I watched a Hong Kong horror movie which featured a female ghost of a 100 years. The ghost belonged to an opera actress who was betrayed by her husband and murdered by him and his accomplices. Her body was wrapped up in rattan mattress and left unburied at the village cemetery. Her vengeful spirit later returned to the village and killed nearly half of the villagers. Later, her beloved nephew went to the graveyard where her body was abandoned, pleaded with her not to kill anymore. He also put on her wrist her favorite bracelet which she had given him when she was alive. The act of the young boy seemed to have placated her and the killing stopped.
100 years later in modern day Hong Kong, there was a couple of death which was eventually traced to her. What happened was that her skeletal remains were accidentally disposed of into a nearby lake when the construction workers developed the area and exhumed the graveyard. The bracelet was also accidentally detached from her body. It was later discovered that those who were possessed and took their own lives drank the water from the same lake.
Now, the show is similar to the famous Japanese horror movie – The Ring. In the show, the victims were haunted and died 7 days after watching a videotape showing the ancient well where the body of a young girl was supposedly murdered and abandoned. They also received bizarre phone calls just before their demise.
What we have learned from these two movies? The important message is that most hauntings take place from within the persons. In these two shows, the spirits had through the medium of the lake water and the videotape infected their victims with emotions of fear and hatred so much so they hallucinated, leading them to believe that they saw the ghosts and eventually took their own lives. In the first show, the hero also drank the water but when he saw the ghost materializing in front of him, he did not waver and was not afraid of her. The ghost gave up on him and dissipated into the thin air.
So I suppose in most of the reported haunting the ghosts exist within the victims themselves, making them believed in seeing the undead and resulting in them killing themselves. If we are strong in our will and are not afraid of the out-of-the-world images which we are led to witness, we should be able to fend for ourselves and remain unharmed. After all, they may be just illusions and figments of our imagination.
I have always advocated that we should not be affected if during our meditation we see saintly or ghostly images. Remember I have often said that: if you see the Buddha, kill him and if you also see the Devil kill him – meaning you just ignore them and do not allow them to affect your emotions at all.
Another lesson which we have learned from the movies – and thanks to the brilliant and well-researched scriptwriters- is that harmful emotions of hate, fear, jealousy, and rage can be encapsulated in objects and transmitted and affect people. In the same vein, it is similar to the healthy emotions which we experience reading a novel, watching an old movie or appreciating a painting – even though their writers, painters and actors, and actresses, had died long ago. I can think of the examples like the classic movie Gone With The Wind, which still brings tears to the audience during reruns or the antique painting like Mona Lisa that we are still enchanted by her mystical smile.
So we must be wary of suspicious objects that we come into contact with or bring into our homes, especially antiques from unknown sources. And, if we are trained and familiar with the energy way, we could feel and sense that such objects are tainted with negative vibrations before we could allow them to influence us.