Seeing ghosts while one is half awake or half asleep is something that many people have experienced and it can be very startling and creepy. Most of the time, the ghost will be standing at the end of your bed, beside your bed, over your head, or crawling on top of you with its face almost touching yours. When this happens, some people think they’re dreaming, but what if a ghost is really there and you’re not dreaming at all? Why do people see ghosts when they’re either waking up or falling asleep?
Seeing ghosts while waking up or falling asleep can happen anytime. But people appear to be more conscious of this when Halloween draws near—and to some of you reading this, it may be just around the corner. Halloween is the time of year when many people with a belief in the supernatural get “attuned” to these kinds of things. They get introspective and do more thinking about the afterlife and the world of ghosts and spirits.
The Mind Goes Where the Body Stops
If you are to believe that ghosts are indeed spirits, then you must also believe that they live in an existence that is separate yet parallel to ours. To make it simple—people live in the material plane while ghosts exist in the spirit plane. The physical body of people is trapped in the material plane, and thus is concerned only with things physical. It cannot just jump into the spirit plane and interact with ghosts. But if this is so, then how come our eyes can see ghosts? The answer lies in the mind.
It’s a fact that even if you close your eyes, you are able to see things in your mind. You are able to see yourself and the world around you using your mind’s eye. Unlike the eyes in your skull which are physical, the eye of the mind works at the level of consciousness which transcends the limitations of the body. In other words, the mind’s eye is not physical, and thus, connected to things of the spirit in a hypothetical sense. Let’s just consider, for the purposes of this article, that the mind’s eye does indeed see things of the spirit world. Wouldn’t your mind allow you to see ghosts? It makes sense if you are either half-awake or half-asleep.
Between Wakefulness and Sleep
If you’re wide awake, you see things vividly with your two physical eyes. If you are busy performing a physically-demanding task, you are focused and alert with no time to imagine or daydream. Your attention is outwards towards the physical sensations—not inwards where insights are experienced. Based on research done by science, this active state of mind is characterized by beta waves (mid frequency-20Hz) coming from the brain. Beta waves are relatively high in frequency and are associated with activity. These are the brain wave frequencies that dominate during physical activities that require your external attention. These include running, typing, computing, and other focused tasks. When you’re brain is in this state, you are described as being “present” and attuned to the physical.