Real/Not Real

April 2, 2009

I’ve always lived in two worlds.  As do most people, there is the sad, desperate, dark world of our consensual reality, a so called Veil of Tears that we dutifully mark our lives in.  Yet, there is the other world, the World Behind the World, and that interests me so much more.  As an illustrator, I’m focused on the perceptions of things, yet always aware that everything we see has a symbolic existence as well, a context and meaning that goes so far beyond its mere, physical presence.

I could write about this Invisible World, hidden from the vast majority of us, at length.  But, if you have arrived here, then you are probably already well aware of the multitude of unseen presences that share our world, and the things that are so vast and omnipresent that we’ve simply forgotten they are there.  Does the ant that lives in a box know he lives in a box, or is it his world, so huge as to be beyond his understanding?  We are much like that allegorical ant.

In the paranormal community, much is made between the real and the not real.  Science is a thing of the real and quite good at measuring and defining most things.  Things that are not real cannot be quantified so easily.  Can you measure imagination?  Can you weigh a spirit?  Well, until science advances a great deal, you cannot.

Current trends in paranormal thought hold that there are some things that can transition back and forth between reality and unreality as needed.  A ghost can draw energy from its environment and manifest to varying degrees; a UFO can manifest when it lands, yet become de-materialized when it shoots away at a mind-boggling rate, ignoring the rules of aerodynamics simply because the UFO is not ‘real.’  Cryptids are often seen in environments that could not possibly support them, and this is because the cryptid doesn’t really live in the area, it simply manifests upon occasion.

You can probably see where I’m going with this—the paranormal exists in the world between what is real, and a part of the consensual reality that we humans (and others!) share, and what is not real, a hazy area just this side of mythology, folklore, and even fiction.

Magic is much like this.  The core of most magic is gaining insight to the unknown, or influencing probability.  Virtually every application of magic falls into these parameters.  Pure will can affect reality.  This sounds unreal, and, in its own way, perhaps it is.  Real or not, magic’s effects can be very, very much a part of our material world.

This is why I intend to blog on the Ghostwriters society.  As an artist, I spend a great deal of time with my imagination, and the perception of a thing is so much greater to me than the thing itself.  If I can express this, and bring it into your reality, then I’ve done my job.

Scott Story



  1. A terrific post, Scott. It really is all about the Doors of Perception. I look forward to keeping up with your blogs here at The Ghostwriters Society.

  2. Thanks, Bob! Benita convinced me that the dry, autobiographical approach that I was taking with the subject sounded boring, so I’ve switched it up for a closer, more personal look.

  3. Excellent post, Scott.

    • Thanks, JodiLee! Hope to bring a lot more to the dance.

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