Back to Basics: Understanding the Paranormal Components

Back to Basics: Understanding the Paranormal Components

How much do you know about the supernatural and paranormal activities?

The first step towards ever getting anywhere with the truth behind many mysteries is definitely understanding the paranormal components.

What makes up the weird and the unexplained of human society?

We can begin by defining any paranormal or supernatural phenomena as a mystical manifestation or event that human beings cannot conclusively explain using all our advanced scientific knowledge and natural elements.

These include occurrences like cryptids, superhuman abilities like telekinesis and of course, ghosts and aliens.


The Paranormal Breakdown: A Foundation to the Truth

Care to find out the categories of weird we have in the world…?

It’s the only sensible way to get to the ultimate truth right?

The supernatural world has general reports of all the following mysterious phenomena…


1) Legends and Mythologies

Here you will find well-known fairy-tale creatures the likes of deities (Zeus, Ra, Apollo…), werewolves, mermaids, and demigods like Hercules, blood suckers like Dracula, the bogeyman and even trolls or gargoyles.

All the characters above were used in different societies and cultures across the world as part of their unique folklore to pass teachings and warnings and also try to explain things they could not yet begin to comprehend.

These supernatural characters were developed and preserved over centuries of passed on oral narrations from generations to generations.


2) Demons and Possessions

This falls under a branch of theology known as demonology; which is basically a study into the belief of demons and evil spirits.

Many confuse this with the study of cults but it’s far from it. However, elements of demons and their references can be found throughout all major religions and forms of belief.

Demons can either be benevolent or malevolent but many people tend to associate the name “demon” with the latter. This is because are mostly perceived as wicked and vindictive.

Controversial demonologists like Lorraine Warren have claimed to be able to talk to ghosts and demons.

Famous texts such as the Grimoire of Pope Honorius gave most of the names of demons we know of today as well as their individual functions.

Demons and Possessions

Some of these earlier religious inclined texts have met strong resistance and brushed aside as diabolical and baseless facts.

Ghost hunting groups and individuals on the other hand have stuck to the idea that demons are just pissed off ghosts that decide to act evil…

How many demons can you name in addition to Nybbas, Seraphim, Abaddon, Pharzuph, Gaap, Abdiel, Krampus, or the king of Hell’s comedy, Kobal?

Each demon is believed to control a particular element and have different influences in the material world.

The common belief of course being that these demons are merely the devil’s minions. Some even believe that demons can possess human beings or animals and influence their actions and thoughts.


3) Aliens and UFOs

The question still lingers as to whether earth has had contact with extraterrestrial beings or not.

The existence of life outside our atmosphere has always fascinated us, and efforts are still underway to make the first contact despite there being numerous claims of several UFO sightings and alien contact(s).

Aliens and UFOs

Although all these allegations about interactions with beings from other planets and possibly distant galaxies have been questionable, there have been very interesting conspiracies tied to governments such as the New Mexico Roswell UFO crash.

Other unproven stories have described vivid alien abductions that have left us torn between what to believe and not to believe about the alien/UFO controversy.


4) The Metaphysical Element

This falls under a branch of science known as pseudoscience. These are claims and concepts without any scientific legitimacy and which are better referred to as alternative or fringe science.

Some of the phenomena categorized as metaphysical include:

* Telepathy: Communication using brain waves or transmitting thoughts without verbal words.

* Chakras: Any of the 7 spiritual power points in a human being. They are scattered in different locations between the top of the head and somewhere near your mid-section around the pelvis area.

* ESP (6th sense) and Clairvoyance: This is basically the ability to perceive or experience events outside the scope covered by our natural 5 senses.

* Auras: This is the belief that a human being is surrounded by a colorful array of energy fields every now and then. Kind of like the magnetic fields depicted on a magnet.

* Telekinesis: This is where objects can be moved without any physical interference. It is believed the mind has the ability to summon this kind of power in some super-humans or supernatural beings.

* Reincarnation: This is the rebirth of a soul into another body…not necessarily a human body.

* Astrology: This is basically a study into the influences or effects that astral bodies such as planets have on the experiences of human beings. Thus the development of the Zodiac signs, their meanings, and how each is related to certain individuals in terms of influencing life events.


5) The Study of Cryptids or Cryptozoology

This side of the paranormal looks at animals not yet categorized in science; which of course goes to tell you that their existence at any point in the earth’s history is highly contentious.

The Study of Cryptids or Cryptozoology

These are studies about Bigfoot, Pegasus, the Loch Ness monster, Unicorns, Dragons, the goat sucking Chupacabra and many more.


6) Ghosts: Living Spirits of the Dead

Okay, truth be told…this is arguably the beginning of the journey into the paranormal. Stories of souls or human spirits from beyond the light visiting the land of the living go back as far back as death itself!

The fascination with death has driven man to great heights and sometimes to very, very low depths in search of the elusive answer…What happens to a person after death?

Is it all gone?

Is the soul detached from the body and promoted to a higher realm?

And what about these claims of people who died and came back? What did they really see on the other side?

Ghosts: Living Spirits of the Dead

The only way to find out the true answer to this quagmire is simple but a bitter pill to swallow because nobody wants to die…

But wait…it gets even more interesting…parapsychology seems to hold a different theory about ghosts.

Studies in this field tend to bend heavily towards the possibility of communicating with ghosts through mediums.

The twist here is that the theory also suggests that living humans disembodied through astral project can very easily appear to other people as ghosts.


Hauntings: Lingering Paranormal Energies

These paranormal activities are usually connected to certain places. Contrary to what you might have believed, hauntings don’t necessarily have to be connected to ghosts according to TAPS (The Atlantic Paranormal Society)…!

Here’s a breakdown of the kinds of hauntings you can encounter in the paranormal world…

#1 Intelligent Ghost Activity: This is basically where ghosts or unseen entities can be experienced as they struggle to make contact with the land of the living. Think messages written on a misty mirror…

#2 Poltergeist Hauntings: These are violent events such as banging doors or flying objects; total chaos and mayhem from unseen energies.

Poltergeist energies are also believed to attach themselves to individuals and cause unusual drama everywhere these people go.

More contradictory views seem to believe different about the source of poltergeists.

Parapsychologist view of the poltergeist suggest that this is the work of an oblivious living human being who in some unknown way manages to summon up and manifest some sort of psychokinetic energy.

But, why the violence and the terrifying events?

#3 Residual Haunting: This is more like “déjà vu haunting”…okay, think living through an episode of the TV series Day Break…the same event occurring over and over again at certain intervals.


Parting Shot: Searching for the Truth

The truth can only be established when we move from the known to the unknown…Working with the few paranormal facts we have brings us closer to understanding the paranormal and what goes on in realms we can’t see or we can scarcely fathom.

Hope this small guide helps you move closer to your own truth… keep the faith and have fun sharing experiences from the paranormal or supernatural world.

Harry Price The Ghost Hunter

Harry Price The Ghost Hunter

Harry Price was a man who stood out as a truth seeker. As a researcher of psychic phenomena and a respected author, he pursued his investigations with passion, and is regarded today as a man who was not afraid to be criticized.

During his lifetime he wrote many books and papers on the subject of the paranormal, conducted scientific investigations and helped to publicly expose many fake mediums and paranormal hoaxers.

A Man of Many Interests

During his younger years Harry Price was a man with many varied interests, such as coin collecting, archaeology and space-telegraphy but the most fascinating was his interest in stage magic and conjuring.

He was a skilled amateur conjurer, noted for his expertise in sleight of hand.

It was this skill together with his thirst for the truth, that set him on the path to becoming a notable and famous paranormal investigator.

Exposing Frauds

In a time where spiritualists, spirit photographers and mediums were extremely popular and almost unquestioned, Harry Price set out to authenticate their claims.

Although most of his work and investigations resulted in the mediums being exposed as frauds, Harry Price did actually endorse some of spiritualists he investigated.

His knowledge as a magician helped him to set up credible tests to investigate these practitioners’ paranormal claims.

While his work was revered by some, it made him very unpopular with others.

One of his noteworthy critics was Arthur Conan Doyle who insisted that Price wrote “sewage” about mediums, and together with his friends tried to keep Price’s papers out of circulation for many years.

Although Price was a member of the Society for Psychical Research, they also became one of the biggest criticizers of his work as he continued to expose fake mediums and disprove phenomena such as ectoplasm.

The Society for Psychical Research disapproved with Prices’ practice of paying mediums to test them, and also with his opinion on the meduimship of the spiritualist Rudi Schneider.

In 1926 Harry Price formed an organization called the National Laboratory of Psychical Research to act as a rival to the Society for Psychical Research.

Price’s Methods

Price used a variety of methods to observe and test the claims of spiritualists.

These included analysis of so-called “ectoplasms” by some mediums, which were shown to actually be the regurgitation of materials such as chewed paper, egg whites and cheesecloth.

In the case of William Hope, Price secretly marked his photographic plates and gave him other plates that had a distinct etching.

When Hope produced his photographic spirit images, Price was able to prove that they were a hoax, as they did not display the etching nor the secret marks.

In the infamous case of Rudi Schneider, Price used photography himself to prove that Schneider’s claims of levitation were merely created by sleight of hand.

Price was able to discredit the meduimship of George Valiantine, who claimed that he had contacted the spirit of Italian-speaking composer Luigi Arditi.

Price studiously recorded all the phases that were credited to the composer, and on investigation he found them to be exact matches to segments in an Italian phrase-book.

A True Believer

But Harry Price did not believe that all of his encounters with the paranormal had scientific explanations.

He wrote about one such experience that he had during a private séance. A woman named Kathleen Goldney is said to have encountered Price the morning after this séance occurred, and reported that he seemed visibly shaken.

During this session Price wrote that he had applied starch powder to the floor, locked the door and taped the windows of the room in which the séance took place.

At some stage during the séance a young girl, who called herself Rosalie, had appeared in a lifelike form.

Price reported having spoken with the girl and being able to touch her.

While he was suspicious during the encounter, he found that once the séance was over none of the seals had been disturbed and there was no evidence in the starch powder that any human being had moved over the floor.

Although the Society for Psychical Research attempted to discredit him, Price was convinced that this was a true paranormal encounter.

Although his work uncovered many mediums and spiritualists as nothing more than hoaxers, Harry Price was a true pioneer in the field of psychic investigation.

The legacy he left is one that reminds that while we can, and should, believe in the paranormal we must always be weary of those who seek only to fool us.

People Who Have Seen Hell

People Who Have Seen Hell

Most of us try to avoid the thought that in the afterlife we may be destined for a place down-under. There are some unfortunate people walking among us though, people who have seen hell.

If we have learned anything from Dante Alighieri and the tale of his decent into the depths of hell, experiencing the eternal torment of malevolent entities gleaning pleasure from human abasement is not something many want to experience.

For those unfortunate individuals who claim to have sojourned into the inferno our worst nightmares have become their experience, their reality…

The Other Side

Nearly all of us have heard of near death experiences. When we hear the stories of those who have had a near death experience we hear a lot of talk about light and peace, but what about the other side of the other-side?

There are some woeful people among us who have had the displeasure of standing face to face with the devil and taking a frightful trip through the pit.

Angie Fenimore, a woman who attempted suicide years ago, had such an experience. The website “Cracked” conducted an interview with Fenimore and in it she alleges that when she was momentarily pronounced clinically dead she experienced a flashback of the events of her life.

Hell - Unknown Master - Portugal

However, instead of the light we so often hear about, she was encompassed in complete darkness.

According to Angie, she was able to communicate with other souls that were aimlessly wandering the darkness and was then placed in what she could only describe as a field of wandering souls.

Jennifer Perez

One young lady, a girl of only fifteen claims that she too has had visions of hell. Jennifer Perez claims in an article on the website “Devine Revelations” that when she made her journey into the afterlife she was confronted by a great wall and was set in front of God and the angels.

In her testimony, the angel escorted her on a dark path in which she could see souls being tormented by demonic entities.

Her tale of the journey into hell ended with the angel Gabriel telling her that God was going to give her another chance at life.

Jennifer gladly accepted that chance and has been trying to live her life to the best of her abilities, trying at all cost to evade damnation again.

Matthew Botsoford

Matthew Botsoford, in comparison to the other claims, actually testified that he experienced the torture himself.

After being shot and pronounced clinically dead three times he had the uncut tour, full hell experience.

According to Matthew, he was shackled over the top of a burning pit containing a demonic figure. The smoke that billowed out of the pit contained the souls of those who had been condemned.

He explains that though he was isolated, he could hear the agonizing cries from other souls that were damned to an eternity of pain and torture.

In his testimony the demonic figures would approach him and pull the flesh from his bones and with each bite would slowly eat away at his body.

When there was no more flesh to be taken a whole new layer of flesh grew back to repeat the experience over and over.

Much of the assertions of these men and women are similar to other stories of people who have ventured the highway to hell and made it back to tell the world about it.

Mary Baxter

One woman has claimed that she experienced a journey similar to that of Dante in that she claims to have been witness to both heaven and hell.

Mary Baxter states that one night during her regular prayer routine, a blinding light entered the room. That light, according to Baxter, was Jesus Christ himself.

Her testimony is that Jesus took her on a tour of hell for three hours every night for a total of ten nights. Baxter has claimed that hell is physically located at the center of the earth, and that it is shaped like a human lying down.

Horrors of Hell

She, like the others, saw demons that were mocking her in agitation, and in addition she smelled raw sewage and felt the heat of the flames burning against her skin.

Interestingly, Baxter explains that in her vision of hell, again somewhat parallel to Dante, like were grouped with like.

By this I mean murderers were grouped with murderers etc. The type of punishment issued was dependent on the type of sin committed.

She also claims to have ascended the stairway to heaven and witnessed angels of great height, though her experiences of heaven are not as greatly detailed as her time in hell.

Many have denounced Baxter as a “witch” or a false-prophet for claiming to experience such events with a guided tour by the big man Himself.

Conclusion

The stories of people who have seen hell are captivating because as humans we are naturally drawn to learning about what lies ahead of us beyond this lifetime.

In our own fear and self-doubt we try to uncover what hell is and hope that the pit is not our next destination. We are wired to want to know what lies ahead, it has been so since the time humans could communicate and pontificate about the world and universe beyond it.

I leave it to your discretion to decide if you believe the testimonies of the people who claim to have been to hell up.

One thing that we can all agree on is that we don’t want to ever be making our way across the river Styx, and Dante’s Inferno is probably the closest most of us wants to get.

Room 428 in Ohio University

Room 428 in Ohio University

Mention room 428 in Ohio University to any alumni or current resident of Wilson Hall dormitory; you’re guaranteed a ghost story.

Ohio University is considered one of the most haunted schools in the world.

Built only one year after Ohio established statehood, Ohio University’s walls have witnessed plenty of tragedy.

It all started in the 1970’s when a student lost their life. Accounts differ when it comes to the gender of the student, but sources agree on the unexpected or unusual nature of the death.

Some time after that, however, a female student lived in the dorm. Those who knew the woman claimed that she studied the occult. She allegedly used the energy of the room to speak with the dead.

Forgotten over the course of decades, her name does not seem to be known. Yet, nearly every story about this woman ends in her grisly death.

It is said that she drew on the power of the room one night. She wanted to astral project or speak with the dead, but somehow this resulted in her violent and bloody death. Some stories say that she slit her wrists. However, this is not a widely circulated claim.


 An Array of Supernatural Phenomenon

After the first death in the 1970’s, students experienced an array of supernatural phenomenon. Frequently, students occupying the room alone would hear footsteps.

Other times, objects would fly across the room and shatter against the walls. And still other accounts claim to have seen the ghost of the ill-fated occult follower.

But why did the first death in Room 428 occur at all?

It is interesting to note that Wilson Hall sits in the center of five prominent cemeteries. When these sites are connected with a marker on a map, they form a pentagram.

A pentagram is not an inherently evil symbol. It symbolizes the five elements or the God and Goddess of the Wicca religion. It’s considered a talisman of strength or protection from which one may draw or amplify energy.

To be located in the center of a pentagram, as is the case with Wilson Hall, is a potent sign that the site is one of great importance. In the occult, it is similar to a building that resides upon crossing ley lines.


The Cemetery

Another fascinating theory for the paranormal activity in Room 428: Wilson Hall rests on a cemetery. Sources differ on whether this cemetery held the corpses of Native Americans or those of the Athens Mental Institute.

Regardless, everyone seems to agree that the dorm is directly atop a graveyard.

On January 9th, 1874, the Mental Medical Center (then called the Athens Lunatic Asylum) first opened its doors. All was as well as it could be in a mental ward at that time.

View of Campus, Ohio University
View of Campus, Ohio University

For many years, the patients of the institute enjoyed a peaceful atmosphere complete with fountains and gardens.

As the asylum gradually became overran with patients, the quality of the institution plummeted into the dark ages. The doctors and staff grew cold and temperamental with their charges.

Difficult or unruly patients were punished with icy cold dunks in tubs of water; electroshock therapies became the norm.

The most wild or unmanageable patients underwent a procedure called a lobotomy, permanently destroying their already broken or misfiring minds.


Room 428

All of these phenomena are said to contribute to the mysterious death of the unknown student of Room 428 in Ohio University back in the 1970’s.

Several spiritualist experts have conducted investigations of the area. They determined that the geographical layout surrounding Ohio University (such as the outlying valleys, peaks, and mountains) served to conduct spiritual energy.

The state of Ohio in general is known to be an epicenter of paranormal activity and hauntings, actually.

Ohio in general is known to be an epicenter of paranormal activity

Today, Room 428 in Ohio University is sealed off from students. This happened shortly after the death of the woman who practiced the occult.

However, the door of the room is said to depict the face of a demon, even after the entire thing is replaced. The students currently residing in Wilson Hall are curious, as expected.

Some confess that, as Halloween approaches, their RA’s allow them to “tour” the room. And when they open the door and step into Room 428, each student unanimously reports…

…a couple of dead birds. Oh, well. There’s still the constant complaints of someone walking around in the room from those living in the adjacent dorms!