Thanks for the request for a whisper from Larry on things that go bump in the night! By one definition, this phrase means unexplained and frightening noises at night, regarded as being caused by ghosts. The earliest known example of the phrase in print is in the poem from 1918 in the “Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies”. That usage suggests that the author expected his readers to be familiar with the phrase, which may be an indication that it originated much earlier. Around the same time the phrase was incorporated into a prayer:
From ghoulies and ghosties and long-legged beasties
And things that go bump in the night, Good Lord, deliver us!
The phrase engendered fear of the unknown and things that move in the darkness. When we sleep and the room is dark, our other senses can become heightened. Anything that we feel or hear can take on a more dramatic effect and reaction (tee tee). But is there anything to be afraid of just because it is a mystery? Let’s get a whisper on things that go bump in the night:
Humans are anchored in the world with limited perception of dimensions other than time, space, and motion. To fully realize a dimension that cannot be occupied by the physical body is a challenge for the mind. It requires a certain level of curiosity and imagination to cross the threshold of an experience with another dimension. Energy can transcend the boundaries of all dimensions, including the physical dimensions of the Earth.
In order for humans to experience something that is purely energetic, it would normally need to show up in a dimension where some form of movement is possible. An experience with the movement of energy that cannot be detected by all human senses could influence one to place the lack of total sensory perception in the category of phenomenon. For some this could evoke fear. Without the ability to clearly define or understand the true nature, the intent, or the purpose for anything energetically to interact, one could easily experience an emotional response.
The non-physical realms hold many different forms of energy such as consciousness, universal unconsciousness, God or Source, human soul, angelic light beings, thought energy, and much, much more. Things that go bump in the night could represent any or all of the above. Science can demonstrate how movement of energy creates pressure from displacement, so inanimate objects can be influenced in such a manner.
The majority of times, such an experience could be an ancestor giving a friendly hello to let one know they are there. This is usually nothing invasive, for spirits do not see the same way that humans do. The connection is in the feeling dimension of human senses as energy moves, sometimes with force. So when things go bump in the night, make determinations by how the energy makes one feel. Find comfort in knowing that the energy of love entered the space to touch the heart with a reminder that you are never alone.
Bring joy, ease suffering and create beauty, then dance like you mean it!
“Ghosts don't haunt us. That's not how it works. They're present among us because we won't let go of them."
"I don't believe in ghosts," I said, faintly.
"Some people can't see the color red. That doesn't mean it isn't there," she replied.”
Sue Grafton M is for Malice