What do Halloween, Dia de los Muertos, OBon, Chuseok, Gia Jatra, Pehum Ben, and Hungry Ghost Day have in common? A traditional acceptance of what has been termed the “thinning of the veil,” meaning the worlds of the living and the dead can communicate and interact. All of these traditions tend to occur between August and December. Cultures worldwide have established some incorporation of the idea that the veil between the worlds is real and has been noticed.
A 2006 survey of 2,000 participants through Monash University in Australia found:
- 70% had a positive paranormal experience that changed their lives
- 70% claimed to have seen, heard, or been touched by an animal or person that they knew was not there
- 80% reported having a premonition
Paranormal by definition is that which exists outside of the usual range of sight, sound, smell, taste and touch. The question of what is your “range” is only known to you. It could be proposed that people with advanced cooking skills have hyper taste buds, and being able to detect subtle flavors in herbs and spices gives them an edge when devising new delicacies. Musicians that have hyper sound awareness bring new melodies into existence. These types of paranormal skills tend not to throw people of track, and in fact, people quickly note that they like or do not like their response.
Then there are the paranormal arenas that shake people to the core. The dimensional energies of ghosts, demons, ghouls, and the mysterious unnamed encounters have been spoken of and written about throughout the ages. These contacts are given more thought on the like/don’t like scale. If your Grandmother is seen at the foot of your bed as a spirit, and then it is found out that she died at about the same time you “saw” her, what gets processed about your experience?
If you see a spirit at the foot of your bed that is not familiar to you, what is processed about that experience?
The fact is: (1) There is no such thing as empty space, and (2) The usual range of human perception has limitations. Vibrations do exist beyond the human usual range, and are passing through us and that “empty space” at all time. Sometimes we catch a portion or glimpse into these other vibrations and our awareness gets shaken. The Monash University found 70% of the 2,000 participants had a positive encounter with the mystical veil, but, what if your experience was something different from positive?
Paranormal Non-Postive Pondering List
Have you had what you consider to be a negative paranormal experience? You may ask yourself the following questions in an attempt to understand why:
How are your eating and sleeping habits? How is your overall health, and are you on a new medication regimen? Let’s face the facts, when our bodies are overly fatigued or are being introduced to a new medication, the body does some wonky maneuvers. That is real.
Financial and/or family stress affects your perceptual environment. Things missing or misplaced, dream distortions, maybe neglecting self-care can happen when mental and emotional distractions are profound. That is real.
Have you overloaded your psyche on paranormal movies, TV, books, Internet articles, lectures or concentrated conversations about hauntings? If you’ve overloaded your psyche on things scary and have an increased fear level, that is real.
Have you read about man-made and naturally-occurring electromagnetic fields and how they can affect your mental clarity and how you perceive everyday occurrences?
Understand that our mind is a vibrational field. Our dreams and imagination are also vibrational fields. All of that is real. Even though your cannot hold a thought in your hands, it is real. It is real to be so distracted that a loved one’s birthday is forgotten, a common turn off when driving is missed, walking by a friend in the grocery store without noticing them – all these situations happen at one time or another in most people’s lives. If your life is holding great distractions and all of a sudden objects are not in their usual place or cupboards are not closed in the usual way, or your body temperature is fluctuating, or maybe there is a bruise that shows up seemingly from out of nowhere, or mood swings are happening. As unsettling or uncomfortable all of that may be, it is probably not related to a paranormal haunting. Understand that the human body constantly emits vibrational currents, and if those currents exceed a usual plateau, it becomes paranormal to yourself (outside of usual). These highly-charged vibrations have been reported to blow light bulbs, slam doors, and even move objects. Telekinesis studies on teenagers have found very potent vibrational pulses. No matter what the age group, extraordinary vibrational changes such as anger/rage, shame/fear, and love/joy alter an environment in sometimes mysterious ways.
[Writer Rachel McBride is a skeptical believer who has encountered paranormal occurrences for 50 years. “I do not question the existence of the paranormal. I question how it navigates and knows itself.”]