EIFs and Paranormal Research

ElectricityEIFs are Experience Inducing Fields. Hardly anyone talks about them. They’re difficult to measure. Their effects are tricky to estimate.

So, many paranormal researchers pretend they don’t exist.

However, it’s vital to consider them as we evaluate paranormal sites.

EIFs include sites with high levels of EMF. We can measure those. We know they can create emotional, mental and physical distress.

Infrasound is an issue. It may be a big issue. I’ve talked often about the relationship between hauntings — particularly poltergeist activity — and underground streams, and water in general.

At present (2010), geomagnetic fields (GMFs) are practically ignored during most paranormal discussions.

That’s a problem. But, I’m about to take this in another “what if…?” direction.

What if those fields don’t just affect some researchers.

What if those fields also act as beacons for… well, whatever’s reported at the location?

At the moment, that’s a question that no one can answer.

We need to talk about these things.

Yes, I know: When I go out on a limb like this, skeptical critics chuckle. Others may use EIFs to dismiss all paranormal reports.

We can’t let critics — and potential ridicule — stand in the way of important research. Every theory should be considered and explored.

I believe that EIFs may explain many — but not all — paranormal experiences.

Let’s identifying things that merely seem paranormal. Then, we can narrow our investigations to sites with genuinely baffling anomalies.

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What if EMF is Leaking into Our Universe?

light explosion - emf -gravityAre you familiar with recent discoveries in physics?

There are two leading theories about gravity.

  1. It’s leaking into our universe, or
  2. It’s leaking out of our universe.

In both cases, physicists already agree that there are parallel universes.

So, how does that apply to ghost hunting…? Here’s how: The same “leaking” between universes might explain the elevated EMF readings that we get in haunted locations.

If you’ve seen the NOVA series, The Elegant Universe, you know how EMF and gravity are related. (If not, visit that link and watch some of the videos. At least see the one called “Escaping Gravity.”)

Tri-field EMF meter illustrationSo, what if elevated EMF levels indicate locations where there is traffic between our world and the world in which ghosts live?

What if EMF “leaks” through that passageway along with the ghost, the same way that cold air enters a warm home when you open a door or window in winter?

It might be a one-time opening between the worlds. Or, it might be a portal.

This is all speculation, but it might explain something about ghosts and EMF levels in certain locations.

Or, it might be about EMF and nothing else.  Either way, it’s fun to consider and it prevents closed minds about what we’re witnessing at haunted sites.

Using a Compass to Measure EMF

This article about EMF and hiking compasses
has been updated from my 2003 original.

compassCan an inexpensive hiking compass detect EMF as well as a $50+ EMF meter?

Until around 1999, I dismissed the idea of using a compass during ghost investigations. Instead, I relied on other ghost hunting equipment.

However, a series of tests with a sturdy $10 Coleman compass surprised me, and a $5 compasses worked nearly as well as my regular EMF meters.

Now, in some settings, I actually prefer to use a hiking compass when I first explore a haunted site.

And, unlike hi-tech equipment with batteries that can fail in haunted settings, the compass always works.

Here’s my background: For years, I was a Girl Scout leader. So, I know that hiking compasses work like gravity. They’re almost 100% reliable with no surprises, as long as you aren’t near something magnetic, a large electrical engine, or major power lines.

Late in 1999 when I was documenting a ghost hunt, I brought my compass to Gilson Road Cemetery in Nashua, NH. I had only intended to use it to get my bearings when making notes about which geographical corners had appeared the most spectrally active.

When our ghost hunting team arrived, I placed the compass on top of Hannah Robbins’ headstone at the northern end of the cemetery. Her stone appeared to be aligned in a NNE direction, looking towards the carved side of her headstone.

This was what I expected to see, so I didn’t think about it again.

However, while I was comparing anomaly photos with actual grave locations and other landmarks, another ghost hunter and team member, Alan (the one we call “ghostbait”), checked other parts of the cemetery with the compass.

North seemed to move.

In the southern half of the cemetery, the compass showed north in one direction. As Alan walked towards the northern half of the cemetery, the needle swung about 30 degrees and stayed there.

We tested this repeatedly, and the results were consistent.

At the time, this was a very rural location, before a housing development moved in across the street. In 1999, there were no nearby generators or significant power lines.

EMF should only increase in proximity to electrical activity. It has been reported during spectral activity. We don’t know if ghosts cause EMF surges, but at haunted sites, we often find higher EMF readings.

Since Gilson Road Cemetery is profoundly haunted, it should not surprise me that my sturdy, non-nonsense compass reacted to energy there. But it did.

On return visits and ghost hunts, day or night, we’ve seen anomalous compass readings at Gilson Road Cemetery and most other “haunted” locations.

Since then, we’ve used a compass on several Hollow Hill investigations. Now, we highly recommend a compass in your basic ghost hunting kit, for fun if nothing else.

Guidelines for compass use in “haunted” locations, and during ghost hunts:

  • Use only compasses with free-swinging needles. If the needle tends to get stuck pointing in one direction, it’s not helpful.
  • Before you start walking, line up North so the red part (or point) of the needle is over the arrow painted on the compass.
  • Learn to use the compass in a not haunted site, first. Your backyard is a good place, if there are no electrical wires nearby (underground and overhead, too).
  • The first time you try this, walk in as straight a line as possible, directly towards North or towards South.
  • Expect the needle to bob and bounce as you walk. This is normal. However, when you pause, it should always return to North.
  • Keep the compass as flat as possible. If you hold it an an angle, your reading may not be accurate or the needle may become stuck.
  • If North seems to move, pause. Check how you’re holding the compass. North NEVER changes direction!
  • Debunk odd readings if you can. Look for interference from magnetic deposits (a metal detector can help) and from electrical sources, including power lines. They will “attract” the compass’ needle.
  • This is worth repeating: North NEVER changes its location. Even a slight 10-degree shift is an anomaly, if you’ve eliminated all other influences. Profoundly haunted sites can show unexplained needle-swings of up to 90 degrees.
  • If you think you have an anomaly, retrace your steps. See if the compass anomaly repeats. Usually, it will… but only for awhile.
  • Check again on another day. Unfortunately for documentation purposes, a genuine haunting is unlikely to repeat the compass anomalies in the same places, day after day. (One that does repeat is more likely electrical or magnetic interference with the compass’ action.)