The Paranormal

The Paranormal

The Paranormal refers to phenomena supposedly experienced by some people but which are contrary to science and therefore unexplainable by the known forces of nature.

The meaning of Supernatural overlaps with the meaning of Paranormal but is more restrictive. By Supernatural we think of unseen, non-physical beings like gods, ghosts, demons and angels and their supposed influence on the natural, empirical world.

A short list of the paranormal:

Aromatherapy  Ghosts Prophetic Dreams
Astral Travel  Good Luck Charms Psychokinesis
Astrology  Homeopathy Spoon-bending
Clairvoyance Levitation Tarot
Demon Possession  Magic Vampires
ESP Miracles UFOs
Fairies Numerology Water Divining
Flying Saucers Palmistry Winning Lotto Systems


(extrasensory perception)

Extrasensory Perception is perception occurring independently of sight, hearing, or other sensory processes. People who have extrasensory perception are said to be psychic. This concept has been around since the beginning of human civilization, under many different names, but the modern conception did not develop until the first half of the 20th century. It is commonly called ESP, a term coined by J.B. Rhine, who began investigating the phenomenon at Duke University in 1927.

ESP is a collective term for various hypothetical mental abilities. These abilities (along with other paranormal phenomena) are also referred to as psi.

The major types of ESP are:

  • Telepathy - the ability to read another person's thoughts
  • Clairvoyance - the ability to "see" events or objects happening somewhere else
  • Precognition - the ability to see the future
  • Retrocognition - the ability to see into the distant past
  • Mediumship - the ability to channel dead spirits
  • Psychometry - the ability to read information about a person or place by touching a physical object

  • A closely related psi phenomenon, not technically part of ESP, is telekinesis, the ability to alter the physical world with mind power alone.

    All of these abilities are based on the idea that human beings can perceive things beyond the scope of known bodily senses.

    Believers tend to disagree on how ESP actually works. One theory says that, like our ordinary senses, ESP is energy moving from one point to another point. Typically, proponents of this theory say ESP energy takes the form of electromagnetic waves.

    A popular theory is that ESP is a result of something beyond the known physical world. In addition to the physical universe we are consciously aware of, we all exist in another dimension that has completely different governing laws. Time and space work very differently in the other reality, allowing us to know about other people's thoughts, distant events or things that have not happened yet in the physical reality. Normally, our awareness of this plane of existence is completely unconscious, but every once in a while, the conscious mind picks up on this information.


    In theory, ghosts are the remnants of what was once a human being. Life is energy, and once the body is no longer living, where does this energy go? Energy cannot be destroyed, so, in theory, are ghosts life energy? They exhibit all the mental attributes that you and I have such as thought, conscience, emotions and emotional needs, morals, calculation, ego, personality and everything that makes up the human psyche, but lack a human body. My experiences with ghosts and ghost hunting have served to reinforce this ghost theory.

    It is strictly belief that people move on to some other destination upon death; this is something we cannot confirm or deny. However, through research, investigation and experience, we have come to know that there are instances involving phenomena that we cannot otherwise explain as being natural. Many of those instances have incorporated a demonstration of intellect, calculation and freedom of will behind the experienced phenomena. It is through research and perseverance, we can only hope to gain a better understanding.

    When a ghost is active, it is merely seeking attention or recognition. Imagine for a moment that you are a ghost. You can see and hear people around you, but you cannot interact with them, or anyone. The frustration you would be feeling from this isolation is overwhelming. In fact, so overwhelming, that you would actually find ways to do something about it. What may seem as playful ghostly pranks, some being quite startling, are used to draw the attention and acknowledgement needed by human emotions.

    They are bound by the morals instilled in them by their parents when they were alive. However, instances of "bad" ghostly behavior have been recorded, but was this due to an actual intention by the ghost, or fear on the part of the living individual?

    The investigation of ghosts and ghostly phenomenon has become more commonly known as Ghost Hunting

    The Psychomantium

    A Psychomantium is a darkened room with black walls, containing a mirror into which a person gazes and sees prophetic visions. It is commonly built in the form of a black felt tent containg a large swivel mirror tilted slightly to show only a featureless blackness of indeterminate depth. A small lamp or set of candles illuminates the space just enough to distinguish the mirror.

    An open-eye trance allows the mind to perceive visual information that is normally filtered out during waking beta brainwave activity. When using a psychomantium, brainwaves drop into the alpha and theta range, easing the generationg of hypnogogic imagery. What science calls noise or hallucination may in fact be meaningful perceptions. Just as in dreams, the subconscious can create visual symbols and vignettes that the perceiver can then remember for conscious analysis after the psychomantium session. With practice, this can be done during a session.

    Several factors help to induce the open-eye trance. First, the room is dim and featureless. This acts as a form of visual sensory deprivation, a condition helpful to trance induction. Secondly the uniform color of the setup is a pre-requisite for creating the Ganzfeld Effect, a hallucinogenic state of trance induced by a uniform field of vision. Third, the candles or lamp are often recommended to be flickering, and strobing/flashing light is a strong catalyst for trance. And fourth, the indeterminate depth of the mirror’s darkness allows the eyes to focus outward to infinity, a relaxation that sympathetically lowers one’s state of consciousness.

    A Scrying Mirror

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