Jan 17, 2023 I Nick Redfern

When Ghosts Get Hungry: That's When Things Get Dangerous

The world around us is not as it appears to be. In fact, far from it. As we go about our daily business, working, and living our lives, behind the scenes something dark and dangerous is taking place. And it has been going on since the dawn of civilization. Most people remain oblivious to the truth and don’t even realize it. Now and again, however, someone will stumble upon the startling reality that, potentially, affects and dictates the lives of just about all of us. What am I talking about? Nothing less than a monstrous collection of supernatural entities that terrify and torment us, and have done so for millennia. They do far more than that, however: they feed upon us. Like bloated, paranormal leeches, they suck us dry as they seek to fuel themselves with our psychic energy, high states of emotion, sexual energy, and the human life-force. They hate and despise us, but, paradoxically, they cannot live without us. Extensive data exists which strongly suggests that the human soul, essence, or life-force is something that all of these entities – the vast majority of which exist in states of pure energy, but which can take on just about any form they choose – need to survive. Have you ever woken up, drained and utterly exhausted, from a terrifying nightmare that didn’t seem like just another, regular dream? If the answer is “Yes,” then you may have been “fed” upon by these infernal things.  When we sleep, we are at our most vulnerable. And that’s exactly how they want us. A dream is not always a dream, as strange as that might sound. Sometimes it’s an indication that, as you sleep, and as your guard is down, these voraciously hungry monsters are, in essence, eating you.

Among these creatures are the Shadow People: hostile things that typically manifest between 1:00 A.M. and 4:00 A.M. and who have the ability paralyze us and drain our bodies of energy in much the same way that the vampires of folklore would drain people of blood. In fact, and as the article shows, such distorted tales of vampirism almost certainly had their origins in the worlds, and actions, of these multi-dimensional things. Equally dangerous are what can accurately be termed supernatural seducers: dangerous entities that thrive on sexual energy - such as Orgone Energy, as theorized and documented by Wilhelm Reich - are also part of the equation. A highly-charged, sexual dream may be deliberately initiated by such things, which, over the centuries, have been referred to as Incubus, Succubus, Lilith, and the Old Hag. Also relevant to this angle is the reason why so many supernatural encounters occur at so-called “Lovers Lane” locations. In these cases, voyeurism and sexual emotion lead to feeding. Poltergeists - violent entities that can cause chaos in the home and who delight in tormenting us as much as they are energized by us – are also part of the equation, as are thought-forms and Tulpas; creatures created within the human mind and the depths of our imaginations, but which can be externalized and given a strange form of life in the real world. Key to the survival of Tulpas and thought-forms is that we believe in them. The stronger our belief, the greater the ability of the Tulpas to live. In other words, they feed on - and coldly and carefully nurture - our belief-systems.  

(Nick Redfern) Beware of the paranormal pasrasites.

Then, there is the Slenderman: a sinister figure which started out as an Internet experiment, but which has mutated drastically in the last few years, to the extent that numerous people report having seen the Slenderman in the real world. It’s a perfect example of a modern day Tulpa / thought-form running wild in our reality. Witnesses describe seeing the scrawny, black-suited figure looming over their beds in the dead of night, extracting energy and dining in a fashion that would even have chilled the likes of H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe. The Men in Black fall into this category, too: those who have had UFO encounters and who have been visited by the pale-faced ghouls known as the MIB state that while being threatened and intimidated by the Men in Black they have felt cold, clammy, weak, and light-headed. As many of the unfortunate witnesses have stated, it’s as if the MIB are draining them in the same way that a flashlight drains a battery. And, using the same analogy, when the light finally goes out, we do, too. Now, it’s time to take an in-depth look at all of the above, and multiple other supernatural creatures, too, that see us as nourishment and nothing else. The list includes hungry ghosts, the extraterrestrial Greys of Ufology, terrifying reptilian creatures that are also a part of UFO lore, the monsters that inspired Bram Stoker to write his classic, gothic novel, Dracula, and supernatural cats that – according to ancient lore – steal our breath as we sleep. The stark and terrifying truth is that the Earth is one big farm. And, for these energy-based entities…we are the cattle. 

Imagine waking up with a start in the early hours of the morning and being confronted by one of the most terrifying-looking creatures that you could possibly ever imagine: a pale-skinned, humanoid monster with withered arms and legs, a huge stomach, an oversized neck, and a mouth smaller than a dime. It stares at you in malevolent style as it leans in close. You suddenly develop a terrible feeling that the monster is seeking out your life-force, your vital energies, and your very essence. A sudden weakness and helplessness overwhelms you, as you seek to fight off the terrible thing that has suddenly invaded your space. In seconds it’s gone though, sated and satisfied by the fact that it has just fed on you. Whether you realize it or not, what you have just encountered is an ancient supernatural entity known as a hungry ghost. The concept of the hungry ghost is not that well known in the West. That’s because the phenomenon is very much one which has its origins in India and the Far East. It’s tied to such issues as karma, to how we choose to live on this physical plane, to the consequences in the afterlife of having chosen the wrong path, and to the form we may return in when we finally exit the physical plane. 

 (Nick Redfern) Look out for the Hungry Ghosts.

The hungry ghost phenomenon is one that plays significant roles in the teachings of Sikhism, which came into existence, in India, in the latter years of the 1400s. The Sikhs – of which, today, there are close to thirty million – have their own sacred text, the Guru Granth Sahib. It teaches Sikhs to avoid what are known as the “Five Thieves.’ They are character traits which are seen as wholly unacceptable within Sikhism. Those traits are anger, greed, lust, conceit, and attachment. Should a person go against the traditional teachings, Sikhs believe, there is a very strong likelihood that the same person, after death, will return to our plane of existence in the form of a hungry ghost. Buddhists are deeply familiar with the hungry ghost phenomenon, too. Like Sikhism, Buddhism also originated in India - around the 5th century BC. Jainism, which is also an India-originated religion, believes that reincarnation is a reality and that the hungry ghost phenomenon is inextricably tied to it – as we shall soon see. China’s Taoism also has a tradition of belief in these malevolent spirits, as do the followers of Hinduism. In other words, the hungry ghost concept is one known to various nations and cultures – and for a very long time, too.

While all of the above-religions have significant differences – in terms of beliefs, the nature of the afterlife, and the specific definition of a supernatural creator – they are all pretty much in sync when it comes to one particularly relevant issue. Namely, how one lives on Earth will dictate how one will exist in the afterlife, the world to come. If you strive to live a good, honest life, then the domain of the dead will embrace you in a positive fashion. If, however, you choose to live a lawless, evil and hate-filled life, then the outcome for you after you move on from the physical plane will be very different. In a worst-case scenario, you just might be cast back to the Earth in the form of a hungry ghost.  It is the destiny of the hungry ghost to have an afterlife that is filled with torment, frustration and rage. And a need to feed on the living, too. It’s seldom that hungry ghosts are seen – chiefly, they only appear when they voraciously crave food. For the most part and for the rest of the time, they prefer to hide themselves away in the likes of caves, cellars, and old, dark abodes – in fact, just about anywhere that is free of the light of the day. As for what, exactly, the hungry ghost needs and desires from us, it is all very much dependent on the aforementioned issue of karma. But what is karma? Let’s take a look.

Karma is, arguably, just about the worst nightmare of the hungry ghost. If, in your physical existence, you were driven solely by greed – whether for money, riches and / or power – you may find yourself returned as a hungry ghost whose greed revolves around food. Yet, that infinitely tiny mouth – which is typical of the hungry ghost – prevents you from ingesting just about anything. Thus, you are in a state of never-ending frustration and a need to feed – hence why this particular form of spirit is called the hungry ghost. It is, quite literally, in a constant state of starvation that it tries to alleviate by targeting us. Now, to one specific ghost: the hungry type. In some cases, a hungry ghost will resort to one of the most sinister ways of feeding: it will target a person with a particular vulnerable character – weakness, insecurity, or a lack of self-esteem are all angles that the hungry ghosts will seek out and exploit. They will then possess the victim. The reasoning behind this is, for the hungry ghost, quite understandable. If the starving spirit is itself unable to eat, it will invade and take control of both the mind and the body of the person in its sights. In that sense, we’re talking about something very similar to full-blown demonic possession – in which the mind of the victim is paranormally elbowed out of the picture and becomes the tool of the supernatural monster. The monster will quickly feed – greedily so - on just about anything and everything it can get its claws into, when in the body of its human host. Then, when the creature exits the soul and mind of the person it briefly inhabited, it takes with it the energy derived from the food that was ingested by the briefly possessed host. The hungry ghost is, then, one of the most manipulative of all the many and varied paranormal parasites that haunt our world.

(Nick Redfern) Ghosts that need to food on all the time.

It’s not always quite so easy for the hungry ghost, though. The teachings of old state that some hungry ghosts will retain their ability to eat food and drink liquids, but that they will forever be thwarted from finding the nourishment they so deeply crave. For the hungry ghost who falls into this particular category, a cupboard will always be empty of food. A fridge will be bare. A stream will forever be dry. An oasis will be arid. Then, there are those hungry ghosts which are still able to find food after death, but whose mouths are so small that they cannot intake even the tiniest morsel. Karma will sometimes place a hungry ghost into a situation where there is an abundance of food, but as the creature closes in on the nourishing items they always catch fire, quite out of the blue. On other occasions, the food corrupts – the suddenly rotted, stinking items cannot be eaten at all. It’s all about teaching the hungry ghost a lesson for the way it lived in its physical life. It’s a lesson that never ends. A variation on all of this revolves around the hungry ghost of Japan. Its title is the Gaki. The Gaki, too, is cursed with an unending need to feed, but it can only digest human waste. A second Japanese hungry ghost is the Jikininki. It too is cursed – the only things it can ingest, physically at least, are the remains of the human dead. For that reason, Jikininkis are most often reported seen in graveyards and cemeteries, seeking out corpses - both new and decaying; the Jikininkis don’t care.

The fact that it is so difficult – and sometimes even completely impossible – for hungry ghosts to eat in the way we do, explains why for the most part hungry ghosts will resort to inhabiting the minds of vulnerable people: it is through them that they can absorb the food-based energy. The hungry ghost does not stop there, though.  Food, as we understand it, is not enough for them: they also secure a great deal of their vitality from what is known as Chi energy. It is for this very reason – the intense syphoning of Chi energy by hungry ghosts – that so many people who have had the deep misfortune to encounter hungry ghosts find themselves constantly exhausted, generally unwell, and wide open to a whole variety of maladies. To say that people are being eaten alive and processed, would not be far from the truth.

Nick Redfern

Nick Redfern works full time as a writer, lecturer, and journalist. He writes about a wide range of unsolved mysteries, including Bigfoot, UFOs, the Loch Ness Monster, alien encounters, and government conspiracies. Nick has written 41 books, writes for Mysterious Universe and has appeared on numerous television shows on the The History Channel, National Geographic Channel and SyFy Channel.

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