Paranormal Education

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CLASSES OF HAUNTINGS

Residual – The activity of reoccurring or traumatic  actions from past events that leave an imprint on the environment. Like a  recording on a tape, it will play the events over and over again. The  entities involved in this residual haunting activity are not aware of  their surroundings. This is not an intelligent haunting; there is no  interaction between you and the entity. Example of a residual haunting  is that maybe you hear music, singing or talking, but when you go to  investigate the room or area you thought it came from, there is no one  there.

Intelligent – These types of haunting are very rare,  in the sense that they interact with people. The most common belief is  that the ghost is connected to the site or people in some way. These  hauntings are considered to be intelligent because communication with  the living usually occurs. This ghost is best described as the spirit of  a person who once lived and has stayed behind because of unfinished  business or maybe they don’t realize they have died. They may also be  able to make themselves known by slamming, opening and closing doors,  affecting electrical devices; making strange sounds, creating  unexplained cold spots and giving you a strong feeling of being watched.

Poltergeist – Poltergeist is a German word meaning  “noisy ghost”. It is usually caused by a teenage girl going through  puberty stages. During this stage, a young girl can suppress an extreme  amount of inner energy. This energy can be projected, which can cause  tapping sounds, the movement of objects, and lights flickering off and  on.

Anniversary – Usually appears continuously over a week or two, same time every year.

The next two hauntings, I won’t be going into too much detail.

Demonic – Usually befriend you, foul odor, like sulfur.

Angelic – Scent of roses.

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EVP CLASSIFICATION

EVP classification or classifying electronic voice phenomena varies,  as different EVP classification scales are used by ghost investigation  groups.

EVP are ghostly voices recorded from typically within a haunted  environment, and are not usually audibly heard during the EVP recording  session. It is important to first understand that there are different  qualities of ghostly voices, thus an EVP classification scale is  important.

Classification A : A clear and distinct voice or  sound that is universally accepted and undisputed, because it must be  understood by anyone with normal hearing and without being told or  prompted to what is being said or heard. It can be heard without the use  of headphones.

Classification B: A voice or sound that is distinct  and fairly loud. This class of voice is more common and can be heard by  most people after being told what to listen for. It is usually audible  to experienced persons who have learned the skill of listening to EVP.  It can sometimes be heard without the use of headphones.

Classification C: A faint and whispery voice or  sound that can barely be heard and is sometimes indecipherable and  unintelligible. It may have paranormal characteristics, such as a  mechanical sound. Most investigators would apply objectivity and  disregard it, but may save it for reference purposes.”

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ORBS

Characteristics of Dust Orbs

Dust orbs and orbs caused by other environmental particles like rain  or small insects are the most common. Many people who claim to have  captured spirits on camera have actually taken a picture of dust. Dirt  and dust particles are present almost everywhere. Simply walking through  a carpeted room can stir up a variety of things that appear as specks  and spots when photographed.

How do you know if an orb was caused by airborne particles? First  off, any photos that were taken during rainfall should be discounted.  Rain often shows up on camera as a series of bright circles or smudges,  especially when a flash is used, making it impossible to distinguish any  other kind of orb. Insects are also easy to identify. Anomalies that  have an insect shape or a distinctive blurred wing pattern are most  likely the fault of bugs.

Dust orbs can be a little harder to distinguish, but do possess  specific characteristics. These orbs often appear fuzzy or blurred and  can be quite large. Some have a bright ring around the outer edge,  making the center appear dim. Dust orbs also rarely leave any kind of  trail; that is, they remain stationary in photographs.

Characteristics of Spirit Orbs

Once you have ruled out atmospheric or environmental interference in  your photos, you can begin to consider the possibility of spirit orbs.  These orbs are distinctive from dust orbs in several ways. Unlike false  orbs, spirit orbs have a substance and light source all their own. They  appear solid and are often brighter than dust orbs, and can materialize  in a variety of colors.

Another distinctive characteristic of ghost orbs is that they are  sometimes captured while in motion. Moving orbs leave a contrail behind  the orb itself, and this appears as a streak of light in the final  photograph. Some lucky ghost photographers have captured groups of orbs  in motion at night. The effect is as spectacular as it is spooky.

The bottom line when evaluating orb photos is that objectivity is  necessary. Photos must be assessed with a critical eye in order to  determine whether the orbs are genuine or were caused by environmental  conditions at the time the picture was taken. If you believe that you’ve  captured an orb on film, find a local paranormal expert or  investigative group to look at your photo. Their experience with the  paranormal will aid in determining the true nature of the captured orbs.

Tips for Conducting an EVP Session

When starting, always note the date, time, location and what room you’re in. It’s very important during an EVP session to NEVER whisper to anyone, even yourself. Always speak clearly and in a normal voice so that we may discern our own voices from anything paranormal. If you hear a “natural noise” such as a car passing, air conditioning coming on, etc. make note of it in your recorder. If you make a loud noise by movement, coughing, etc. make note of that too.


Always give time between your questions. You want to ask a question and wait approximately 10-15 seconds before asking another or after someone else has asked a question. IF there is a spirit responding that cannot be heard, you want to give them time to answer.


Always introduce yourself at the beginning of the session. “Ask permission.” Keep it natural. Speak as you would if talking to a friend. Often times, a spirit is not aware of the fact they are dead. So you always want to speak in present tense.


Provoking

We never provoke!!! This can be dangerous. Do not directly insult them.


Questions


Personal

Is there anyone here who would like to speak with us?

What is your name? My name is ________. Can you say my name?

How old are you?

What year were you born?

Where were you born?

What is your occupation?

Is there anything in particular that you would like us to know?

Where do you live?


General

Do you know who we are?

Do you know why we’re here?

How do you feel about us being here?

Are you here alone?

If not, who is with you?

Can you make a sound or knock to show us you’re here and where you are?

Can you touch one of us?

Do you know what the date today is?

Do you know what year it is?

Who is the President of the United States?

Can we talk with you again another time?

How many people are in this room?

How many people, including us, are in this room?

Assure them that we’re not there to make them leave


Locational

Is this your home?

How long have you been here?

Are you here all the time?

Why are you here?

What is your favorite room in the house?

Is there anyone else here with you?

If so, what are their names?

Are you happy with the people that are living here now?

Do you like the changes they have made to the home?


It may be a good idea to keep these questions in a notebook to take with you on investigations until you are familiar with the kinds of questions to ask.

GHOST BOX - Just Radio Or Spirit Communication?

A look at the science behind the ghost box to determine it’s credibility as ghost hunting equipment. The ghost box relies on AM or FM radio signals, some of which are supposedly manipulated by spirits. Essentially this is not exactly a ghost box debunked video because it also offers some suggestions that could prove the that the spirit box is credible as well as alternatives that should also work if the ghost box really does hear the voices of ghosts.