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Here is an absolutely wonderful post by fellow blogger Book ‘Em, Jan O encouraging much needed compassion and support to those who are traumatized in some way by paranormal activity.
Ghosts: Some Thoughts About Support For Those Who’ve Seen Ghosts
Rain on the roof, sounds like a melody, brings back a memory, sings to me in harmony.
Rain on the roof, throbbing through my mind, a rhythm of a kind, putting worries far behind.
Rain on the roof, moves like a song to me, enables me to really see, comforts me in a way that will always be.
Rain on the roof, there gently do I hear, a music that can conquer the fear, a regal tune I hold so dear.
* I took the above photo a few days ago when the sun came out and began to melt the ice off the trees. There was a rainbow of glittering, and the sound of “rain” on the roof inspired me to revamp a poem I wrote 25 years ago. DG
I traversed a rocky path strewn with huge tomes of knowledge, these scattered between the large stones open and closed.
I made my way to swim in the bright blue ocean,
but before I got there discovered a dark grotto.
Where people joyfully swam naked in the cool green-black waters, amongst slick boulders and bodies floated freely.
Then wedged in between stones the size of cars and houses,
and I wanted to swim with the ecstatic souls.
I looked back as I carefully made my way toward the light,
regretfully and yet understanding more knowledge was needed.
We call it paranormal…but what is it really?
I have had people ask me this question time and time again and I have to admit, I find it difficult to answer. It’s easy to fall back on the standard definition of the word…some thing or event that is above or beyond normal, but that simply does not cut it and explains nothing. There are so many sub categories under the umbrella of paranormal, that to just ask what the paranormal is can be impossible to answer. Are you asking about ghosts, hauntings, cryptids, aliens, psychic abilities, NDE’s…what? There is no one way to explain a thing that is fundamentally unexplainable.
I have been immersed in the world of the mysterious, ghostly, unknown and paranormal for as long as I can remember. As a child it was books and more books of haunting tales and then came the movies in my teen years and all through these years I had experienced things I absolutely knew were not what the general public thought of as normal. As a result, a lot of what I experienced I kept to myself knowing it would not be taken seriously. As I grew into adulthood the experiences continued as did the reading and such until finally in 2009 I decided to get serious about paranormal research after investigating a friend’s apartment that was extremely active with para events. The place was amazing and it sealed my future as a researcher and investigator.
That brings us back to the question, what is the paranormal really? Well, it’s a matter of perspective. People have been researching the paranormal since time immemorial and we are no closer today to a solid answer. Whether you are using a notebook and pencil and possibly a voice recorder or a Mr. or Mrs. Gadget who goes in with all the latest ghost hunting tools, you are no closer to discovering what people have been searching for since forever. It boils down to this: if you are a believer in the paranormal and know without a doubt that it is real, then it is normal but just not satisfactorily explained but if you are a non believer then nothing anyone tells or shows you will ever convince you of the reality of paranormal experiences or events. It’s all about your perspective.
We really know nothing concrete about the why and how of it all, only that these things happen and have been happening for eons. Since we can’t seem to come up with anything that describes the paranormal conclusively then I say we are not supposed to know. If we really knew what the dynamics of various forms of “paranormal” were, then there would be no need for or desire to research it. Paranormal, supernatural, anomalous, fringe and other words are just poor blanket terms for things we really don’t understand and probably never will…at least not in this lifetime. The best we can do is to just keep forging ahead and learning as much as possible about what we know to be true but have no sure fire way of explaining.
A Little Observation
For many years now much of the Paranormal field seems to have been focused on what we can see and hear. Well they do say seeing is believing I guess, but should believe what we see? After all our eyes can deceive us and often they do.
However whilst investigating over the years I soon discovered a bit of a paradox regarding what has become fashionably known as ‘evidence’ amongst us ghost hunters! This paradox presents itself in much of this ‘evidence’ these days especially with its review through social media.
The problem that I have observed is that audio and visual information such as photo’s, videos and EVP’s are very subjective and no matter how good they appear to be initially, there always appear to be counter arguments that discounts the validity of such ‘evidence’. I have personally witnessed this myself with what could be called…
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Artificial Intelligence exploring the paranormal… This is well worth the research and application to see what all the data can find.
The Robots are coming..
Recently there has been a number of programs on TV on robots and artificial intelligence, which have been quite fascinating to watch. Especially as they have shown how real and advanced robotics are already, not to mention how intricately they are woven into our society currently.
Now when many of us think of a robot, we quickly think of the movie robots that have been our understanding historically. These are cyborgs like the terminator, Number 5 from Short Circuit and part of the cast of Robocop. Some of these require artificial intelligence in order to work, regardless of them being fantasy. The thing is that artificial intelligence and something called machine learning is very much here already.
Machine learning is everywhere..
In fact a lot of machine learning algorithms have been here a while and you probably use them almost every day of your life. Social…
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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of my readers and fellow bloggers! Please enjoy this great post on some Christmas folklore from The Curious Fortean blog.
During the Christmas season it’s difficult for many of us to imagine it without Santa or his elves. What if they were trolls, goblins or gnomes instead of our favorite little folk, would we still think of them as Jolly? In many countries that is actually the case.
In the mountains of Iceland there lives a giant Ogress name Gryla, her small lazy, good for nothing husband (her third) Leppaludi, her seventy-two children and a ferocious cat named the Yule Cat. Gryla was an absolute monster, both in appearance and attitude. In the days leading up to Christmas she would lock her children in a room to starve while she boiled herself a pot full of naughty children that she had caught.
Each year thirteen of her children would manage to escape for thirteen days and cause havoc in the villages, these children became known as the Yule Lads. While…
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