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Paraforce UK 2017 Paranormal Convention

Paraforce UK 2017 Paranormal Convention

An Knightly Order Perhaps

This year I have been lucky enough to be invited by the organisers of Paraforce UK 2017 to blog about the event and hopefully post a few YouTube videos on my channel regarding the event too.

Last year I only managed to visit the event for roughly half a day due to personal family commitments, but this year I should be covering the whole affair.

So, in my usual fashion when it comes to events such as these I hope to engage with several of the guest speakers for a few interviews, initially as blog posts, which I will link to this very post. However I may venture into the video world and perhaps conduct a few interviews over the weekend too for my YouTube channel.

This time around though I am going to approach a little differently than I have perhaps in previous years. As I am going to attempt and step things up a little by going a little beyond just the guest speakers. In my opinion the field and these events isn’t just about those that manage to be fortunate to speak to us all about their encounters. It’s an ever growing field that requires a little more focus on those of us out there investigating too.

So, my hope is to grab a few people and interview them too, understand their involvement in the paranormal, but also how their weekend is going. As I am often a little old school in my approach to such things, if you do see me at Paraforce UK and believe you have something you would like to share, please feel free to grab me and I will conduct a short interview.

What’s Paraforce UK 2017 All About Then ??

Well those of you that follow my blog and website from the likes of the United States will likely be all too familiar with the concept as you guys appear to have a convention just about everything over there. The paranormal field doesn’t miss out either with what seems like one in every state throughout the year.

However the UK has been a little more, let’s slow in catching onto this concept or has it? The UK has held parapsychology or Psychical Research conferences for many many years now with the likes of the Society for Psychical Research and ASSAP’s Seriously Strange being possibly the better known. The problem is that these conventions have generally been aimed at the world of academia and not so much the ghost hunter that most associate with these days.

That all changed a little back in 2014 I believe when we saw Paracon UK pop onto the scene for a one year appearance. Now don’t think for a moment that this was the first convention of its kind as there had already been a few smaller localised ones prior. This brought us TV personalities such as Brian J Cano from Haunted Collector to a place that we could meet them and learn more about what was behind the character from the show.

Unfortunately Paracon UK was only to be a one year thing, after all a proper convention on the scale they were looking at takes a few years to get off the ground and requires some suitable backing. That said all was not lost and from this we actually managed to gain two paranormal conventions, both of which are great if you’re interested in the field of the paranormal.

We had the first Sage Paracon UK at which I spoke last year and spent a fantastic weekend making new friends from across the pond. I also reported on it a little and interviewed a few of its speakers too. This year Sage Paracon UK returns with a more exclusive approach and a very fanciful location at Warwick Castle. If you’re interested check it out at their website – here.

Sage wasn’t alone though and we also saw Paraforce UK open its doors for the first time and they had theirs at nine other than the Galleries of Justice I believe. Due to personal commitments I was unfortunately unable to attend the whole weekend, but did pop my head in for a morning thanks to the reasonable ticket price.

Last year Paraforce UK also brought us some big names from some of our favourite paranormal TV shows; like Barry Fitzgerald and Paul Bradford from Ghost Hunters International. Plus many many more UK based speakers too. It was beginning to pick up just as I left last year which was a great shame.

Not to worry though because this year I’m covering the event, which is a bonus to say the least. With that in mind if you’ve got any questions or ideas for blogs related to the convention please don’t hesitate to give me a shout and I will see what I can put together for you.

Think of me as your very own Paraforce UK roving reporter lol!

When and Where Is Paraforce UK 2017??

So, if you’ve not heard or seen the posts on social media then here’s the important part to enable you to sort out your diary and be at Paraforce UK 2017.

It’s all going down on the weekend of the 30th September and 1st October 2017. Make sure you scribble that on your kitchen calendar and don’t forget, okay?

Now in order to sort out places to stay and a good weekend away to concentrate on the paranormal stuff here’s where it’s all going to happen – Creasing Temple Barns, Witham, Essex. Which incidentally is quite a lovely location and worth a visit all by itself.

So, that’s –

30th September and 1st October 2017

At Creasing Temple Barns, Witham, Essex.

Make a note then…

Who Are The Paraforce UK 2017 Guest Speakers??

As you’ve probably seen from the various posters in circulation around Social Media there are quite a few Guest Speakers this year and all very much worth a listen to as well.

So, as a part of my blog posts on the run up to the event I will attempt to post a few short interviews with as many of the Guest Speakers as I can.

Once each is completed I will post it and link it back to this very post to make it easy to find them all. If anything else comes up in relation to the event I will also look to add it here too, making this a one stop shop for all things Paraforce UK 2017 through my website.

Paraforce 2017 Guest Speaker List

Vivian Powell
Sean Cadman
Barry Fitzgerald
Joe Chin
Malcolm Robinson
Michael Dee
Eamon Vanharris
Chris Halton
John Blackburn
William Becker
Gert Brouwer
David Farrant
Tomo Warrington
Sandra Dunne

How to buy your tickets ?

If all this sounds perfect for you and you want to grab your tickets or even find out more from the guys running the event, please head over to their website below..

www.paraforceuk.com

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I Think I Saw a Ghost !

I Think I Saw a Ghost !

Another Internet Video Captures A Ghost!

I recently stumbled across yet another internet video claiming to have captured 'evidence' of a ghost in the area that was being investigated and like many of these videos, the ghost was even linked to a specific person. I'm not going to go into the specifics of the video on this occasion as its more about what seems to be the sensationalism of highlighting such things that are on my mind for this post.

On this particular occasions, which isn't much different from others, there were a number of gadgets going off as the group filmed and those more sensitive in the group were picking up on something too. The group moved around the area and from the video alone there appeared to be at least four in the group possibly five, including the unseen team member holding the camera. At the point that the 'ghost' was captured only two remained in shot and our ghost was clearly a shadow captured in front of the camera.

So, the question here isn't so much the obvious one, which may be proposing that our investigators had faked the whole scenario, but why is it that we often see so much attributed to paranormal activity when there is a clear explanation?

The Problem With The Moment!

In my opinion it all comes down to perception. Which as a matter of fact is a weird and wonderful thing that has our entire reality on an odd kind of understanding. Perception can be driven by many elements within our own psychology and often we are unaware that they are there in the first place. For example, our adult understanding of the world around us is built by our education, our belief and of course our own personal experiences. There's probably a load of other contributing factors, but I'm no psychologist and let's try and keep it simple for now.

The moment you're in can equally define your understanding of that which is around you, that is probably a primary instinct in reality. Now I will be the first to admit that often whilst walking around a darkened building in search of ghosts I have had to contain my own excitement. Analyse the situation in a little more detail in order to ascertain whether the experience is actually paranormal or indeed a sequence of events that have transpired to present themselves in a fashion which could be interpreted as paranormal. It's this 'in the moment' perception that can often lead us to incorrect conclusions of an event, which is later reported as paranormal.

Don't get me wrong, we all make mistakes and I am pretty sure its happened to me at some point too. However let's look at things a little better and try to help each other see these possibilities without ridicule. That way we can progress the field by searching for more significant paranormal events to document and gain an understanding of.

It's this 'in the moment' perception during an investigation that I believe has many ghost hunters today jumping to the fear factor and failing to present reasonable explanations. Let's look at the scenario mentioned earlier again.

The four people were in a probable haunted location, so already they are looking for something and as all of us do, hope to capture that 'evidence' of the actual paranormal. They like many are after the Holy Grail of the Paranormal and are trying a few approaches. However by visiting a probable haunted location and effectively searching for ghosts, they have already created a possible psychological bubble around what they are doing. I'm not saying that this is always the case, but as I have fell subject to it myself I'm sure, then its a likelihood we should all realise. In essence the expectation has been created.

In our scenario above, the group have a few different gadgets which effectively start to react in the same area. This is, in the video, interpreted as paranormal activity. There's no reasonable explanation presented and no one makes the attempt to test why these gadgets are reacting. The assumption is made that there must be something paranormal going on. Perhaps this is because the group are in a darkened room, at a possible haunted location and seeking ghosts; that they assume these devices are indeed detecting some kind of paranormal activity. Again, they are in the moment and going with it.

What happens next fascinates me. Following the reaction of the first device, the group seem to randomly move about the room and as they do so, a couple of gadgets sound off. The group react to this as if there is paranormal activity is following them or as if they are following it, but the devices go off as they move close to them. This is the usual behaviour that generates the belief that our group is likely faking the activity. However it could equally be that our group believe their gadgets are designed specifically for detecting ghosts, but in reality they react when their static field is interrupted or something close by is generating some kind of EMF. A core understanding of how the tools of the trade (so to speak) work is a common reason why many misinterpret certain scenarios as paranormal when they have a reasonable explanation.

Finally, we move onto our captured ghost on film. The group have clearly been through a sequence of events now within the location that they believe is haunted, which has meant they are already concluding that there is paranormal activity in progress. The moving about the room with the various gadgets going off has also disorientated them slightly making them less aware and more focused on the paranormal. As a shadow moves across the room they attribute it to being a ghost rather than seeking reasonable explanation such as it being the camera mans shadow or that of the third person now currently out of shot.

Once in the moment and focused on that paranormal activity, with the adrenaline running thanks to the excitement of the hunt progressing its relatively easy for many to misinterpret simple things as being paranormal. It's important to be mindful of your surroundings and always ask questions of those interesting situations. Then we can begin to gain a much better understanding of paranormal events.

Something's Are Just Strange!

Of course this isn't always the case, not everything can be explained away by looking at logical explanations. During my time investigating the paranormal and also working with mediums I have often been left flummoxed. I've even thrown many an explanation at these odd scenarios only to conclude that they just don't fit and further understanding is required. Hence why I often deliver theories on the paranormal or even questions old more established ones.

Two such scenarios which come to mind are the time I witnessed a light ascend the staircase at Peterborough Museum, which was equally witnessed by another investigator at the time. A light which was exactly like a candle like, flickering away. The other was one based on perception itself. I am of course talking of the time I sat in the attic space of the Royal Oak in Swanage, asking for spirits to move my Grandfathers pocket watch, which was placed on the floor between me and a local Peter. The watch itself did not move, but shortly after asking the watch began to run. Although it had not been wound at all. The watch ticked away for about 20 minutes. I then spent nearly three months attempting to find an explanation, an explanation which never presented itself. Which then raises the question; did spirits wind the watch or did this occur through telekinesis as Peter and I intended the watch to move in some way?

You see when strange unexplainable things do occur without logical explanation, generally for me they present more questions to follow up on.

Perhaps the paranormal isn't evidence of the afterlife, but more what our minds are truly capable of!

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Kids Say the Strangest Things…

Kids Say the Strangest Things…

Well I Wasn't Expecting That !

I recently visited the Royal Oak in Swanage, one of my favourite little pubs to investigate, but on this occasion I decided to take my kids for a mini break for a weekend away.

I know what you're thinking and no I didn't take my kids on a paranormal investigation. However that in itself is an interesting point. For me I know my paranormal investigator side is never really off duty and whenever I walk into a location with some history or possibilities I'm always analysing what's about me. 

This is a part of me that has developed over the years where I always seem to manage to be fascinated by the stories associated with places as well as their activity. In all honesty it could equally be linked to the writer side of me too. Something that never really rests and to be fair I'm glad as you never really know when the paratheorist will pop up with an idea either.

Getting back to my visit to the Royal Oak. I hadn't been there more than twenty minutes and I was welcomed by the landlady Rachael. My youngest then asked; "Is that your friend?" Obviously I replied advising that Rachael wasn't just my friend, but also the owner of the pub we were staying in that night. Then the oddest thing occurred. My youngest looked up and exclaimed something similar to; "Is John your friend too?" At that point in time we were sat in the pool room, Rachael had left us and my youngest was pretty much looking at nothing. I looked around slightly confused by her statement.

What is important to add is that there was no one there (as far as I am aware) by the name of John and I dont have any friends that she would have met that are called John. Certainly no one there with us that evening that I could see. However what is interesting and something my youngest could not have known is that one of the prominent 'spirits' that mediums communicate with at this location is called John.

So, is my daughter a medium? Did she see the spirit of John that night?

In all fairness once she had slapped me around the face with that piece of information I was in two minds whether staying a couple of nights in the same pub maybe a wise idea.

What's Really Happening Here!

It's extremely difficult to comprehend fully if indeed my daughter is spiritually gifted or if the information was acquired from other sources. However the timing was very interesting indeed. No one walked passed, Rachael had just left so she knew who she was and nothing really occurred to prompt the statement. Once again I am left by a simple event at the Royal Oak that leaves me without a good solid explanation.

However it did remind of the research of Ian Stevenson, who pioneered some great research around children and their recollection of past lives or events. In fact Stevenson spent a large part of his life on this research looking into past lives, reincarnation, near death experiences, out of body experiences and much more. Dr. Stevenson also documented and authored papers on how in some cases birth defects or marks appeared to pass from one life to the next too. Fascinating stuff really, which I must write about in more detail at some point.

The point here is that an interesting piece of information suggests that children under the age of six are more likely to 'pick up on things' for some reason. My youngest is three years old. The very fact that she picked up on something as specific as the name 'John' could suggest that Stevenson was onto something, but why? My understanding is that before the age of six the children haven't been through enough education and social situations to allow them to formulate an understanding of the world as its commonly seen by us all. Thus perhaps their reality differs from ours. Also, if you try to think back to this period of your life and accurately recall events its very hard indeed. Try it? What you do remember maybe your current perception of the events, but may not always be the actual course of events that occurred.

This in itself presents some interesting concepts around memory, but then how do these children before the age of six remember prior to being born the lives of others? This is also where I believe telepathic interaction may come into play. As these children have no social or educational boundaries in place they can receive information telepathically without question. When you become an adult certain information that 'pop's into your head' is often discarded as imagination or simply irrelevant to our current busy lives. Children under six dont have this problem.

So Why Don't All Kids Talk About Past Lives or Ghost?

This is the interesting factor, why doesn't every child under the age of six talk to us about the ghosts they see or past lives? Perhaps the problem with that it actually us, how many parents have thought their child has an imaginary friend or even simply discounted a piece of information from their child thinking they have an excellent imagination. I'll admit it I'm sure I have. Except when that piece of information is directly related to the location I am sat in, then my ears prick up!

Information is an interesting thing really, it is a part of everything we do these days and makes up the majority if not all we come into contact with. Oddly though we are as accepting of some information as we are able to discount many pieces of information too. We accept what we feel is valid to us and in that often discount important information that holds great value to others. Often its this under valuation of information that holds importance to others that can cause many disagreements in my opinion. Something to bear in mind perhaps.

Other Possibilities

Of course we have to bear in mind that the name John is relatively common too and although there seems no real reason why my daughter may ask what she did when she did, there's still that possibility that it was pure coincidence. Thus the timing and location gave the information greater meaning to me than it may have actually had.

As with everything in the paranormal you really have to keep an open mind, as brilliant as things may seem try not to get overly excited and falling into that trap of believing everything as being spooky! That said should we be discounting everything too? Where can we, pardon the pun, find the happy medium?

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Bob the Orange Is A Little Quiet..

Bob the Orange Is A Little Quiet..

Digital Freedom..

The wonderful thing about the internet is that you can stumble across all kinds of interesting stuff out there and even the subject of the paranormal doesn’t escape the internets reach. Of course this digital freedom to voice exactly what we want when want does mean that there are all extremes of views out there in the digital ether. Something which many often take personally. Just remember everyone is entitled to their own opinion and some may not know quite how to articulate than opinion softly. 

One such piece of interesting information was a little video that Kev Kerr put together regarding haunted objects and how they are not all that chatty, especially when using a spirit box. However before we get into this, take a look at the video below, so we are all on the same page.

Interesting right? Granted Kev’s approach maybe seen by some as a little sarcastic in places, but I think it covers the concept of ITC in relation to haunted objects rather well. 

Bob Says…

Kev gives us a pretty standard inanimate object for this little experiment, a small orange! In order to give the orange a little character Kev added a smiley face, which I am glad of otherwise I just dont feel I would have felt the same connection as I did! 

He then fires up the Spirit Box and set’s about to communicate with our new orange friend. Remarkably there are a few responses and we soon establish that this little orange is conscious with a name of Bob. Although I have a feeling a few other name may have crept through too. 

However things are not quite as they seem and it soon becomes evident that Bob isn’t playing ball as much as we may believe. 

Kev Shows Us That Perhaps Bob Likes To Mislead Us…

During this Spirit Box session Kev manages to highlight a few things that many of us take for granted in these situation, which quickly leads to many assumptions based on poor information. 

You see information is a funny little thing really, it’s something we use regularly to understand the hauntings we investigate, but equally if we are not careful it can totally confuse our investigations too. Take the scenario of Bob the Orange for example, a scenario many of us may have encountered whilst on an investigation in the past. As you sit there in a no doubt darkened room, spirit box fuzzing away, you begin to ask questions. This is where the information could easily take over you see. Right from the outset, from question one it can often be given control. No it doesn’t I hear you scream! Think about it though. The most probable random question that you may ask when using a Spirit Box if you didn’t want to direct your questioning, may be something like; ‘Is there anyone here with us?’ 

Think about it a little and a form of that question is more likely. Now by asking this question you are creating the presumption that there is something there (I’m by no means saying there isn’t), but then as you listen you’re provided with an answer. However think about which answers are acceptable in these circumstances? There’s actually more possibilities than you realise; positive or negative responses such as ‘yes’ or even ‘no’, names would be accepted too, oddly simple descriptions work too such as ‘man’ or ‘woman’ or ‘soldier’, actually when it comes to Spirit Boxes more often groups appear to accept any response as an indication communication is in progress. Okay, let’s be fair, not all groups or investigators are quick to accept what comes through the Spirit Box as paranormal. 

Where was I? 

Oh yes. So, right from the first question you have a piece of information or do you? Often in these situations we are already dealing with audio pareidolia, where we are trying to find patterns linked to our questions in the random data from the Spirit Box. Also, as we are investigating a certain location which in turn may have a particular history, we ask associated questions manipulating the data as it were. 

Okay so Bob isn’t misleading us, we are actually misleading ourselves so to speak. 

Hence Bob the Orange and how Kev managed to have a conversation with him, although I kind of like Bob! Shame really as I can see Bob having his own TV series investigating haunted locations. Perhaps in the States in the OC! 

Does That Mean The Spirit Box is a Waste of Time?

It’s at this point I am sure you will be expecting me to put a touch of negative on the old Spirit Box, but if that’s the case you’re going to be disappointed. Wait what, I hear you shout! 

Firstly, don’t get me wrong I get that the Spirit Box basically spits out loads of random hits on various radio stations and I am also very understanding of the fact that we ask questions and then accept answers often fitting them to our questions. Basically there are a lot of flaws with this form of communication, which includes the method most often used. 

Hang though, I said that I wouldn’t be negative towards this form of communication! That’s right, personally I’m not a fan, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it doesn’t work for some. Let me explain. Like a Ouija Board I see this as a modern divination tool, which allows those using it to extend their personal confidence perhaps in their own ability to sense information from spirit. Obvious the science half of my persona can not attribute proof to this and its as random as the reception on a spirit box itself. Still think about it for a moment, apply it as a possibility. Does ITC present us with a modern method we are familiar with to focus our sensitivity and communicate better with spirits; or is it simply a clever trick to make us buy more gadgets? 

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Perhaps Your a Paratheorist…

Perhaps Your a Paratheorist…

What the heck is a paratheorist?

‘Paratheorist’ or even ‘Paratheory’ are terms that I’ve not encountered a great deal during my years in the paranormal field, but know that they are out there knocking about. So, I’m not about to lay claim to them as my own as I don’t think that would be particularly admirable of me. 

However they are about and I’ve heard some members of the paranormal field describe themselves as a ‘paratheorist’ or indeed read a few website posts where the term ‘paratheory’ has popped up from time to time. 

Through these particular encounters here’s what I believe a ‘paratheorist’ may be. Basically they are an individual within the paranormal field that spends a great deal of their time coming up with ideas, explanations, theories around the paranormal in order to help explain some of those strange occurrences that we all endeavour to investigate in the dead of night. 

What I really like about this evolving term is that it appears to be attributed to individuals from a wide ranging of backgrounds. A parapsychologist from an excellent university  can be paratheorists whilst someone researching and investigating the paranormal can equally be one too. It’s literally all about the ideas and building them into something that others take a look at and say ‘hang on a minute you’ve got something there’. 

So if the paranormal is your passion and you’ve got a number of ideas then you might just be a paratheorist. Don’t be afraid to share those ideas either, as that’s how we will make progress in the field. 

Why I’m a Paratheorist

Firstly, I’m not even sure why or if I used the term to describe myself at some point, but that said it’s clearly stuck somehow. To be fair I’m not against being called a paratheorist either, the term does describe me pretty much to a tee. 

More recently PARASEARCH radio presenter Kerry Greenaway used the term to describe me when I was on one of the many shows she hosts. And guys, she does a fantastic job at hosting almost a different show every night of the week. If you’ve not listened before and fancy a paranormal fix check out one of her shows on Spreaker. 

It’s really quite humbling to be recognised for my work and even seen as a theorist in the field too, it’s something I’ve constantly worked hard at and hope others get their ideas out there too. 

All that said and done I suppose it still doesn’t entirely make clear why I’m a paratheorist does it? Bouncing ideas around and challenging views is one thing, but one thing I’m not alone in as many excellent Investigators in the field do that. In fact it could be said it’s exactly what we all do one investigation to another. That said there are a few that go one step beyond and build their theories for all. 

That is exactly what happened to me a few years back, my passion for the paranormal became my focus whilst on holiday in Turkey. 

It began with me reading FWH Myers great work ‘Human Personality and It’s Survival of Bodily Death’, which is by no means an easy read. Especially when your in holiday mode. What was odd was that I also read a book on Quantum Physics straight after and that highlighted Feynman’s method of using ideograms to map out certain aspects of quantum physics. This inspired me to understand a better way to comprehend the interactions in the Seance Room environment. This lead to a lot of scribbling in a notebook whilst sat on a beach sipping ice latte, I do like a nice ice latte. 

Those scribblings gained structure before I left Turkey and then over the next few months I developed them into my Theory of Telepathic Interaction. Which can be found here…

Theory of Telepathic Interaction

That’s the odd thing or perhaps not so odd, I don’t know, I often find myself thinking through aspects of the paranormal on a regular occurrence. Usually after something I’ve read or watched on TV, but sometimes it can be as simple as a conversation with someone too. So for all those people I’ve spoken to and perhaps seemed to glaze over at some point then gone off on a completely weird tangent, my apologies. However that’s how my paratheorist mind obviously works. All you have to do is follow the white rabbit down the hole and before you know it you’re theorising too. 

What Are Your Paratheories?

Of course the best thing about theories and ideas is the responses you may get when you share them with others. I think the science community calls it peer review and it’s something we probably need in the paranormal fiend a little more in my opinion. 

I’ve had mixed reviews of my own theories and ideas in the past, but that’s where you must develop an understanding and to a degree a respect for others opinion, whether you agree with it or not. 

Still this needs to be a mutual respect really; stating ‘your theory is crap’ will not help the field progress and isn’t constructive. We need to respond with structured evidential information that helps us understand why the theory might be considered ‘crap’! All too often all that occurs are comments which help no one, but generate negative feelings. Which often become arguments. Let’s find a better way to communicate guys. 

Let’s share and discuss our ideas and theories, express our thoughts on theories which have become common place these days. A perfect example being that of the Stone Tape Theory, what are your thoughts on it? 

Personally I think it needs re-evaluation these days, as we have learnt so much since it’s conception. Perhaps there’s more to it or even experiments that could test it on various levels.

What we need is an old style coffee house discussion, where a bunch of us gather over coffee to chat about various paratheories to see if we can help them evolve a little. 

What do you think ? 

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A Walk in the Park! 

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A Walk in the Park!

One of Those Phrases…

It’s a phrase we all have heard at some point in our lives and although it may be seen more as an American statement, it is still well known in other parts of the world too. 

Where am I going with this, well I was taking the kids to the park, which is effectively ‘a walk in the park’ and as was trying to think of a subject for this very blog, well eureka! 

The point is that the phrase ‘a walk in the park’ means that the task at hand is either relatively simply to complete or something that the individual is particularly confident at. 

When it comes to the paranormal and its investigation there are many occasions where I’m sure I have believed things were going to be easy. We have all probably rocked up to a location thinking we’ve done setup on a place like this loads of times or activity always happens in this area of this spooky old museum! This often means that we become complacent in repeating what’s been done before once again. After all it’s a walk in the park, right? 

Here’s what I’m saying…

So, here’s what I’m saying here; next time you’re out investigating the paranormal do something new or at least different from what you usually do. It doesn’t matter if it doesn’t work or what it is exactly, as long as you’re trying something different. 

I remember years back when I first started doing overnight investigations and we often approached things very seriously. Probably too seriously at times. On one occasion the location we were investigating was particularly ‘dead’, pardon the pun. We started to chat as a group and that soon developed into a little banter too. Before we knew it we were all chatting and laughing. This actually lifted the mood and afterwards our investigation was actually more interesting. 

It’s little snippets like this that have lead me to do what I can when I can to try different things during investigations. It’s also something that helps us to expand our scope and experiment with new ideas. Hence why I started to attempt more little experiments which were a little more than the simple ones we all start with. Some have been more technical and the entire investigaiton has become based around, such as the Singapore Theory Victorian Seance Experiment

In my opinion if your investigaiton feels like it is going to be a walk in the park, then perhaps its time for a little re-evaluation and to come up with some ideas to push the boundaries a little. Let’s never let our investigations be less than they can be, especially when there is an abundance to be discovered out there. 

Of course in most cases our investigations are never a walk in the park, as we are all out there doing our very best to touch the unknown and gain an understanding of the paranormal. Keep on trying new things and old things, as you never really know what may on occasion might just work. 

Apologies for the short little post today, but I wanted to write a little quick read blog post. Sometimes its just nice to get them thoughts out there. 

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The Forgotten Variable

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Psi Theory

Off into the Dark We Go!

Often as investigators we head out into the dark seeking the unknown, with little more than hope to keep us company. We are a funny old lot really, varying from thrill seeking ghost hunters to data collecting investigators searching to make the paranormal a little more normal. Not to mention that some of us are also seeking what is often conceived to be ‘evidence’ or at least something to support why we do what we do!

Seeking out an understanding of that unknown has long kept us busy and over the years we have utilised an abundance of gadgets and approaches, some of which may depend on our beliefs too. Whether its Harry Price sealing off a room with tape and using small bells and wire to indicate probable spirit movement; or Zak with a KII Meter in search of ghosts at various well known haunted locations around the world. Either way we are all looking for similar things and most probably the answer to exactly the same question; does human consciousness survive bodily death. A question that even FWH Myers founder of the Society for Psychical Research asked back in the early days of the SPR. 

These days we do seem to have a much better understanding of that which we are trying to investigate. There are plenty of theories around the ghosts and spirits we seek, but equally science has also given us an excellent understanding of the environment we seek them in. Granted we dont all have a top understanding of classical science or even the sciences based in further education, but our schooling gives us some simple building blocks to start with. Go a little bit further, well perhaps a lot further and we begin to understand advanced science like quantum physics. These modern day understandings mean that we are beginning to formulate theory around the paranormal rather than continuing to seek the same as we have done for the last hundred years. 

The Question Is…

These days psychology is known to many investigators, ghost hunters and para-enthusiasts; we all know that it plays a part somehow in the subject of the paranormal, especially as we are all aware of the field of parapsychology too. In fact just like psychology made its way into the sciences, the field of parapsychology is now out there too. 

Universities even offer it as an additional and specialist area for those educating themselves in psychology. Dr Ciarán O’Keeffe from the TV show Most Haunted is probably one of the most well known Parapsychologist today and a really nice guy too. 

In fact Dr O’Keeffe is also looking to push the boundaries of paranormal investigations by adding in elements which to date may be a little out of reach of us normal folk. I recently managed to speak briefly with Ciarán whilst he was a guest on Marc Richardson’s Paranormal Radio Show, when he mentioned the use of some pretty high techy tech glasses for monitoring the eye movements of individuals whilst investigating. Incidentally high techy tech glasses cost somewhere in the region of £30k which is currently way out of my investigation budget. 

Still it would be excellent to try some experiments and gather some data around aspects such as these and start to look beyond just capturing the effect. 

So, the question is, what is the forgotten variable? 

The answer is actually relatively simple, we are the forgotten variable! As investigators we often head into a location that has been reported as haunted searching for its ghostly spirit residents basing much of our investigation on the loose information we have managed to research. This isn’t a bad thing, it’s what we do and enjoy. However for some (not all) this approach means that they’re approach may be a little blinkered. Any activity is often related to the supposed local ghosts and defined as intelligent communication. The problem with this is that we are not really taking into consideration everything we are truly presented with. This of course brings to light the very consideration of those Investigators present and the fact that without even realising it we can too influence the situation ourselves. In some cases this maybe referred to as the observer effect or simply be that we may make assumptions based on our own beliefs or opinions. 

Although That’s Not Likely To Change…

Although many people investigating today do take a lot into consideration and do indeed have open minds, trying to gather good information on the paranormal, changing how things are done isn’t likely to happen any time soon. You see the problem is for many of us, myself included we love a good old ghost hunt and visit more for an experience than gathering important data that may one day change the field as we know it. 

However it would be good to gather data and share it amongst the community to help us understand more about the paranormal. As someone pointed out to me recently; we do what we do in our own time and our approach to the research should not be hindered by specific governing bodies, otherwise it could stop us from thinking beyond the norm in order to understand the paranormal. Which I agree with to a degree, but hope that this wouldn’t stop us all from sharing. 

Right I’m Out of Here…

Well I’ve plonked enough random thoughts onto this electronic page for one night! if I’m totally honest this has been a slightly ‘what heck was all that about then’ kind of a post, but heck I’m sure it meant something to someone out there. 

Fundamentally what I think I was getting at was, whilst investigating don’t forget to include yourself in the paranormal equation. There’s always going to be a lot to take into consideration whilst investigating in a darkened haunted location, but don’t forget to question yourself too. 

After all that spooky demonic growl you just heard could actually be a rumble of the belly thanks to a spicy dinner. 

Remember be safe, be knowing, have fun and let’s be careful out there!! Don’t forget to like, comment and share below…