We call it paranormal…but what is it really?
I have had people ask me this question time and time again and I have to admit, I find it difficult to answer. It’s easy to fall back on the standard definition of the word…some thing or event that is above or beyond normal, but that simply does not cut it and explains nothing. There are so many sub categories under the umbrella of paranormal, that to just ask what the paranormal is can be impossible to answer. Are you asking about ghosts, hauntings, cryptids, aliens, psychic abilities, NDE’s…what? There is no one way to explain a thing that is fundamentally unexplainable.
I have been immersed in the world of the mysterious, ghostly, unknown and paranormal for as long as I can remember. As a child it was books and more books of haunting tales and then came the movies in my teen years and all through these years I had experienced things I absolutely knew were not what the general public thought of as normal. As a result, a lot of what I experienced I kept to myself knowing it would not be taken seriously. As I grew into adulthood the experiences continued as did the reading and such until finally in 2009 I decided to get serious about paranormal research after investigating a friend’s apartment that was extremely active with para events. The place was amazing and it sealed my future as a researcher and investigator.
That brings us back to the question, what is the paranormal really? Well, it’s a matter of perspective. People have been researching the paranormal since time immemorial and we are no closer today to a solid answer. Whether you are using a notebook and pencil and possibly a voice recorder or a Mr. or Mrs. Gadget who goes in with all the latest ghost hunting tools, you are no closer to discovering what people have been searching for since forever. It boils down to this: if you are a believer in the paranormal and know without a doubt that it is real, then it is normal but just not satisfactorily explained but if you are a non believer then nothing anyone tells or shows you will ever convince you of the reality of paranormal experiences or events. It’s all about your perspective.
We really know nothing concrete about the why and how of it all, only that these things happen and have been happening for eons. Since we can’t seem to come up with anything that describes the paranormal conclusively then I say we are not supposed to know. If we really knew what the dynamics of various forms of “paranormal” were, then there would be no need for or desire to research it. Paranormal, supernatural, anomalous, fringe and other words are just poor blanket terms for things we really don’t understand and probably never will…at least not in this lifetime. The best we can do is to just keep forging ahead and learning as much as possible about what we know to be true but have no sure fire way of explaining.
This book, published in 1913, compiles a collection of stories in which the characters are ghostly animals. Here you will read of sightings and encounters with the spirits of cats, dogs, horses, bulls, cows, pigs and other domesticated creatures, birds, wild animals and inhabitants of the jungle. And although some of these stories seem a little far-fetched, over all I found the book to be a very enjoyable read and had a tough time putting it down until I had read the last spooky page. This book is in the public domain in the U.S.A. and you may download a copy here: http://www.feedbooks.com/book/2930 or just click on the book image. Happy reading!
Have you ever had the spirits mess with your recordings? Here’s what happened to me and my friends.
Within an ongoing investigation of a haunted apartment building, we had already captured picture, video and voice footage (I still have THIS evidence) and one night was uploading and archiving the nights work. We had two mics recording directly to two separate computers and were running two voice recorders. We save our files and archived everything on CD-R’s. We were each able to listen to the recordings once on each computer then they were gone from the hard drives. The CD-R discs were filled with an incredibly loud static that was impossible to remove. Efforts to re-upload to the computers were met with system crashes and eventual eraser of the voice recorders. Our evidence was useless. Now if it was only one computer or disc I’d say it could have been operator error or some bad glitch in the computer or a dud disc. But a laptop, a tower, 2 different brands of voice recorders and 2 different brands of CD-R’s.
Related to this I went and did research on this same location and ended up at the graveyard where the family plot was of the entities I suspected to be haunting the apartment building. All I had with me was my voice recorder, camera and my fiance. I had been taking several pictures and did a voice recording right in the family plot. Later when I uploaded all of this I found that there were chunks cleanly sliced out of the raw wav file. Bits of conversation and questions asked that me and my fiance definitely remember speaking. Now, I not only can’t find that file but the cemetary pics are gone as well.
I’m not sloppy in my research, in fact I am meticulous in archiving my work. I know where everything is and is supposed to be.
I’ve seen lots of people talking about changing evp and reverse evp but very, very little in the way of evidence coming up missing like this with no one to hold accountable but the ghosts themselves. It sounds as if it could have something to do with the electromagnetic field…when you think of erasures happening on electronic media you think of solid magnets but usually not of energy fields.
Please feel free to tell me about your experiences of this nature and any ideas you have on what is going on here.