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.
The existence of paranormal phenomena is one of those things you’re usually either heartily for or against. In case you’re on the fence about the subject, here’s a list of 13 of the most prominent university sanctioned (and unsanctioned) odysseys into paranormal research, and what they found.
If you’ve been doing paranormal research seriously for any length of time then you have probably noticed that you are capturing more and better evidence as time passes. Over time and serious investigation I believe you open a doorway or gateway to yourself as a means to an end for the spirits. Communication or manifestation being the end result. I think the entities have to be able to trust you to a certain point to put forth the energy needed to manifest. And your personal energy has a lot to do with that. Why would they waste energy on someone who was just playing at ghost hunting or could not control their emotional fears and ran (run dude!) at the first creek of a floorboard or a shadow passing by?
Just think, ghost research has become so popular world wide and all these people are investigating and watching and listening very closely to what is going on around them–concentrating their energy to experience a paranormal occurance. All this must create its’ own form of energy. And if spirits need an energy source to manifest…well then…..
I think our persistance in exploring the field of survival after bodily death is thinning the veil between dimensions and other worlds. And I’m not just talking about ghosts, I’m talking about ufo’s and aliens, bigfoot, mothman, residual and object hauntings, attachments, psychic phenomena in all it’s beautiful range. The list could go on.
My experience thus far leads me to believe I have definately been noticed by our friends on the other side and that I am gaining their trust in my pursuit of answers as well as trying to get it out there and let people know what I am finding and feeling. In fact, it’s getting to the point where I can capture evp almost anytime I turn on my recorder, wherever I may be. I’m not saying everywhere I go is haunted but that it doesn’t seem to matter where you are if you have established a link. And if they (the entities) can read minds like I feel they can, then they know ahead of time when you are going to record, film, take pictures, whatever. If you’ve ever gotten an answer before you asked the question, you get what I’m saying about the mind-reading. Of course this phenomenon may have something to do with the discoveries in string theory or more recently m-theory but I’ll not get into that here.
I’ve read and heard of others worrying over this, bothered by seemingly becoming noticed by our deceased friends. I say, don’t worry…that’s what you’re doing this for right? To establish some sort of communication? To find out what’s going on, figure out how any of this is even possible? You should feel good about yourself for gaining the trust of the spirit world and opening up mentally and emotionally to their communications. If you keep the positive and respectful personal energy flowing then you will be a successful paranormal investigator- that is, if you stick it out, open the portal and establish the link.
If you are capturing more and increasingly better evidence as you explore and research, then I believe you are helping to thin whatever is separating us from profound and skeptic-convincing discoveries.
But this is just what I know to be true from my perspective and is just one of my theories.
Now I want to know if you have experienced some of these things in your investigations of the unknown.