Stories have circulated for years that certain people in the public eye have a ‘double,’ or a stand-in which has been used to take their place in public at various times.
Members of the British Royal family, the Kennedy & Bush families, Elvis Presley, Saddam Hussain, Muammar Gadaffi, Adolf Hitler and Winston Churchill are all believed to have purposely used body doubles more than once.
Some people also believe that there are exact replica’s of themselves too, somewhere in the world, either existing currently or almost certainly at some time in the past.
How would you feel knowing that there may indeed, be another “you” out there walking around ?
Would you be curious to meet up with him or her ?
Or would your prefer to not know ?
The Doppelgänger or “Double-Walker” is one term used to describe an exact replica of a living person, and is also believed to be a harbinger of doom or death.
Many instances of the so-called ‘Doppelgänger Effect’ have been recorded throughout history, and incidences among those in the public eye have been reported extensively.
US President Abraham Lincoln, often spoke of the night he saw a face, exactly like his own, but with a ghostly pallor, in the mirror of his room on the night of his election.
The face disappeared when he stood up and duly reappeared when he lay down.
”When I went home again that night I told my wife about it, and a few days afterward I made the experiment again, when (with a laugh), sure enough, the thing came back again; but I never succeeded in bringing the ghost back after that, though I once tried very industriously to show it to my wife, who was somewhat worried about it. She thought it was a “sign” that I was to be elected to a second term of office, and that the paleness of one of the faces was an omen that I should not see life through the last term.”
Lincoln was indeed re-elected for a second term, and was assassinated at the theatre where he had been invited to celebrate his second win.
Queen Elizabeth allegedly saw her own double laid out upon her bed shortly before she died.
John Donne witnessed his wife’s ghostly doppelgänger holding a dead child in her arms the same evening she gave birth to a stillborn child, though the couple were thousands of miles apart, and he did not learn of the event until many days later.
Percy Shelley, still considered among the greatest poets of the English language, reported viewing his doppelgänger while in Italy.
The apparition he saw pointed towards the Mediterranean Sea, in which, not long after, Shelley drowned in a sailing accident.
A folk tale from Denmark, tells of a troll that kidnaps a pregnant woman and replaces her with a doppelgänger to cover his crime.
A blacksmith working at his forge late one evening sees a troll driving a woman along the road. The blacksmith uses a red-hot iron to scare away the troll. When he takes the rescued woman to his house she immediately gives birth to twins.
Thinking the woman’s husband will want to know what has happened, the blacksmith goes to their home the next morning. Much to his surprise he finds the man in bed with a woman who is the exact image of his wife.
The blacksmith, knowing that this woman is a fake provided by the troll, kills her with a blow from his axe; after which, the man is reunited with his wife and the two new additions to his family.
Most people however, see doppelgängers as nothing more than easily explainable cases of people that merely resemble each other and nothing more.
Twins, triplets, siblings and blood relatives often look strikingly similar, which of course, is very common.
Science claims to have explained it as being related to a portion of the brain called the temporoparietal junction, which can be electrically stimulated to create; “an out of body experience, where one feels a presence separate from the physical, which often mirrors every action and of course, appearance.”
The idea of bilocation has been kicking around since ancient times too, and mystics and religious figures have long been recorded as being able to be seen in two places at the same time.
Considering that human beings, like every other living organism consist of energy, could it even be possible to send an energetic imprint of yourself anywhere in the world?
A type of teleportation-like action, that has been described in various ways, one of which has been dubbed ‘Astral Planing,’ or ‘Projection,’ where the physical body remains in situ while the conscious spirit travels around the world.
A bioenergetic hologram?
After all we are now considered to be multi-dimensional beings, according to those who care to look beyond the confines of the physical dimension.
Chances are that everyone possesses the same abilities as the Mystics, but they have not worked out how to use them just yet.