Ghost Culture

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I recently received an email from an individual that has some paranormal activity occurring in his presence that has become more than bothersome to him. This man, I’ll name him William, asked for my help. Now here’s the kicker…he currently lives in Korea and previous to this he lived in France since 2005.  He did not state exactly where he moved from, but it is clear he lived somewhere here in The States before the move to France.

Rather than go into the specifics of his particular case, let me address something that is of great importance. Something that is seriously overlooked by most paranormal investigators when trying to discern the nature of a ghost, or what is happening, why it is happening, and how best to remedy it. Something that is often overlooked by paranormal investigators when trying to understand the cases they work on.  Culture.

Culture is what groups of people know and do.  I’m not an expert on this topic, but due to co-teaching one of my classes with a cultural anthropology professor, I’ve learn a thing or two that helps me serve those with ghostly activity better.  Learning from my teaching partner has moved me to explain the nature of ghosts in more depth with more specifics, thus better serve and educate my students and the public on the nature of ghosts or as we call them in the paranormal field, entities.

For years I’ve explained that an entity’s persona will reflect what his/her personality was while living amongst us. If Uncle Joe was a jokester in this life, he’s going to be a jokester in the next. Barring of course, they are not stuck in a death state or the like (even in a death state, underneath the confusion and sense of being lost, the same person that they once were here in this realm is still there.)  However, the something I’ve often failed to explain is all the other factors. An entity’s religious beliefs and collective social upbringing while living in this realm will be reflected in an entity's behavior too.  What defines a person’s culture is their association to a group of people and what they know, do, and believe.

An individual’s beliefs are influenced and defined by the experiences they’ve been exposed to, and the adoption of the specific social and religious confines of where the live, what they are exposed to, and what and/or who they identify themselves with. A Buddhist from India will have a very different view of ghosts than a Catholic from Indiana here in the USA.  Essentially, human’s act according to their culture. A set of thoughts, values, and beliefs that determines what they do and how they do it.

William claims he has been experiencing ghostly activity for several years, since about 2001. However, the events and nature of what has been occurring with him has changed more recently. The recent changes are making him very uncomfortable and even frightened at times. This change probably indicates that the original attachment he had is not the same and/ or one in the same now. He has more than likely either moved into a home with an entity attached to it and/or he has picked up another attachment along the way.

In general, there are so many variables when it comes to trying to deduce what specifically may be going on in a haunting case.  Some specific to the person, some specific to the location, and some are specific to circumstance.  When an investigator is presented with a case like this….it’s a crapshoot. The obvious distance between Korea and me is vast. This makes it almost impossible to offer great advice or a quick solution. It just simply cannot be done. Working with a “client” requires a LOT of information to be exchanged. For every answer given by a client, there is another question to be asked. Being a paranormal investigator requires observation, correlation, and deduction. All of those things require a lot of information to be exchanged before the investigation even begins.  Not being able to speak to someone in person and at great lengths, and not being able to be in the client’s surroundings makes the task of investigating near to impossible. In a case like this one, the trained observations an investigator would normally make themselves cannot be done.  Now, the observations, etc. is only coming from the perspective of someone who hasn’t been educated and/or trained to deal with the supernatural. This creates a deficit for both you and the client. The best someone like me can do if offer up some knowledge and some opinions.

In my opinion, if culture defines a person, and people define a culture, then culture is one of the most important aspects of knowing a person and/or a ghostly entity.  Both will act according to how they think they should act. If a person believes while living in this realm that when they die there is no afterlife they will reside in darkness and it’s lights out for them when they leave this plane. If a person believes that the dead only attach to a person to protect them or make them ill, then that is what will happen. If a person believes you immediately go to heaven and cannot have contact with the living, than more than likely this is what will happen when they themselves pass on from this world. The point I’m making is that a living person’s culture ultimately defines how they will experience life on the other side and how they should behave and interact with the living people here…you and me, here and now, in this realm we now reside in. Simply put, ghosts’ act how they think they should act….just like us.

So the next time you are wondering why dead Uncle Joe is behaving as he does, and doing what he is doing, you should do some research into Uncle Joe’s life and consider asking Uncle Joe’s family and friends a LOT of questions while keeping your eyes and ears open to all of his surroundings.

The Paranormal MD in the News

TPMD (Team Paranormal MD) investigated The historical Clayson House. I am lucky to have a team that is so committed and hard working. They are smart, competent, and continually striving to be better investigators. Come  meet TPMD and find out what the "Other Siders" voices have to say via audio captured on our audio recorders, then join us this Saturday in Palatine. Details can be found via the linked newspaper article. http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20121011/submitted/121019947/

 

Crystals - The Power to Be or Not to Be

 

Do you think that quartz crystals have some magical powers? Do you believe a crystal can protect you from evil? Do you believe that quartz crystals have mood boosting healing powers? Are all the claims of psychic enlightenment phooey?

I’ve heard time and again from psychic mediums that crystals ground them, protect them, help them meditate, and increase their abilities. I’ve also heard about its wonderful powers that help heal those with health problems.

In the past when I heard this I thought, wow that’s some amazing claims. I immediately would start to think that this religious connection people seem to have with crystals is astonishing. Even if this is all in their heads, they believe, and if they believe it will work, then certain actions will follow….all because they believed.

The notion of crystals having healing properties is nothing new. The fact is that as much as 2000 years ago man held crystals in high regard. Many cultures believed that crystals could change evil to good and a crystal was considered protection. It was capable of healing one’s spirit and body as it would purify. Crystals were often coveted sacredly.  Crystals have been a part of this earth since…well, before Earth had a name.

Now none of this is news to me, however, I still only thought of them as those mystical energy stones that started to gain popularity again about the same time the word hippie became a common term. Once the new age movement started to take hold, as did meditation and energy healing, I still only had affection for crystals. Spiritually I believed there must be something to all this, at least that’s what I told the right side of my brain to appease it, as I carefully gathered stones and crystals for my medicine bag.

Recently however I’ve expanded my knowledge about crystals. It all started when I questioned why crystals are used in watches, transmitters, etc. What I learned somewhat appeased my logical, scientific side and somewhat relieved my spiritual side of the burden of proof.

Quickly before I continue on I want to inform you of some facts. All energy works in a transferring way. Energy never dissipates but only changes form. Heat and light are a good example. A couple of ways heat transfers or changes is through the process of convection or conduction. There is a movement or an exchange between gases, fluids, and solids. The sun warms the earth through the radiation of electromagnetic waves.

Crystals have a natural frequency as does most everything. A crystal's pitch is determined by its shape and size. Crystals are used when accuracy, and precision and control are needed. Crystals are piezoelectric. Which basically describes the relation between a mechanical stress and an electrical voltage in solids. It converts the electrical energy to acoustic energy, and vice versa. It amplifies and stabilizes alternating electric fields. As a transducer it is capable of changing its vibration, frequency, and will resonate.  When exposed to other energy fields it will basically sync and the two will resonate. The two will relate harmoniously. The polarized molecules will align themselves with the electric field, resulting in induced dipoles within the molecular or crystal structure of the material. The two…sometimes opposing fields, will lock into each other’s natural frequency and create a reinforcement and stabilization.. Thus the “grounding” effect.

There is a theory that psychics and mediums do what they do because they are better able to “tune into” the electromagnetic frequencies. In the world of ghosts and haunting electromagnetic fields play a big part in various ways. We are consistently learning about what atmospheric and otherwise type changes occur and don’t occur when paranormal events take place. Think about all the times you’ve heard on the TV shows about how some people are more sensitive than others to electromagnetic fields. Often referring to the bad…sickness, fear, hallucinations, but nonetheless, some people are more affected than others. There is always some type of reaction or interaction between our own energy field and the fields in the world around us.  On the positive side of this, if a person is more sensitive to these fields, it is obviously affecting their own body’s energy field.  I wonder how many of those who seem hypersensitive to EMF in negative ways if trained to channel the EMF differently would  happen to be psychically inclined? The bottom line is it is suspected (but not proven) that mediums are able to work kind of like a transducer does. Think audio recorder and a microphone which is a transducer. It changes acoustic sound into an electrical signal and is translated into words we hear via electromagnetic induction. Mediums. healers, and psychics,  read and translate energies, and connect with and tune into the electromagnetic fields given off or that occur by or around an entity. I suppose it could be describe as, they tune into and are able ride the wave of communication with the Other Siders. It would be like if we turned on the radio to take a listen to the programming being cast across via radio frequency waves through our air space. Mediums, like us taking a listen to the radio, sometimes get a clear signal and sometimes don’t.

Now enter in healers or those who use crystals as a healing tool. Healers use a crystal (sometimes a crystal wand) in their healing of a person who may be depressed and /or ill. Again, is it the calming, stabilizing effect between the crystals energy vibrations and the energy vibrations of the person receiving that creates a stable resonance for healing to occur? I think it may. Do I think it cures or has some magical, mystical power, no. However, I do believe it may work as a platform for healing to occur.

As I began to understand more about the practical principles of crystals, I started to put things together. If crystals have a stabilizing effect on EMF transmissions, this should include the capability to sync and stabilize the EMF emissions the human gives off. It is said, for a person, the key to experiencing the positive effects of a crystal is to find one that “matches” (will resonate best) with one’s self.  That a person needs to find the correct crystal(s) for themselves and this is because of the many types, sizes, and shapes crystal can be obtained in.  This means that the vibration/frequency will differ from crystal to crystal. So be aware that if there is too strong a frequency or one that doesn’t resonate to your own human frequency it would have a negative effect instead of a positive one on your person. It is suggested that if you find a crystal to keep on your body let’s say as a necklace or whatever, and you and the crystal aren’t syncing, than a person could begin to experience negative or ill effects.

I never really understood before what was meant when the term “grounded” was used. Now I understand the term “grounded” when used by psychics/mediums and healers, simply means there is a stabilization of energy fields created by a precise, harmonious, and strengthened resonance. Think …. of a humming motor.

So crystal really may amplify and increase your energy. They may really help to stabilize your body’s energy, and thus your mood and health. They may even aid in helping one heal. Can I say for sure, without doubt that crystals do all the things that others claim it does?  No. But just in case, look what I just bought. ;o)

 

Apology, Bad EVP Post

So this evening I decided to check into my blog. It crossed my mind to take a listen to the EVP I posted about a week ago. I intentionally wanted to listen to it via my TV (bad thing to do. I explain below why)     I asked, "Are you aware of time as we perceive it?" A male answered, "No." So here's the thing....when I clipped that EVP I was at my computer wearing headphones. That was the last time I listened to it, and then I posted it on The Paranormal MD blog. As I listened this evening without headphone I could hear it doesn't sound anything like it does with my headphones on. On here I can hear the amplification begin and then the "No" sounds like a snap, it doesn't sound anything like someone saying the word, no......I'm so sorry I didn't check the sound on here when I posted it. I should have as I know some EVPs when uploaded and posted just don't come across without the use of headphones. The volume is way off, tones are off, it just seems they get slightly distorted. Usually I have to extra amplify, etc. The problem is that many times you can only amplify so much before it becomes totally distorted. Anyway, the bottom line, I will try to fix it so it will play better via the Internet over speakers, and repost the revision. If I can't fix it I will let you know. By the way, for those of you who have their computer hooked up to their TV, unless you have an external sound system for your TV, don't even try to listen to EVPs on your TV. Many TVs these days do not have the same range as computer speakers, and you may totally miss hearing an EVP. It all depends on the frequency and decibel of the EVP. For instance when I just listened now through my TV speakers, I missed hearing it at all the first time. I had to turn my TV speakers’ way up just to catch it at all, and like I said, it doesn’t sound as it should at all.

Follow up Note 8-21-12:  I tried to amplify and clean up the EVP I previously posted and reference above here. However, I was unable to get a clear copy of the EVP to post so I have removed it from my blog.

Disconnection

I’ve been gone and now I’m back. My personal life journey over the past year has been a mega roller coaster ride. For many reasons I seemed to have lost my voice, a perspective. I never stopped thinking about the paranormal. In some form or manner my daily life has become even more filled with the ever evolving field of ghosts and hauntings. I continued my own paranormal education and learned more with each passing week. I also put my efforts into research, and educating others. Yet, every time I started to write a new blog article my mind went blank and my fingers fell limp against the keyboard. Why can’t I write and share all I’ve experienced, thought, learned? Why has it been so difficult for me to…to…to express myself?

Tonight as I commanded my fingers to type despite not having a specific direction, the answer to the above question came to me…… I’ve become disconnected. The more time that passed, the more difficult it became for me to put my thoughts into words, and the more I no longer knew my readers. All those wonderful, loyal, people whom I’ve shared with, and that have shared with me in the past. All those individuals who made me feel my blog belonged, and that what I had to say, well….mattered. All that comes to mind when I think this is  - Thank You.

My personal disconnect, may be much like the elusive entities that I keep trying to communicate with. It seems as much as I try to connect, a disconnect still exists. Nonetheless, I keep trying to learn more and be a better student of the paranormal realm, to be a better observer, and to become more genuinely humane towards the other siders. I keep persevering in such a difficult uphill quest of the unknown…and the little that is known within the paranormal field, I think that surely I should be able to start writing again. I believe if I just keep writing, my voice will get louder and more poigent as I hear you…feel you…connect with you. Yes, you, the person reading this article right now.

It has occurred to me that my disconnect seems to be an almost constant state of being for me. Please allow me to explain. We investigators and the entire field of paranormal study are all about trying to connect the disconnection that exists. We are continuously trying to fix, patch in, and connect with whoever is on the other side. We are always trying to find ways to bridge what seems like an endless gap of space that lay between us and them. We seem to make mountains out of mole hills and we sometimes grasp at straws. However, occasionally, just occasional, we make a break through. We learn, and take a tiny step forward, and we accomplish something that creates a connection.

I have questioned how the other siders think or feel about their disconnect with us. Are they as equally frustrated as us? How much energy do they focus on just being heard? Do they wish they could tell us more than they do? How innovative are these entities that they figured out how to get messages to us via our audio recorders. They may want to leave longer, more precise voice messages, but for now, can’t. Maybe in the process of their learning, and as much as they try, they simply haven’t figured out yet how to better connect with us. Even if not understood, at least they’ve made their presence known. It’s a beginning, and if they keep working at bridging the disconnect between them and us, and we keep trying to bridge the gap, than eventually the two shall more permanently meet, and a true connection will have been made. Ahh…maybe I’m overly optimistic thinking a true meeting/connection will take place, but in general, don’t we all want to be heard, don’t we all desire unity, and isn’t connection in some shape or form what all human’s aspire to?

So in wanting to connect with you, I write. In wanting to share a viewpoint, I write. In wanting to bridge the gap of space between you and me, I write. In wanting us to work in unity, and learn from each other to discover how best to achieve a connection with the other siders, I write. In trying to accomplish all this, I write….Oh, and then I just post.

 

Shadow People

 

I recently received a letter from a man named David (I'm not sure if he wants privacy or if it would be okay for me to mention what the name of his group??),  that asked, "We really like your page, but I had a question for you...Can shadow people hurt you and or are they bad or good?"

Here is my response below:

 

Hi David,

I'm Mary Marshall, The Paranormal MD, and I'd be happy to answer your question.

To be honest, no one knows for sure what or who shadow people are. It is suspected that they are ghosts of the deceased who for some reason cannot manifest themselves enough as to appear as full bodied apparitions. With this being said, some may not be the ghosts of our dead, but beings that were never of this world.

The one common thread about shadow people is that other than sleeking around in the shadows as shadows themselves, they do not seem to have much interaction with the living. Other than playing a game of cat and mouse with us, there hasn't been much interaction reported by investigators who have come across them. So in general my answer would be to tell you that you have nothing to fear from a shadow person. Yes, they look creepy and it can be startling to come across one and see it, but generally speaking, I cannot think of a case in which a shadow person caused anyone any harm. With this being said, IF some shadow people are in fact the ghosts of the dead, they may not only be capable of appearing as a shadow person, but be possible of other activity that is more typical of the nature of a ghost. So moving objects, touching of someone, other type of communication, etc. would be possible. We just aren't sure if the shadow person and the other ghosts we come across in the same location are one in the same or different entities. In cases where only shadow people have been spotted and named as the main paranormal activity, there are usually no reports of any type of harm of any kind happening to anyone.

Keep in mind, if someone was not a nice person in this life, they aren't going to a nice person in the next dimension. If a person was a jokester while alive in our realm, they more than likely will be a jokester in the next realm they inhabit. So there could be taunting, pranks, or completely passive behavior exhibited.

Alright, here is the tough antidote to tell people….. shadow people aren’t always poorly manifested ghosts or benign beings of another type. VERY rarely demonic beings appear as nothing more than a darkened shadow. So understandably there always remains concern when they are discovered. However, in the rare instance that the shadow being is something demonic in nature you will know it. Even if they are intent on “tricking” you into a false sense of security, their facade won’t last long. At the very least, in a short period of time you will come to know it because the demonic will not be content to be a wall flower.  Again, this is a rare occurrence, but they do exist and you should be aware of this. In my personal experience anyone who has come across something demonic knows it. They will come across as more than just an angry ghost and demonics can hurt you.

So to sum up, shadow people are usually a class of benign entity that in general isn’t too interactive with the living. If there is no other evidence of ghostly activity, you have nothing to fear. If the shadow person is only one display of an intelligent ghost residing in a location, and it seems to be nasty or mean in nature. Possible displays of some mild forms of aggression, and even physical aggression could occur. However, claiming your space and basically putting the nasty spirited dead person/ghost in its place by standing firm and not allowing it to bully you does work in quieting them down. As one final note that I hope will put your mind at ease, in all my years investigating, combined with others out there that I know or know of who’ve either lived with or investigated shadow people, I can only think of one instance in which any ghost or shadow person unprovoked, aggressively attacked and hurt anyone, or intentionally made them feel ill.

The Relevance of The Space-Time Continuum - Revised

You may have heard the phrase “time slip” used in the past. A time slip could occur if one dimension slips into another. Other term associated with this one is: colliding dimensions, a tear in the fabric of time, time portals, wormholes, and so on. What all of these have in common is their association with Einstein’s Theory of Relativity and the space-time continuum. These “phrases” we use have much more to do with the science of physics than with science fiction as many seem to think. In addressing this topic and it’s relation to ghosts, or a haunting, and other paranormal activity, I first need to start with a little background information and scientific jargon. I promise to get through this part as quickly as possible so as to not bore you with daunting scientific details.

The first thing to note is that as humans in this vast universe we have personal perseptions that are quite limited. Within the time-space continuum, we are aware of and experience 4 dimensions, the fourth being the concept that space-time combines space and time within a single coordinate system, typically with three spatial dimensions: length, width, height, and one temporal dimension: time. There also are several proposed space-time theories that include additional dimensions. How many dimensions are needed to describe the universe is still an open question that no one knows the answer to yet. However, let’s briefly explore a couple of these theories now.

In string theory, elementary particles are not point-like, but instead are more like or similar to strings. In this speculative theory it is predicted that there may be 10 or 26 dimensions. There are various forms of string theory and each requires the existence of at least six extra spatial dimensions.

Brane theory is a short for "membrane" and is also sometimes referred to as the M-Theory, and would be viewed as a sheet floating in a fifth dimension. The M-theory predicts 11 dimensions: 10 spatial and 1 temporal.

One excepted theory is that these other dimensions beyond what we consciously know now are copies, but not exact replicas of our own world, our own self. I find this theory particularly interesting, and plausible. However, I believe in the theory that other dimensions are really not just different “worlds” or copies of our own, but temporal, and that each dimension would be comparable to what we understand a year of time to be. "Time” as we know it and live it, is playing itself out accordingly like our own dimension. It is possible that time does not run linear, but may coexists side by side in other dimensions. As humans our awareness of time and space is usually limited by our own dimensional existence, within our own space and time, and is usually not affected by these other time dimensions. However, if a clash of dimensions were to occur, then we could be witness to time slips or wormholes.

In our minds we pass the years one by one, one after another, moving forward; year 1999, year 2000, and so on. You could compare the passing of time like our use of linear measurements. It’s kind of like taking measurements of an object or in this case space/time with a ruler. You start at the beginning and calculate 1 inch at a time and as you move up the ruler in a linear fashion in specific spatial increments… 2 inches, 3 inches, and so on. So let’s use a ruler to represent the passing of time. It will really help if you try to see an actual ruler in your head as I move forth with this explanation.

Picture a ruler in your head, and each inch on the ruler represents a year; inch number 1 /year 1. In this view, time would start at the beginning in year 1 and move forward one at a time until we reach the end of our existence at year 12 (I know only 12, but just stay with me on this). This ruler represents space-time running linear, in a straight forward sequential motion. We move forward through each inch which represents each year, one at a time, remembering our experiences of what has passed as we go. We are aware that more years lie ahead of us, but we have not experienced it yet, thus there is no conscious comprehension of its space. We assume in our conscious known world we cannot move backwards to what has passed, nor are we able to jump ahead, and that we can only move forward in specific spatial and temporal increments.

Okay, I know this may be getting confusing…please stay with me on this as it gets easier and does make sense.

What if space-time does not run in a forward linear motion only as described above, but coexists in a different way that is normally inaccessible to us? What if space-time coexists side by side? I want you to now picture in your mind a horse track and race. At the starting gates all the horses are lined up next to each other, side by side. When the race begins all the gates open at the same time and the horses take off into their designated lanes which are only separated by a visually thin line. As the race continues you will notice that often the horses cross over into other lanes other than their own which were originally designated for them. When a crossing like this occurs the horses risk bumping into each other, and occasionally the horses do bump together.

The gates represent the beginning of time as we know it and exist side by side, and as the race begins all gates open simultaneously. Each lane represents a dimension, and each dimension represents a year, and each has its own lane that is only separated by a visually thin line that can easily be crossed.

This example is a rudimental analogy of time playing itself out in other (side by side) dimension to our own. It is time (other years past or future) existing in a different “realm” or dimension. If dimensional clashes were to occur, or a tear, wormhole, or portal exists, or is accidentally created between dimensions, a time slip may occur. Meaning, we could bump into other living people, etc., and they into us, literally, or figurative and we become witness to oddities we can’t explain. The “other side” is really the same world we live in, but it is just a different year/time than currently in our own realm.…or as described above, like a crossing over into another lane other than our own and vice versa.

When it is said that “time is relative”, in its simplest terms, it means time is a perspective. And that perspective is thought of in our own individual mind, in this tangibly viewed world of ours.

In the paranormal field we come across what is referred to as ghosts or entities. These “other worlders” may not be ghosts at all, but we suspect that some of the intelligent interactions, as well as some of the residual activity may be due to a crossing over of dimensions created by a collision, a tear, time slip, or wormhole. Some may be temporary or permanent. It is possible that some of what we witness is not the dead, but we are witnessing people who are very much alive. People who are living their lives out in a normal timely fashion, just like us, but in their own dimension. And when we come across them with startled eyes and/or ears, because we think they are ghosts, they too are startled by us, and may think we are ghosts.

It is even possible while we think of them as ghosts of a time passed and gone, they may view us like we are aliens from the future. They may also view us as if we are their past and they may think we are dead. So as ridiculous as it sounds, as of now this all does remain a possibility, and no one knows for sure yet what it is that many experience. We are still limited by our own current scientific understanding. However, our limited perspectives according to what we know now should not preclude other possibilities. For if we were to rule out these possibilities than we might as well just label Einstein as nothing more than delusional.

With all that has been said, additional dimensions to the ones we’ve come to love and know as our reality may also lend itself to other types of ghostly sightings now known as residual haunts. Residual haunts that some refer to as energy imprints may occur if there is a tear or ripple in the fabric of time, a dimensional tear that would be better descibed as a portal or wormhole. It may be possible that what often comes across as a film loop (seeing/hearing a repeat of the same "scene" over and over again) isn’t really residual imprinted energy, but just a glimpse though a specific portal or wormhole in time into another dimension. It would be kind of like looking at something through a tiny hole or tear. It is impossible to see everything going on all around everywhere and we’d only see a bit or portion from a specific vantage point. If the wormhole remains open to that specific point in time, it would only be a snapshot of that time,  or a video clip of a moment in time. And although this is all that we see and/or hear, the fact may be that life is moving along in a full and complete and timely fashion on the other side of this small pin pointed hole, but we just can’t see it.

So at this point in the article you Christians are yelling, “But Mary, what about intelligent interactions with those that we know are dead? What about the belief in heaven?” My answer to you is this: As a Christian I believe in the existence of heaven, and since no one in this realm can definitively with proof tell me otherwise, I believe that heaven most definitely exists. Since heaven is a place we can't normally see from our realm, I believe it simply exist in another dimension. The intricacies of God and the universe are quite amazing.

In conclusion, the discovery of, and definitive proof of multiple dimensions, as suspected and theorized by the scientific community may be the key to unlocking the answers to the explanations we currently seek in the paranormal community and in general as humans.

Newspaper Featuring a Story on my Paranormal College Class

A local newspaper is featuring a story on the class I developed and teach at Harper College in Palatine, Illinois. I recently did a phone interview with the marketing department at the college that is overseeing this all on both our behalves. I assume my words are being passed along in the proper manner to the newspaper. The following is some the questions asked, of course followed by my answers.

 

What can students in your class expect to gain from hearing about your experiences?

Not to be afraid of the unknown but to feel challenged by it and compelled to find answers, correlations, etc. I want them to always ask the difficult questions and be willing to apply themselves in a diligent manner. We must understand that science is a key to the gateway of understanding. When all fields of science welcome us with open arms, money for research will follow. I know that investigating is exciting and fun, but don’t do it just for the thrill. It is also a matter that should be taken seriously and with respect, especially when dealing with a family home.

My hope is that they gain a broader perspective and become more precise in their documentation and standards in their approach to the paranormal and paranormal investigating. I would like them to understand that this field is an interdisciplinary one, encompassing several scientific fields, spirituality, psychology, technology, and more.

How long have you been involved in paranormal investigations? What sparked your interest?

I’ve had many personal experiences over the years, my first memorable experience occurring when I was 14 years old. I, like many of us, struggled to try and understand whats, whys, and hows. So I suppose indirectly I’ve been doing investigating since I was a teen, albeit on a personal level. My desire for knowledge and answers took me on an educational journey over the years across a broad range of topic matter. However, I always quickly came to an impasse. Back then it seemed it was either all spiritually and/or religiously related or just a case of vivid imaginations. It is when I started searching through different scientific topic matters and asked myself how does this or that relate to certain paranormal experiences that I started to make an authentic connection.

Can you please tell me how you began to launch investigations in the area consistently?

Allow me to preface my answer with the following. There are two main categories in which cases fall. I refer to them as contractual and outings. Contractual is when someone contacts you to come in to their home or business to document and report to them what is going on. I have my clients sign agreements that allow me to come in and try and help them. Many of these cases are confidential in whole or part. Outings are when your team or a group decides to visit a known haunted location and pay the owners of the building/property a fee for the right to investigate there. An example would Moundsville Prison in West Virginia. They offer access to paranormal groups and a predetermined fee is charged. Many haunted places offer this now. Ghost hunters used to illegally sneak into places like this so the owners got smart and decided the liability was worth them opening up their doors for legal investigation and they also realized they could turn a very nice profit from it too. A lot of these types of places making a profit are a good thing. Many of these haunted locations are considered historical in nature and were or are in dire needs of funds to either try to repair, maintain, sustain.

I’m really not sure what constitutes consistent, but my personal feeling is that there are two main reasons. One, people are less afraid of ridicule by others than they used to be, and more afraid of what they are experiencing. Two, I think there may be a significant increase in actual paranormal occurrences, but I’m not sure. However, it is just as possible that the there hasn’t been an increase in activity and it is just that people are now bringing it more out into the open. On a personal note I think that it is all of the above plus it has a “cool” factor and become trendy now. Who knew 20 years ago that businesses would someday want to be haunted because it would actually make them money with added business they get from those hoping to personally experience something that is considered truly paranormal.

Why do you think this is an interesting or important topic?

Approximately 70% of people have experienced the unexplainable, the out of the norm, the paranormal. However, most didn’t speak openly about their experiences for years due to the stigma attached to the topic matter. They felt very alone, sometimes frightened, and always curious. Up until recent times you may have been called crazy, a liar, or wildly imaginative. However, now for the most part that has changed. Not only do people speak more openly about their personal experiences, they feel more empowered to search out the answers for themselves, or at the very least attempt to document or capture the experience in a way that may be considered proof. In other words, they want to prove to themselves and the doubters they are not crazy or that it isn’t their imagination, but very much a reality. Now if only the majority rather than the minority of scientist would get on board for the long haul that would be great. There are still a lot of hushed whispers coming from behind the closet doors, but the whispered voices aren’t coming from ghosts. They are coming from scientists, many of whom are afraid to openly become involved because it may damage their credibility and careers. I understand their concerns, I really do. I still find myself saying at times to those outside of the field, “I know this going to sound crazy, but…” I suppose over time, and individual by individual this too will change for the better. It took me more years than I care to mention to come to terms with barring and sharing my paranormal experiences openly, and a few more yet to figure out how to learn from them.

In general people often fear what they don’t understand, and nobody wants to live in fear. So it was only matter of time before human nature would rise to the occasion and start to try to figure this all out like we are doing now. Knowledge is empowering and empowerment eases fear.

 

 

Metaphysics

 

Metaphysics, A branch of philosophy that studies the ultimate structure and constitution of reality, of that which is real, to the extent or degree in what makes it is real. It is not easily definable. It is philosophical, theoretical like much of quantum physics yet goes beyond it, spiritual, and natural. It embraces both mind and matter. It is a look at our universe and existence, our reality and combines it with the non-tangible, and thus combines, the mental, spiritual, and the scientifically unanswerable and philosophically speculates about the nature of reality.

The term, which means literally “what comes after physics,” was used to refer to the treatise by Aristotle on what he himself called “first philosophy.” In the history of Western philosophy, metaphysics has been understood in various ways: as an inquiry into both the mental and the physical, and as the study of reality, as opposed to appearance of reality; also as the study of the world as a whole. Holistic practices, astrology, and forethought are part of metaphysics too. Holistic practices combines the mind, spirit, and body, and is considered the complete approach in bringing healing or wellness to an individual by taking all into consideration with the understanding that there is a balance needed and an intertwined relationship between everything. Simple meditation is metaphysical too, in that it focuses on bringing the spirit, mind, and body into balance with each other.

Metaphysical science in part explores the non-physical aspects of reality. Due to its very nature it cannot be accurately measured using data that relates to the five physical senses. That is why quantum physics, which delves into nature that precedes the physical manifestation, cannot produce consistent and duplicateable results and is sometimes called the science of probabilities.

Interesting enough, psychics and mediums are embraced by metaphysics. Psychic healers, energy healers, spiritual cleansing, and mediums who spiritually channel the unseen use their body, spirit, and mind to bring the scientifically unknown into our reality. Since science itself has differing opinions as to what creates our reality, metaphysics long and varying history has carved itself a permanent notch as a field  scientific study. So metaphysics task and burden is to encompass at all times all the other fields of study and knowledge and to create a complete and whole approach.

These days a term such as New Age is used to describe aspects of metaphysics. Most often, crystals, aromatherapy, and healing stones are considered part of new age spiritualism, and thus may be considered a form of a paganistic religious practice.

The problem with metaphysics is that it is difficult to find a concrete and tangible way to document its truth due to the nature of itself and its part in defining our reality. For what is reality? The philosophy and broad concepts of metaphysics do not lend itself to controlled experimentation. It is a study of what is beyond what we consider normal, and beyond current fact and law. Another difficulty is that in trying to understand what is “metaphysical”, one must include all other categorized studies that lend itself in creating the whole of what we philosophize as our reality and beyond. In other words it is undeniably impossible to even try to find proof of substance when we are still philosophizing over what should be considered.

A Paranormal Poke

 

Just poking a little fun at paranormal investigators and enthusiast like myself.

It seems that even when dealing with the dead, one has gotten to be politically correct. Investigators and bloggers of the paranormal choose their words carefully in order to not offend …..and maybe to separate themselves from certain implications and public condemnation. So here is a quick translation of the following words or terms and why they are used or not used.

Entity – A neutral word that is used often due to its homogeneous nature in order to describe a separate and self contained existence. An entity comes from no where in particular and could come from anywhere. It is a likable and non-specific all inclusive term

Spirit – Rarely used word because it is too closely related to the religious sector indicating faith rather than fact. May also indicate affiliation with one religious denomination over another…not good to do

Ghost – What can I say about this old fashioned word but: May be hip but it's not sic

Other Siders – Those that are intelligent and non-conformist.They are from There not Here

Beings – This word is never used by paranormal investigators. We don’t want people to think we believe in aliens too ;o)

Ectoplasma – It’s like calling a human a disgusting, ugly ameba.

Apparition – A widely used term to describe the manifested form of an “entity”. Acceptable unless combined with the word ghost or spirit

Phantom – Seriously…no one uses this word unless in association with the opera

Voices From Beyond - Have We Lost Our Humanity?

 A couple of days ago I began writing an article on the topic of metaphysics. As I sat down this morning feeling the need to finish that article promptly and get one posted, I just couldn’t bring myself to complete the article I started. My thoughts were elsewhere, and I felt the need to express the content of this particular blog post instead. So I listened to my intuition, and here I am now ready, willing, and able, to speak out about, and maybe even for, the voices from the other side. First and foremost I want those who read this to understand that the often unheard “voices” of those who have passed on (even residual haunting types), belonged to people, human beings who were alive, and breathing, and soulful, just like you and I are now. The voices and images that paranormal investigators sometimes capture are often crying out in pain or sorrow, giggle with delight, and/or moan or groan in despair from days past.  They existed in our very own time and space, and called their human bodies home while in this, our, realm.

A scientific method is designed to remove the human factor, the emotional factor. It is a procedural collection of data designed for documentation purposes to shed light and supply answers. It is its inherent protocol, procedure, and uniformity that allow us to find pattern and reason in what may come across as random or chaos. It is a set of rules or ways in the dissection process that gives us information and data designed to produce and yield the best results. It is concerned only with logic and fact. In essence it removes all that is emotionally felt, it removes all that makes us humans, human.

I once was on an investigation at a closed down institution for the mentally ill and unstable. The nature of this type of facility while in use would be overwhelmingly filled with all things thought and felt bad. Many practices that are cruel or just plain despicable occurred there. These types of facilities were over crowded and understaffed. Patients were often physically and sexually abused, and the state of mental health care resembled something one might see in the movies these days as a horrific science fiction thriller. Lobotomies were a regular practice, electroshock therapy was executed in what would have been more like a torture than a remedy, and as if their own personal confusion, and disconnect wasn’t enough for these people to deal with, it was more often than not made worse by over medicating them and inducing a zombie minded affect.

This ordinary night’s investigation was an outing that was attended by a few different paranormal teams. As the investigation began and continued on I diligently searched using all my equipment, noting and documenting along the way as “things” that shouldn’t be happening  started to occur. I carefully directed my questions and conducted myself in a scientific manner, and yet, so I thought, investigated in a manner that is respectful to our desired points of contacts which are referred to by many names like; entities, spirits, or ghosts. Most investigators are taught to investigate and relate in this “respectful” way, because well, one, it shows respect, and welllll…if you want them to interact with you and your equipment….to produce results…wellll …one must be respectful. However, what should be the bottom line intent, respect for another living being, has become convoluted. Our desires for concrete answers, for proof, via a process, far outweighs any sincere efforts of “respect”, but has become more of way to produce the best results while trying to appear like we truly care about their “feelings”. I mean, after all, if an investigator is going to stay objective, he or she needs to remove their own humanity’s emotions in order to obtain the best results.

Often in order to accomplish the disconnect, I believe we trick our minds, our thought processes, to eliminate thoughts that are causing us to discontent or conflict, thus all that makes us, us. We’ll not allow too much thought of particulars of a case or “that” which may be haunting, because it may make us sad. We use non human words like “it”, or “thing”, or “entity” (my personal favorite), or the word ghost (which we associate with the images and stories of fictional movies that we watch safely from the comfort of our easy chair). Yes indeed, we humans have a vast array of emotional defense mechanisms.  

Many fields of work due to the emotional strain or stress of the job requirements can easily consume a person’s emotional being and “take you down” or make you unproductive or even unable to continue on in that field of work. Being a police officer or doctor comes to mind. Think of that doctor you hated. The one who seems to move about you as if you are an inhuman, barely listening to you speak, not even raising their eyes from the laptop screen situated in front of them as they diligently type away, recording for the records the content of your visit and words. This type of doctor is the kind who treats you like a mechanic would a car. Spark plugs, still connected, check. Tires balanced, check. Oooppss, low on oil, advised human owner…I mean patient, to change and fill promptly. See you in three months.

Now recall that doctor who treated you with compassion and the human touch. They listened intently to your thoughts and words meaning, they carefully examine you while even sincerely expressing regret if they have done something to you that may have caused you pain during an examine. It seems to me, a doctor who manages to keep this type of human emotional connection without loosing their objectivity is rare. It seems to me, that almost all people in fields of work that serve the human condition become “hardened” over time. Meaning, in order to do their jobs, they have changed their own emotional connectivity to the human condition…being, either consciously or subconsciously. I’ve always said, it’s the nature of the beast, but does it have to be?

Some investigators also use the tactic of “provoking”. Unfortunately, many do not see that everything they are doing is an attempt at provoking a response, but think that provoking means being stern, or mean, or taunting. Of course, at this point we could argue that not all whom we are trying to make contact with from the other side are worthy of being treated gently…think of a mass murdering entity we may come across in closed down prisons, but that’s a debate for another time and not what this article is about.

Okay, now back to the story of the investigation at the “insane asylum”. Toward the nights end all the different groups gathered in one room that is the size of a gymnasium. The room was once the women’s ward at this institution. I had been very excited about attending this investigation as this place was known for being very “active” with the paranormal. All sorts of entities were known for being there and I couldn’t wait to “experience” and “document” the “entities” that would make themselves known to me that night. Investigators are thrilled with delight when a place is “jumping” with activity. Oh, and of course, if one was to be touched or an entity would “show” themselves ….oh what a great night it would be.

While doing a large group EVP session, one of the teams founder, a large, burly, and intimidating looking man took the lead in the questioning. Initially, he was cold and calculating at best, but even this approach took a turn for the worse, and quickly. He became impatient and agitated because he was not getting any responses and/or interactions from one particular female ghost that died there and is said to haunt the location. “Come on, show yourself” He demanded in a deep baritone voice, at first just trying to induce a response, but then he seemed to became angry(whether it was real or not I’m not sure) that he wasn’t getting what he wanted out of the nights events thus far. “What are you chicken?!” His voice bellowed, and boomed, and echoed through the room. “I didn’t come here to waste my time…show yourself, you chicken!” He barked, and he went on and on seemingly getting louder with each angry demand, or curse, or insult.

I stood there listening to this man and thought…what is he doing?! I was disheartened at what was happening. I tried to intercept his rant with gentler questioning, but he always bounded back. I thought, why would any human being treat another dead or alive this way…especially in a place like this where there was such vulnerability? Here we are standing in an all female dormitory room/ward, and now here stands this large looking male investigator making insults, and threats, and demands to try and intimidate them. Female patients at this facility were often raped and beaten and now you have the gall to stand there brazen and arrogant thinking your provoking is the correct course of action. It is at this point in the night when in my head I had an epiphany. I felt sadness for any woman who may be left trapped in this place and was hearing him. How scared they must be. If I were them I’d be backing away afraid for what might come next. Besides, breeding fear isn’t going to yield any results anyway.   (Ah yes, sad to state apparently the scientific mind never strays far…my desire for results to document reared its ugly head “) I thought, haven’t these mentally ill people suffered enough already? Haven’t they already lived one life filled with angst, and pain, and mistreatment, and abuse?   All too often the patients here lived in a deluded world. They were made separate from the public and put here, and most times only suffered more until their death while within the walls of this “hospital”.

I’d like to say that what happened that night, and the dawning of my new found paranormal compassion and insight has forever changed my perceptions of how I conduct myself and how I behave while investigating, but it’s likely, it hasn’t…at least for the long run. The fact is that while on an investigation we really don’t know for sure what or who is at hand. Okay, this is only partially true, because regardless of whom we are actually in contact with, we are often knowingly trying to bring up and/or out, in some shape or form, the spirit of a particular deceased person that we think may be present at the location. A spirit of a person that once was living in our world before separating from us here in this realm and moving onto another elsewhere. I rationalize, that we don’t always know if we are dealing with a deceased human, residually imprinted energy, dimensional time slips, or even inhumans or demonics, so all is fair. To be honest, although there are theories formed from experience, not one person on this planet can say with any certainty what it is, or how it is possible to experience all we do in the realm of the paranormal people we come across…not even psychics. I very much believe in the legitimacy of some pychics/mediums/sensitives, but I must rely of my faith in believing them, not fact. And let’s face it, when all is said and done, we’re all from the “show me” me state and want proof in the way of tangible fact to soothe our contemplative minds. 

I made one enlightened decision that night after the investigation, welllll, at least for now while the memory of that’s night epiphany is still present in my mind’s emotional thought process. The decision I made and continue to make is to never again investigate a hospital for the mentally ill. This decision was made for a few reasons. One basic and slightly selfish reason - I want to try and preserve my humanity and keep my compassionate and empathetic nature and keep it in tact as much as possible. Other reasons?  I choose not to exploit people who are weaker than I, even if dead from this realm. I choose not to exploit human frailties and conditions. I choose not exploit “the other siders” who are as much alive as we are, but just in a different form. I don’t want to be the source of discontent, or hurt, or fear for another living being in this realm, than why shouldn’t I bestow that same “respect” for another being who happens to be living in another realm different from my own. We all have to deal with enough bad feelings and situations in this life here on Earth, and I, for one, certainly want  to find comfort for my savage soul after I leave this world I now call home, don’t you too?

Peace and good will towards all….everywhere during this holiday season!

Their mood, or words, or message, we must remember that

How Do Spirits Experience Time?

A few days ago I received an email form one of my readers, named Rich. His email inspired me to write this blog article.  The following is a paragraph from his email to me. I've always wanted to know how spirits experience time. Are they aware of time passing 24 hours a day? Seven days a week? Are they aware of the weeks, months and years since they died? Are Civil War soldiers aware that they've been walking around Gettysburg for over 140 years? If spirits are conscious of time passing the same as we are, it must be incredibly boring for the intelligent variety.

The short answer to all these questions is, no one knows. Sorry Rich, I know you were hoping for a more definitive answer than that. However, it is the only truthful answer I or any other person can give. Yet, in light of what we do know and/or theorize, I will try to give you some things to mull over in regard to your questions.

There are several theories based in science that indicate that those who have passed from this world, or those entities that exist that were never part of this world, do not have the same understanding or passage of time as we do. Many psychics and mediums also seem to indicate that time has no meaning to those on the “other side”. I continually ask the other siders thie question, "Are you aware of time as we perceive it?" Once, I got an answer via an EVP. The male responded, "No"

It would stand to reason that due to being a free floating type energy there would be no constraints, and space-time, and distance would be irrelevant, and they would not experience the passage of time as we do.

Quantum theory not only specifies new rules for describing the universe, but also introduces new ways of thinking about matter and energy. The tiny particles that quantum theory describes do not have defined locations, speeds, and paths like objects described by classical physics. I would think that our development of classical physics which is derived from the nature of our universe and dimensional matter, that the existence of time in this plane would only serve us, not them. So it is more than likely from this perspective, that time is basically a non existent form of calculation by the entities. Thus our free floating friends would have no use for “time”. Although they may not experience our time as we do, intelligent entities do seem to have a consciousness and often seem aware of our constraints by time.

Those who have died from our realm and passed on, whether you believe that to be heaven or simply another plane elsewhere, may be existing in a different dimension from our own. Since they are a free floating energy the constraints we experience with time and matter would not apply to them. Therefore they would be able to pass back and forth from their realm into ours and visa versa anytime they chose to. Although they are aware of our experiences with the passage of time, they would not experience time as we know it.

In a residual haunting that is due to what is often referred to as an energy imprint or if it is energy trapped in this realm there is no consciousness. It is simply a form of energy that plays itself out like a looped video. Since there is no consciousness whatsoever there would be no awareness of time or any other matter or thing. If a residual haunting is due to a time slip, a cross over of dimensions, or one sided wormhole, there is a consciousness. In these circumstances they are very much alive, like us, but living in a different space-time dimension than ours.  However, just like us in this realm, that consciousness is based in their realm and space-time.

There is probably 3 different ways a time slip or wormhole could occur; we notice them, but they do not notice us, they notice us, but we don’t notice them, and then there are the time slips in which we notice each other. Keeping this in mind, that although there is a consciousness by both involved, the awareness of time is subjective. The Gettysburg soldier who is preparing for battle may suddenly see me strolling across the now historic battlefield in the year 2010, and he hears me talking on my mobile cell phone. In his weary state he may rub his eyes thinking he has become delirious or may run in fright because he’s seen a strange in appearance ghost. That same civil war soldier may be at rest in his home when he looks up and sees me sitting in a chair in his home. Putting his fear to the side he may ask me, “who are you, where are you from?” I may not answer because this time slip is only one sided, and I am unaware him and of his time dimension. If it is a mutual, but partial time slip, he may see and hear me, but I may only hear him. If he were to ask me what year is it I would answer 2010, but I would more than likely be unable to answer him as to what year he is living because I simply wouldn’t know.

So although no one knows for sure yet how space and time is experienced by the other side, science and parapsychologist do indicate that time is not experienced by the other siders in the same way that we experience it. So the next time you come across a ghost from years past or future, just flash them a smile and ask them yourself.….you may just get an answer.

Paranormal Governing Body of Experts – Poll Results

I posted a poll on a few sites asking, Should there be one governing body of experts overseeing paranormal investigators and researchers? I left the question open to interpretation to see what responses I would get. Below is what the results: No Vote

100%

Here are some of the responses in whole or part.

 This is not an exact science in a controlled environment. There are many different methods that can be used to achieve end results. Everybody interrupts data in different ways. No one is certified. There is no unity. There can not be one governing body. People can still come together, express opinions, and agree or disagree. This is a form of anarchy that works as it is. You have good groups, bad groups, and mediocre groups. The strength of the group is what helps it survive. Groups are like packs of animals in the wild. Each similarly the same yet each totally different. Putting one governing body over everybody would be detrimental to each group and to this field. That is just the cold hard facts. There will never be total unity and there can never be one governing body.

__________

 We are getting into the realm of certifications. This is too much of a can f worms. There is too much descent now over what is considered paranormal, and we all know there are no experts in this field. It just won’t work!

__________

You mean like the US government does in overseeing its citizens? …ah…NO.

 __________

I don’t think there should be an oversight, but I don’t see anything wrong with an association of members so to speak for collaboration of evidence and techniques. Uniformity is key to success, but until there are serious studies being done it is a fragmented society of paranormal investigations using there own methods whether they work or not.

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 And who determines the experts? I wouldn’t trust anyone on TV to be an expert.

 __________

To have one governing body of experts is impossible as research and investigations are always changing. Teams have different techniques that works for them other teams believe a certain piece of equipment works better than any other. We’re all supposed to be seeking the truth or at least some possible answers to “Why are you still here?”

__________

One governing body would take away our freedom to run our teams how we want to and would violate client confidntiality. I do not want to be told how I should run an investigation.  NO!

Collective Database for Paranormal Evidence – Poll results

Recently I posted a poll on a few sites and asked: Should there be one all inclusive collective database in which all captured paranormal evidence can be submitted, stored, and accessed by registered users? I left the question rather open ended as to the specifics to see what the comments would be. I received very mixed responses to this question. Some responses were thoughtful, some …not so much. After the votes were averaged this is what they were:

 47%    Yes

40 %    No

13%     Not Sure

Rather than me try to interrupt what these responses mean in terms of the future wave of the paranormal community, I will post some of the responses, either in whole or part.

 YES Votes

If submissions are strictly voluntary, why not?

I would like to see a centralized location where serious minded investigators/researchers can have serious peer reviewed evidence deposited in a categorized manner.

I think it IS a good idea, I think. I’m wondering if you could draw upon examples from similar sites that collate scientific research in a certain area of study

I don’t see why there shouldn’t be one. I say go for it.

 It would give us all a more precise overview of what IS all going on. What type of paranormal activity is most prominent? It may help us develop more specific and better equipment. We may also find more identifiable patterns and make the capture of evidence less random.

Sounds like a good idea – I envision a constantly evolving Wiki-type site.

No Votes

The paranormal community is EXTREMELY fragmented. Who get to decide what “serious” evidence is? Since the poll doesn’t specify what quality of evidence would be stored I can’t imagine it working.

That would violate client confidentiality

I voted no because as investigators we are doing scientific research along with helping our clients out. When we are helping clients we are performing a public service. I do like the idea of a huge database, but it should be allowed to be accessed by the public as part of our public service, unless the accessed by registered means it is able to be accessed by the user just to put it up evidence. One other problem with the database is that if it is going to be governed or not. It is a very good idea to have a huge database but it has the potential to have its problems which also makes it a bad idea.

(NOTE by ME – Although this was a no vote, it sounds more like an “I’m not Sure” vote doesn’t it?)

I could see this turning into a giant pissing contest. Not to mention the Bozo factor…I don’t need my evidence criticized by people I know nothing about. I’m already critical enough of myself. Or maybe I’m just crabby today….;)

Not Sure

I voted not sure. The reasoning is because while it would be sweet to actually have thousands of people look at different things from everybody. It would seriously end up being one big bi#ch fest. Somebody would say it is this, the other would say it is that. Then you have complaining. A lot of people can’t take criticism at all. Also, if there were such a thing, there would have to be a way to upload the full investigation. So they can actually see/hear everything that went on just as the person uploading it did. That would blow out the excuse, “I wasn’t there so I can’t tell”. This way they can actually base their decision on the evidence review, and not just a few minute clip.

EVP #5 - Does anyone recognize this EVP as ....

Does anyone recognize this male voice as possibly saying something in another language? This EVP sounds like something one might hear from a Star Wars movie bar scene. I'm not sure if it is just a slur or a slurred attempt at saying something in another language that I can't identify. PLEASE take a listen and if you recognize it as an attempt at speaking something in another language, let me know. Your help is much appreciated EVP #5

Space-Time Continuum

I started this past Friday to write this blog article about multiple dimensions and Einstein’s Theory of Relativity and the space-time continuum. However, last night I watched the Ghost Hunters Live show recorded on my DVR. Interestingly enough, and for the first time ever, I heard the mention of time slips on the show. They never elaborated much on it beyond mentioning it a few times, but this blog article however will elaborate, because the theory of “time slips” as they referred to it can only occur if multiple dimensions exists within the Time-Space Continuum. Time slips or as I like to refer to it as, colliding dimensions, cause a conflict within the time space continuum. These “collisions” in essence cause “time slips” and could allow us to see or experience things outside of the norm, in other words, into the paranormal. So allow me to start with a little background information and scientific jargon. The first thing to note is that as humans in this vast universe our perceptions are quite limited. Within the time-space continuum, we as humans are aware of and experience 4 dimensions, the fourth being the concept that space-time combines space and time within a single coordinate system, typically with three spatial dimensions: length, width, height, and one temporal dimension: time. There also are several proposed space-time theories that include additional dimensions. How many dimensions are needed to describe the universe is still an open question that no one knows the answer to yet. However, let’s briefly explore a couple of these theories now.

In string theory, elementary particles are not point-like, but instead are more like or similar to strings. In this speculative theory it is predicted that there may be 10 or 26 dimensions. There are various forms of string theory and each requires the existence of at least six extra spatial dimensions.

Brane theory is a short for "membrane" and is also sometimes referred to as the M-Theory, and would be viewed as a sheet floating in a fifth dimension. The M-theory predicts 11 dimensions: 10 spatial and 1 temporal.

One excepted theory is that these “other dimensions’ beyond what we consciously know now, are copies, but not exact replicas of our own world, our own self. I find this theory particularly interesting and plausible. However, I believe the theory that the “other dimensions” are really not different worlds or copies of our own, but spatial and that “time” as we know it is playing itself out in these other dimensions. Allow me to explain.  One possibility is that time does not run linear, but may co-exists side by side as in other dimensions. In other words, our awareness of time as humans within our own space is usually not affected by these other time dimensions, but if a clash of dimensions were to occur, then we could be witness to time slips.

In our minds we pass the years one by one, one after another, moving forward; year 1999, year 2000, and so on. You might compare the passing of time like our use of linear measurements. It’s kind of like taking measurements of an object or space with a ruler. You start at the beginning and calculate 1 inch at a time and as you move up the ruler in a linear fashion in specific spatial increments… 2 inches, 3 inches, and so on. So let’s use a ruler to represent the passing of time. It will really help if you try to see an actual ruler in your head as I move forth with this explanation.

Picture a ruler in your head, and each inch on the ruler represents a year; inch number 1 /year 1. In this view, time would start at the beginning in year 1 and move forward one at a time until we reach the end of our existence at year 12 (I know only 12, but just stay with me on this). This ruler represents space-time running linear, in a straight forward sequential motion. We move forward through each inch which represents each year one at a time, remembering our experiences of what has passed as we go. We are aware that more years lie ahead of us, but we have not experienced it yet, thus there is no conscious comprehension of its space. We assume in our conscious, known world we cannot move backwards to what has passed, nor are we able to jump ahead, and that we can only move forward in specific spatial increments.

Okay, I know this may be getting confusing…please stay with me on this as it gets easier and does make sense.

What if space-time does not run in a forward linear motion only as described above, but coexists in a different way that is normally inaccessible to us? What if space-time coexists side by side…think of a horse track and race. At the starting gates all the horses are lined up next to each other, side by side. When the race begins all the gates open at the same time and the horses take off into their designated lanes which are only separated by a visually thin line. As the race continues you will notice that often the horses cross over into other lanes other than their own which were originally designated for them. When a crossing like this occurs the horses risk bumping into each other, and occasionally the horses do bump together.

The gates represent the beginning of time as we know it and exist side by side, and as the race begins all gates open simultaneously. Each lane represents a dimension, and each dimension represents a year, and each has its own lane that is only separated by a visually thin line that can easily be crossed.

This example is a rudimental analogy of time playing itself out in other (side by side) dimension to our own. It is time (other years past or future) existing in a different “realm” or dimension.  And if a dimensional clash occurs, or a tear or portal exists or is accidentally created between dimensions, a time slip may occur. Meaning, we could bump into other living people, etc., and they into us, literally, or figurative and we become witness to oddities we can’t explain. The “other side” is really the same world we live in, but it is just a different year/time than currently in our own realm. …or as described above, like a crossing over into another lane other than our own and visa versa. Now mind you I’m not a scientist, but this is my understanding (in the simplest of terms) of what a time slip is.

When it is said that “time is relative”, in its simplest terms, it means time is a perspective. And that perspective usually is thought of in our mind’s perspective, in this tangibly viewed world of ours.

In the paranormal field we suspect that some of the intelligent “other worlders” or "other siders" we come across may be due to a crossing over of time dimensions or a colliding of dimensions, or as mentioned on GH, a time slip. It is possible that they are not “dead”, but very much alive and living their lives out in a normal timely fashion, just like us, but in their own time dimension. And when we come across them with startled eyes and/or ears, because we think they are ghosts, they too are startled by us, and may think we are ghosts.

It is even possible while we think of them as ghost of a time passed, and they may view us like we are aliens from the future. So as ridiculous as it sounds, as of now this all remain a possibility, and no one knows for sure, and we are just limited by current scientific understanding. However, our limited perspectives according to what we know now should not preclude other possibilities.

With all that has been said, additional dimensions to the ones we’ve come to love and know as our reality may also lend itself to other types of ghostly sightings, including residual. What if in residual sightings or the like, there is a tear or ripple in the fabric of time which is made up of energy. It may be possible that this film loop of  we see and understand now as residual energy isn’t really a residual imprinted energy, but just a glimpse though a specific portal in time…into another dimension.  It would be kind of like looking at something through a tiny hole or tear. It is impossible to see everything going on all around everywhere and we’d only see a bit or portion. If the tear remains open to that specific point in time, it would only be a snapshot of time, like looking a photograph or video clip of a moment in time. And although this is all that we see, the fact may be that life is moving along in a full and complete fashion on the other side of this small tear, but we just can’t see it.

So at this point in the article you are yelling, “But Mary, what about intelligent interactions with those that we know are dead? What about the belief in heaven?”

My answer to you is this: As a Christian, I believe in the existence of heaven, and since no one in this realm can definitively and with proof tell me otherwise, I believe that heaven most definitely exists.  It may simply exist in another dimension, and who’s to say that God isn’t the conductor orchestrating all existence?

In conclusion, the discovery of, and definitive proof of multiple dimensions, as suspected and theorized by the scientific community may be the key to unlocking the answers to explanations we currently seek in the paranormal community and in general as humans.