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"Fifth Avenue, Uptown: a Letter from Harlem" in Esquire (July 1960); republished in Nobody Knows My Name: More Notes of a Native Son (1961)





I’m beginning to speculate that some ghosts that haunt places aren’t really spirits of the dead, but rather genius loci, or the spirit(s) of the location, taking on humanoid forms to interact with humans, either to befriend them or to drive them away.

I could be wrong, but it doesn’t seem right that spirits of dead humans would willfully stay in one place without getting bored, and when you consider that the obstacles we living humans face are no obstacles for spirits, a human spirit would probably just up and walk away to explore the world or something.

In no way in any shape or form am I an expert on the subject…but from personal experience I can say that you are absolutely not wrong. I have come across many who pretend to be human/take on human form. I also have encountered human spirits who have changed quite drastically into things that are not human anymore, but still take on a humanoid appearance. Things happen to people when they can’t move on. Some become so warped and twisted that they no longer even remotely connect with their former selves at all.

Just gonna add my two cents, but I personally hold to the idea that a ghost is not the actual spirit of a person, but rather an energetic residue or imprint, kind of like an echo that hasn’t bounced back to the source. That the emotions associated with a place were so powerful that they kind of stay there, like a scratch or a stain, until the area is cleared energetically. I don’t know how, but this is the conclusion that I’ve reached over the years.

Again, I’m not an expert on the subject and while there are instances where the “ghost”, like you said, is a residual energy…I interact with souls who are stuck here (or just choose to not move on) and are not what you describe. They are exactly themselves like they were in their living life, just without their body and function cognitively like they would if they were. What your describing is a phenomenon that happens, but not all ghosts are like this. *shrugs* Everyone experiences supernatural things differently, and every situation like many things is going to be different. 

about the energetic residue thing. I wonder, after reading that “Is there an afterlife?” article, if those types of “ghosts” the ones that you always hear about being seen in the same places, walking the same path, no interaction with surroundings just *there*… I wonder if that’s like.. a fold or something in spacetime. Since time isn’t linear and everything *is*. Maybe those places or that particular energy of that person gives us the ability to perceive beyond three dimensions. So the apparition wouldn’t even be a ghost, technically.

Great people do things before they’re ready. They do things before they know they can do them. Doing what you’re afraid of, getting out of your comfort zone, taking risks like that - that’s what life is.

  Amy Poehler




As celebration for having over 8,000 followers and opening my new Etsy shop (TheDarkestOfLights) {https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheDarkestOfLights?ref=search_shop_redirect }I’m having my third giveaway as a thank you to all of my followers.

-you must be flowing my blog
@the-darkest-of-lights and I WILL check. because this giveaway is to thank my followers!
- don’t spam your followers
-Please make sure to have your ask box open, if I can’t contact you I’ll have to pick another winner! The winner will have 24 hours to respond, or I’ll select another.
- you must be 18 or have parental consent
-I’ll be covering the shipping as well.
- likes do not count
-You must have your ask feature enabled so I can get in contact with you!
-No giveaway blogs!
-You must be comfortable with giving me your mailing address (and you must also be in the USA).
-This giveaway isn’t associated with, administered, sponsored, or endorsed by Tumblr, and each person participating is giving information to me and not to Tumblr

• 1 cedar box
• 1 rowan berry and onyx bracelet
• some ethically wild crafted white sage
• 2 tea light candles
• 4 mint medley tea bags
• 1 wire wrapped quartz pendant
• 1 mandrake* bottle pendant (sealed for safety)
• 1 lapis and titanium quartz dust cover
• 1 natural fluorite crystal
• 1 hand written mystery spell
• 1 polymer clay offering bowl
• 1 feather

The giveaway will end
OCT 8 The Lunar eclipse

Good luck to everyone and thank you again! :)

The giveaway is ending soon!!!
But if it gets to 4 thousand I’ll add a mystery prize!!!!



(I totally just recycle the tarot pictures I take, no shame)

So in celebration of reaching four hundred followers I wanted to do a giveaway thing, but I’m broke as fuck. So I’m gonna do five free chakra tarot readings, a favorite spread of mine. It covers the major seven chakras and is rather in depth. 


(this is what it looks like except without the top card cropped and major filters)

So the rules are pretty simple:

-must be following me

-reblog this

-don’t be a giveaway blog/spam your followers

I’ll be doing a random draw of it for five people on October 17th

Also, reminder that I do this spread and several other big spreads on a donation based payment so if you really want the spread and don’t want to wait feel free to snag one that way. Details here (if you do pay for a chakra spread then win this I’ll do another of my donation only readings for you)

Candles not included
Pressed Flower Card- California Poppy
Large Flat Wire Wrapped Turquoise Necklace
Dried Jasmine, Rose Petals, and Dandelions from my garden. Shells collected from a Northern California beach.
Pentagram Necklace, Infinity Ring, and Four Elements Bracelet
All the jewelry together



The Rushing River Shop's 1st Giveaway

We’ve received so much support from people and we wanted to give back a little. Click on the images for more details and to make them larger.


  • Large Wire Wrapped Turquoise necklace
  • Rainbow Wooden Bead adjustable chord necklace
  • California Poppy pressed flower card
  • Dried Jasmine, Dried Dandelions, Dried Sweetheart Rose petals
  • Orange layered beaded bracelet
  • Shells from Northern California beaches
  • Pentagram adjustable chord necklace
  • Infinity Ring
  • Silver symbol ring
  • Four elements adjustable chord bracelet

Rules and Qualification:

  • Must be following me
  • Reblog this post to enter the giveaway, that’s it.
  • Likes do not count, though it’s fine to like this to bookmark the post.
  • You can get 5 entries each for favoriting The Rushing River Shop on Etsy and/or liking our Facebook Page. Make sure to message me on tumblr telling me about it, so that I can give your url the entries.
  • Each reblog counts as an entry but please be courteous — don’t spam reblog. This will disqualify you.
  • Deleting or altering the text of this post will disqualify you.
  • You must be at least 18 years old to enter, as per tumblr guidlines.
  • Your ask box must be open for me to contact you, if you win.
  • You must be willing to give me a shipping address to send the prizes and unfortunately I am only able to ship to the United States.
  • The winner must respond within 48 hours or another winner shall be chosen.

Other Info:

  • This giveaway ends on Tuesday September 30th, 2014 at 8 pm PST.
  • The winner will be chosen at random with random.org for fairness — I will keep very close track of the notes.
  • I will pay for shipping expenses.
  • It’s okay to reblog this post more than once, but like I said, please don’t spam.
  • Do you like the jewelry featured? You can view more of my work at my shop.
  • This giveaway is in no way affiliated with Tumblr
  • If you could refrain from tagging this as giveaway it would be much apreciated

Feel free to message me if you have any questions. Good luck and good vibes XD

Last Day :D

I love talking to my mom but I don’t do it nearly often enough.

So like… every time I call her I end up DUMPING a whole bunch of shit that I probably should be dispersing in small amounts.

And then we bitch about Republicans.  We always end up bitching about Republicans lol



"Creepshot" Photos Are Now Legal in Texas

A Texas state law prohibiting people from taking photographs “with the intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person” if the person being photographed does not consent is unconstitutional, according to the state’s highest criminal court. Under this decision, so-called “creepshot” photos, where men often take photos of unconsenting women that they encounter on the street, are legal in Texas.

sooo this is disgusting

dont ignore this
this is important and a huge step backwards




"Creepshot" Photos Are Now Legal in Texas

A Texas state law prohibiting people from taking photographs “with the intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person” if the person being photographed does not consent is unconstitutional, according to the state’s highest criminal court. Under this decision, so-called “creepshot” photos, where men often take photos of unconsenting women that they encounter on the street, are legal in Texas.


sooo this is disgusting

dont ignore this

this is important and a huge step backwards


Is There An Afterlife?


 The Buddha was often asked why he did not answer the question of “is there an afterlife” in his teachings.  His answer was always “You ask this question only because of your attachment. Lose this attachment and you will no longer ask”
Needless to say this was a very unpopular answer and the Buddha lost followers because he would not answer.  Later, lesser men, attempted to answer it and conjured up all kinds of Buddhist Heavens and “Perfect Lands”.  The Buddha never said anything more about the subject.
I, being a lesser man, have this answer to the question the Buddha never answered.  It is my view and mine alone. Here it is:
The Examination of Life in the Context of Space-Time
All designed systems have a “purpose”.  A watch, a space shuttle or a toaster oven … all have as their central characteristic a function.
There is an unbroken connection between every living thing on this planet from tube worms in the Pacific Rift to you and the first self replicating system. You are directly connected to every living thing on Earth both now and since the beginning.

A Fourth Dimensional Structure called a Hypercube

The American Science Fiction author Kurt Vonnegut once wrote a short story called “Timeline”. In it he describes human beings as fourth dimensional beings. Worm like creatures pink and small at one end and grey at the other. We are constrained by our three dimensional perspective.
Life is not the discrete form you see with your senses. It is a vast fourth dimensional web of being. We accept time as linear and progressive because this is the way we perceive it with our senses and interpret it with our consciousness.

The truth, as physics shows us is that time is not linear. It is as many Eastern philosophies have described it for centuries eternal. All that was and will be is. We only see time as linear in the same way we can only sense certain wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum or the way our senses are limited in scale. We cannot perceive the very small or the very large. Likewise we see time as flowing from moment to moment always forward.

Clifford Torus a Fourth Dimensional Structure

Look at life in the fourth dimension. Consider the atoms which make up living things as they move both in space and in time. It becomes a tangled overlapping skein of life, You are connected, not is some vague philosophical way but in a very real and physical way with this tangled fourth dimensional web of life. Viewed in this way, the question of “life after death” becomes meaningless. The Hindu/Taoist/Zen view of death as not an end but a transition makes very real and concrete sense.
There is no death only the death of consciousness within the individual. Viewed from a fourth dimensional perspective YOU have always been alive and will always be alive. It matters little that the atoms of carbon and hydrogen which have agreed, for the time being, to be you will someday go a different way and become something else. Your mind, your consciousness is not so much as a tool for gathering information as it is a reducing valve to reduce information to a form useful for gathering sustenance and allowing you to pass along your immortal coil … your genes … your DNA. Your consciousness will have served its purpose but its essence is contained within the helix.
We are obsessed with endings and beginnings. Whence did life begin? When will it end? Is my death the end of that which is truly me? How was the universe formed? What existed before space and time? These questions only matter from the perspective of one locked in three dimensions.
If there is a God then it is us.