Chakras: In some belief systems,
it is believed that the human body has seven energy vortexes located in different areas of the body. These vortexes are located at the base of the spine, the navel, the solar plexus (diaphragm area), the
heart, the throat, the third eye (area between the eyes, centered on the forehead), and the crown (top of the head).
Circle: A circle is when
people gather in a ritualistic manner, and attempt to gather impressions from a certain area or event that might have taken
place within that area. A circle is not a sťance, because the main goal of a
sťance is to make direct contact with the spirits.
Clairaudience: Is the ability to
hear spirits talking in one’s mind. When one is clairaudient, they hear
the spirit talking in their head although no audible speech is heard.
Clairsentience: This is the ability
to experience a spirit throught the sense of touch. It can be felt as a light
tingling sensation on the skin, face, and hands. Some might also experience the
hairs on the back of the neck standing up when a spirit is nearby.
Clairvoyance: Is the ability to
see an image or images from a different realm in one’s mind using the third eye.
ESP is a form of clairvoyance. Clairvoyance is often referred to as “the
Collective Apparition: A collective apparition is an apparition that is witnessed by more than person.
Demon: A demon is an entity
that is a very dark energy, and therefore evil. A demon or demonic haunting requires
more than the usual cleansing. Usually to get rid of a demon, one has to consult
with the local church, and one or more exorcisms may need to be performed.
Dowsing Rods: Dowsing rods come
in two different styles. They can be in a y-shape (one rod would be used) and
the more common L-shaped (two would be used). Dowsing rods can pick up paranormal
energy and indicate the strength of the activity and where it is located. Dowsing
rods can be used to verify EMF readings. They can be made from either aluminum
or copper, as these two metals are naturally occurring in the Earth, and therefore, this makes them sensitive to energies
emitted from the Earth, and any deviances that may occur.
Ecto: Short for Ectoplasma. Ecto is a definite sign of true paranormal activity.
It appears in several different ways. One way it often shows up is in
photos, as a misty, foggy, looking substance. Another way is can appear as a
cloudy area within an area that may be haunted. While it is extremely rare, people have been able to touch ecto, and those
who have, describe it as a cold gelatinous matter that has about the same feel as rubber.
Psychics during the Victorian days of parlor games would often exhibit the ability to extrude ectoplasma. Whether or not this is true, remains to be debated.
EMF Meter: EMF stands for Electro
Magnetic Field. This is a device that originally was designed for electricians
to detect leakage of electricity around electrical outlets and/or electrical panels.
The reason we use an EMF meter is because ghosts often appear or center themselves around an area that contains a high
amount of electrical energy. EMF meters actually measure in milligauss units.
Entity: An entity is used
to refer to a spirit that can be malevolent in nature. Entities were at one time, humans and may have been a malevolent type
of person when alive, and therefore could be malevolent in spirit. An entity
is different from a demon in the fact that an entity is an actual spirit, whereas a demon is an extremely dark energy, and
can become very violent without the slightest provocation.
EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomena):
EVP is a way of documenting spirits in an area by capturing voices and/or sounds on some type of voice recorder. There are a couple of different methods to capturing EVP. One way is to record while in circle, and the other way would be to set the tape recorder up in a very
controlled area and let it record for some time.
Geomagnetic: This is the field
of energy that surrounds the Earth. Paranormal activity is affected by this field,
and when the geomagnetic conditions are high, such as after a solar flare, the chances of witnessing paranormal activity increase.
Ghost: The disembodied spirit
of a once living creature. The term ghost can also be used to describe the spirit
of a living creature who has not crossed over and remains Earthbound for various reasons, such as a tragic car accident, and
violent death. Basically a ghost is one’s spirit who doesn’t know
that their physical body is no longer living.
Ghost Hunt: A ghost hunt is going to a location that may or may not be haunted, and trying to find ghosts, and capture
them in photos. An example would be going to a cemetery late at night.
Ghost Lights: Ghost lights are
orbs that appear illuminated as balls of light. Ghost lights may also appear
as a twinkling light in the dark. Most of the time, the lights appear in the colors of light green to green. They often look like car headlights tracking across the walls at night.
Grounding: The opposite of centering. When one grounds, it is the act
of expelling any excess energy and sending it back to the source. Basically this
is another form of meditation, and it can be done without doing a centering first. An
example of this would be to enhance the ability to focus on a task, or to help one remove any stress during a stressful situation.
Haunting: A haunting is when there are numerous reports of paranormal activity within a certain location. The hauntings may or may not be occurring on a regular basis.
Hygrometer: A device that measures
Investigation: An investigation is the act of going
to a location and trying to determine the real cause of the paranormal activity. The
main focus during an investigation should be trying to rule out any other possibility that the activity is being caused by
anything but a ghost or spirit.
KP Index: The KP Index is a collection of measurements
of the planetary geomagnetic conditions taken from 12 or 13 monitoring stations around the world. The KP Index is updated about every 3 hours. The KP index
is based on a scale from 0-9. When the index is between 0 and 3, it is in the
quiet range. When the index reaches a 4 on the scale, it goes to unsettled. When the conditions are between 5 and 9, it enters the storm range. The reason that we pay attention to this is because paranormal activity feeds off of geomagnetic energy.
Manifestation: A manifestation is
the act of paranormal energy, such as a spirit, appearing to those present or making its presence known. Manifestations can be in the form of ghost lights, thumping on walls, moving objects, smells, or sounds. Table tipping is a way for a spirit to manifest itself.
Materialization: Materialization is the act of a ghost
or spirit appearing to those present. This term is similar to manifestation,
but in this case the presence of the ghost is visible, whereas a manifestation is when the ghost or spirit makes itself known
through other means as described above.
Medium: A medium is one who has the ability to hear
(clairaudient), see (clairvoyant), or feel the presence (clairsentient) of a spirit or spirits. Mediums also have the ability to communicate with the spirit or spirits.
Mist: A mist is evidence of possible paranormal activity. It can only be deemed as possible paranormal activity when everything else that can
resemble a mist is ruled out. Examples would include fog, someone’s breath
from exhaling, car exhaust, exhaust from any other source, such as a manhole cover in cold conditions, etc. This is why it is important to adequately document your surroundings during the investigation, or prior
to the investigation.
Orbs: Orbs are widely debated as to whether or not they are actually
indicators of true paranormal activity. Some sources say that orbs are nothing
more than dust particles in the air, pollen particles in the air, insects, rain, moisture in the air, etc. Orbs can also be created from light bouncing off of reflective surfaces such as tabletops, mirrors, glossy
paint, shiny wallpaper, mirrors, etc. Orbs can also be the result of two cameras
taking a picture using a flash, at the same time. Since most orbs are caught
on images generated from using digital cameras, some sources argue that the camera is actually causing the orbs, usually due
to low light conditions.
Paranormal: The word paranormal comes from the words “para”
meaning beyond, and normal. So the term paranormal really means something that
is beyond the normal scope of science or being beyond a scientific explanation.
Portal: A portal is a term given to an opening, kind
of a doorway if you will, between the spirit world and this world.
Poltergeist: The term poltergeist is made up of two
old German words. Polter means “noisy” and the second half geist
means, “ghost”. Basically a poltergeist means a noisy ghost. Modern
theories and studies today don’t associate poltergeist activity with a ghost however.
It is usually associated with a human agent who is under some type of extreme stress, or emotional turmoil. The agent
is often unaware that they are actually causing the phenomenon to occur. Often
the activity will occur around a prepubescent female, but can occur around prepubescent males as well. The activity only occurs when the agent is in the area. If
you remove the agent from the area, the activity will stop. The activity that
occurs is objects are thrown, doors fly open, objects move, etc. The agent that is responsible for causing this activity to
occur is thought to be using Psycho-kinesis (PK), but is unaware that they are actually causing this to occur.
Psycho-Kinesis (PK): The ability to move or control objects
using the mind. In the case of an event involving a poltergeist, the agent
using PK is unaware that they are actually the ones who are causing the objects to move.
Sťance: Sťances gained popularity during the Victorian
era of the mid 1850s to the early 1900’s. It comes from the French word
sťance, meaning “seat or session” The French word sťance
comes from the old French word seoir, which means “to sit.” Sťances
were deliberate attempts to contact the spirits of loved ones in hopes of receiving a message from the other side.
Sensitive: A sensitive is someone who has the ability
to sense the energy of a spirit (clairsentient). Sensitives differ from mediums
in the sense that sensitives often do not have the ability to communicate with the spirit.
A medium is a sensitive, but a sensitive may or may not be a medium. Some
people do interchange the word and this is totally acceptable.
A Solar flare is the result of a sudden release of hydrogen gas from the sun.
A solar flare is often associated with a sunspot, which is a cooler area of the sun’s surface. When a solar flare
occurs, the result is called a Coronal Mass Ejection. The CME is comprised of
plasma, and travels at many hundreds of kilometers per second. When it reaches
Earth, the amount of radiation in the CME is what causes geomagnetic storms, which can cause interference with radios, radio
communications, TVs, and satellite communications. During a geomagnetic storm,
paranormal activity is increased because of the amount of energy in the atmosphere. This is also a good time to view the northern
lights, which will increase in activity and are often visible in the lower northern states.
Spirit: A spirit is the soul of a once living person. Spirits can come back to visit the living. Spirits
are all around us, and at times, may make themselves known, leaving subtle hints for the person receiving the visit. Spirits can be a type of guardian as well, since they are always watching over us
and in times of trouble, will protect us. Spirits differ from ghosts in the aspect
that ghosts don’t know that they are dead, and continue on as if they were still living.
Spirits often know that they have died, but some refuse to cross over completely for various reasons. Sometimes it
is because they are trying to get a final message to someone, and will remain Earthbound until the message is conveyed to
whom it is meant for.
Supernatural: The term supernatural comes from the
terms “super” meaning above the average, and the term “natural” meaning the norm. Basically it is anything that seems to go beyond any natural force or defies a logical explanation.
Vortex: A vortex is an area of concentrated energy
that can act as a portal for spirits traveling between the spirit world and this world.
When one encounters a vortex they may feel a range of sensations from a slight tingling on the exposed skin, to a vibration
emanating from the ground. Most often a vortex is felt by an overwhelming sensation
across the back of the neck and across the shoulder blades.