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Postby reynolmj » 04 Jan 2011, 04:55

Hi Everyone,
I am a believer. I have spent most of my life learning to cope and deal with paranormal activity (starting around the age of 5). I am always looking for answers to odd situations that present themselves to me. Instead of fearing the unknown, I am trying to educate myself to make better use of unexplained activities. I am looking forward to reading, sharing, and most of all learning from everyone here in the forum.
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~Mel
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Re: New Member

Postby ProfWag » 04 Jan 2011, 05:35

reynolmj wrote:Hi Everyone,
I am a believer. I have spent most of my life learning to cope and deal with paranormal activity (starting around the age of 5). I am always looking for answers to odd situations that present themselves to me. Instead of fearing the unknown, I am trying to educate myself to make better use of unexplained activities. I am looking forward to reading, sharing, and most of all learning from everyone here in the forum.
Cheers,
~Mel

Welcome Mel. Your post sounds as if the paranormal is controlling your life. Can you elaborate or explain somehow?
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Re: New Member

Postby NinjaPuppy » 04 Jan 2011, 07:00

Welcome to the forum!
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Postby reynolmj » 04 Jan 2011, 10:17

Thanks for the kind welcome.

I wouldn't claim that paranormal has taken control, but it has increased my interest and awareness over the past 31 years. Fortunately I have no "amazing" stories to tell or report. Of course in reality I guess it depends on how the reader interprets it. (BTW, I am mentally stable, drug free, and not on any form of medication).

My experiences as a child and as an adult are based on moving shadows, footsteps, breathing, smells,touches, and even the "unexplainable gut instinct or/nauseous" in certain situations. I do a lot of traveling and moving based on my career, so I can't lock down a key location where majority of the activity tends to occur for me. Plus, I will never doubt the power of a vivid imagination as a child (or adult). However, on several occasions I had witnesses experience the same shadows, foot steps, and smells at the exact same time as myself. Ideally as an adult, I have a tendency write it off as my imagination, unless our dog reacts or another person experiences the same activity at the exact same time.

For years I have read and watched scientific debunking and catch myself applying similar techniques to possible paranormal activity. If I feel activity is starting to overwhelm me, I acknowledge the activity verbally and ask for "it" to kindly stop. Much to my good fortune it has worked out for me.

I have often considered attempting EVP's but to be honest, part of me is afraid I might actually receive a response. I am not mentally prepared to dabble into the unknown without a better understanding of what exactly I'm opening myself up to. Hopefully I can use this forum to build a better relationship with understanding the possibility of paranormal activity and use the experience to enlighten others.
Thanks for the response,
Cheers,
Melonie
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Postby NinjaPuppy » 04 Jan 2011, 19:45

I can fully understand what you are saying. As they say, "been there, done that".
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Postby ProfWag » 04 Jan 2011, 20:08

I think we've all experienced things that we can't immediately explain. I think one of the biggest fears in people is the fear of the unknown. If we don't know what something is, that's something to be concerned about.
I wonder sometimes that when primitive people experienced similar things such as unkown shadows and the like, what did they attribute that to? Surely they must've had "gut feelings" and similar intuitive experiences. Before there were "ghost stories," ESP, etc., what did they think when they had what we call today a paranormal experience? I'm certainly not saying all ghosts that people see are shadows as many honest people believe, but before there were ghost stories, what did primitive humans think when they saw a shadow or something they couldn't explain?
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Postby NinjaPuppy » 04 Jan 2011, 20:50

ProfWag wrote:I think we've all experienced things that we can't immediately explain. I think one of the biggest fears in people is the fear of the unknown. If we don't know what something is, that's something to be concerned about.

I suppose that if you are "seeing" or "experiencing" something for the first time, there would be some form of trepidation present but IMO "fear" only comes in to the situation when our minds have the chance to speculate or run wild with possibilities.

I'll keep with the "shadow" thing because different people have different levels of fear with different things. Logically, a shadow is not known to be dangerous. Hence the saying, "He's afraid of his own shadow" describing someone who is fearful of everything. For each individual, it's what's might cause that shadow that begins to raise the questions. A shadow in a lonely, dark alley in some nasty area of town is something that your mind should take as a warning to be careful. For most people, this sort of scenario is logical. That shadow is (usually) caused by some unknown solid object that can't be easily seen and your brain can't identify. You don't know if it's some bad guy up to no good or a 90 year old nun taking a short cut back to her convent because she's late for mass. So naturally your defenses highten and a level of 'fear' begins to set in. If you happen to be carrying a loaded weapon or have some martial arts training, you personal fear level may not be as high as a person who couldn't fight their way out of a paper bag, carrying a wad of cash and a gold Rolex.

Now let's apply this to a shadow seen in what you consider a perfectly safe environment, such as your own home. Once your brain connects and let's you know that it's a shadow and not a physical person, you can be satisfied that sometimes a shadow is just a shadow or move on to finding out what caused that shadow. In some people, their minds run wild for different reasons. For a person who is on the ball and knows that they always keep their doors and windows locked, it might not have the same effect as someone who occasionally wakes up in the morning to find they forgot to lock the door last night. I mean, something caused that shadow, so logically you are going to think that someone might be in your home. What has always amazed me is how fast the human brain can go through scenarios when fear sets in. You can go from 0 to 60 in a split second with something as simple as a large, fleeting shadow and a loud bang in the other room. Once you hit a high fear level, it all goes to shit. You don't have the same emotions working for you.

Now take the exact same scenario: Large, fleeting shadow and a loud bang but you have been used to this because you own a cat. Instead of fear, you are conditioned to this sort of thing. Instead of grabbing the closest heavy object in anticipation of some need to protect yourself, you grab and roll up a newspaper and go right into the thick of things yelling obscenities at Kitty.

Now what do you do when you find that Kitty is sound asleep, two rooms away from where this happened? Now your mind starts to race. Depending on past experiences, personal beliefs and feelings, you fear level will vary.

I'm certainly not saying all ghosts that people see are shadows as many honest people believe, but before there were ghost stories, what did primitive humans think when they saw a shadow or something they couldn't explain?

Since we can't ask them, I guess this is something we can only speculate.
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Re: New Member

Postby ProfWag » 05 Jan 2011, 18:27

Great post Ninja. Ya know, got to thinking that my dog is afraid of shadows so I would think that even primitive man would have been afraid of them as well, they just probably didn't think that a shadow could be from the afterlife, but you're right, we can only speculate.
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Re: New Member

Postby Scepcop » 19 Jan 2011, 15:04

Welcome reynolmj!

I understand your hesitation about using EVP's. Hope you have the courage to try them someday. Maybe you can find a local paranormal or ghost hunting group in your area to do such things with?

If dogs and cats see something you don't, and react to it, there might be something there, since they are sensitive to more things than we are.
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Re: New Member

Postby ProfWag » 19 Jan 2011, 21:38

Scepcop wrote:If dogs and cats see something you don't, and react to it, there might be something there, since they are sensitive to more things than we are.

And on the flip side of that, what if they DON'T react to something a human senses?
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Re: New Member

Postby Scepcop » 26 Mar 2011, 15:57

ProfWag wrote:
Scepcop wrote:If dogs and cats see something you don't, and react to it, there might be something there, since they are sensitive to more things than we are.

And on the flip side of that, what if they DON'T react to something a human senses?


Like what for example? Usually their senses are more acute and they will react to whatever we can see.
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