Confusing matters further, there are a lot of myths and urban legends passed around in the Paranormal world that people take for granted. Myths that have no proof, no basis in fact.
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But that is a very cumbersome name. "Spirit" is the word most often used, as in "Spirit Box" even though that is probably not what they are. A Spirit is defined as
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From our work, we know for a fact that there are intelligent creatures who can see us and they can hear us. However, we cannot see nor hear them except under very specific circumstances. Usually, it's not with the unaided eye or ear. Cameras with night vision, infrared and thermal processing can sometimes see them. Most often we can hear them with the aid of any electronic device with a speaker output - radio, telephone, fax machine, computer speakers, tape recorder, dictation machine, and a scanning radio usually called a spirit box. This list is not complete. The point is that they are there all the time watching us and we are none the wiser. They can be invisible when they are "On Earth"meaning they are standing next to you in our space/time dimension, or they can be monitoring and communicating from their dimension which has no concept of space or time. Probably a more accurate description of them is to say they are
The nonphysical part of a person that is the seat of emotions and character; the soul.
"we seek a harmony between body and spirit"
synonyms: soul, psyche, (inner) self, inner being, inner man/woman, mind, ego, id; pneuma
If spirits are the nice people that died and went into that invisible
world, what would we call humans that were monsters?
On these pages, we will most often refer to entities as spirits or
evil spirits. Really bad ones I might call a Demon. Demons are an evil
spirit or devil, especially one thought to possess a person or act
as a tormentor in hell. Elementalsare just little gremlins that like to
play practical jokes - hide your car keys for example. Poltergeists
like to make a lot of noise and toss things about. All the knocking
in episode one of our series was done by Poltergeists. How do I know? "Poltergeist" is simply German for "Noisy Ghost". You see, for practical purposes, it doesn't really matter because we can never know for certain what we are dealing with anyway. The theologian Swedenborg said that there are good and bad creatures in the spirit world and their job is to influence us while we are still in the body. The Scole Experiment confirmed this when a spirit explained what her job was.
Demon - Spirit - Poltergeist - Residual - Elemental - Entity - Ghost - Apparition
What should we call these creatures?
And what can I say to our skeptical readers, or people new to the Paranormal?
Here's a great example. The popular Ghost Hunting shows have said the same thing for years regarding “draining batteries.” The legend was that spirits need energy to help them manifest, so they drain electricity from batteries and other electronics and use that energy. Most paranormal channels on YouTube repeat this false claim until it is universally accepted by the majority of sites.
But I could find NO evidence to support it.
In many cases where scientists were in communication with discarnate entities, the scientists were told that the entities use a form of energy that our scientists have not yet discovered. In other research records the spirits said that they use the energy they bring with them, energy they find in the natural earth and rock formations,
bodies of water, and energy from human beings themselves.
A spirit's energy is similar to but not exactly the same as
electricity. In another body of work the spirits
said that they have absolutely no use for our electricity,
that it vibrates too slowly. In my Lake House work, I managed to record several incidents of spirits planning an attack on my gear. The reason is that they are under strict orders to NOT be video taped under any circumstance. EVP after EVP has the bosses yelling at everyone to “HIDE” when I come in the room and they announce loudly any camera equipment I am carrying. They then discuss how to disarm it. In every case, the best way is to drain the batteries. So they have discussed this attack very directly and not once in five years has there been one EVP referring to them needing to use that energy. The reason is to kill the recording. It is very popular for gear to be messed up, but the conclusions these ghost busters draw is often quite wrong.
We follow this general flowchart for conducting paranormal investigations. We never add anything artificially to the evidence, such as reverb and echo. Those are the signs of a paranormal entertainer and not of a scientist.