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The Simple Glass Divination Experiment

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The Simple Glass Divination Experiment

A Little Background

So, I know what you’re thinking how can you class glass divination as an experiment given that its likely to be seen as a sceptics favourite for criticism, plus results wise its near on impossible to understand if the glass is moved by a spirit or those touching the glass! 

All very valid points and to be fair its not one of my favourite approaches. That said though it is a favourite still of many investigation teams out there and something I thought worth a little of my time. Especially as I have also used it on many occasions and experienced the odd time where this approach has yielded results which remain unexplained. 

The concept in this simple form is to create a scenario where by spirit can use our energy to communicate yes or no answers to questions that the group may ask out loud to the location they are in. When this works and communication does appear to occur presenting information beyond the knowledge of the group it can be fascinating. It also generates many a debate; such as is the spirit physically moving he glass or are they providing the information to use unconsciously so we in turn move the glass without knowing. The key in my experience is to find a way to quantify the information source, which incidentally is not an easy task. 

Still as Glass divination is an age old approach to spirit communication it’s not something we should abandon simply as it may not tick all the right boxes scientifically. Perhaps it could be adapted to be a better kind of experiment, that’s my hope anyway. 

What You Will Need

Given that this is based around the glass divination approach this experiment doesn’t really require that much. However it is always good to find the right place to setup. Personally I have found that any kind of seance or divination works in little light, this maybe because the sensory deprivation helps with focussing psychically. That said more experienced spirit communicators may feel that they can work in more light, as I have heard that some well established circles work in day light. 

For this approach you’ll need:-

  • A table for at least four people to stand or sit around. Ensure your comfortable. 
  • A relatively light glass, like a tumbler. Just not a heavy one. 
  • Yes and No indicators. This could be anything from two pieces of paper with yes on one and no on the other, to different colour lights. 
  • A digital voice recorder or camcorder.

That is pretty much it really. You can of course add in additional gadgets to monitor the  situation like EMF, Temperature, etc. 

The Method

This should be a relatively simple setup once the appropriate location is chosen. 

  1. Setup/place the table in a relatively central location within the space you have, ensuring that there is plenty of space around it to stand or sit. 
  2. Place the glass in the centre of the table. 
  3. Place your yes and no markers at opposite ends of the table. Remember if the markers aren’t obviously related to yes and no,  then you will need to ensure that their relevance is made clear during communication. 
  4. Place the digital voice recorder on the table and begin the recording. (Or Camcorder)
  5. Tag the audio with the location, date and time. Then give a brief description of what you have setup and what you are hoping to achieve. 
  6. Settle into position around the table and glass. 
  7. Place your right index finger on the top of the glass. Ensure the touch is gentle without pressure, just so you can feel it there. Tag what you are doing in the audio. 
  8. Begin your communication by introducing yourselves, its only polite. 
  9. Then you can start calling out to the room and location asking the spirits to communicate by moving the glass. Remember to keep your questions limited to yes and no answers. Identify the location a glass should go for yes or no too. 
  10. If anything occurs, glass movement, noises, etc. Ensure that you tag it in the audio recording to the best of your ability. 
  11. Once a form of communication is established continue it by asking further questions to gain as much information as possible. 
  12. When communication ends and you wish to close off the session, ensure that you thank those that have communicated. 
  13. Complete the session by closing the audio and tag the finish time. Stop the recording. 

The length of the session is dependent on how well the communication goes, but ideally I wouldn’t try to exceed 30 minutes. Clear commentary throughout the session is also important to help understand what is occurring. This maybe difficult for those around the table, so an observer maybe a good option too. 

Managing the Results

This isn’t a straight forward experiment to manage the results for really, but that said there are some things we can look at and draw conclusions from. Firstly, we can look at which questioning approaches are more successful. The circumstances that are in place when things go well and when things dont of course. 

The most important thing to review though is the audio or video footage of the session. Within this should be any information that is communicated to the group and from this you can conduct follow up research to understand if anything is supported. This can sometimes yield some interesting results so is always worth doing. 

Something else to review would be the audio for possible EVPs. This is based on the fact that as we are asking out and running a digital voice recorder, usual circumstances for EVPs. 

It’s my hope that by creating a standard approach to follow regarding something as simple as glass divination we can begin to look at the similarities and patterns between our experiences. 

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Fort Horsted with Marc Richardson’s Paranormal Radio Show Team

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Medium Marc Richardson

Marc and the Paranormal Radio Show Team

After my usual experience with the ever so slightly annoying M25 motorway I finally arrived at Fort Horsted and only a few minutes late, which wasn’t bad going considering the Sat Nav had told me I would be at least thirty minutes late! 

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The Main Tunnel


As usual the HQ for the evenings investigation was Room 51 and once we had all settled in; generally this means checking, comparing your equipment with others and grabbing that all important first cup of coffee, we received a brief talk on the location. These days an introduction talk at a location is somewhat becoming the normality, especially with the high focus on health and safety. However I have to admit the Fort Horsted ‘talk’ has become hands down, one of the most entertaining ones I have experienced to date. We laughed, we learnt and all understood the serious nature of keeping safe thanks to Paul’s excellent delivery and clear understanding of comedy. 

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Fort Horsted – Emergency Plan


We all started our evening knowing categorically that the biscuits, may contain biscuits! Plus an old slightly derelict Fort may contain trip hazards in the dark. I wonder if I could incorporate this approach into my day jobs manual handling talk?

Paul also showed us a photograph taken by one team at the Fort which included a spooky extra, though difficult to say for sure how paranormal it was, the picture was certainly interesting. 

Following Paul, tough act to follow, the Paranormal Radio Show Team advised us on how the investigation would be approached. Which basically was along the concept of a few main areas that we had access to for the night; Room 10 area, Room 36 area, Casement 26 and Room 14 area. 

The team for the night was made up of a few people from different teams, which in all honesty is fast becoming my favourite way to investigate purely because it encourages excellent cooperation between more in the field. Something that many of you know is close to my heart, but this isn’t a soap box moment, so lets move quickly on. 

There was of course Medium Marc Richardson and the Paranormal Radio Show Team, Mel, Lucy and Loz too. Then there was the GCUK Team made up of Rachael, Amanda, Danielle and Stuart. There was also Paddy, Sue, Vicky, Jacqueline and Nicola. I would just like to say for all those I had met previously, it was great to see you again. For those that I met for the first time, as ever its fantastic to make to new contacts within the field. 

So without further a do, we all hit the Fort for a walk around with Marc. 

Location Tour with the Whole Team

We truly began our nights investigation with a walk around as a whole team to view the main areas available to us. 

This covered the Room 10 area and those spiders that often get a mention. In fact during my last visit back in March with Sage Paranormal’s D-Day Tour and Brian J Cano, the little spiders were a tad elusive. However this time around they were out in force and some were positioned in some places which you felt you needed to keep an eye on. Something which is a little difficult when its so dark you can’t see your hand in front of your face. 

That said these little creatures are actually really amazing and in this environment almost beautiful in a way. Granted their little bodies glistened in the light like the creature from the Aliens movie, but they captured our attention for a little while that’s for sure. Sometimes when you visit so many historic locations in search of ghosts and spirits, you miss what’s living there and the very point of paranormal investigaiton is to seek out the answer to the survival hypothesis, but its like that the answer equally lies in life itself. 

We moved on from Room 10 and across to Room 36 and its adjacent tunnel. Room 36 was again another pitch black location, but this one had a table and chairs setup in it and has been a good location for seance and glass work in the past. Marc advised that the tunnel ajacent to Room 36 had a good energy and he heard a voice and whistling. An area which should be good later on. 

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Casement 26


Next stop was Casement 26, which meant a long decent under the moat I believe. Just to place it into perspective, if you had to walk up and down these steps on a regular basis then you could certainly cancel your Gym membership. During our visit to Casement 26 Marc picked up on a number of things in the area. A couple of the team managed to take a few interesting pictures too. My ‘on the fly’ analysis of the photos make me believe that one may have been slight digitisation when the photo was taken and the other possibly a close up of dust or moisture in the air. However this was my quick look at the photos and as ever there could be other explanations for these. After all at the point when one photo was taken, Tommy (Marc’s spirit guide) was advising when to take the photo. Sometimes you have to zoom out and analyse the bigger picture, so to speak. 

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The Stairs to Casement 26


In one of the rooms in Casement 26 we all held hands in a circle and Marc attempted to communicate with the localised spirits. There were a couple of interesting points during this session; one being the distinctive sound of footsteps (boots) and the other was the fact that we all turned and looked at the door at the same time for no reason. 

Lastly after another long trek up and down the steps from Casement 26, we headed down the tunnel to the area near Room 14. At this point most of the group headed upstairs to the room. As they did I asked Mark what he had picked up on here, which he replied with a description similar to that which I heard during my last visit. These cross-overs always interest me. 

Finally we headed back for a break, well deserved and to re-group before heading out on our first vigils. 

Room 36 and Tunnel

Our first vigil of the night took us back to Room 36 and the adjacent tunnel. We all started off in the room, with most of the team sat around the table attempting to communicate to spirits using glass divination. However at the time this didn’t seem to be working, so the group attempted a little table tipping instead. 

During the most of this Marc, Mel and Lucy were with us, but after a while they went to investigate the nearby tunnel. 

The table tipping didn’t appear to actuate into much, although a few of the group believed they felt the table was kind of vibrating in a way. This was something I equally felt albeit extremely lightly. 

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THe Tunnels of Fort Hosted


Whilst Marc, Mel and Lucy were off in the tunnel they had three items thrown at them; a tea light candle, small stone and what looked like a piece of ceremic. When they viewed these items through their phone camera FLIR attachment, the items all appeared to be as hot as a human hand. I believe that Lucy may have even mentioned that one of the objects might have been warm when she first touched it. We later looked at this and sure enough all three objects appeared to show as warm on the FLIR, but we soon realised a possible problem with this. Something I am sure I have heard mentioned previously and that’s the fact that often more shiny objects can reflect the FLIR giving off a false reading. We tested this on all these objects which sure enough all appeared warm on the FLIR, but were cool to touch. 

This would become the subject of a slight debate between Lucy and I for the evening. This by the way is a good thing, after all we should question everything, but equally all theory must have supporting evidence. So, we set about looking at this problem. My theory was that reflective items like these, mirrors and coins would indeed show as warm when they weren’t. However I would have to prove this. Love a challenge. 

Before heading back we all spent a little time in the tunnel and Marc was picking up on a voice near by, which at one point another team member believed they heard something too. What was very evident and would make it difficult to conduct audio experiments there was how you could literally talk at one end of the tunnel and it would be echoed exactly at the other end. Often a few were caught out by this believing that they heard a voice. 

As the rest of the group headed back Lucy advised me that she had seen a large fluctuation at the entrance of the tunnel on the KII meter there earlier. We took a look with my MEL Meter, but their wasn’t any activity at the time. Once again we fired up another debate, this time regarding how mobile phone checking with the nearest towers can make the KII flicker. However its highly possible that any nearby phones were in flight mode or too far away to interact with the KII. This also appeared to occur a couple of times on the way back to our HQ too, so although my explanation is relevant, it may not be the cause on this occasion. These fluctuations remain unexplained, but only because under those circumstances at that time I couldn’t 100% prove my phone theory as the cause. Sometimes science does hold an explanation, but if we cant equally utilise that explanation to prove the paranormal event, then we must keep looking. 

Room 10

After a good break the whole group headed across to Room 10, the Spider nest! After we admired the spiders we all stood in a circle in one of the rooms on the right. With all the lights out this area was pitch black and could be a little unnerving. 

In fact it wasn’t long before many of the group were experiencing something or picking up something. Once again proof that sensory deprivation may indeed heighten our psychical ability. 

Even I had the feeling that there were a few additional energies with us in that little room. At one point a ten pence piece appeared to be thrown into the circle too. This would give us four thrown objects or apports for the night, which is a great effort. 

As the session moved forward the attention seemed focused around where Rachael was stood. Some even believed they heard a growl at times. In order to return some balance and also becloser to the action Marc moved over to stand next to Rachael. 

Following this the energy appeared to move around the circle, with a couple us seeing shadow movement at one end of the circle when Mel was using the FLIR. However towards the end of the vigil the energy moved towards me. At this point Paddy told the group that he could see a kind of blue light coming from me. What Paddy didn’t know was when he said this I was actually getting random words in my head. This then changed to a weird feeling almost like pins and needles down one side of my face, literally as I began to feel this and was about to mention it, Marc asked about it! Now that’s pretty damn paranormal right? 

Question then becomes; did Marc and Paddy both telepathically understand what was occuring to me or did spirit communicate it to them. These are the questions that keep me up at night. Although telepathic interaction is the most likely logical explanation, its still as unproven as mediumship according to mainstream science. Certainly the possibility of experimentation ahead on this one. 

Room 14

We then headed directly to Room 14, climbing the stairs which are very steep by the way. This was also where we were treated by the Batman. Okay it was a little bat just hanging around as they do. Again though it drew our attention briefly away from the search for those that have passed back to the living. Many of us took photos of the little guy, but apparently he’s not too keen on having he’s temperature taken by an IR thermometer. As he flew off, both Loz and I decided to do ski impressions honest! It was purely coincidental and not because we thought a bat might suddenly attack us. 

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The Batman


So, with the bat out of the picture we attempted a little table tipping using Paddy’s purpose build table. It was a little slow going, but after a while the table lifted on one side ever so slightly. Nothing like the Royal Oak, where a table walked out of the door on me once, clearly something I said, but still interesting. 

After this the room seemed a little dead, pardon the pun. So we decided to call it a night and regroup back at our HQ before heading home. 

Round Up

All in all this was a great investigation, with some fantastic people at a location that is heading up my favourites list at dramatic speed. Somewhere I would like to investigate again for certain. 

The team were great too, with an excellent mix of individuals that were a pleasure to investigate with. 

The investigation certainly delivered some interesting activity, both physical and psychical too. It’s always good when you can leave somewhere with your own unexplained personal experience too. Although I have a funny feeling I wasn’t quite alone in that respect when leaving Fort Horsted. 

Oh yes, that FLIR debate with Lucy. Well in order to try and prove the theory it was suggested we left a fifty pence coin on the concrete floor in the main tunnel whilst on our final couple of vigils. When we returned sure enough the coin showed as warm on the FLIR. It was of course not warm at all and certainly not the same temperature as say our hands. We also used an IR thermometer to measure the floor temp and that of the coin (on and off the floor). They matched. This in my mind proves the theory that objects with a smooth or reflective surface are likely to bounce back causing false measurement. Debunked Lucy! 

If you have any info on the FLIR attachments for smartphones regarding this, please feel free to share. 

Still Fort Horsted was an excellent location to investigate and once again I was lucky to investigate with some great people, thank you all. 

Special thanks to Marc, Mel, Lucy and Loz from the Paranormal Radio Show Team – follow them on twitter @prslive and catch their show every Wednesday at 9pm on Spreaker. 

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Free Spirit Box iPad Apps 

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Franks Box

When I first started investigating the paranormal the most high tech piece of kit I had was most likely my digital camera and I would swear by a good notepad and pen too. These days I still swear by the notepad and pen, but have come to realise the many many more options out there to use.

This was first realised through TV programmes such as Ghost Hunters I think, where they would rock up to an investigation location and then unload a good few flight cases from their TAPS van.

These days the use of various gadgets, gizmos and tech is a normality in the field. However in reality it always has been it’s just more recent TV programmes have delivered the facts to our own living rooms. For example the likes of the great Harry Price used and even developed a few gadgets of his own.

It’s this realisation of how the paranormal field moves with the times and because I wanted to learn more about the tech side of things that I’ve decided to write this post. Following on from my recent addition to the Metetherial Encyclopaedia on ITC, I thought the best place to start would be looking at a few free Spirit Box apps for your iPad.

So, with all in that in mind check out the following video review of three free spirit box apps available right now for your trusty iPad from Apples App Store.

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Diploma in Applied Paranormal Research Online Course

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A Little Paranormal Study

Online Courses

I’ve heard a lot about online courses recently in regards to the paranormal and especially quite a bit regarding how most are a waste of time not giving you any real qualifications.

Personally my position on this often finds me a little in the middle. You see where as I respect the more academic approaches that would gain you the true title of parapsychologist through hard degree level study; I also believe in access to general information that can be of assistance. These days you can study many aspects of parapsychology with a few very reputable universities in the UK alone. Applying a high level of research and experimentation to your personal knowledge base. However if you’re like me and can’t afford the time and cost of a degree course in psychology, then that is where the online courses can help.

The problem with the online courses is that there are many of them, each different from the others and each tailored to deliver something different. This is where a lot of the negative feedback has come from in regards to this particular method of learning, especially for those courses that advertise themselves in a way which likens them to a university level course. Also, those courses which promise the title of parapsychologist on completion appear to draw negativity too.

Don’t Knock Until You’ve Tried It!

As ever I’m not the kind of guy to follow the crowd or judge a book by its cover, something which is important in the field of paranormal investigation in my mind. So, when I was given the opportunity to try one of these online courses myself I jumped at it. After all I couldn’t really comment greatly on something unless I had properly researched it.

In this particular case it was Jayne Harris of HD Paranormal that gave me the opportunity to try out her online called ‘Diploma in Applied Paranormal Research’.

Now I know what you’re thinking as right away we have ‘Diploma’ in the title, but actually this is rather fitting as a diploma is a certificate that shows someone has successfully completed a course of study.

The course that Jayne Harris offers is certinaly a course of study too. With its ten sections, each requiring an assignment to show that you’ve understood what has been taught. There is also a final assignment longer than the others too concluding what you’ve learnt.

Not only does this course provide information on the aspects of the paranormal and its investigation, but the later section ask you to plan and conduct an investigation of your using some of the techniques you have learnt.

Who Would Find This Useful?

Personally I am still working my way through the course in my spare time and as many that know me will say, that’s something I usually have very little of. Still this course is self paced and could be easily completed at a good speed.

Looking at the assignments I have completed and that I have read through all the material related to the course, I would probably place this course as an excellent place for those just starting out in the paranormal or if you’re new to overnight investigations.

If you have been in the field a long time it may still be of interest to you as there are a few little pieces in there you may not have encountered before. However this would be great for new investigators to run through. Especially as it teaches a number of aspects that are essential not only to investigation, but the planning and organisation of an investigaiton.

I’ve personally enjoyed writing the assignments I have completed so far and I’m looking forward to the challenging ones ahead too. Once I have completed the full course I will also be looking to post a complete review of the course, so keep your eye out for that.

Register Your Interest for Enrolment

If the course sounds like your kind of thing then please follow the link below and register your interest for enrolment. If you’re not sure as you are new the field then follow the link anyway and see what you think as it may just help you out.

Also, if you do decide to sign up for the course dont forget to let me know how you get on?

The Link

http://www.hdparanormal.com/diploma-in-applied-paranormal-research

 

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The Metetherial Encyclopaedia – Instrumental Transcommunication

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The Metetherial Encyclopaedia

Instrumental Transcommunication (ITC)

What is it?

Instrumental Transcommunication or ITC as its more commonly referred to is the term given to the various methods used to communicate with supposed spirits using electronic means. This includes the capture of images possibly related to spirits and also Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP).

ITC can utilise an abundance of technology including tape recorders, TV’s, radios, computers, phones, and much more.

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ITC

These days as technology has now become the norm within paranormal investigation there is an abundance ITC devices and even apps out there for use. As with anything in the field there are useful tools and not so useful tools, but often it’s not so much the tool itself as the investigator themselves. That is, like many things in the paranormal you need to experiment a little with them, understand how they work and find the one which works best for you.

My advice would be to start with the free phone and tablet apps to gain an understanding of ITC apps to see if they are for you, before moving on to the paid apps. Then after the apps you could invest in the more pricey devices out there.

A Little History

I believe that the German physicist Professor Ernst Senkowski first used the term Instrumental Transcommunication to describe the use of electronic devices to communicate with spirits. However the actual use pre-dates this greatly and has in reality been mentioned as long as modern communication devices have been available.

Even some of the great inventors have been associated with it like Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla. There is even a little mystery that relates to Edison and he’s ‘telephone to the dead’. Something that was considered a tall tale for many years, perhaps until the Scole Experiment believed they made contact with Edison’s spirit. Which they believed communicated the design for the Trans Dimensional Communication device.

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Design Communicated to the Scole Group by Edison Perhaps?

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Trans Dimensional Communication Device

 

ITC Today

More recently and ITC has become highly used within the paranormal field with teams using ghost hunting gadgets such as Spirit Boxes, ghost boxes, tablet apps and more to attempt to communicate with probable spirits.

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Franks Box

In fact I might as far to say as ITC has now become a massive part of the paranormal investigators kit bag. The devices of course vary from those that record to those that simply output something, with most of those being an audio output.

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ITC Device Trio

There are now an abundance of ITC Devices available out there to the modern Ghost Hunter for the right price. I’m a little old school I’m afraid, so prefer to observe and make notes, but I’m not adverse to modern approaches to the field. So, hopefully there will be some posts coming on various ITC Devices and Apps.

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iOvilus iPhone App

If you’re reading this and off on a paranormal investigation soon, it’s likely that you or your team will use an ITC device or app. If you do please let me know which your favourite and most successful ones are?

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Paranormal Evidence Review 

A Little on Evidence

Over the years I’ve heard the term ‘evidence’ thrown around in relation to the paranormal on many occasions, I’ve even used it a few times myself in the past. Although these days I’m more inclined to believe that perhaps ‘evidence’ might be a little bit of a step too far and equally could be the reason said suggested ‘evidence’ receives such backlash on social media.

You see the term evidence in simple form means; the available body of facts or information indicating whether a belief or proposition is true or valid. That’s true or valid, which is important. In my opinion this very concept suggests that evidence is absolute as true has no grey area.

If we had found evidence of the paranormal then we would have proof that was undeniable.

Now a few reading this may indeed argue that we in the paranormal may not have concrete proof of the paranormal, but we do collect various facts, information, etc which should be considered evidence in that they are each pieces of the greater puzzle.

So, I’m not going to say we should stop using the term because it’s all a bit wrong, but perhaps we could start working better to understand those smaller pieces of evidence to ensure they are taking us in the right direction.

Peer Review Perhaps

With all this in mind I have decided to add to the Metetherial Project a section for peer review of probable paranormal evidence. However this will be based on cooperation of the individual who has originally submitted the piece of evidence to the public domain in the first place. Basically, I’m not about to go hunting the internet for pictures, video and audio then writing posts on them stating how I think their fake! After all I think social media has this pretty well covered.

If I stumble on something that is within the public domain though I may politely ask its originator if they would like to submit it for peer review by me and whom ever else I can rope into the review. That way we can objectively look at the ‘evidence’ and hopefully generate a report on it, which could be posted on my website.

My First Evidence Review

With all this in mind I actually did stumble on such a piece of evidence that made its way from social media to the newspapers. This was a photograph captured by Claire Cowell at 30 East Drive of the Black Monk of Pontefract. Straight away such a claim based on only a photo would no doubt generate mixed feelings of its contents. So, here is the photo..

 

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Claire Cowell’s Photo

Once I located Claire I asked her if she would be willing to submit her photo for review by myself and a few others. Of course with many in the paranormal, Claire was more than happy for me to look into the photo and open to probable explanations.

I continued to chat with Claire in order to gather some additional information around this photo and the circumstance it was taken in. I also advised Claire of my intention and approach for the review, which would be to analyse the photo and also seek the opinion of a few others in the field.

First Impressions of the Photo

Of course like anyone looking at a photo like this we establish our first impressions quite early on and often they can be influenced by a great number of things too. It’s important to see the review through and cover off as much as possible, especially when you’re dealing with a field where there are many possibilities out there.

My own first impression was that a member of the team had moved from the living room and gone upstairs, Claire’s photo had caught this without realising it. Then perhaps seen it later not realising what had occurred at the time it was taken.

This is a common mistake and to be honest one I have made at one point, where the lack of a consistent timeline means that in review we can often mistake normal things for something paranormal. However in this photo’s case Claire is sure that she  reviewed the picture directly after it was taken and is very certain that it wasn’t one of the team. In fact there was a sequence of events that lead to her taking the picture which included hearing something being thrown. There’s obviously much more to this story, which I will include in the evidence review, so keep an eye out for it right here.

This Is Where You Come In

If you’ve got a piece of ‘evidence’ that you would like me to review with the help of various members of the field, please don’t hesitate to contact me using info@ashleyknibb.com

Also, if you would like to get involved and help add to reviews, please contact me with your details.

At the end of the day moving the field forward is all about cooperation in a respectful manner to others. Hopefully this will be a little step in the right direction.

Thank you to Claire Cowell for allowing me use your photo as the first piece of evidence to be reviewed.

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The Metetherial Encyclopaedia – Reincarnation

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The Metetherial Encyclopaedia 

Reincarnation

What is it?

The very concept of reincarnation which suggests that the soul or spirit may, after physical death, pass to another body, is in fact an extremely ancient idea. It can be found in the teachings of the ancient Egyptians religion, Greek philosophy, Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, theosophy, not to mention the philosophies of Plato and Pythagoras. 

Of course in many cases the belief in reincarnation may require a belief in the soul or spirit itself and that it is housed within the human body. As an extension from that the possibility that it may also leave somehow the body at the point of death and transfer to another. 

Obviously reincarnation pops up in all manner of religions in various ways, so I am not going to delve to deeply into the religious examples out there. I’m more concerned with those interesting cases which appear to support its existence. 

What is extremely interesting is that the concept has arisen within many different groups of people across the planet that have not been connected or able to pass the idea on. C G Jung had an theory on this called collective unconscious, which was like a shared pool of memories inherited from their ancestors. That way there maybe a possible link between our memories collectively, which could be related to reincarnation.

Using Regression to Find Your Past Lives

Past Lives are often another way explaining an individuals links to their previous existences. There are a few ways of accessing these past lives, but the most common is regression through hypnosis. 

The subject is placed in a state of relaxation and then hypnotised. Once under, the hypnotist will then encourage the subject to ‘go back’ taking them deeper. They will then be asked to describe what they see or feel. Although this isn’t seen as a scientific approach, it is widely accepted the world over. In fact many people visit regression experts to discover information on their past lives. 

Questions is; are these actually past lives that these individuals are accessing or are they simply obtaining information from their imagination or unconscious mind? 

Stevenson’s Reincarnation Research

I read about the research of Dr Ian Stevenson a few years back, but was instantly taken back he’s work in the field. Stevenson spent around 40 years travelling the world and investigating 3,000 cases of reincarnation in children. These cases showed some good evidence that information from past lives like illness, injury, etc may be passed to another future life. 

I believe there may have even been some extremes cases where the children recognised people, places and even recalled information relevant to their past lives. All of which has added greatly to the possibility of reincarnation. 

Here is some further information on Stevenson’s work – http://www.near-death.com/reincarnation/research/ian-stevenson.html

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The Triple Approach EVP Experiment 

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The Triple Approach EVP Experiment

A Little Background

Various EVP experiments have become almost normality now within the paranormal field with many individuals and groups trying variations on asking simple questions. Over the years as with many of these kind of experiments I have often favoured the ‘what if’ element to spice it up a little. 

Interestingly enough an investigator years back initially suggested to the idea of approaching an EVP session a little differently. This approach was to run and EVP session, but with no physical person present and using recorded questions. The first time we tried this it wasn’t successful at all. However that as we all know doesn’t mean we should give up on an idea. 

The concept has been something which has remained with me over the years and when I read a little on the observer effect, the idea returned making more sense than ever. 

So, here’s a more detailed approach to the same EVP Experiment which may yield a little more results and certainly some more comparisons. 

What You Will Need

Again I have tried to keep this experiement relatively simple so not to require too many or complex devices. Although you will need to do a little preparation prior to the experiment. So, here’s what you will need. 

  • A Digital Voice Recorder
  • An MP3 Player/Laptop/Device to play an audio file
  • A Digital Camera

That is really it to be honest. Of course once you master the simple form of the experiment you can add in additional tech to help you cross reference the data you may capture. 

The Method

Firstly, you’re going to need to do a little work before you start. This can either be completed prior to arriving at your investigation location using any research you may have done or you can complete it on the fly once at the location and you have a feel for the place. 

Either way you will need to record around ten questions, which will also be the same questions that you will be asking during your session, so write them down in your notebook. 

Secondly, pick a room/place at the location which will be ideal for this experiment. Take into account any reports of activity to find the best suited location. Also, take into account any audio contamination in the chosen location too. 

Preparation

  1. Write ten questions relevant to the location down. 
  2. Record those ten questions on a device for playback later (not the digital voice recorder).
  3. Pick the location for the experiment. 
  4. Photograph the location. 

Silent Unmanned Recording

  1. Setup the digital voice recorder in the location.
  2. Tag the experiment, location, date and time on the recording. 
  3. Photograph the setup, but tag yourself doing so.
  4. Leave the location.
  5. Allow the digital voice recorder to record for the same length of time as the recording of the questions, which is likely to be roughly ten minutes. 
  6. Return to the location. 
  7. Photograph the location, but tag yourself doing so. 
  8. Tag the time and that you’re closing the experiment on the recording before stopping the digital voice recorder. 
  9. Stop the recording. 

Playback Unmanned Recording

  1. Setup the digital voice recorder in the the location. 
  2. Setup the player/device/laptop ready to play the pre-recorded questions. 
  3. Tag the experiment, location, date and time on the recording. 
  4. Photograph the setup, but tag yourself doing so. 
  5. Start the pre-recording of the questions. 
  6. Leave the location. 
  7. Allow the experiment to run for the duration of the pre-recorded questions. 
  8. Return to the location. 
  9. Photograph the location, but tag yourself doing so. 
  10. Tag the time and that you’re closing the experiment on the recording before stoppping the digital voice recorder. 
  11. Stop the recording. 

Manned Recording

  1. Setup the digital voice recorder in the location. 
  2. Tag the experiment, location, date and time not the recording. 
  3. Photograph the setup, but tag yourself doing so. 
  4. Start asking the questions, leaving a brief gap between each question. It should be very similar to your recording. 
  5. Photograph the location, but tag yourself doing so. 
  6. Tag the time and that you’re closing the experiment on the recording before stopping the digital voice recorder. 
  7. Stop the recording. 

Managing the Results

Once you’ve completed all three versions of the experiment you should then have somewhere close to thirty minutes of audio to review. The review of the audio can be completed during the investigation on the fly or post investigaiton. 

The results in this help us in a number of ways. Firstly, it helps us to understand the conditions in which EVP’s may be captured. It may also help us to see if our presence is required too. 

Remember to timeline the recordings and define which questions may appear to yield responses. 

As ever I will be interested to see how you get on with this experiment and if it does work well for you, please feel free to share your audio with me at info@ashleyknibb.com.

Once you’ve used this method a few times try mixing things up a little with other approaches and more gadgets to gain more information. 

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