feed the Larva until it becomes self sustaining. It often feels like it is coming from an external source and is plaguing us, and some people can get very distraught but, according to Franz Bardon, in some cases after people died they were astonished to realise it was this syndrome at work. As I have noticed it and struggled with it, I don't like to call it all in my mind or imagination. It's a substantially different phenomenon. And completely natural.
Bardon's advice was to develop 'no mind', thought-free meditation, kind of like the zen state. And to not resist or struggle with the Larvae emotion or worry pattern as they get strong. A neutral response works best, with a calm mind and emotions, which gives them no energy, so they start to dwindle and you get all your clear mental energy back.
The other phenomenon he described he called Schema. The idea is these are created from our own mental energy in the same way as Larvae. One example he gave is a person meeting someone who has dark forbidding eyes and features. In their mind the person looks like a black magician and they fear that person is persecuting or cursing them with ill luck. Then they are plagued by a run of what looks convincingly like a run of bad luck and negativity etc sent by someone or something else. Bardon said the person who created the Schema thought form would ironically be effectively cursing themselves.
There is a positive side to this natural mental energy process: it is the same thing at work when we consciously create thoughtforms / tulpas etc. Franz Bardon's system advocates gaining control of our thoughts and emotional / moral character before starting to create those things intentionally.
I also do shadow work...it's quite messy in there at times...but I think for me Larvae and Schema are in the same general area but are not quite the same thing as understanding and owning our shadow side or Id.