Have you ever been to a place that is notoriously haunted but it really doesn’t seem so scary while you’re there? This has happened to me many, many times. In fact, some of the more intense investigations I’ve been on seem to be in places that haven’t been investigated on a regular basis.
As investigators we all know how frustrating it is when you hear all sorts of crazy stories and then nothing happens when it’s finally your turn to experience it. We sit there waiting for the full body apparition of the man everyone has seen, or for the cries that are heard EVERY SINGLE NIGHT, but they never happen. It can lead you to question all of the other experiences that people have had. But it is important to keep in mind that the other side doesn’t always cooperate the way we want it to.
Sometimes I wonder if places can be over investigated. Are the places we see all over every “ghost hunting” show really THAT haunted? I’m not so sure. If there is a different team at a location every weekend asking “Does anyone want to talk to us?” “What’s your name?” I’m sure that gets old. Maybe entities simply get tired of answering people (I know I would) or maybe they don’t have the chance to “recharge” between teams and the ability to communicate with us becomes increasingly difficult. Communicating seems to take quite a bit of energy.
To sum it up I think there are a few different reasons this may happen. If you’re feeling a little down about your results from a particular place, maybe think about these things and come back a different time. Who knows, maybe the moon just wasn’t in the right place that night.
Spirits get bored talking to us. We can’t be that interesting.
What people have experienced is residual, and doesn’t happen during the few hours investigators are there.
The spirits don’t have enough energy to communicate and use our equipment when people are bothering them over and over and over…or maybe they just want to be left alone.
It just ain’t it, chief. Some places are just built up by word of mouth. “My uncle’s friend’s cousin’s wife was there once and blah blah blah…”
Teams that frequent certain places may build up evidence in their heads. I’ve seen teams that convince themselves spirits in a location, and swear that every creak and groan of the place is “little Susie”who they’ve come to know. Not saying that isn’t possible, but probably not.
I apologize for this one in advance! I’m a little rambly, but I’d like to get this out there.
So, I’ve spoken about Colin Wilson before, and he is most definitely another one of my favorite writers in the paranormal field. In his book, “Mysteries” he talks a lot about Lethbridge’s theories! I need to get my haunted little hands on some of his other works aside from “Ghost and Ghoul” but for now I’d like to discuss one entry Wilson mentioned.
“And so Lethbridge’s experiments led him to the conclusion that various worlds – including the state of life-after-death – exist parallel with this one, and will even respond to a pendulum. An object that exists here also, apparently, also exists there – an interesting sidelight on the mystical formula: “As above, so below”.
It would take ages to explain how Lethbridge methodically came to these conclusions, as they are a lifetime of work. I have much more reading to do myself! But, I do have a lot of trust in his theories. This snippet in particular strikes a chord. Is there one parallel universe or are there many? Are there universes parallel to the parallel universes? The possibilities are absolutely endless. I mean it seems kind of silly to think that we’re the only ones who exist and that there are no other lifeforms or dimensions. Look how far science has come in 100 years! In 100 years, who knows what we will have discovered.
This being said, how do the dimensions cross over? Or spirits for that matter. It almost seems like there’s tears that have happened over time allowing beings or energies to cross over. Again, this is just my own theory, but maybe these are caused by energies in our world created by man, and maybe some have been caused by magical rituals performed over the centuries. This makes me think of the film, “As Above So Below”. I really enjoyed it, and in the film the parallel universe seems to be the polar opposite of this one. So, if this was applied to the world today, does this mean for every healthy beautiful forest, there is the polar opposite parallel to this? If so, why? Maybe so things can come full circle. For one thing to exist, there must be an opposite. For every action there is a reaction. Can good exist without evil or can we know true happiness without knowing devastation? In my humble opinion, the answer is no. I mean, what would make something good if there was no concept of bad? It would just be. I sincerely hope that in the future we are able to prove (or disprove) the existence of other worlds and dimensions and possibly figure out how they are part of our daily lives. In my deepest heart, I do believe that they exist.
Maybe, in the end, these parallel universes exist so our world can exist in the way that it does. I know I’m getting a little…out here with this one, but it feels good to write some of this down and I’d love to hear what you guys think! For any further discussion please send me an e-mail at email@example.com
There will be many, many further & more in-depth conversations about Lethbridge & Wilson.
This is just a short entry about a really neat little ghost town my mom and I went to visit last weekend! There are a lot of great ones in Colorado but many of them require a half a day to get to, so we found this little gem that was a little closer to Denver.
As I searched and searched for a fun place, I came across Dearwood, CO. It came to life in 1910 thanks to Oliver T. Jackson and was a thriving African American community! It grew into a sustainable place with churches, a gas station & homes. Unfortunately during the Dustbowl & Great Depression in the 1930’s, the town was mostly abandoned.
Here is a neat snippet from an article I found (link at the end). George Junne is a professor of Africana Studies at the University of Northern Colorado,
“While Jackson spent his time marketing the community and working in Denver, his wife, Minerva, acted as the town’s “judge, jury and executioner,” according to Junne. She ran the town’s day-to-day operations, and ran them tightly. “When she snapped her fingers you jumped,” Junne says.
In promotional pamphlets, Jackson touted the community’s rich soil and view of the mountains. Always on the lookout for newcomers to town, he made clear they were looking to grow. He never stopped thinking up new ways to make Dearfield succeed and fill its coffers, Junne says. Even Prohibition offered Jackson an opportunity.
“For a while this town was known as ‘Beerfield’ because he was bootlegging here,” Junne says. “He needed to make money to keep things going. The people all around here knew about it and they gave the nickname.”
It makes me sad to think about how quickly this town came and went, but it’s also really cool that this wonderful piece of African American history still stands for people to visit and hopefully educate themselves. Imagining what it was like 100 years ago is always fun and I hope the spirit of Dearwood can continue to live on!
I will say that it most definitely didn’t feel haunted. It almost had a light and happy feel to it. I guess I always thought ghost towns were supposed to be spooky and all, but most definitely not Dearwood! It sounds like during it’s brief history that it was a happy place of empowerment and success. Who knows, your neighborhood may someday be a decrepit ghost town that people come and visit.
ORBS. IN. PICTURES. ARE. PROBABLY. NOT. PARANORMAL.
Just needed to put that out there. I think one of my biggest issues with some paranormal investigators (and paranormal buffs), is that they snap tons of pictures and always seem to catch orbs as “evidence”. I shouldn’t get as upset as I do, but there is a reason that people don’t take paranormal investigators seriously, and this is part of it. I see people share photos all the time that are clearly not paranormal, and then other people begin to share their own opinions, which then brings a bunch of arguing and debating. Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but there is a very good chance that it is dust or a film anomaly. When you use the flash (which as investigators we are almost always in the dark), the light from the flash can reflect off the dust particles which creates the orbs in the photos. It’s probably not the lady in white or a ghost child haunting your house. I can’t tell you how much it makes me want to scream when people share this as evidence, or within the community asking “wat do you see?” or “im haunted guys”. That ain’t it, sis.
Here’s some good information I couldn’t even try to sum up for you:
According to the Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena.- “Digital cameras have lenses with a much greater depth of field than film cameras. This means that the nearest point to the camera that is in focus is a lot closer. It also brings the ‘just out of focus’ area (‘orb zone’) closer as well. The ‘orb zone’ is so close that it is intensely illuminated by the flash. The intensity of the flash increases according to an inverse square law with decreasing distance. Indeed, if the subject of your photograph is at a distance of 5m, a particle of dust at 5cm from the camera receives approximately 10,000 times greater light intensity! This creates an ‘orb zone’ in digital cameras where the light intensity is sufficient to illuminate the faint out-of-focus bits of dust, which appear as circles of confusion (or ‘orbs’).”
So, basically you’re probably capturing dust or the occasional bug. Even after all that ranting, I do believe that there are cases where an orb can be paranormal, especially when it goes hand in hand with other evidence. I just think that most of the time people are looking for something. Whether they want to feel special or they enjoy being scared, thinking they have captured paranormal evidence gives them some sort of answers…which we all want.
What about when you capture something on video? In my experience, this tends to be a little bit more accurate, though there is still the possibility of bugs or dust flittering about in the night vision! I’m going to share a video from a Code 3 Paranormal Investigation. You can see an orb actively going around a doorway. There are plenty of examples of dust & bugs caught on film all over the internet! Looking at this video that my team caught the anomaly seems to have a movement which isn’t “floaty” or just slowly hovering around the camera. Leave me a comment and tell me what you think! I’m also sharing a photo that was taken (not on an investigation) and though this location is actually haunted, these are NOT ghosts hanging out in the photos!!
Example #1: Here is the video that was caught at the Genoa Wonder Tower (One of the coolest places EVER!!). I believe this to be paranormal, due to the way it moves and the way it correlates with other happenings of the night.
I’m still kind of new at all this, so if this sounds like word vomit…well it’s word vomit with some good information in it. If there’s anything anyone wants me to discuss, please let me know!
I’m choosing to discuss poltergeists as my first entry because of the psychological trauma that the movie caused me as a child. Steven Spielberg’s “Poltergeist” was my introduction to the horror genre. Even though I was used to dealing with paranormal occurrences I enjoyed being scared from things that WEREN’T real. I read countless scary stories and would sneak books from the adult section of the library about ghosts & serial killers (yes, I know. Weirdo.) When I didn’t have my nose in a book, my mom would take me to blockbuster and I’d immediately run over to the horror section, absolutely fascinated with the creepy covers. My little hands would grab each one and I’d run to my mom and say, “What about this one?!” I was always met with a hard no. Eventually my mom said she knew a scary movie that I would be allowed to watch and I was overjoyed! I was probably around 9 years old and the film had a “PG” rating so it was perfect for an intro movie. What my mom didn’t anticipate was that Carol Anne gets sucked into…wherever she goes…through her walk in closet. And guess who else had a walk in closet? That’s right! Me! I spent years and years being absolutely terrified of my closet, and even still get uneasy being in one. It’s funny how things from our childhood haunt us.
Okay, here’s my take on everything. Keep in mind this is a condensed version, but I’d love to discuss.
Many poltergeist cases report that the activity comes on strong and ends in a relatively short amount of time.
The history of poltergeists can be traced as far back as ancient Roman times.
Poltergeist phenomena is a focus of study within parapsychology.
Lots of famous “poltergeist” cases are thought to be fraudulent (I tend to agree).
Poltergeist activity often happens around a single person called an agent or a focus.
One of my favorite occult/supernatural writers is Colin Wilson. His books are a bit dense and difficult to sit down and ready for long periods, but all are packed with loads of valuable information.
In his book, Poltergeist: A Classic Study in Destructive Hauntings, he goes on to discuss many cases and theories of these “noisy ghosts”. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants a pretty solid case study. There are many cases discussed, some that Wilson even investigated himself. Please, do yourself a favor and read it.
Over the years I’ve heard many different theories. One of my favorites is that poltergeists are a manifestation of the minds of troubled or sexually frustrated adolescents. That it is simply their angst taking on a physical form and making the plates fly across the room or the light bulbs combust. In the 1930’s Nandor Fodor was the first to popularize this theory. I hadn’t heard this name until reading Colin Wilson’s book and it doesn’t seem Fodor was some half wit who claimed to have all the answers. He researched many cases including the infamous “Bell Witch” case which is been written about countless times and had multiple films made based on the story. According to The Guinness Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Spirits, “Poltergeist expert Nandor Fodor called the Bell Witch ‘the greatest American ghost story’ and believed it could be explained naturally as poltergeist activity generated by the youthful Betsy, a likely focal point. But other ghost investigators find that explanation unsatisfactory”. There were many people at this time who disagreed with the theory of RSPK (Recurrent Spontaneous Psychokinesis), but it seems that after some time, people came to give it more credit. People began to widely accept this belief up through the 90’s. But, Wilson’s introduction to “Poltergeist: A Classic Study in Destructive Hauntings, ” says that in the early 90’s, things began to shift back in the direction that poltergeists were spirits and not some form of RSPK. There is still a division in belief today.
As a practicing witch, I can get behind the theory of RSPK & manifestation, simply because I do believe we manifest our energy into reality. All of us do, and there are some that it comes to very naturally. Some may even be doing so without really knowing that they are doing it. So yes, I believe that this can happen, but I don’t think that this is the sole answer to what a poltergeist is.
So, the other option is that a poltergeist is a spirit. What makes them different from other spirits then? Why do they have enough energy that they are able to cause so many things to happen in the physical world? If they are NOT cases of RSPK maybe they can be spirits who have a very strong energy, possibly someone who died with a lot of hatred and anger. Spirits are attracted to energy, yeah? Perhaps instead of the activity being caused through RSPK, the energy has simply drawn spirits to it. Like a beacon of light in the darkness (I always like to picture Patrick Wilson standing with his lantern stuck in the further in the Insidious movies). Anger, sadness & stress are all strong emotions that can provide a spirit energy to feed off of. Still the question stands, though, what makes it a poltergeist and not just an angry ghost?
Maybe, just maybe both are completely valid. Could there be be cases of “mistaken identity” in the supernatural world? I think so. In my humble opinion, poltergeists are the “ADD” of the spirit world. The term is thrown around pretty loosely. If some sort of physical manifestation takes place like a glass being knocked over or doors slamming many people tend to just throw out the term “poltergeist activity”. Possibly because it grabs people’s attention. True cases of poltergeists, I believe, are far and few between. I could sit here and reference tons and tons of cases but I don’t want to make this blog sound like a college paper I threw together the night before it was due.
This being said, I’d love to witness a true and proven case of RSPK. As any paranormal buff, I would LIVE for it. I love seeing, feeling & hearing paranormal things because then I know! Most people look at me strange when I say I want to be bitten or scratched while I’m on an investigation. It will never be enough to convince someone else, but I’m clinically sane (mostly) and know what my experiences have been. Anyways, every case is different. I believe that it is completely possible that there are circumstances where someone who has abilities but may not know is projecting their angst into reality. Or possibly on rare occasions, some who may be able to do it on purpose.
As an investigator, I once came across a case of a possible poltergeist. I was skeptical, but hoping with every bone in my body that it would have been the real deal. The people seemed genuinely terrified and the pictures they sent of the “evidence” would be absolutely insane if it were real. As we pulled up to the house, my heart sank a little, and in my gut I knew it was going to be an interesting night…but for the wrong reasons. As it turns out, it was the filthiest place I think I have seen in my entire life, on top of an admittedly tumultuous household. Sounds like the perfect ground for a poltergeist, right? But in this case we were able to deduce that the live-in girlfriend of 6 months was causing all the activity herself, on purpose. Needless to say I was pretty bummed I didn’t get to watch some clothes spontaneously catch on fire or kitchenware combust.
In the end, always look for logical explanations. Try and document everything you can, and always know people will not believe you. It isn’t your job to convince them. I think that both of these theories have merit, and that maybe there are cases that were causes from one or the other…and probably many other explanations too.
Leave a comment and tell me what you think! Maybe a part 2 will come later down the road.