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EVP… Can they talk from the other side?

I have always been fascinated by EVP’s, or their full name, Electronic Voice Phenomenon. Supposedly those that have passed on to the other side of the veil, which we call “death”, through use of energy and electronic devices, including digital recorders, the dead can communicate with the living.

In other words, you can ask questions of anyone or of specific persons that you wish and hope to contact that has died and is possibly still around within the earthly realm, and the dead can answer back.

There are different types of EVP. Class C, Class B, and the best of the all, Class A. Class A is the clearest of them all.

Here is a run down provided by North Missouri Paranormal Research Society

Class A:The voices are understood by all listen. The words are actually somewhat load and clear. Voices or sound that is universally accepted and undisputed, because it must be understood by anyone with normal hearing and without being told or prompted to what is being said or heard. It can be heard without the use of headphones

Class B:Voices cannot be deciphered clearly and tones are very low and hard to understand. This class ofvoice is more common and can be heard by most people after being told what to listen for. It is usually audible to experienced persons who have learned the skill of listening to EVP. It can sometimes be heard without the use of headphones.

Class C:Voices are extremely faint and almost completely incomprehensible (most common but unexceptionable). Sometimes indecipherable and unintelligible. It may have paranormal characteristics, such as a mechanical sound. Most investigators would apply objectivity and disregard it, but may save it for reference purposes.”

There are others in the classification. To see them, please click on the link above.

Here is a Class A EVP…

I’m a huge Ghost Adventures (Travel Channel) fan. Last night, the guys had helped a personal friend of their and his family. Mr. Galka and his wife lost their daughter, Melissa in 2004. They wanted confirmation that indeed she was still with them. Especially when there was a celebration. Namely her birthday, on Valentines Day. This year, she would have been 25 years old if she were alive today. She was killed in an accident when in her Senior year of High School.

Is this Melissa really communicating from the grave?

Here is part three of the GAC episode, where even more communication has happened.

 

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OBEs

In 2003, I suffered what is called a “missed” miscarriage. This means that the baby had died (at about 12 weeks gestation), but did not abort its self, which in most cases, happens after an embryo or very early-stage fetus passes from within the womb.

I did not find this out until my 16-week check up. So the baby’s remains were just sitting there.

A few days later, I had to succumb to a D&C procedure to extract the baby, as I was getting sick from the toxins that started going in to my system.

Later on that night, after the procedure was done, I just laid there. Mourning for my baby, who I *knew* was to be a boy. I even named him, seeing as I didn’t want his “life” (what tiny bit there was of it) to be “meaningless”. And after all, he was still MY child. He was still a HUMAN BEING. And I lost not only him, but my future as his mother, and a piece of my heart along with him.

Finally, after some “quiet” crying, I had fallen asleep. Sick to the fact that I had done what no mother would think possible to have to do.

Next thing that I remember, I was in this beautiful wheat field. The sun shone extremely bright. But I was not wearing sunglasses and the light NEVER once bothered my eyes. There was a smell of jasmine in the breeze as it ran through my hair. Then I heard a little boy’s voice calling “Mommy! Moooomy!! Over here”. As I’d turned around, I knew instinctively it was him. It was my Michael.

We ran to one another. He was about six to nine years of age. We hugged. Then talked a while. Suddenly, he said it was time for him to go. That Grandma (my mom) was waiting for him. Then he told me it’s okay and not to feel bad because he was happy and he knows he was loved. He also told me to go ahead and have another baby because he will look out for his little brother or sister.

Then, it was time for him to go. If only you knew just how badly I too wanted to go with him. So many people from my life were where he was returning to. I could feel their love beating down on me. I wasn’t one time scared. I was at peace. REAL peace. For perhaps the first time in my life.

But, suddenly, the sun’s light got blindingly bright. My breathing got labored and my chest felt extremely heavy as I bolted upright in bed. It was almost like I was having a panic attack.

It was then that I realized that I had separated from my own body, spiritually and had traveled to not Heaven, but somewhere in between there and here. Like a half-way meeting place. Not “Purgatory” per say. I felt the wheat under my finger tips. I could smell the air and the flowers that were carried in from a distance. I felt my son’s touch. I could feel the warmth of the sun beating on me…So how could this NOT have been real?

The definition of Out Of Body Experience (OBEs) is defined by Wikipedia as this…

“An out-of-body experience (OBE or sometimes OOBE), is an experience that typically involves a sensation of floating outside of one’s body and, in some cases, perceiving one’s physical body from a place outside one’s body (autoscopy).

The term out-of-body experience was introduced in 1943 by G.N.M Tyrrell in his book Apparitions, and adopted by, for example, Celia Green and Robert Monroe as a bias-free alternative to belief-centric labels such as “astral projection” or “spirit walking”. Though the term usefully distances researchers from scientifically problematic concepts such as the soul, scientists still know little about the phenomenon.

Some researchers have managed to recreate OBE in a laboratory setup by stimulating a part in the human brain. One in ten people has an out-of-body experience once or more commonly several times in their life. OBEs are often part of the near-death experience. Those who have experienced OBEs sometimes claim to have observed details which were unknown to them beforehand.

In some cases the phenomenon appears to occur spontaneously; in others it is associated with a physical or mental trauma, use of psychedelic drugs, dissociative drugs, or a dream-like state. Many techniques aiming to induce the experience deliberately have been developed, for example visualization while in a relaxed, meditative state.

Recent (2007) studies have shown that experiences somewhat similar to OBEs can be induced by direct brain stimulation. Some of those who experience OBEs claimed to have willed themselves out of their bodies, while others report having found themselves being pulled from their bodies (usually preceded by a feeling of paralysis). In other accounts, the feeling of being outside the body was suddenly realized after the fact, and the experiencers saw their own bodies almost by accident.

OBEs often occur during the borderline stage between REM sleep and arousal when sleep paralysis may persist and dream imagery may mingle with sensory input.

Some neurologists have suspected that the event is triggered by a mismatch between visual and tactile signals. They used a virtual reality setup to recreate an OBE. The subject looked through goggles and saw his own body as it would appear to an outside observer standing behind him. The experimenter then touched the subject at the same time as a rod appeared to touch the virtual image. The experiment created an illusion of being behind and outside one’s body. However, both critics and the experimenter himself note that the study fell short of replicating “full-blown” OBEs.”

In a nutshell, I say interpretation and belief in this phenomenon and it’s validity. In my mind, you can’t really get the true nature of this paranormal experience in it’s raw definition unless you yourself experience it. I know that I indeed believe in Out of Body Experiences (OBEs). Mainly because I know after really thinking back, I have had this happen to me at least three times in the past. With the loss of my baby. With the loss of the grandmother who raised me after my mother’s passing. And my mother herself.

 

Poltergeists. It’s not like in the movies!

You may have heard of, or have even seen the early 1980’s movie, ‘Poltergeist’. It revolves around a little girl named Carol Ann, who comes in to contact with an evil entity. This “man” reeks havoc among the girl and her family. The classic, and very well-known, timeless line is… “They’re heeeeeere!”, as Carol Ann sits in front of the family’s television set.

A ‘poltergeist’ is what is also known as a “noisy ghost”. Actually that is what the name is derived from, which is a German definition.

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poltergeist

“About this sound Poltergeist (from German poltern, meaning “to rumble”, “to make a noise” and Geist, meaning “ghost” or “spirit”) is in mythology and folklore a ghost, spirit, entity, demonic spirit or being that manifests itself by creating noise or moving objects.”

For the most part, Poltergeist Ghosts are not harmful. They move things, hide things and make noises to be heard and to communicate. Not to physically hurt you. Most cases are generally ‘normal’ and the people affected are not harmed.

Personally, I have had this sort of thing happen when I was a teenager. Though, it did not happen to me personally, the whole family unit was affected.

My grandma (Nana) had this one pair of reading glasses. She normally sat them beside her favorite chair, where she could read under the lamp light.

One day, she was looking for them and asked me to hunt them down. Of course I looked EVERYWHERE. I scoured the place top to bottom. As did my father and my step-mother.

For three solid WEEKS, we all looked for the reading glasses. To no avail. Of course, I got pegged for hiding them out of spite. At the time, Nana didn’t believe that there was ghostly activity, and as a hard-core Catholic, vehemently stated that ghosts are of the devil’s work.

We looked ALL over, high and low. Even in places that we should not have had to look in. Then, my step-mother struck gold! She found the glasses. But in the most unusual of places. It made all of our jaws drop. And made my Nana (finally) a believer.

My step-mom opened the china cabinet (as she did EVERY night for the last three weeks and before) to get the dishes out for dinnertime. Sitting there on the GOOD set of dishes, was my grandmother’s reading glasses. Right there in plain sight. And they just “magically” appeared there.

There are other instances of hearing footsteps and things moving, and even voice activity that I alone have experienced. But that one really stood out to me. And the list is just too freaking long to talk about in one post (LOL).

Here is a book Author that I *highly* recommend to read. Including this book, out of the many he has written about all types of ghostly hauntings.

Here is a video of what types of Poltergeist activities CAN occur. All cases are extremely different. It is also has Ed and Loraine Warren (who are now both deceased), who are highly recommended and knowledgeable Demonologists. Some of what you are about to see, WILL shock you and make you think.

 

Ghosts and Hauntings. The rundown and lowdown.

Have you ever wondered about what TYPES or classifications of ghosts there might be in the spiritual realm? Or did you think it’s a ‘one size fits all’ kind of thing?

Well, to be honest, there is no one size deal to this. There are several types AND classifications of ghosts (and hauntings).

I have dealt with a few types, but not all. Both with the hauntings and with the spirits.

Here is a rundown of what types of ghosts you can run in to (from the site The Astral World)…

1. Guardian Angels – Everyone has at least one. They are usually some kind of relation to you that died before you were born. Most of the time you won’t know who they are – or rather, were. They watch over us our entire lives and help us out through the rough and dangerous times. They’re the little voice telling you not to take your usual route the day a huge pile-up happens on the freeway. That’s just an example but I think you get what I mean.

2. Lost Souls – These are spirits who know they’re dead but don’t know where to go. They can also fear moving on and are afraid to leave what’s known to them. They linger around until the day comes when they’re ready to leave.

3. Are We Dead Yet? – An easy example of this is Bruce Willis’ character in The Sixth Sense. These spirits walk around, going about their lives not knowing that they’ve passed on. They wonder why people ignore them and why nobody comes to visit anymore. This happens more often with old people who’ve spent their later years by themselves. Another (fictional) example is the Nicole Kidman movie, The Others. The spirits may think that the new inhabitants are the spirits, when it is the other way around.

4. Unfinished business – There can be a number of reasons why certain beings stick around after death. As portrayed most often in movies – “catch my killer!” Other reasons can be as simple as waiting to see their child graduate. Once the work is finished, the deceased usually moves on in peace.

5. Self-Appointed Guardian Angels – These are loved ones who stick around after death to watch over someone. It can be a deceased husband watching over his elderly wife during the last of her days. It can be a young mother who died before her time watching over her children as they grow up.

6. Wasting Time Between Lives – As in reincarnation. They’re waiting for the next life to come around. What better way to waste some time than being a ghost. Coming and going from the planes as you please, enjoying yourself during your sightseeing, visiting old friends to see how they’re doing, and the list goes on. They’re not here and not there – there just waiting in between.

7. Messengers – These are usually in the form of a loved one. It can be a warning of certain danger or future events. It can also be a spirit coming to ease the pain from a grieving loved one. My mother and my grandmother have both had the latter happen. With messengers, the spirit is not always deceased.

8. Still Living – These people can be dreaming or having an out-of-body experience (obe). In the case of dreams, the person doesn’t usually know they’re walking around in the form of a ghost. With intentional obe’s, the projector knows what’s going on but their intentions are generally harmless. I’ve personally seen my uncle come walking out of his bedroom, look at me and then turn around and walk back into his room even though at the time he was sound asleep in a hospital bed 5 minutes away. He died about a year later.

Now, here is a compiled list of the types/classifications of hauntings (by Paranormal Daily News)

1.) Residual Haunting
Residual hauntings occur when something traumatic happens, such as a murder; negative energy leaves an imprint of the event. Like a recorded tape, it will play the events over and over and over again. The entities involved in this residual haunting are unaware of their surroundings. Residual hauntings are not intelligent hauntings because there is no interaction between you and the entity.

2.) Poltergeist Haunting
Probably the most popular, a poltergeist is a spirit, usually mischievous and occasionally malevolent, which manifests its presence by making noises, moving objects, and assaulting people and animals. The term “poltergeist” comes from the German poltern, “to knock,” and geist, “spirit.”

Included in the most common types of poltergeist activities are the moving or throwing of objects, including large pieces of furniture; loud noises and shrieks; and vile smells. It seems that poltergeists have adapted to the development of technology. They are known to have caused interference in telephones and electronic equipment, and turning lights and appliances on and off. Some poltergeists are said to pinch, bite, hit, and sexually attack the living.

Generally poltergeist activity starts and stops abruptly. The duration of it may extend over several hours to several months; however, some cases have been reported to last over several years. The activity almost always occurs at night when someone is present. Typically this is the “agent,” an individual who seems to serve as a focus or magnet for the activity. In most cases, the agent is a factor, both those that seem paranormal or that may be caused by human PK. The agent is usually female and under the age of twenty going through puberty.

3.) Demon Activity
Demons are entities that never had a mortal human form. Demons are pure energy entities. The main purpose of a demon is to cause chaos. Demons are deceivers and they seek out our destruction. Demon cases are extremely rare – They are described in three different ways.

1. As angelic, a being of beauty that will manipulate the person to commit something that is sinful or out of the ordinary.

2. Horrific, evil looking. Some people claim, they have seen demons that are incredibly hideous to look at.

3. Black mist, black fog, black shadow, black smoke.

4.) Intelligent/Interactive Activity
Back to Einstein’s theory. As matter beings, we are all energy beings on the quantum level. We are made up of atoms and neutrons. As matter/energy beings we have intelligence. While we live, we have an energy aura that surrounds our living bodies. This aura is created by the millions of electrical currents that are created through our bodies. Our brains creates brain waves, a form of pure energy that is transmitting our thoughts, what we see, what we feel, etc.

When our mortal form dies, the aura that constantly surrounds our bodies, leaves our bodies. We lose 6 ounces on the instance of death. What is this 6 ounces? Perhaps it is energy leaving our body. Our soul. This energy, the aura, or you may even call it your soul, is carrying the information of what we used to be. If it can do this, then why couldn’t it also carry our intelligence? If it can carry our former intelligence of our previous life, then it should be able to interact with us intelligently. When we see this aura, we call it a ghost.

If this ghost is able to interact with us, is aware of us, can touch us, can communicate with us, then this is an intelligent/interactive haunting.

5.) Shadow People
This is a type of haunting activity that has no real explanation and are different from ghosts. They are usually shapeless dark masses mostly seen with your peripheral vision. They are known to do things that are different from ghosts. They can move between walls, they have no human features, they wear no clothes. People who encounter them, have a feeling of dread. Clairvoyants that encounter Shadow People, say they do not feel they are human and consider them non-human.

Shadow People have no discernible mouth, noses or facial expressions. Some are seen as child sized dark humanoids. Some people say they seem to be made up of dark smoke or dark steam. At times when they move, they appear to be moving on an invisible track from one place to another, such as a toy train on a small scale railroad track. They have been seen to hop or what appears to be a strange dance. They are known to stare at the floor.

Two common types of Shadow People are the ‘hat man’, that looks like he or she is wearing a 1930s fedora hat and the ‘hooded figure’, which looks like the shadow person has a hood over their head. The hood and hat stand out as clothing, but otherwise, they are not wearing any clothing at all.

6.) Doppelganger Haunting
These are extremely rare and a case example is best used to explain this.

Case example: German ghost hunting investigative team is called upon a doppelganger haunting activity to investigate.

The woman victim was standing on a street corner and with her peripheral vision saw the image of herself on a bus. The image of herself was staring back at her. One week later she again faced her doppelganger in a crowded mall, it stared at her and seemed to disappear amongst the mass of people. It wore the same clothes that she wore. One week later, she was diagnosed with cancer.

Doppelganger haunting activity is considered the evil twin, the harbinger of misfortune, the omen of death.

In most cases, the victim of this haunting activity is in danger with her immediate surroundings, her family or in some cases the victim themselves are in grave danger of illness or death.

Many of these explanations were written by Paul Dale Roberts, HPI Ghostwriter and Ghosthunter from this very cool site (True Ghost Tales). You can also visit Paul Dale Roberts’ page here, where he has a lot of amazing paranormal articles.

Personally from the hautings perspective, I have experienced numbers 1, 2 and 5 respectively the most often.

As far as ghostly apparitions go, I have seen for myself numbers 1, 2 and 8.