It’s not hard to be a skeptic these days. In fact, I would says it’s vogue; to question everything that you can’t touch, see or feel. At least it was within the people I chose to hang out with during college and shortly thereafter. It was laughable to believe in God/god/gods, etc. Now…I feel that skepticism is mostly related to one’s age. Sixteen years later, I still see it happening with the same 18-30 year age group. Those people with whom I had conversations ridiculing those who believed are the same people who are currently attending church, active in faith-based activities and so on.
And now I’m one of them.
I’ve always believed in ghosts and aliens. To me, it seems naive to not believe. But I had a hard time believing in a god. Especially the one that Catholics are raised to believe. And don’t get me started on the devil.
As I got older, I realized my difficulty in believing in the devil resulted in my inability to understand pure evil. I still have a hard time with it. When friends and acquaintances hear about this particular stance of mine, they often ask me my thoughts on Adolf Hitler or some other person people tend to equate to “evil.” I can’t believe these people are the personification of evil. Their actions can be evil. There must be some redeeming quality and if there is ONE good thing about that person, they cannot be purely evil (in my humble opinion).
This belief has allowed me to be effective at my job in law enforcement. After nearly six years, I still see the good in people. I’m not jaded. I still believe that people are good at heart. And for that, I’m thankful. I don’t ever want to become one of those officers who sees the criminal in everyone.
So with the belief in ghosts, I began my own ghost hunting group, the Paranormal Research Society of Casper. I wanted to use scientific-based techniques to prove or disprove ghosts. While I personally believed in ghosts, I certainly approached investigations skeptically. I felt the majority of the people we came into contact with simply lacked the knowledge and understanding of what was occurring. So there was a lot of explaining when it came to “orbs,” matrixing and general “feelings.”
Naturally, when you have a paranormal group, a number of people contacted me claiming to be psychic. They wanted to use their abilities to help homeowners understand what was going on in their homes. While including psychics went against everything i stood for scientifically, I chose to include some within the group as it seemed to be a common request from homeowners. Never let it be said we don’t adapt to what our clients want!
This is how I met Rachel. She contacted me and we set up a time for an interview. We met at a local Starbuck’s where I grilled her about her abilities. Then I asked her to give me a reading right there, in a crowded coffee shop. I’ve said in previous writings and interviews, she said some things that were accurate and she said some things that weren’t. Yet, statements that didn’t match up at the time came to fruition within a few months. That certainly got my attention.
But above all, what made me trust Rachel and her abilities, was her strict code of ethics. She would not speak about those persons who saw her for healing. If she didn’t sense anything, she didn’t make something up. As Rachel and I became friends, I could see that this ethical code followed her through all aspects of her life. Rachel is unfailingly honest.
That is why I’m excited to work with her on this new project. Her humor, knowledge and her ability to jump in head first are going to make this adventure worthwhile and engaging. And I’m ready for it!