More and Stranger Ghost Reports

question-mark-markerSomething’s going on. People are encountering stranger ghost manifestations, and more of them. Also, they’re reporting things that are far from “routine” hauntings.

COCOANUT GROVE

The first thing I noticed was at the site of the old Cocoanut Grove fire in Boston, Massachusetts. A group of us were there on a brilliantly sunny day in June, but noted EMF readings similar to night time levels. (At most haunted sites, EMF levels are higher at night.)

In addition, some of us could feel heat on one side of the site. It was far more than could be attributed to the warmth of the day.

FALSTAFFS EXPERIENCE

Then, at The Falstaffs Experience in Stratford-upon-Avon (England), our group encountered some of the weirdest phenomena I’ve ever seen. It’s the first time that I could actually see something that looked like a portal.

It’s also the first time I’ve ever said, “I’m not going in that room,” because I was genuinely frightened. Whatever the energy was, it had nothing to do with ghosts. (I talk about this during my Falstaffs series of podcasts.)

That’s just one of many truly strange and unique things that happened at The Falstaffs Experience.

ST. AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA

This week, Jen – a Florida researcher who joined me for investigations in England –shared photos with extraordinary images in them. She was at St. Augustine, Florida, and the photos show something like ribbons, but they’re not hair and they’re not a camera strap.

The photos are still being analyzed.

BUT… WHY?

I’m wondering why we’re seeing this increased (and stranger) ghost activity. Is it from the recent popularity of ghost hunting, and the ghosts feel they’ll be acknowledged? Is it also because we’re approaching the time of year when many people go looking for ghosts?

I’m wondering if more ghosts are becoming courageous (or brazen) enough to make clear contact with the living.

I’m not sure, but the trend in recent months is startling.

Whether or not you’ve been ghost hunting in the past, prepare now to visit haunted places. More than ever before, you may encounter unusual – and perhaps scary – paranormal manifestations.

Ghosts and Ghost Hunters – Stereotypes and Reality

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Ghosts? Not everyone believes in them.

Oh, many people are afraid of the dark. Others become edgy when they hear unexplained noises after dark.

Let’s talk about fact and fiction, related to ghosts.

These are the three main kinds of ghostly activity:

  • Residual energy.
  • Active hauntings.
  • Poltergeists.

Phrases may vary, but the concepts remain the same.

A residual energy haunting is a location that “feels” haunted. When something happens, it’s the same thing, every time. The activity usually occurs on a certain day or date, and sometimes at a particular time. Or, it might be activated by a specific trigger, such as when a certain song is played on the radio.  It might be a temperature drop, an apparition, or a fragrance. However, it’s always the same thing, over & over again.

I usually describe this as stored energy that lingers after an event (or events) that included strong emotions. It’s like an iron that remains hot long after you turn it off. The vast majority hauntings are simply residual energy.

Active hauntings are different. The ghost (or ghosts) reacts to what’s going on when you’re there. If you talk to the ghost, it will respond or at least pause what it’s doing. (These spirits are often described as “sentient.”)

In my research, fewer than 20% of ghost reports are active, sentient, responsive hauntings. Most are residual energy. They’ll fade away over time, if they’re ignored.

Few ghosts appear as apparitions. They’re not complete figures that everyone can see.

Apparitions rarely appears gruesome, bloody, or extremely old or young.  When they manifest, it’s usually how they appeared at the prime of their lives.

Poltergeists are controversial.

Poltergeists are, literally, “noisy ghosts.” When you hear about dishes flying across the room, or stones raining from the ceiling, that’s a poltergeist.

Some people believe that all poltergeist phenomena are psychokinesis (also called PK) or telekinesis. That is, the events are caused by someone living. That individual has elevated abilities related to ESP. According to this theory, people are able to move things with the power of their minds, and no physical contact.

Most people believe that the poltergeist is a mischievous or malicious spirit, acting on its own. It torments one or more people until it gets bored and goes somewhere else.

However, some ghost researchers — including me — believe that poltergeists represent a two-part phenomenon.

  • The energy for the activity is provided by someone who is very much alive.
  • The pranks and noises are caused by a ghost who’s using the energy of the living person.

One of the most intriguing lines of research relates to water and poltergeists. Poltergeist phenomena seem to increase around water — in the kitchen, bathroom, or a dining area where water is served. And, where there is no naturally occurring water,  unexplained water appears after a poltergeist episode.

In general, ghosts can appear anywhere, but history — and sometimes geography — usually indicate why the site may be haunted.

Likewise, there are three main stereotypes among ghost hunters:

  • Skeptical critics.
  • Over-enthusiastic “true believers.”
  • Everyone else.

Skeptical critics go to extremes to find normal explanations for events that most people would label paranormal. The stereotype is male, over 25 years old (usually over 40) and he’s annoyingly sarcastic.

Over-enthusiastic “true believers” are the opposite of critical skeptics. In the stereotype, they tend to be teens or young adults, or mature (45+) adults.

They eagerly choose paranormal explanations for events that might well be normal. If a normal explanation makes sense, they’ll bristle and relentlessly poke holes in it.

Combined, these two groups — rabid skeptics and ardent “true believers” — probably comprise less than 10% of all ghost hunters.

However, skeptics and overly-enthusiastic believers stand out in the crowd. So, many ghost hunters have to deal with these labels in the media and public opinion.

Let’s talk about reality now.

The vast majority of ghost hunters are healthy skeptics who admit that some events can’t be explained, and may be caused by ghosts. They enjoy “what if…” questions, and reasonable challenges to paranormal explanations.  They never want to leap to a hasty conclusion.

Most ghost hunters believe something odd is going on at “haunted” sites.

Some, but not all, ghost hunters believe in ghosts.  Generally, they’re looking for proof, one way or the other, but how they define “proof” varies widely. What seems like compelling evidence to one person may seem laughably shaky to another.

In general, most ghost hunters are everyday people. At any ghost investigation, you’ll usually find a mix of genders and a wide range of ages and backgrounds.

You’ll also find a full spectrum of opinions and beliefs.

The media and Hollywood love stereotypes.  They reduce the need to explain things.  Every ghost hunting team seems to have at least one cute guy in a tight t-shirt, and one member who startles easily. (The classic is a young woman with blonde hair, who shrieks at everything.)

Any writer or producer who relies on those stereotypes is short-changing the audience.  While parodies are fun, and it’s convenient to simplify peripheral characters, people know it’s not real.

If you add too many “no, that’s not real” elements, you’ll lose your audience’s trust and loyalty.

If you want believable ghosts and ghost hunters, make them real people, not something freakish or silly.

USOs, Faeries and Hollow Earth Theory

UFO1Last night on the History Channel, I watched a program about USOs — Unidentified Submersed Objects. They’re like UFOs — and some of them fly in the air, too — but return to somewhere deep in the ocean.

As ghost hunters, let’s be aware of other paranormal phenomena, so we more correctly categorize “something odd” when it happens.

(That said, we don’t have a clue what most of this is. We’re trying to make sense of it as best we can, but some of our guesses may be way off-base… no pun intended.)

It’s interesting that these objects seemed to be attracted to the USS FDR. The evidence seems compelling.

Might this explain underwater cities in faerie lore? It might link to Hollow Earth theories, too.

How does this affect ghost research? I have no idea. It’s just odd and interesting.

Related links:

USOs
http://www.ufoevidence.org/documents/doc1782.htm
http://www.sciforums.com/archive/index.php/t-6704.html
http://www.crystalinks.com/usos206.html
http://ufocasebook.conforums.com/index.cgi?board=uso

Hollow Earth
http://www.unmuseum.org/hollow.htm
http://www.crystalinks.com/hollowearth.html
http://www.hollowearththeory.com/

Ghosts and Molecules

Plasma - illustrationThis morning, when I was thinking about quantum physics and developments that started with string theory.

(Yes, some of us are admittedly geeky about ghost hunting.)

Physics has vast applications to ghost hunting. Today, I’m thinking about molecules and the ways some ghosts interact with our world.

In a nutshell, what if apparitions (including “shadow people”) have physical bodies, but there are far larger spaces between the molecules… if we can even describe them as ‘molecules’?

This could explain why they can pass through walls without slowing down.

(I’ve seen a ghost walk through a wall at Bradford College, in Massachusetts.  I’ve seen other apparitions “vanish” but maybe they also escaped through walls.)

Maybe that’s how space clearing works. Perhaps the sound, incense, or whatever invades the spaces that the ghost considers part of his or her body. So, the entity leaves to protect his or her new form.

Maybe this is why we find more ghostly manifestations around water. Maybe the moisture fills the spaces with a conductive material, and — since we can measure them with EMF — it enables them to function better in our physical world. After all, at least 50% of our bodies are made up of water.

The fact is, in ghost hunting, we’re often making this up as we go along. We’re starting with anomalies, and trying to imagine explanations that fit and (sort of) make sense.

There are days when those explanations resonate as real possibilities.

The next day, in a different light, it seems like speculation piled on top of fantasy.

I think speculation is important.  We must ask the “what if” questions.

However, remember this: When we take fantastic theories too seriously, we’ve lost the our focus and our integrity as researchers.

Go ahead. Ask the “what if” questions. They’re important.

Then, keep looking for better answers.

Ghost Hunting in the Daytime

alley-misty-veniceGhost hunters will get the best research results after dark. I’m not sure if it’s like radio stations that can be heard more clearly without interference from the sun.

Whatever the reason, after-dark ghost hunts are usually far more successful.

However, daytime ghost hunts aren’t always a waste of time. I’m reminded of Gilson Road Cemetery in Nashua, NH. The haunted/psychic energy builds there each day, starting around 11:30 or noon. Put your attention — perhaps your ‘psychic radar’ — on the woods in back of the cemetery. Even in broad daylight, you may sense (or even see) some very odd things.

By night, eerie lights seem to flicker in those same woods. Animals are “too quiet,” or suddenly seem to panic. A few people see a hooded figure with glowing eyes. Compasses and EMF meters go haywire. Strange things happen.

The energy is gone by dawn. Around noon the next day, the cycle starts all over again.

In Texas, I like downtown Houston’s La Carafe wine bar at 813 Congress Street. Though the bar is closed in the morning, people who work there report odd discoveries when they arrive to open for business.  It’s haunted enough to provide anomalies, 24/7.

Fiona Broome's adviceLook for locations with a long history of power struggles or violence.  Battlefields are a good example.  (Gilson Road Cemetery in Nashua, NH, was the site of multiple Native American wars, as well as violent clashes with colonists.)

Check your daily commute.  Look for roadside historical markers.  Many indicate sites of violent clashes and intense, emotion-rich meetings of powerful people.  Something important happened there. The question is why, and did it at least leave some residual energy?

Former hospitals, funeral homes, and politicians’ homes are also good sites for daytime paranormal research.

If your only research time is during daylight hours, don’t worry. Somewhere nearby, at least one site is haunted, day and night.

Ghosts don’t only come out at night.

You may need to investigate several sites to find one that’s active in daylight. With enough patience and persistence, you’ll find one.

Carpe diem!