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.
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).
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.
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?
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.