Do any of your favourite fictional characters feel real to you? Do you imagine yourself playing Quidditch at Hogwarts with Harry Potter, or visiting the Cullens’ house in Forks?
I have friends in books who I have visited many times. Their energy feels solid and easily reachable to me. I re-read their books not for the story, but for their company.
This sense of ‘reality’ takes on more momentum when the characters are given life by a large number of people. So many people have focused on Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Edward Cullen, that they seem to have taken on a real identity. They’re not just in books, they have films, twitter profiles and Facebook pages. Their actors become almost synonymous with the characters, to the point where some fans don’t recognise that they’re not one and the same.
Clearly, most of us know that actors have their own lives, but I challenge you to visit the Warner Bros Studio Tour and not feel drawn into the cosiness of the Gryffindor Common Room. It feels as familiar as an old pair of slippers.
I have listened to mediums talk about the difference between earth-bound spirits and thought forms, and to me, this relates to the kind of energy we create when we relate strongly to a book, or indeed to a film.
A thought form is an energy that is created through thoughts. Often, these thought forms might come from the powerful emotions caused by a traumatic incident. They are so strong that they develop a presence of their own, and that energy can remain attached to a building, like the traditional ‘ghost’, until someone clears it away.
Not all books are powerful enough to elicit a strong enough response to create a thought form, but I believe that some are. Some books are so mesmerising we can’t put them down. We fall in love with the hero or heroine. We long to visit their world, to immerse ourselves in Middle Earth, Narnia or Neverland. Not only do we follow the characters, we become them. For a time we see life through their eyes, and through the lens of their feelings. This creates a strong and powerful energy.
I feel that happens when just one person reads or writes a book that truly inspires them. Imagine the power of that manifestation when millions of people live in the same book, obsessing about the characters and anticipating the next installment of their adventures. In this way, characters can find a place in our collective awareness and can even push us towards a change in consciousness, a new awareness that may not have come about with that empathic connection. These characters become a manifested energy that feels real to us even without a physical body.
Similarly, their homes are places that we can visit in our imaginations, places so real and developed that we feel we’ve been there many times before.
To me these are powerful thought forms and they come into our lives for a reason. Those books that grab the collective consciousness so strongly, are born with a purpose. They enter our world, our consciousness, with a role to play in our lives. They bring us magic, and a new perspective on something, anything that is important in that moment.
It feels to me that both Harry Potter and Twilight were on the cusp of a movement towards recognising the magic in life. They approached older stories from a new perspective. The people or creations that had always been seen as the negative, were suddenly relatable, real people with their own issues, hopes and fears. This process is a part of our wider awakening, our recognition that life isn’t all it has seemed to be, in fact it is far more than we had ever imagined.
Throughout history, people have learned through stories. These stories may have been seen as true representations of gods or history, or they may have been simple as tales to learn from. But they have something in common. They entered the awareness of their audiences, and brought them new perspectives and ideas. They did this in the form of people, people their listeners could relate to, could travel alongside and face life with.
Stories have always been a part of our consciousness, and our characters have always been more than words on a page. The characters we love are always there for us to tune into, whether we do that by re-reading the story or imagining ourselves in their world. We carry them with us as company, as inspiration, and as potential. What could be more real than that?